I spent most of yesterday's web-time attempting to befriend people in Tehran. Having read an inspiring and instructive article in Sunday's Observer Music Monthly about the underground music scene in Iran and the lengths that many musicians have to go to in order to do their thang, it seemed the least I could do as a fellow musician and lover of music. For once, the word 'underground is pretty much a literal description as music that hasn't been state approved is, to all intents and purposes, illegal in the Islamic Republic. Needless to say, it is still listened to and played.
I also figured that this would be a great opportunity to get a different perspective on what it's like to live in that vast, enigmatic and conflicted place. After all, if you want to get behind the propaganda (our perceptions of Iran, of course, are beset by waves of that from both inside and out), to see beyond the official lines and stock responses, you can usually do worse than sticking a pin in a list of bloggers and seeing what comes up. That's perhaps the single best thing about the web (providing, of course, you're privileged enough to live somewhere where any restrictions on one's surfing are relatively light...)
So, in that context, to hear of the imminent retirement of perhaps my favourite homegrown blogger, Spinsterella, was the blogging equivalent of finding out that the BBC had been shut down. I'm sure all my readers (well, both of you) will join me in wishing her health, happiness and success in whatever other endeavours she chooses to turn her hand to.
And thank you Spinny for all those wonderful posts. For once, it was a pleasure being spun...
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