A few weeks ago Mrs Mac and I went along to see Henry Rollins do his spoken word thing at Thebarton Theatre. I have lost count of the number of times I have seen Henry but I always find myself coming away feeling motivated and energised. In fact this most recent show was the catalyst for me to finally get this blog up and running after months of dithering.

We need the likes of Henry Rollins now more than ever. To prick our consciences. To remind us of our responsibilities as the current custodians of this planet. To make us laugh. To remind us not to take ourselves too seriously. To inspire us to seize every moment, and to get out amongst it to experience and learn as much as we can.

To encourage us to challenge the status quo and call out the many wrongs and injustices that are sadly and incomprehensibly still prevalent here in the second decade of the twenty-first century. Traditions, culture and religion be damned; if they foster, perpetuate and propagate racism, sexism, homophobia, intolerance, inequality, senseless violence and more, then they amount to nothing more than stone age idiocy, as Henry so eloquently and accurately puts it.

Plus Henry makes me feel less guilty about my record buying habit because it pales into insignificance next to his. So I’m off to the record store tomorrow with a clear conscience… at least about buying records.

Jimmy Mac