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Thursday, April 06, 2006

London Calling

Have to chime in on a subject near and dear to my heart:

Man held as terrorism suspect over punk song

A Clash song.
LONDON (Reuters) - British anti-terrorism detectives escorted a man from a plane after a taxi driver had earlier become suspicious when he started singing along to a track by punk band The Clash, police said Wednesday.

Detectives halted the London-bound flight at Durham Tees Valley Airport in northern England and Harraj Mann, 24, was taken off.

Methinks his "name" had more to do with it.

Don't you, wink wink, nudge nudge?
The taxi driver had become worried on the way to the airport because Mann had been singing along to The Clash's 1979 anthem "London Calling," which features the lyrics "Now war is declared -- and battle come down" while other lines warn of a "meltdown expected."
London calling to the faraway towns
Now war is declared - and battle come down

London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls

London calling, now don't look to us
Phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust

London calling, see we ain't got no swing
'Cept for the reign of that truncheon thing

The ice age is coming, the sun's zooming in
Meltdown expected, the wheat is growing thin
Engines stop running, but I have no fear
Cause London is burning and I live by the river
Mann told British newspapers the taxi had been fitted with a music system which allowed him to plug in his MP3 player and he had been playing The Clash, Procol Harum, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles to the driver.
Procol Harum?!

Who listens to Procol Harum?!

That's why they kicked the guy off the plane.
"He didn't like Led Zeppelin or The Clash but I don't think there was any need to tell the police," Mann told the Daily Mirror.

A Durham police spokeswoman said Mann had been released after questioning -- but had missed his flight.

"The report was made with the best of intentions and we wouldn't want to discourage people from contacting us with genuine concerns," she said.

Now get this!
London calling, yes, I was there, too
An' you know what they said? Well, some of it was true!

London calling at the top of the dial
And after all this, won't you give me a smile?

London Calling

More later...


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