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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 5, Number 221

                   Tuesday, 8 June 1999

Today's Topics:

                 Re: The Ugly Underneath
                    whatiwannaknowman
                     Lazy Summer Kid
                  Nice one, Centurion !
                  travels in netherlands
                       Duran Duran
                      Re: Root Canal
                 Re: The Commercial Album
              Shagadelic opportunity missed
             Re: Thank You (and another plug)
            John ("Johnny Appleseed") Chapman
              Re: John Gardner's Big Day...
Pie knocks stench into them, man. Be high, and... thicker tan!
                          re: HF
                       Re: Nuggets
                          Drugs
                       Go ask Alice
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Message-ID: <000f01beaf69$a57b4a20$26010101@dave>
From: "david robson" <hodad@ozemail.com.au>
Subject: Re: The Ugly Underneath
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 1999 01:39:48 +1000

Chalrkergationists......

John Gardner wrote....

>Hey XTC Clan~

>I went to a wedding this weekend, and I tell you...I could not stop hearing
>the words and the song in the tiny grey cells in my head of *The Ugly
>Underneath.*

>Then there's the wedding
>The co-ordinated bedding
>And the fairy tale shredding
>Boy it's Ugly Underneath!

>And, boy, was this couple just right for this song; they were the wrong
>match for each other, they really shared nothing in common, that I could
>tell, as Andy has:

That song is one of Andy`s finest ever songs and is IMHO up there with
"Chalkhills and Children". The hypnotic, unsettling beginning and then the
superb "Pet Sounds" reprise "did you ever etc.........is a masterful piece
of melodic sensibility. I HATED it for awhile after I bought "Nonsuch" but
it really grew on me.......typical Mr Partridge.......seeing all the masks
us humans wear....brilliant!

Dave Robson

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Message-ID: <375A0B44.2AC24E1E@risd.edu>
Date: Sun, 06 Jun 1999 01:46:47 -0400
From: gene <gyoon@risd.edu>
Subject: whatiwannaknowman

> From: Ted Harms
>
> Here's the two things that always get me about Harvest Festival:
>
> 1) I'm always surprised by the lines
>
>         And what a year when the exams and crops all failed/
>         Of course you passed and you were never seen again/
>         We all grew and we got screwed and cut and nailed/
>         Then out of nowhere invitation in gold pen/
>
> Because I always want to last line to say
>
>         Then out of nowhere invitation in the mail.

Hmm,  do Brits use the term "in the mail" or do they say "by post"? A
triviality, but I'm genuinely curious. Please Mr Postman.

Harvest Festival has my favourite lyrics off of AV1, hands down. I like
Andy best in his wistful, understated, thoughtful mode. I've never been
fond of Your Dictionary, in either demo or final version, for that
reason. Gets a little too obvious and smarmy for my taste. Still, I find a
few of his many lyrically-in-your-face songs to be his real Master Strokes,
like Melt the Guns, This World Over or Dear God. On the opposite end of
that list I'd put President Kill and Funk Pop-a-Roll --they have this
cynical, sophomoric tilt about them that just rubs me the wrong way.

June is the month for weddings, and I went to a friend's two weeks
ago. Colin's song was swirling around in my head, on autorepeat over and
over and over. The bride was so wrought up (i.e. near-tantrums) about her
dress, the ice sculpture, the fishbowl centerpieces, the flower
arrangements, the dj, etc etc, she seemed to forget that she was marrying a
*person*, not the silly ceremony. Even during the exchanging of vows we
could tell her mind was elsewhere...  there's a lesson to be learned... ah
well, big day come and big day go.

