Monday, 24 April 2017

England`s Patron Saint

Apparently it was St George`s day last week we were meant to celebrate a bloke who killed an endangered species
Anne stokes Artwork.

I don`t think so.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

'Trip Advisor review


Somehow I doubt if this is true,but worth sharing anyway.
Not my pic.

'Trip Advisor review: Deserted Cabin, Tennessee – 1 night's stay 31/10/1981
(ashboomstick81)

Having booked in for an overnight stay we were appalled by the lack of facilities waiting for us – no TV or radio or other basic entertainments, and only one book which turned out to be this gross orange thing written in some foreign language or something. Plus some crazy dude had already read the book and left a tape there for us of him reading it! Also, terrible neighbourhood as immediately after we played the tape the cabin was attacked by strange people dressed as demons! We fled through the forest only to be set upon by a bunch of rednecks hiding in the forest who tried to make out that the 'trees' were attacking us. All in all the worst place we've ever stayed in. Great views though. (1 out of 5).'

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Monday, 10 April 2017

Why You Should Have A Plan.

You go to the trouble of having decking built around a tree.

Then get the tree cut down!

(2 doors down from one of my clients)

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour Visit 14-02-17

“Never write anything on line when, drunk, tired or angry” (That`s why I waited 6 weeks to write this)
At the Harry Potter Studio.
This had been on my to-do list for ages, so whilst we were `down south` babysitting our grandchildren for half term, on a `free day` we went.
All I can say is that I was Disappointed

At the Harry Potter Studio.
It did what it said on the tin. A tour of a film studio, sharing behind the scenes, props and setting of the Harry Potter films in a cold, clinical way with no love, passion or feeling. If you, like me were hoping for magic, forget it. Instead go to your local Goth Club on an average night.

At the Harry Potter Studio.
Here are some pictures I took.

At the Harry Potter Studio.

At the Harry Potter Studio.

At the Harry Potter Studio.

At the Harry Potter Studio.

Me At the Harry Potter Studio.

At the Harry Potter Studio.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

So far this year ....

I have sacked;
B.T.
Utility Warehouse.
Half of British Gas Insurance.
Aviva.
And one client.
I will soon see Rome Burns

https://www.facebook.com/events/1761316424106701/

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Funeral Wishes 2. Over This Land.


Because the likelihood of been able to have a Viking longboat funeral at Whitby is less then nil, I have a plan `B`
Ribblehead Viaduct
One of my favourite parts of the Yorkshire Dales is Ribblehead and the famous Settle to Carlisle railway viaduct there, so I would now like my ashes scattering from off it, whilst The Mission`s record Wasteland is been played.

This has already been mentioned to a DJ friend of mine who said he was up for playing the music, all I need now is someone to do the scattering, oh and stop the train! I think it is a £200 fine if you pull the cord to make an unauthorised stop, so I thought that I might as well ask if I could get permission no doubt at a cost.
Ribblehead Viaduct and Me.
I emailed Northern Rail, the train company that runs that line. Thus;

Dear Northern Rail

Please could you tell me what it would cost to legally stop a train for about 5 minutes on the Ribblehead Viaduct to facilitate the scattering of my ashes?

P.S. I am not planning on dyeing anytime soon.

Thank you.

Alastair




Hi Alastair, unfortunately this is not a service we can offer. We also cannot authorise the scattering of ashes on the train tracks as we do not own them, this is the remit of @networkrail May I ask, does it need to be the Ribblehead Viaduct, or is it a train line in general? The reason I ask is I know the heritage railways, which are private train tracks sometime offer this service on their lines, so it may be worth contacting them? I hope this helps

Ribblehead Viaduct
So it will have to be done illegally then!
Many older Punks will remember when The Sex Pistols were arrested for playing God Save The Queen on a boat on the River Thames in 1977 on the Queen`s Silver Jubilee. That can never be repeated, but getting arrested for stopping a train to spread a mates ashes must come close? Any volunteers

Been stalked


Been stalked, may be the highest form of flattery, like been guillotined is the sexiest way of dearth, but it still has its drawbacks.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Blogger Stats


Has anyone else noticed that their stats have gone mad scene the beginning of December?

Like ten times the number of views to what they were normally before?

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

And What Did You Say Goth Was?

