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And on and on it rolls and rolls and…
The election campaign stepped up a notch with Labour’s manifesto pledges leaked a day before they were supposed to be raising the question of how can a party stand any chance of election with such blatant skullduggery within its own ranks? Surely an electorate needs to have some semblance of trust in those they are voting for- total trust is a tall order I am sure you will agree- but if there is obvious dissent and lack of unity within a party then how is anyone else supposed to put their faith in them?
One thing the Tories have always done is stand united- apart from the small matter of Europe obviously and we all know where that led- no matter how despicable their policies or mandate. Even though the party was split over Europe they have somehow managed to form some kind of united front which is pulling the wool over the public’s eyes until they gain total power with a majority then begin their petty squabbles all over again, allowing the rest of us to pay the price. Again!
Hell they even managed to be cleared of any wrongdoing over the election expenses scandal and not content with this their bold leader Theresa May (Tresemme) felt the need to try and accuse others of deploying the same tactics without any evidence or proof. I am thinking here of her assertion that the SNP also had been fined over these malpractices but there is no record whatsoever that there is any truth to this malicious claim.
However having the media on your side is a positive tool and not being answerable to the electorate, opposing parties or anyone at all apart from sycophantic supporters obviously is giving her the smug, arrogant confidence to make such statements. That and reinstating fox-hunting obviously.
It is becoming more and more glaringly apparent that this election is being mainly fought by the media.
One thing that struck me recently is that the SNP who are by far and large the main party in Scotland do not have an ally within the media; at least not one that can make any real difference. In fact if the media were to be believed- which they are not- you would think the Tories had won the council elections here rather than it being a landslide victory for the SNP. The fact that despite all this negativity in the press they have made such a large impression here in Scotland shows that they are appealing to people at a grass-roots level most other parties feel they are actually above, hence the decimation of Labour north of the border.
The media situation is something I witnessed first hand when looking for media jobs and found myself up against young graduates who were prepared to work an internship for free as their parents could afford to support them. This led to the media being saturated by young kids who had merely bought their way into their positions espousing the Tory values they now support in print. I recall bemoaning the fact that every press office I entered during the Edinburgh Fringe as being like an audition casting for Made In Chelsea –vacuous , vapid types who were self-serving, arrogant, entitled and conceited beyond belief- and predicting that this was the future of media in this country. I was right!
On a lighter note it would seem that Joanna Lumley thinks that Idris Elba is ‘not right’ to play the next James Bond. Much as I love Joanna Lumley I must disagree as Idris Elba is very right for just about everything!
Even more ridiculous is the claim that Harry Styles is the new David Bowie-see what I mean about these new media types- which has to be the most absurd thing I have heard in years. Really? Harry Styles? David Bowie? I just don’t see any connection. Whatsoever!
He doesn’t even cut it as an average pop star and surely wearing every haircut rejected by any sensible person in the eighties proves he doesn’t even belong in the same universe as Bowie never mind the same sentence.
If you want to hear some perfect contemporary pop then I suggest you listen to the new Blondie album Pollinator proving that even when approaching her 71st birthday Deborah Harry is still the coolest person in rock and roll. Of the two Harrys it is the blonde one who wins out as the one to watch in 2017!

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So the week after the SNP were trounced in the Scottish elections by a handful of Tories- or so the media would have us believe even though the SNP won by a landslide only narrowly missing their targeted majority- thoughts now turn to the EU referendum. There is a sense of déjà vu about this as the fear factor-migrants, loss of jobs, culture, tradition etc- is once again dredged up as it was during the Independence Referendum and ultimately won out over common sense.
What is different this time is the Brexit campaign to leave is spearheaded by the buffoon section of British politics, Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage Iain Duncan Smith et al versus the sneaky, underhand and conniving one of Cameron, Osborne and cohorts. Trying to make a decision based on outpourings of that gruesome bunch is like being asked to choose between polio and cancer.
Certainly the consensus thus far is that Scotland is keen to stay and it will be interesting to see what transpires if the rest of the UK decides to leave, especially with the independence issue raising its head again more and more frequently.
Anyway I have little time for politics at the moment as I am more concerned whether women should be forced to wear high heels at work, as receptionist Sara Thorp was told she had to when she turned up for her first day at work at an accounting firm.
