Why Hell is no place for a Country singer

January 27, 2017

Many years ago I caught a snippet of something on Radio 4 which included a sketch about how difficult it is for Hell to hold a Country singer. The gist of it was as follows: Hell is the summation of all the pain and damage one human being can do to another, everything a person can do to hurt themselves and the fears and failings of the human race heaped into a big pile and dealt out in chunks to the unfortunate souls who are consigned there for eternity. An on top of that the inhabitants are physically mocked and tortured for the general amusement of the demons in charge. Read the rest of this entry »


In my Irregular Prime

January 25, 2017

I have, in the modern parlance, levelled up my age again today. It’s not all bad being 37, which Wikipedia tells me is the first irregular prime. What that says about me, I have no idea. I shall spend my birthday money on something sensible. Or another musical instrument.

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It’s the last prime before 40 though, so I’ll take it.


The rise and rise of self publishing

January 24, 2017

OK, I’ll admit to a little self interest here, but bear with me.

I’m involved with publishing. You’re reading it. Blogs have unequivocally levelled the playing field when it comes to getting one’s thoughts out there for others to see at little or no cost. There is something unspeakably cool, however, about seeing your words printed and bound, and self publishing is on the rise. Read the rest of this entry »


Making Sperm

January 22, 2017

One of the joys of educating in a home environment is the making of models. School had encouraged this anyway but with the ball firmly in our court, we can call some shots and have some fun. Read the rest of this entry »


Playing for a Freeman of Walsall

January 21, 2017

What a night. Thanks to Deb and the Creative Development team from Walsall Council, Barbara Nice, Bruno the magnificent master of tech and kit, and while I think about it, thanks to all those lovely people who asked us when our next gig is, as though we’re a normal band!

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Yesterday we had the great pleasure of playing a gig at Walsall’s New Art Gallery. The Silver Thread Tapestry Project was launching its tour, and Walsall Council’s Creative Development Team were celebrating over 25 years of service as their work finally comes to a conclusion.

Noddy Holder was there! We played to Noddy Holder. Well, kind of.

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You’re forgiven if you can’t see him. Let’s zoom in a bit…

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Ah, yes. There he is.

We had new guest drummer Richard Kirk with us, Nigel, Andrew and Andy. A whole host of familiar faces were in attendance, including Council Leader Sean Coughlan and St Matt’s vicar Jim Trood. Principal celebrity though, was Barbara Nice (talking to Noddy in the picture above) who is a major local celebrity and acted as compere for the evening.

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Many thanks to the team for asking us to come and play, and to the venue who…

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White Hermione and Straight Biggles

January 20, 2017

When I first read Harry Potter, Hermione was white. Well, she was in my head because I’m not particularly inventive and I was much more interested in the story than painting a picture of every character in the book.

Now, she isn’t. Or rather, she doesn’t have to be. Likewise, Biggles the pilot of Sopwith Camels in the Great War didn’t strike me as being either particularly gay or straight and yet apparently his orientation has been the subject of speculation. Read the rest of this entry »


Steampunk Dreams and Future Proofing

January 18, 2017

Imagine a world where technology is very different to ours.

And so begins a premise which the average person has probably only glimpsed in silly season news stories about trends in costume wearing comic convention attendees, references to local bookshop Southcart Books or maybe the world of Wild Wild West that terrible star vehicle which nearly ran over Will Smith in 1999 or even The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (more diesel punk than steampunk apparently, but I’m no judge) that saw Sean Connery’s last screen appearance before retirement. I’ll just leave this here and you can roll your eyes at your leisure.

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