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TV Chat / Adverts Review / Hatchet Job
« on: September 25, 2009, 07:21:04 PM »
If you want to read a really dire unfavourable view of the Adverts you an download a free pdf copy of Bristol's Loaded magazine from '77 here:

Probably not a review that Tim treasures!

World Chat / Jim Carroll Dead
« on: September 17, 2009, 02:52:44 PM »
Just seen this - I just loved 'People Who Died'......

Punk rock poet Jim Carroll dies at 60
Last Updated: Monday, September 14, 2009 | 11:41 AM ET Comments25Recommend45CBC News
Punk rocker and poet Jim Carroll, author of the autobiographical The Basketball Diaries, has died. He was 60.

He died Friday while working at his desk in his Manhattan home, according to his website. The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack.

His Jim Carroll Band combined his poetic sensibility with rock 'n' roll and was influential in the burgeoning punk rock scene in 1970s New York.

Carroll made a big impact with his album Catholic Boy and the single People Who Died, which was heavily played in response to ex-Beatle John Lennon's death in 1980.

He rubbed shoulders with artists such as the Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, Larry Rivers and Robert Mapplethorpe in New York.

"There ain't much time left, you're born out of this insane abyss and you're going to fall back into it, so while you're alive, you might as well show your bare ass," Carroll told Rolling Stone at the time.

Known for his deeply personal lyrics, Carroll recorded the albums Pools of Mercury, I Write Your Name and A World Without Gravity.

He was an influence on a later generation of artists, both musicians and writers, and worked with Pearl Jam, Rancid, Lou Reed, Danny Barnes and John Cale.

Mentioned in Warhol films Carroll was a poet before he became a rock musician, publishing his first collection Organic Trains at age 16.

Carroll was mentored by poet Ted Berrigan, and moved in circles that included William Burroughs, Beat writer Allen Ginsberg and artist Andy Warhol. He appeared in two of Warhol's films.

From age 12, he kept a journal, chronicling his Catholic childhood as the son of an Irish bartender and the impact of his basketball scholarship.

Throughout his teens, he lived a double life, hooked on heroin but a basketball player and excellent student.

That story would become The Basketball Diaries, published in 1978 and made into a 1995 movie of the same name.

Other collections include:

4 Ups and 1 Down (1970).
The Book of Nods (1986).
Fear of Dreaming (1993).
Void of course: Poems 1994-1997 (1998).
Carroll left New York in 1973 and moved to California where he vowed to kick his heroin addiction.

He spent several years enjoying solitude, writing poetry, and met his future wife, Rosemary Klemfuss, there. They later divorced.

In 1978, Patti Smith came to California on tour with her band, encouraged Jim to form a band, which led to the creation of the Jim Carroll Band.

With files from the Associated Press

TV Live / Leicester at the Abbey 11th September 2009
« on: September 13, 2009, 04:58:35 PM »
Another great TV gig

and good to see the lads from Sheffield (both of who deny being the legendary "Bonehead"), Chris, who may have had the odd drink or two...

and always fun to see Fred too! Here's Claret's photocall of the event:

World Chat / Soft Boys / Robin Hitchcock
« on: September 04, 2009, 08:57:06 AM »
Any Soft Boys / robin Hitchcock fans out there? This is quite nice; a solo performance in the Blue Peter Garden to celebrate for Pestival, a celebration of insects in art and the art of being an insect, which opens at the Southbank Centre in London. "Musician and insect lover Robyn Hitchcock plays his own composition, Dragonfly Me."

World Of TUTS / Love On Myspace by Charli and Chris Smith
« on: September 03, 2009, 12:17:58 PM »
Charli has been playing with a local band for a while but last night did a brief gig just her and "Raptor Captor" Chris:

She's also working on a version of 'Roll Like a River' which sounds good in rehearsals but has yet to get a public outing!

World Chat / 999: Lincoln 9th September
« on: September 02, 2009, 04:16:27 PM »
It's no good I need another taste of 999 - so it looks like I'll catch their Lincoln gig in a week's time.....

