Thursday, February 26, 2009

Jim'll Fix It

Yesterday saw the publication of a photo showing the moment when Peter Sutcliffe shook hands with Frank Bruno, after Jim had fixed it for them to meet.
Frank Bruno, Jimmy Saville, Peter Sutcliffe
The picture has brought shock and outrage to the to the Sun readership who are presumably up in arms about the fact that Saville is smoking a cigar in a clearly marked no-smoking area. Disgusting.

Monday, February 23, 2009

My new organ

I went to Sedgefield Car Boot Sale yesterday and picked up this little beauty:
Hofner Organetta 3
It's at least 40 years old, mains powered organ - the proper type with wind blowing round in pipes.


Woodpigeon #3

Woodpigeon, Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough.
Last Sunday's Sunday Times pick of the week for music was Woodpigeon at Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough. An odd choice, but the Canadian band are playing a European tour and are appearing on all sorts of Radio sessions along the way. The new(ish) album, Treasury Library Canada, is getting good reviews.

This is prime "I was into them first" territorty, but unfortunately, the band turned up with only five members - two short, compared with the last tour. This left them with a thin sound and although it was a pleasant enough experience, they were sonically trumped by the support act, The Miserable Rich.

One audience member was past himself. He would tell anyone nearby that he "couldn't believe they had The Woodpigeons on in Middlesbrough" and said he had come miles to see them - all the way from Darlington.


Monday, February 09, 2009

Level Crossing

Watch this video:

Level Crossing nutters

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Maths - It doesn't add up

Yesterday's big story was the snow but the Conservative party were busy launching a fatuous taskforce to look into the teaching of maths in Britain. The team is to be led by non other than Carol Vorderman, Countdown's former maths spiff.

The idea that a famous person who is good at maths is the best person to advise the Department of Education on how its teachers are to deliver lessons is ludicrous.

I propose further education advisors:
  • Tony 'Baldrick' Robinson - History
  • Michael Palin - Geography
  • Wolf from Gladiators - P.E
  • Richard and Judy - English Literature
  • Ainsley Harriot - Home Economics
  • Bill Oddie - Biology
  • Jeremy Kyle - Sociology
  • oh I give up....

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