Friday, April 28, 2006

they whisper of escapades out on the "D" train

Old tube map

I realise that working on the underground isn’t exactly the best job in the world. But I can think of a lot worse jobs. They get good pay packages (compared to other transport workers) and have some excellent holiday perks (between 35 and 50 days a year depending on the position). So I do kind of get pissed off that many are unfriendly, unhelpful and generally just a bunch of bastards.

But there are two workers who go that extra mile. The first one is at Oval tube station where he is in charge of announcing the trains, their destination, etc.. in the morning. He always loves to wax lyrical about the train and passenger etiquette, “…as a common courtesy to your fellow passengers, please allow people off the train first…”. Where as anyone else will just say “the next train is for Mill Hill East” and leave it at that. He walks the platform night and day and seems to love to talk.

The second is perhaps the tube’s only worker/comedian. Stationed at Goodge Street, he is in charge of the lifts in the morning and will always crack a joke and wish everyone a good day/weekend. He also loves to talk to people until they answer him. Most are uninterested and will try and blank him out in that stereotypical London manner. He is funny though because he keeps trying even though the majority of the lift just want to go to work and not pay any attention to him and other people.

These two people are the first recipients of my henotbusybeingbornisbusydying merit badge. Hopefully other transport for London workers will now be motivated to be a bit more helpful and a bit less sulky.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Sometimes the President of the United States has to stand Naked

Neil Young has been doing the rounds of the blog world recently. All because he's written some songs which criticise George Bush. The funny people over at Stereogum put a quote of his on the album with a previous quote that Britney Spears made (for CNN as featured in Farenheight 911). This made me laugh so much. The contrast couldn't be more pronounced.

NEIL YOUNG: "We have to be cognizant of the fact that we can make mistakes.That's part of freedom. We don't have to believe in what our President believesto be patriotic."

BRITNEY SPEARS: "Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision he makes and should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens."

Its Alright Ma (I'm only Bleeding)

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Too much of nothing

I am sorry that I haven't been updating this as regularly as I think I should. A case of the writers block, sometimes you really can have too much of nothing...
I didn't want this to become a mundane blog full of a load of bollocks along the lines of "had a hard boiled egg for breakfast, it was nice". I don't think I have the energy for such rubbish posts. Don't know what it is at the moment, i'm finding it hard to muster the energy for anything.

Been spending a bit of my spare time over at Rockbeatstone, writing blog posts, reviews and helping the editor Dan out. We're looking for contributors so if you fancy writing about rock and roll then please drop us a line.
Hopefully soon I will have something funny and witty to say for this blog. Until then..chin up. You can always enjoy the links to the MP3's to the right, hit refresh a thousand times to see what books I have in my collection (also see bar to the right). Or you can click on some of my links to read my old articles, see some cool websites and read other interesting blogs (in fact far more interesting blogs..)

Too Much of Nothing

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

In the bathroom

Why is it that in the pub there are now invariably a whole range of adverts in the toilets. These generally come in either two forms:
  • Firstly, a series of health and safety adverts telling you to use a condom, get a taxi and not drive, etc..
  • Secondly, a series of two month old entertainment posters. Either some crappy film that is so bad the only way someone will want to see it is if they are bolloxed in the toilet and thus are highly suggestible ('Bend it like Beckham' -wow, that looks good!) or some rubbish computer game (crashing cars = good fun).

Ultimately, it just cheapens pubs. I think they should get rid of all adverts, I like to concentrate on the job in hand when i'm in the toilet of a pub.

Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues

Thursday, April 13, 2006

There's a guy I gotta see.

Have a nice Easter Break everyone. Here is Family Guy doing 'Take on Me' by Aha.

Got my mind made up

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Tweeter and the Monkeyman

On may way into work this morning, I put 'Born to Run' by Bruce Springsteen on repeat. Not the album, the song. It's such a great song that you just never want to end. From the first barely audible murmurs that drag the listener in close to the speakers, forcing you to pay attention to it, to the brilliant 'breakdown' bit near the end in the music and subsequent rebirth of the song (1-2-3-4), via the amazing saxophone solo, this song has it all. What a tune.

