Archives for the day of: May 6, 2011
I may well be in danger of sounding like a bit of a tit here, but in all honesty, what is this country coming to? A complete lack of thought seems to be at the top of the agenda.


I understand why the Lib Dems have had a kicking. Dave and the blue kids have done a good job of standing well back and letting Nick and yellow kids hang themselves. The headline story has been all about educational fees. This is something the Lib Dems were adamant wouldn’t happen if they were elected. Once again, the short term memory based electorate have forgotten that the Lib Dems (just like the conservatives) were NOT elected, and instead we have a bastardisation of policies that nobody particularly wants. Another of these policies is the vote for AV. Nobody particularly wants that either. In fact the results of the referendum have clearly highlighted that 2 out of 3 people who bothered to vote (and bear in mind that that’s less than half of the population in the first place) underline that fact. What we really want is Proportional Representation. So why wasn’t that the question for the referendum?

Simple really. At the General Election a year ago, no one party had sufficient votes (because the first past the post system doesn’t work) to form a government with. The Lib Dems and Conservatives formed a coalition (because the labour party claimed they would rather loose power than share it). The problem for the Lib Dems as a result though, is that they wanted PR but then had to share the decision for the referendum with the Conservatives. As a result the cons insisted on AV, which the Lib Dem leader had no choice but to accept, and consistently referred to as “a miserable little compromise”. Worse still, while the Lib Dems had to campaign in favour of AV (because we need reform) were opposed by their coalition partners (the Conservatives) who actively voted against it presumably because they got where they are today (half in power) as a result of not having it. What a bunch of self serving to$$ers. Ultimately, compromise is what’s killing this country. If there had been a clearer mandate for the Lib Dems to form a government in the first place, we might have been voting on a fairer voting system that a majority of the public could get behind. But this is where we are. Sadly I remember Maggie, and it does feel like a repeat, no matter what Dave says. The country badly needs change. The old ways are not necessarily the right ways, especially when it comes to electing the expense claiming, tax hiking, service cutting, decision makers.

One other thing, while we’re about it. Scotland will be leaving the UK shortly and I guess Wales won’t be far behind. How is it that both these countries are able to provide free education, free prescription drugs and free care for the aged, while England can’t provide free anything at all while cutting services left, right and centre? Something somewhere is (and please excuse my language as I’m not one to use the old English in here very often), but something somewhere is seriously fucked up!!

But what do I know? I’m just a disillusioned citizen!!
Call me a wet liberal if you like, but in reality I want change!! I want REFORM!!!

Too long have we operated a system that doesn’t benefit all, just those that run it. Right – Well rant over. Off the soapbox. If I get a chance I’ll grab a look at HMS Gloucester this weekend before she’s decommissioned. (Apparently we don’t need a navy any more either) PS: I’m also fed up of hearing Tory fan boy Nick Robinson preaching at me.

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..which is apparently what the kids all shout out when they hear some banging good musicality, innit.  I’ll come back to this in a mo.

First of all, the goings on in the Hundred Acre Wood. Winnie and I seem to have done a rather sterling job of things this week, given what was asked of us and the amount of time available to us to do it. We’ve packed up the picnic basket and shipped it off for our cousins to look at. I’ve even included my “special pen” just to stop Winnie trying to sneak a look at it over my shoulder every time I have to write something down.


Right then, now, onto my subject for today… Music! and to be more specific, two particular tracks. Music is a big love of mine that I never really pay enough attention to, but a feed I follow reminds me of the good stuff every now and again. In particular I do enjoy a good mashup.  For those of you that are wondering what that is, well I’d recommend you listen to Granny Teller who can explain it all to you:

But if that’s too much for you, then the short explanation is two songs, stuck together to make a new one.

Regular readers will be aware that I’m a child of the 70’s and youth of the 80’s and 90’s, meaning some pieces of music are so engrained in my soul, that I can’t imagine what the world would sound like without them.  One of those songs is a club track “Show Me Love” by Robin S.

It’s an iconic track, that was playing in literally every nightclub I ever went in for about 20 years.  In fact, I think it probably still gets plenty of playtime even today. It’s a huge dance anthem.  I spent many a long hour in clubs in various parts of the country throughout the end of the 90’s, making up for lost time from the start of that decade and this song is a big part of that time.

Nowadays of course I’m a little longer in the tooth and while I still love this stuff, it’s not on the top of my playlist. In recent months I’ve been keeping my eye on up and coming UK artists and some slightly lighter tunes.  One of those artists who is standing head and shoulders above the rest is Adele.  Man, that girl can sing. At 23, she’s storming the UK Music scene and now the US, a market that’s notoriously hard for British acts to get into.

Her first single (Hometown Glory) appeared in 2007, but it was her 2008 release (Chasing Pavements) that really got her noticed.  Last year’s single “Rolling in the Deep” is a belter and highlights the very best of her voice with a chorus that hits you right where it should – in the heart

Now, going back to Granny Teller’s instructional video on how to make a mashup….  you know where this is going right?  What happens when you mash Adele with Robin S. ??  Well, here’s the answer:


So if you’re looking for the guys that did this, you can find them right here on facebook, “The DJs From Mars”.

I can’t leave a chat about Mash-ups without sharing at least one of my own.  You see, the tools are all out there for you to do this yourself, and once you’ve gleaned all the knowledge from the likes of Granny Teller, it’s not that difficult.  To coin a phrase, “Here’s one I made earlier”:

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Here’s to banging weekend to music and dancing!


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