I was unaware that heels were mandatory in such situations and personally have never really been able to grasp the whole uniform thing from school onwards at all. Obviously I am aware that some sort of corporate identity must be established in the work place but uniformity is something I have always struck out against. I have never understood the value or necessity of ties for instance other than to make the wearer feel constricted or as if they are having the life choked out of them, although this might actually be the point.
Likewise heels force the same amount of restrictions and discomfort on their wearer and I really can’t see how this will enhance performances in the work place at all. Surely footwear should be something that is comfortable to the wearer- not that comfort is my first choice in selecting footwear but that is a matter of choice- and provided it is smart then the height of the heel should be up to the wearer. I am by no means suggesting a battered old pair of comfy Converse is suitable work-wear but anything that is on your feet for up to ten hours a day then it should be suitable to the situation and the person wearing them.
How would those imposing such legislations on their workers feel if a man turned up in a two-inch pair of kitten heels or a woman wore a suit complete with Windsor knotted tie?
Would the same rules apply?
Anyway all this talk of heels brings me neatly to the return of The Trama Dolls who are making a hotly anticipated return next Saturday May 21st. Not that wearing heels is an essential requirement- there may be a hint of a heel or two but for aesthetically pleasing purposes only and not restricted to the females either- but being glam definitely is and there is no way any member of this outfit will ever be sent home for failing to meet this requirement as it is inbuilt into the very DNA of the band.
They are playing alongside the equally wonderful Boots For Dancing the pesky post punk outfit who merged funk attitudes with punky rhythms and spiky guitars to create a much loved sound still regarded fondly today. Paper Cloud an acapella group complete the line up to create a varied and highly exciting night out for only £7 at the Voodoo Rooms at 7.30 on Saturday May 21st. Definitely one for the diaries I feel. More details to follow next week but in the meantime the link below will take you to the Facebook event page with full information!
https://www.facebook.com/events/208078199583751/

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Just in case anyone hadn’t noticed there has been the first full Tory budget in nearly twenty years this week. Perhaps the most telling thing about this whole thing, which predictably enough hit the poorest and most vulnerable in our society, was the fact George Osborne required a significantly higher and more visible police presence to escort him deliver his ‘fair’ budget, A raised police presence; to deliver a budget? Why? Could it be he knows, despite his protestations, how harmful, unfair and divisive his proposals actually were.
Certainly the under 25’s in our society seem to have been well in his sights and it would now seem that if you come from a stable home with a reputable background and a reasonably comfortable lifestyle-like Cameron, Osborne, Duncan Smith et al- then you will be fine. If you don’t have these advantages however then housing benefit if you are under 21 will no longer be available and the new living wage-formerly the minimum wage but the Tories seem to be rewriting the English language as they go along as they also last week changed the meaning of poverty to one which suits their agenda better- is denied to the under 25’s.
Likewise the family values they attach so much value to seem to be fine as long as you stick to a maximum of two children-again those making these decisions have more than they deem acceptable for everyone else- and working tax credits are to be abolished thus ensuring that those on a low wage who received help with benefits and housing benefit will no longer be in receipt of these essential things which made life a little more bearable.
But wait! They have also raised the minimum wage-sorry living wage as it has now been re-branded- so everything is fine!
Except it isn’t really, is it? Anyone who works in these low paid jobs knows exactly what this means and that is in a bid to save costs employers will cut back on staff hours thus upping the workload of those already working for a pittance and possibly cut back on staff as well as a means of saving money. This will no doubt apply most to the hospitality and cleaning trade where people will more than likely not be any better off as they will have hours staggered and possibly doing more work for the same money if not less. No wonder Iain Duncan Smith was fist pumping in the air as this was announced as he has continually made it clear how much he loves poor people i.e. not at all!
Small businesses will also suffer as the wage hike will cut severely into their wages bill and many will have to let people go as they can’t afford to pay them. At least with tax credits and help with housing benefit those on a low wage could eke out some sort of lifestyle which was beyond poverty. Oh, but I keep forgetting we don’t have poverty anymore!
No doubt these observations are only the surface of a pit of bile that is raging in our society. I am still unsure why Scotland is having these draconian measures enforced especially when so many here clearly and overwhelmingly voted against these measures in the last elections but when every proposal suggested by the SNP is blocked by the very same people who less than a year ago claimed Scots were an integral and important part of the UK I suppose that is just how it is for the unforeseeable future.
