So I’m visiting Crete next week. Booked completely on a whim, I’m spending seven days in Heraklion in a couple of simple hotels. I’ve been so busy working and trying to buy a house that I have done virtually zero research! Was just wondering if anybody here had visited? And if so, any recommendations on where to visit? I’m planning on hiring either a moped or a car, so I’m more than happy to travel about – but I’m assuming it’s a small island anyway… Thanks in advance.
Anybody else a fan and looking forward to season five? For me, this is one of the best tv dramas of recent time, but doesn’t seem to get the recognition like Breaking Bad etc. Previous four seasons currently back on Sky for anyone slightly interested.
What does it sound like?:
The main album is loosely conceptual – with a theme throughout that all the songs take place at night. It starts with the pulsating ‘For Your Own Good’ – somebody wanting to go out, and concludes with “Footsteps’, where somebody is waiting for their lover/partner to come home. In-between you get a bit of country (‘You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You’re Drunk’), the BBC radiophonic workshop (‘Radiophonic’) and a Kylie duet (‘In Denial). The 2017 remaster brings enhancement – particularly with the new vinyl pressing of the original album. The CD version come with two additional disc of b-sides, PSBs own remixes and demos from the 1996 to 2000 period, highlights include a duet with Elton John and a version of ‘New York City Boy’ called ‘Paris City Boy’, sung entirely in French. ‘Nightlife’ is a fabulous mix of lush strings (the Craig Armstrong produced tracks) and banging beats, produced by either David Morales or Rollo, of Faithless fame. They dressed up for this album, famously with crazy wigs and costumes designed by award-winning theatre designer Ian MacNeil. It wasn’t to everybody’s taste, but I actually think this one of PSBs » Continue Reading.
I’m not, by any stretch, an avid Beatles fan but I’ve been listening to the remastered version of Abbey Road on Spotify this week, and it struck me what a phenomenal record it really is. Such an innovative record – I find it hard to believe that it was recorded before the 1970s! The production is faultless, and the vocals are, to my ears, the best of any Beatles album. ‘Something’ and ‘Here Comes The Sun’ are works of genius by George Harrison. I think ‘Something’ is actually one of the best records ever written – it’s just amazing. And the medley on side two just works so well – it had the potential to be a self-indulgent disaster, but it’s just so ahead of its time and different. That iconic cover too.. Anyhow, just ordered it on vinyl, a great album from start to finish.
It’s Friday, sun’s shining. Bit of fun. Liam’s in the news. We are all thinking about Manchester. Was never a massive fan, but when they were good – damn they were good!
Talk Tonight Listen Up Slide Away Wonderwall Gas Panic!
Can’t be many? Here’s one – good ‘un too! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHuBrh2B5nc&feature=youtu.be
Found these really interesting – pictures of London in 1987. http://londonist.com/london/art-and-photography/in-pictures-london-in-1987?
Apparently having a good cry to music makes you feel better. I think I agree.
What brings a tear to your eye? I don’t mean because it is so bad!
For me, it’s Morrissey’s ‘I Know Very Well How I got My Name’ but I have no idea why – it’s just that ‘You think you were my first love…’ line.
Also, ‘Goodnight, Travel Well’ by The Killers, as it reminds me of my mother passing away.
Currently laid up with a virus – so have spent the last few days watching the new season of The Trip. It’s on Sky Atlantic this time, meaning you can watch them all when you want, as they’ve added them to anytime. I believe it may also be available on Now TV, for those who refuse Murdoch’s offer of entertainment. It is good, but not as good as the previous two seasons. Seemed to be missing something this time around. The ending is, frankly, bizarre. Anybody else watched?
I’d go for:
Pet Shop Boys; Actually, Introspective, Behaviour, Very
Was thinking of buying a pair of these. Does anybody own them? I’ve always been really sceptical of wireless headphones from a sound quality perspective, but I’m told these headphones have to heard to be believed. Don’t want to fork out £330 if they are naff!
It’s heartbreakingly good. https://open.spotify.com/album/7ypd9BywGTQ1fwggsZ3Fru
Tough one; think I’d be hard pushed to choose between Fargo and No Country for Old Men.
