I have just seen the BBC News and their piece on the Sistine Chapel`s ceiling masterpieces by Michelangelo and the hosting of tapestries by Raphael. Of course I have seen film footage and pictures of this artwork before. I am no art critic or art expert, far from it, very far. But I was gobsmacked by what I just saw. I cannot state in words my feelings as I saw these magnificent works of humanity, truly breathtaking. That`s all.
I ask this because of the recent fatality count.
I don`t mean to be a harbinger of doom and despite having a chest/breathing condition putting me at higher risk of not surviving the virus should I be infected I am still looking forward to ALL The Beatles Special Editions to be released in the next few years.
In fact I have been reassured by the measures the Government has so far taken.
BUT and it is a bloody BIG BUT! What measures are other nartions taking to stop the spread of Covid-19? What kind of measures are Third World countries able to take? Have they been able to quarantine people entering their countries from China. I doubt many of these nations have the infrastructure to carry out these measures.
I thought maybe I shouldn`t post on this subject but hiding our heads in the sand, to me is a no-no. Yes we have had previous outbreaks Sars, Swine Flul, etc that eventually came under control and hopefully the same will happen with Covid-19.
By the way, my glass is always FULL.
Came across this while scanning news from around the globe this weekend.
Fully Armed Rally-Goers Enter Kentucky’s Capitol Building With Zero Resistance
Armed gun owners rallied in Kentucky entering the state’s capitol building in Frankfort on Friday.
“The gathering was organized by the group We Are KY Gun Owners. They were spurred into action when Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam pushed for new gun control measures that led to threats of violence, culminating with Northam declaring a state of emergency earlier this month. Astonishingly, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, visitors to the capitol building are banned from entering with umbrellas or sticks that are used for protest signs because they can be “used as weapons,” but guns and rifles are permitted.”
“Weirdest thing about guns in the Kentucky Capitol: if you have one, you’re told to walk around the metal detector. Others must pass through and get wanded.”
Crazy, crazy and what`s more feckin` ctrazy. That`s what I thimk.
*Since 1959, the United States has had 50 official states. Sometimes, people incorrectly consider Washington, D.C., which is a » Continue Reading.
I see Phil is making news headlines from the sycophantic UK media.
Who the hell cares? None of his own family could be arsed to visit the haggard cretin while he was in hospital. Why should we give a damn what happens to this family of scroungers, inbreds and pedophiles.
This is obviously my own personal opinion and I don`t claim to speak on behalf of anyone else.
….WHERE IS THE YELLOW, TURD HEADED TWAT!
BODY OF A LIAR, WOMAN BEATER, DICTATOR, FIDDLER OF PUBLIC FUNDS & CRIMINAL FOUND DEAD IN A DITCH.
That goon Nigel Farage just appeared on the TV, my grandson, aged 6, asked “Is that Donald Trump?” I said “No”, the grandson replied “Well he talks stupid.”
I`ve had a lot of issues with Amazon lately.
I try to buy from independent record stores but sometimes they cannot get what I want in stock and I buy lots of physical music and movie releases, therefore finances have to be considered.
Checking my card accounts over the weekend I discovered that I had been charged up front for 15, yes FIFTEEN pre-orders.
Not just that, they had charged me for the same order twice, on two cards. And not just that they had charged twice on two cards for three different items. And not just that they have charged me for an item I had cancelled and that was a pre-order!
So I contacted one of the card companies and raised a dispute over the double charges and the cancelled item. So I`m not worried the card company will sort that out.
The problem is Amazon Customer Services. I have attempted to resolve the charging for pre-orders, speaking to over 10 different Amazon Reps in India, South Africa and The Philippines. I`m not going to go into their explanations except to say it is a load of bollocks.
So has anyone had the same issue?
Does anyone know » Continue Reading.
…I`M ENJOYING IT!
Big Big Train the UK`s Premier Prog/Folk band have a new album out in May, details below. This is the follow up to their last studio album, `The Second Brightest Star` (2017) and their live album from 2018 `Merchants Of Light.
In a year that has already seen the Re-Release of 2019, Van`s `The Healing Game` even though The Fabs `50th Anniversary Abbey Road` (yes Tiggs, it`s out in September) and new albums from The Long Ryders, Rustin Man, Yola amongst others which will be vying for album of the year. All to no avail BBT`s `The Grand Tour` is a certainty.
Here`s the details; Big Big Train will be releasing Grand Tour, their new studio album, on May 17th 2019. It is available for pre-order now: follow the links on the front page of our website.
Inspired by the 17th and 18th century custom of the Grand Tour, where young men and women travelled to broaden the mind, Big Big Train have made an album of songs set in distant lands and beyond.
Grand Tour features nine new tracks which will take listeners on an epic journey over land and sea and through time and space.
Drummer Nick D’Virgilio » Continue Reading.
This box includes Ronnie’s 4 solo albums – Anymore For Anymore (+ singles), Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance, One For the Road and the cruelly underrated See Me. In addition it features tracks from Ronnie’s Mahoney’s Last Stand album with Ron Wood and Rough Mix with Pete Townshend. The final disc of the set focuses on Ronnie’s time in the US with live highlights and studio tracks never previously released. The set also featured lots of rare and unreleased material – be prepared to here fantastic cover versions of The Wanderer, Rocket’ 69 and The Joint Is Jumpin’ as well as unheard Ronnie compositions plus live recordings, tracks for the BBC and highlights from a legendary Rockpalast concert. The set is curated by long time musical associate of Ronnie’s, Slim Chancer musician Charlie Hart. Comprehensive sleevenotes focus on Ronnie the musician, the songwriter, the collaborator and split the post ’73 period into three distinct parts . Writers are Paolo Hewitt, Kris Needs and Kent Benjamin covering Ronnie’s Austin years.
