Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - Nirvana

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.
 
Nirvana 
Qualifying Songs: Lithium, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Heart Shaped Box

Some bands take their time to get going but Nirvana peaked at the very beginning and then never reached the same lofty heights again with the slide from the amazing 'Nevermind' to the less than amazing 'Unplugged in New York' shows just how far they dropped.
'Smells Like Teen Spirit' introduced them to the World and kick-started the whole grunge thing and a fine song to do it even if the song name comes from a brand of deodorant.
'Lithium' continued the trademark Nirvana sound of slower and quieter verses with a fast and loud chorus and the three choruses to Lithium contained Kurt screaming 'Yeah' 25 times which must be some sort of record to sing 'Yeah' 75 times in a shade over four minutes.
'Heart Shaped Box' has the line 'I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black' which i guess to Cobain's drug addled brain was just a very convoluted way to say I Love You, which is romantic, sort of.
When a band are cut off early as Nirvana were, you do wonder what would have been yet to come but you kinda know with Nirvana that the 'Nevermind' Album and the amazing singles from it were as good as it was ever going to get from them. 

Monday, 23 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - Muse

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.

Muse 
Qualifying Songs: Assassin, Knight of Cydonia, Plug In Baby

The story goes that Muse's American label did not consider singer Matt Bellamy's vocals 'radio-friendly' and did nothing to promote them stateside until 2005 after which time they had racked up a great back catalogue and following elsewhere so America missed out on most of Muse's biggest early hits and the band have since moved on to a less guitar wailing sound so that's their loss.
Although an amazing guitarist, Bellamy's vocal are admittedly a bit different to the norm (he's from Devon you know) but they go with the rather quirky nature of the band but while America missed out the rest of us got them in their best years. 
'Assassin' is a frantic drum and guitar nosebleed and 'Knights of Cydonia' is much the same although once i read that the drum beat is based on a horses gallop, i always visualise a knackered horse at the end of it.
'Plug In Baby' was deservedly voted by Guitar magazine readers as the number 1 ultimate guitar riff of the 2000s and it is exceptional even if nobody knows what the songs about but the video has bits of broken robotic women in it so let's go with that.   
Muse are easily the best thing to come from Devon since...ummm...erm...hmmm....

Why Abortion Intimidation Shouldn't Work

Nine councils in England are setting up abortion clinic buffer zones to protect women from anti-abortion protesters after a rise of intimidating behaviour by religious groups including name calling, confronted with oversized distressing pictures of aborted foetuses and filming women entering and leaving the clinics and streaming live on Facebook.
Ealing council in west London has became the first local authority to apply a public spaces protection order (PSPO) for 100 yards around the Marie Stopes clinic to protect women from distress and intimidation.
Council spokesman described the spread of anti-abortion tactics as deeply worrying and said that in recent years protests have become more regular, wider spread and more intimidating with groups of people approaching women and trying to talk to them about their personal medical decisions.
Nottingham council have sought an injunction against 40 Days for Life, a Christian movement, after they held vigils outside the abortion clinic at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and but explained that they are only there to pray and offer help or alternatives to abortion.
Abortion is a life changing decision and far too important for other people to decide, whether they be religious fanatics with a placard or well meaning pro-life campaigners.
It should only be the decision of the people directly involved with the help of professional advice and then be left to make their own decisions and deal with the consequences if necessary but mostly it is far too important a decision to have someone else try to intimidate a woman into what they can and can't do with their own bodies because of their own beliefs.

Another Royal

Hooray, Britain has another Royal because we haven't got enough of those already!

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - Mötley Crüe

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.

Mötley Crüe 
Qualifying Songs: Shout At The Devil, Too Young To Fall In Love, Wild Side

Between the massive substance abuse, sexual escapades and general decadence, Mötley Crüe somehow put out some cracking rock songs in the 80s although they were relatively unknown this side of the Atlantic.
Mick Mars pounding guitar riffs dominates on all their songs and 'Shout At The Devil' starts with a pounding riff driven intro and because the lyrics include the word 'Devil', religious types alleged it encouraged Devil worship but it was more likely to encourage deafness as it is a song that if the neighbours aren't banging the wall and screaming at you to turn that racket down, you aren't playing it loud enough.
'Too Young To Fall In Love' is another guitar and drum dominated song about being too young to fall in love obviously and 'Wild Side' takes a poke at the religionists who decried their previous Beelzebub themed song and throws every religious term into it and mangles part of the Lord Prayer, take that Bible bashers. 
The songs may sound as good today as they did back then but the video's scream 80's Hair Band which reminds you why the 80's was not the friend of wannabe cool rock bands.

Exorcisms Kerching!!

It's enough to make your head spin, literally, but the Roman Catholic Church are offering a week-long course in exorcism, titled: 'Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation' for all your demon-banishing needs.
So what do you get from the course except a €300 shaped hole in your bank account?
Wannabe exorcists learn about issues they might encounter, including recognising the devil, differentiating between possession and mental disorders, and legal protections for exorcists because flying crucifixes can hurt.
You will also learn how to perform the traditional exorcism techniques such as sprinkling holy water and chanting Bible passages in Latin and in a new, modern twist, exorcism by mobile phone.
An estimated half a million people seek exorcisms each year in Italy alone, and the demand for exorcisms worldwide is growing, according to the Catholic Herald newspaper.
At the end of the exorcism course you get a certificate which allows the newly qualified exorcist to apply for a license which allows them to raise a cross against the powers of darkness.
If you are unfortunate enough to find yourself spraying green vomit at family members or doing unmentionable things under the blankets with the crucifix, remember that a license holding, trained exorcist is unlikely to charge anything for banishing your demons although a donation is expected for all that effort of relieving you of your sanity, judgement, dignity and large wads of cash.

