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Yet Another Meme

This meme comes via The Ministry of Information. Judging by one or two of the questions, I think it originates from somewhere in MySpace. I’ve omitted a couple of questions for which I couldn’t think up sufficiently witty replies.

1. Where were you for New Year 2007?
Slough, where my parents live, a much-maligned town.

2. How did you get the idea for your MySpace name?
Combination of my first name and the username I use on a lot of music-related forums, which also happens to be my domain name.

3. What are you listening to right now?
“Standing In My Shadow” by Breathing Space, not coincidentally the song I’ve currently got on the MySpace profile.

4. Has the death of a celebrity ever made you cry?
Who are these ‘celebrities’ of whom you speak, and why should they mean more to me than real friends and relatives?

5. Do you live in a zoo?
Er, no.  These questions are starting to get silly.

6. What did you do this morning?
Got up, had breakfast, and returned to Slough from Colchester

7. What does your mother do for a living?

8. Where do you work?
Alderley Edge, in the heart of Footballer’s Wives land

9. What are your favourite smells?
Bacon. Vegetarianism cured, instantly!

10. What are the last two digits of your phone number?
The same as the class number of the North British built electric locomotive preserved as part of the National Collection.  If you keep on asking silly questions, I will give sillier and sillier answers.  So there!

11. What was the last concert you attended?
Mostly Autumn at Crewe Limelight on the 19th December.

12. Who was with you?
I went on my own, but met up with a lot of the usual suspects once I got there.

13. What was the last movie you watched?
It was so long ago I’m not even 100% what it was; it may well have been Wallace and Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit. I told you it was a long time ago.

14. What do you dislike at the moment?
That the bad guys seem to be actuve in Pakistan, and this is going to have repercussions on the rest of the world. And I found a friend of mine died on boxing day.

15. What do you crave right now?
Coffee. I knew I’d turned the kettle on for a reason.

16. Did you dream last night?
Yes, but it was pretty surreal, and I can’t remember what it was about.

17. What was the last TV show you watched?
May well have been the last one of “Later with Jools Holland” on Friday, which I watch in the increasingly vain hope that there will be someone decent on there.

18. What is your favourite piece of jewellery?
I’m a non-goth bloke. I don’t do jewellery.

19. Name someone on your Top 8 who is just like you?
I think this refers to my MySpace Top 8 friends, most of which are bands. Those that are not bands would probably sue if anyone suggested I resembled them.

20. Who is your best friend of the opposite sex?
My sister.  Do relatives count?

21. Who last IM’d you?
I haven’t used IM for ages, and I can’t remember who it was.

22. What side of the bed do you sleep on?

23. What colour shirt are you wearing?
Dark blue.

24. What colour is your razor?
I have a beard, so I don’t own one.

25. What is your favourite frozen treat?
Swedish glace; a dairy-free ice cream that actually surprisingly palatable.

26. How many tattoos/piercings do you have?
I’m not a Goth. Please pay attention.

27. What are your favourite stores?
Waltons of Altrincham.  Until 30 seconds ago, I didn’t realise they actually had a website.

28. Are you thirsty right now?
No. I’ve now made that coffee from question 15 now.

29. Can you imagine yourself ever getting married?

30. Who’s someone you haven’t seen in a while and miss?
I can think of quite a few friends I haven’t seen for ages and really ought to catch up with.

31. What did you do last night?
Been very traditional and place charades. Have you ever tried to act out “Windows 98 user guide”?

32. Do you care what people think about you?
Only people that matter.

33. Have you ever done something to instigate trouble?
Does wearing an Odin Dragonfly T shirt to a Fish gig count?

34. Do you like your nose?
Well, it’s the only nose I’ve got.

35. What colour is your room?
The room I’m in right now is white.

36. When was the last time you worked out?
Not sure if walking to and from the railway station every day counts.

38. Where do you live?
Cheadle Hulme in Cheshire

39. Are you an aggressive driver?
I don’t drive.

40. Who is your cell phone carrier?

41. What is the thing you’d most want to change about yourself?
I’d like to be able to think of the right words to say to someone at the time, rather than 20 minutes after the event.