Once a television motoring presenter, who was pretending to be on a camp site asked a couple of pensioners, who most likely didn`t know who he was, “What do people do on a caravanning holiday?” unfortunately their best, or only recorded answer was “We drink a lot of tea”
My last ‘van
A few weeks later, the Car Valet at one of my client`s asked me the same question, But, and maybe because I`m a) younger, b) quicker, and c) more used to people asking silly questions, I quickly replied “I don`t consider there been such a thing as a `caravanning` holiday, I have holidays in my caravan, and you can do anything that you would do on holiday if you stayed in a hotel, apartment or whatever, but you know that the toilet is clean and you won`t get bedbugs!” I also went on to add “I`ve used it to visit my grandchildren, and I`ve gone to Whitby Goth Weekend in my Caravan”

“And What Did You Say Goth Was?”…………………

 Oh Shi !!

Pic from Google

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Visit to Grassington

As part of our weekend away we had a trip to the Dale`s village of Grassington.
Grassington Congregational Church
It had been quite a while since the last time we were there, and nothing much seems to have changed.
Grassington Congregational Church
We did find Grassington Congregational Church and it`s nice little cemetery hidden away at the top of the village.
In Grassington
According to Wikipedia the village dates back to the 11th century and as a population of about 1,100.
In Grassington, sorry about the bins.
Grassington as many interesting buildings and little alley ways, but with it been a wet day I didn`t take to many photos
In Grassington

In Grassington

In Grassington, sorry about the car.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Music for an AGM?

I`ve being asked to do the music for our Annual General Meeting.
That means for an hour or so after the serious stuff is over.
But what if I had to play introductions to the Committee members like in Darts and Boxing before they gave their reports
 
Well here we are:>

Chairperson

 Leader of the Gang  ~ Gary Glitter
Sectary

Messages ~ Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Treasure

Money for Nothing ~ Dire Straits

P R O

The Public Image ~  Public Image Limited

Rep to Region

Legion  ~  Theatre of Hate

Web Master

Digital ~  Joy Division

Sites

Anywhere ~  Rhombus

Bookings

The back of my hand (I`ve got your number) ~ The Jags

Charities Officer

Give a Little Love ~ Bay City Rollers

Social Officer

She`s In Parties ~ Bauhaus



Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Cooking by numbers For the Masses

Last Saturday it was our Caravanning Group`s Winter Meal.
Arranged by a member, The Angel is what now-a-days is called a *carvery, but in fact would be better described as a works canteen in a pub. It is usually quite full, but of chav type people seeking a bargain meal who subconsciously probably don`t like eating out, or at least spending money on eating out. and who`s attire would prevent them been let in to a real restaurant.
What I was hoping for.
Staffed by inexperienced youngsters probably earning barely the national minimum wage, who they dress in chef`s whites and give a “Company Manual” on how to cook. So they can cook to the predetermined minute cheap meat in a combi oven by `stream-roasting`. This quick method also loses less weight and helps tenderise the meat during cooking.
Not my pic.
We were not the first to arrive and so we joined friends already seated in the pub area, I got a pint of Dunbar ale, the same as I was drinking last week in Leeds, but £1.35 dearer! We talked and more members came in, till it was time to eat.
Their photo, but it wasn`t like that!
Once shown to your table, and I say “Shown to” rather than “Seated at” we can order our starters which the `ducks` (A term used by Chefs for untrained waitress) do serve to the table. Then, after your plates are cleared you have to leave your seat and que at a counter where the people in whites carve the meat of your (limited) choice, then go and help yourself to vegetables and potatoes. Which is where most of the, shall we say, locals try to pile as high as possible on their plate.

To be honest the meal was okay. I guess you get what you pay for and that`s it. On Friday lunch I paid nearly as much for just a Fish butty, but it was gorgeous; batter was golden crisp, fish light and moist but cooked though and the bread cake was soft, fresh and well buttered. Back to Saturday, the vegetables are steamed, no doubt in a high pressure steamer, even the red cabbage, which at first glance you may think (or hope) you are getting Braised Red Cabbage, however it lacked; apples, onions herbs and the other ingredients that I, at least add to the real dish. The rest of the vegetables just lacked salt. As a retired chef it will be no surprise that I have total contempt for this type of place. The term “Cooking by numbers” best describes it.
Death of Traditional Carveries ? Not my pic.
The whole point of the night was for a winter get-together and it was nice to see the gang again. But, could we have just met in a pub without the meal? ……. Well yes
*A traditional Carvery is when in a restaurant a senior Waiter or Chef le Rotisseur would bring a silver trolley to your table and carves the roast meat at your side, then a junior waiter would silver serve, (by spoon and fork) your vegetables etc.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

This is what happens when `They` let an Eldergoth run a night.