Revision Tips

For students, this is the time where we head into exam season and all the stresses and strains that this provides and i am always asked 'What's the best way to revise?'
Horses for courses as we all take in information differently and it is all about committing what you have learnt from the temporary short term memory into long term memory to be recalled.
My tip for doing this is to explain something to someone, the act of speaking it out loud ingrains it where you want it to be for when you are sat in the exam hall with just a pen and a sheet of question paper.
Science says the best time to revise is just before you go to bed as the undisturbed quiet time gives the information in your short term memory chance to permeate into the long term memory.
A study at the University of Edinburgh discovered that this method boosted recall by up to 30% which could make a massive difference to the grade you receive.
Definitely not recommended is doing it at the last moment and attempting to cram a years worth of notes into your brain in those the last few days because that way leads to headaches, far too much coffee than is healthy and trying to find body parts you can write an answer on unnoticed by the invigilator and believe me, THEY NOTICE EVERYTHING!!

Apple's Greed Kills Iphone 10

Apple's history has been very up and down, their computers were bested by PC's and Microsoft and after years of twiddling their thumbs they turned to MP3 players and mobile phones and Apple iphones were great but now the wheel has turned and they have nobody to blame but their own greed.
You could sense the worm turning with the decision to remove the headphone socket on the iphone 7 but to make up Apple would flog you a set of compatible Bluetooth headphones for £200 and it is just a happy coincidence that Apple owns the number one selling Bluetooth headphone company, Beats.  
Now are are up to version 10 of the iphone, cost £1000, and with sales tanking Apple are rethinking their approach of milking the iphone users and have stopped producing new iphone 10's as they have a massive backlog of unsold units.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, or TSMC, the world's largest semiconductor foundry company, are not happy as they now have an abundance of unused and useless Apple chips sat in their factory.
Apple seemed to bank on consumers being willing to pay £1000 for something a great deal better than a high end device by other manufacturers.
'The simple problem with X is that it is too expensive. Consumers are turning their backs on high-priced smartphones' said the head of TSCM and throw in the revelation that Apple were deliberately slowing down ageing devices all means that Apple are in for a bumpy time and could be forced into producing cheaper new iPhones.
Before anyone starts to feel sympathy for Apple, according to an analysis by research firm IHS Markit, the parts for the £1000 iphone 10 costs £264 which means that Apple have been making monster profits on their devices for years so the shareholders won't be begging for change or going short for a while yet.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Linking The Violent Extremists

Being America, when Nasim Najafi Aghdam opened fire at the YouTube headquarters last month the conclusion was this was yet another gun owning nutter in a land of lax gun laws which it was but the surprise was that it was a woman performing the gun violence.  
It is undeniable that virtually all of the violent extremists including mass shooters, right-wing extremists, anti-immigrant zealots, anti-Muslim skinheads, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and Jihad supporting Muslims are linked by one thing, their gender.
Most people who drift to the edges of the political spectrum and toward violent extremism and then commit acts of terrorist violence are young men and the fact that they are male hardly causes a ripple.
Of course there are violent extremist females also but so rare are they that when they do turn violent, their gender is noticed which proves the point that the extremist violence is the domain of the male.
In the case of the American shooters, leaving aside the easy access to guns and the pathetically weak gun laws which allow the mass shootings to happen, the usual back story is one of isolation or bullying but girls get isolated and bullied at school but are far less likely to pick up an assault weapons and 'pull a Columbine' at their high school.
Muslims may be angry at what the West have been doing to their region and that effects men and women equally but the Jihadists turning up on the streets or on TV beheading foreigners are hardly ever female.
If the world is such a hostile place then the question must be why are particular males more prone to violence and not all the others who have been through the same experiences and what makes these males so prone to lapse into such horrific violence?
They may be mass shooters, Jihadists, neo-Nazis or white supremacists and it may seem irrelevant in the wake of the loss of life, but it is highly likely that they will be linked by gender as it is extraordinarily rare that they will be female so maybe that's where we should be looking for the answer to why.

Lucy Museum of Musicians - The Mamas & Papas

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.


The Mamas & Papas 

Qualifying Songs: California Dreamin', I Saw Her Again Last Night, Monday Monday

If ever there was image of a band which didn't fit with was going on behind the scenes it was The Mamas and Papas. Far from being the clean cut band they portrayed they were bonking each other and at one stage went off to live on an island for a year doing a quantity of drugs that even Lindsay Lohan would blanch at.
The song, 'I Saw Her Again last Night' was written by John Phillips for band mate Denny Doherty to sing as punishment for an affair he had with his wife and fellow band member Michelle Phillips which must have stung every time he saw that on the song list.
Denny Doherty admitted that he was so out of his gourd at the height of their fame that he can't remember much about the whole being in a band thing while Mama Cass only stopped doing drugs long enough to eat large quantities of food which finally done for her.
'California Dreamin' is probably their best know song and is all longing for the warmth of Los Angeles while being stuck in a cold wintery New York City while 'Monday Monday' is just a three minute moan about Monday mornings which is fair enough, Monday mornings are bloody 'orrible.

Not Trusting North Korea Or America

North Korea announcing it will cease testing nuclear devices and missiles and shutting down its primary nuclear test site at Punggye-ri is a huge step forward and one which looked impossible a few short months ago when the rocket man and the dotard were throwing barbs at each other via Twitter but you do wonder what bought about the sea-change in North Korean policy.
Donald Trump and the war hawks will argue that his hard-headed campaign of sanctions forced the North Koreans to the table which is politically advantageous to Trump considering his growing troubles with porn stars and Russians at home and with not much else to cheer his supporters.
Others are saying that North Korea has achieved it's nuclear programme ambitions and after decades of requests, have a naive and simple US President who they can twist around their finger with the ultimate bargaining chip and rather than full denuclearisation, they simply have to freeze where they are now and that is with a complete nuclear programme.
It will be interesting what view wins out and i am sure that we will know more by the July summit but i would say the same to Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, don't be too quick to trust the word of the other guy.

