Monday, September 11, 2006 7:30:17 PM
Whilst reading a Blog by Musickna the thought came to mind about bands that I saw in their infancy that were rubbish and later became superstars
I have 2 examples,Queen supporting Mott The Hoole back in the early 1970's were truly appalling and after about 10 minutes we retired to the bar to wait for Mott to come on
Now millions remember Queen but only a few die hards like me remember Mott
Secondly Supertramp after Crime of the Century but before Breakfast in America had an awful evening and there was not even a bar to retire to
So when you come back from a gig thinking what a waste of money console yourself hat you may be able to brag,"I saw them before they became great" at some time in the future
Saturday, September 9, 2006 9:26:45 AM
I make no apologies for being totally unreconstructed 1970's Prog Rock and Metal fan (Although I have other weird and more eclectic tastes as well) so today I bought the new iron Maiden album "A Matter Of Life And Death".
Rock music at its best but it got me thinking, I am 51 and an age when my parents were listening to the soft tones of Sinatra,Perry Como and Johnny Mathis.
Will my generation fall into this area as we age or will there be old peoples homes resounding to Prog and Metal with 80 year olds having Maiden, Sabbath, ELP and Zeppelin stickers on their Zimmer frames and the local youngsters living nearby complaining to the council about the loud music?
PS I have told my kids that at my funeral I want AC/DC's "FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK "played as my coffin goes up in flames.
Friday, September 8, 2006 6:26:25 PM
Our beloved Chancellor Gordon Brown has been trundling around the country today talking about Britishness,what is Britishness because I have lived here for 51 years and have no idea.
Are we even British, personally I am
1) A Black Countryman
3) British (On the few occasions that it matters such as during the Olympic games)
I get the feeling that this is a view held by the welsh Scots and Irish as well so why do our nanny State politicians try to impose this Britishness upon us.
I also wonder how this works in other countries, are a Californian,Bavarian,Breton or Queenslander before you are an American,German,Frenchman or Australian
Thursday, September 7, 2006 7:27:37 PM
As I drove down the motorway this morning it passed over the River Wye,the sun was coming up the mist was rising over the fields and the church steeple stood out in the distance.The view made me glad to be alive and reminded me why Autumn is my favourite time of the year
Thursday, September 7, 2006 5:53:47 PM
Driving back from work today I was listening to Talk Sport radio and the discussion about England and their performance last night, Rodney Marsh (Former pro footballer) was critical of everybody who criticised England players and on a general point critical of fans booing players if they performed badly.
Two thoughts crossed my mind, if you pay to see a Madonna concert or a play with say Catherine Zeta Jones and they are not up to standard are you not allowed to show your displeasure, so what is so sacrosanct about footballers.
Secondly this is the same radio station (and they are not alone) who have other shows where people are actively encouraged to call in and moan about Councils, The NHS, Insurance companies etc.
So we see that not only are current footballers out of touch with reality about their retired colleagues suffer from the same disease and are hypocritical as well.
Tuesday, September 5, 2006 6:17:36 PM
My daughter started back at college today and a new rule has been introduced,No Baseball Caps,No Bandanas and No "Offensive" T Shirts because they may be threatening.
Now I know there have to be rules but surely this is another example of PC overkill why not punish those who actually are threatening and don’t tar all of the kids with the same brush.
And who decides what is offensive,I see anyone with a West Bromwich Albion or BMW Cars T Shirt on and I find it highly offensive.
Sunday, September 3, 2006 3:36:29 PM
Photography is one of my great passions and has been for over 30 years, back from the days of film and manual everything right the way through to today with Digital Imaging, instant review of shots, sharing around the world etc, etc.
Throughout all this time I have has one great gripe that persists today, people saying “Oh I only take snaps not real photographs, I am not sure if this is a British disease of self denigration in the photographic sphere or if it happens around the world but it drives me barmy. Whatever you are photographing especially in this day and age on digital equipment you can easily compose your shot, the cameras will give you accurate exposure and immediate review so it is only your own lack of belief holding you back in getting a very good shot.
A good shot does not need to be a masterpiece to rival Bailey or Cartier Bresson but today in the digital age it can be crisp and clean and not have lampposts growing out of people’s heads. So work on it people, do not accept the first result that comes out of your camera, look at it again retake it or get it on the computer and tidy it up because we can all have results we are proud to show the world.
Lets face it if you spend thousands on a holiday and come back with rubbish shots because you failed to try hard enough all you can rely on is your memory and that will fade in time. We do not say that we are bad drivers because we lack the skills of a Schumacher,we have worked hard to make our driving as good as possible, so lets do the same with our photography and have wonderful shots all over our Opera Pages.
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