Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Double Standards

A couple of weeks ago I got a note through the door from Leicester City Council.
The gist of it was that bins left on the street were causing a hazard to children attending the local primary school, elderly people and blind people. This despite it being a very wide pavement and parents filling every available parking space day and afternoon despite living in the catchment area. The blind people thing I can live with, it's not fair on them so the bin is now brought out on a Tuesday morning and gets put back when I get home from work.
So imagine my surprise when I got home from work today to find my bin in the middle of the pavement. Not left there by me but by whatever company empties them for LCC. No-one had bothered to move it during the course of the day. There wasn't any kind of pram pile-up or anyone stuck upside down in it after accidentally falling in.
This leaves me wondering. How much of a problem is it if it's not the priority of the bin company to move it out of harms way once it is emptied?
The council and contractor aren't talking.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Seven Foot Reading List

Sunday is my day for book crate digging.
Today was a good day.
Firstly a biography of Benny Hill. In my opinion a misunderstood character. I'm about to find out if I'm right or wrong.
Secondly a history of Mossad. Recently in the news and as elusive as ever this book should shed some light on the organisation.
Last buy not least a collection of books by J.P. Donleavy. By all accounts a very readable and humorous author. I look forward to my discovery along that road.
Books make me happy and today's hoard is no exception.

Saturday, July 24, 2010


When things live up to and surpass your expectations it's always a good day.
Yesterday it was my Ukar. My good old electric guitar made playable by emulating a baritone uke. Plugged into my PodXT Live fx board it sounds as good as ever but this time there is a tune under the fx.
Today it was the purchase of a plugin called Toxic Biohazard. I've wanted it for a while and having got it I'm very impressed. I thought it might be a little tricky to program, but it isn't. It sounds amazing too and as for the onboard sequencer, well, the possibilities are endless.
So far a great weekend.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

As Good As It Gets

I love my baritone uke and I love my electric guitar too.
Thing is that I'm crap on six strings and OK on four. What to do?
Well I looked on t'internet and found a very local (like a street away) guitar repair and set-up chap that will re-string, change the nut and set-up my electric as a baritone uke. All for a very reasonable price. How good is that? It'll save me hundreds of pounds which is what a new electric baritone uke would cost me.
Add to that that I had a huge rum and raison ice cream today and so far it's been an ace day.

Friday, July 16, 2010

What Twitter Missed

With no limits on words there is still little to say.
I thought I'd type instead of tweet, and I'm glad I did.
This could well be the future.

I Am Here And You Are Not

This is how I like Friday evening.
Alone and getting drunk.
There is nothing as good as having everything all your own way for a few hours each week. My music, my choice of booze, my choice of cheap comfort food and everyone else doing their own thing and out of my way.
Meatspace can wait until I'm finished.

My Day

This is what Friday is all about.
From the Moment I wake up until I get home I'm thinking about sitting at my desk and drinking wine, listening to music and searching the web for stuff to amuse me and pass the time.
I all signals the end of the working week and the beginning of the weekend. It signals more time in bed and free time to be creative and write music, to daydream and all sorts of other relaxing pastimes.
It's the best day of the week.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Long Live Power Cuts

Trust me on this one.
When tech finally disappears up its own arse I'll be sitting there in the candle light applauding. All everyone ever needed was a Moleskine notebook, a pencil and a graphite stick. Using our available talents we can record anything we want to. Some recordings will be better than others to start with but we'll all get the hang of it and then it's down to personal taste as far as style goes.
What would I rather live without? My tech or my non-tech?
The tech can disappear any time it likes.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

All Wrong

Firstly. Whoever went to the stock photo site and chose this image needs to apply for treatment of some kind.
Secondly. The young beautiful people wouldn't be having so much fun with a sandwich they just bought from a petrol station. Unless they were on drugs. Like the graphic designer that used this image.
Thirdly. At least it was a nice sandwich. Might have been a bit too much vinegar in there but I didn't mind.

Lazy Evening

I haven't done much this evening.
I ate some chips and watched a DVD. I should spend more evenings like this.
It does me good.

Friday, July 09, 2010


I personally really like this track.
It was written for a friend and has had many changes because of time and tide.
This track exists in my head as a permanent reminder of a friend and the wonderful mind that is still feeding and inspiring me.
Here's to a new future and its soundtrack.