I caved in and bought my first Ben Folds Five CD, their new one "The
Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner", and am really really pleased
with it. Augmented the trio with nice string and horn arrangements, and the
songwriting is of very high calibre. I've generally not been a fan of Ben
Folds' voice, but his singing has taken on a slightly gentler, almost Art
Garfunkel-like timber on a few tracks. In fact, the song "Mess" reminds me
of a long-lost Simon and Garfunkel tune [this is a good thing in my book].
Recommended.

chalkout.
Gene

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Message-ID: <375AAE80.7BA7@gte.net>
Date: Sun, 06 Jun 1999 10:23:12 -0700
From: "May O'Mahoney" <may5272@gte.net>
Subject: Lazy Summer Kid

It was 1987 and I was a lazy summer kid in awe of the frequencies I
could catch on my piece of shit radio (older brother had all the good
equipment).  Radio stations broadcasting 350 miles away out of San Diego
and even the further reaches of Tijuana Mexico would come floating
through the room at night.
On one particularly warm evening, I routinely tweaked the knob until it
hit 91.1 (91X San Diego) and heard the announcer say that coming up,
Andy Partridge would be discussing Skylarking with so and so.....  I
scrambled out of my state of being sprawled on the floor and grabbed the
first tape that I could find.  Unfortunately this tape had been abused
with layer upon layer of recordings,  album recordings over radio
recordings, etc. until there was this fine sprinkling of background
noise (!!).

It ended up being quite a treat.   On it Andy explains what the title
Skylarking means (to me a pretty term with absolutely no notion of  the
meaning at the time - a US kid),  how he prodded Dave into singing more
back-up vocals on the album using a sharper, more pointed stick,  as
well as describing Man Who Sailed Around His Soul as a  soundtrack of a
beatnik existentialist spy film from the early 60s that that never
was.  Good stuff.

The background noise was bizarre at best.  What was I thinking?!  Oh,
thats right, I was 15.  Nothing more to be said.

Note to Iain on Stranger Things....
Please go buy that Duran Duran album!  I need a good laugh!

- May

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Message-ID: <19990607015835.55674.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: Andrew Gowans <ratwhacker@hotmail.com>
Subject: Nice one, Centurion !
Date: Mon, 07 Jun 1999 11:58:34 EST

Tyler Hewitt wrote in Vol 5 #219 about "guests" of the Residents, one being
the late Snakefinger.

I remember Snakefinger touring Australia with The Residents a long time ago,
around when he released "Night of Desireable Objects" which was his last
album before he died of a heart attack. Anyway, he got seperate billing on
the tour, and I believe on their albums too. In TV interviews The Residents
gave for the tour some dude would turn up in "eyeball" costume and
Snakefinger would be there with them and act as mouthpiece.

"Night...." is a great album. His take on jazz with "Bad Night in Bombay"
really highlights his guitar style for me and the track on the scottish
cannibal family of the 17th-18th century (I just cannot remember the track
name...damn my memory) is worth the price of admission.
.............................................................

Re: LSD urban legends,
There was a late sixties film called "Wild in the Streets" that used this
LSD in drinking water premise as the plot device by which the "young
generation" usurp power in the US. The film doesn't stack up well today,
but perhaps is a tell-tail on "conservative" US perceptions on the 60's
counter-cultures.

Also, I'm not entirely sure, but I believe LSD predates the CIA and is
almost as old as the USSR revolution of 1917. I seem to recall it was
originally describes chemically @1919. Aldous Huxley wrote of the effects
he experienced pre WW2 in testing the drug for medicinal use with
psychiatry.
.............................................................

Martin van Rappard considers the prime reason for leaving this listing is
that "Andy probably thinks we're idiots".

Well, so what Martin ? He is also anti-motor car and most of would probobly
own one of those.
.............................................................

Coffee breaks over, so it's time to stand on my head again.

The Rat

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Message-ID: <375B5DBC.90AC397A@sd.znet.com>
Date: Sun, 06 Jun 1999 22:50:52 -0700
From: Bob Estus <bobestus@sd.znet.com>
Subject: travels in netherlands

Friends in XTC,

My wife and year-old son recently returned from a trip to Holland.
During this trip I had the pleasure of meeting up with two dutch
Chalkers.

