Thursday, 31 December 2015


My Dad always used to love to celebrate New Year, due I believe to his army days in WW2 with a Scottish regiment The Cameron Highlanders.
My dad c 1940`s
I remember we had some pretty big parties at home in my teenage years. Here's thinking of you Dad.


I wish you all A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Floods and Rhombus in York December 2015

We had originally planned to take our caravan to York and stay overnight, spending the day in town, have a rest then go to The Fulford Arms for the gig, but when the floods hit Yorkshire and with more forecast we changed plans somewhat.
York in Flood
Plan B. we left home at lunch time and drove to York, to a large Fish and Chip restaurant on the northern ring road. After that we took our car to a “Park and Ride” (You leave your car on the outskirts of town and a bus takes you in to the centre) and spent a couple of hours around this historic city. The floods had gone down a lot but the River Ouse was still over and into a lot of shops, pubs and people`s homes. From the main bridge I took this pic.

York in Flood
By 3 O` clock it was beginning to get dark so we returned to our car and headed to the Fulford Arms. Only to find the A19 road was still closed, a lengthy diversion eventually got us there by 6 O` clock time.
The gig wasn`t due to start till 8, but Andy, Rob and Alixandrea of Rhombus where already there with partners, so we got some drinks and talked, then Ade and Clare arrived, followed by Patrick and his family completing The Lost Souls. We ordered food. Edward`s arrival made Rhombus complete. I don`t think Chris had seen a band set-up and sound check before, and was quite interested in watching the sound engineer`s work.

The Lost Souls
Been surrounded by so many cool people I call friends this was guaranteed to be a great night, and it was! The Lost Souls were on great form Johnny ain`t Coming and Facebook girl been two of my favourites.

Then came Rhombus, It`s no secret that Chris is not into the music the same as me, so with this in mind, I didn`t take my now usual place on the dance floor, but I could not resist dancing luckily there was room where we sat. Again I am a big fan of Rhombus so I loved the whole set from start to finish. I`ll pick What You Wanted, Leave You To Burn, the lovely Shimmer and A Moment Today as my favourites, that is till they played Anywhere and ended with Timeless & Elegant.

Rhombus, (not my pic.)
It always seems to take a while to say all the “Good byes” at the end of a marvellous evening but we had a 30 mile drive home and the wind was getting strong. Till next time…  

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Wokingham Street Art

When in Wokingham one of my favourite things apart from of cause seeing my Grandkids and family. Is to see the graffiti  
Wokingham Graffiti
Wokingham Graffiti
Wokingham Graffiti
Wokingham Graffiti
Wokingham Graffiti

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Natures Fairy Lights

Knitted fog on the bare winter branches.
A typical December morning in Yorkshire.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Christmas Everywhere ?

I could put some candles in this and call it a Christmas decoration.
But it`s just what I have raked up from a lawn.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015


I had a shall we say “tummy upset” last week which really knocked me sideways, two days in bed and two days just sat on the sofa, went back to work on Tuesday but still having to take it easy. Anyway it made me think of the following ditty which I heard a few years ago. According to the internet it was an old Irish folk song from the 1850`s, if so it`s free form copy write, but anyway.  IT IS NOT MINE

The River Wharfe in Yorkshire, after heavy rain this week.

Dear Sir I write this note to you to tell you of my plight
For at the time of writing I am not a pretty sight
My body is all black and blue, my face a deathly grey
And I write this note to say why Paddy's not at work today.

Whilst working on the fourteenth floor, some bricks I had to clear
To throw them down from such a height was not a good idea
The foreman wasn't very pleased, the bloody awkward sod
He said I had to cart them down the ladders in my hod.

Now clearing all these bricks by hand, it was so very slow
So I hoisted up a barrel and secured the rope below
But in my haste to do the job, I was too blind to see
That a barrel full of building bricks was heavier than me.

And so when I untied the rope, the barrel fell like lead
And clinging tightly to the rope I started up instead
I shot up like a rocket till to my dismay I found
That half way up I met the bloody barrel coming down.

Well the barrel broke my shoulder, as to the ground it sped
And when I reached the top I banged the pulley with my head
I clung on tightly, numb with shock, from this almighty blow
And the barrel spilled out half the bricks, fourteen floors below.

Now when these bricks had fallen from the barrel to the floor
I then outweighed the barrel and so started down once more
Still clinging tightly to the rope, my body racked with pain
When half way down, I met the bloody barrel once again.

