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Friday 28 September 2012

The Choice.

To pogo, or not to pogo. That is the question.

Tuesday 25 September 2012

'Graffiti and Street Art' on Flickr.

Sandcastles & snowLunch Is Served.Street Art With A View.Yes Please.St Leonards.Can You See The Join?
Comment.Locked Up.Chained.A Chain With A View.JFK et al.You heard the man.
Do you know where it is yet?Give a dog a bone.When the boat comes in.Chips ahoy!Builders sandwich.You're a star.
Sunbathing.Stewy CatStewy Pigeon.NoelStewy Snake 1.Stewy Snake 2.
Graffiti & Street Art, a set on Flickr.
Some of you who read, watch and listen to my random musings may well know that i also like to take photo's. Especially since i bought a new DSLR camera 2 years ago.

Some of you may even have ventured to my Flickr account, where i post some of those photo's?

Many of the photo's that i post onto Flickr do tend to be from my local Hastings and St Leonards area. There always seem to be photo opportunities, whatever the time of year.

One of the great things about my local area is the abundance of street art. Something that i love finding, admiring and also taking photo's of.

You may have read my blog post, "The 'scrabbleman' Trail", that i wrote a few months ago about the "scrabbleman" mystery?

For those of you who might be new here, or who have not seen any of what i've referred to above, i thought i'd post some links here.

My Flickr page has several photo albums, or sets on it. But, i thought i'd share a couple of them with you here.

This is the first one: "Graffiti and Street Art"

I hope you like it?

Monday 24 September 2012

Vinyl Junkie: Let It Be by The Beatles

Talking vinyl again and this time it's the turn of probably the biggest band ever.

Vinyl Junkie: Let It Be by The Beatles: Well, what can you say about  The Beatles that hasn't already been said? For that reason, i'll presume that you already have a good ide...

Sunday 23 September 2012

Travelling Men.

My son has just come back from a holiday in Hawaii. So, i thought i'd talk about travel.

One of the ironies of this is that, when i worked full time i could afford to travel, but didn't have the time. Now, i have the time, but not the money to do so.

Thursday 20 September 2012

Album Review: The Ukuleles by The Ukuleles.

For a while now i've been thinking of writing some reviews of albums by local bands and musicians. Local to the Hastings area that is.

I used to write periodic reviews for my local newspaper and therefore sent this one into them recently. But, because they apparently don't have room for local album reviews, it has not been printed. I can't say i understand that reasoning, but there you go.
There is a chance that come October this situation may change, we'll see.

Meanwhile, here is that first review.
I intend to do some more. Especially if i get the source material and also if the local paper find room to print them.

The Ukuleles by The Ukuleles.

Just recently it seems to me that you can’t turn on the tv, or the radio without someone talking about ukuleles and how they are back in fashion.
Part of that media interest has been centered around this new album by The Ukuleles. I’ve seen this duo on two tv shows over the past few weeks alone.

But, did you know that The Ukuleles include local man Logan Wilson, who plays in the Hastings area on a regular basis and who has released two solo albums over recent years? Both of which were released on a local record label and both of which i’ve had the pleasure of playing on local radio.

Neither of Logan’s solo albums, "Geography" (2006) and “This Luxurious Life”  (2010) feature a ukulele. But, they have included the mandolin and bazouki, which does suggest that Logan has an affinity with lesser used musical instruments.

The Ukuleles are Logan Wilson and Martha Paton.
The story goes that they met at a music festival in Brighton, where Martha was playing a ukulele. This sparked something in Logan and The Ukuleles were born.

This eponymous album, released on the DMG label, contains 16 tracks, all bar one of which is a cover version. The exception being “Sky”, a track originally on Logan’s “Geography” album, albeit a slightly different version.

On first listen, it was these cover versions that grabbed my attention. Because the vast majority of the songs are fairly recent chart hits, such as “Price Tag”, “Rolling In The Deep” and “Forget You”, my initial thought was, who is this album actually aimed at?
My reasoning being that these performances are really just straight forward cover versions, but with added ukuleles. After the tv appearances that i’d seen of The Ukuleles, i was expecting different arrangements of these very well known songs. Maybe more stripped down versions to accentuate the use of the ukulele?

For that reason, my two favourite tracks from the album are “Sky”, which is a pretty laid back song anyway and “Over The Rainbow”, which is a stripped down version with a very understated arrangement.

Having said all of that, the album is definitely a “grower”.
It is well produced, Logan and Martha obviously work very well together and the vocals are strong from both of them. Logan also plays most of the instruments on the album including drums and keyboards, apart from the obvious ukulele.

The album is also very easy on the ear and made the perfect accompaniment to a recent long car journey. It even had me singing along to songs that i’m not really that keen on. Just think yourselves lucky that you weren’t there to witness that!

And, if you buy the album itself, rather that downloading it, the cover art features diagrams of how to play four different chords on a ukulele.
So, if listening to this album makes you want to join the current surge in ukulele playing, it will also give you a head start on the opposition.

The Ukuleles website: The Ukuleles

Amazon UK: The Ukuleles You can listen to snippets of the album tracks there.

Happy listening.

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Squat And Roll.

Talking music once again. This time about the creative process & how that's changed over the years. Especially in these digital times.

The Malcolm Gladwell book i mentioned is called "Outliers" btw.

Tuesday 18 September 2012

AudioBoo - Radio Rental.

I've been decorating and have been listening to the radio. But, it's been a frustrating experience.

Tuesday 11 September 2012

Vinyl Junkie: I Know What I Like - Genesis

Talking vinyl again and getting a bit Progressive this time.

Vinyl Junkie: I Know What I Like - Genesis: Over here in the UK, there has been much said and written recently about the supposed return of  Prog Rock . There is even a new  magazin...

Saturday 8 September 2012

AudioBoo - Saturday Morning Beach Walk.

An impromptu walk along the beach on a lovely sunny, September Saturday morning.

Thursday 6 September 2012

Ideas Of A Solitary Walker.

Walking often leads to ideas. Here i'm talking about a few.

Vinyl Junkie blog:

A beach vlog.

Vinyl Junkie: Walk On By by The Stranglers

Writing and talking about vinyl once again.

Vinyl Junkie: Walk On By by The Stranglers: I thought it would be rather appropriate if my next blog post in this series celebrated the work of Hal David , who died a few days ago. ...

Monday 3 September 2012

The DNA Test - The Results.

Yes, i know that this is a long video, but i wanted to give the full story.

Original DNA Test video:

The Genographic Project:

As mentioned, i am a member of haplogroup R1a1, M17 (Subclade R1a1a, M198).
If you've done this test yourself & know your own group, please let me know

Having found all this out, i'd now love to retrace my ancestors journey & visit those countries myself. Can't see that happening though.

Sunday 2 September 2012

Vinyl Junkie: Stuck In The Middle With You by Stealers Wheel

Talking vinyl once again.

Vinyl Junkie: Stuck In The Middle With You by Stealers Wheel: "Stuck In The Middle With You" by the Scottish group Stealers Wheel reached number 8 in the UK charts in May 1973. It also got as high ...