Bob Dylan has been picked up by the police in New Jersey, according to a news! Acting suspiciously, apparently. Neither of the police recognised him. The policewoman was "very young" apparently, but how young is that? You can't get into the police if you're five. I'm not saying 'ooh, she should have recognised him' or anything like that, I'm just wondering how old a 'very young' police officer is. They got complaints about a guy acting suspiciously in the Latin quarter of Long Branch, and it was him. They don't say what he was doing. This is irresponsible reporting, he was acting suspiciously, he wasn't charged, what the crikey was he doing?
"The songwriter, famous for hits such as Like a Rolling Stone and Mr Tambourine Man... the news says. I guess he wasn't wearing a t-shirt saying 'I wrote the following famous hits...' What does it matter whether they knew who he was anyway? It carries the implication that they got calls about someone
Image via Wikipediaacting suspiciously, he had no ID, and they picked him up because they didn't know he was Bob Dylan. What difference does that make? Does Bob Dylan have some sort of diplomatic immuity? If so who is he a diplomat for? The folk community? I don't think that counts. Or is it that he was acting suspiciously, but not suspiciously for Bob Dylan? What was he doing, playing the harmonica? Practicing some links for Theme Time Radio Hour, alarming passers-by with sudden outbursts like "I've got an email here from Brad Pitt, he says he likes cheese in his sandwiches, here's a song about a cheese sandwich"? That would be in an episode on sandwiches. I doubt he's done one on sandwiches. It was hypothetical.
My favourite part of the news was near the end when it said Dylan, 68, who was in the area for a concert with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, has been spotted out alone previously. Rather than use a chauffeur-driven car after a concert in Belfast in 1991, he was spotted waiting at a bus stop by a television crew. Actually that's a slight misquote. That's not exactly what it said. They spelled Belfast with a small b, but It Is What It Is has higher grammar standards than the Daily Telegraph. So don't go comparing the frequency of their mistakes with mine or anything. Anyway, wow, he's been spotted out on his own twice in eighteen years, big deal! Or has he got some problem I don't know about that prevents him? If he does, I'm sorry for that bit, but I didn't know. Perhaps I'd better leave it there.
(Oh, nearly forgot, very much liking the leaked new Radiohead song, These Are My Twisted Words, I'm sure you can find it somewhere if you're interested, it's probably on youtube or something).
that's all from me for now
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