Sunday, 22 February 2015

Quasimodo + The Black Riders Cult + AMereKat at Bad Apples Rock Bar, Leeds


A bit of history, there is an area of downtown central Leeds called The Calls back in wartime and just after there were 2 or 3 murders a week around it with the bodies found floating in the River Aire. In the late 70’s I used to regularly go to a Punk Club on Call Lane. This somewhat worried my parents. Like most big cities, Leeds as undergone vast modernisation around the old rundown parts and now some areas around the river is quite upmarket.
Bad Apples address is Call Lane, and although I once knew it, it took me 20 minutes and asking 3 Doormen outside other venues to find it.

AMereKat (Pic stolen from Goth City Promotions)
This as to be one of the smallest pubs I have ever been in, but once inside I heard music coming from a downstairs room, I followed. Sure enough I was greeted by Joel from Quasimodo and other friends. AMereKat was already on stage; with getting lost I missed half her set. Here is a link to her latest offering called Anarchy in the Ukulele. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkT2WLvCNhY&feature=youtube_gdata


In Bad Apples Rock Bar,
In the middle of the dance floor was this,   err grave!


The Black Riders Cult
Next up were Sheffield Goth band The Black Riders Cult, new to me I had looked them up on SoundCloud and liked what I`d heard. On stage they did not disappoint. Meaningful Bass and Guitars over, but not out drowning darkly sung lyrics and just to confirm (As if needed) where they`re coming from a couple of covers for good measure ~ Anaconda by the Sisters and Iggy Pop`s I Wanna be Your Dog. A great set. I want more and luckily they are back in Leeds next Month. As a new fan I`ll be there. Have a listen here https://soundcloud.com/theblackriderscult


Quasimodo
Top of the Bill were Quasimodo and once again Joel, David and Emma where on great form. Upbeat yet dark, full power head on Goth from three fine musicians  who are also friendly people. Goth Rock how it should be, from its birthplace, played in its birthplace, Leeds. Catch them here, if you live out of town https://soundcloud.com/quasimodo-leeds/quasimodo-atrocity-girl

A great night, I look forward to more here soon.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The Columbarium at Lawnswood Cemetery.

In the New Year I returned to Lawnswood Cemetery to remove the Christmas Wreaths I had placed on my parent`s grave. I always have a walk around different parts of the cemetery
The Chapel at Lawnswood Cemetery.
Because it was the weekend, and no services were happening I decided to go down to the Chapel where I came across this wall plaque.
Plaque on the wall of The Chapel at Lawnswood Cemetery.
Another area where I don`t usually walk is to The Columbarium.
The Columbarium at Lawnswood Cemetery.
Built in 1933 by A E Kirk and Tomlinson, of Leeds is now grade 2 listed.
Looking inside The Columbarium at Lawnswood Cemetery.
Inside are tiers of niches containing cinerary urns and memorial plaques. There is also a War Memorial.
Outside of The Columbarium at Lawnswood Cemetery.
I hope that`s rock salt on the floor by the open plaque!

Friday, 6 February 2015

A New Grandson


I am pleased to announce that this morning at eleven O’ clock, my forth Grandchild was born. A boy at 8lb 7oz Mother and Baby doing well. Congratulations to Olga and Steven. Not seen a photo yet

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Does The Green Gothess Need a Bit of Woodwork ?

I wonder what the Green Gothess would look like with a bit of woodwork?

The Green Gothess
Hopefully something like this Morris Minor 1000? 

Pic NOT mine, found on Google
Not that I`d know how to do it.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

When Your Angel Becomes A Stranger


I garden for a lovely elderly couple (I won`t use their names) who are both well into their 80’s. Up until just recently have had a happy and full life together. However now “Mrs X” is beginning to show more and more signs of dementia, so much so she has had tests and on Monday they went for the results. 

As “Mr X” was telling me this, there was one song playing unstoppably in my head, a song that already holds personal memories of when my closest relative life was irreversibly changed by illness the drugs used to treat her.





Here are some of the songs words In Blue and my interruption of them in this case.
And yes I believe in what we had  (60 odd years together)
But words got in the way (The dementia)
 
And only yesterday, As I was leaving (To take you to the medical centre)
But I`ve Heard a million conversations Going where they've been before
(Repeating things)
And all I know for sure, All I know for real, Is knowing doesn't mean so much
(It been diagnosed doesn`t make any difference)

And I know the world is cold but if you hold on tight to what you find  (I`ll look after you)
You might not mind too much though
Even this must pass away and
Memories may last for years but
Names are just for souvenirs
(Reinstating his unconditional love for her regardless of this)

In the final verse of the song, the addressee changes from “Angel” to “Some kind of Stranger”

Saturday, 24 January 2015

My Review of 2014

A bit late but here we are…..
 
Best / Favourite
The Forbidden Corner
Day Out. ~ The Forbidden Corner http://appythegardener.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/the-forbidden-corner.html

Oxford

New Place (City) I Visited. ~ Oxford










Skelton Tower, Levisham

 
 
 
New Place (Countryside) I Visited. ~ Skelton Tower, Levisham, North Yorkshire.


Cemetery. ~ St. Leonard’s church at Chapel-le-Dale.   
 
Music Festival. ~ Sacrosanct.
 
Festival / show, with Tia Greyhound Rescue. ~ Arthington Show.
Arthington Show, with Tia Greyhound Rescue.

 Purchase ~ a small PA system; you can plug anything into it, Laptop, CD player, phone, guitar and mic. It cost less than hiring a DJ for my wife`s birthday party and I have used it quite a lot for fun, but at home have only ever got volume up 6.
 
 
Ticked off The Bucket List. ~ Having my pic on Goths up Trees. 

Here`s to 2015

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

National Media Museum, Bradford

A couple of weeks ago we visited The National Media Museum, in Bradford. I`m not really one for Museums but I found this very interesting.
At the National Media Museum, Bradford
Over 6 floors in a modern, air conditioned building it did not feel stuffy at all.

At the National Media Museum, Bradford
There are early cameras, radios and TV props, some of which I remembered, some not.
At the National Media Museum, Bradford
It was free entry, but you do have to pay  at the car park !
At the National Media Museum, Bradford
  Here is a link to their website http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/
The Wombles National Media Museum, Bradford

A Dalek at the National Media Museum

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