Seriously, who gives a flying fart about snooker any more? It was fine in the 80s, on a fat cathode ray tube when it was raining all the time and the only thing on the radio was the feckin’ Smiths, but these days? Really? All damn evening FFS? Two ugly blokes I’ve never heard of, who probably haven’t got a single Magma album between them (or even know who they are) potting reds and sweating profusely? Give me a break. On the other hand, don’t. Roll on Springwatch.
Now’s your chance to take the current when it serves, if you have a mind to watch the National Theatre Live production of the Shake’s ‘Julius Caesar’, this Thursday evening, April 26th, at 7 p.m. in the Vue cinema, at Longwell Green on the outskirts of Bristol.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, my buddy who was coming to see this with me can no longer attend. So we have a spare VIP seat ticket for Thursday night’s perfomance going spare. Drop me a line if you’d like to take it.
Show starts at 7 sharp, and you’d get a withering glance if you turned up late and shuffled in apologetically, but there’s no need to worry, as I’ll be taking my seat at 7 sharp with or without passing on the spare, so you must be there on time!
We’re off to the pub with mates tomorrow night, and I’ve got tickets for Tull on Monday night, so a quiet Friday evening sounds like a plan. It’s chicken tikka masala, veggie samosas, garlic & coriander poppadums, pilau rice, several bottles (I’ve already had the first) of St. Austell’s fabulous ‘Proper Job’, and a couple of episodes – at least – of ‘Father Ted’ from the spiffo boxed set. We are on to episode 4 now on our, ooh, probably fifth run through.
Whatcha up to yerselves tonight?
Collating the results of our recent swapathon is good for snarky chuckles and sage-like nods of the head, comparing each others’ reactions when hearing our various anonymized mix tapes.
The experience would be complete were it not for the various missing parts of the story, as follows:
PM them to me folks and I’ll bung ’em in the spreadsheet toot sweet.
Reviews are still AWOL as follows:
@pizon-bros reviews of wheldrake’s effort. @geacher – reviews of the carl and Wilson-Wilson CDs @carl – reviews of the geacher, happy-harry and Wilson-Wilson comps @Wilson-Wilson – commentary on geacher’s CD
The eagle-eyed will have spotted that a disproportionate level of late homework is attributable to the bad boys group of four, who are hereby given detentions every Saturday afternoon until they jolly well hand in their late replies, and show their workings.
Well, there I was, sipping my facking flat woite and wondering what nosh to scoff fer me lunch, when I accidentally took a gander at the BBC News live feed. There’s old Sir John, innit, and he’s off on one, good and proper, and boy is he talking some sense about this Brixit malarkey. Puts old Tony to shame, he does, what wiv ‘is generous diplomacy and all. No gurning, no Joker smiles. None ‘o that. Not ‘avin’ a bash at anyone by name mind you, the cheeky chap, (we know ‘oo the bastards are anyway, duntwe?) but laying it right on the line. Facts and figures, innit? Gonna be a lot of silly muppets ‘avin’ an ‘ard time if we stiffs this exit up. ‘ad to be said by someone, and I spose we coulda thort it would be ‘im; Mister Maastricht an’ all. Luvaduck, no wonder ol’ Edwina ‘ad the ‘ots for ‘im, bless ‘er, ‘cos he’s a proper operator is Sir John. Love it!
I miss our former contributor ‘myamericanmate’ at the moment. I keep wanting to despondently shake my head at, er, I mean, discuss the rampant dysfunctionality of so many citizens of the United States, as they descend inexorably into an even deeper pool of foetid stupidity than the one that the country that I call home seems to have its sat-nav set for. The latest retrograde neanderthal to raise his skinny little fist and bang the table in rage is the moron in charge of the N.R.A. But he’s just the most recent in a long line of rabble-rousing bigots who wilfully exploit a constitutional law that belongs where it came from; the late eighteenth century. Some sort of seismic change might be looking more like a possibility, maybe if young Americans really get the bit between their teeth and start kicking off?
Stepping away from my rant-box, what do the rest of us think? Is the U.S. heading for a violent internal political upheaval? Will it all blow over and we’ll slip back to Illuminati control; anodyne politics that placates the American Gothic mid-west and shakes its head at the commies on the East Coast and those dippy Californians? Can » Continue Reading.
Madame Vulpes will be accompanying me to see Spiro, Leveret & Three Cane Whale in a folktastic acoustic triple-header at St. Georges in Bristol on Sunday 4th March. This is something to celebrate, as this promises to be a humdinger gig; it’s damn near sold out, so I’m not the only one who thinks so. In fact, I’ve been so excited at the prospect that I’ve accidentally bought twice as many tickets as I need, due to profound inattention to detail and congenital stupidity. So…..
If any pair of Afterworders would like to take the 2 spares, they are yours for the asking. Just give me a shout and we’ll hand ’em over outside the gig on the night, or I’ll post ’em to you ahead of time if you like.
Have no fear, you’ll be sitting a fair way from where we will, so there’s no need to be anxious about musky Vulpine pongs or fleas and that.
Your favourite no-nonsense, rock-n-roll, 3 minutes max, get off your arse, CHOOOON please folks.
Hugh Masekela: Welcome to South Africa is on BBC Four this evening at 8.
This is a repeat of his 70th birthday reflections first broadcast in 2010. “The programme also features performances from his 70th birthday concert at the Barbican in London in December 2009, where he was joined by the London Symphony Orchestra, their Community Choir and guest South African singers.” Highly recommended.
Anyone interested (Junior?) who’s not seen this, or who can’t get the Beeb, drop me a line after the show.
