General advice required. Am hoping to move house from my current location with high speed Unlimited Virgin Broadband, to a place out in the sticks where Broadband doesn’t exist. There is 4G to the house and so my question is how best to manage it. At home we use Spotify, Sonos, Netflix, IPlayer, Amazon, Apple TV etc. 4G works well enough on most of those applications but the problem is the amount of 4G you can actually lay your hands on. Audio streaming is unlikely to be an issue but video streaming certainly is. (Although I wont rest until I’ve proved that my Sonos arrangement can cope) My plan is to get a router that can cope with a data sim card which should fool the house into thinking that we have proper connectivity. Out of the UK domestic providers, Vodaphone advertise 50GB per month for £25 which looks reasonable. The problem is, with four to five adults in the house, that isn’t going to be nearly enough. Does anyone have any similar experience that can turn into hints and tips?
Big Big Train gigs are not so much concerts, but pilgrimages in which their fanbase travels from across the globe to descend upon London every two years to witness their heroes reproduce the intricacies of an extensive recorded catalogue. The line up of eight core musicians supplemented on stage by a five piece brass section must be one of the most challenging tasks in live sound mixing history. Sure, there are bigger ensembles, but none that bring such a variety of textures that require a place in the mix. Duke Ellington or Simon Rattle might dispute that claim but neither have had to weave their subtleties around a thumping rock drum. This is evident on record but especially more so in a live setting.
Friday night was the first of three concerts spread over the weekend for which tickets had sold out over a year ago. To say that the level of expectation was immense does no justice at all to the dedication of the fanbase, who organised themselves into pre gig meet, greets and curries. All however were sat ready when the evening began with a rather lovely introduction as Rachel Hall (Violin) » Continue Reading.
A male dominated Mumsnet? That’s this place isn’t it?
At £82 a go its going to get expensive deep in the heart of Texas.
…… are by Ed Sheeran. How is this possible? Surely the system has croaked. Are all these songs released as singles or are they from an album(s) that people are streaming/ downloading on mass? Haven’t looked at the top 20 for some years. (Adopts suitable Geoff Boycott voice) This would never have happened in my day when Simon Bates presented it. Apparently he’s all over comic relief tonight too which might mean he gets the full top ten before the weekend is out.
I wasn’t wearing my glasses, but it seems that Donald Trump has sacked Dr Who. I’m organising a street demonstration as we speak.
On a rather touching note, the Just Giving page set up yesterday to support the 70+ staff who were laid off without pay has gone past the 50K mark. The target was 20K.
It says much about English expectations that the appointment of a new national team football manager barely raises an eyebrow here (or anywhere come to that). Has it really come to this?
They think it’s all over……..
Secretly looking forward to this…..
In my head I’m hearing a TV theme tune. Probably of a sporting nature. I’ve googled it and can’t find a reference. Am I going bonkers or can you identify the programme?
Royal Albert Hall
Above is a picture of some very unsociable headgear worn by the person sitting in front of me at the RAH last night. At best it was always going to be a crap view, but with the bobbing and weaving I had to do to in order to see the stage my evening was complete. Newspaper reviews today will tell you that this was one of the greatest nights in the venues History. Five minutes after the house lights went up, the crowd were still screaming for more. Only the lady herself was able to convince everyone that the (very short) set was over. Personally my experience was spoiled by the lack of vision but everyone else seemed to really enjoy themselves, especially the lady in the hat. Bjork sang with an entirely orchestral accompaniment, which suits the venue completely. The first half, which couldn’t have been more than 30 minutes long, was from the most recent album about a break up (not much light relief there) and the second featured a few older numbers, a couple a which I recognised. It was all done and dusted by 9:45 which felt a little » Continue Reading.
As long as I can remember in my 56 years on this planet, man has always been able to plug a pair of headphones into a socket in order to listen to music. I can remember hiding under the covers as a child with a small single earpiece plugged into my transistor radio whilst trying to navigate the crackles of radio Luxembourg. So Apple have decreed that this effort of locating a hole with a small pointy thing is superfluous. The future is wireless we are told. Short term history will be the judge but for the first time in ten(ish) years, I am thinking of Apple alternatives. Yes, I could plug my BLOODY EXPENSIVE BOSE NOISE REDUCTION HEADPHONES into the dangly adapter that Apple are hedging their bets with, but why should I? Would Steve have sanctioned this change? Are you in favour?
My admiration and dedication to the BBC’s Olympic coverage is second to none. I’ve spent far more hours than intended in front of the box admiring and rooting for Gymnasts, Swimmers, Athletes, People on Bikes, People In Boats etc etc.
A phrase that has become a little wearing however is that “History” has been made. Every time GB wins a medal (particularly if they got one last time) the implication is that an entry in the school History syllabus is being made as we speak. At what point will we have too much History to cope with?