42. What colour is your car?
I don’t have a car.

43. What is your favourite colour?
Banger Blue.

44. Do you like mustard?
In moderation.

45. What do you tell yourself when times get hard?

46. Would you ever sky dive?
No. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

47. What do you sleep on?
A bed? I agree with NRT here; this is a silly question. I am a human being, not a cat…

48. Have you ever bid for something on eBay?
A few times. I’ve won two N gauge locomotives, an Arnold BLS Re4/4, and a Roco SBB Re4/4iv

49. Do you enjoy giving hugs?

50. Would you consider yourself to be fashionable?
Fashion is an evil conspiracy to dupe the gullible and insecure.

51. Do you own a digital camera?
Yes, although getting into gig photography is starting to expose the limitations of my present one.

52. What celebrities have you been compared to?
See my answer to question 4

53. What does your 19th text message say?
My primeval mobile phone doesn’t let me archive more than a dozen or so, so I have no idea.

54. How ’bout your 30th?
See previous answer.

55. Who did you hang out with last night?
Parents, brother, sister, brother-in-law, nephew, niece. It is Christmas, after all…

56. What are you doing this Saturday?
Don’t know yet. Got any suggestions?

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The Pharyngula Mutating Genre Meme

A long time since I’ve done any memes. This one was started by PZ Myers at Pharyngula as a means of demonstrating evolution in cyberspace. Like my source, I am not going to tap anyone; pick it up as you will.

First, the rules:

There are a set of questions below that are all of the form, “The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is…”. Copy the questions, and before answering them, you may modify them in a limited way, carrying out no more than two of these operations:

  • You can leave them exactly as is.
  • You can delete any one question.
  • You can mutate either the genre, medium, or subgenre of any one question. For instance, you could change “The best time travel novel in SF/Fantasy is…” to “The best time travel novel in Westerns is…”, or “The best time travel movie in SF/Fantasy is…”, or “The best romance novel in SF/Fantasy is…”.
  • You can add a completely new question of your choice to the end of the list, as long as it is still in the form “The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is…”.

You must have at least one question in your set, or you’ve gone extinct, and you must be able to answer it yourself, or you’re not viable.

Then answer your possibly mutant set of questions. Please do include a link back to the blog you got them from, to simplify tracing the ancestry, and include these instructions.
Finally, pass it along to any number of your fellow bloggers. Remember, though, your success as a Darwinian replicator is going to be measured by the propagation of your variants, which is going to be a function of both the interest your well-honed questions generate and the number of successful attempts at reproducing them.

The lineage:

The Questions and Answers:

  • The best adult novel in SF/Fantasy is: The Book of the New Sun
  • The best scary movie in modern pop culture is: The Wicker Man
  • The best happy song in classic rock music is: Sabra Cadabra
  • The best cult novel in historic fiction is: The Baroque Cycle
  • The best concept album in progessive rock music is Brave
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Something beginning with….H

A meme being propagated by The Psycho Chicken. In which you must name your ten favourite songs beginning with a letter chosen by whoever you picked up the meme from. I my case, Psycho Chicken gave me the letter “H”.

I don’t really have time to go through my entire CD collection and listing everything beginning with H (I don’t have an iTunes library that can do it in a flash!) So there are bound to be some glaring omissions. But I can recommend these ten.

  • Hallowed Ground – Paradise Lost
  • Harvest Moon – Blue Öyster Cult
  • Harvest of Souls – IQ
  • Hasan I Sabah – Hawkwind
  • Heaven and Hell – Black Sabbath
  • Heroes Never Die – Mostly Autumn
  • Hey Hey, My My (Out of the Blue) – Neil Young
  • Hollow – Mostly Autumn (But played live by Breathing Space)
  • Hotel Hobbies – Marillion
  • How I Feel Today – Odin Dragonfly

I’ve tried not to include the same artist more than once. Yes I know counting “Hollow” as a Breathing Space song is cheating, but it’s my blog, and nobody else is going to rules-lawyer me! For the record, Half a World, Half the Mountain, Heart Life and Helm’s deep were all in the short list.

If you want me to choose you a letter, leave me a comment!

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Music Memories Meme

A meme from Psychochicken, in which you have to list your ten most played artists, then answer some random questions about each one.

You’re supposed to base this on which artists feature most in your iTunes or playlist, but I play all my music by putting CDs into the stereo. So this list is very much a guess, based on what albums have been getting a lot of plays in the last few months.

