These are of the underground in Sweden. Slightly better than London or Newcastle (the ones l am used to), that's for sure.
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
This guy ( robgwilson.com ) has gone to a lot of trouble putting this together. Worth it though (and glad it was not me doing it). Just check out all the references/steals from other films.
Monday, 23 May 2011
Had a marvellous old time at the weekend. Been in for most of it, but went round to Deb and Rooks for Debbie's birthday do, as they had a BBQ (surprise). All went well until Deb fell and banged herself against the chimera (guilty party above), which resulted in a short trip to the hospital for some glue to a small cut. The FPO and Rook went with her, so l hung around a bit more, then buggered off home when l got the chance to sneak off.
On the Sunday, it was 'Premiership Survival Sunday' according to Sky, but l was just interested in The Manchester United against Blackburn game (4-2 win). This meant Blackpool went down, which is a bit of a shame, but United kept up their great home record this season (15 successive wins). It was great to see Evra with the Cantona flag, stuff like that keeps the history of the club alive.
All this and the new series of Family Guy - get in!
Now if we can just beat Barcelona nthis weekend.....
I used an inhaler yesterday as there was a lot of rabbit hairs about and it aggravated my asthma. Sadly, it was not one of these bad boys. They certainly had some forms of medicine that were better in the old days. Bring 'em back l say!
I remember when l was a young whipper-snapper (those were the days my friend) and went hitch-hiking around Scotland with a friend called Gary Waitland , heading to Loch Ness to look for the monster (no joy). On the way back, we stopped off in Edinburgh, where l bought some records, including The Runaways album, which had just come out. It was not very good, and l ended up selling it to my brother, but since l have now got his old records, it has returned to me.
The reason l am waffling away about this is because of what Cherie Currie (the singer) is doing now. She has re-imagined herself as a chainsaw artist, and apparently is having success with the outrageous change of direction. Now that is something l would never have imagined her (or most people) doing. They even look pretty good - respect.
Sunday, 22 May 2011
It is a farce that super injunctions are taken out by celebrities when they have been 'misbehaving' and have been caught out. Sadly, as l am a Manchester United fan, it pains me to see the front page of the Sunday Herald today, as they have not exactly gone out of their way to disguise the footballer involved. Brave of them to do so and l hope they don't get punished too much in the courts for daring to print the picture. The law - it's an ass sometimes (or as Ian Hislop once said, after another Private Eye trial, "If that's justice, l'm a banana").
These are the stinking bushes that are outside our house. Easily the most overgrown ones on our estate. This year, something will have to be done to them - l'm all for throwing petrol on them but the FPO says no to that. I guess they will just have to be chopped down and pulled out the old fashioned way. Boring boring boring
Saturday, 21 May 2011
When l were but a nipper, l used to love Monty Python's Flying Circus (even though a lot of it was shite). Later on, there was Rutland Weekend Television, which was also pretty much hit and miss as far as the comedy went. One thing l do like to think l remember, was taping Rutland Weekends parody of The Old Grey Whistle Test, which l thought included a piss take off Bob Dylan. After buying a bootleg DVD of the series, l realised it was not on that show. I then thought l was going insane, and couldn't think of where l had originally seen it. Sanity was restored however, as it was on a later episode with the same Whistle Test piss taking (but with the real Bob Harris ). It turns out my memory is not too messed up after all. Now if l could only remember where l left my heroin, l could be high as a kite pretty damn soon.