We traveled to the city of Alkmaar to visit Andre de Koning and family.
Andre, wife Linda and beautiful children Daniel and Merel made us feel
at home. Some time was spent talking about XTC and related bands. Goods
were swapped. I was given a rather nifty collection of "Colin's
Mouldings" by Andre. A very special handmade and packaged CD. It's
really quite nice to have a retrospective of Colin's work and it plays
great! Then off to town to tour the old center of Alkmaar with: a very
charming square, folk dancers, narrow cobble stone streets and big
wheels of cheese. Back to Andre's place for a barbecue. Then sad
good-byes at the train station. The kindness and generosity of our new
friends will not be soon forgotten.

The next week we met the illustrious Mark Strijbos at the Vondel Park
tea garden in Amsterdam (near our hotel). My wife was very patient as
Mark and I gossiped about XTC like two old ladies. I got to quiz Mark on
his Guitargonauts project. I very much appreciated him taking the time
to meet up with me while being very busy finishing up this ambitious
work. Mark presented me with a cd of XTC performing live at Amsterdam's
Paradiso (an FM stereo broadcast). This is amazingly good! Not only in
clarity of recording (which is stellar) but the performance itself is
fantastic. It really does better half of Transistor Blast. Our meeting
concluded with a long walk around the perimeter of the park. All in all
very stimulating day of XTC chatter.

So far it has been my experience that XTC fans are fabulous! Meet one
today.
-Bob

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From: CCooli9575@aol.com
Message-ID: <3dcfbe89.248cf91f@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 06:29:51 EDT
Subject: Duran Duran

>The "stranger things" referred to here must be a CD I saw (but didn't have
>the nerve to buy) last week in a store here in Canberra. It was a Duran
>Duran album called (I think) "Thank You". It's an album of covers - I can't
>remember most of the tracks listed, but the one that really stuck out, and
>*almost* made me buy the album, was a cover of Public Enemy's "911 Is A
>Joke". It's hard to imagine Simon le Bon singing this - I might have to go
>back and see if anyone's picked up that album yet (ho ho).

>Iain

  If you see it used for a couple of dollars it's worth getting. I bought
it for my wife who's a major Duran Duran fan(as you may have guessed by
now, she likes POP), and she didn't actually show much interest. I also
found their most recent album used for three dollars, and she has yet to
play it, it's resolutely uncommercial and actually rather challenging, a
sort of punk/pop/techno hybrid. As for Thank You, some of it is actually
quite listenable; the covers of Led Zep's "Thank You" and Lou Reed's
"Perfect Day" and Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" are actually pretty good. On the
other hand, the covers of Public Enemy and Grandmaster Flash are worth
listening to once for a joke, and their cover of Elvis C's "Watching The
Detectives" is so awful I'm amazed they saw fit to release it. As long as
Simon LeBon just croons he does all right but if he has to actually show
some nuance and dynamics he botches it. I'd have liked them a lot better if
Lebon weren't convinced he was a great singer and poet, even better if he
weren't the lead singer, but despite him the rest of the band has shown
some musical talent over the years, especially the current lineup;
guitarist Warren Cucurullo played with Frank Zappa for several years in the
early 80's.

Chris

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From: CCooli9575@aol.com
Message-ID: <18cef289.248cf923@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 06:29:55 EDT
Subject: Re: Root Canal

>RE:
>It's like trying to have an orgasm during root canal; can't be done.
---
>You haven't seen "The Little Shop of Horrors", have you?

  As a matter of fact I have; Jack Nicholson, very young, as a masochistic
dental patient. I assume you mean the original. Haven't seen the reportedly
rather cartoonish remake. Roger Corman rules! Of course it's only a movie,
such things aren't REALLY possible.