Vinyl Records Were Ditched For A Reason

For some reason, despite most people consuming music digitally these days, sales of vinyl records are up with an increase of 26% in the UK last year and one in 10 physical music purchases are now vinyl, with high street stores and online retailers both stocking it in greater numbers.
It's renaissance has puzzled me because those of us who had been there in our teenage years know that vinyl records are not a patch on CDs.
My memories of vinyl records are them scratching and once scratched you are forever consigned to your song jumping at the same part forever or even more annoying, keep repeating the same line over and over and over until you nudge the needle. 
Then you have to tiptoe around your room while the record is playing or else the record player arm will jump and you will go from track 1 to track 3 in one swift movement and risking a dirty great scratch.
Vinyl records playback quality was questionable with constant crackling and hissing in the quiet bits of songs and the discs themselves warped and enough of a warp would annoyingly lead to the song playing slightly quicker and slower as the needle in parts navigated the ups and downs of the slab of vinyl.
Almost every cardboard sleeve i owned had sellotaped edges as the disc would cut through the sleeve edges and if your collection got large enough you would need to set aside half a room for storage.
Finally downloads and CD's are portable so you can hear your music anywhere you go, try that with a record player and see how far you get.
Vinyl was ditched in favour of digital versions of music for a reason so going back to a less superior version doesn't make sense to me because i for one was happy to see those warped and hissy vinyl discs consigned to history.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - Madness

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.


Madness

Qualifying Songs: One Step Beyond, The Prince, Baggy Trousers

Madness were a band who went from amazing to awful almost overnight, from 1978 to 1981 they were a brilliant ska band and then suddenly and unexpectedly, they changed direction to a more pop sound and it was all 'Wings of a Dove' and 'My Name Is Michael Caine' and by 1986 they had split.
'One Step Beyond' is probably their most famous, and best, song, a fast ska sound with a bass running up and down the scales while a saxophone blasts away and its almost impossible to hear without wanting to do that little jerky side to side dance they did which can be embarrassing queueing at the checkout in Sainsbury's.
'Baggy Trousers' has that same ska sound they mastered so successfully to start with as did 'The Prince' which was their first single in 1979 and was a tribute to Jamaican ska singer Prince Buster, whose song the band took their name.
Then it all went southwards but they are back again now and it is the pre-82 hits that they play at reunion shows which proves that although some bands mature and change style successfully, sometimes it is best to stick to what you know because the Nutty Boys matured but the style change did them no favours whatsoever.

Arsene Wenger, Thank You And Goodbye

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, calls time after 22 years at the club which to be fair was about four years too long but thanks Arsene, now let's get someone in who can hopefully emulate what you did for the first 10 glorious years.
It says a lot that his media conference today included the line 'We want to finish in front of Burnley' which says everything about how far we have fallen since our 'invincible' days when we were winning titles by not losing a game all season in 2004.
My phone has been buzzing all day with fellow Arsenal fans relieved that Wenger has finally taken the cue for his ride into the sunset as every season he hung around chipped away at his legacy which included three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.
But now, after years of under-achievement, months of discontented rumblings and weeks of empty Emirates seats, Wenger has finally decided that the game is up and will depart amidst a waterfall of tributes and even more if he can steer Arsenal past Atletico Madrid and in the Europa League Finals.
All the talk now is who will replace him with Patrick Viera being touted as the favourite but i have my eye on German national team coach Joachim Löw, Atletico's Diego Simeone or Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus to take over the reigns.
As Wenger has gone with a year left on his contract the talk is that Arsenal have someone lined up but they had to take him now or lose him elsewhere so its thank you for everything Arsene but time to let go and allow someone else to have a go at restoring our club to a place higher than making sure we finish above Burnley.

It's Only April!!

It's April. It shouldn't be this hot!
Mid twenties and it isn't even summer yet, that joy is still months away and it was only 4 weeks ago that snow was on the ground and the weather girl was telling us to wrap up warm.
April temperatures are around 12C, today in London it was 28C and is set to be the warmest April day since 1949 but definitely the hottest day of the year so far.
As with most things, the blame sits with the Portuguese where a spike of warm air is pushing up from Portugal and roasting us all in our cars in the UK.
The stupidly hot weather is expected to last until thunderstorms come along Saturday evening to push it away.
It isn't fair that it is going to be hot and humid until September and i will spend until then smothered in sun cream but don't lets start it even earlier than usual in bloody April, that's just ridiculous. 

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - Led Zeppelin

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.


Led Zeppelin
 
Qualifying Songs: Whole Lotta Love, Rock N Roll, Stairway to Heaven

'Stairway To Heaven' was placed at number 31 on the Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and i once saw an interview with Jimmy Page who went through the process of how he wrote the tune and not once did he mention him directly swiping it from the song Taurus by Spirit.
Still a great song which builds and builds to the amazing crescendo but i would pick the fast paced 'Rock n Roll' as my top Led Zeppelin song, it just keep up a relentless pace throughout.
'Whole Lotta Love' was the background music for the Top of The Pops chart rundown so i heard it every Thursday night but never realised until a long time afterwards that it was an actual song although in true Led Zeppelin fashion, it was nicked from someone else and the Band settled out of court with Small Faces and gave them a writing credit on the song.
Ironic that as it was the theme to the biggest UK chart show but the song was never released in the UK at the time and put in a belated showing at number 21 in 1997.
Amazingly in their career which came to an abrupt end in 1980 with the death of drummer John Bonham, they only spent 3 weeks in the UK Singles Charts and that was a re-release of Whole Lotta Love in 1997 but happily the songs from which they ripped off the majority of their tunes spent much longer in the charts.

Cuba Now A Castro Free Zone

Raúl Castro, 86, has stood down as president of Cuba and has been replaced by Miguel Díaz-Canel, 57, the vice-president which means almost 60 years and 11 US Presidents later, Cuba is about to be governed by someone other than a Castro for the first time since 1959.
Usually you can determine how successful a leader has been by asking the question 'is my country better off at the end of this persons leadership then when they took over' but the sheer length of time between these events makes that poser almost impossible to answer.
Depending on which side of the political fence you sit, you can point at the economic problems of the island, the denial of political diversity, and its dreadful human rights record and justifiably say Castro and his brother has not been a success.
Alternatively you could point to despite its scant resources, Cuba has fashioned education and health care systems that is the the envy of far richer countries. Illiteracy has been eradicated, while life expectancy at birth in Cuba is about the same as in the US, despite health care spending per capita one 20th the size of that of its richer neighbour.
Considering that most of the 11 US Presidents spent time and resources trying to assassinate the Castro's, that they lasted as long as they did is an achievement in itself but history will be left to decide just how good their leadership was.