  1. Marillion
  2. Porcupine Tree
  3. Mostly Autumn
  4. The Reasoning
  5. Fish
  6. Rush
  7. Blue Oyster Cult
  8. Within Temptation
  9. Thereon
  10. Rainbow

What was the first song you ever heard by 6?

Can’t actually remember. My first encounter with Rush’s music was from a college friend that played me their live album “All the World’s a Stage”. So it was probably ‘Bastille Day’, the opening track on the album.

What is your favorite album of 2?

“Fear of the Blank Planet”, their latest. An amazing piece of work that manages to combine all the best elements of all their earlier work. The fact that one or two tracks are vaguely reminiscent of Dream Theater is a feature, not a bug.

What is your favorite lyric that 5 has sung?

I’m more of a ‘music’ person than a ‘lyrics’ person, which makes it difficult to choose a lyric without it being coloured by whether or not I really like the song musically. But Fish has written some great lyrics in his time, both acidic political stuff, and heart-on-sleeve personal ones. Let’s go for one of the former, ‘Big Wedge’.

I found a new religion yesterday
I’d just cleared immigration JFK
A priest got in a Cadillac
The shoeshine boys sang gospel
And God and his accountants drove away

You’ll see him coast to coast on live TV
In a stadium rocked by Satan just the night before
The collection from the faithful it is tax free
It will pay for his presidential campaign and his yacht

How many times have you seen 4 live?

Twice, once at the Uplands Tavern in Swansea, once at the Limelight Club in Crewe

What is your favourite song by 7?

‘Astronomy’, especially the live version from the album “Some Enchanted Evening” with that superb solo from Buck Dharma. Incredible combination of atmospherics and hard rock, with wonderfully high wierdness lyrics. Frustrating that I’ve seen the band live five times and have yet to hear it live; they’ve always played it on other dates on the same tour, but their rotating setlists catch me out everytime. Bah!

What is a good memory you have involving the music of 10?

Hearing ‘Eyes of the World’ on Nicky Horne’s late night show “Your Mother Wouldn’t Like It” on Capital Radio. That was the one song that turned me on to symphonic hard rock, and made me realise there was a lot else out there than the rather one-dimensional new-wave stuff that was all the fashion at the time.

Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad?

Would have been “Find the Sun”, except that knowing how the story ends doesn’t leave me feeling sad any more. Then the intro of “Heroes Never Die” brings a lump to my throat every time I hear it, but that’s not a complete song. So I’ll go for”Half the Mountain”.

How did you get into 3?

I first bought their album “The Last Bright Light” after hearing ‘Half the Mountain’ on a magazine cover disk. But it wasn’t until two years later when I first saw them live that everything clicked, and my life has never quite been the same since.

What was the first song you heard by 1?

Can’t actually remember. First time I heard any of their music was the 1981(?) Reading Festival, before they’d released anything on record, and I don’t remember the setlist. “Forgotten Sons” was the one that stuck in the mind, though.

What is your favorite song by 4?

Presumably their superb live version of Karnataka’s ‘Talk to Me’ is disqualified on the grounds that this meme is about recordings rather than live performances. And their album “Awakenings” is so full of great songs that no single one really stands out. I’ll go for ‘Fallen Angels’ since it’s the one that keeps getting stuck in my head.

How many times have you seen 9 live?

Never. They’re one of these bands that seldom tours the UK, and when they do come over here it’s just a one-off date in London.

What is a good memory you have involving 2?

Seeing them live at Preston last month.

Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad?

Can’t think of one off the top of my head.

What is your favorite album of 5?

Difficult one; although his career’s had it’s ups and downs, there have been several good ones over the years. I think “Raingods with Zippos” is my current favourite.

What is your favorite lyric that 3 has sung?

Now, I’ll readily admit that Mostly Autumn are not really about deep and meaningful lyrics; they’re very much about music first and lyrics second. But there’s something about the apocalyptic imagery in “Fading Colours” that’s appealed to me enough to use it as inspiration for an space opera RPG character.

They tore the rudders from our ships
And turned the forests inside out
The broke the ladders
That took us to the moon
And pulled the anchors from the sky

Yes, that’s where the collapsing beanstalk elevator from Gavilan comes from. The song also explains why on this forum I’m nowhere near Telford anymore, not even over the rainbow.

