Not a particular fan of the four circles myself, though I would quite like to be in the position of choosing between it and its Teutonic rivals, but found this ad very appealing. Surely one of the best theme tunes of the ‘golden age of telly’ (quotation marks very much intended) Are you free?
Things We Said Today.
Wanting to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Scotch, a recent googling led me to this wonderful treasure trove.
YouTube as we know is home to ne’er-do-wells of all stripes but let’s not forget that it makes sites such as this possible. Armed only with a rudimentary understanding of video technology an ordinary bloke (well as ordinary as an undertaker can be!) with a passion for a particular subject such as Ralf Mitchell can build a global audience.
For those such as myself wishing to delve slightly deeper into all things Scotch the first video I’ll post below is a good place to start but there is a positive cornucopia of information on his channel, including the occasional detour into the world of sipping rums, bourbons, even absinthe.
Also, a video he posted that made a greater impression on me than any amount of nanny state hectoring is shown below. All quality stuff and highly recommended.
Any other suggestions of similarly unlikely YouTubers welcome…
Favourite moments from this much-missed series?
Nil Fun singing Distant Sun would take some beating.
Nil might be the perfect live performer – equally adept at the between song banter as the actual performance. At the risk of coming over all mindfulness on yo’ ass, he’s as ‘in the moment’ during the jocularity of the banter between songs as he is during the often quite dark songs themselves. Great hair too 🙂
Other suggestions from this mostly fantastic programme welcome.
Following my appreciation of a current (to me but prehistoric to my daughters) top pop smasheroonie I felt we could widen this out to an appreciation of all things apologetic. It’ll be all contrite on the night perhaps…
An 80’s Caledoni-pop cult classic to begin from me.
and the video is a simple idea done really well.
On the latest Discover Weekly playlist that Spotify kindly compiled for me, this track appeared. To be honest I only knew the Carpenters version and was further surprised to learn that Klaatu were at one point suspected to be an actual undercover Beatles?!
I consider myself to have a pretty decent knowledge of all things Fab but I confess I wasn’t aware of this at all.
…is surely provided by this interview with Randy Newman.
I mention the Beach Boys, and how I love them (‘yeah, they’re great’), but that Brian Wilson’s arrangements sound meek next to Nelson Riddle’s. ‘Absolutely. Those guys were really sophisticated. Gordon Jenkins, Billy May. The Beach Boys was baby stuff.’ The one pop writer he gives unqualified praise to is Carole King. He recalls going up into the hills above LA with his teenage friend Lenny Waronker — the son of a music executive, who grew up to be one himself — so they could listen to a hip Chicago radio station. ‘He’d say, “Oh, that’s a Carole King song.” And it was better, her stuff. I could hear it. And a lot of the reason it was better is that she knew the old song repertory.’
Let’s start with a twofer.
Heaven is a Place in Perth by Belinda Carlisle.
Just brilliant. Lyrically, vocally, musically and, er, productionly.
The 80s was a purple patch for 60’s / 70’s survivors. Winwood and Clapton spring to mind.
Any other suggestions welcome…
Let me say from the outset that as a Rangers fan I have no wish to downplay my club’s pitiful exit of the Europa League at the first hurdle against Luxembourg’s fourth best team. I publicly stated at the time of Pedro Caixinha’s appointment as manager that I feared it would not go well, and so far he has presided over some shocking performances, notably our worst ever home defeat (against who escapes my memory) and now this abject capitulation. We don’t have the luxury at this fragile stage of our rehabilitation of some exotic experiment. We need solid, tangible progress. The ‘Portuguese-James-Bond-who-talks-a-helluva-game’ is vanishingly unlikely to provide this as far as I’m concerned.
However, there is surely a broader theme emerging here. St. Johnstone, managed admirably by Tommy Wright (a credible contender for the Ibrox post in many people’s view) exited tamely against Lithuania’s FC Trakai. Wright made the point that St. Johnstone have one of the smallest budgets of the SPL, but what budget do FC Trakai have?
This recent Scotsman article, covers these issues well:
“It’s been one week since you looked at me, cocked your head to the side and said I’m angry. Five » Continue Reading.
I am ready now to fall.