The Hapless Conservatives

We have had some hapless leaders but Theresa May has just been hopeless.
The Conservatives have always been known as the nasty party and this Government  have kept that label accurate but Theresa May just seems to fall from one awful decision to the next.
The Brexit debacle which is still spinning in the wind to the decision to hold a General Election she couldn't lose but saw her majority almost wiped out and now the Windrush cock-up with her seeming to point to everyone else and everyone else just pointing straight back at her.
At first she refused to meet the West Indian delegation in the country for the Commonwealth meeting and after the media got hold of the Windrush stories, where people we had invited over were refused benefits, NHS treatment and housing as they were unable to prove they had been living in Britain, she then decided she would meet them after all.
When it was then leaked that the boarding cards, the only proof the incomers had to prove they had been living here had been destroyed in 2010, Theresa May blamed the Labour Government.
Nope, was a Home Office decision and you were in charge of the Home Office at the time the decision was made cried the Home Office staff backed up bu the currenmt Home Secretary who refused to accept the blame for the cock-up.
The strangest part of the story is that the Conservatives have been awful, have inflicted severe austerity and Brexit upon us and have been caught out in so many ways so many times but still they are neck and neck in the polls with Labour who should be sprinting away from one of the most dysfunctional British Governments many of us have ever seen.
The Labour Party should be asking itself the same question because if they can't take power away from this shower, then they never will.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - The Kinks

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.


The Kinks

Qualifying Songs: Sunny Afternoon, Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me

The story goes that the Kinks first two singles failed to find the top 40 and the record company gave them one more chance and if the third single failed to chart then they would be given the hook but the third song was 'You Really Got Me' which got to number one and the P45's were never written.
'You Really Got Me' had a hard-driving rock edge to it but they shifted to a more toned down, gentler sound such as the very summery 'Sunny Afternoon' which includes an always welcome dig at the Taxman and includes a video of them playing their instruments in a snowy park.
'Waterloo Sunset' is another slower effort but the lyrics about watching two lovers meeting on Waterloo Bridge are beautiful and sits proudly at 42 in The Rolling Stones magazine top 500 songs ever.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - The Jam

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.

The Jam
Qualifying Songs: Going Underground, That's Entertainment, Town Called Malice

Paul Weller always seems a bit of miserable git to me and i associate him and The Jam with the whole MOD thing which never really interested me and i had no interest in his music after the Jam split up.
'Going Underground' and 'Town Called Malice' were wonderfully driven angry songs which is the same reason i like 'That's Entertainment' even though it's a slower acoustic song but Weller still sounds like he has just found the cat has pooped in his slippers.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - Guns N' Roses

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.


Guns N' Roses
 
Qualifying Songs: Civil War, Paradise City, Sweet Child O' Mine,

If what you want in a band is for them to land like an explosion, churn out a couple of the greatest albums ever recorded and then implode spectacularly, then Guns N' Roses are for you.
Use Your illusions I and II was those rarest of albums where almost every song was brilliant and i remember queueing at midnight outside HMV on a balmy September night in 1991 to get my hands on the double Album.
The hard part is just picking three songs from the treasure trove of songs they had but 'Sweet Child O'Mine' ticks every box and is almost the perfect song, great lyrics, an amazing Slash guitar solo and ends as a different song to the one it started as.
Probably the greatest anti-war song ever penned, 'Civil War', and the opening lyrics of 'Look at your young men fighting, Look at your women crying, Look at your young men dying' should be etched on the forehead of every armchair general the next time war rears it ugly, ridiculous head. 
'Paradise City' where it goes double time and Axel wails the chorus repeatedly while Slash does magnificent things to the guitars fretboard is genius and if there is a city where Slash is topless playing his Les Paul and Axel is running around in tight Lycra shorts doing that snake hipped shimmy then that's Paradise right there.
Guns N' Roses were about the only band i would say i was sad about about when they broke up but as we were just launching into the Grunge scene it softened the blow a bit but for four glorious years they debauched their way around the charts, so much so that bass player Duff McKagan's Pancreas exploded and it doesn't get much more rock and roll than your bodies internal organs rebelling and trying to blow themselves up.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - Green Day

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.


Green Day 

Qualifying Songs: Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life), Misery, Basket Case

Tough just picking three songs because pretty much any Green Day song gets me leaping for the volume button.
Green Day came along in the dog years of the grunge movement and from 'Basketcase' onwards i was a big fan although the UK wasn't very quick to take to their brand of pop-punk until the politically charged American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown Albums and then everyone seemed to be a fan.
Famously 'borrowing' tunes from other bands, they don't diverge much from their sound with lot's of fast paced three minute pop-punk songs but when they slow it down as in 21 Guns, Good Riddance, When September Ends and Boulevard of Broken Dreams, they produce some belters.
One of my favourite tunes is 'Misery' which is a very unGreen Day type song with accordion and spanish guitar which seems to tell the story of a series of characters meeting a grisly end.
The lyrics for the excellent 'Basket Case' were written when the lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, thought he was going mad after a bout of anxiety and the video is a homage to One Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest.
'Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)' features more mellow, contemplative lyrics with acoustic music and is many peoples favourite Green Day song but as i said previously, any Green Day song (nod towards American Idiot, Peacemaker, King For A Day, When September Ends, Restless Heart Syndrome) will get the volume up treatment.
They seemed to have reached their high-tide mark and have happily shifted into the background again but those 15 or so Green Day Albums in my CD holder will always get a regular playing as long as my hearing holds out.  

