Month: March 2006

  • Rain Over Bouville

    Nothing seemed true; I felt surrounded by cardboard scenery which could quickly be removed…. Tonight was so appalling that it delivered me into a minor existential funk. Consider that I’ve been DJing (paid) since around 1986. That’s a lot of bad nights and, thankfully, some beautiful ones. Man. But as I looked round the Bless…

  • Paging Mr. Maughan!

    Hello! Are you out there, Stephen? If you are, get in touch, mate, as you have fans waiting… 😀

  • Filmmakers Against War

    Filmmakers Against War are a collective of activists, filmmakers and artists who are using their creative skills to help raise the awareness of UK and International War Laws. Filmmakers Against War seeks to educate and raise awareness of UK and international war law, and to highlight military actions that have been taken now and in…

  • Police Jeer As Black Man Dies

    Four police officers were guilty of the most serious neglect of duty over the death of ex-paratrooper Christopher Alder in 1998, a watchdog has ruled. Mr Alder, 37, who was black, choked at a Hull police station. His sister said after the report that those responsible had still not been held to account Mr Alder,…

  • How The Police Waste Their Time And Your Money

    Brian Haw, the anti-war protester who has lived at a one-man peace camp outside Parliament since June 2001, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of obstructing the police. Mr Haw said the incident began when police tried to confiscate one of his banners. “It’s a beautiful pink banner with large black letters which say ‘Bliar War…

  • Riddle Of Steel Gigs

    Riddle of Steel‘s 2005 album was in my best-of list for last year. They make heavy, twiddly rock that is unashamedly riff-charged and catchy. And now you can see them live in the UK: Mmmm….

  • US Military Lied About Murdered Iraqis

    US military investigators are examining allegations that Marines shot unarmed Iraqis, then claimed they were “enemy fighters”, The Independent on Sunday has learned. In the same incident, eyewitnesses say, one man bled to death over a period of hours as soldiers ignored his pleas for help. American military officials in Iraq have already admitted that…

  • Enormous Protest In LA

    Joining what some are calling the nation’s largest mobilization of immigrants ever, hundreds of thousands of people boisterously marched in downtown Los Angeles Saturday to protest federal legislation that would crack down on undocumented immigrants, penalize those who help them and build a security wall on the U.S. southern border. Spirited crowds representing labor, religious…

  • Bless Playlist 23/3/06

    Top new track this week was the amazing ‘Politricks’ by Akir. Here’s a snippet from the final verse: I got a letter from my brother Said the media confuse ya The Army Navy game Was slippin’ Quarters from Fallujah No proper armor when they move us Damn we trapped Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis surround us…

  • Musicians And Drugs

    The wonderful Cannonball Adderley My lovely mrs. came across a riveting article from Playboy published in 1960 where they interview some jazz legends about the links between music and drugs. Here’s an excerpt: C. ADDERLEY: I’m afraid that I have played with many musicians who were stoned out of their minds and played like never…

  • CRIA: Piracy? No Problem!

    Every week, groups like th RIAA, BPI and CRIA come out with increasingly outrageous claims about file-sharing and music-evangelism. They’re always ready to issue some nutsoid statements about piracy being linked to terrorism, cancer or male-pattern baldness. The root of all evil appears to be you downloading the new Sugababes single. But hold on, what’s…

  • BBC Bias?

    Here is the news, for the BBC-dependent only: A massive demonstration against the occupation of Iraq and the prospect of an attack on Iran took place in central London on Saturday. Tens of thousands of citizens of all races and religions and most political persuasions demonstrated against government policy. So, naturally, the BBC decided to…

  • March 18th London Antiwar Demo

    Thousands of anti-war protesters turned out for a demonstration in central London calling for British troops to leave Iraq. Police put the number attending at 15,000, but organisers said between 80,000 and 100,000 were at the rally. It marked three years since the start of the conflict and was organised by CND, Stop The War…

  • Bless Playlist 16/3/06

    The best new track this week was Ellen Allien & Apparat‘s ‘Under.’ I’m a fan of both acts individually and I’m overjoyed that their collaboration has made something lovely and new rather than being a dilution of either. ‘Under’ is both modern and old, sonically new and yet melodically rounded and catchy. Look out for…

  • Yep, A Webquiz

    You scored as Moya (Farscape). You are surrounded by muppets. But that is okay because they are your friends and have shown many times that they can be trusted. Now if only you could stop being bothered about wormholes. Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? I normally don’t…

  • Don’t Mention The War…

    Below is a lengthy quote from one of the best bands ever. At risk of being seen as the ‘traitors’ that we are, through devious routes we rushed out an anti-Falklands War flexi and were instantly labelled ‘traitors’ by the music press. We also received a severe warning from the House of Commons to ‘watch…

  • Recording Frenzy

    Last night, I finished the final track for a 7″ EP soon to be released on the Swedish indie label, Heavenly Pop Hits. I’ve been writing and recording like mad lately, often doing a song a weekend. This is partly the sprouting of the seeds laid by my gigs in Sweden last year and partly…

  • The World At Anti-War

    A photo from the March 2004 global protests This Saturday, millions of people around the world will march in protest against the illegal invasion and continued illegal occupation of Iraq: Worldwide demonstrations: . All demos on 18/3/2006 unless otherwise stated. We’ll be a disparate group, covering every race, creed and a broad political spectrum. This…

  • iArses

    Just lost my entire iPhoto library due to an ill-advised space-saving tidy up. If you’re not an iPhoto user you can safely skip the next paragraph. The old iPhoto used to store a lot of photos twice, so a user could revert to the original. These originals were stored in folders labelled ‘Original.’ If you…

  • More Old Pics…

    From a rather rash forced march I did around Oakwood last November. All the pics were taken on my teeny, lovely Fuji F10. I think I got ice cubes in my lungs. Click here for the piccies!