The force of this collision, half way up the office block
Caused multiple abrasions and a nasty state of shock
Still clinging tightly to the rope I fell towards the ground
And I landed on the broken bricks the barrel scattered round.

I lay there groaning on the ground I thought I'd passed the worst
But the barrel hit the pulley wheel, and then the bottom burst
A shower of bricks rained down on me, I hadn't got a hope
As I lay there bleeding on the ground, I let go the bloody rope.

The barrel then being heavier then started down once more
And landed right across me as I lay upon the floor
It broke three ribs, and my left arm, and I can only say
That I hope you'll understand why Paddy's not at work today.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The Second Black Mass Against The Cuts at The Packhorse, Leeds. Saturday 28th November

Hosted and created by Joel, so “What could go wrong?”
Opening the night was The Undead Poets Society. Poetry to violin music.
The Undead Poets Society
Next up was Kittinger Freefall a young two piece band billed as “dark post-punk guitar action”
Kittinger Freefall
Then came Joel in his role as Dark High Priest, Harbinger of doom, Political Warrior and near stand-up comic. It was great, we drank from our chalice (well pint glasses) and hailed Satan while keeping a straight face, well no I couldn`t keep a straight face. It was fun.
Joel, The Dark High Priest.
Following that was Viet Bong, Joel`s “Satanic doom metal” band.  A great round off to the night.
Viet Bong
So despite wind, rain and near freezing conditions outside, inside it felt like the bands were playing just for me, and a mate. What a night, even the unstoppable Joel had to sit down!!
Joel, needing a sit down.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

This morning`s sunrise.

I took a few pictures this morning of the sunrise. Hope you like them.
St Andrew's Church, Blubberhouses
Looking south at Blubberhouses
Looking south at Blubberhouses St Andrew's Church on left

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Go Out And See A Band This Weekend (Any)

You will:-
Support local bands, and help keep music live.
Support local Promotors
Support your local Pubs and Clubs.

I’m going to see Vincent and the Invaders.

Vincent and the Invaders (Their pic)
Watch them here….

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Set List for Halloween Resuscitated

Had a full room too, mostly over 65’s, some of whom had never seen a smoke machine before.
Nightwish – Storytime
Sisters of Mercy – Burn
The Kinks – Come Dancing
Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds
The Cramps – Fever
Manfred Mann – Do Wah Diddy Diddy
Chris Montez – Let`s Dance

Little Eva – The Loco-motion
Beach Boys – Fun Fun Fun
The Swing Blue Jeans – The Hippy Hippy Shake


The Last Dance – Dead Man’s Party

**RAP THE MUMMY GAME** ~~~ Benny hill theme

Creedence Clearwater Reveille – Bad Moon Rising

**FELINE STORYBOARD (How to give your cat a pill) **

Blue Oyster Cult – (Don`t Fear) The Reaper


Skeletal Family – Promised Land


Themes from; The Addams Family
The Munsters
The Outer Limits
The Twilight Zone
The X Files & more.


The Archies – Sugar Sugar.
The Monkees – Daydream Believer


Madness One Step Beyond  
UK Subs – Drunken Sailor             
Rhombus – Anywhere and Into the Rain
Bad Pollyanna – Invincible Girl
The Lost Souls –Johnny aren’t coming

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Quickest Ever WGW ?

I had no intention of going to Whitby Goth Weekend this time, most of the bands that were on at the Spa I had seen in smaller venues in the last few months and I don`t like the hordes of `dresser - uppers` and photographers that the event attracts in the town on Saturday and Sunday.
The Last Cry (Graham`s Pic)
However on Thursday night at the charity event for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation The Last Cry was playing. This would mean a 162 mile round trip to see the gig. But I did just for that.
The Last Cry (Martin`s Pic)
I left home at 6.35. The first 60 mile was a good drive,  but then I ran into thick fog, and I mean Thick. When I got into Whitby I parked in the station car park which used to be free after 6.30 and found they now charge all day and night. I had to go to the Co-Op to get some change.

The Last Cry (Graham`s Pic)
It was good to see some friends in the club, and The Last cry played a great acoustic set in this smallish club. Just had time to say thanks to Andrew Birch before heading off into the fog. I arrived home at ten to one.

The Last Cry

Sunday, 1 November 2015

The Show Will Go On. Halloween Resuscitated.