Not a huge amount, but large enough, it seems I’m due to pay the tax office some money due to a genuine oversight on my part in tax year 2015 and 16. Waiting for the final bill before I discuss ‘a payment plan’, but was just wondering if anyone had any experience/dealings of such a situation, and if so, how they found it?
Not normally overly political, but is anybody else completely shocked at the news the Red Cross volunteers are having to step in to help the NHS? When you think of the Red Cross, you think of war-torn regions, refugees, humanitarian crisis etc. To think, in the day and age, this government is not intervening with additional funding, and instead allowing this to happen. The mind boggles…. What a disgrace Jeremy Hunt really is.
I keep reading about warped, and just this week I sold some vinyls on eBay and somebody has informed me the record they bought from me is warped. The record in question had never been played or left the sleeve in 20 years, so I don’t know if that is what caused it. What does warped mean and how can you tell when your record is indeed, warped?!
Just taken delivery of the latest Peter Gabriel vinyl reissues of his albums ‘So’, ‘Us’ and ‘Up’. They are genuine things of beauty; I don’t pretend to know what a half-speed remaster on 180gram vinyl can truly offer. However it did get me thinking, if this level of sound quality can be achieved on vinyl, then is a great deal of the stuff we are spending our hard-earned on sub-standard? The albums were about the same price as any new vinyl release, but are very clearly superior in sound quality (at least on my system). Surely every record we buy now should be at this level?
Remember reading about this around the time the body was discovered. Quite a fascinating story – and interesting presentation by the BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-e8c6cbab-da44-4a3c-8f9b-c4fccd53dd24
When is old, old?
So Pet Shop Boys new single is a nostalgic look at the 1990s. In my mind, the 1990s doesn’t feel like a particularly long time ago – in fact it feels like yesterday.
One of my new year resolutions was to learn how to play poker. Not a big card player by any stretch of the imagination but was always slightly fascinated on the odd time I visited a casino or friends had a poker night in the local pub. I also recently read Victoria Coren’s book, ‘For Richer For Poorer. Confessions of a Player’ and that only intensified my curiosity. I then recently realised it was November, so over the last week or so I’ve viewed various videos, read a few articles etc. It really does appear my fascination was warranted. – I’m spellbound with the stories, tactics, rules. Any players on here?
I’ve just been reading a book by former Leeds Utd striker Ian Baird, who in the mid to late 80s was my footballing hero – along with his teammate, John Sheridan. He didn’t hit the heights of the top league for any great length of time, and never with Leeds, so he isn’t exactly a household name. The book is called ‘Bairdy’s Gonna Get You’, which I remember was the title of a chant the Leeds fans used to sing in his honour. He was a no nonsense kind of player, but scored loads, and I mean loads, of goals. I liked him as you always got the sense that he was playing the game like it was his last – he’d literally run himself in to the ground every match. His energy levels, particularly for that era of the game when it was still a few pints, fish ‘n chips after the match (and I’m talking the players, not fans), was fairly remarkable. Aside from the obvious, George Best, Kenny Dalglish etc, who was your inconspicuous footballing hero?
You know the feeling – taken for a ride by some God-awful large corporate company…
I’ll start – 18 months ago I left a job. My former colleagues were kind enough to do a collection, and knowing I like to attend gigs they bought me a Ticketmaster gift card. Very nice of them too. They must have been feeling flush, as I had the tidy sum of £280 on the card. Today I attempted to use the card to book some Strictly Come Dancing tickets as a Xmas present, only to find the gift card had expired. On closer inspection, in tiny words, it says that you have to use the card within a year. Yes, I feel ripped off and I didn’t even pay for the damn thing!!
Any other examples?
Read more: http://theaudiostandard.net/thread/1757/felt-ripped-off#ixzz3rJD8LHww
Neil Tennant has just posted how much he enjoyed this movie about the club scene in Berlin in the 1980s. Looks a really interesting movie. Trailer link below. I love the theme tune by German artist Westbam featuring Richard Butler. It’s not on Spotify, but found it on YouTube, can be heard here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSJgf3_3T74