Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Lost Souls

I`m trying to help my mates and their band The Lost Souls. It seems that no matter how good a band is these days Promoters look at how many ‘Likes’ they have on Facebook, before they will book them! 
Do me a favour and give them a ‘like’ here: - https://www.facebook.com/thelostsoulsleeds/ 

Saturday, 2 December 2017

The Watery Grave

Back in may we had a weekend away in our caravan, and had a trip out to Malham for a walk to the falls. 
Waterfalls at Malham
On the way back we stopped at the next village, Kirkby Malham, we had lunch at The Victoria Pub. 
My pie for Lunch at The Victoria Pub, Kirkby Malham 
 Then a walk round the Church of St. Michael The Archangel and it`s Cemetery.
Church of St. Michael The Archangel 
 In there we found this sign on a gate
At the Church of St. Michael The Archangel 
 The grave belongs to a Colonel John Frederick Harrison, a sea captain.
The Watery Grave
More details can be found here:- https://yorkshirecdbooks.com/Yorksview/grave/

Monday, 27 November 2017

The Last Train

As the last train of the day left Carlisle heading south, stopping at remote stations the late winter tourists and regular commuters began to be joined by an ever increasing number of shadowy black clad figures. They had the usual comments about train connections from Sheffield, York, Huddersfield and Leeds, but other than that the train made its way Silently over the dark moors till it reached Bleamoor Tunnel when a giant of a man with a long blond Dearthhawk and his partner, who was much smaller, gently made their way to the empty guards compartment and plugged a MP3 player into the trains PA system. As they pasted Bleamoor Sidings the sound of Wayne Hussey’s voice echoed though the carriages “I still believe in God, but God no longer believes in me” The commuters and tourists looked around in disbelieve.  
 Half way across Ribblehead Viaduct and just as the low winter sun cut through the dirt on the windows like strobe lights, falling onto the black clothing of the group of silent people the sudden squeal of the trains’ brakes mixed with the sound of howling guitars and the perfectly timed words “There’s a crystal view from my window”. At this the group stood up and make their way to the doors on the southern side of the carriages.
A tall, handsome man with perfect hair, a brocade dress coat and white frilly shirt carried a small ornate wooden box towards a door, another gentleman in black opened it ready for him and he was steadied by a the reassuring hand of a friend as he stepped over on to the parapet, two women escorted a third behind, she was not dressed as the group but was clearly upset and seemed to be the prime reason for the deed. Others followed and more came out of other doors along the train. The leader opened the box and cast the powdery contents skywards the wind taking it down the bleak Ribble Valley as the record sang “Over this land, all over this waste---land.” 
Ribblehead Viaduct NOT MY PIC
 On the train an old couple openly wondered if they had fallen in to a horror movie scene, whilst younger commuters began to take photos.
Now it had not been a coincidence that from Carlisle the train driver and guard  had been chatting to two particular railway enthusiasts, who, were also part of the group, with them, they came out to watch what was happening, but the taller of the two who was having trouble with his long hair and glasses pacified them saying “Not to worry, this won`t take long, we are doing this for a friend” while the other with long blond hair in a long leather coat smiled and suggested they returned inside as everyone was coming back in, their work here done.
Ribblehead Viaduct.
As the song finished and everyone had returned to their seats, the train recommenced it`s journey to Leeds, the group had melted back into the night along the way. Wondering if he had dreamed it, the driver walked through the carriages looking for any evidence of what he had witnessed. All that was to be found was a scroll left on a table, he opened it and read “Sorry for any inconvenience caused, please send any bills to Morrish Solicitors, Leeds office, they`ll know about it and settle any claims.”

