Wednesday, 27 November 2013

They Never Did Take Me Alive.

My TV provider keeps pestering me to add BT Sports (At extra cost) so I told them.

They Never Did Take Me Alive.
They very nearly did get me once; it was the second to last week before we went on stand-down for the final exams before I could leave school for good. I was in History class which we had in the library, a room often used by kids avoiding PE and Games, in fact I had spent many an hour in an out of the way corner keeping my head down and been unnoticed by all. On this near catastrophic day a PE teacher who had started at the school when I was in the second year came in and told our teacher that he was looking for dodgers. The librarian said “Everyone in here should be, they`re all mine.” But the PE teacher was looking around and saw me who he did not recognize and said “Who are you?” I gulped and the librarian said “He`s with me” but the PE teacher carried on “I don`t know you!!” that was echoed around the class. Bright red and shouting, he went on “When do you do games?” Of cause I had not been to that part of the school for four and a half years, but I said “Monday afternoon sir” by now the veins on his forehead were standing out and everyone was expecting him to explode, literally He screamed “I want to see you there!!” As he left the room the class were still coming to terms with the fact that I had not been to the gym for all that time.

Come Monday I thought it better to take the whole day off and did just that,

Well… I`d nothing to wear!

They Never Did Take Me Alive.
Over the next few weeks I took my exams, went back to school for one last day. That was the happiest day of my life at the time, and I walked away with my head held high (and my arse intact) and NEVER LOOKED BACK. I didn`t even go back for my results!

My old school..pic off Google

They Never Did Take Me Alive.



Saturday, 23 November 2013

Bad Pollyanna + Alice Moving Under Skies + Wrapped in Plastic at Carpe Noctum, Bradford

I had been looking forward to this one for a long time! So I planned todays work to start later, giving me a lie-in. The bus came on time and I even found my way to club with no problems. The bar is very reasonably priced and because I was not driving I dived straight in to the Newcastle Brown Ale!
Wrapped in Plastic at Carpe Noctum, Bradford 22/11/13
The first band; Wrapped in Plastic where billed as “a little more (industrial-) metal than our usual bands” but that should by fine! However, let`s say I liked their Drum machine/ backing tape, and the bass guitarist made good sounds. The lead guitarist seemed to be content in a world of their own, but I didn`t quite manage to catch two words the vocalist sang! Now speaking of things I missed, you can call me old school, old fashioned or even just old, but when I go to “see” a band I do like to actually see them! don`t get me wrong a bit of back-lightings fine, I love smoke/fog but I had to go to the front of the dance floor (Which was completely empty) and use a flash to get any sort of photo! It`s no secret that I`ve seen literary hundreds of live bands in my time, tonight was a first, I have never seen an ending to a set like it before………… They just seemed to wonder off in the semi darkness and go home leaving the backing tape playing to us. Eventually someone turned it off and the DJ put a record on! Everybody turned around, and looked at each other till someone (Me) said Arrh is that it?
Alice Moving Under Skies at Carpe Noctum, Bradford 22/11/13
Alice Moving Under Skies are in an altogether different league, a little bit more on the electronic side. With clear and clean cut male and female vocals over, but not fighting with exciting guitar and bass lines helped with a drum machine. Half way though we were treated to a bit of magic with sword swallowing and a very long piece of tape came magically out of the bass players` mouth. A very good set.
Bad Pollyanna at Carpe Noctum, Bradford 22/11/13
I would not have thought it possible, but Bad Pollyanna just keep getting better, I always loved them, I always thought that they are brilliant, but goodness they have just gone up another notch! With a reworked set now opening with “Awake Now” and pounding though a fantastic set that seemed all to short but in fact lasted nearly an hour and half! I can only say that my favourites are from the CD that I already have, because as soon as I hear new songs I love them as well. But here goes not in any order, Hollow, the last single, Monstrous Child, Liquid Lover, The Living Dead, and about half way in a short pause for an introduction to their new single Epilogue (Invincible Girl) dedicated to Sophie Lancaster with all proceeds going to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Rounding off with My Incubi and an encore of Personal Jesus.
Valerian Adore, The Greatest Drummer in the world
I always used to like to buy merchandise from gigs and so I purchased their new CD, but better than that Olivia offered to sign it and asked me to wait so all the band could, I also had a short chat with most of the band members, so a big Thank You to Olivia, Nikki, Stephen and Valerian.  
So move over Gene, Paul, Peter and Ace. There are new Rock Gods and Demons in town.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Skipton November 2013