Having grown up during the 60’ 70’s and 80’s when GB’s success in Olympic sport was minimal, it is brilliant to see a system that is attracting young people from all walks of life (not just the University elite) and providing the training and facilities to compete. We’ve got something right. Now that is History.
While I’m on the subject, having heard it multiple times over the last week, who’s the silly bugger that put the wrong chord in half way through the national anthem?
6 Golds, 6 Silvers 6 Bronze. Maybe its an omen? #probablyoutofdatebythetimeyoureadthis
The chances of any side finishing with 11 men for the first month of the season are quite remote. Jose Mourinho will probably be watching most of the season from the comfort of the upper tier too. Should make for a very lively season indeed.
Great Shame. Dave Swarbrick has fallen to the illness that he fought so hard against. This time sadly, the obituary is for real.
With politics now officially banned from the Internet until the end of June, we are able to focus upon the finer things in life. So what did you make of Dickensian?
The episode two from the end with Inspector Bucket and Marley’s killer was brilliant wasn’t it?
Stand out characters in the series for me were Mrs Bumble (Caroline Quentin) and Bucket himself (Stephen Rea).
Some of the child casting didn’t quite work and a few of the story cross overs seemed a little unnecessary but in general it was a blast.
I suspect that Christmas Day TV is already sorted if season two goes ahead, with actors falling over themselves to play Ghosts.
What did you make of it?
Very sad to read of the passing yesterday of Piotr Kozieradzki, guitarist with the Polish band, Riverside. I was very late to appreciating Riverside but their Love, Fear and The Time Machine Album last year was certainly in my top two or three releases of 2015. It’s a beautiful record, if you’ve not heard it. Piotr was only 40 years old. A great loss.
are next logical step in health and safety regulations as the Californian Porn industry sees mandatory condoms as the thin end of the wedge.
Just been chatting to Giles Martin (son of George) who mixed and produced the Beatles “love” album. Between us we sorted out my home sonos system once and for all. I somehow blagged a ticket for an event at the new Sonos studio in Shoreditch. Fascinating stuff.
Steven Wilson’s hometown gig on the current tour landed in Hammersmith last night. Almost a three hour show if you count the video introduction with a short interval for the weak of bladder. The first half is a complete performance of the Hand Cannot Erase Album, with some instrumental improvisation to boot. He really has brought a wonderful band together who seem to really enjoy themselves despite the rather melancholy nature of the material. Second half is a mix of Porcupine Tree classics, older solo material and a few tracks from the new 4 ½ CD plus some Bowie tributes that climax with a duet of Space Oddity. There’s possibly an over reliance on Video at a Steve Wilson show these days which will probably lend itself to a genuinely watchable concert DVD by the time 2016 is out. The musicianship on stage is astounding with Adam Holzman on keyboards an absolute star. Nick Beggs on bass seems to be in charge of the choreography. (some great bass work on the new CD by the way). In short, a fantastic show. My tickets (very reasonable for a London Gig at £37 ish) were a » Continue Reading.
Is it me or is Rough Trade (Spitalfields) records one of the most confusing places on earth? I work about 20 minutes’ walk away and so occasionally pop over there with good intentions about buying something. As soon as I’m through the door, I’m lost. I can’t make head nor tail of their categories and so set about trying to find a point of reference with an artist I know. My membership to this forum implies I’m not without some knowledge, but the place feels rather elitist and I never get the feeling that I used to get in record shops back in the day. I’ve returned to buying the odd piece of Vinyl in recent times so thank God for on-line trading!
The St Louis Rams NFL team are being relocated to Los Angeles following a vote of NFL owners. So much for catering for local support. Should fans in St Louis want to continue supporting their team, they face a trip of around 1,800 miles. This notion of “Franchise” as opposed to “Community” club is advancing steadily into the English Premier League. Once all of our Premier League sides are run by incredibly wealthy (and typically overseas) owners, the buggers will change the rules to suit themselves and start shifting their new toys round the world. It’ll all end in tears you know!
The much talked about tribute to Bowie by Rick Wakeman on Simon Mayo’s programme yesterday. Absolutely Wonderful.
Calling all Sonos users. Has anyone noticed any marked differences when streaming music from different sources? Last night I experimented by streaming the same three songs using Spotify, Apple Music, and then from Apple Lossless files via hard drive. Barely any noticeable difference I’d say. If anything Apple Music sounded slightly brighter, but I think I was struggling to convince myself that I could detect it. Also playing from a CD (plugged into the rear of a play 5) to my ears, is no better than streaming. I have also played Vinyl through Sonos, but in this case the quality is noticeably poorer and I need to have the volume up much louder to compensate.
Does anyone here understands the technology enough to explain what is going on? Sonos seems to act as a leveller of all these different sources.