Comey Hits Trump Where It Hurts

As Donald Trump is a narcissist of the highest order, James Comey knows exactly where to hit him for maximum effect, right in his teeny, tiny penis hands.
'Look at those hands, are they small hands?' Trump once asked onstage: 'If they’re small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there’s no problem' as we know from the various porn stars and other women who were not his wife that he desperately tried to stick it into.
In a magnificent piece of one-upmanship, Comey wrote that when Trump reached out for a handshake he couldn’t help but notice that the president’s hand 'was smaller than mine', ouch.
Comey also said that Trump was obsessed with his wife finding out about 'the Golden Shower thing' which took place in a Russian hotel room when prostitutes were filmed turning the room a delightful shade of urine yellow. I would say if Putin is holding the tape over Trumps head as blackmail he had better release it soon as the tape is rapidly depreciating in value as other embarrassing stuff about Trump comes out.
To go with peeing prostitutes and the micro-penis, Comey also mocks his orange skin colour, bright white half-moons under his eyes from his spray tans and despite being the 3rd fattest President ever, 'not being a whole lot stronger than he looked'.
Throw in that Trump is a world beating liar, or as he put it 'untethered to the truth', it may all be things we knew about the tax dodging sex pest anyway but is guaranteed to get those tiny fat fingers typing out yet another childish 'slimeball' Tweet meltdown which is always fun as it proves that you can say what you like about his policies, but mentioning his smaller than average hands which are definitely smaller than Comey's, then that is going too far for the man who returned from Russia complaining that nothing shifts the smell of urine from suit fabric.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - The Fratellis

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.
  

The Fratellis

Qualifying Songs: Chelsea Dagger, Imposters (Little by Little), Whistle For The Choir,

I always felt The Fratellis were a lot better than their limited chart success showed, 'Whistle for the Choir' and 'Chelsea Dagger' where everywhere at the time in 2006 but for some reason their star stalled and they eventually took a five year break but they had some very clever songs tucked away on those early albums and although they have recently got back together, you do feel that their time has come and gone.    
'Imposters (Little by Little)' is a very catchy tune like most of The Fratellis songs and the expected great guitar riff is present although 'Chelsea Dagger' is one big dirty guitar riff and a chorus that will get stuck in your head for a week.
'Whistle For The Choir' is a nice, floaty pop song which starts with an acoustic guitar and builds to a multi-instrument finish although what the song is about is anybodies guess.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Idiot Humans

The Gulf Stream is the global conveyor belt for cold water and warm water and is part of the large-scale ocean circulation that plays a key role in keeping the climate at balance and Europe warm. Global warming may change it forever with unforeseeable consequences but if it changes, we are in for a heap of trouble so it is worrying that scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany are warning that it is doing exactly that.
Prof Stefan Rahmstorf explains that the currents that bring warm Atlantic water northwards towards the pole, where they cool, sink and return southwards, is the most significant control on northern hemisphere climate outside the atmosphere but the system has weakened by 15% since 1950, thanks to melting Greenland ice and ocean warming making sea water less dense and more buoyant.
'From the study of past climate, we know changes have been some of the most abrupt and impactful events in the history of climate' said the Professor explaining that a collapse in the Gulf Stream would mean severe winters and increase summer heatwaves.
Gulf Stream current at its weakest in 1,600 years, studies show which is as far back as they can go and Greenland’s massive ice cap is melting at the fastest rate for at least 450 years which will continue to further weaken the Gulf Stream.
Well done humans, you idiots.

Remembering The Last Cold War

The UN's Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has said the Cold War is back and if we put aside the threat to all life on the planet, the last Cold War heralded some important inventions so put on some leg warmers and shoulder pads and let's see what the last Cold War gave us.
We can thank the Cold War for the Internet which came around as a way to keep communications open during a nuclear attack and satellites which beam our TV signals around the World.
The Sat Nav in our cars was another Cold War Inventions as was Microwave ovens and the Space Race which ended with a human on the Moon was due to the competition between the USA and USSR.
Apart from the inventions and some fantastic Soviet propaganda posters, there were a few great songs like Two Tribes by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, 2 minutes to Midnight by Iron Maiden and London Calling by The Clash although they were far outweighed by the stinkers like Nena's 99 Red Balloons, Final Countdown by Europe and Land of Confusion by Phil Collins so as we are entering another Cold War, then the quality of songs will need to improve.
Then there was the Cold War films and the Soviet 'bad guys' in characters like Ivan Drago in Rocky and the mumbling John Rambo fighting alongside Al Queada version 1 against the Soviets in Rambo and Red Dawn where the Soviet paratroopers are defeated by a bunch of American teenagers led by Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen in his pre-drug addled days.
With the man-child Donald Trump in Washington and the macho idiot Vladimir Putin in Moscow we could be seeing pretty mushroom clouds before we get anything decent out of this one but at least we may get to hear 'Two Tribes' again.

Lucy Museum of Musicians - Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.
  

Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Qualifying Songs: Power of Love, Two Tribes, Relax

The motto behind FGTH seemed to be get all the best songs out in the first three records then sit back with their place in history safely secure and then just fade back out again.
The group became only the second act in the history of the UK charts to reach number one with their first three singles, Relax selling over 2 million copies in the UK alone, making it the seventh best-selling single in UK chart history, helped by being banned by the BBC who objected to the controversial lyrics and a video which showed Holly Johnson in a thong with one red butt cheek and one blue one.
Two Tribes is a phenomenal Cold-War era record with one of the most recognisable driving basslines in music and a cracking video with Ronald Reagan and then Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko wrestling although sadly with no thongs or coloured butt cheeks in sight. The song also included Chris Barrie, Rimmer from Red Dwarf, impersonating Ronald Reagan.
Then came Power Of Love to bring up the trio of consecutive 1984 number 1 hits for the band, a ballad that has somehow got into regular rotation as a Christmas record and which couldn't be much more different to the first two. 
That they famously annoyed the Thompson Twins by constantly changing their name on changing room doors to Thompson Twats also helped make them probably one of the best UK bands of the 80s, definitely the best band of 1984.

Why Are Only Chemcial Weapons A Red Line?