Mundane By Day and Well Mundane By Night As Well

Our camping (caravanning) trips for 2013 came to an end at the weekend with as always a stay at Skipton Cattle Market. I really like the town of Skipton; typical of many Dales towns it has a market on five days a week and many independent shops  with just a few of the chain stores.

Friday was the usual round of meeting and greeting folk we had not seen for a while and then we had a quick look around the shops in the Cattle Market, which as you`d expect are quite agricultural in nature, then had a quite night in the `van

Pictures not mine, found on Google From The Source
On Saturday we went into town and we found a new shop, “From The Source” Which is an independent family business importing and selling a unique range of fair trade and ethical fashion and accessories, both at the shop and online. In an age of fast fashion, throwaway products and faceless high street shops, they aim to connect their customers with the people that make the products they sell, and promote trade that can help make the world a better place. We purchased some presents and I found a lovely shirt, which Chris said she`d buy me for Christmas.
Link to their website

Pictures not mine, found on Google
In the market there was a sandwich van with an outside covered eating area where we had lunch in the form of a Hog Roast Sandwich. I had all the trimmings, Chris just had apple sauce on hers!

Pictures not mine, found on Google
Now as much as I do love Skipton and shops and things do keep changing there, this was the third time this year we had been and apart from the splendid Wensleydale Cheese stall there is only so much you can keep buying, mind you having said that I did manage spend about half a week`s earnings !

Saturday night we went in to a hall for a party/ get-together, I don`t want to sound bitchy, but there had been NO planning put into this and it was a really boring event. I would however like to thank the friend sat around us for saving the night as we made our own fun. Thank you all. There was bingo (Think I`ll go to the toilet), a rather dull raffle (Think I`ll go to the toilet again and read the Cows for sale adds) and a long, rambling music type quiz (Pass me that rope, I lost the will to live!)
Then Betty one of the eldest amongst us told her informus “Worm” joke! Tonight was the 14th anniversary of the first time I`d heard it and every time it`s different. I will put it on here someday, but not today!
Sunday morning we had lunch and went home.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Bonfire Meet

Last weekend we joined another Camping group for their bonfire meet, it was at Wetherby Race Course, where we had camped a few weeks ago.
The hoisting group, Leeds District Association is much larger than whom we normally camp with and a lot younger and also a lot better organized !

The Bonfire ready to be lit
For those of you reading this outside the UK. The 5th of November also known as Guy Fawkes Night or just Bonfire Night, is when we celebrate or mark the event when Guy Fawkes and a few others tried to blow-up the Houses of Parliament in 1604 and kill King James. Basically they were caught and burned hence the fire and fireworks.

Fireworks (It`s hard to photo with my camera)
Had I not camped but stopped at home and gone out on Saturday night, at the Club I go to Morderstein (The Rammstein tribute act) were on again, so I would not have gone. Instead I did get to see some good fireworks here.

The Bonfire starting to go.

More Fireworks.
After we went inside for “Pie and Peas” and a disco that was not my sort of thing but it was nice to talk to friend that I had not seen for a while.  

There was a singer (I think it`s the one holding the mic.)

On Sunday morning we had a final get together before having lunch and heading home. All in all an interesting and fun weekend.

Grooving In Green + October Burns Black + Auger at Carpe Noctum, Leeds

I had looking forward to this gig ever since I knew about it, but on Saturday morning I didn`t feel up to it especially with having to wor...