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Razia Iqbal | 11:36 UK time, Monday, 8 June 2009

You can watch my report from "the Olympic games of the art world" below.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Steve's work is excellent - is this clip part of a larger piece Razia?

    Pratish Mistry

  • Comment number 2.

    Nice report Razia.

  • Comment number 3.

    Yawn! Just another crap film then.

  • Comment number 4.

    Art can have a place within real debate as Steve atests. Another example might be the debate going on in governmrnt about ignoring the higher levels of eye testing that can be done, allowing people with hard to detect squints togethe help they need. Or not. (Far too expensive so not an NHS product or ever likely to be one according to the new Home Secretary Alan Johnson while serving as Health Secretary)

    The artists response in this particular case was to add a further verse to a new song, to make the point that Mr Johnson is breaching the Europpean Human Rights act in taking this stance.

    The song in question 'I Could have' is drawn on the tradition of Burns and his Merrie Muses. The last verse now runs:

    I could have told Al Johnson to stop shaving with that Ronsen
    And to leave his chest hair just where it should be
    I could have told that postie that his nuts would get all toastie
    Or I could have thought thank **** the ****'s not me!

    Ironic given that Johnson left school with dreams of being a Rock God that he is more likely, in time, to be remembered for this verse than for anything to do with his political career, which, is already much more in the toilet than he might care to think. Such is the pwer of the artist!

  • Comment number 5.

    A cross reference in the Arts world is the film In Her Shoes in which the lead character played by Cameron Diaz suffers from just such a condition. It was just the other day that a 16 year old girl written off by the system as having a sub normal IQ shuddered while watching this movie that she might have been left similarly afflicted but for luck. Cursing Mr Johnson that he should think it appropriate for her to go through life afflicted by this condition in the name of mass provision of opthalmic services by the British state. The girl is now a talented writer in her own right working on her first work of fiction. People like Johnson should hang their heads in shame.

  • Comment number 6.

    Anyone having difficulty reading should check out

  • Comment number 7.

    While checking out some of the other songs at!



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