Month: September 2005

  • New Labour’s Shiny Jackboots

    Walter Wolfgang, a party member for 57 years, was dragged out of the conference yesterday after shouting “nonsense” as the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, addressed the thorny subject of Iraq during a speech. Mr Wolfgang, a refugee from Nazi Germany, was later refused permission to re-enter the conference hall by police citing section 44 of…

  • Bless Playlist 27/9/05

    First night back after a six-month break and I had fun! The vast majority of what I played was new stuff, mingled in were a few old faves and some birthday specials for Sean. God, what do I pick as the best new track? There’s too much choice, the new Deerhoof, Cyne, Juliana Hatfield, Minus…

  • London Peace And Liberty March, 24/9/05

    On Saturday, RobLab, Keyvan and I took part in the March For Peace And Liberty in London. Judging by previous marches, I’d say there were around at least 70,000 people on the march. Certainly not the 10,000 that the Metropolitan police claim. But then again, they have a history of distortion and grand media deception…

  • This Is Justice For De Menezes?

    Jean Charles de Menezes, murdered by our police A woman has been arrested over the leak of findings about the fatal police shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes on the Tube, it has emerged. The 43-year-old was arrested at one of a number of London addresses searched. (Source: BBC News) This show’s the Metropolitan…

  • Little Britain = Truth

    The BBC has made changes to Little Britain sketches following complaints from the Women’s Institute. The organisation took offence at the characters of Judy and Maggie, the bigoted Tory-supporting WI members who vomit at the mere mention of a black person. The National Federation of Women’s Institutes, which represents 220,000 members, wrote to the BBC…

  • Blackberrying

    Ele and I went blackberrying last week. We (well, she) gathered a good crop, around a fiver’s worth just hanging around on our neighbourhood hedges for free. She made sure to pick the one’s out of reach of dog wee. 🙂 They were very tasty, once we’d removed all the hitchhikers. Click here for the…

  • British Police State

    David Mery is a London geek who was going down into the tube one night in July when he was arrested on suspicion of terrorism. He was held, his flat was searched, his computers and phones were confiscated, his data was copied, and his photo, DNA and fingerprints were taken. He was released the next…

  • Susie Orbach, Where Are You?

    Studies have shown that while 25 years ago the average model weighed 8% less than the average American woman, today’s model weighs 23% below the national average. As our female icons turn into Barbie, we’re all turning into Bob the Builder. (Source: The Guardian) Apparently, Carmen Kass, pictured above, has “this season’s figure.” This is…

  • DJing At The Bless Again!

    I just spoke to Tim Bless and I shall be DJing again at The Bless from next Tuesday (27th Sept.). We’ve moved my night to Tuesdays to try and link up with Screamadelica. Plus, it means I won’t be DJing on any Bank Holiday nights. It never worked that well, trying to play new music…

  • Lemmings DHTML

    Yep, thanks to the wonder of the cyberwent, you can now waste your life away once again enjoy playing old-skool Lemmings totally free and online in DHTML. Click here to play, you lucky, lucky bleeders!

  • Insomnia Part 16,384

    I think this was in my room just now Ahhh… that was refreshing! Just been asleep for from 4am – 6.30am, when I woke with a start, Satie-style. I’m sure I could hear large insectile mandibular clicking in the room too but maybe that was a surfeit of palfreys. If it’s one thing that can…

  • Talk Like A Pirate Day!

    Yaarrr! I be miserable late with this here message, me hearties, but nontheless today be INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY! So, ye best all be making sure ye’re speaking the proper Queen’s Pirate English or I’ll cut ye from bum to beard and have ye guts for garters, ye scurvy dogs! YARRRR!

  • Mystery Jets

    “When the cat befriended the mouse, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house…” On Tuesday, I saw Mystery Jets play the Vic and they were wonderful. I didn’t know any of the songs apart from the current catchy single, ‘You Can’t Fool Me Dennis‘ but that didn’t matter as they played with such passion…

  • A Letter To Tony Blair

    I nicked this from the Stop The War website: Dear Mr Blair, The war and occupation of Iraq have been an unmitigated disaster both for the people of Iraq and Britain. Countless innocent Iraqis have lost their lives and still more innocents have been killed on our streets. British soldiers, many of whom do not…

  • National Antiwar Demo, 24th September

    Stop the War Coalition with CND and MAB have called a national demonstration for Peace & Liberty on Saturday 24th September, 12noon (note new time), assemble in Parliament Square, London, march to Hyde Park. There will also be two feeder marches from East & South London, more details to follow. Derby: Coaches will leave from…

  • Neal Asher

    Neal Asher is a great British treasure. The first book of his that I read was ‘Gridlinked‘ and within the first two pages, I knew I was hooked. On the book and on the author. He has a lean yet detailed style coupled with breathless pacing: his books are all page-turners. I’ve spent countless nights…

  • Self-Tuning Guitars

    A small computer mounted inside the self tuning guitar controls motors that are linked to each string. The bridge and tailpiece are replaced by the self tuning system, allowing your imagination to run wild. At the touch of a button or footswitch, motors are activated to adjust the tension of each string. The sound is…

  • Retro Raunch

    It’s interesting to contrast today’s mainstream porn actresses, with their breast augmentations and Brazilian waxes, with the variety of natural bodies from earlier years. These women have breasts, bellies and hips. They have body hair. Some are skinny, some are fat, most are somewhere in between. And they’re beautiful. They pose nude or in skivvies,…

  • GoldenEye Source

    If you hadn’t already figured it out from the name, GoldenEye: Source is a Total Conversion (TC) mod using Half Life 2’s powerful Source engine. The game is being produced by 36 dedicated enthusiasts who all have fond memories of the original GoldenEye for N64 and wanted to update that classic gameplay with 2005 graphics.…

  • Why I Love The NHS

    Via Boing Boing: The leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States is unpaid medical bills. Half of the uninsured owe money to hospitals, and a third are being pursued by collection agencies. Children without health insurance are less likely to receive medical attention for serious injuries, for recurrent ear infections, or for asthma.…