What is your favorite song of 1?

One song? That’s impossible!

What is your favorite song of 10?

‘Eyes of the World’, as previously mentioned.

How many times have you seen 8 live?

Never. They played Manchester a couple of months back, but it sold out too quickly.

What is your favorite album of 1?

They’ve done many great albums, and their best ones are so different from each other that they’re hard to compare. But I always keep coming back to “Brave”.

What is a great memory you have considering 9?

Not having seen the band live, I don’t have any really strong memories. I do remember discussing their music with someone wearing a Thereon t-shirt at a Karnataka gig in Manchester.

What was the first song you heard by 8?

‘Intro’, the opener from “The Silent Force’. One of those tracks with vocals but no lyrics, so whether it really qualifies as a ‘song’ is questionable. But it’s still great, with that sweepingly cinematic choral intro followed by Sharon den Adel’s soaring soprano vocal. Not bad for something of less than two minutes in length.

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The Insufferable Smugness of Mac Users

I’ve always thought the worst thing about Apple Macs is the people that use them. Unlike Acorn Archimedes users (remember them?), who were just to be pitied, Mac-heads compound their deliberate choice of the computing equivalent of a Betamax VCR with an air of insufferable smugness. They think lame cartoons like this are actually funny.

Charlie Brooker thinks the same way. He takes as his starting point Apple’s current ad campaign.

Mitchell and Webb. They are a logical choice in one sense (everyone likes them), but a curious choice in another, since they are best known for the television series Peep Show – probably the best sitcom of the past five years – in which Mitchell plays a repressed, neurotic underdog, and Webb plays a selfish, self-regarding poseur. So when you see the ads, you think, “PCs are a bit rubbish yet ultimately lovable, whereas Macs are just smug, preening tossers.” In other words, it is a devastatingly accurate campaign.

I hate Macs. I have always hated Macs. I hate people who use Macs. I even hate people who don’t use Macs but sometimes wish they did. Macs are glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work; computers for people who earnestly believe in feng shui.

Predictably the comment thread gets deluged with indignant responses from humourless Mac-heads.

(Link from The Ministry of Information)

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Yule Rules

The Xmas meme comes via Scott

Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Cannot bear egg. Ugh! So it will have to be Hot Chocolate, although I’d prefer mulled wine or a winter beer. (Something like double chocolate stout will do nicely!)
Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Have to be wrapped. This is the reason why all presents must be rectangular, and nothing non-Euclidian in shape is allowed. That wooden rocking horse many years ago cost me an awful lot of SAN.
Coloured lights or white on tree/house? Coloured ones.
Do you hang mistletoe? Haven’t for many years.
When do you put your decorations up? Last Sunday before. That way the needles on the tree last until the traditional January 6th.
What is your Favourite Christmas dish (excluding dessert)? Christmas dinner with turkey and everything else; especially the brussel sprouts. (Well, not just the brussel sprouts).
Favourite Christmas memory as a child? Dragging a christmas stocking down the stairs with the words “Father Christmas did come! {Bump} Father Christmas did come! {Bump}”
When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I can’t actually remember that one.
Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Used to many years ago.
How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? Tinsel, lights, baubles and one really kitsch white mouse that my mother absolutely hates. There used to be a Teletubby (Po), but she disappeared one January 6th and was never seen again.
Do you know how to ice skate? No. Never actually tried, but since I’m Mr Absolutely No Coordination Whatsoever it’s probably best that I haven’t.
What’s the most important thing about the Christmass for you? Family.
What is your Favourite Christmas dessert? Christmas pudding and brandy butter.
What is your Favourite Christmas tradition?. Eating toast at one o’clock in the morning after coming home from midnight communion on Christmas Eve. I’m not quite sure how that tradition got started.
What tops your tree? A star.
Favourite Christmas Song? Got to be traditional carols like Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful and Silent Night. Didn’t get the last of those on Sunday’s carol service, but I am expecting to hear it performed at the Mostly Autumn Christmas show at Crewe on Wednesday. As an unrepentant prog-rock fan I can make room for Greg Lake’s I Believe in Father Christmas, but I share Scott’s dislike of tacky drivel like Grandma got run over by a reindeer.