Wed 9th Duke of Wellington, Lincoln
Thu 10th Rockers, Glasgow
Fri 11th Citrus Club, Edinburgh
Sat 12th Corrina, Perth For tickets call 01738 622201 or 01382 228 496
Sun 13th Three Tuns, Gateshead

Fri 9th New Tavern, Wigan
Sat 10th Rio's, Leeds
Thu 22nd The Underworld, Camden Town, London
Fri 23rd The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
Sat 24th Redhill Footbal Club, Redhill
Sun 25th Castle Tavern, Sheerness

Sat 12th Zakk Club, Dusseldorf, Germany

World Of TUTS / Kirk Brandon "Very Ill"
« on: August 15, 2009, 06:58:58 PM »
From Dead Men Walking:

Hey Peoples,

I have some serious news to pass on to you all today.

Kirk was taken very poorly last week, this resulted in a marathon eight hours on an operating table in Sussex, UK on the 12th August.

The doctors, nurses and his consultant are pleased with his progress so far, obviously it is very early days and at this time there is little more to add other than a massive thank you to all the hospital staff who has been nothing short of amazing.

I will be keeping you all updated via the wonders of the internet as regularly as possible, an email address has been set up : please feel free to drop a line to Kirk directly via this email address, I will print them out and makes sure he sees them all.

Lastly and I guess, obviously, all appearances for the time being (much to the patient’s discord) are going to have to postponed until Kirk is back to full strength.

Good news to follow soon I hope

LIAM 14th August 2009.

TV Chat / New Song Suggestions - The Right Royal 69!
« on: June 29, 2009, 02:05:30 PM »
Now TV probably doesn't need our help but whilst listening to the radio just now I heard that the Royal Family cost each and everyone of us in the UK 69 pence each and I thought I could almost imagine a TV song entitled "69 pence each"...

Anyone else any TV song title suggestions?

World Abused / Going Extinct?; then just kill more & deep freeze....
« on: June 03, 2009, 08:13:51 AM »
"Japan's sprawling Mitsubishi conglomerate has cornered a 40 per cent share of the world market in bluefin tuna, one of the world's most endangered fish.

A corporation within the £170bn Mitsubishi empire is importing thousands of tonnes of the fish from Europe into Tokyo's premium fish markets, despite stocks plummeting towards extinction in the Mediterranean.

Bluefin tuna frozen at -60C now could be sold in several years' time for astronomical sums if Atlantic bluefin becomes commercially extinct as forecast, a result of the near free-for-all enjoyed by the tuna fleet." - The Independent, 3rd June 2009

Nice. In the UK this is the Princes brand.

World Chat / Most Disappointing Albums
« on: May 26, 2009, 10:44:13 AM »
OK following on from the Maniacs thread what are the most disappointing albums that you ever bought / heard? Those albums you were really looking forward to and then.... well you hear them....

My Top 5 would be:

1. Thirteenth Floor Madness - 999; not as bad as legend would have it, but not good and oh was it painful seeing them 'sell it' at Tufnell Park and watching the crowd dissolve as they played 'The Book of Love'. Still one stinker out of such a rich catalogue isn't bad!

2. Buzzhunst - ShellyDevoto; I think I only played this once; must give it a listen again as some say it is brilliant...

3. Street Vs Science - Bennet; blown away by their first album this was a real let down. Parts of it have since grown on me but it plays like an album with undue 'label' interference...

4. Cut The Crap - The Clash; other than the title track it failed to do just that it proved overladen with crap. Is it time to look at this album afresh?

5. Do a Runner - Athletico Spizz 80; not sure what they were on when they made this although can't argue with clocks are big machines are heavy I suppose...

I could possibly include here "Cast of 1000's" as when I first get it home I was shocked and disappointed, BUT, as I didn't have too much money to blow on records in those days, well I was 15, I stuck with it and it was a real grower - but oh the initial shock!

World Chat / Spring Watch Punk
« on: May 25, 2009, 08:55:21 AM »
Good to see the new presenter on 'Spring Watch' is a punk fan - yesterday on the radio he quoted from the Ruts 'In a Rut' when talking about rutting and today he's on breakfast TV wearing a Damned 'Neat Neat Neat' t-shirt - he's on TV everyday this coming week; Get the man a TV Smith shirt quick!!!!

World Chat / Back from The Dead..
« on: May 15, 2009, 09:07:01 AM »
OK if you had the gift of life which rock star would you like to see back from the dead and why? Bon Scott?; Ian Curtis?; Buddy Holly?; Sid Vicious?; Joe Strummer?; John Bonhom?; Howard Pickup?; Johnny Thunders?; Dee Dee Ramone?; the Singing Postman?: sadly the list is endless....