Scottish summer in the meanwhile seems to have been and gone with daily rain replacing the more traditionally acceptable sunshine of this time of year. At least at this rate we won’t have to blame it on the festival when that trundles into town next month and those at T in the Park this weekend can get back to their wellies after the excessive heat and sunshine of the last two years precipitated a ‘taps aff’ epidemic alongside a flip flops and shorts malaise. Not had much of a chance to look through the Fringe brochure yet but as soon as I have picked out my top tips then I will share them on here.The Edinburgh International Fashion Festival is also making its way here again in the next couple of weeks and again details of this once I know more.
This weekend however, for those not partaking in T In the Rain, sees the arrival of the Artisan Market in Dock Place in Leith. Already a huge success in Stockbridge on Sundays it will be interesting to see how Leith takes to sampling chilli infused vinegars and the like at what are usually heavily inflated prices. It is certainly a great idea as Leith has such a thriving and creative community in its sphere but I often balk at some of the prices at the Stockbridge Market but know from experience that those in the New Town almost feel obliged to pay more as it is their civic duty. I am curious to see if the prices are adapted accordingly. If the Marshmallow Lady is there I look forward to someone buying me a pack of the chocolate chilli jam variety at a bargain knock down price. Personally I feel this is the only way a market of this calibre can survive.

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Wow! What a day to wake up and be Scottish!
Fifty six seats going to the SNP in the biggest ever swing to one party since election results were recorded is truly phenomenal and the chasm between Scottish and English voters has never been wider. With the Tories on the home run to winning an overall majority-surprisingly London remained as resistant as Scotland to their toxic charms with Labour taking most seats there- and another five years in government things seem pretty bleak in the years ahead despite the roar of the Scottish voice in Westminster. Let’s hope Nicola Sturgeon holds fast to her principles and stands up to the Tory cuts and demonising of the less fortunate in our society and uses the position of the SNP in Westminster for positive change.
Certainly it is now clear that Scottish Labour are finished as like their arch rivals the Conservatives, who they have always sneered at and lorded it over north of the border, and the totally nationally defunct Libdems they only managed to attain a solitary seat. This is hugely significant and shows the referendum last September politically awakened a whole nation which previously had been drifting along in a somnambulant haze hoping that voting Labour was going to bring about some sort of change which was going to benefit Scotland and the UK as a whole.
It would certainly seem that Labour were the fall guy – the duped patsy- in the No campaign as backing the Tories rather than the people of Scotland seemed more important to them. Certainly a second referendum on independence would possibly benefit the Tories as by demonising the SNP as a major part of their election campaign there are likely to some major stand offs in the near future.
Not that Scottish Labour could have saved Labour down south however as there has been a major Conservative sweep which is unfathomable in Scotland today. Even with the Scottish votes now going to the SNP Labour would still have been trailing behind the Tories who managed to swallow up many of the seats of their coalition partners of the last five years, the Libdems. Talk about eating your young; Tories swallow them whole!
As yet the final results are not in for the rest of the country but it definitely appears the Tories have a majority and the politics of fear have won out yet again. What is to be unquestionably feared along with five more arduous years of Tory rule is the inexorable rise of UKIP, also down south, which is luckily not reflected in the number of actual seats they attained. This time!
Already the Labour leader with charisma bypass, Ed Milliband, has resigned and it looks likely that the five year doormat Nick Clegg and the total objectionable knob-end that is Nigel Farage won’t be far behind. Farage’s being dependent on whether he wins his seat or not but at the moment this is still unconfirmed.
Away from politics- kind of hard today- I am looking forward to the Teen Canteen hosted ‘The Girl Effect’ evening at Summerhall tomorrow, Saturday 9th May, for Scottish Women’s Aid featuring a host of acts performing their favourite girl group songs. With a line up including the aforementioned Teen Canteen, Machines in Heaven, Eugene Kelly, The Spook School and a host of others this loks like being not only a worthwhile gig but a great one.
Next Thursday, the 14th, sees the album launch by Stereogram Records for the critically lauded second offering ‘Infinite Variety’ by The Cathode Ray at the Voodoo Rooms and this should also be a great gig.
Time now to await the final results and hopefully catch the Farage resignation; not that I am feeling smug or anything. Certainly watching him resign doesn’t fill me with any joy the way the SNP result does and although the future is more uncertain than ever with another five years of Tory rule at least Scotland can hold its head high as its people voted with their hearts and can now stand proud as the third biggest elected party-in number of seats- in Westminster. Well done!