Chris

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From: CCooli9575@aol.com
Message-ID: <411d7489.248cf927@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 06:29:59 EDT
Subject: Re: The Commercial Album

>The Residents are not always completely secretive about guests. In the
>case of The Commercial Album itself, a couple of guest musicians were
>credited on the sleeve (the ever-present Snakefinger, Fred Frith, Chris
>Cutler, among others). There's also a credit for 'Special Secret
>Appearances' followed by a question mark. This seems to be an
>invitation to look for the appearances. I know of two: Andy's vocals on
>'Margaret Freeman', and Lene Lovich's vocals on 'Picnic Boy'. Anyone
>know of any others?

Debbie Harry on "Nice Old Man." Barry Andrews and Robert Fripp make
appearances too, you can probably hear Barry's cheesy treated organ on his
track.

Chris

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Message-ID: <3AE4C7B8CC1BD31194140008C7B14DE804260D@hfd-exch008.aetna.com>
From: "Witter, Karl F" <WitterKF@aetna.com>
Subject: Shagadelic opportunity missed
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 13:27:11 -0400

Good article in the NEWTIMESLA this week on Michael Penn and
Aimee Mann. Familiar themes to many of us. And it seems the
two of them are working together.

"The Spy who Shagged Me"? Any summer comedy that invokes
Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" makes my short list of movies
to see. However, there's a great big gaping hole in the
cosmic karma where XTC should have been on the soundtrack.
Buncha 20-somethings think they can do '60s acidy fuzz'n'pop?
Sounds like the perfect place for The Dukes.

>From the house in Doubleback Alley,
Karl

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Message-ID: <375BFE45.29D7@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Mon, 07 Jun 1999 10:15:49 -0700
From: Rich Bunnell <cbunnell@ix.netcom.com>
Subject: Re: Thank You (and another plug)

>>It was a Duran Duran album called (I think) "Thank You".
>>It's an album of covers....
>
>If memory serves, that's the release the All-Music Guide said was the
>worst album Duran Duran ever released.

I'll have to argue with the AMG--"Big Thing" is clearly their most
terrible album to me, but yes, "Thank You" is AWFUL. Pretty much just a
bunch of songs that were better in their original incarnations. "911 Is
A Joke" done by Duran is amusing but amusing does not necessarily equal
good.

Since I don't wanna be flamed again for bringing up or adding to a Duran
thread on Chalkhills, I guess now's as good a time as ever to advertise
a new XTC review page I've put up (no, not the one on Prindle's page).
It goes through -every- XTC album except Rag & Bone and the Dukes
albums, and gives song-by-song ratings. Yes, I went through every song
on XTC's major album work, gave descriptions to each of them, and rated
them. Just thought I'd tell everyone since all the work would sorta go
to waste if the page just sat there.
http://members.xoom.com/taoster/xtc.htm is the URL for the XTC part of
the page. (I've reviewed all of TMBG, the B-52's, and albums by other
bands so far too.)

Rich Bunnell

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Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 13:37:59 -0400
From: Dorothy Spirito <spiritod@techmail.gdc.com>
Subject: John ("Johnny Appleseed") Chapman
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.4.00.9905260130410.1546-100000@esun2028>

Ralph Simpson DeMarco <sawpit@hotmail.com> lumped Johnny Appleseed in
with fictitious characters The Green Man and Earth Mother.  As a native
Buckeye (i.e. Ohioan) knowledgeable of the historical person John Chapman,
I leap on each such occasion to correct the misinformed.

John Chapman (1774-1845), a/k/a "Johnny Appleseed", was a real person.  He
was born in Massachusetts but went west around 1800 bearing apples for
planting and books for teaching, spending the rest of his life traveling
Ohio and Indiana, growing healing herbs and caring for settlers and
natives, who regarded him as something of a saint.

My personal opinion?  What a neat guy.  The midwest back then mayn't've
been modern-day Calcutta, but he ranks right up there with Mother Theresa
in my estimation.

XTatiCally,
--Dorothy.

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Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 14:25:01 -0400
From: Dorothy Spirito <spiritod@techmail.gdc.com>
Subject: Re: John Gardner's Big Day...
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.4.00.9906071406070.2121-100000@esun2028>

To what can I compare the feeling generated by reading the wedding post?