World Abused / Guns Escape the US Credit Crunch...
« on: April 13, 2009, 11:20:24 AM »
From today's Guardian:

Firearms sales have surged in the six months since Obama's election as millions of Americans have gone on a buying spree that has stripped gun shops in some parts of the country almost bare of assault weapons and led to a national ammunition shortage (shame!).

The FBI says that since November more than seven million people applied for criminal background checks in order to buy weapons, a figure excluding the many more buying at thousands of gun shows in states such as Virginia, without facing any checks.

Gun-shop owners and the National Rifle Association say the surge is driven by worries that Obama is planning to ban many types of firearms and that the deepening economic crisis will fuel a crime wave, as witnessed by the string of mass shootings in the past few weeks.

But control groups pressing for greater control on firearms accuse the NRA of funding a massive scare campaign to portray Obama as a gun owner's worst nightmare and to argue that tighter restrictions on weapons ownership are a threat to broader liberties and a step toward tyranny.

That extreme position apparently prompted a man, who told friends he was afraid the government would take his guns away, to shoot three police officers in Pittsburgh last week. But more commonly such views are boosting gun sales, from Ohio to Texas and from Wyoming to Virginia.

Chris Howley, manager of the Guns and Ammo Warehouse, in Manassas, Virginia, says sales are up by at least 50% since Obama won the election - particularly of assault rifles after the president indicated he would revive a ban on the sale of semi-automatic weapons that had been allowed to lapse under George Bush. "It went through the roof since the election. Initially they were after the semi-automatics because they thought they would be banned again. They just flew out at a phenomenal rate. But now they're buying up all the hand guns too. Look at the hand guns case. It's only half full," he said.

A year ago, the Guns and Ammo Warehouse was selling, each month for $1,000 each, about 10 of their AR-15s, a semi-automatic civilian version of the army's M-16 assault rifle. Howley says he can now sell 45 a week, when he has them. There is less demand for the Tommy gun on the wall because, Howley notes drily, it meets California specifications and is restricted to hold just 10 bullets in its distinctive round cylinder, instead of the 100 permitted in Virginia where guns can be carried openly on the streets.

Neither are hunting rifles in much demand (including the one in shocking pink for small girls). But almost everything else is being snapped up.

Brett Ross, owner of Grayghost Tactical, in Culpeper, Virginia, a shop named after a Confederate army unit in the civil war, says his business is booming despite the economic climate. He is unable to replace his more popular lines. "All the hand guns are selling and I can't get more in. I'm wearing a $3,000 hand gun. That's expensive and even they are sold out," he says. "When the guns come in I sell in a day or two what used to sit on the wall for weeks."

There is a consensus on all sides that the run on weapons began with a belief that Obama would tighten the US gun laws. During the election campaign Obama said he supported the constitution's second amendment on the right to bear arms and welcomed a supreme court decision last year that struck down a ban on hand guns in Washington DC. "I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won't take your handgun away," he said.

But David Adams, president of the Virginia Shooting Sports Association, an NRA affiliate, says gun owners believe Obama really wants much greater controls on weapons. "When he ran for Congress in 2000 he proposed an increase in the excise tax of 500% on the sale of firearms and ammunition. He has said in the past he is against concealed carrying of hand guns for self defence."

Howley agrees. "Barack Obama's history of voting in Illinois was 100% against gun ownership. If it was up to him he would make all guns disappear."

Among other things, the NRA is funding a website - - that describes Obama as the "most anti-gun president in history" and accuses him of plotting to close every gun shop in the country.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, founded in the name of James Brady, Ronald Reagan's press secretary, who was shot in an assassination attempt against the president, accuses the NRA of whipping up a hysteria that has driven up gun sales.

Chad Ramsey, the Brady Campaign's senior associate director, says that the NRA has spent $6.67m campaigning against Obama, a sum more than 30 times what it put in to the election campaign against Al Gore in the 2000 election. He adds: "The gun lobby, particularly the NRA, throughout the election has fomented this paranoia that the Obama administration and the Democrats were going to come and take your guns. I think folks responded to that. We're seeing people who are stockpiling weapons because they believed it. It's very problematic and scary. The gun lobby and the NRA have a real interest in spreading this fear. They get a lot of their funding from gun manufacturers and gun dealers. They're feeding their own coffers by doing this."

The campaign also feeds more extreme views voiced by popular, right-wing, radio stations and TV commentators, saying Obama is plotting a "socialist state" that will strip citizens of many of their other rights.

