Friday, August 31, 2012

Lazy Twitwits and Frankie

Is it just me who thinks that Frankie Boyle is funny and the lazy Twitter trawling journalists looking for 'controversy' are the ones who want sacking?  MSN are currently saying that 'this time the network [Channel 4] appears to have little choice' (other than to sack him) because he make the following comments on Twitter ...

..."Apparently the Saudi Arabian Paralympic team is mainly thieves,"

and - "Wow, Austrian Paralympians seem a lot more able-bodied than most regular Scottish people."

and "Sadly our Paralympian in the high jump isn’t expected to match his personal best. But I hear it doesn’t count as it was ‘Taliban assisted’."

and "Got to be weird being a British Paralympian under this government, knowing that a medal means you'll lose your Disability Living Allowance."

Funny and sharp I'd say.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Beautiful Days 2012

Just to say that I could get into this festival lark...Just played at Beautiful Days in Devon and despite the 600 miles of driving and some mud and whatnot I did the following:

- Played twice and did some good versions of me songs - forget to tell anyone it was the live debut for a couple though.

- Learned to put up a retro 80s tent on my own (with not enough tent pegs).

- Continued to discover that people who go to this sort of thing are generally well, nice people.

- Enjoyed the food (no, really - not too expensive either - including a cafe on a Routemaster bus!)

- Particularly liked Midlake and Billy Bragg and New Model Army and the lads from Barnsley who's name I didn't catch...

- Got well treated by the man John Bownas (who booked me) and all the backstage sound people etc.

- Got helped out with a flat battery by a very organised and helpful man called Andy, along with the Leveller's drummer's brother and nephew.

So...thanks to all - including Gogs who put John B on to my stuff in the first place.

Blimey, no moaning from me today! - Quick get me on a Firstbus...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Could I point something out please? - That what people actually think about stuff is probably not accurately reflected on Twitter. And Twitter is not the only source of 'news' stories in the world.

Every part of the media seems intent only on reporting what other parts of the media are saying. What the hell do journalists do these days? Well it seems they have a quick gander at Wikipedia and Twitter and write it up from there.

Twitter is blather - and surely that's what it's supposed to be and what everyone knows it to be. And it's all being taken far too seriously - and you end up with people being arrested (or mortally offended) for making stupid off the cuff comments.

I know hundreds of idiots. I come across them every day. I ignore them mostly, I don't engage them in moronic snippets of blather and then get huffy. Why bother?

Stupid is stupid, ignorance is ignorance, lazy journalism is rubbish journalism. Can we just agree, put the kettle on and shut the Twitter up for a bit?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Top tip from Deer Shed

Oh dear...I don't have enough time. So here's a brief one. One of the top people I discovered (i.e. I'd never heard of them before) at Deer Shed was Rachel Sermanni. Who, like yours truly, is irritatingly young and pretty and talented. And charming! Can I say that and get away with it?

So...go to this website...and I suggest you watch the 'Tenement TV' thang - brilliant!

Not much of a review this is it...But check it out anyway. The TV clip thingie is 12 minutes long. You'd only be watching telly...


To be fair...I did notice a news story a couple of weeks back where the police had managed to shoot someone without killing them. So perhaps my paranoia was unjustified. We'll see...

Festival Beauties...

I've been meaning to pontificate on 'artistes what I saw' at the Deershed Festival. I will get round to it...But I've interrupted my rehearsing to show you this...

You'd find my name...some way down but my name. That's ME that is!