David Longley: No Going Back
Eastern philosophy has attracted a great deal of western interest in the last 50 years. From Tao mysticism to Feng Shui the intellectual mists of the orient have gently crept into every middle class living room in Britain, and now sit unread on coffee tables everywhere.
Much of the time the philosophy is pretty common sense stuff. First rule of Feng Shui? Clean your bloody room. Sun Tzu the author of The art of War also embodies this approach. For example: [Wise voice] ‘If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril’ sounds wise but actually means: [Cockney voice] ‘If you’ve no idea what is going on you’re probably crispy ducked, mate.’
Not that impressive, once you actually read the stuff. But boy does it make you look spiritual and deep at social forays! David Longley and his limp stand-up about Ying-Yang, psychology and being not like other blokeish blokes certainly gives a window into his knowledge of the preceding spiritual froth. Longley, probably a Buddhist, is as a very nice man but lacks any comedic karma.