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Well with just under a week to go in the closest run General Election of modern times it seems the heat has really turned up. The lacklustre Conservative campaign is losing momentum and votes while David Cameron’s face resembles more and more a sweaty round cheese well past its sell by date. Meanwhile Labour are still claiming they can win a majority that they obviously can’t- and Ed Milliband sounds more and more like a programmed robot –E2D2- only slightly less human. The Greens and Plaid Cymru are sneaking up from the back while everyone seems to have forgotten about the Lib Dems, including party members themselves. Up here in Scotland however the tension and excitement is more palpable that it has ever been since, oh let’s see, about eight or nine months ago.
It is Scotland this election has focussed on and the phenomenal rise of the SNP who look set to take an overwhelming majority of seats, if not them all. It is certainly a strange thing to hear your nation demonised by Cameron and Milliband as they have been throughout the election campaign-Cameron in particular has spoken of little else warning that democracy itself is at threat when surely this is democracy in action and at its most poignant-when only last September the very Scots now being lambasted were being pleaded with to stay as they were so important to the United Kingdom. Not anymore apparently and the fact they might have a say in the running of the country they voted to stay in is now abhorrent to the very same people. Confused? You will be after the next episode of Soap; to borrow a tag line from the classic late seventies sitcom ‘Soap’.
The media in particular has descended into a convoluted and confusing soap opera and nowhere was it more confusing than the contrasting front pages of the Sun north and south of the border yesterday with the Scottish Sun instructing us to vote SNP to keep the Tories out whilst the English version of the same paper urging its readership to vote Tory to keep the SNP out.
What a difference a referendum defeat makes though as instead of cowering away licking their wounds the Yes campaign seems to have galvanised itself into something even stronger and Scotland rather than re-assuming its role as an errant mistress or embittered and frustrated wife has awoken from its sleepy political slumber and is crying out to be heard. With less than a week to go let’s hope that this newly found strength continues and that the two main parties don’t reach some compromise which silences the Scots yet again. This time I think the voice is too loud and its argument too strong to ignore.
Tonight sees Neu Reekie hold an excellent sounding night of music and spoken word at La Belle Angele featuring The Sexual Objects, The Merrylees and Liz Lochhead amongst a cast of thousands. Well maybe not thousands but close enough. Starting early -6pm- and with such a line up I challenge you to find better value for a fiver anywhere in any city tonight!
On Sunday Spectorbullets , centring on the Gustaf Heden/Russell Burn power axis, are hosting an evening of musical entertainment at The Safari Lounge in Abbeyhill from 8pm. Also offering a host of guests I can’t think of a better way to spend a bank holiday Sunday.
This week saw Nick Cave return to Edinburgh and turn in a totally astounding set which featureD less full on dynamics than his recent tours and let the songs speak themselves. Definitely a highlight of this year so far and definitely a hard one to beat- I reckon Patti Smith performing ‘Horses’ in its entirety in June will give him a run for his money though- a full review can be found here.
Out in the cinema it looks like the next big film for me will be ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ starring Tom Hardy. Not out until May 14th I am already looking forward to this one as I am looking forward to the Teen Canteen hosted night ‘The Girl Effect’ at Summerhall next Saturday (May 9th) focussing on the music of girl bands and in support of Scottish Women’s Aid. More about this next week nearer the time though.

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It would seem that during my extended sabbatical from writing this column that the world has shifted from making me feel as if I live in a parallel universe to believing it has gone quite insane.
In a few short weeks that paragon of everything which is wrong with our society and its attitude to people, Katie Hopkins, has gone from pariah to social necessity and that a vote in the upcoming General Election for SNP actually translates as a vote for UKIP-eh?-, The Baftas occurred without me even knowing caring or even being aware of most of the films nominated whilst over in B&Q the staff, along with those of the emergency services, are primed for a weekend rush coinciding with the soft porn antics of the screen adaptation of the pile of junk ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. Meanwhile, in other sad news, the original ‘Fades to Grey’ icon, Steve Strange, has departed this world at the relatively young age of fifty five. How much greyer can we get?
