Love The Haters

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking in the last few days. Becca and I took the rather unconventional decision of seeing if we could help our floundering financial position by doing some crowdfunding.98% of the people who commented were supportive, and some vehemently so. And people pledged money too, which is just breathtaking. However…

Collateral Damage starring Grief, Pain, Anger and Loss.

I’ve been thinking about doing a ‘follow up’ post to the Grief For Newbies for quite some time. Frequently I’ll be standing doing the dishes and an entire post argues itself into my head and then I sit on the sofa and watch Frasier for the umpteenth time and forget it all.This time I’m going to…

Grief For Newbies

Maeve Joy Elise So (big, deep breath). Some of you may know that in April 2013, our world went shitbag. Our world went blurry, angry, unreal, horribly real, agonising, pointless. Our first daughter, Maeve, died. She was precisely 18 months old. She had to have surgery on her skull, and there were unexpected complications. The…

Remember Chat Rooms….?

All of a sudden, in the late 1990s you just couldn’t ignore it. The BBC were referencing it. Rock stars were complaining and issuing law suits about it. The internet had arrived. So when my rich Aunty Molly died in ‘99, and left me £1000, I went out and bought a PC, hooked it up…

What is normal? And why don’t I like it?

I have always been interested in the life and work of Vivian Stanshall. If you don’t know anything about him, follow the link on his name. He was one of those guys from the 60s and beyond that a comparatively select few people have heard of. But everyone who has, was almost certainly affected or influenced by him in…

Nutter, filth monger, comedy icon. bloke.

I, like so many of my peers, worshipped at the alter of the Young Ones. We quoted it, we laughed at it, hell, before student grants ended (ask someone over 40), some of us even lived it.So, when I moved to South Devon in 1993, to be a barman at a pub near Dartmouth, and…

When Indie was real

I have just been Tweeting with 1p Album Club (follow them – they’re great!) about Carter USM. I was, for the second time this year, reminded of the great Bloodsport For All single release gig / trashing / minor riot that was 17th Jan 1991 at HMV 363 Oxford Street. I was working at the…

Its Only A Shop, isn’t it…..?

So today I have found myself reading the news websites in disbelief. Reading them with tears streaming down my face. These tears seem and feel utterly preposterous. Its only a shop, isn’t it…?Well to many of us, no. HMV is (was?) a place that became a shop that became a brand that became a product…

Pop Music Reaches The Ice Age

A Big Husky Yawn The New Boring – from The GuardianWow. Finally a national newspaper noticed something I’ve been bangin’ on about for years.(mainly on facebook – the eternal mouthpiece to nowhere).WHY WHY WHY does having a husky female voice mean genius?! WHY does being 18 yrs old and able to sing and play a…