Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 15/11/2000

[Music - Die Fledermaus]

Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Wednesday November 15, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd., the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit, & excellence, against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.

[Music up, music down!]

Today's editorial is set to music - a little gem on a recently-released double CD called Oscar Natzka: The Definitive Collection, Volume One, featuring the late New Zealand bass. Oscar died in 1951 at the age of just thirty-nine - he suffered a brain haemorrhage while on stage at the New York City Opera, singing Wagner. Yesterday I spoke to his widow, who lives in Auckland. They were married for ten years & had three children, one of whom was a musical child prodigy who was never to realise his potential - he was killed in an accident at the age of six. Oscar's own musical legacy lives on, though, & should be well-served by this new release. The reason I've selected this particular song, Invictus, today, is that it's something of a hymn to individualism:

Out of the night that covers me
Black as the pit from pole to pole
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath & tears
Looms but the horror of the shade
And yet the menace of the years
Finds & shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how straight the gate
How charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul.

Those are the lyrics - here's Oscar Natzka to sing them.


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