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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Nominations For God CX

Ken Loach

Blyth Spirit

Mr. OhBlimey (aka Tim) decides we need a jaunt to Blyth, and who am I to disagree? Waiting for the mirth mobile to arrive...



The view to Blyth via the zoom lens...


The mirth mobile arrives...


Zooming to Blyth via the mirth mobile with Tinseltown In The Rain by The Blue Nile booming from the in-car stereo...



Chilling out...



The weather out at sea slowly heading our way...


A view of St.Mary's lighthouse from the other side of the headland...


One bacon sandwich later...


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

And A Hummingbird Moth Sang In Whitley Bay

Away from the desk for an hour to go for a walk with Lesley...



An AWACS plane wanders overhead as we walk...


Strange tide marks on the beach...




The cause of the strange marks which turns out to be cement from where they're repairing the steps...


Into the Rendezvouz to put the world to rights...

Then back home. As Lesley and I were chatting, she suddenly noticed the queerest insect I've ever seen in our garden...

A Hummingbird moth

If It's Tuesday It Must Be Tallinn XIII

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Day Out Indoors

Debbie and I step out for a few hours.



We swap Whitley Bay...

for Newcastle...


Another lunch al fresco, looking at the sights...





It may seem like an odd thing to do on a nice day but we went to the cinema. This week we opted for The Messenger. 

Not in any way a bad film but it didn't quite hit the spot with us. Nevertheless, an enjoyable day out.

You Are On Some Road IV

Neil Armstrong



1956



2010

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Strawbs Hero And Heroine - In Ascencia


Strawbs

Hero And Heroine - In Ascencia

Witchwood 


When first released in 1974, Hero And Heroine was the sound of a band shifting up a gear, fully getting to grips with the wide-screen possibilities of Dave Cousins’ visionary songwriting which previous albums had only fleetingly captured. Representing a period of consolidation wherein they broadened their rock audience appeal, Strawbs had never sounded stronger and more dynamic.


37 years later, after recently returning to active duty (albeit with slightly different personnel), they’ve revisited the album in its entirety, paying tribute to a significant work, as well as servicing their welcome resurgence on the touring circuit.  


Cousins is in splendidly flamboyant form on boisterously dramatic pieces like Round And Round, and the title track, where he’s full of theatrical thunder. Occasionally this is overplayed; the sneering persona he adopts on Sad Young Man, blots out the tenderness of the original with a growling belligerence that borders on being ugly.  

Whilst such comparisons between old and new are inevitable, despite an occasional wayward harmony, and the necessity of dropping song keys in order to accommodate their more mature vocal range, Cousins and Strawbs turn in an honourable retelling of one of the great underrated classics of the 70s progressive era.  

Time Marches On!

Min is getting old. 13 or so we think. She's lost tons of weight and lost a pile of hair and is just as weird as she's always been. We don't assume she'll be around for too much longer somehow but she's happy as far as we can tell and that's enough.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Wandering In Whitley Bay II

Taking a walk (and doing a bit a shopping) is a great way of thinking about an approach to a piece - especially when the weather is as nice as this...



Ginger Bob, busy doing nothing in the garden (ie sleeping directly on top of some prized flower) comes to wish me bon voyage, with heavy hints that cat food might be needed should I come across any on my travels...



Leaving the house and looking up the street...


Passing some cute-looking denizens of the street as I go...




Onto Whitley Road...























and back to the desk - problem solved and approach figured out...


Easy!

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