It was like looking at a hairball freshly horked up by a cat in the
middle of a party.

The cat then sits back, satisfied.

And I laugh at the absurdity.

--Dorothy.

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Message-Id: <199906071841.OAA28698@hammurabi.nh.ultra.net>
Date: Mon, 07 Jun 1999 14:39:15 -0400
Subject: Pie knocks stench into them, man. Be high, and... thicker tan!
From: "Duncan Watt" <kanuba@nh.ultranet.com>

Tripping Sherwood attempts to talk us down:

>But Andy Partridge don't know
>Nuthin' about Nuthin'.
>
>Andy Partridge ain't got A. J. Weberman: http://www.dylanology.com/

...now I can't get fucking "Candle In The Wind" out of my head...

ps maybe Sherwood's right.

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Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 11:55:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: Misty Shock <mccrtny@u.washington.edu>
Subject: re: HF
Message-ID: <Pine.OSF.4.10.9906071151550.21936-100000@saul6.u.washington.edu>

<<I agree with your comments from 5-219,Ted.  Isn't HF one hell of a song.
You know, AP and lots of listees go on about how good ET is ( fair
enough), but for me HF is a far better song and I think it's one of the
best he's ever written.  It never fails to uplift me and it has a
celestial beauty. The lyrics are superb and whilst I find ET to be a bit
too clever and in part bitty and forced to be really great, HF is
effortless.>>

I don't know if HF is a better song, but I think that, in its AV1
incarnation, it is about as perfect as it can be.  I'll repeat an earlier
comment and say that this should've ended the album instead of the boring,
depressing "The Last Balloon."  It would've ended the album on such a
positive uplifting note, where it begins so ominously with "River Of
Orchids."  Hell, I'd rather have TLB at the beginning (as the alternate
order posted here several times dictated) if HF could be saved for the
end.

Misty Shock
"No round of drinks can extinguish this feeling of love and engulfing
bliss."						--Andy Partridge

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From: fheaney@erols.com
Message-ID: <002201beb10e$33487e40$18c1accf@default>
Subject: Re: Nuggets
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 13:50:13 -0400

David Seddon wrote:
> ...the Nuggets album.  Snippets "from the first psychedelic era".  I
> note that this double album is now out on 4x boxed CD, and I will be
> buying it.  Anyone got it or heard it?  Is it as good as I hope?
> The double from the late 70s was awesome!

The Nuggets 4 CD box is indeed pretty fine, though I think the whole
thing could have been cooked down to a 2 CD set, and probably everyone
else who buys it will agree, but they'd have a different opinion about
the songs that should've been kept.  I suppose that's the problem with
trying to create a definitive anthology.

-- Francis

"Sociability is hard enough for me."
   -- Blur

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Message-ID: <375C147F.AB81EE1F@accesshub.net>
Date: Mon, 07 Jun 1999 18:50:42 +0000
From: timid <timid@accesshub.net>
Subject: Drugs

Yes, the Pythons are mysterious in this way...
[Who is he talking to? That's it, I'm off]
Considering the scene from which they emerged, LSD
must have been introduced to their minds sometime
in late 60's, though there is no written proof of
this. Terry Gilliam recently was quoted in a Fear
and Loathing in Las Vegas interview as saying that
the extent of his drug use was: hash and pot a few
times, cocaine twice and amyl nitrate once. He has
made it clear that his imagination is scary enough
without hallucinogens. I believe him. Dali made a
similar claim, though fellow surrealists Francis
Picabia, Luis Bunuel and Max Ernst did use hash -
and Ernst was profoundly inspired by mushrooms I'm
convinced! John Cleese threw in the word "LSD"
during a nonsensical jumble during a Flying Circus
sketch, and he plays a thoroughly stocked drug
connoisseur (Sherlock Holmes) in Joe McGrath's
short film, The Strange Case of the End of
Civilization As We Know It. Michael Palin and
Terry Jones were in on some sort of surreal
secret, that much is clear. They were doing a
children's show in 1967...