Here is the script for the song, which some mad fool posted
THE REAL BOB HARRIS: So there we are. Those were of course the Fabulous Bingo Brothers. And make a note that very soon ... we'll be having an entire Whistle Test program without them. ... Well, here's our last studio guest tonight, who needs no introduction from me, so until next week, goodnight. (He grins and looks offscreen. Fade to the studio. Raymond Onassis [Neil Innes] walks on, performing a number Neil is pretty well known for. He wears shades, a mouth harmonica, a light blue jacket, light blue pants, and that red and green cap he wears a lot in these shows.) PROTEST SONG Words and Lyrics by Neil Innes ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NEIL: Uh, this next number is a protest song. (He tunes his guitar for ages.) Uh, I've suffered for my music, and ... now it's your turn. (He plays a terrible harmonica solo, then sings a la Bob Dylan:) All the prophets of doom can always find room In a world full of worry and fear Tip cigarettes and chemistry sets And rudolph the red-nosed reindeer So I'm goin back to my little old shack And drink me a bottle of wine That was mis en bouteille before my birthday And have me a fantastic time Rain on a tin roof sounds like a drum We're marching for freedom today Yeay Turn on your headlights and sound your horn If people get in the way (Another terrible harmonica solo.) Let me turn you on to the chromium swan On the nose of a long limousine Even hired for the day It is something to say But what the hhehhellll does it mean I may be accused of being confused But I'm average weight for my height My philosophy Like color tv Is all there in black and white RAAAAAAINN on a tin roof sounds like a drum We're marching for freedom today Yeay! Turn on your headlights and sound your horn (toot toot) If people get in the way (He plays one last loooong harmonica note, falling out of frame, then comes back into frame and ends it. He gives the beast sign, then bumps into the microphone. He can't see in those shades!) (Back to host Bridget, overwhelmed by flowers, and still smiling.) BRIDGET: Well, that's about the size of it. Rutland Weekend is closing down now, so until next week, goodnight everybody!
Friday, 20 May 2011
Been in all evening with the FPO, and after watching some ' Gimme Gimme Gimme' and ' Question Time' we agreed (after a little bit of persuasion) to watch some DVD's of The Old Grey Whistle Test , also agreeing to give the songs a chance, by covering our eyes (in some cases l wish, my ears). Anyhows, after much drink and deliberation, l have decided The New York Dolls version of Jet Boy is the best musical experience known to man. A close second would be Status Quo. doing Caroline on Top Of the Pops in 1973. Anyone who disagrees (at this moment in time) is a blithering idiot.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
The Man Brooker prize (yawn) has been emroiled in controversy (yawn), as Philip Roth won the £60,000 prize, but Carmen Callil, the founder of feminist publishers Virago Press (yawn) walked from the panel, saying she did not rate Philip Roth's work at all. If she does not like his books, that's fair enough, but she was on a panel (of only three people - why?), so she should have stated her reasons for liking (or not liking) whatever books were to be judged, the same as everyone else on the panel. They then choose a winner after all the arguments have been put forward. That is what the panel is there for, which she obviously knew in advance. To then walk off in a strop, quitting on the eve of the announcement, because you disagreed with the panels choice is pathetic (the other two loved the Roth book). Probably just doing it to get publicity, so l am actually assisting her in my own small way. Damn!!
Nearly forgot - She also said no-one would read Philip Roth in 20 years time. Well l loved Portnoy's Complaint when l was a nipper, and that was over 20 years ago. I think Roth will be read in the future a lot more than she will. Bloody woman, she gives feminists a bad name.
Not as good as Paranormality http://cheaperdrugsnow.blogspot.com/2011/03/richard-wiseman-paranormality.html but still interesting. Too long spent on the joke part (IMHO).
Walter F Starbuck is released from prison and makes a succes of his life through his old acquaintances. It deals with the working class workforce, capatilism, communism, and Watergate. It also features Kilgore Trout! Excellent.
John (Jonah) plans to write a book about what happened on the day Hiroshima was bombed. He ends up in San Lorenzo as the president, but there is some trouble with (to say the least) ice-nine that Felix Hoenikker (based on Irving Langmuir) has invented. It also deals a lot with religion, with Bokonoism featured throughout, and the stupidity of the arms race. More excellence from Kurt (as l call him). I also learnt from this that 'Of mice and men' is from a Robert Burns poem (To a Mouse).
A selection of letters, drawings, and a speech given just before he died, mainly concerning war. I prefer the novels, but this was still pretty good. Has a foreword from his son.
After re-reading Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (http://cheaperdrugsnow.blogspot.com/2011/01/slaughterhouse-5-kurt-vonnegut.html) I got myself a hankering to read some more of his stuff. I have since ploughed through the above, which have also been pretty damn good. I aim to continue with his stuff until the quality drops (or l do).