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Goth on the Croft 2018 calendar

I came across this super calendar rising money for The Sophie Lancaster Foundation a few weeks ago and decided to buy one for myself.
Goth on the Croft 2018 calendar`s Pic
It would make an ideal present for the Goth in your life, if not yourself.
Here`s a link to their Etsy Shop.
Goth on the Croft 2018 calendar`s Pic
 And here`s one to their FB page
Goth on the Croft 2018 calendar`s Pic
 In their words:-
“People who identify with the goth subculture, or indeed any other alternative subculture, can be found in all walks of life, even where you least expect- including the Scottish Highlands! Unfortunately, being different can lead to intolerance, prejudice and occasionally incidents of hate crime.
The Goth on the Croft 2018 calendar is a charity fundraising project in aid of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation- a charity which aims to `stamp out prejudice hatred and intolerance` by focusing on creating respect for and understanding of subcultures in our communities.
We at Goth on the Croft have worked hard with the help of local organisations to create this frighteningly fiendish 2018 photo wall calendar to raise funds for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and to promote understanding and acceptance of alternative subcultures in our community.”
Goth on the Croft 2018 calendar`s Pic

Monday, 20 November 2017

Digging Up The Past?

You never know what you will find, till you put your spade in the ground. I was going to plant a shrub today. Hit something hard, yet hollow sounding. 
GPO manhole
A couple of inches down I found what turned out to be a GPO manhole. Lifted it to see if it was live, it was full of cables and had water running through it. I bet the broadband is slow then. 

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Gardeners, Shadows and Jehovah`s Witnesses

Yesterday where I was working, a group of  tidily dressed people came down the cul-de- sac, they were obviously Jehovah`s Witnesses. Although they knocked on the doors of the houses no body answered. So two came over to me, I was raking up leafs, but still tried to give me a leaflet.
Pic NOT mine.
ME: It`s okay I`ve just got a new bible yesterday
JWs: Oh that`s good do you read it a lot?
ME: When I say `Bible` I actually mean The Gardnerian Book of Shadows, but it`s like a bible for Pagans.
JWs: Stunned looks and silence. 

Here`s a link to where I bought mine from 

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Smailholm Tower

Back in summer, on our holidays in the Scottish Borders, we visited Smailholm Tower.
Smailholm Tower
 The Pictures are mine, but the following is copied from visit Scotland web site.
“Sited high on a rocky outcrop, Smailholm is a small rectangular tower set within a stone barmkin wall.
This 65 ft tower house was built by a well-known Scottish Borders family in the first half of the 15th century, and today you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside from Smailholm Tower’s battlements.
Inside the tower is a model of this Pringle residence and a charming collection of costume figures and tapestries relating to Sir Walter Scott's Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders. It was the sight of Smailholm that fired Walter Scott's imagination when, as a young boy, he was brought up by his grandparents at the nearby farm of Sandyknowe.”
Smailholm Tower

Smailholm Tower

Smailholm Tower

View from top of Smailholm Tower

Me at Smailholm Tower

Smailholm Tower

Smailholm Tower

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Spen`s Final Tango. Trailer.

This weekend we will be running the last ever event for our local Caravanning group (Spen Valley), which is about to fold due a shortage of new members.

Because it`s Halloween as well, this is what we have planned. 
The Bats Have Left the Bell Tower Game ~ The Bats have left the Bell Tower and are hiding around the market, some have taken with them the chewed up name badge of a classic horror movie star. Find the bats; which have a letter and number. Rearrange the letters to reveal who the movie star is.
Not my background to pic.
Saturday Night. Program
Charity Auction ~ Getting rid, I mean selling off unused tom bowler prizes etc.
Wrap the Mummy Game ~ Turn your partner into a Mummy ~ using toilet roll ~against the clock.
The Bats Have Left the Bell Tower Game Answers
A Quiz, about bats, as it happens.
There will a Supper
Gary Gilmore Game ~ Find Gary Gilmore’s eyes~ Inter group challenge
Trick or treat Raffle ~ Some good prizes, some not so….
I will be playing relevant music throughout the evening
The Final Tango ~ The time to celebrate Spen’s passing ~ Music and words.
Fancy Dress is strongly encouraged
Not my background to pic.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Goth City Festival 2017

Held over 2 weeks and at various venues around Leeds
Here are some of my better snaps. (In A to Z)

Alice Moving Under Skies

Byronic Sex and Exile (Joel)

Dearth Party UK


Jan Doyle Band


Luxury Stranger 

The Glass House Museum 

The Webb
The usual thanks to Joel for all this, the bands, the crew and everyone who came and made this a wonderful event. ~~~ THANKS 

Friday, 15 September 2017

I`m been stalked by a Skip company.

