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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Horsing Around

I have to admit even I, a man who has been writing about Nanny's daftness for a few years now, took an second look at this when I read it just to make sure I had not misread it.

Nanny and her chums in local councils have a nice little earner going for themselves wrt licences for playing music in public. These licences are required for all manner of public performances, ranging from full blown orchestras to pub sing alongs etc. However, Rosemary Greenway found out to her cost that it also applied to her.

For why?

She has been playing passages of opera and orchestral symphonies on the radio to her horses at the Malthouse Equestrian Centre in Bushton for more than 20 years, to help soothe them.

Can you guess what happened next dear readers?

Yes, that's right, Nanny in the guise of the Performing Right Society insists that she applies for (and of course pay for) a licence.

For why?

Because her stables employs more than two people it is treated in the same way as shops, bars and caf├ęs.

Completely potty!

Anyhoo, rather than pay the fee she now leaves the radio off except on Sundays when she is alone.

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  1. Kerching!!!

  2. As Sarah Bernhardt said, "I don't care what they do as long as they don't do it in the street and frighten the horses".

    If I were a Mozart-loving horse, I'd be bloody angry about this. I would urge Ms Greenway to don her Brunnhilde costume and lead a "Ride of the Valkyries" charge against Nanny PRS's offices.

    Tally Ho!

  3. Vatanen11:42 AM

    Instead of turning the music off, she could locate music with a Creative Commons (or similar) license and play that without fear of retribution.

    Don't let the bastards win.

  4. microdave12:48 PM

    Ah, but you miss the point Ken, Music is a PRODUCT just like any other and therefore you have to pay to USE IT - at least, that's how the tossers at the PRS see it.

    If you don't believe me, waste 10 mins of your time perusing their website: and make sure you checkout the jobs section. They claim to be a "Not for Profit" organisation!

    Even though the radio station has paid them already, we are expected to pay again! Doesn't that sound like VAT on top of the duty already charged on fuel?

  5. Presumably that is horse language.

  6. Nanny and her little minions walk awfully awkwardly with a large horse shoved up their Arsenal are doing awfully well this year don't you think?

  7. Speenzman5:56 PM

    I've just followed Microdave's advice and wasted about 1 minute of my life (I didn't want to spend 10) looking at the PRS jobs page:

    "Our selection methods will assess both your job-relevant ability and your behavioural fit."

    Behavioural fit, what a wonderfully 'Big Brother' phrase! I would like to point out that I have a degree in music and care deeply for music both as a medium and as an industry. But there's no way I'd ever work for an organisation that wants to give me a job simply because my 'behavioural fit' (read unquestionably towing-the-'party'-line') ticks their boxes. Long live democracy and organisations which embrace debate not only externally but internally as well.

    Wanted: drone (no musical jokes there please!)

  8. Lovely pic, btw, Ken. Where did you find it?

  9. microdave6:49 PM

    Speenzman, I was thinking more of this bit: "With competitive salaries and a highly attractive rewards & benefits package including health & wellbeing initiatives and subsidised restaurants, there has never been a better time to join us."

    I'll bet there hasn't - seeing as how they are jumping on the "Lets see how much money we can squeeze out of Joe Public" bandwagon.

  10. David J Hilton7:39 PM


  11. Ken,

    Nanny will soon be taxing the horses. I don't mean that she'll tax the owners for having horses, I mean she'll soon find a way to tax the horses themselves. A bucket of oats a week, or something.

  12. Lord of Atlantis10:53 AM

    anticant said...
    As Sarah Bernhardt said, "I don't care what they do as long as they don't do it in the street and frighten the horses".

    Frighten the horses? These lunatics frighten ME!!

    W. S. Badfellowe said...
    Nanny and her little minions walk awfully awkwardly with a large horse shoved up their Arsenal are doing awfully well this year don't you think?

    I can think of a few other things I'd like to shove up their a***s too, most of which would have sharp points!

    Whilst I accept that one should quite rightly be charged a fee, if one makes a profit out of playing music composed and played by others, this is absolutely ridiculous! The problem with the PRS and Nanny's other organisations is that they never concentrate on the REAL problems but go for the easy targets by clobbering the ordinary men and women of this country. The question is, how much longer are we going to accept all this bulls**t? (I did consider using the term horse s**t, in view of the subject we are discussing but decided against it, as I am reliably informed by my friends who are gardeners that the latter makes good fertiliser)!