Given the choice, how would you prefer to be killed? Whether you are blown to bits by a shell or choked to death by a chemical weapon, the end result is the same so why is the use of chemical weapons a red line but murder by bombs and bullets not?
The death toll in Syria is approximately 500,000 and the overwhelming majority of them have been caused by conventional weapons, a fraction killed by chemical weapons but why are our leaders only now concerned because 50 have been killed by a chemical bomb when we seemingly seemed okay with the other 499,950 who were torn apart by powerful explosives.
To make killing civilians with chemicals a 'red line' and the thing that triggers intervention implies that murdering innocents with chemicals is somehow worse than using bombs and bullets but the consequence of both remains the same, death or serious injury.
Some people may point to the suffering involved in death by chemical weapons but do you suffer any less if parts of your body are ripped away by a shell or missile?
The truth is that the fa miles of those killed don't care how their relatives died, they just know that they died and they won't feel any better about it knowing that if they had died by a bomb filled with chlorine the West will jump up and down and call it a red line crossed but if they had died by a bomb filled with explosives the West will consider it admissible and on the right side of their red line.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - Elvis Costello

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on. 


Elvis Costello -

Qualifying Songs: I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea, Oliver's Army, Pump it Up

I always assumed that Oliver's Army was about Oliver Cromwell but Costello himself explained it was an anti-occupation song about the troubles in Ireland and other military occupations around the globe. This song was never banned, or, as the BBC like to put it, 'restricted' since its release in 1979 despite the blatant use of the N-word although they decided to just blank that word out instead.
Never really fitting into the punk or new wave scene, Costello was always a bit of an outsider and his 3 top 10 hits in a 30 year career shows he never really built on his great start and has just been background noise ever since 1981 when he last troubled the business end of the charts.
Costello is still releasing songs today but all the big hits came in the late 70s and 'Pump It Up' has a great rock riff and he has admitted to lifting the tune from Bob Dylan's 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'.
'I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea' has a great bassline running through it and Costello's three big hits are enough to get him a place in my Museum although why he never wanted to go to Chelsea was never suitably settled but as anyone who has been to Stamford Bridge will agree, nobody can blame him. 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - ELO

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.


ELO 
Qualifying Songs:
Mr Blue Sky, Don't Bring Me Down, Roll Over Beethoven

Not many songs have a fire extinguisher played on them but Mr Blue Sky does which fits in well with the rather eccentric image of ELO.
Jeff Lynne was always the dominant creative force and an exceptional guitar player, 'Roll Over Beethoven' is an amazing example of a blazing guitar solo, and after ELO finished Lynn co-wrote many of Tom Petty's biggest hits.
It's almost impossible to not sing along to 'Mr Blue Sky', one of the great feel-good summer song to great sunburned and stung to.
'Roll Over Beethoven' is one of those rare occasions where the cover is better than the original which shows how impressive the ELO version is because the original was outstanding, if your foot isn't tapping along to it when you hear it then your deaf. 
'Don't Bring Me Down' doesn't have the ELO 'weird' bits and according to Lynn was written after he read about the NASA Skylab space station, which re-entered the Earth's atmosphere in 1979 when he was writing songs for their 'Discovery' album.
That Lynn was later part of the Traveling Wilbury's alongside some of the greats proves just what an amazing talent he is.

What's On The Table For Syria

Not ones to learn from recent history, the same old faces are readying their arsenals for a bit more war in the Middle East.
The decisions soon to be made in the comfort of the residences by Donald Trump 6,600 miles away from Syria, Theresa May 3,149 miles away, Emmanuel Macron 2,570 miles away and Vladimir Putin 3,368 miles away will directly impact the Syrians currently living in fear in bombed out houses.
Donald Trump has said that 'nothing's off the table' when it comes to a US response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria - so what is on the table?
The Diplomatic Route could include sanctions on Syria and it's allies but UN is a busted flush all the time some countries hold a veto and use it to block any action against their 'friends'.
There could be a limited strike like last time when US cruise missiles hit the airport where the Syrian planes launched the last chemical attack but that was pointless as the airport was quickly repaired and back in use within weeks.
A wider strike to target the Syrian Air Force seems the likely option but the Russian military is embedded with Syria's and several senior Russian figures have warned of a Russian response to a US attack, repeating a warning by the head of the military that missiles would be shot down and their launch sites targeted if they threatened the lives of Russians in Syria.
The coalition only seems to include the USA, France and the UK and the UK is hesitating in launching air strikes against Syrian targets as Theresa May is worried by the possible political fallout of taking military action without parliamentary approval especially in her already precarious position and MPs are not due to return from their Easter break until next Monday.
Apart from the complication of how Russia or Iran might respond if their own forces were hit by any allied strikes, the International chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW, has announced that it is shortly to deploy a 'fact finding team' to Douma and an allied air strike taking place while UN inspectors are on the ground trying to establish the facts is not good with echoes of the Iraq Weapons inspectors being ignored while the military plans were firmed up.
Syria is already a basketcase filled with other nations military and terrorists fighting each other and any military action by the USA, France and UK is only going to heap even more death and destruction onto an already blood soaked nation from their tables safely thousands of miles away.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - Chuck Berry

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.


Chuck Berry 

Qualifying Songs: Johnny B Goode, Memphis Tennessee, Roll over Beethoven

You never got variety with Chuck Berry, one song was very similar to any of his other songs and the lyrics would not win any poetry competitions but he found a winning combination early on and stayed with it for almost everything he did.
The start of 'Johnny B Goode' is as good as an intro gets and the song was quite rightly chosen to represent Humans on the Voyager Space Mission so if any alien life finds it they will think those funny looking humans can't be all bad and not obliterate us. 
'Roll Over Beethoven', with a tune not a million miles away from Johnny B Goode, is declaring a new era of music and for the classic composers such as Beethoven to roll over in his grave in reaction to the new genre of music.
'Memphis Tennessee' is a rare, slower tempo song but still has that trademark Berry guitar riff which makes him stand out as one of the greatest guitar players my ears have had the pleasure to hear, Rolling Stone has him at 7th in their greatest Guitar Players list.
On all accountants he wasn't the easiest person to get along with and his list of criminal indiscretions shows that he wasn't a particularly great human being but if you can separate the man from his music, what an amazing musician he was.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - Carpenters

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.


