Archive for June 23rd, 2005

We Really Mean It, Man

Via Nuzhound, a breakaway group of Fathers4Justice is having problems establishing its authenticity:

‘Chick, who held a crane top protest on London’s Tower Bridge dressed as Spider-man, is part of a group who have just split from the main Fathers4Justice organisation.
Over 40 members of the organisation were expelled earlier this month, following a series of internal bust-ups and a row over tactics.
Those men have now vowed to form a breakaway group committed to even more controversial action to highlight their campaign for increased paternal access to their children.
Speaking about their intentions, Chick said: “You know there’s the IRA, right? Well, I’m not saying we are like the IRA, but it’s like when the Real IRA formed.’

A more appropriate analogy would have been the Real Ghostbusters (which is where I reckon the Real IRA got its inspiration).

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Drink Feck Arse Men

Roman Catholic Women Priests.

Staving Off Boredom

via a Music Questionnaire from Gerry.

How many albums do I own?

The last time I counted, I was 19, and I had about 150. Let’s say 25 a year since then… about 400.

First album I bought?

The very credible Brothers In Arms, by Dire Straits. Gimme a break, I was 9.


The last album I bought?

Man-Made, by Teenage Fanclub

The last full album I listened to?

Lullabies To Paralyze, by Queens Of The Stone Age

The five albums that mean most to me?

First, I’m going to exclude compilations, and stick with studio albums. Compilations by Curtis Mayfield, The Who, Nancy And Lee, The Free Design and The Detroit Spinners (to name but five) mean a lot, but I don’t think they are real ‘albums’.

So here are my five, based on the tunes, but also the memories associated. Like Gerry, certainly not to be confused with the Greatest Albums of All Time, but there might be a slight overlap.

Talking Book, Stevie Wonder

Dusty In Memphis, Dusty Springfield

The Wolf King of LA, John Phillips

Hawaii, The High Llamas

The Soft Bulletin, The Flaming Lips

Rather inevitably, I have another 20 or 30 that could replace any of these.

Brief Whinge

This post is to record my frustration at the fact that I feel full of ideas for posts at the moment but because I am very busy at work I will not be able to post anything and by the time I am less busy I will have forgotten all those things I had planned to write about.

I had a training course this last couple of days. The people on the course had square heads and thought in straight lines and lists. All that boundless enthusiasm for a linear existence made me feel nauseous.

Work is sapping my capacity to contribute to this weblog. This is not because I am particularly involved or interested in my job, but because the deadening routine is not conducive to creativity or insight. However, for the moment I need to give minimal signs of functioning adequately in the job, or the material consequences will limit my capacity to contribute even further.

Much to my chagrin, blogging will be light over the next few days.


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