Okay just a bit of self-indulgence here, hope you have a laugh
This is what happens when `They` let an Eldergoth run a night.
Pictures taken at a Caravanning group event last October at which I did one night and a `Mundane` did the other.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

GRASSBY & WALKER live


Grassby & Walker (From Rhombus) acoustic set live last Saturday at Martinfest, Leeds.

Yes, that the back of my head, even when it`s acoustic I can`t keep still. Thanks to Martin for the video.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Martinfest 2017

Martin`s birthday bash and fund raiser for Martins House Hospice.
Where do I begin? I guess as I walked up to the venue where Martin was outside looking a bit worried. We shuck hands and I enquired to his worry, he was wondering where Edward and Rob had got to as they were due on stage in 55 minutes, he himself was on with his first band The ELerators in 5 minutes, we went in and before I got to the bar met Andy, also from The ELerators, but of Rhombus frame.
Martin
So, bar, upstairs, paid in, and met the rest of The ELerators just before they started, also met Gary (Ace photographer) and Howard from Carpe.

I was practically pleased to see The ELerators some of whom are going on for my age, and could be called `first generation Punks` I worried as the headline band at last week`s Carpe had declared themselves “The Last Punks On Earth!” maybe they meant youngest or most modern Punks on Earth?
The ELerators
Anyway they`re NOT. The ELerators play classic Punk covers and are about having fun. As per usual they finished with Plastic Bertrand`s Ca Plane Pour Moi. Great stuff.
By now more friends had arrived and many hugs and hellos were quickly done.
Andy
Edward and Rob still hadn`t arrived so in true Punk sprite Dave Sharpe jumped in and offered to play half of his set now till they got there. This is the real friendliness that the night was about.
So when Edward and Rob finally came on stage without a warm up, it was a cold night in Yorkshire, even in the centre of the city. They went straight into the set. I do prefer the full `electric` Rhombus with all members and backing sounds, but this was fun, and quick to set up / take down.
Dave Sharpe
Ready for Bobbie Peru, a new band to me and I`d describe as sort of `new punk` enjoyable and the set went quick, even if some songs seemed to me a bit long and verging on I guess metal / industrial- ish.
Edward and Rob
Dave Sharpe returned to finish off his set, then The Expelaires took to the stage. Original Post Punks est. 1979 and all that. “What could go wrong?” Lots of smoke, I love lots of smoke! The fire alarm system didn`t! And activated half way through the first song, cutting the power, we waited with the door open for enough of the smoke to clear 15 minutes later the show went on, but had to be shorted because of the live music licence laws.
The Expelaires
Now been in a room without music enabled us hear for once what each other were saying, which all too soon had to be goodbye.

A great night, thank you Martin and all.

Friday, 13 January 2017

“At first, I had a painting


At first, I had a painting of her in wood, then I had a relief of her in marble, and then I had a picture of her in my mind, but no, I no longer even have that.”
 
...........She’ll be on Instagram !
 

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Hogwarts Houses As Goths.

This has been doing the rounds on Facebook, so I thought I would share it on here.
Not Mine!
Looks like I`ll be in Gryffindor then.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Castle Dracula

Found this old photo, my Mother took it in about 1975 or 6 on a package holiday to Romania
Castle Dracula



Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Review of my year 2016

A bit late but here we are…..
Best / Favourite
New Place (City) I Visited. ~
Blue Grass BBQ, Reading. A type of `Deep South` themed bar, lovely chicken

Blue Grass BBQ, Reading. Their pic.
New Place (Countryside) I Visited. ~
Thornton Hall Farm, May
At Thornton Hall Farm.
Cemetery. ~
Whitworth. To visit the grave of Sophie Lancaster. 
The grave of Sophie Lancaster.
Music Festival. ~
Goth City Festival, October 
The Lost Souls at Goth City Festival Leeds.
Worst Purchase ~
New Caravan. ~~ It went back after a fortnight, we got our money back, but our old one had already been sold so we went elsewhere for the next. I still miss our old one though ! 
Ticked off The Bucket List. ~
York Ghost Hunt Tour.
York Ghost Hunt.
Here`s to 2017

England`s Patron Saint

Apparently it was St George`s day last week we were meant to celebrate a bloke who killed an endangered species Anne stokes Art...