This song brought Bruce to the forefront of American culture and his particular storytelling songs would come to dominate the charts and the critics mind's over the coming years. It all started with this confident album. Bruce was always 'Born to Run'. This song merely told people what to expect over the coming years.

PS: the title to this blog post is pretty obscure but fellow dylanologists will understand what I mean.

"In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on highway 9,
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected
and steppin' out over the line
Baby this town rips the bones from your back
It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we're young
'Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

Wendy let me in I wanna be your friend
I want to guard your dreams and visions
Just wrap your legs 'round these velvet rims
and strap your hands across my engines
Together we could break this trap
We'll run till we drop, baby we'll never go back
Will you walk with me out on the wire
'Cause baby I'm just a scared and lonely rider
But I gotta find out how it feels
I want to know if love is wild
girl I want to know if love is real

Beyond the Palace hemi-powered drones scream down the boulevard
The girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors
And the boys try to look so hard
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist
I wanna die with you Wendy on the streets tonight
In an everlasting kiss

The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive
Everybody's out on the run tonight
but there's no place left to hide
Together Wendy we'll live with the sadness
I'll love you with all the madness in my soul
Someday girl I don't know when
we're gonna get to that place
Where we really want to go
and we'll walk in the sun
But till then tramps like us
baby we were born to run "

Tweeter and the Monkeyman

Monday, April 10, 2006

Salute her (him) when her (his) birthday comes.

It's my birthday today. I'm at work and can't be bothered with much. Not even this blog post.
Read this stuff that I have written at rockbeatstone and then if you're bored after that you can visit the new rockbeatstone newsblog, and keep up-to-date with the all-important music news.
Here are my reviews of Ben Harper's new album, Both Sides of the Gun and We Are Scientists debut album which came out a few weeks ago now.

She Belongs to Me

Friday, April 07, 2006

Off the Golden Gate Bridge into China Bay

This article in the Guardian is one of the most fascinating that I have ever read. It appeared when I was on holiday aso I missed it at the time. The topic is Chonquing in China, a city that most have never heard of but which has a population bigger than Iraq or Peru. It is the fastest growing city in the world with a population of 31 million. The statistics quoted are staggering. If ever someone has manged to get down in writing what the Chinese economic situation is all about, then it's in this article.
Have a good weekend.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

You don't have to be afraid of looking into my face

Today in the free daily newspaper, the Metro, I saw myself in the section which has little announcements for the London Underground. The grainy photo was not a definate match for me, but I did notice others in the carriage looking at me in a peculiar fashion. Apparently I'm wanted because I'm a witness to a suspect package being left.
It's OK though, it's not me because I wasn't on that particular tube line. Still, made my neighbour (who was in close proximity to me due to the fact that the tube is more packed than a cattle truck) a little nervous.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall

Another interesting reason why we in the UK shouldn't be looking to nuclear as a solution to the UK's energy problems... This is from the brilliant source of bizarre news stories, Ananova.

"The Philippsburg nuclear plant in Germany is now under investigation after owners reported that they have been searching for the keys to vital areas around the reactors since March 10. The plant is run by German company EnBW, which reportedly took an entire week to inform the authorities about the loss of the keys."

Next question is though where are the bleedin' keys? They are almost always in the last place you can think of, but where could that be? Maybe in a beer hall, I would suggest. It's definately a good place to start looking. Bring on the nuclear roll out in Britain. If the German's (masters of efficiency and hard work) can loose their keys to a nuclear power plant, I shudder to think what might happen in 21st century UK.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Not much is really sacred

David Beckham has announced that he has OCD or obsessive compulsive disorder. This is what he had to say about his disease:

"I've got this obsessive compulsive disorder where I have to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs. I'll put my Pepsi cans in the fridge and if there's one too many then I'll put it in another cupboard somewhere."

Now I wouldn't normally feel the need to mock someone with a terrible illness but I think that this comment hides an evil truth: David Beckham is a whore. And I tell you why. His comment about rearranging pepsi cans was made becasue he is sponsored by pepsi. So I have no sympathy with him and I hope that OCD sufferers everywhere rise up in the streets and shout out loud at the injustice of having their suffering being exploited by the David Beckham commercial machine.

Its Alright Ma (I'm only Bleeding)

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