Musings on the byways of popular culture
01/10/2017 by H.P. Saucecraft 62 Comments
Martin Hairnet says
01/10/2017 at 07:46
Still recovering from a sweaty, restless night under nylon blend sheets.
01/10/2017 at 08:16
*cue the wah-wha-wah-WAAAAAAAH opening from Let’s Get It On*
01/10/2017 at 07:57
It’s raining, so car booting is orf. The closest one is officially on, but from the photo posted on FB there are about 5 cars there and it looks miserable. Am currently listening to a rather spiffing Stan Getz elpee while I wait for the bathroom, and a bit later (11am in fact) a Twitter chum is doing his Listener’s Choice picks on Charity Shop Classics. I’m expecting a fair bit of doof-doof music, plus some silly stuff.
The place to stream it is allfm.org
Dunno what we’ll get up to later.
Moose the Mooche says
01/10/2017 at 08:09
Doof-Doof music? The theme from Eastenders?
Watching The Medusa Touch while ripping (to FLAC so don’t worry Hoffman Forum) the new David Bowie and DAF box sets.
H.P. Saucecraft says
01/10/2017 at 08:35
That’s already been done for you, you know. The ripping.
01/10/2017 at 08:55
Has it? Is this the Dim Web I hear so much about? I’m too scared to go in there!
01/10/2017 at 10:20
No, it’s yer regliar web.
MC Escher says
01/10/2017 at 12:24
To FLAC tho?
02/10/2017 at 02:28
If the boxes come with download codes, they usually offer a choice of mp3 or FLAC on the site.
Sometimes WAV as well.
01/10/2017 at 08:21
Just did American pancakes, crispy bacon, blueberries and maple syrup for the fam. That was nice.
Kids are going to do their homework, I’m going to email our lovely pre-orderers of deluxe editions to ask if they want their CD ahead of the rest of the package, or wait til the vinyl is delivered. Then I’m going to package up the CD orders and get them ready to drop in the post on Wednesday. 🤗
After that, I’ve got a bit of existential dread of Monday scheduled in. Yay!
Dog walk, then to Feltham for my sons football (I am honorary coach today), back home for lunch and the to a concert where my wife is singing in a choir. I’m sort of hoping my headache goes on the dog walk.
01/10/2017 at 08:32
Okay, then. Woke at five, wrote some Book, with great private enjoyment. Drove to Mukdahan. Usual great big blue sky, heroic clouds etc. Went to Indo-China market by the river and bought stuff – you know – stuff – to sell in the shop. Stopped off at the mall on the way back and pigged out on a truly epic medium-sized pizza. Slobbery air-conditioned nap on return. Cup of tea on deck.
Bingo Little says
01/10/2017 at 08:39
In my head, Private Enjoyment is your faithful man-servant and valet. He’s a loveable klutz who gets you into just as many scrapes as he gets you out of, and whose sheer affability is offset by his epic night terrors and burgeoning PTSD.
01/10/2017 at 08:47
He replaced the dreadful Critic At The Shoulder; the anti-muse spectre who adds his unwanted commentary – universally negative – to everything you write. I’m very happy with Private Enjoyment – he took his time getting here, but he’s home at last.
What happened to Old Man? Seen him lately?
Every day, in the mirror.
01/10/2017 at 10:51
Taking a look at your life?
01/10/2017 at 08:43
Coffee, Shreddies, the Grand Prix and the Marr Show all at the same time. I’m a multi-tasking Sunday Morning machine, me
01/10/2017 at 08:48
Popping to Doncaster with the good lady and son this morning.
Possibly watch a film this afternoon or do a bit of reading.
Was going to have a gardening session but the weather has put paid to that
01/10/2017 at 09:13
Pack cable trunk and load van for tomorrow’s job (I got the kit ready Friday). A walk on the seafront if the predicted 11am window in the rain appears. Expecting to have to hose son down later as he’s gone paint balling.
James Taylor says
01/10/2017 at 09:27
At work. Working week is Sunday through Thursday here in the UAE. Still rather be at home in the bath reading the papers.
01/10/2017 at 09:54
Walk the dogs, book some holiday, drum fingers nervously: we’re doing Stoptober.
01/10/2017 at 10:00
Currently hiding in Waitrose…
01/10/2017 at 11:51
Reliving last night’s curry, listening to a spot of Chopin, nice glass or red wine (okay, it’s a bit early), and er – gotta go – reliving last night’s curry again…..
Update – in case we are having a ‘How’s Your Monday?’ thread, can I just pre-empt by saying I will be at work, so it will be crap.
01/10/2017 at 12:59
No we are not doin’ Ston’enge.
hubert rawlinson says
01/10/2017 at 12:44
Had a sauna
On way to a vintage car rally.