No particular reason for posting – just a reminder of my favourite line from my favourite Dels song. Goosebumps time for me.
And here it (quite lideralee) is.
Paul Haig – Something Good.
And good it most certainly is in that rich vein of Scots-Americana-80’s.
Anyway, just thought I should lighten the mood from all this heavy decline of civilisation shit – I just stumbled upon the rather amazing fact that you can, in certain conditions, see the Isle of Man from Blackpool prom, even though distance and the curvature of the earth should make this impossible.
If you are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, you are seeing it with the help of an atmospheric phenomenon.Refractive looming, refractive towering and maybe helped by a Superior Mirage, helps you to get a clear view of the hills and valleys, as the light is affected by the atmospheric conditions. (…) In this instance the layers of differing refractive index cause the rays of light to be bent, and sometimes reflected, downwards. Under these conditions you can actually see over the horizon, which is why you can see more of the Isle of Man than you strictly should be able to from Cleveleys.
Far out, Man!
I thought, given the interesting reception my recent posts about Grenfell Tower and Climate Change received, that I may as well come out of the closet as a qualified fan of *some of* the ‘Alt-Right’.
The above video is provocative and mocking but y’know, boo-fucking-hoo. Non left-liberals have had to put up with far worse for decades on the BBC.
I don’t expect many on here to like videos such as this, but isn’t there just a tiny sense that maybe a pricking (insert own joke here) of an overly comfortable, complacent worldview mightn’t be such a bad thing?
Any informed rebuttals of the points made (however snarkily) in the video eagerly awaited, as well as more general comment about ‘no-platforming’, ‘generation snowflake’ etc.
From the ever wonderful Clive James…
When you tell people once too often that the missing extra heat is hiding in the ocean, they will switch over to watch Game of Thrones, where the dialogue is less ridiculous and all the threats come true. The proponents of man-made climate catastrophe asked us for so many leaps of faith that they were bound to run out of credibility in the end.
The usual calls for witch-burning will no doubt ensue, and the authority of the keyboard player of D:Ream Brian Cox invoked, despite the fact his hit should have been retitled in line with his worldview ”Things Are Worse Than We Thought and we only have 50 days/weeks/months/years to save humanity*
Apologies if this awful subject is covered elsewhere on here but I only found Vulpes Vulpes’s commendable link to the Just Giving page.
The absolute cause of this tragedy is yet to be known, but we can make some observations. Mine are:
This is an awful event that almost certainly wouldn’t have happened if the residents had been more middle-class, influential and litigious.
Theresa May has responded woefully to this, and is about as far from her original USP of ‘strong and stable’ as it’s possible to be.
Corbyn is shamelessly exploting this event for ‘the cause’. Are you confident the many tower blocks in Labour-run areas are safe Jeremy? Because if you’re not, your recent posturing looks utterly deplorable.
That said, the public seem to be on your side. Just consider though, that Blair and Cameron would have been on the scene in minutes, emoting for all they were worth with the survivors, but I thought we’d moved beyond such superficiality?
at least that was my initial reaction on seeing the image accompanying this article 😉
No denying it’s lost its buzz over the years as Scotland have sadly declined but it still has something, even if that is mainly nostalgia from our point of view. This image is from a programme from Scotland v Spain in 1984 and the strength of the Scotland squad, drawn from the best teams on both sides of the border and Barca (!) is staggering. We’re in with a shout as any team is in a one-off game but by jings it’s a big ask. Brian.
in the morning it won’t be there no more…
Well, let’s hope. Anyway, for now this is my GreatestRecordOfAllTime.
Recently bought a used HP laptop. Chief reasons for purchase were 8gb of ram and a core i3 processor or higher. Both aspects fine.
But what surprised me was the appreciable difference in audio quality. It has B&O Play, and on first listen through the in-built speakers the sound was sharp and clear but still inescapably tinny. But playing it through a pretty basic bluetooth setup (logitech adaptor connected to my ancient but ever trusty decades-old Technics midi system) the difference is appreciable, even compared to an iPad Mini 3, which was my Spotify player of choice previously.
Up Around The Bend by the mighty CCR.
No particular reason – it came up on a spotty playlist and was just reminded what an utterly virile example of rock’n’roll it is. Wonderful.