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I haven’t done any memes for ages. This one comes from The Ministry of Information.

1. Explain what ended your last relationship?
The Gap Was Too Wide (in more ways than one)

2. When was the last time you shaved?
In the 1980s. Had my beard trimmed last Friday.

3. What were you doing this morning at 8 am?
Leaving home for work.

4. What were you doing 15 minutes ago?
Reposting a month-old PBeM post that two players had failed to respond to, and emailing a new PBeM applicant to tell him that I probably do have a vacancy in the game.

5. Are you any good at math?
As NRT said, it’s a plural!

6. Your prom night? what about?
This another one of those quaint American customs we don’t have over here.

7. Do you have any famous ancestors?
Ultimately we’re all descended from Eve (something evolutionary biologists and creationists appear to agree on). Apart from that, no.

8. Have you had to take a loan out for school?
I’m old enough to have had a student grant. And we call it ‘College’ or ‘University’, not ‘School’. ‘School’ ends at 18.

9. Do you know the words to the song on your MySpace profile?
There aren’t any songs on my MySpace profile.

10. Last thing received in the mail?
A savings account statement. The Dapol Cargowaggons I ordered have yet to arrive, and will probably be in the post tomorrow.

11. How many different beverages have you had today?
Two. Coffee, and Beer. Three if you count standard and decaff coffee as two different beverages. Five if you count black and white coffee as different. (Yes, this is really the answer to 5)

12. Do you ever leave messages on people’s answering machine?
The last one was “Bidibidibidibidi!”. You probably did not want to know that.

13. Who did you lose your CONCERT virginity to?

14. Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach?

15. What’s the most painful dental procedure you’ve had?
Can’t remember a really painful one. Have probably blotted out the memory.

16. What is out your back door?
A lawn that needs mowing.

17. Any plans for Friday night?
I’m actually going to be the same place as NRT, seeing Opeth.

18. Do you like what the ocean does to your hair?
The ocean doesn’t get to mess with my hair. Neither does the North Sea, the Irish Sea, or the English Channel.

19. Have you ever received one of those big tins of 3 different popcorns?
I know not of these big tins of 3 different popcorns of which you speak.

20. Have you ever been to a planetarium?
There was an open-air one in a field in Switzerland.

21. Do you re-use towels after you shower?
They do get washed eventually.

22. Some things you are excited about?
How about a class 50 tackling the one-in-sixty grade out of Par station from a standing start with 13 coaches behind (alas, no more). Or Mostly Autumn encoring with a sublime version of “Mother Nature”. Of finding a really meaty bug in Chadders’ code.

23. What is your favorite flavor of jelly?
Strawberry. This applies both for what we call ‘Jam’, and what Americans call ‘Jello’.

24. Describe your keychain(s)?
Fob with the SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) on it.

25. Where do you keep your change?
In my trouser pocket. And a jamjar. (Do Americans have Jello Jars?)

26. When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group of people?
About three years ago, when I read the lesson at a friends wedding.

27. What kind of winter coat do you own?
A long dark grey wollen one that I don’t think I wore at all last winter. Not cold enough to wear it quite yet.

28. What was the weather like on your graduation day?
Typical July weather, although it didn’t rain.

29. Do you sleep with the door to your room open or closed?
Since I currently live on my own, I usually leave it open.

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The Flying Saucers have Left the Planet

Dave notes that Erich von Daniken’s “Mystery Park” in Interlaken, Switzerland, is going pear-shaped.

The park, set up by the author of bestsellers such as “Chariots of the Gods” and “The Gods were Astronauts”, has failed to attract enough visitors and needs 4 million Swiss francs (2 million pounds) in cash to stay in business.

The park’s attractions — which showcase giant drawings in the Peruvian desert that may once have been signs for visiting spacecraft, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and more — may close forever if the group does not find the money.

The place was under construction the last time I visited the Interlaken area. At the time, the Bern Lötchberg Simplon had a locomotive carrying an advertising livery promoting the place. Kato even made an N gauge model of it.

BLS 465.003 'Mystery Park'

Note that having this locomotive on the roster of the Wöminseebahn does not indicate an endorsement of Von Daniken’s crackpot beliefs.

Dave adds cynically that the only problem was that it was built on the wrong continent.