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore were in on it by 1966
when they publicly promoted the drug on both TV
("The LSBumble Bee") and vinyl ("Psychedelic
Baby").

Peter Sellers was introduced to marijuana in '62
while shooting "The World of Henry Orient" and he
was a habitual user ever since. He did trip later
on but when? I cannot tell you. Spike Milligan
must have been just as scared as Gilliam and Dali.
Harry Secombe? Michael Bentine? No idea.

As for XTC, we know Andy loves slandering drugs
because of his early valium addiction. On the
other hand, in an old Little Express Colin listed
his (musical) influences as "LSD and dope".

There we have my brief injection.
You should all see Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,
by the way, EVEN if you've already seen it. It's
quite an intricate, remarkable work.

Matt "It's not ever gonna stop" Kaden

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Message-ID: <19990608005646.28167.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: Duncan Kimball <dunks58@hotmail.com>
Subject: Go ask Alice
Date: Mon, 07 Jun 1999 17:56:45 PDT

Dear Chalketeers

I'm back. (Howls of derisive laughter, Bruce). May '99 will not live in
memory as one of the happier or healthier times of my life, but what can you
do? On with the show, good health to you ...

Harrison: you are a very silly man. But - we love you. (Of course we do)

CHECK YOUR FACTS, Part 235c:
A correction if I may, to those know-it-alls who poo-poohed the
practicablility of dosing a water supply with LSD, on the basis of it's
supposed insolubility. According to a number of sources I checked today,
including:

<http://www.erowid.org/library/books_online/tihkal/tihkal26.html>

LSD is fact highly soluble and stable in water. I quote: "As a salt, in
water, cold, and free from air and light exposure, it is stable
indefinitely."

The real difficulty lies in the fact that LSD is destroyed both by light,
and by contact with chlorine so, ironically, putting it into a chlorinated
water supply would be a complete waste of time. However it is still a
worrying thought - let's not forget that LSD is the most powerful
pychoactive agent yet discovered, and can induce effects in doses as low as
10 micrograms (that's ten MILLIONTHS of a gram kids), so emptying big vats
of it into the water supply at night might not be as useless as one might
think.

There is, of course, a chance that this whole thing was an urban myth, but
I have a very clear recollection of reading about the story of the police
raid in the papers at the time (ca. 1978-79) and I am sure that there was a
British miniseries or telemovie made about the case. Does anyone else know
anything about this?

FYI
The infamous operation jointly run by the CIA was called MK-ULTRA and was:

"...concerned with research and development of chemical, biological and
radiological materials capable of employment in clandestine operations to
control human behavior."

"MKULTRA formally began in April 1953 as a special, clandestine funding
mechanism for Department Of Defense human behavior research. The program
was the subject of investigations by the Rockefeller Commission in 1975,
the Senate Church Committee in 1976, and hearings by Senator Kennedy in
1975 and 1977"

"Through the course of MKULTRA, CIA sponsored numerous experiments on
unwitting humans. After the death of one such individual (Frank Olson, an
army scientist who was given LSD in 1953 and committed suicide a week
later), an internal CIA investigation warned about the dangers of such
experimentation. Ten years later, a 1963 IG report recommended termination
of unwitting testing; however, Deputy Director for Plans Richard Helms (who
later became Director of Central Intelligence) continued to advocate covert
testing on the ground that "positive operational capability to use drugs is
diminishing, owing to a lack of realistic testing. With increasing
knowledge of the state of the art, we are less capable of staying up with
the Soviet advances in this field. "The Church Committee noted that "Helms
attributed the cessation of the unwitting testing to the high risk of
embarrassment to the Agency as well as the moral problem. He noted that no
better covert situation had been devised than that which had been used and
that 'we have no answer to the moral issue '".

   "And I think to myself ... what wonderful woild ... oooh yeah"

XTC Content?