With the  weekend`s planned event cancelled due to the weather, the field was so wet that the site owner would not let cars and caravans on it. It has been agreed that the fun and games will be held in 2 weeks` time at the last meet of the year at Skipton, so as I put it on Facebook
Halloween Resuscitated
New poster, background pic not mine
As the zombied corpse of The Nightmare was pulled into the steaming swamp at Ripon, so it is to be reborn [25 miles west along the A59] at Skipton……………The Nightmare Continues ………… Halloween is resuscitated.......
The resurrection of the cancelled Lockside meet; Planed Program includes; Witches Hat Sorting Game and Quiz - Chris`s Cauldron Raffle - Saturday Supper (everyone bring something) - Music mixing chart Halloween songs with a few Darker records from an Eldergoth DJ - Much silliness, games and Quizzes. This is an App’y Production™ for Spen Valley D.A. Hosted by Chris and Alastair. If you’ve been to one of “ours” before, you’ll want to come to this. If you haven’t then you need to come to this. It’s one to tick off the bucket list. N.B. The weekend will be stewarded by Peter.
Meanwhile Chris has been arty
I will post more, when in a better mood.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Adverts For The Nightmare Before Skipton Event

At the start of the month I posted that for Halloween Chris and I would be managing an event for our caravanning group. Well we have been working hard making decorations, games, quizzes and the like. We have also been spamming, I mean advertising it on various places on Facebook so for your amusement here are some of the funnier adverts.
N.B. NONE OF THE ORIGINAL PICTURES WERE MINE; I pinched them off Google / Facebook etc.
Have you seen our bus yet?

What will you be drinking at Halloween ? Spen Valley’s Nightmare before Skipton ALE. Available only at Lockside, Ripon

And finally I asked if the site owners could decorate the room like this for us, this is the Parish in Huddersfield UK
 The mark 2 Poster
Two more, still to go up are

   “The Nightmare before Skipton” * Is to be held at Lockside Caravan Park, Ripon, UK over the Halloween weekend ~ All welcome ~
* Skipton is our groups` last caravanning meet of the year, and this is the one before

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Sisters of Mercy at Leeds 14/10/2015

So it will be about 20 years from the last time that I saw The Sisters of Mercy live, and about the same since I went to a gig at what is now called Leeds Beckett Students Union, we just called it the Uni back then.
Someone said to me “Everyone you know will be here tonight” that was not quite true, even from the scene, and if it were it was so crowded you couldn`t find them all. I did find few friends in the bar area pre start.

The Fan Club poster showing the first Sisters gig ever.
Seeing The Sisters must be like making love ~ you remember the first time but, not the last. I saw The Sisters first gig at The Fan Club in Leeds when they supported Altered Image. From that moment I became a fan of the music. But just as a mother who forever sees their offspring as the little boy or girl they brought into this world, I always think of Andrew Eldrich as the lad who sat behind the DJ’s box at the F Club in the early 80’s we knew as Andy Taylor.

Sisters of Mercy a long time ago.
I didn`t see his face the night that Dead or Alive walked in, I didn`t hear him say he wanted to have his records played on the radio, I never knew let alone tried to understand why he despised the Leeds scene. I do seem to remember him scowling at the people on the dance floor and I guess thinking these live mundane life`s in the daytime but act inane at night. (This of course later was used in Floorshow!)

Sisters of Mercy now (not my pic)
So back to the gig, and where it seems it`s a national pastime or maybe a type of revenge to knock The Sisters, I don`t think for one minute that this tour was just to make money, they simply would not have had such a fantastic light show as they had, that must have cost a fortune. But the sound quality wasn`t all that good where I was standing, the hall was packed and although the aircon was blowing cold at the back it was uncomfortably hot, some managed to dance, I could not. I blame Leeds uni, or whatever it`s called this week for that, not the band.

Sisters of Mercy now
We were treated to a good selection of tunes covering most periods of The Sisters career I was glad to hear, Alice and Body Electric  from the early days. The first encore been 1959, been born in the same year as Andy that goes down well with me. Then came the big guns to conclude with; Vision Thing, Temple of Love and This Corrosion. It was then time to go home. I think that is how Andy wanted it to be.

I would go see them again, but not at the uni.


Got my appointment for a Gastroscopy at LGI Friday 4.00pm Chris is away, so cannot have a general. Can`t eat/drink from 8.00 am. Ha...