Packaging – 6 discs housed in a hard back book with outer slipcase. The package also include a book of Ronnie’s lyrics and an A2 fold out poster.
Link and picture » 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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We apologise to customers who have pre-paid for orders which have not been delivered. Where payments have been made by card, you should contact your card provider who may make a chargeback request under s75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
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I just posted about this album somewhere else on here but thought it deserves greater exposure. It arrived at Harkonnen Towers this afternoon and has been on repeat all afternoon.
I give you Chingón with `Mexican Spaghetti Western`;
Just a head`s up with regard to Spin CDs based in Newcastle, UK.
I know there have been warnings from others on here with regard to these bandits.
I decided to place an order for some albums in February. They are the European `Grey Area` releases, recorded radio shows from the `70`s, perfectly legal in the EU. They were due for release in April, but the release date was put back every month, October being the latest date. The thing is the same items on the Spin site have intermittent been advertised as `Shipped In 24 Hours`.
When I have phoned or emailed Spin for an explanation, I have had no answer and believe me I`m talking upwards of 50 emails and a dozen phone calls. The above example is obviously a scam, they advertise items that they either get a small number of or none at all. Spin also take your money up front.
Why did I order from them if I had prior knowledge of their dodgy practices? I was hoping that maybe they had changed their ways, maybe their shambolic organisation had improved and maybe I could get a good deal. The trouble is I have too » Continue Reading.
Just looking at Gabby Logan & Danny Murphy gabbering on about Englands chances tonight, she in a leather jacket he in a M&S zip up jumper.
So? You may ask, well it`s the first time I`ve seen a football World Cup taking place in a location colder than Inglaterra at the same moment in time.
Should we be happy? It seems we should but realistically nothing has been agreed, no deals made on paper anyhow.
Two nutters with the greatest egos the world has ever seen and now you can sleep easy at night. Bollocks!
Maybe when Trump opens the first Condos on Wonsan Beach, maybe…
What does it sound like?:
At times I thought I was listening to The Mavericks (A World Away), Willie Nelson (Look Away), can`t make my mind up if this is good or bad. If you want a good `ole hoe down, the opener Flicker & Shake & Shout Mountain Music shouild do the trick. I like OCMS but this album is a disappointment. Their last album `50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde` was much better, perhaps they should become a Dylan tribute band.
What does it all *mean*?
OCMS are trying to appeal to new audiences and veering away from Bluegrass, this could be a good thing but not if they sound like The Mavericks.
Goes well with…
Beer and BBQs.
Might suit people who like…
Inspired by @Uncle Wheaty`s here`s Classic Rock`s 50 Best Songs of the `90`s. Not a lover of 80% of the tunes (I have 10 of them) I`m going to Uncle`s thread.
Find live link in comments. Please.
I have an Acer Aspire V3- 771 laptop.
During the last couple of days I have noticed that the display colours are fading. This is affecting the full display and in every window I open. I`m not that computer savvy, hence this post. Does anyone have any ideas.
PS: if I do not get back to you right away it`s because I have to leave for a Hospital appointment anon.
What could possibly go wrong?
Remarkably, Van Morrison is about to release his third studio album in little over six months. You’re Driving Me Crazy is a collaboration with jazz organ virtuoso Joey DeFrancesco.
Morrison’s 39th studio album features fresh interpretations of Blues/Jazz Standards such as Miss Otis Regrets, The Things I Used To Do and Every Day I Have The Blues and Morrison originals including Have I Told You Lately, The Way Young Lovers Do and Magic Time.
Jazz organist DeFrancesco is a relatively young musician (he’s also a trumpeter and vocalist) who signed a deal with Columbia records at the age of 16 (in 1987) and was performing with Miles Davis a year later. Others in the band for this new Van Morrison album include Dan Wilson (guitar), Michael Ode (drums) and Troy Roberts (tenor saxophone).
You’re Driving Me Crazy will be released on 27 April 2018 via Legacy Recordings.*
[*Thanks to Special Deluxe Edition for the above, hope you don`t mind Mr. Sinclair] 8-))
Bloody hell, the old goat is really going for it, 3 ell pees in a year! I haven`t heard of DeFrancesco but he seems to have exemplary pedigree, playing with Miles Davis at 17. That`ll do for me, » Continue Reading.
Right apart from the fact that it appears that Americana is very popular around here I`m going to stick to the facts. After a re-count Jason Isbell has been voted a close winner over St. Vincent in the AFTERWORD TOP ALBUM OF 2017 POLL. Over 90 of you voted for up to 20 artists each. Over 625 albums and 615 bands/artists were nominated, representing the diversity of musical tastes around here.
Thank you to all who took part and commented, this has been an enjoyable exercise for me. I would like to thank those Prog Rock giants The Flower Kings whose music has helped me in this endeavour.
Disclaimer: Any mistakes and missing umlauts are intentional. The results are in Comments. Admin could the results be displayed at the top of the column for a 7/8 days, thank you.
Thanks to all who have taken part, commented, criticised, applauded, or just viewed the posts. The response has been far greater than I expected, given that many of you have also posted on @SteveT’s blog which inspired my blog.
I hope to have all the results collated within 7 days, thanks to anyone who may wish to help but I enjoy doing this kind of thing. Yes I know get a life, the thing is I lead a busy life and that’s the way I like it.
So a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful New Year to everyone reading this and those who don’t, BH xxx