01/10/2017 at 14:49
Exactly the same as Saturday afternoon except I’ve run out of green tea and I’ve completed the small painting I’ve been working on all week so it’s a glass of beer and episodes five and six of Black Lake on iPlayer hereabouts in Welsh Wales.
01/10/2017 at 16:01
Family swim, as normal for a Sunday. All of us this week, as Offspring The Elder’s horse-riding lesson is in the afternoon. Different swimming pool for a change – this one uses UV rather than chlorine, and has changing rooms and lockers both with working locks. Pro: eyeballs not stinging. Con: no diving, even at the deep end.
Grab on-the-hoof lunch before driving Offspring The Younger and three chums (and four scooters) to a skate park for the afternoon.
Hoping to listen to some music* at proper volume later, while GLW is at the gym. And to answer Bob’s email.
(*) Low & “Heroes” in 24/96, since you ask
01/10/2017 at 16:35
If I might cheat slightly and sneak in a bit of yesterday and tomorrow…I await a communication from the learned friends of the AW..
Tomorrow I enter my 7th decayed on this earth.
Yesterday took me to the Daylight Music event at the Union Chapel.. at which, in the company of Mrs Nog and a Nogchild, Nogsmall the Small, I enjoyed The Saxophones a duo from Portland Oregon, who delivered 30 mins of fairly gentle hazy / twangy slow-core followed by R M Hubbert’s guitar and vocal stylings, interspersed with ruminations on life’s less upbeat moments and wrapped up by Kathryn Williams, voice guitar and loop constructions.
All of this was seamlessly welded together by Hannah of this parish who took us on a musical tour of ages and genres using the fine Union Chapel organ.
All this and a slab of lemon drizzle cake too !
What a start to the day.
While all this was happening Spurs were demolishing Huddersfield – sorry Huddersfield, you’ve looked good so far and hope the rest of the season goes well.
We then wandered down from Islington along the canal stopping to replenish lost fluids and pitched up at a Mexican restaurant in Soho, having been joined by Nogsmall the slighly-larger, at which we margherita’s and taco’d our way into the mid evening.
We got back to Nog Towers and collapsed in front of whichever BBTV violence and infidelity fest that we’re currently “following.” It’s probably called “Safe Lies near the Lake.”
Today was a little less celebratory with Nogsmall’s football team being gubbed 4 – 0, much to the disappointment of the managerial team of self and my mate James.
We’re putting this down to the outbreak of 16th birthday celebrations amongst the team and the possible overlooking of our strictly applied curfew arrangements…
The hairdyer treatment or more likely, hairpiece, treatment is being prepared for the next training session.
A fine repast of roast salmon and an array of accoutrements beckons along with the various blood suckers going to bed early to await tomorrow, whilst I read the weekend papers and listen to Susanne Sondfur and then quite possibly Alan Bown or maybe Blodwyn Pig, before turning in.
I’m envious of myself !
Can I express the wish that AW folk everywhere have had a great weekend and that what is to come is of an equally high standard.
Check out The Saxophones below…
01/10/2017 at 16:53
Happy birthday for tomorrow, Nogster! That sounds like a great weekend 🙂
01/10/2017 at 18:24
Why thank you very kindly.
I shall be going at it like the Queen only with fewer corgis.
Kid Dynamite says
01/10/2017 at 18:35
01/10/2017 at 19:43
Thanks V much
02/10/2017 at 10:43
Those Union Chapel lunchtime shows are really something and you got a cracking line up on Saturday.
That Saxophones track is gorgeous. However I fear jazz fans might feel a tad short-changed about the total lack of said instrument.
Belated Happy Birthday! Sounds like a corker of a day.
Vulpes Vulpes says
01/10/2017 at 17:30
I made seven fat jars of green tomato chutney, and a gert massive tub of chicken passanda. Then I picked the best part of five kilos of quinces from the tree in the back garden, which are destined to be made into jars of red jelly yummyness when I have more time.
The curry’s since been stewing in its own spices all afternoon, and in about 45 minutes time we will scoff it with rice and G&C naans, whilst vegging out to the next bit of “The Darling Buds Of May”, which we dig out and wallow in every two to three years. Nothing better than a belly full of passanda and rose tinted fifties nostalgia. Perfick.
01/10/2017 at 18:21
Any tips on what to do with apples? I have a mighty glut this year. So far I have laid down eight jars of apple chutney (four with dates, four with some of my equally glutsome chilli peppers), done an apple cake, dried some apple rings in the oven, produced a batch of apple muffins and even made a soup with apples in it. And there’s still a big paper bag of the round green bastards on the kitchen side. Seriously considering having a go at building a cider press next weekend.
Make the most enormous crumble in history. And then invite me round. I’ll even bring my own piping hot custard (hurrr)
Sewer Robot says
01/10/2017 at 18:31
Invite all the local kids round for a mega Halloween bobbing championship and drown the little bastards.