But that was not why David Medhurst, a middle-aged customer in a grey suit, is looking for guns at the Virginia Arms Co. He says he owns a mix of hand guns for self defence, and assault weapons. "I enjoy shooting. It's a sport. It's a lot of fun when you pull that trigger. It's not illegal and it's not criminal. I grew up with it. I think this president will try to ban semi-automatics. He will find it difficult but it's happened before, so why take a chance? When I own it he won't be able to touch it. But I don't think this president wants to destroy my liberties."

Howley says the political fears have been compounded by the economic crisis. "A lot of our sales are to people who didn't own guns before. Now they're buying because of fear of rising crime. Many of these people wouldn't know an AR from an AK. They just weren't gun people. There are some people you do get a little concerned at the fact they don't seem to understand what you are trying to tell them. We usually tell them to go take a class."

With the surge in gun sales has come a sharp increase in demand for ammunition, on top of the military's call for bullets for Iraq and Afghanistan, that has created a nationwide shortage of the most popular bullets used in semi-automatic pistols and military-style rifles.

Even big department stores, such as Wal-Mart, are complaining that daily shipments of ammunition have all but dried up and that when stock does come in it sells out the same day.

"The largest gun show in Virginia was two weeks after the election," says Howley. "It sold out of ammo on the first day. People were just wheeling it out by the cart load. It's partly fuelled by all these rumours on the internet that there's going to be a $5m tax on a box of ammo. People go nuts saying, 'look what they're going to do'. Before they would buy two or three boxes of ammo, now they buy a whole case and it just compounds the problem."

Gun-shop owners are reluctant to question the thinking driving their profits, but Ross, at Grayghost Tactical, doubts Obama poses a serious threat to gun ownership. "A lot of this is rumours on the internet. I don't think there's the political will in Congress for a ban on semi-automatics, and certainly not for more than that. But people believe what they want to believe."

Deadly month: Over 50 killed in shootings
A string of shootings in the US in a little over a month has claimed the lives of more than 50 people.

10 Samson, Alabama A gunman shoots dead 10 people and then himself in a rampage across the southern Alabama countryside

22 Oakland, California A man pulled over in a routine traffic stop fatally shoots two officers and then kills two more in a gunfight in which the suspect is also killed

29 Santa Clara, California A man shoots and kills his two children and three other relatives, then kills himself at a family housewarming party

29 Carthage, North Carolina A man opens fire in a nursing home and kills seven elderly residents and a nurse

3 Binghamton, New York A gunman bursts into an immigrant centre and shoots dead 13 people before killing himself

4 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania A gunman wearing a bullet-proof vest opens fire on officers responding to a call about a domestic disturbance, killing three

4 Graham, Washington A man whose wife was leaving him fatally shoots his five children in their mobile home and then takes his own life in his car

World Chat / New Department S Single
« on: April 09, 2009, 09:19:36 AM »
Really like this - it features Glen Matlock and Marco Pirroni as well.....

Cool vid too - couldn't see Vic though?

World Chat / Holiday Makers Complaints
« on: April 07, 2009, 07:15:05 AM »
All genuine apparently!!

A tourist at a top African game lodge overlooking a waterhole, who spotted a visibly aroused elephant, complained that the sight of this rampant beast ruined his honeymoon by making him feel "inadequate".

A woman threatened to call police after claiming that she’d been locked in by staff. When in fact, she had mistaken the “do not disturb” sign on the back of the door as a warning to remain in the room.

"The beach was too sandy."

A guest at a Novotel in Australia complained his soup was too thick and strong. He was inadvertently slurping the gravy at the time.

"Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women."

"We bought 'Ray-Ban' sunglasses for five euros (£3.50) from a street trader, only to find out they were fake."

"No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled."  (My personal favourite!)

"It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England it only took the Americans three hours to get home."

"My fiancé and I booked a twin-bedded room but we were placed in a double-bedded room. We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."

"I compared the size of our one-bedroom apartment to our friends' three-bedroom apartment and ours was significantly smaller."

"The brochure stated: 'No hairdressers at the accommodation'. We're trainee hairdressers - will we be OK staying here?"

"There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners."

"We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white."

"We had to queue outside with no air conditioning."

"It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel."

"I was bitten by a mosquito - no-one said they could bite."

"I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."

"It's lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time - this should be banned."

"On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food at all."

"We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels."

Makes you proud to be British - watch out 'foreign' TUT's when we visit!

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