With a few Sweden residents on here I am reasonably confident of some helpful replies. My wife unexpectedly received a long service travel voucher and as a result we are off to Stockholm with our daughter and her boyfriend the first week of January. We know it will be very cold but aside from the Abba Museum which has already been marked as a must can you please provide some helpful tips and recommendations.
First album bought: Iron Maiden – Number Of The Beast Last Album Bought: Matt Berry – Television Themes Desert Island Album: The Who – Quadrophenia Last Album Listened To: Thin Lizzy – Live & Dangerous 2018 recommendation: Wreckless Eric – Construction Time And Demolition
Bri is innocent you know (although perhaps still guilty)….
Pretty surprising change of career for the ganja-infused reggae star? Photographed in Topsham, Devon near where I live. Perhaps you’ve had an ex-member of Pickettywitch come to service your boiler? Or Howard Jones’ mime chum clean your windows. Time to reveal all.
If like Mr & Mrs thep you were hard up in the 90s, chances are you took out a bank loan or remortgage to try and put things right. Chances are, unless you were less whimperingly grateful than we were, you were mis-sold PPI.
So far, so obvious. I’ve been watching all the ads from people hoping to help you reclaim the hard-earned while hoping to seize a chunk for themselves, but thought the bank (Lloyds in my case) would try to wriggle out of it somehow. Then one day I thought what the hell and got in touch with Lloyds.
Next thing that happened was the arrival of a huge sheaf of forms asking for information I had no hope of finding. So that’s that, I thought.
Next thing, a cheery bloke from Lloyds rings up. We haven’t had your forms back, he said. I told him why. Everybody says that, he said, and proceeded to walk me through some simple questions: address of relevant property, rough time scale (mid-90s was enough) and so on. It was obvious from the way he was talking that I had a case: ‘So I expect you did this, or that, didn’t you’ » Continue Reading.
I like a good homily, bromide, bit of received wisdom, whatever. Useful for passing on to less wise colleagues or the feckless youth. I am particularly fond of:
If a deal looks too good that’s probably because it is… or The best argument against democracy is a 5 minute chat with the average voter or Penny wise pound foolish (especially when buying fun but non-essential items)
What are yours? Are there times when you have ruefully muttered something, but too late?
Let’s pass on our collective wisdom.
Only been a couple of years since Silver Bullets but there is a new album out called Snowbound. Only on my second play but it’s sounding pretty fab. Alas, they are no longer on Flying Nun, the world’s favourite record label.
Amy Winehouse hologram tour in 2019. Have they no shame?
I somehow have caught wind of the Band of Love and their debut disc Folk Fever, where disco meets trad arr head on, uncertain if any survivors. Is this a monster or a monstrosity?
Fans of The Steely Dan will perhaps know of guitarist Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter’s second career as an expert on missile-defence and counterterrorism. It’s quite a story, told in the article link below.
So Skunk was at the White House yesterday, not as part of the Kanye circus, but to watch Donald Trump sign the Music Modernisation Act, which reforms copyright laws, one of the more enlightened moves of his presidency. The famous tash is present and correct.
They may be accused of going through the motions and rattling out the old hits on their current tour, but you certainly can’t accuse them of not keeping us entertained in the soap opera that is Fleetwood Mac………
Has there ever been a more dysfunctional band ?
Honestly, the state of these berks. I mean, just look at them…
The I Feel Love hitmaker is heading out on his first ever tour at the ripe old age of 78. On the surface sounds unmissable, but I had a quick peek at the event description on the Symphony Hall site. Giorgio will be conducting, playing the vocoder…and telling personal stories that have never left the studio before…hmmm….and paying tribute to his muse Donna Summer by having her perform ‘live on screen’ with her band…£48-73.
On second thoughts…sounds like actual Giorgio time is being carefully managed…an the whole thing could be pretty gruesome. I’m a pretty big Moroder fan (Electric Dreams apart) but I think I’ll sit this one out. Anyone planning to go?
What I mean is that stuff like Bob Marley or UB40 leaves me cold. I just find it all a bit samey, predictable and dull. And yes, I know this is coming from someone who loves hip hop! I try, every now and then, but I just don’t like it. The recent Rolling Stone had a little buyer’s guide for reggae, but I didn’t like the albums I tried from their list.
However, I do like the odd track, like Poor & Needy by Misty In Roots, and I am enjoying some stuff by Linton Kwesi Johnson that a mate gave me. I also really like the reggae influenced bits on albums by Massive Attack and Leftfield. I guess it’s the more atmospheric, darker type of thing that I like, rather than the more lively, popular stuff, and maybe reggae influenced rather than reggae itself.
I’ll continue to periodically listen to the more popular reggae albums to see if my view has changed. After all, it took me donkeys years till I got The Fall or Tom Waits, both of whom I enjoy listening to now. But with what I’ve said above is there anything else that anyone would recommend?
What’s the last piece of unsolicited advice or compliment that you’ve given to a complete stranger?
I was on New Street station the other week and I couldn’t resist telling one of the station cleaners ‘that is one fine beard you have there sir’.
This news item interested me. The lady in question is talking about her discomfort in being left a note on a train by a man who had been looking at her during the journey.
On Twitter – TV’s Ian Wright commented along the lines that it’s political correctness gone mad etc and then hundreds of people comment along the same lines, backing him up – saying you can’t even compliment a pretty girl anymore – sheesh! Comments are on the extreme side, some from people that would probably defend the Yorkshire ripper as a red-blooded bloke who just got a bit carried away.
