Month: July 2005

  • Eric Idle – A Real Fucking Punk

    Have a listen to this song by Eric Idle, a very nice Python indeed. How much more punk is this posh 62-year-old than the hordes of screaming fools currently clogging up “alternative” radio and TV? Oooh, look how loud and scary and metal we are! What are we shouting about? FUCK ALL! What are we…

  • Birthday!

    Yesterday was my birthday. I got: Cake by Ele! From my Mum. From my Dad. From my sis. From Paul. From Matty. My big presssie from Ele, with loads of help from Matty. This one takes a bit of explaining. My fave game to play when mates are round is Pop Quiz, basically name that…

  • Keysonic ACK 540 Alu

    Today, I swapped my standard PowerMac keyboard and Microsoft optical mouse for the Keysonic ACK 540 Alu above. One of the constant annoyances of being a computer-based musician is the lack of any proper ergonomic way to work. If, like me, you like composing at an 88 note controller keyboard, how do you fit that…

  • Mouse!

    Laura spotted this little feller scurrying off the patio. I managed to get a few shots but the poor thing looked too terrified so I left it alone (I wasn’t very close to it as I was using my 350mm zoom). Later, Ele and I tried to puzzle out if it was a mouse or…

  • Mobile Phones And You

    Microscope photographs of lenses incubated in organ culture conditions for 12 days. Right frame shows Control lens with no damage. Bottom frame demonstrates the effect of microwave radiation on bovine lens sutures for a total exposure of 192 cycles (1.1GHz, 2.22mW).Each cycle lasts 50min followed by 10 min pause. In the absence of microwave radiation,…

  • John Major vs. Blair

    The war in Iraq has heightened the threat of terrorist attacks in Britain, the former Prime Minister Sir John Major has claimed. His intervention is a setback to Tony Blair’s attempt to play down any link between the London bombings and the Iraq conflict. Sir John told BBC Radio 4 yesterday: “I think what has…

  • The Parents + Sludgefeast

    I’ve been a fan of Sludgefeast since stumbling across their CD in Soundclash way back when I lived in Norwich. Here’s a little review of their debut album. So I was chuffed when Andre from The Parents emailed me and said they were playing with the rock masters at The Vic. I popped down and…

  • Why Indie Musicians Are Cunts, Part 58

    Whenever there’s an interview with an indie rock band, the band always says things like: We’re just after something different, y’know? We don’t want to sound like anyone else. Or We spent ages trying out different things for this album, that’s how we got this unique sound! Or We just make music for ourselves, if…

  • New No2ID Pledge

    Just got this email: Hello– Since we have succeeded you may not get mails from me quite as often in future (though I will keep in contact until it is time to call in the pledge), but I did promise to let you know when the follow-up pledge was launched… It is now online at…

  • XBox 360 Games Announced!

    (This pic is nicked from UK Resistance. Send them your money) I am so fucking bored of all the war games out there. Especially since all the non-WWII games seem to be from the viewpoint of white Americans shooting brown/black/yellow people in the head from a great distance away. Can you imagine a war game…

  • Terrorist Attack Foiled?

    A massive hunt is under way for four would-be suicide bombers who tried to set off four explosive devices on three London Tube trains and a bus. Streets were cordoned off, parts of the transport network closed and stations evacuated, but no-one was badly hurt. Three of the devices are the same size and weight…

  • James Doohan, R.I.P.

    I just got home and found out that James Doohan had passed away. I don’t think it’s a secret that I’ve been a Trekkie for years. When I was around seven, my Mum took me to buy a Star Trek shirt and I chose to have a red one like Scotty’s. R.I.P., Scotty. We’ll miss…

  • Britons Don’t Believe Blair

    Crazy Blair cartoon by Steve Bell, © 2005 Two-thirds of Britons believe there is a link between Tony Blair’s decision to invade Iraq and the London bombings despite government claims to the contrary, according to a Guardian/ICM poll published today. The poll makes it clear that voters believe further attacks in Britain by suicide bombers…

  • Iraq War “Boosted Al-Qaeda”

    Supporting the US-led invasion of Iraq put the UK more at risk from terrorist attack, a report has said. The Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Economic and Social Research Council report also said the invasion boosted al-Qaeda. The report, coming days after the London Tube and bus bombings, said support of the US-led…

  • US Subverted Iraqi Elections

    President George Bush authorised covert intervention in Iraq’s January elections by using behind-the-scenes operatives in an effort to engineer an Iraqi government allied to the US and not dominated by Shia parties, claims an article in The New Yorker today. Seymour Hersh, the American investigative journalist, said the White House secretly tried to influence the…

  • No2ID Pledge Successful!

    A month ago, I posted this. Just a moment ago, I got this email: Congratulations! We are pleased to tell you that the pledge you signed up to has been a success. The pledge, created by Phil Booth, reads: ‘I will refuse to register for an ID card and will donate £10 to a legal…

  • The Maths Of Mourning

    On Thursday, I took part in the two minute silence for the murdered innocents of the 7/7 London bombings. It was sunny here and it felt quite horrible that outside the weather looked so gorgeous, so full of buzzing insects and bursting with life and yet the 54 people we were honouring will never see…

  • UK Government Censors Antiwar Book

    Sir Jeremy Greenstock A controversial fly-on-the wall account of the Iraq war by one of Britain’s most senior former diplomats has been blocked by Downing Street and the Foreign Office. Publication of The Costs of War by Sir Jeremy Greenstock, UK ambassador to the UN during the build-up to the 2003 war and the Prime…

  • Mascot Fight: The Sound Of Summer!

    Mascot Fight have just recorded the song of this summer. The wonderful ‘Thinking In French’ is a twee indie classic, jangly and shambly and all sung how the singer actually speaks. It’s the long lost grandson of The Brilliant Corners‘ ‘Brian Rix’ and also does passing nods at The Television Personalities, The Pastels and Jonathan…

  • P&A New Website!

    Check out the new Plans And Apologies website. Finally, you can print out the lyrics and sing along!