Daily Mail Song
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:: Thursday, March 18, 2010 ::
Stross, Macleod and Wilson
Charlie Stross, Ken Macleod and Andrew Wilson. Three of the top Scottish resident sci-fi authors who appeared last night at a Blackwells launch for Ken Macleod's new book. Sadly his new book has been delayed so it was all a bit premature. Nonetheless the readings were good. Some of the audience Q&A could have done with more Q and a bit less A however.
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:: Saturday, March 13, 2010 ::
Mine is bigger than yours
Todays anti-Trident demo in Edinburgh. Why are we spending billions on Trident when we are cutting local services? More nursery nurses, fewer submariners.
Anyway, Neil's video and a slight case of banner envy.
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:: Monday, March 08, 2010 ::
The Skids also did a great cover version of Castles in Spain by the Armoury Show, Jobson's post-Skids band. I half expected a Big Country tune, but it was not to be.
Labels: the skids
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:: Sunday, March 07, 2010 ::
Back Into the Valley
The Skids, Dunfermline Alhambra Theatre. March 6th 2010.
Another comeback for the Skids this time as part of the Fifer Festival and the culmination of a weeks celebration of the works of Richard Jobson, as unlikely as that may seem. The Alhambra is a lovely venue, plenty of space and a good stage, facilities and sound system unlike many others.
The band did not dissappoint the hordes of fans, many of whom must have had stitches after a couple of trips to the moshpit. All the classics were in evidence although I could have done without the acoustic encores. A genuine sense of community seemed to pervade the venue as the crowd carried on songs after the band had finished, and then the band picked them up again.
Jobson is over fond of speechifying but the rest of the band frequently interjected to keep the whole thing down to earth, notably Bruce Watson's invocation of the names of Dunfermline street gangs of the 70's as he took the stage.
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:: Friday, March 05, 2010 ::
Dance! Dance! Dance!
Joy Division Oven Gloves. Previously this enigmatic phrase was only understood by a select few Half Man Half Biscuit fans. The track from their classic album Achtung Bono exemplified their witty tunes.
Yet as I write, the phrase Joy Division Oven Gloves is the top trending topic in the UK on the micro-blogging site Twitter. Why? Because BBC 6 Music DJ Gideon Coe played it on his breakfast show this morning (he was sitting in for the regular DJ Sean Keaveney). Only on 6Music folks and just one more reason why the BBC should reverse its dreadful decision to axe the digital station. 6Music is not just the only place you are likely to hear classics like HMHB, it has provided a platform for new music that simply does not exist in the commercial sphere.
6Music provides the sort of public sector broadcasting the BBC should be putting out.
Save 6Music. Or should that be #save6music #saveBBC6music.
Go to the BBC website and fill in the consultation now.
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:: Tuesday, March 02, 2010 ::
Kick Out the Tories
Something for us to sing in a couple of months.
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