5 emails and 2 ‘phone calls in the last 24 hours! From a Skip company. When does this officially become stalking?

Monday, 21 August 2017

When You`re a Gardener And a Sisters Fan

I hear the roar of a big machine
Two pulleys, belt in between
Hot metal and it’s slipped again

Lawnmower down.
Just in case there was ever any doubt I live in a surreal world 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Trying To Make Chris An Apprentice, Didn`T Go Well.

It said on BBC Radio 2, that women who are 62 who cannot yet get their state pension till they are 66 were been told by the job centres to apply for an apprenticeship. My wife is in the band so I wondered if I could make her an apprentice in my company I though there were government grants available.
I Googled apprentices, A long list came up, I can usually understand legal documents and forms, but I am sure that they (The Government) are trying to blind us with science, or just confuse us in the hope we give up. Eventually I found an application form to use apprentices, filled it in and emailed it.
When the people at National Apprentice Service rang me, they were NOT impressed that I was `just looking` for a loop hole to get some money out of the government in lieu of her state pension, which she should have had at sixty!

So that didn`t go well.

Still it was fun to try and take on the system again.
And a good excuse to play this

Friday, 4 August 2017

Drain Exploded

Got to a client’s and found a drain had exploded the day before with all the rain, and lifted off the cover.
It was only surface water which runs into the stream at the bottom of the garden and was running clear when I looked down. The gentleman was away and when his wife had rung him, he said App`y is there tomorrow.

So guess who had to clear it up?

Friday, 21 July 2017

Waited For The Right Time, Place And People.

As I head ever-closer to retirement, I remember at school (Yes 40-odd years ago) a Games teacher said to me “Come out of your shell and join in” … That didn’t  work, but after leaving school I discovered alcohol and Punk Rock, which did. Fast forward to now, I am ‘Post Punk, Post Mortgage and having the best time of my life, whilst I am still Pre Alzheimer’s and Pre Arthritis. That’s why you’ll see me at the front.
(Pic from Gary, taken at a Rhombus gig)

So UP YOURS Mr McLeod !!!!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Not Me, For Once

Working today and I noticed a blue car go into a drive up the road, three women got out, two started getting vacuums and dusters out of the back while the driver went to unlock the house door. Nothing wrong there, they were the cleaners. Then the house alarm went off. Again nothing out of the ordinary there, done it myself, but it went on and on. I put my ear protectors on. Next, they put their gear back in the car and all three women got in, drove to the next house and went in. A bit later, a neighbour came out and asked me what had happened, I told the above, she decided to go see them, when she came back they confirmed that they had gone to the wrong house, but their key HAD opened the door, they put the code they had been given for the alarm but of course it did not work, rung their client who told them they were in the wrong house. 
The most worrying thing was that the same key fit and opened two house doors next to each over!
Here`s a pic of a lock full of stones, I couldn`t open and had to take the faceplate off to empty.

As I said glad it was not me, for once.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Day Of The Goths, Leeds

Saturday was the start of Goth City Festival 2017, with a fund raiser event made up of local(ish) bands entitled The Day Of The Goths.

The Black Riders Cult
The room was dark, hot and, well damp, so I guess had a real sense of the `Batcave` to it. Outside there was a beer garden ideal for cooling off between bands and to be able to talk and hear people.

Jan Doyle Band. (Not my pic)
If I started to wax on about how amazing the night was, I just couldn`t do it justice. It`s impossible to put into words just what happens when `We` get together.

The Lost Souls
So here are some snaps I took of the bands though the smoke.
Dawn of Elysium
Many thanks to all the bands, DJs, stage & sound crew and everyone who helped make this a truly magical evening
Especially Joel, who not `only` promoted / run the whole event, played in Quasimodo and DJed into the small hours. “Cheers pal”
Zeitgeist Zero

The Lost Souls

I`m trying to help my mates and their band The Lost Souls. It seems that no matter how good a band is these days Promoters  look at how ma...