Saturday, May 17, 2008

Long & winding road

, originally uploaded by andrewlee1967.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Ah, Russ...

Damn you for being so charming. You're my favorite manslut.

Gwent Fields

Gwent Fields, originally uploaded by wentloog.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

'Dirty Old Town'- Babyshambles and Shane MacGowan

Random ten

1. Slipping Away- The Rolling Stones
2. Words- Doves
3. Suburban Knights- Hard-Fi
4. Know You Now- Amy Winehouse
5. Rockin' Chair- Oasis
6. Moving Pictures- The Cribs
7. Witchcraft- Frank Sinatra
8. Chelsea Dagger- The Fratellis
9. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down- The Band
10. Reach Out (I'll Be There)- Four Tops

11. Melt My Heart To Stone- Adele
12. Shadrach- The Beastie Boys


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Ahhh, family

There is a small, but vocal contingent of wingnuts in my family, which unfortunately includes both my brothers. They're oppressed, you know. It's impossible to understand how hard it is out there for straight, white, college-educated men.

Another winger is one of my uncles, a doctor, who is perpetually kept down by The Man. Or so one would think, the way he carries on. He made the mistake of sending an email forward to one of my cousins (with sense), casting doubt on Obama's fitness for the presidency.

My cousin, for lack of a better expression, bitch slapped him via email.

I like how that video implies that Obama is a Muslim, then points out that he is a member of some karay-zee black Christian church. And that was all in the first minute. One thing they definitely got right is that he is brown. Plus he doesn't wear a flag pin!?! What's next? No magnetic ribbon on the bumper of his car. What a fag. Not the patriotic-getting-blown-by some strange dude-in-the-mens-room-of-an-airport kind of fag either. I mean the doesn't-bomb-a-country-on-entirely-false-pretenses kind of sissy.

I know that these e-mails are only bait and I swallowed the whole thing. But as the fisherman that I know you are, I expected a better technique. This video was a lot like dynamiting a pond. It is the sort of thing that dumb rednecks do (believe).

Yours in Christ (Not the black, Muslim Christ. The other one.)

Dude. That was COLD. I wonder how my uncle is faring with his new asshole.


Sequins and the Civil Rights movement

The Motown empire had its own charm school, and supplied the girls with an etiquette coach called Maxine Powell. What was the best lesson she taught them? "How to get in and out of a limousine." She giggles at the memory. "Ms Powell was a little bit broad in the back, and she'd demonstrate how not to get into a limo, and we'd just die laughing because she was so hilarious. We had to learn how to kinda slide in, in case the photographers got you. Her other thing was, How to Sit and be Interviewed on a Stool – whatever happens, always keep your knees together."

Monday, May 12, 2008

Santogold- L.E.S. Artistes

I swear,

they go through more drummers than friggin' Spinal Tap. Though to the best of my knowledge, none have ever spontaneously combusted. Well, maybe Tony McCarroll. Never mind, he was in the 'Definitely Maybe' documentary.

Oasis drummer Zak Starkey is unlikely to perform with the band again after falling out with singer/guitarist Noel Gallagher. According to The Sun today (May 12), Starkey is highly unlikely to play with the band on any forthcoming live dates, and his involvement in their forthcoming new album, recently completed, will be his last with Oasis.

You mean Noel's being a crotchety geezer? No! It can't be!

A sign of the impending apocalypse

Dave Mustaine has a coffee club. No, really...

For just $19.99 (£10) a month subscribers to Dave Mustaine's Monthly Coffee Crew, receive specialty brews personally selected by Megadeth's frontman. He needs good coffee, he explains, because "I like pushing life to the red-line, like a[n] SR-71 Blackbird [jet plane]."

Sunday, May 11, 2008


I wanna go.

I drove west into Leitrim in the dead of winter. Whereas the middle of Ireland is surprisingly flat, as soon as I nosed across the county line, the landscape began to ruffle and fold and climb, this way and that, and I found myself ploughing through mists, rhythmically popping up and down through them, making a trail like the coils of the Loch Ness monster breaking surface.

Mysterious stretches of water would appear each side of me, one every couple of miles, flat sheets with gloss, frothing silver mist, and forests sometimes rose tall and dark beside them. It was a landscape from a dream, unmanicured, informal, raffish and intimate in its beauty, changing textures all the time. If Kew Gardens were the grand salon of a mansion, this would be its teenager's bedroom.

I want this house

I know it needs revamping, but OMG

But this one... how gorgeous is the moss growing on the roof?

Now this sounds interesting...

BBC2 has commissioned a major drama about the Troubles in Northern Ireland that will feature James Nesbitt, with Liam Neeson also being lined up for a starring role. The one-off piece, to be called Five Minutes of Heaven, will be set in Belfast and tell a dramatised version of the real life story of 17-year-old Alistair Little, a member of the Protestant Ulster Volunteer Force.

Little was convicted in 1975 and spent 12 years in prison for the murder of 19-year-old Catholic Jim Griffin in Lurgan.The murder was witnessed by the victim's 11-year-old brother, Joe, and the film will look at the impact of his sibling's death on him and his family.