Carpenters
 
Qualifying Songs: Goodbye to Love, Rainy Days and Mondays, Superstar

The brother and sister combination and their songs, mostly covers, were so sugary sweet that you risked diabetes listening to them but Karen's amazing vocals along with the sad songs about lost love is a powerful combination.
The sombre 'Rainy Days and Mondays' unbelievably failed to chart in the United Kingdom in 1971 until it went to number 63 in a reissue in 1993.
The Carpenters version of 'Superstar' was the third time that the song had been in the charts by different artists and was a song that Karen said she found emotionally difficult to sing as she suffered with loneliness herself, and the personal implications of the lyrics was a little too close to home for her.
The fuzz guitar solo on the end of 'Goodbye To Love' by Tony Peluso is awesome and not what you would expect from a Carpenters song but it is the almost perfect arrangements by Richard and the amazing vocal talents of Karen that lift their songs above the average and into the Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians.

Nobel Prize For The Queen?

Politicians across the spectrum are calling for Her Majesty to be honoured for her role in the Commonwealth but does the Queen really deserve the Nobel peace prize?
No, of course not is the obvious answer and historian Richard Drayton called it: 'an absurd idea but given that the peace prize has been given to Kissinger and Obama, the bar has been set low'.
Unless i've missed it, all she has done for all her adult life is to be told to go here, go there, meet these people, entertain those, open parliament, read a speech and do a 15 minute slot on TV at Christmas talking about her family and receiving tens of millions for the privilege.
I'm sure she's done a bang up job hosting summits and welcoming World leaders to her various Palace's and Castles and such but until she abdicates her role as monarch and then goes off around the world as a private citizen using her own authority and cash and does some good things, those nice Nobel people shouldn't be looking her way and looking towards someone who actually has done something to promote peace.

Rudderless Amber

You couldn't move this weekend for a Conservative MP denying that the 27,000 less police officers and £700m cuts to the police service are responsible for the spike in crime which probably contributed to the plucky Home Office official who leaked a Government report that Home Office document which suggested cuts would lead to a spike in crime.
Responding to questions about the report, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that she hadn't seen the study which she ordered and was plonked into her in-tray in February, saying there are 'a lot of documents that go round the department' and was instead keen to talk about the extra £40m they are putting in to tackle the issue as per the The Offensive Weapons Bill.
Jeremy Corbyn has said Amber Rudd has been 'completely undermined' by the leaked Home Office documents and has demanded the home secretary explain herself to parliament why she was ignoring evidence from its own officials.
Only yesterday she had gone on TV to assert that the 14% fall in police numbers since 2010 was entirely coincidental, but now it had emerged that the policy wonks in her own department had come to precisely the opposite conclusion if only she had bothered to read the evidence that her researchers had made the effort to compile for her.
From the faltering Brexit negotiations to fouling up the NHS, the Conservatives are drowning in their own incompetence which makes it even more of a question why are Labour not trouncing them in the polls?

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Lucy Museum of Musicians - Carter USM

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on.


Carter USM 
Qualifying Songs: Re-educating Rita, Surfin USM, Music That Nobody Likes

Probably the most obscure band in the Museum, Carter USM, had limited chart success but Jim Bob and Fruitbat didn't let that deter them and
and carried on with their buzzsaw guitars and clever lyrics to the record company remembered they were still there and terminated their contract.
Part of the Indie movement in the late 80s and early 90s, they suffered the fate of so many other similar bands of the time by becoming 'too mainstream' and their fickle audience moving on which is a shame because they should have been so much more than a indie band and they got better the longer they went on but by then the majority of fans had deserted them and it was just us rump of fans still buying
the albums.
Probably best remembered for rugby tackling Philip Schofield on live TV,  Surfin' USM is a breakneck speed instrumental of guitars and drum machines and what 10 on the Volume control is for.
'Music That Nobody Likes' is typical Carter, a high energy song about a grim subject in this case the depressing things going on around the world but then you have the up-tempo 'Re-Educating Rita' which, as far as i can tell, is about getting falling down drunk and the barman not letting you drive home.
Strangely, it was when they abandoned the drum machine and turned into a proper band and not just two blokes making a magnificent racket that they slipped away much to Philip Schofield's relief.

Kurt Cobain's Death Still Questioned

On April 8, 1994, the body of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain was discovered in a room that sat above his detached garage, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Almost a quarter of a century later, many still question the verdict of suicide and amongst them former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper who has expressed significant regret that they didn’t examine things more closer.
The key points Stamper alludes to are there were no usable fingerprints recovered from either the shotgun that Kurt allegedly used to end his life or on the shells that had been loaded into it.
Kurt was not found wearing gloves but there wasn’t any hint of gun residue that would have been present on Cobain had he fired the weapon.
While Kurt Cobain likely died on April 5 and his body discovered on April 8, there was two transactions on Kurt’s credit card on April 6 and the last four lines on his suicide note, the only part where he actually mentions ending his life, appears to some to be written by someone else although experts are divided on if this is due to the stress of what he was about to do at the time of writing.
Intriguing but such was the man's impact that he is still being discussed almost a quarter of a century after he died.

America Discovers The Chip Butty

Who can forget when US grocery chain Trader Joe’s announcing a 'genius new invention' which they have called 'puff dogs' which turned out to be a plain old sausage roll and now they are at it again with a Patso Burger.
To excitable, and unhealthy, Americans, this amazing new food is fries inside a sandwich or as we have called it for centuries, a chip butty.
I don't begrudge anyone a chip sandwich, tomato sauce or salad cream is optional, but not sure you can lay claim to inventing something that we have been sold in Fish & Chip shops since Fish & Chip shops were invented.
I can't wait to see their reaction when they finally discover kettles and how to make a proper cup of tea.

