My wife is convinced that I know the strangest people, she might be right! There is a musician, James Ellis that hit my radar a while ago. He is a bit of an anathema in that he does not seek publicity, he doesn’t Twitter or Facebook, in fact to the best of my knowledge he doesn’t even have a web page! I have no idea what drives him, nor do I know where he is headed, but he is delightfully eccentric, maybe that is why I like him.

His songs always seem to have a social message that resonates with current events. It was a few weeks ago that James opened up a little to me and shared a rather short, but very strange song with me, Lonely Geek Boy. It was a sad little tune. I have to admit that at the time I really didn’t think much about the song, I could not see the context. Actually I thought James had lost his marbles! In fact I was beginning to agree with my wife, maybe I do hang out with some bizarre people.

Yesterday I finally got to understand the story behind Lonely Geek Boy. One of James Ellis’s cohorts patched together a rather crude video.

It turns out that Lonely Geek Boy is all about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange who is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The cops want him, but they can’t touch him while he remains inside the embassy.

James and his friends are ‘Luddites’, but they mean well. I could not resist helping them, the video needed a wider audience than could be found via email. So it is now on YouTube for everyone to enjoy.

Simon Barrett

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