Well, that’s her point isn’t it? What her face looks like is nothing to do with random bloke on the train – yet he feels that she’s letting the side down or not proving a good service by looking a bit glum in public. If he was a fashion designer and she was the model and the brief was to appear happy and vibrant, he would have a point.
But now we go to another level – the doubterz point out that this is a PR stunt and to prove it the note is written with » Continue Reading.
Got this from SpinCDs today, if you are owed money from them you may have got this message if not read it. It could be of benefit to you, good luck.
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According to Wikipedia, “L’esprit de l’escalier or l’esprit d’escalier (“staircase wit”) is a French term used in English for the predicament of thinking of the perfect reply too late.” The French philosopher Denis Diderot originated the term after being unable to think of the perfect retort until he had descended the staircase to leave his host’s home.
We’ve all had witty rejoinders never said, either because inspiration struck too late or because we simply lacked the nerve to say it to someone’s face.
Here’s my best one. My wife’s best mate is quite a bit younger than us and has lots of tattoos. She also happens to be a big Tolkien fan. She was pointing out an inking that involved a lot of runic symbols.
“It’s the lyrics to my favourite song,” she explained, “in Elvish.”
…I sadly didn’t say, but wish I had.
I enjoyed hugely this news item from Nodepression.com about the song the Milk Carton Kids wrote for a recent Americana awards show:
“Missing from this year’s Americana Music Awards & Honors show in Nashville last week was longtime host Jim Lauderdale. For many years, Lauderdale, flashing his wry grin, would shout out the familiar cry, “Now, that’s Americana!” when an act finished its performance. Lauderdale’s slogan served as a tongue-in-cheek response to the often-asked question, “What is Americana?” This year’s hosts, The Milk Carton Kids, decided that we needed an even clearer answer to the that question, so they wrote a song that had the crowd nodding knowingly and roaring with laughter. Here are the lyrics to “What Even Is Americana?”:
Lyrics in comment below.
A couple available – Rick Wakeman Piano Odyssey – follow up to last year’s Piano Portraits set – and The Police – box set of complete studio albums with a disc of rarities.
Also, if you’re trying to post a ‘nights in’ piece, please note there’s an issue with this part of the site at the moment which is preventing reviews appearing – the powers that be are working on it.
We’ve just binge watched Series One… so late to the party that the hosts have cleaned up, moved house and held the following years party already.
I know it’s a badge of honour for many to have never seen one minute of the hugely popular TV drama series but it’s all about courtly skullduggery, political murders and power struggles whilst the plebs continue their grim lives without two turnips to rub together.
All this in the week that the head of Interpol is abducted in China, a Saudi writer is kidnapped and tortured to death and investigations continue into Russian spies poisoning British civilians continues.
… now where’s that turnip?
Bear with me. You can all visualise Popeye eating spinach, yes? There’s a brief period where nothing happens – but then…oh my!
Popeye Interruptus is when we don’t wait for the result and just watch him eat the spinach. Turn off the telly at that point and it’s fair to say you haven’t had the full Popeye experience. It you had just waited for a bit, you’ll see all kinds of things happen.
After a very good first album, Tears for Fears released a terrible, terrible, single (“The Way You Are”) and it sold badly despite R1 airplay, TOTP, Pebble Mill, Swap Shop, Cheggers. “Mothers Talk” came along after that and was a bit better but not convincing. A more ruthless label would have dropped them there and then – just at the time when their best material was imminent.
So…which bands/acts do you think would have been household-name National Treasures by now if only their label had given them a bit more sustained support in the early years?
This is inspired by mention of Gilbert O’Sullivan and his unhappiness over his label’s lack of investment in his work etc. But at least he “made it” to » Continue Reading.
Lately my phone just will not remember my AW login so I have to re-enter sign in details each time. First world problem but irritating. Anyone else got this? I’m using the Samsung browser.
I’ve just set up a new twitter account thingy as gigarchive@gigtickets2.
In it I’ve posted copies of many of my concert tickets going back 30+ years and put a personal memory for each one as to what sticks in my mind the most. They are a mix of punk, rock, indie and more mainstream (so a bit of everything) starting from 1979.
Please feel free to have a browse, post your own tickets, share an experience ….
Most of mine are Midlands based so it would be great to see comments from others who went to the same gigs or maybe another venue on any particular tour.
Ultimately I thought it could be a short and snappy repository for a gigging past.
Does anyone have experience of Mesh Wi-fi? I seem to be unable to get a reasonable wi-fi signal through our house. It’s hardly a castle – I’d say a medium size 1970’s 4 bed – but it seems whatever I do I get dead spots. I’m guessing the lining in the chimney and the other materials used are the problem.
I’ve bought some Devolo homeplugs following reviews here but they didn’t cure the deadspots and Sonos and iPlayer would just hang. I added in a non wi-fi TP Link plug which via an ethernet cable got the Sonos unit and Roku sorted and had no noticeable impact on the wif fi speed.
The Devolo app I have claims the signal is reaching the 2 remaining extenders but internet radio just hangs and stutters despite being less than 4 feet from one of them. Videos spool. It’s an old Netgear N300 DGN 2200 router which is on the floor (a problem with power socket access not being near the BT master socket) which I guess doesn’t help. I’m skeptical that a different router will get to the blindspots.
The Google mesh wi-fi gets good reviews but it’s not cheap. It reckons » Continue Reading.