Return Of Sus Laws To Stop Crime

It is hardly surprising that the Government don't find their cutting of 27,000 Police Officers and massive cuts to Police budgets to blame for rising crime as the Home Secretary explained this morning from the sandpit where her head was firmly buried.
'Falling police numbers are not to blame for rising violence and a new approach is needed' the Home Secretary said before announcing new laws to be introduced.
The Offensive Weapons Bill will be introduced within weeks and will also make it a criminal offence to possess a corrosive substance in public without good reason or to decant a corrosive liquid from its original well-labelled bottle into any other receptacle.
The sale of acid to under-18s and tougher restrictions on buying knives online are amongst the new measures but the most controversial part is the extension of the police stop and search powers.
'Stop and search is a vital policing tool and officers will always have the Government's full support to use these powers properly' she said but there is the rub in the 'use the powers properly' because those of us of a certain age remember the previous 'sus laws', where police had the power to stop and search anyone if they had a suspicion of an offence had, or is, about to take place.
The suspicion law was scrapped as it revealed that black people were six times more likely to be stopped than whites and the police where condemned for 'institutional racism' for using the law to harass mainly young black men and ethnic minorities.
The new laws are welcomed but the reintroduction of the sus laws which did so much to alienate and target non-whites should be carefully reconsidered and only apply where evidence can be produced and not just left to the whim of the officer who can stop and search anyone they don't like the look of, and history shows that they are anyone who is not white.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Trump Tower: More Fire Less Fury

Donald Trump's used to starting fires but now he has one to deal with literally as Trump Tower in New York goes up in flames.
Witnesses say it started off looking small with just a little bit of smoke but then doubled in seconds and the Fire Service said it went from a 2 Alarm to a 4 Alarm just as the Orange Moron was tweeting it was out.
The cause of the fire is not immediately apparent but conspiracy theories will abound with one to be that he was burning papers related to his Russia collusion and especially the bank statements from Deutsche Bank at the centre of Robert Mueller's investigation.
Another theory could be that he was just about to release his tax returns but they were on the floors of the fire, so sad, and he was so looking forward to showing how much tax he had paid over the last decade. 
My theory is that he is such a consummate liar that the old rhyme of 'liar liar pants on fire' came true with his pants simultaneously catching alight in the wardrobe and burning down the skyscraper but the destruction of evidence is more probable, or even an electrical fault.
Shame he never had a group of pissing Russian prostitutes around him this time when the Stable Genius really needed them, they could have put the fire out before it took hold!

Lucy Museum of Musicians - Buzzcocks

Qualification to The Lucy Museum of Musicians who deserve entry to Lucy's Museum of Musicians is they must have a minimum of three songs which would make me turn up the radio if they came on



Buzzcocks
 
Qualifying Songs: Moving Away From The Pulsebeat, Everybody's Happy Nowadays, Ever Fallen in Love

If someone thought in the 70s what we need is a band to make a pile of similar songs with punchy drums, sharp guitars, a thick bass and great riffs then they would have been happy with the Buzzcocks.
Inspired by the Sex Pistols, the Buzzcocks trod that well worn path of if it ain't broke don't fix it and although they never got a song in the UK Top 10, they are part of punk royalty. Like a lot of bands, they hit upon a style and sound early on and kept with it on a succession of the rapid-fire punk songs that would become classics even if they were not quite so appreciated at the time.   
'Moving Away From the Pulsebeat' has one of the best drumbeats ever and duelling buzzsaw guitars interrupted by Pete Shelley singing a few lines.
'Everybody's Happy Nowadays' has the same theme with drums and guitars at the forefront and Shelly again turning up at the microphone occasionally to repeat the same few lines over and over.
'Ever Fallen in Love' is a bit more of a pop affair and not a typical punk tune but it still has that Buzzcocks trademark riff and energy running through it.
Certainly one of the top punk bands and probably more appreciated by a wider audience now.

Two Conspiracy Theories For The Price Of One

Some conspiracy theories are so mad that occasionally just to make them a bit more madder, two are oput together to make a Superconspiracy theory which is what has happened so we know have not only a killer planet, Planet X, ploughing through space to destroy Earth but it's also responsible for climate change.
If you can disengage your brain for the rest of this post then it may become easier to understand so here we have Dr Ethan Trowbridge who claims to have worked for more than 10 years at the US Geological Survey and he believes that his former employers and NASA have been aware of this Planet X Nibiru for decades but have hushed it up but here is now whislteblowing to
blow the whole story wide open!
He claims that both Nasa and USGS have known about the planet for 30 years and he was instructed to check whether the abnormal climate change was due to the influence of this heavenly body.
Of course the globe warming dangerously is due to the fast approcahing planet but NASA have rolled their eyes at him and explained that if Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye.
Okay, now you can engage your brain again and carry on, nothing to see here, especially not a whacking great big Planet honing into view and warming our planet.

A New Centre Left Party For UK

British politics has been stale for some time, the New Labour project under Tony Blair took Labour so far to the right that they were on nodding terms with the Conservatives while Jeremy Corbyn has dragged Labour back to the left but has widely overshot where it should be.
The Conservatives have always been very right wing and it was only Theresa May being given a drubbing at the last election that stopped some of the most severe right wing policies coming to fruition.
With the Conservatives so far right and Labour now so far left there is a nice space in the middle and a new political party have thrown their hat in the ring to try and fill that space and they are so new they havent even got a name yet.
Moving in the shadows for the past 12 months, the party has senior figures from the worlds of business and charity involved, as well as donors from the main parties.    
While figures from across the political spectrum from Labour, Conservative and Lib Dems are said to be involved in the party although they are understandably refusing to break rank until the last minute, much of its policy platform appears to be aimed mainly at a liberal, centre-left audience.
The concern is that any new centre left party will just split the left's vote and allow the right wing parties to swoop in and heaven help us if we get another term from Theresa May's bunch of clueless imbeciles, especially if they have a stronger hand to force through the caustic and heartless policies they wanted to this time.