First up though is the disbelief I feel that Katie Hopkins can come second in anything voted for by the public that validates her thinking or methods of spouting it. I had no intentions of watching this year’s Celebrity Big Brother but having heard so much about it via social media my interest was piqued and tuned in only to discover that it was essentially a battle of wills between her and the other megalomaniac egotist, Perez Hilton.
Seriously it was hard to decipher which of these two was the more obnoxious although for me Hopkins won that one; however irritating and worthy of disapproval Hilton was his irrationality usually occurred after he felt attacked and generally the attack had been engendered by Hopkins’ actions or agenda. Aside from this I felt he was merely being himself however despicable that was but Hopkins was just as bad-worse even- but played a more underhand game.
Although I had no sympathy for either of these vile creatures I was always glad that he never backed down when she savaged him so brutally. Personally I feel her nastiness and problems-even if she doesn’t consider nastiness a problem- all arise from the fact she is ugly. Not ugly in the ‘she is not quite pretty enough’ way but ugly in the true sense; when the bile inside actually shows on the face and no matter how many gesticulations and girly shaking around of hair she adopts in a misguided attempt at femininity nothing can hide the fact she is the ugly face of our culture which breeds such people.
Apparently her straight talking has endeared her to certain parts of the nation although there is a difference between straight talking and rudeness and bullying. Even in losing she was ungracious and attacked the person who beat her-Katie Price who for the first time ever I was glad to see beat someone- as an unworthy winner who didn’t deserve her victory. Whether she did or didn’t is irrelevant but the sour grapes were unnecessary.
The personification of this sort of bullying can be found in a character in the Bafta award winning film ‘Whiplash’ in the guise of music teacher Terrence Fletcher played by JK Simmons. Admittedly I was unaware of this film until I saw it mentioned in a Bafta round-up on Monday and decided to give it a chance. Actually I am embarrassed to say that I was actually unaware the Baftas had even taken place until Monday but this is probably due to my being underwhelmed by the majority of the last year’s film output and my boredom with the self-congratulatory nature of awards ceremonies in general.
Set in the fictional Schaffer music school in New York the film deals with talented musicians who are ‘encouraged’ in their craft by Fletcher who constantly belittles, humiliates and bullies them to get exactly what he wants with no regard for the psychological impact his actions actually engender. Despite this noxious character the film is actually okay-one of the higher recommendations I can give this season’s films so far- although be warned it does come with an extended drum solo at its finale but for once this is something endurable and quite necessary to the story.
In politics I read somewhere this week that voting for the SNP actually translates as voting for UKIP in some weird tactical voting sort of way. I am unclear how this actually pans out and I think after 2010’s election when so many of those who voted for the Lib Dems-they will get a fraction of that support this time I believe- realised they had actually voted the Tories into power that this is just scare tactics by a system and media who are constantly being exposed as corrupt. In the long run a vote for UKIP is always going to be a vote for UKIP, with all that represents, but a vote for The SNP or the Greens is a vote for integrity and a society which needs serious positive change for everyone.
After much brouhaha ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ hits the screen this weekend and in expectation of a rush on rope and other ‘DIY’ accessories B&Q have instructed their staff to read up on such practices so they can advise customers on what would best suit their requirements in their soft bondage experiments. The emergency services have also been told to expect several cal outs dealing with people getting themselves into situations-ahem- they can’t get out of. I must admit I find this all highly amusing and it is a shame the film looks like a steaming heap of trash and that Jamie Dornan who was excellent as psychopathic serial killer, Paul Spector, in the BBC2 drama ‘The Fall’ has chosen this as his next career move, as although it will launch him into the stratosphere it sort of undoes all the good work he had done as a credible actor. I also find it amusing that it takes a piece of mainstream Hollywood soft porn to encourage people to explore their sexuality in this way.
On a sadder note the news came through last night that Steve Strange, pop star, singer in Visage and leading light of the early eighties New Romantic movement had passed away at the age of fifty-five although the irony of shades of grey and fades to grey both being headline news on the same day would probably not have been lost on him.
‘Fade to Grey’ will always be his signature tune- the video alone taught a generation how to pose moodily and look vaguely exotic and interesting even when they weren’t- but there were other hits, notably ‘Night Train’, which also stand the test of time. Although there is no secret that he had his troubles and his addictions I do remember meeting him when he put on his club Kick in Edinburgh in the late eighties –I think but if you remember the eighties you weren’t really there- and he was a pleasant and charming character but you were always aware he was a canny hustler underneath this outward charm. Therefore to get in the mood for weekend I am going to sign out with the ‘Fade to Grey’ video to set the tone for the weekend which I hope, despite all signs indicating the opposite, is not a grey one.

