Monday, 14 October 2013

Music, still my first love.

In the interest of research I just watched the video for Wrecking Ball with Miley Cyrus, I have to say that it's not a bad tune, the girl can sing and there is absolutely no reason for appearing naked. The video could have done so much for the song but personally it's ruined it.

This type of video is the only reason why people such as the whingy, whiney Rihanna who can't even spell her name correctly gets anywhere. Would Girls Aloud, Cheryl Cole or any other so called artists have got anywhere if it wasn't for their appearance, they certainly wouldn't based on talent as their singing is completely devoid of any emotion. 

And would Britney Spears have made it big if she looked like Alison Moyet, not if she sang with the same voice she wouldn't, the only reason she got notices was the school girl outfit in Baby One More Time. 

There appears to be a lot of good talent out there still, but the media wants either something that shocks or something that looks good, being able to sing a tune just isn't good enough any more.

Music in the digital age has also lost something else, opening album used to be an experience in itself with the album cover, sleeve notes and extras. If you can get hold of Dark Side of The Moon or Space Ritual you realise that album covers were an art form in their own right, getting a CD is not the same as getting an album on vinyl.

End of rant and I'll go back to listening to some good stuff, Pink Floyd, Spocks Beard, Camel, Ayreon, Within Temptation, Nightwish, The Shadows, Colin Blunstone, Clifford T. Ward, Colin Bass, Florence and The Machine, The Byrds, Santana, Queen, Hawkwind and I'm even going to thrown in boy bands such as Take That, Boyzone, One Direction.

Just get out there and listen, if it's on You Tube then don't watch the video, just listen to the music and see how it makes you feel.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

The Cost Of Living

On the radio the other day, the government announced that it was putting a cap on the rises that train companies can put on their fares as they want to try and reduce the cost of living. This is not going to affect me in the slightest as I find it very hard to find a train that will take me to where I want to go, when I want to go at a reasonable cost.

The government have one easy way of reducing the cost of living for all of us, just reduce the amount of duty on petrol by about 5p a litre, it won't cost so much to fill your car up and you will have spare money to spend on other goods such as food and maybe even some luxury items, this may possibly keep some people in jobs reducing the tax payers burden..

And remember, if you don't have a car, this duty also affects you, if the duty is lowered, the cost of getting the goods to the shops is also lowered, this should mean cheaper prices. If this government is really serious about reducing the cost of living then they really need to look at the amount of money they take from the public as they seem to take more than all the rest put together.

Saturday, 5 October 2013


In an attempt to reduce the costs of shopping, we paid a visit to Aldi, a 4 pack of bottled fizzy spring water here was £0.99 as opposed to £1.49 at Tesco, among the other items purchased were dry roasted peanuts and some plum jam. Most of the other stuff was either the same price as Tesco but with an unknown name or more expensive and it's just not worth travelling the extra distance to go Aldi, you probably end up using more petrol. 

To be fair, when we lived in Rotherham it was worth stopping off at Lidl and Aldi on the way back from Asda as they were on route, but if you have to go out of the way, in my opinion it's just not worth it. 

And now let's talk about the dry roasted nuts, I'm not sure what they were cooked but the after taste that lasted about 2 days almost drove me to licking a tub of Marmite to get rid of the taste, there was nothing nice that could be said about them, the plum jam likewise offered up pleasant smell but tasted of slightly sweet rain cloud, if I was given some of it while blindfolded, I would not be able to tell you what it was.And finally, there's the carbonated spring water, I like this stuff as I find it refreshing, the Tesco and Asda white label fizzy tap water is fairly refreshing, but Aldi gave managed to make water tasteless, a glass of this feels like you have drunk wet bubbles, whatever rocks it has trickled through for thousands of years must have also had a section which distilled the water. I just don't know how you can ruin a bottle of water but fair play to Aldi, they have done a good job.