My next door neighbor and dear friend Angela is one of my favorite people. The reasons for this are too numerous to expound upon here


I Heard This: The Smiths

My next door neighbor and dear friend Angela is one of my favorite people. The reasons for this are too numerous to expound upon here (as any of her super-fan regulars from the Tin Hat will testify), but I'll just break it down to the basics:

1) Despite her questionable vegetarian lifestyle, she always politely tries what is offered to her when traveling, which is quite often. On a recent trip to the Philippines, the girl ate snails.

2) Because of her vegetarian lifestyle, the apple tattoos on her arms are actually adorable and appropriate.

3) She never ventures onto the internet, unless it's she's had too much to drink and demands that I watch Youtube videos of Patti Smith with her. Other than that, I guarantee you she won't even know I wrote this post about her. "Pitch-what?" "Whose-Space?" It's refreshing.

4) She apparently can't clean her house without listening to "Big Mouth Strikes Again" by the Smiths. About once a week, as soon as I hear Morrissey crooning to his sweetness that he was "only joking", I know that Ang is about to bust out the vacuum. I find a strange comfort in this. So, in honor of Angela, who will never see this, here' s the Moz:

In related Morrissey news, his publicist issued a statement today with the complete details of the judgement rendered in his libel suit against Word Magazine, who foolishly reprised implications made by NME that Morrissey is racist. Big mistake on their part; full text and elaborations on his intentions to go after NME next are after the jump.

This morning in the Royal Courts of Justice, a Statement in Open Court was read before Mr Justice Eady concerning an article that appeared in the March 2008 edition of Word Magazine by David Quantick.

The closing paragraphs of that article contained statements regarding Morrissey that echoed the defamatory statements contained in the 1 December 2007 edition of the NME. That edition of the NME is the subject of ongoing libel proceedings brought by Morrissey.

The full text of today’s Statement in Open Court is as follows:-

“John Reid, Solicitor for the Claimant:

My Lord, in this libel action I represent the Claimant, the singer and musician, Steven Patrick Morrissey, professionally known as Morrissey.

My Friend, Caroline Kean, represents the Defendants, Development Hell and Mark Ellen.

The background to this claim is that the March 2008 edition of Word Magazine included an article by David Quantick concerning the Claimant, Mr Morrissey.

It has been drawn to the Defendants’ attention that the closing paragraphs of Mr Quantick’s article could have been construed to suggest that Mr Morrissey was a racist, held racist opinions or that (as the child of migrant parents) he was a hypocrite. The article suggested that Mr Morrissey has in the past paid lip service only to anti-racism.

The Defendants never intended the article to have the meanings suggested above and wish to make absolutely clear that they disassociate themselves entirely from any such inferences that might be drawn from the article. The Defendants accept that it would be absurd to accuse Mr Morrissey of being a racist or of espousing racist views. They equally accept that Mr Morrissey is not a hypocrite, in relation in particular to the views he has expressed in the past in relation to British cultural identity.

The Defendants accept that Mr Morrissey is well known as a keen supporter of anti-racist groups and the Defendants wish to make absolutely clear that they never intended the article to suggest that Mr Morrissey was anything other than a sincere supporter of anti-racism initiatives.

The Defendants wish to take this opportunity to apologise to Mr Morrissey for any offence or distress that he may have been caused by the closing paragraphs of the article and are happy to make the position clear.”

Caroline Kean, Solicitor for the Defendants:

“My Lord, on behalf of the Defendants, I confirm everything my Friend, the Claimant’s solicitor, has said.

The Defendants offer their sincere apologies to the Claimant. They hope that by making this Statement, the matter will be clarified once and for all and the record will have been set straight.”

John Reid, Solicitor for the Claimant:

“In the circumstances, My Lord, it only remains for me to ask that the record be withdrawn.”

Morrissey said:

“I am obviously delighted with this victory and the clearing of my name in public where it is loud and clear for all to hear. The NME have calculatedly tried to damage my integrity and to label me as a racist in order to boost their diminishing circulation. Word Magazine made the mistake of repeating those allegations, which they now accept are false and, as a result, have apologised in Open Court. I will now continue to pursue my legal action against the NME and its editor until they do the same.”

John Reid of Russells Solicitors, representing Morrissey in his claim against the NME, commented:

“My client is utterly determined to repair the damage done to his reputation following the statements made by the NME in December 2007 and more recently Word Magazine. The Word Magazine article would not have been published without the NME’s original article so whilst Morrissey is pleased that the record has been set straight, he remains absolutely committed to pursuing his current action against the NME and its editor. Ultimately, my client would rather spend his time in concert than in Court. Regrettably, he has had no choice but to institute both sets of proceedings in order to clear his name.”

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