01/10/2017 at 18:34
it’s either that or have a couple of drinks and “do my William Tell”
01/10/2017 at 18:36
I see sir has been reading the William S Burroughs Guide To Life.
01/10/2017 at 18:38
Apples can be frozen for later use. My mum used to do it with Bramleys and James Grieves (supposed to be either eaters or cookers but pretty sour IIRC)
01/10/2017 at 22:28
Apples keep without freezing. For thousands of years, since mankind emerged from the primal ooze, apples have been kept in sacks or boxes and eaten whenever. Sure, there’s always one bad apple, but that doesn’t spoil the rest.
02/10/2017 at 04:49
Well, yes, but don’t they require cool conditions rather than modern heated houses to keep? Mind you, we didn’t have central heating when I was a kid so they probably would have lasted anyway.
02/10/2017 at 05:55
Finally, the Afterword digs deep into the vibrant topic of root cellars. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root_cellar
01/10/2017 at 19:38
I pruned half the branches off my crab apple tree last winter, and still the bastard thing produced a glut of fruit. I can’t even eat apples, or crab apple jelly, so have 6 carrier bags of them in the car to give to Jo at work tomorrow. If I’d stood on the top step of the ladder, I’d probably have 12 bags.
I’m going to plant a white rice tree, so at least I can get some use out of it.
01/10/2017 at 18:33
My green tomatoes are still ripening on my kitchen windowsill. Pleasantly surprised!
01/10/2017 at 18:37
Amazing how red they go when they get some sunlight on them!
01/10/2017 at 22:29
Yes! And if you leave them they go black and green-white!
02/10/2017 at 08:37
02/10/2017 at 08:44
I prefer to drizzle olive oil on mine.
01/10/2017 at 19:42
I’ve been in Vienna. For work. The Belvedere Palace this morning in which is displayed Klimt’s Kiss among others. My tube train from Paddington was full of America Football fans
01/10/2017 at 22:33
Ach! Vienna! How ve used to stroll ze boulevards und sit unter ze cherry triss, arguink about philosophy und playink ze accordian!
02/10/2017 at 05:43
This means nothing to me.
02/10/2017 at 08:45
The cuckoo clock…
02/10/2017 at 10:14
I really got to know it in the classic period of the black market. We’d run anything if people wanted it enough and had the money to pay. Of course a situation like that does tempt amateurs
[Dead body seen floating in the river]
01/10/2017 at 22:55
Not much at all.
As in – coffee, and kindle. A spot of light brunch. Repeat for most of the day.
Same imminent dread of Mondays, although this one is a bit more acute. A day of laying people off, starting at 0830. I may not be sober tomorrow night.
Junior Wells says
01/10/2017 at 23:47
Sleep in after fairly huge day /night thanks to Mrs Wells’ team winning the Aussie rules premiership after a 35 year drought.
Potter round round then into the big smoke for dinner an Old Crow Medicine Show playing Blonde on Blonde. Much better than I expected.
02/10/2017 at 02:14
My Sunday morning was, like, easy.
02/10/2017 at 11:41
Mine was more easy, like.
02/10/2017 at 03:45
Slept late after waking in the early hours feeling slightly bilious but not enough to require getting up and making a call on the big white telephone. Drank coconut water and then some coffee a bit later. Ate the crust of a new loaf with the last of a jar of peanut butter.
Wasted a couple of hours on t’net after reading a further chapter or two of Sylvia Patterson’s “I’m Not With The Band”.
Realised I had just over an hour to get dressed etc., grab an additional bite to eat and get out the door to a pub gig in Hemel Hempstead featuring “The Zimmermen”, a six-piece electric-Dylan tribute band with absolutely no harmonica-abuse, a slide guitarist and an amplified-acoustic guitarist, Hammond-y keyboards, bass, drums and a good singer.
Got there just after the advertised time of 4pm, to discover the band weren’t due on until 4:30. They actually got started just before 5pm. Had a pint of Tribute ale.
Highlights of the first set were a reggaefied “I Shall Be Released”, “I Want You”, “Make You Feel My Love”, “Ballad Of A Thin Man” and “Handle Me With Care”. Small but appreciative audience.
I didn’t stay for their second set as I was going on to my regular twice-monthly jazz gig in Colindale, which starts at 7pm and I didn’t want to be late as the seating there is limited.
Tenor saxophonist Dave Lewis accompanied by Tim Lapthorn on electric piano and house band regulars Phil Scragg on electric basses and Rick Finlay on drums. A mix of standards, more modern and occasionally quite funky stuff. Lovely sax tone and a very inventive player.
The place was pretty much full and the patrons very appreciative, if a little noisy.
I had a further couple of pints (Caledonian XPA) and ate an excellent cheeseburger with hand-cut chips.
02/10/2017 at 11:22
We went to High Wycombe.
Having achieved that we came home again.
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