You can’t always get what you want

January 25, 2017

I’ve never been a massive Jagger fan. There was a historic moment a couple of years ago when I turned down not one, but two, separately offered tickets to some enormous Stones jamboree. People were cross but I just don’t get his appeal at all. I didn’t like him when he was young and wearing frocks and ‘breaking taboos’, and I don’t like him any better now he’s old and getting girls in their twenties pregnant. I was once even at a party where he turned up, complete with entourage (at the Independent during its brief, cool, Rosie Boycott phase). He was very short, but sure enough went home with a girl young enough to be his carer. I’m a bit wary of slagging off a pop icon these days, as they are dropping like flies, but I do think the video below says all you need to know about Mick Jagger. David Bowie is effortlessly cool, while Mick Jagger jogs around like a big girl’s blouse wearing, erm, a big girl’s blouse. Bowie even gives him a ‘who is this idiot?’ look at one point.

So why the tirade? Because blimmin Mick Jagger turned up in my dream last night, didn’t he? First on a coach – Mick Jagger, on a coach, and I’m not sure what I was doing on a coach either!  – and then on a plane. Places you can’t easily run screaming from (unless you have an ejector seat). Nothing too awful happened, he just followed me around like the dork at school you want to avoid, making inappropriate suggestions. Luckily I woke up before I had to hit him. I thought of Wendy Cope making cocoa for Kingsley Amis, a similarly odd conjunction of characters, but then she was quite happy about the unsolicited nocturnal encounter and even got a poem and a book title out of it. I don’t suppose I’ll have any such luck with Mick Jagger. Just a night of dodging him and avoiding the aeroplane loos. Honestly, some people.

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  • little red hen January 25, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Some people just don’t know when to pack it in. He looks foolish, prancing around the stage. And kind of creepy.

    • Dulwich Divorcee February 1, 2017 at 11:21 am

      I so agree. Don’t want to be ageist (particularly not at my age!) but there does come a time ….

  • Polly Macleod January 27, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    As a teenager I raved over the Stones, and did so for many years but agree with Little Red Hen, he should have hung up his guitar years ago. He looks grim in that photo. I was so sorry to hear about your robbery, sentimental items are priceless, your comment of tea and cake and love and support is spot on, those are the memories we associate with loved ones and the jewellery they wore.. I chuckled at the Bassett Hound, like you I would not have been able to resist “hearing” the conversation.

    • Dulwich Divorcee February 1, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Thanks so much for your kind comments. It’s been horrible (particularly feeling someone has been pawing over our precious things) but the insurers have been great so at least we’ll have replacements that we wear and which won’t get pinched x

  • Suburbia January 27, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    We major in weird dreams in this house too – my stepdaughter went to watch West Ham last night :-0!

    • Dulwich Divorcee February 1, 2017 at 11:24 am

      West Ham! To me that would be even worse than being chased round a plane by an ageing rocker 🙂

  • magdalena January 30, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Ha Ha! they both looks hilarious !

    • Dulwich Divorcee February 1, 2017 at 11:20 am

      They do, don’t they? Even Bowie looks a bit silly in that enormous trench coat x