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Tuesday, July 20, 2004


Tom Cunliffe

It is very difficult for non-Americans to understand the political situation in the US - it seems to have polarised into two violently opposed camps. I saw Fahrenheit 9/11 on Saturday and just found it depressing - no joy in seeing the history of the last three years put before me in that way, just sadness. Thanks for sharing. Tom


I would have bought a ticket just to see the BSO, then left immediately thereafter. They were playing Gershwin? Cool.

Is Linda still big as a house?


no, she just looks like a normal 58 year old mother, Clark. Not like the teeny bopper on skates of 30 years ago. Duh.

What's YOUR waist size?


It appears from eye witness accounts, that the crowd's reaction to Linda Rondstat's endorsement were greatly exaggerated.


It's really hard to find, and the NRO links are lame. Herewith:

Monday, July 19, 2004


From a reader:

Mr. Goldberg --

My wife & I were at the Linda Ronstadt performance in question, at the Aladdin in Las Vegas, and quite frankly, Aladdin President Bill Timmins' account of what happened is complete crap. There was mixed booing and cheering at Ronstadt's pro-Michael Moore comment, and that was about the extent of the "bedlam" that supposedly broke out. I saw no posters being torn down or cocktails being thrown in the air, and if people stomped out of the theatre unhappy, it was because 1) that was the last song Ronstadt performed; it was her encore; and 2) she mainly sang her standards repertoire, with the Nelson Riddle orchestrations, and a large part of the crowd wanted to hear more of her rock-'n'-roll stuff; she got the biggest round of applause for doing a lackadaisical run-through of her version of "Blue Bayou."

Frankly, my suspicion is that Timmins is way overdramatizing what happened, in order to justify giving Ronstadt the boot. It simply wasn't that big a deal.

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