First mention of ‘Warwick Arts Centre’ in a song?

28 11 2005

Music front cover

Title:
Achtung Bono
Artist:
Half Man Half Biscuit
ASIN:
B000ATJYOE
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars
More of the usual wit and wisdom from HMHB. Beyond the delightful ‘Joy Division Oven Gloves’ (pictured on the inside of the sleeve and surely the ideal Christmas gift) there is ‘Twydale’s Lament’ which includes what surely must be the first lyrical reference to Warwick Arts Centre?




All your old favourites…

24 11 2005

Music front cover

Title:
Nouvelle Vague Vol.1 [VINYL]
Artist:
Nouvelle Vague
ASIN:
B00018D3JG
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

…and many, many more.

But with a deliightful bossa nova feel.

Teenage kicks, Guns of Brixton, Just can’t get enough, Love will tear us apart, Too drunk to f*** – they’re all here but just a little bit different.

Outstanding version is Making plans for Nigel which here sounds fantastically sinister.





Dress code?

23 11 2005

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4463058.stm

Imperial joins (perhaps belatedly) the bandwagon against hoodies

Interesting attempt to combine security concerns with a desire for sartorial diktat but questionable whether really enforcable.

What next?





great title

23 11 2005

Book front cover

Title:
Cider with Roadies
Author:
Stuart Maconie
ISBN:
0091897459
Rating:
3 out of 5 stars

And a splendid and entertaining read too. Very much a companion piece to the works by (his former NME and radio companion) Andrew Collins.

Three highlights:

1 Claiming of ownership of the urban myth about Bob Holness playing sax on ‘Baker Street’

2. The account of travelling on tour around Europe with Napalm Death

3. Mark E Smith’s culinary exploits

difficult to escape the conclusion that he is a genuinely decent bloke who’s got to where he is by being clever, honest and working hard – the sod!

Suspect he has had the title in his head for years though before writing the book





Obviously, it’s a classic

20 11 2005

Music front cover

Title:
One Foot in the Gravy
Artist:
John Shuttleworth
ASIN:
B00005R0EB
Rating:
3 out of 5 stars

And highly recommended. The fantastic interactions between John and Ken alone are well worth it.

Some top new songs too.

The thing that really surprised me about it was the association between Shuttleworth and Chris Rea (ack!) on iTunes’ ‘Just for you’. Still needs some work I reckon.

Actually, next time I tried it came up with Right Said Fred. Just gets better.





Nanny state?

18 11 2005

Writing about web page http://www.uni-nanny.com/index.html

This exciting new product is offered by a spinout from the University of Glamorgan and claims to offer massive benefits in terms of student retention

There may be some design issues causing customer confusion though…





Warwick#1 in UK League Table

17 11 2005

Whilst it may not necessarily feel like it, it does appear that Warwick has the highest number of car parking spaces of any UK HE institution.

If only The Times included that vital piece of data in its league table…





Gonk wars?

16 11 2005

For several years Warwick volunteers have used a nice gonk-type creature (the bug?) in different guises to promote their activities – see:

link

It appears though that one of them has done a runner to Liverpool:

link

and adopted the promising moniker of “Professor Fluffy”

It is not entirely clear what academic credentials he/she/it actually has though….





MES delivers the goods again

15 11 2005

Music front cover

Title:
Fall Heads Roll
Artist:
Fall
ASIN:
B000A39FL2
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

Another outstanding production from TMF, with some new classics, including esp:

  • Pacifying joint
  • What about us?
  • Assume
  • Bo Demmick
  • Clasp hands (including choice reference to ‘wolverines’…)

It’s not often you get a cover of a Move song which is even worse than the original but MES and co manage it successfully here with ‘I can hear the grass grow’.





Annoying title

15 11 2005

Book front cover

Title:
Number9dream
Author:
David Mitchell
ISBN:
0340739762
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

But that’s just coz it’s an overblown and pretentious Lennon lyric.

Still, an excellent and compelling read – difficult to assess the veracity of the setting and the policitcal/criminal context (or the WWII episodes) but convincing to me.

Some of fantastical elements a bit irritating at times but overall just about hangs together.

Also he manages to anticipate the title of his next book (which is a bit clever clever if you ask me.

Well worth a punt though!








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