Signs of the Times 4

So, I saw this sign at a market stall recently. It’s one of those messages that you can apply to all of life. The post-jumble sale desolation of the table wares just set it off brilliantly. It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a sign of the times to …

& My First Single

Well, yes, first records. My first single was a lesser known Michael Jackson release, though it was also the title track on his first album. The song itself  was Michael Jackson’s debut solo single, released on October 7 1971. It was the annus mirabilis of pop and rock according to …

Vinyl S to Z

And the final box contains more gems the like of which we shall not see again. Many of the artists remain but we ain’t gonna get this kind of quality anymore, even from Neil Young. It has been a pleasure to live through the vinyl years, which were the golden …

Vinyl M to S

Well, this is dominated by Van, as it should be, but goes on through the Prefabs and REM (Out of Time was appropriately the last record I bought on vinyl before switching to CDs) to Santana, Paul Simon and the Stones…   And my brother’s back at home With his …

Vinyl E to M

Another box, another post. When I look at this section I see the early days, from the Jackson 5 and early Elton John through the prog and rock days. Obsessions with Genesis and Zeppelin that dominated every day. The introspection of Joni, the education in Ella, on to my mother’s …

Vinyl A to E

Nothing beats the feel, size, smell, sight and sound of vinyl. So easy to chuck out those CDs, ripped to the computer. But vinyl is for life; the vinyl years stay with you and contain a whole history. So the old stuff is here, from the classic to the tragic …

Anti – ci – pa – tion

So, we have debated Bond girls, but none of this would be possible without the genius of Fleming. He is like Hammett or Chandler, a C20th creator of the hard man sleuth, who is also a hard drinker. The movies are another genre, but after a Bond movie I hope …

It was 40 years ago today

It was 40 years ago today that Sgt Strummer taught the band to play (3 chords). The complete first album from 8 April 1977.   SIDE 1 – 1. Janie Jones;  2. Remote Control;  3. I’m So Bored With The U.S.A.;  4. White Riot;  5. Hate & War;  6. What’s …

Gentlemen Prefer

What a difference a hair colour makes. So, Erin Moriarty is a screwed up druggy brunette for most of  the film Blood Father, but then she goes blonde when she converts into a good daughter under Mel’s influence (while on the run from a sicario). Now, is this a terrible …

High School Independence Day

As I have said, we don’t talk about politics on this family blog. But I had to laugh at this spin on July 4th from Dazed and Confused, Linklater’s paean to the end of school in Texas 1976. It shows why you should remember everything your teachers told you!  

Now we are 55

Barometers. Comparators. Benchmarks. Now and then I catch myself remembering and reflecting on what was my Dad like when he was the age I am now. Similarly, we all think of the people our age we know, colleagues, old school friends, celebrities, and wonder how we’re doing in comparison. Just …

Everybody’s on ToTP

Well we were lucky to be born into the golden age of rock n roll. David Hepworth’s new book Uncommon People charts the rise of rock from the mid fifties through to its demise with the death of Kurt Cobain. Forty glorious years that peaked in the seventies. There’s so …

TransEuropeBrExpress

This is a family show so we try to keep politics out of it. Britain is a split nation of the gash-size unknown since those miners struck for gold, or was it for their jobs? These days, it’s all about getting in your referendum to get out of a larger …

Beer

“The brewing of beer may well have occurred soon after the production of cereal crops, and no doubt for a long time beer was home-produced and in the hands of the housewives responsible for preparing the ‘gruel’ or bread. Malting the grain is the first step in beer-brewing, but malting–that …

Multi-tasking

Who says men cannot multi-task. Not I.   The barbecue was invented to prove that a man can cook, eat, and drink at the same time. It is an art and a science. Which is why women cannot do it. Men can do it. LGBTQI folk can do it. But …

Another girl, another planet

Well, now Max has revealed his Bond babes, I wonder what he thinks about this… Peter Perrett, the man who gave us one of the seminal love songs of the 1970s with The Only Ones, returns with How the West Was Won:   Just like everybody else I’m in love …

Not even Jesus

So a woman recently asked me that old question, if I could name any twelve past or present people, who I would invite to a dream dinner party. Thirty years ago I would have said Gandhi … And I would have said Einstein … But, much to my surprise, I …

Signs of the times 3

The British are a nation famous (in our own heads) for being animal lovers. Sometimes this fails us when animals are in competition, as with this touching warning sign, pointing out the dangers of sheep worrying. It reminds me of that question asked by a precocious child on Outnumbered: Who …

Signs of the times 2

It was good to see Max made it to London to visit some of the old haunts. But I wonder if he stumbled over to Marylebone to pay tribute to the best-named subway, where the Strummer sect hang out. RIP John Mellor. Fifty and not counting but remembered and honoured …

A Taste of Home

Good to see Max back from his holidays. What I want to know is whether he sampled the latest drink from his hometown. Whatever will they think of next?   Fancy a Magnum? Or a Methuselah? Maybe even a Melchior for you, sir? I wonder what size a Max would …

Signs of the times

I have posted some signs seen in pubs here or there and hope to continue doing so. This is one spotted at a remote out-of-the-way place that had evidently seen better days — and more customers!   Pubs are closing down at a high rate because a pint at the …

Dangerous out there

I hope Max enjoyed the old country. Driving’s kinda different over here so you have to reacquire the skills — windy roads, roundabouts, left hand lane! Where I live there are steep hills too, and if you are none too careful this happens. I took this picture of one poor …