Photos

Got my camera back at the weekend, and posted some photos from the holiday. This one is my favourite: See them all (30). Which reminds me, I was going to post my thoughts about Paignton Zoo and zoos in general. Must type that up..

Continue reading »

Weekender

Friday night – double bill, Madagascar and War of the Worlds (thoughts on those later). Saturday – visited parents, had dinner at brother-in-laws. Excellent, not sure about the scallops though. Sunday – came home, veg’d on couch. Scallops kicking in?

Continue reading »

16 years ago

Today is an anniversary of sorts, nothing major, but the type of thing my beloved wife remembers (but then she can recall the birthdays of virtually all the people in her YEAR at school). See if you can guess what it is; 16 years ago today Louise and I first _________ .

Continue reading »

Thanks

In case you missed it, my Mum posted the following comment: “Wee pops and ickle mums would like to thank you all for your good wishes. He is being a good boy and doing exactly what the doctor (or the cute wee nurse in the blue uniform actually) told him. His nurse in hospital was called Gordon so was that a good omen or what. (No he wasn’t the one in the cute blue uniform…..) Wee pops little legs will now do 4000 steps a day – 2000 x 2 and we are aiming for 10,000 in about 5 weeks time, angiogram in September and – all fingers crossed -previously booked hotel in Fuerteventura at the end of that month. …

Continue reading »

Electric Michelangelo

The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall I’ll happily admit that I bought this book on the strength of the cover (and the title) and I’ll also admit that I was happily surprised by this story. It tells the tale of Cy, a young lad from Morecambe who somehow ends up an apprentice to the town tattooist, and tracks his life through the deaths of his mother and his mentor, his life in Coney Island, his love of an eccentric beauty called Grace and the final circle of his days. The personalities in the book are mostly larger than life but never seems so in the context of the novel, each one slotting into place and bringing insights when required. The …

Continue reading »

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell The third of David Mitchell’s books that I’ve read and again it’s different from the last one. The book is split across several different interlinking stories, cleverly worked together to ensure that, whether you are reading a story within a story, reading a myth recanted, or reading the mis-adventures of some of the characters you are always engrossed. And that to me is the key to Mitchell’s writing. From the opening stanza to the final page you are pulled into the worlds he creates effortlessly, and you soon forget the previous part of the story as you are pulled rapidly into the new one. This is not to say that the book feels like it’s …

Continue reading »

Batman Begins

Movie info from IMDB Movie reviews from Metacritic Well, well, well. There’s life in the old bat yet! I have to admit that I had fairly high hopes for this being a fan of both the director, Christopher Nolan, and the lead, Christian Bale, and I’ll happily admit that they delivered a solid movie. The descent of Bruce Wayne into misery and his re-birth as Batman is excellently handled, and as I’d managed to stay away from all reviews and coverage there was even a gentle plot twist (telegraphed somewhat but I hadn’t heard about it) near the end. The movie is quite nicely paced, with no section feeling overly long or too rushed, the actors deliver good enough performances …

Continue reading »

Concerts

Clair has been recalling all the concerts she’s been to, so you can blame her for this. One habit I’ve always had is to keep the tickets for all the concerts I’ve ever attended (not in chronological order). R.E.M. at Balloch Park. Jools Holland in the Armadillo. Crowded House in the Big Red Shed. The Silencers in the Barrowlands (twice, supported by the Humpff Family both times), the Royal Concert Hall, and the Albert Hall (Stirling!). Martin Stephenson and the Daintees at Queen’s Hall (Edinburgh), King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, and Strathclyde University Union. Bon Jovi at Ibrox Stadium and Gateshead. Aerosmith in the Big Red Shed. Billy Joel in the Big Red Shed. Kings of Leon at the Carling …

Continue reading »

Pets

The RSPCA have released figures stating that the number (recorded) of abused animals is rising. In light of recent events I’m prompted to call up various comments along the lines of “if it were people there wouldn’t be such a hoohaa about it”. But why is that? Is it simply the “it’ll never happen to me” syndrome in reverse? I can’t really understand the horror that being homeless and living on the streets must entail, nor can I get to grips with being in a violently abusive relationship. My head shudders when I try to consider not eating for weeks on end, I have no idea how it must feel to be dying. But I’ve had pets. I grew up …

Continue reading »

Summer Burn 2005

Just for the record, here’s my playlist for this years Summer Burn CD swap. Whaddya think? The B52’s : Love Shack The Beach Boys : Sloop John B Bran Van 3000. : Drinking in L.A. Chungking : Come With Me The Kinks : Sunny Afternoon Luke Vibert : Slipped Disc Jill Scott : Spring Summer Feeling Go Home Productions : Shannon Stone James Brown : I Got You (I Feel Good) The Zutons : Confusion Ian Dury & the Blockheads : Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick Bebel Gilberto : So Nice (Summer Samba) The Polyphonic Spree : Hangin’ Around The Shortwave Set : Slingshot Dusty Springfield : Spooky Mylo : Sunworshipper Marlena Shaw : California Soul Nouvelle Vague : …

Continue reading »