The Word On The Street :
The world is an increasingly bizarre place. I mean, there's so much incredulous nonsense going on, I genuinely worry for the sanity of the wider world, when its leadership is so bafflingly stupid. It rains complete nonsense on an almost daily basis. This week, we even had the Saudi consulate in Istanbul open its doors to a television crew before, quite literally, opening its cupboard doors suggesting, Nope, see, he's not in there. -
A couple of days ago, @elliegoulding
[well known English musical person and committed all round worthy cause person] did an exceptionally rare, seemingly impromptu, 'live' IG thing in the studio talking about mental health alongside one of her collaborators. I was touched by her openness and desire to spark awareness; less impressed by the string of banal commentary that ran alongside. [She seemed quietly exasperated too. Do you like cheese? asked one.] I wrote a supportive comment - Ellie very sensibly doesn't have DM access - and I doubted she would ever notice on a stream populated by 13.9m followers that often results in close to half a million responses. And I further thought, if my words might focus the mind of just one other person that might need help; to reach out. -
But yesterday morning she had taken the time to delve and plonk a ❤️ aside my comment. It raised a smile. My comment, ❤️ed by one person: Ellie. Directly below that, the person who had simply written, 'Damn gurll'. 92 likes. Above, the person who had simply, er, written '🔥🔥🔥💙'. 67 likes. -
This morning's icing on the doughnut. I get a DM purporting to be from Ellie herself. It says, Saw your text was moved. I simply asked: 'Sorry. I'm confused. Why would you want to pretend to be Ellie Goulding?' I received this, almost immediate, response: - "It really me am having random check on my fan page and secondly Instagram don't allow any other person create duplicate of my fan page it on their violation law ok. surprised right having random check on my fan page and I came across yours thanks for been a fan love you." -
She's so much more eloquent in song, eh? Ahem. I fear the sanity of the wider world is approaching its tipping point.