I’m sure he could make it profitable again if he repurposed it to prove that angels visited the Earth in eras past, and relocated from Interlaken to, say, Kansas

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Meme time: 29 Music Questions

Long time since we had a music meme doing the rounds. This once came via The Ministry of Information.

1. Of all the bands/artists in your cd/record collection, which one do you own the most albums by?
There are several artists I’ve got a lot by, I think it’s probably Deep Purple. Add in Rainbow and Blackmore’s Night, Richie Blackmore is probably a clear winner.

2. What was the last song you listened to?
“This is the 21st Century” by Marillion

3. What’s in your record/cd player right now?
Marillion’s Anoraknophobia

4. What song would you say sums you up?
I am too complex to sum up in a single song.

5. What’s your favorite local band?
From my old home town of Slough, it would have to be the now sadly defunct I Zingari.

6. What was the last show you attended?
Marillion at Manchester Academy 1

7. What was the greatest show you’ve ever been to?
Tough one. Blue Öyster Cult at the Hammersmith Odeon way back in 1989 is hard to beat.

8. What’s the worst band you’ve ever seen in concert?
Ignoring many dreadful support acts, the worst headliner has to be Sledgehammer in the early 80s. Dire barrel scrapings of the NWOBHM scene, played deafeningly loudly in a failed attempt to disguise the fact that they couldn’t play and had no decent songs.

9. What band do you love musically but hate the members of?
Can’t bring myself to hate an entire band, so I’ll select an individual. A few years ago I would have named Roger Waters or Richie Blackmore, but I think both of them have mellowed with age. So I’ll nominate Tarja Turunen, the (former) singer of Nightwish. Great voice, but I can see why the band sacked her.

11. What show are you looking forward to?
The Mars Volta, this Thursday

12. What is your favorite band shirt?
Has to be that black and yellow Uriah Heep one!

13. What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?
Buck Dharma of BÖC seems like a cool guy.

14. What musician would you like to be in love with for a day?
Heather Findlay. Unfortunately I believe she’s already spoken for.

15. Metal question: Jeans and Leather vs. Cracker Jack clothes?
Lack of knowledge of the nature of these ‘Cracker Jack’ clothes prevents me from answering this question.

16. Sabbath or solo Ozzy?
Sabbath, definitely. With Ronnie Dio, of course.

17. Commodores or solo Lionel Ritchie?

18. Punk rock, hip hop or heavy metal?
Metal, of course.

19. Doesn’t Primus suck?
If you say so. I don’t know one note of their music. Now Pete “I should be in rehab rather than touring” Doherty’s Babyshambles, there’s a band that really sucks.

20. Name 4 flawless albums:
Only four?
Marillion, Brave
UFO, Strangers in the Night
Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here
Queensryche, Operation Mindcrime

21. Did you know that filling out this survey makes you a music geek?
So what?

22. What was the greatest decade for music?
The 70s. The decade of the almighty Mellotron!

23. How many music-related videos/dvds do you own?
Very few; I think it’s single figures.

24. Do you like Journey?
Of course. Get past the cheesy power ballads and they can rock out with best of them.

25. Don’t try to pretend you don’t!
It’s only trendy to slag them off because pop fans used to like them.

26. What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
This Is Spinal Tap.

27. What was your last musical ‘phase’ before you wised up?
I was never dumb enough to feel any need to ‘Wise Up’.

28. What’s the crappiest CD/record/etc. you’ve ever bought?
The self-titled album by Angelwitch. Awful songs, awful vocals, awful production. NWOBHM at it’s very worst.

29. Do you prefer vinyl or CDs?
CDs. Vinyl may be ‘superior’ of you’ve got several grands worth of stereo equipment and keep your records in a sterile dust-free vault, but CDs are better for those of us living in the real world.

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5th of the 23rd

Another meme, from Norm

1. Go into your archive.
2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.

This takes me right back to 2002, and gives the final line, “And they got them!”, from this post. So much for English teachers insisting that you should never begin a sentence with a conjunction. It will be split infinitives next!

Appropriately for a meme from a cricket fan, it’s one of the very rare sporting posts on this blog, about the finale of the England vs. Sri Lanka Test Match. Norm will be horrified to learn that I have no recollection whatsoever of that match three years later.

I’ll pass the baton to anyone reading this who wants to pick it up.

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