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Well only just over two weeks in and 2015 has got off to a dramatic start both on a personal and general level. On a personal level disaster follows disaster and if anyone else out there receives an email from Apple/iTunes telling them they need to update their details then ignore or report it even though it seems genuine- I had been having problems that very day transferring some tunes form an iTunes folder- and the link to be clicked seems authentic and extremely convincing.
Unfortunately I made the mistake of following said link and found my bank account divested of nearly £300 the next morning when I checked my account; a rare and, on this occasion, random occurrence I must admit so it is fortunate the damage wasn’t higher although whilst I was in the bank an attempt to extort another £1300 from my account had just taken place although I doubt they would have had much luck with that one. Just be vigilant and I have learnt the hard way not to update anything online no matter how legitimate it seems.
Last week’s attacks in Paris have dominated global news for the past ten days and the fallout from the terror attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices. The attacks on the satirical newspaper have reared fierce debates about freedom of speech versus respect for others beliefs and many questions have been raised with many answers –some convincing, others less so- provided although none of the latter conclusive or even remotely satisfying and it seems everyone now has an opinion.
One thing is certain is that we live in scary times and news of a raid on a suspected terror attack in Belgium merely confirms it.
In good old Britain it is encouraging to see our unelected leader’s response to the issues is to start monitoring social media and our private internet accounts thus invading our privacy and freedom of speech. Apparently this is something he intends to push through if he is elected Prime Minister again in May. Not that, technically, he was ever elected Prime Minister five years ago but that hasn’t stopped him thus far.
On a positive note however it was good to hear that the Green Party membership has overtaken both the Lib Dems and UKIP this week. Let’s hope that this means that they get the same amount of coverage and support from the media that Farage and his twisted band of cohorts seem to have been receiving of late rather than being the excluded fringe party that didn’t originally get invited to the televised debate party. Along with the SNP, which is now the UK’s third biggest party although you would be hard pushed to recognise this from national media coverage, it is good to see the three main parties-not that the Lib Dems remain a serious contender and this alone should serve as a warning to anyone seeking to form a coalition with the Tories- are at last getting a run for their money.
Mind you I found it hard to differentiate between Prime Minister’s question time and the fifteen minutes of Celebrity Big Brother I caught this week.
Celebrities? On what planet?
Seriously it seems nowadays all you need is an over inflated ego to go with your over inflated breasts to be termed a celebrity and from what I managed to gather there isn’t a bigger tit in the house than Perez Hilton who emerges as a particularly noxious character even among the squawling, bitching whiny ‘glamour’ models who keep screeching about loyalty, integrity and their Masters Degrees. Do the latter come free as a bonus with an augmentation these days?
To balance out the tits on show in the Big Brother house there has also been much talk of Justin Beiber’s bulge in the latest Calvin Klein ads: Action man or Fraction Man? Personally I find it almost impossible to care what he has or doesn’t have but the fact that he felt compelled to respond to the allegedly un-retouched images showing him to be considerably less well endowed than the official shots indicate that Beiber does in fact care himself. Not that I think shoving his soap on a rope into a sock then wrapping a towel round himself and posting the pics on Twitter has does anything to convince anyone of anything other than the fact that it doesn’t matter how much he has down below it can’t compare with how much of a dick he is as a person: the biggest kind!
Out on the music front February sees the return of post punk funksters A Certain Ratio at the Voodoo Rooms on the 21st February and The Jesus and Mary Chain at the Corn Exchange on the 19th. The former were a firm favourite in my youth and the latter are a perennial go to band for me. However I still maintain that although I love both these bands it would be good if a new band could manage to excite me in the same way.
Also coming up in the next few months is ‘Big Gold Dream’ a documentary about the sound of young Scotland; the era and scene I actually grew up in and actually features many people I am pleased and proud to call friends. I am so looking forward to seeing this in its entirety and the trailer released just prior to Christmas didn’t so much whet my appetite as leave me salivating for more. A more detailed report on this much needed and long overdue two part film will follow in the very near future.
Right that is it for this week and all I can say is that at least we are more than half way through January so as far as I am concerned this is a good thing!