Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Lights Out in London?

I'm finally back from my guvmint-imposed hiatus (no time to blog). I don't know how long this will last due to my constant criss-crossing the world supporting the Global War on Terror (or GWOT). Anyway, I just ran into this at Planet Gore at National Review Online's Corner. Apparently, some radio station is trying to enlist Londoners to turn off all lights and other non-essential electrical applicances between 9:00 PM and 10:00 PM on the 21st of June. That's all well and good, except the 21st of June is the longest day of the year and the sun goes down in London around 9:20 PM. Wow! What a sacrifice! Next they'll ask all Londoners to turn off their lights between 3:00 AM and 4:00 AM the next day to combat global warming.

The name of their campaign, Lights Out in London, sounded kind of familiar, so using Al Gore's invention, I looked it up. Sure enough, I was right. Lights Out in London is the name of a song by the 80's heavy metal group, UFO. I'm sure the Cap'n remembers them since we saw them in concert as the warm up group for another 80's heavy metal band (I don't remember which one), but I used to have a t-shirt from their concert that I wore long and proud during my annaul summer vacation trip to Europe.

Yet again, using Al Gore's invention, I poked around a bit and found a video for Lights Out in London on YouTube and it couldn't be more apropos. Someone made a video of the Power Rangers fighting Goldar and Scorpina (no, I'm not a Power Rangers nerd. It was part of the video description) to the music of Lights Out in London. Our intrepid hero, Ken Livingson, mayor of London as the Power Rangers, takes on the forces of global warming, Goldar and Scorpina. Will he vanquish them or will the forces of global warming succeed in blotting out the sun and draining the Livinator of his power? We can only keep our fingers crossed.

Ed note: After poking around yet some more on Al Gore's invention, the unamed heavy metal group that I saw with UFO was Blue Oyster Cult. Oh yeah! Give me that old time heavy metal!



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