Thirty five years ago (ye Gods) I was most of the way through my PGCE year. Bristol used to host a brilliant free festival each summer at the Ashton Court estate on the outskirts of town, just over the famous suspension bridge. That year the weather was really kind to the festival, and I’d spent most of the day wandering about, meeting friends and generally chilling out. I bumped into a pal from Bristol University, an overseas student from South Africa, and when I caught up with him he was very keen to drag me to the remote stage up in the far corner of the festival site; “You must come and see this guy play, he’s brilliant!”. “What’s he called?” “Hugh Masekela!, Hugh Masekela is playing here this afternoon! Can you believe it!” Evidently very excited about seeing this Hugh guy, I went along with Andrew to see what the fuss was about. The Hugh guy’s name meant nothing to me at the time, though I had already amassed a fair collection of other African music, a scattering from the first wave of what shortly became referred to as “World Music” by record shops who hadn’t a clue where » Continue Reading.
How awful to hear that Dolores O’Riordan has died, and so young. Best wishes to all of her family and friends. I thought she had a wonderful, world class voice.
I often find myself watching and enjoying a movie, but thinking they could have cut 15-30 minutes out.
So let’s hear it for the opposite. Movies you wish would have lasted longer.
I read that the UK Home Office is considering the possibility of using volunteers to man some UK external border posts in the future, and I’m very keen to get involved, providing I can impose my own rules on who gets in and who gets out. 2018 could turn out to be great year after all!
As far as entering the UK is concerned, anyone not adoring reggae recorded between 1974 & 1982 can stay out for good, and anyone not in thrall to the delights of ‘ver Dan can also do one. In the outbound direction, anyone who voted “Leave” will be welcome to do so, as soon as possible, on the understanding that they forgo their enfranchisement before they fork awf, and also that they will on no account ever be let back in. Results!
What are you particularly looking forward to doing/seeing/hearing/experiencing next year?
DJ Paul takes us through some of his favourite songs of the time. He had good taste in music, even back then. Add to this tape loops and some not necessarily unstoned banter.
It was intended to be strictly limited, with only his fellow fabs given a copy each. But more than fifty years later, well. Here we are.
Leave the Club, keep the membership rights, pay a one-off special membership fee of stupendous proportions but without the normal rebate and return on investment, have no say in Club Rules any more, yet be obliged to follow them (as dictated largely by the Germans and the French). You gotta hand it to those Leavers, it’s a stone classic genius move.
If you like the folk imaginings of Lau, and you can get to central Bristol tomorrow between about 7:30 am and 4:00 pm, I have two £20 tickets here that you are welcome to have.
For various reasons, we can no longer make the gig (boo, hiss) but it would be a shame to waste them.
A small donation to a charity of your choice would be a good way to say “Thanks” to the Gods of Buckshee Gig Going, but I’ll leave that up to you.
PM me here this evening if you can, or failing that you might get through in the morning the same way.
Rodney Bewes has checked out; flat feet notwithstanding, he won’t be back this time.
I’d share a beer with you to toast his memory, but I’ve only got six cans.
Dunno ‘bought you lot, but when I was a relative nipper, the regular appearance of the Partridge Family on the big 23inch black and white telly in the front room was a weekly pleasure. Bit like the Monkees a few years earlier, but with lighter musical fare. Still well written, well played summery pop. Relief from the endless grey news. I reckon most of my male mates secretly wished they were as popular as young David. I’ll remember him with affection.
Jonny Trunk has just drawn my attention to this fab archive edition of Everyman:
to Heathrow. Clear baggage, grab a cab, and her career’s on finals too.
Any sympathy at all out there? Thought not.
I’ve been with my current ISP for about 10 years, and for most of that time I’ve been happy to pay a little over the odds for superior customer service and a fairly decent – i.e. reliable rather than fast – connection. However, in recent months we have experienced a lot of failures, especially of the POP3 server, which has had tart’s drawers syndrome particularly at weekends. Right now I can’t get any emails and I can’t log on to their homepage. So, before it all goes chest upwards, would the UK based Massive care to tell me which ISP they think I should use instead?
Those of a reggae bent with a fondness for the old joker Perry may be aware that the CD re-issues of the fabulous original Trojan limited edition vinyl boxed sets ‘PERRY 1’, ‘PERRY 2’ and ‘PERRY 3’ have for a long time commanded stupid money even second-hand. The first of these is currently at nearly £300 in new condition and £30 second hand on Amazon UK for example.
Good news then, to discover that Trojan have recently put out a double CD with the snappy title “Lee Perry & The Upsetters: The Trojan Albums Collection, 1971 to 1973” which contains all three of the LPs from the first boxed set (Africa’s Blood, Rhythm Shower and Double Seven) with the addition of a fourth hard to find LP (Battle Axe).
Even better news to learn that the dodgers are selling it for £6.99 a pop-a-top.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego! Get in there!
Apols if this has turned up here before. I just bumped into this link over there somewhere in the long grass at the edge of the net, and wondered if anyone else here might find it worthwhile. I think it’s fair to say that you ‘had to be there’.
These last few months it’s been tempting, in casual conversation, to dismiss the majority of the American population’s current level of enlightenment with a shrug of resigned abandon, on the basis that they voted for an incoherent moron for a President.
It’s good, then, to hear a senior US Air Force officer make a speech like this to cadets. In the light of recent events at home, it seems we could do with a senior military figure delivering a similarly robust message to our own trainee cadres.
I’ve got almost all of this material in one form or another (and mostly twice each!) but I’ve never owned a physical copy of Starsailor, and the asking price for second hand copies has been stupid for years (cheapest on Amazon currently £53).
Here’s a nice little set that rounds up every album plus what looks like a lot of interesting bits ‘n’ pieces (Works In Progress – previously limited edition, also nonsense priced second hand), for 25 sovs all in.
Thank you Rhino, it’s about bloody time.
Right, now can we have that elusive Kevin Ayers ‘Diamond Jack’ album released please?