Dear Jennie Bellestar

I understand that for those born on or before 5 May 1953, a tax free ‘Winter Fuel Payment’ of between £100 and £300 tax-free is available.


The very fact that two mothers mothers are huddled around the same depleting source of a kindling so feeble that by dint of their chill-inspired desperation they are attempting to fuel it via the flimsy timber pole and non-flammable oblong cloth symbolisation of a nation or country is surely evidential that this Government’s paltry concession does litttle to keep pace with soaring energy costs

It is therefore a blatant sign of the times, piece of more to come, that your grandma and my grandma (not literally mine - we lost June in 1967 and Avril soon after) are sitting by the fire setting fire to flags, as opposed to warming snugly courtesy of Eco (eco!) heating alternatives, in respect of which I am NOT talking ‘about hay now hay now’


Well done for bringing this to our attention, The Belle Stars!




Derek Philpott (and Son)


Dear Derek Philpott (and Son)
First of all we would like to say thank you for trying to decipher the lyrical content & reinterpreting a classic tale with topical relevance.
As you have taken the time to share your vision with us we felt you may appreciate a little enlightenment about Iko's origins. Though we recorded the track in 1982 it is actually a cover version of an ancient Red Indian war chant highlighting the issues of that period which at the time was tribal warfare. IKO means 'I Go' and the Warrior Grannies, who are the respected elders of that community, were arguing over whose flag was going to burn first as the flag was symbolic of the land; whose land goes first and the flag that was left standing on its pole would be the winners of the chosen land and they would achieve dominion over the losers. 'My Flag Boy or Your Flag Boy' equates to your land or mine.
'See that guy all dressed in green' was actually the honcho of a large corporation, as one of the tribes had been bought off a-la-lobbyists, spin doctors & false news. They  had the company lucre on their side, so felt sure that they would win the land;  much akin to Monsanto, Big Pharma, Shell Oil, Nestle yaddah yaddah yaddah. Heyna Heyna = Hey No and is indeed a heated argument amongst the respected elders which as mentioned were the Grandmas.
'Look at my King all dressed in Red' was the other tribe who had the King of the neighbouring lands on their side and so had an equal power to the corporations of that time. However History does have a way of repeating itself and the fact that it bears a resemblance to the recent age is surely a Sign of the Times.
We do so hope that our account of the track has added some depth. Your satirical reimagining is certainly food for thought and, like much great satire, has at its heart the darkness of real wrongs within society & the current environmental and political position we find ourselves in today.
Stay well - Jennie Bellestar




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