Month: September 2006

  • Home? What?

    I’m currently watching a prog on BBC2 called ‘Home.’ And I believe I’m watching the finest comedy on British television. There’s now a plummy voiced interior designer looking at bits of furniture that cost half what my house did. They’ve just had a “rebel” furniture designer on who’s cutting-edge and very daring, apparently. He’s made…

  • Nationalise Everything

    C’mon, singalong! “Now at the Central Station, no time for being patient…” Y’know, it’s hard to experience even one day without having a lorryload of free-market propaganda being shoved down your throat. It was bad enough in the ’80s when it was only Tories promoting this fantasy, now even Labour spouts the capitalist rhetoric. New…

  • Time To Go, Blair!

    Thousands of anti-war protesters have gathered in Manchester for what organisers said was “one of the biggest mobilisations outside London”. The theme was “Time To Go” – a call to get troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Police estimated 20,000 people took part. Stop The War Coalition had said it expected about 100,000. One of…

  • Scandi Pics

    Here’s a lot of little galleries from my recent trip to Finland and Sweden. Click any of the photos below to go to the gallery. On board the ferry to Sweden. Kristiansand, Norway. Ville’s Gaff, Turku, Finland. Hotel Omena, Turku. Turku Åbo Helsinki Helsinki and trains. Back in Turku! Kvibergs Vandrarhem Wonderful Gothenburg!

  • White Town Live Vid

    Yep, yep! Thanks to the “miracle of the cyberwent” (TM), even if you weren’t at the gig I did last Friday in Gothenburg, you can now hear my rather tremulous rendition of the first White Town song. Which was… White Town. (You can download the original 7″ version for free from here.) Note my two…

  • New 7″ Vinyl!

    Another thing I brought back from Sweden, nestled next to a deep sense of well-being, was a little box containing 7″ singles. Yep, you heard right, shiny, shiny vinyl records. I can’t remember the last time I released a vinyl record, I suspect it was around ’93 or ’94. A bloody long time ago, anyway.…

  • Where I’ve Been

    No, I’ve not been slacking – I’ve been away for the last fortnight playing some gigs in Scandinavia, more specifically in Finland and Sweden. Note that I say “playing some gigs” rather than “touring” as that implies rock’n’roll excess. I only played four gigs which is much too leisurely to be rock. Still did a…

  • Another Year, Another X Factor

    The new circus. And, yes, I’m watching it. It’s car-crash TV: you feel wrong for watching but it’s hard to drag your eyes away from the carnage. Almost exactly three years ago, I said this about TV “talent” search shows. I won’t repeat the meat of that rant but I will repeat this one snippet:…

  • US To Spend $20m On Iraq PR

    Spin this, you cunts. U.S. military leaders in Baghdad have put out for bid a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for extensive monitoring of U.S. and Middle Eastern media in an effort to promote more positive coverage of news from Iraq. The contract calls for assembling a database of selected news stories…