Thursday, July 31, 2003
No great surprise here. Radio One is virtually unlistenable these days. I suppose it doesn't help that they insist on playing a limited range of chart fodder on their daytime shows but the killer is that the D.J.'s are characterless and talk non-stop rubbish.
Maybe it's just that I'm getting old - I realise that the days of Steve Wright, Simon Bates and DLT were hardly golden years.
Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Tuesday, July 29, 2003
I have a certain amount of sympathy for murdering farmer, Tony Martin. If I was constantly getting targeted by burgling scum and not receiving any assistance from the police, I too may be tempted into taking the law into my own hands and blowing a few of them away.
I tend to feel that if someone is carrying out an illegal act such as burglary then they forfeit the right to legal protection themselves. No one asked them to break into someone else's property and steal swag. On the other hand I guess if you were allowed to use 'any' force instead of 'reasonable' force to protect your property, there wouldn't be anything to stop me shooting dead one of my enemies, dragging his body into my garden and claiming he was on my land, attempting to kidnap Mrs del Fuego.
The dead, bungling burglar's accomplice, Brendan Fearon is apparently threatening to sue Farmer Martin for damages after receiving his dose of lead. He is claiming that his sex life has been ruined and 'loss of earnings'. This is a burglar, a convicted heroin dealer, a 'career criminal' - so I guess his loss was our gain.
I think the law is correct as it is, it's more a question of how the law is upheld and what sentences the Judges hand out. Two and a half years served for killing someone doesn't seem very much, then again if Tony Martin had been drunk-driving his car and run over and killed the burglars he probably would have got a six month driving ban and a suspended sentence.
Meanwhile, The Daily Mirror is paying Martin a 'six figure fee' for his side of the story. This is a man convicted of manslaughter. We would have never heard of him without this tragedy, so he's profiting from his crime. He has supposedly paid his 'debt to society' if not his lawyers. Should The Mirror be paying him?
It's tough seeing every side of the argument isn't it. Poor old Fred Barras probably never had a hope of having a fulfilling life did he? I blame the parents - Fred's, Tony's PC Plods, the Judge's, the Jury's, Tony Blair's and their parents, and their parent's parents...
Do you agree or am I talking more rubbish? - let me know, add a comment.
It's been a terrible week for celebrity marriages. First Liza Minnelli and David Gest split after less than a year's wedding bliss and now Kim (Ex-Hear'say) Marsh and Jack (Ex-Eastenders) Ryder
have issued a joint statement informing their adoring fans that they are embarking on a 'trial separation'. I have never quite figured out what these trials involve and how is success
or failure judged? What is the outcome of a successful trial separation? - does it mean you can make it on your own or does it mean you can't live apart?
Anyway, best of luck guys I never saw it coming, honest.
Do you agree or am I talking rubbish? - let me know, add a comment.
Monday, July 28, 2003
Years ago when I bought vinyl L.P.s, there would often be a large label on the inner sleeve stating, "Home Taping is Killing Music". This is the same rubbish they're spouting now about downloaded, pirated MP3s. Home taping wasn't killing music, it was promoting it. We were doing the hard work for the Record companies. When my brother taped Elvis Costello's first album, "My Aim is True" for me in 1977 I didn't realise that I would go on to buy every album he's made since, even though he hasn't recorded a decent one since 1986 (Blood and Chocolate). We all made compilation tapes for our friends. The aim was to convert them to one of your favourite bands and demonstrate your superior taste and knowledge.
Of course quite often someone with very poor taste would try to persuade you that Soft Machine or Barclay James Harvest would be a valuable addition to your collection. They would fail of course because the music was rubbish.
L.P.'s are now C.D.'s, Cassettes are MP3s and Soft Machine are Muse. (Barclay James Harvest are probably still Barclay James Harvest). I've lost count of the number of people I have made into fans of Grandaddy, the Dandy Warhols and Evan Dando by copying them MP3s.
This isn't because I have great taste (though obviously I have) it's because these artists have recently made fantastic records. All Record Companies know that music
is only part of the deal - I want the packaging - the pictures, the lyrics the bonus live video, so I buy the CD. I want to own it in the same way that I want to own a copy of "Catcher in the Rye" even though I've already read it. I want it there on the shelf
to gaze at adoringly and once again demonstrate my good (if boringly conventional) taste to visitors who browse my shelves.
HMV know about selling records, that's why when you buy a CD from there, they give you a free compilation CD of artists you may not have heard of.
After hearing The Thrills on one of these compilations recently I bought their excellent album, "So Much For the City". Cheers HMV. Lots of music magazines do this too.
Record companies seem to want us to buy stuff unheard, they want us to buy Victoria Beckham's new album because we like the single, even though they know we're going to hate the album because it's all filler. Musicians moaning about losing out on royalties take note - if you make good music, people will want to buy it - as long as they get a chance to hear it in the first place.
Do you agree or am I talking rubbish?
Heard anything good lately? - let me know, add a comment.
Chelsea have won a cup already cool!, [ BBC ]
Sunday, July 27, 2003
Saturday, July 26, 2003
Makes you feel like an ant doesn't it? a very small, runt of the litter baby ant. Puts it all in perspective though - or as David St Hubbins would say, "too much, too much fucking perspective!"
Friday, July 25, 2003
The eventual winning candidate joined the cannibal for a meal of his own penis (cooked with garlic, salt and pepper in a frying pan) before being stabbed to death.
Thursday, July 24, 2003
I reached the conclusion that probably I just wasn't a very nice person when I was at school. Then one person did contact me but after I replied to her, she never contacted me again. So I guess I'm still not very likable. Is it just me or does everyone have this experience? I think it's probably just me.