I think it would be nice if Andy participated in a forum once in a while,
or provided a site or address where a moderated set of questions could be
addressed to him. Would it kill him? We don't bite.  I appreciate that he
is a (fairly) private person, and that some of the more enthusiastic or
caustic comments might make him a bit uneasy, but surely there's a way of
managing it that would be comfortable for him? And let's face it, *we* are
the ones who buy his damn records year in and year out. He was not averse
to doing a bit of a "meet-&-greet" around the US to promote the new album,
so why not give us poor schmucks in the Antipodies a bit of a break, huh?

BTW
"Storefront Hitchcock" will be featured at this year's Sydney Film
Festival, and Hitch himself will be here to introduce it. Cool, huh? The
SFF brochure dropped a bit of a clanger though - they wrote him up as being
a former member of "The Pet Shop Boys" (ooops!)

Dunks

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Message-ID: <19990608052449.68734.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: Duncan Kimball <dunks58@hotmail.com>
Subject: Remember what the doormouse said
Date: Mon, 07 Jun 1999 22:24:48 PDT

XTC content? Nil.

LSD content? 100%

Just so you know I'm not totally insane ... I did find the information I
sought re the famous UK acid bust ... and no - I was not having a
flashback.  The case I referred to *did* happen (although the truth of the
"dosing the reservoirs" bit is questionable). And it was indeed made into a
1985 UK telemovie: it was called "Operation Julie", and starred Colin
Blakely.

"Operation Julie" was the investigation and busting of a major
international LSD manufacturing and distribution ring, which involved
members of the (in)famous drug ring "The Brotherhood Of Eternal Love",
which included one Ronald Stark, an alleged CIA informant and a notorious
figure on the drug scene from the late 60s until the late 70s, when he was
eventually busted in Italy. The operation had a secret laboratory on a
remote farm in Wales, which was busted in 1977.

Interestingly, the case was also a landmark in ongoing efforts by the
British government to seize assets derived from criminal activities. I
quote here from a 1993 report on Asset Forfeiture by Australian barrister
Clive Scott:

<http://www.ozemail.com.au/~themis/churchill/>

"The case which provided the necessary impetus to create a more
comprehensive asset forfeiture scheme was "Operation Julie" which occurred
in 1977. This case involved an investigation into a major criminal
enterprise involved in the manufacture of LSD. In the course of the
investigation investigators traced many millions of pounds which were the
proceeds of years of trafficking in LSD. Some of this money was traced into
real estate and some into bank accounts in European countries. An
application was made by the Crown to forfeit a monetary sum equal to the
assets of the defendants after they were convicted. This application was
made pursuant to s.27 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The application was
successful and the forfeiture orders sought were made. However, appeals
were lodged against the forfeiture orders upon the ground that s.27 could
only be used to forfeit assets actually used in the commission of the
offences of which they were convicted. The section could not, it was
asserted, be used as a wide ranging device to forfeit assets in which no
nexus between the asset and the offence of which the defendant was
convicted had been established. With considerable reluctance the House of
Lords agreed with this submission and set the forfeiture orders aside ..."

"Needless to say a furore erupted when the House of Lords handed down its
decision in R v. Cuthbertson and shortly afterwards the Hodgson Committee
was appointed to report upon: The Profits of Crime and their Recovery. This
report was produced in 1984 and recommended that the criminal courts be
empowered to confiscate benefits derived by a person from an offence of
which they had been convicted ..."

"The legislative consequence of the Hodgson Committee's report is the Drug
Trafficking Offences Act 1986. As its title suggests this Act is concerned
only with the confiscation of the property connected with narcotics
offences. In 1988 legislation similar to the DTOA but applicable to
property connected with other indictable offences, was passed. This
legislation is called the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (CJA)."

See - you learn something new every day.

(I promise this is my last word on the subject, Mr Strijbos!)

MMM the Orange Sunshine is kicking in now...

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