Friday, February 29, 2008

Tommy Cooper

Per Wikipedia: Tommy Cooper (March 19, 1921 – April 15, 1984) was a British prop comedian and magician.
He made an art form of getting magic tricks wrong. However, despite his purported inability to perform conjuring tricks, he was in reality an accomplished magician and member of The Magic Circle. Famed for his red fez, his appearance was large and lumbering at 6ft 3ins (1.91m) tall and over 15 stone (210 pounds)in weight. He had a range of facial expressions and would also say things like, "I must say you've been a wonderful audience" or "Have we got time for more?" immediately after he walked on stage that would convulse audiences with laughter. He had a host of other catchphrases such as "Just like that!", "Spoon, jar, jar, spoon!!" and "Whisky, sample, sample, whisky, sample...". . Famously he was once standing for several minutes behind the curtain at the start of a televised show, and the audience, knowing he was there, was in hysterics before he even appeared.

On April 15, 1984, Tommy Cooper collapsed from a massive heart attack in front of millions of television viewers, midway through his act, on the popular ITV variety show Live From Her Majesty's. Most of the audience thought it was part of his act and were laughing, until it became apparent that he was seriously ill. At this point the show's director, Alasdair Macmillan, cued the orchestra to play music for a commercial break and Jimmy Tarbuck's manager tried to pull Tommy back through the stage curtains, where he was given CPR. For legal and medical reasons, Cooper's body could not be removed from the stage except by paramedics or the police. It was decided to continue the show and other stars proceeded to present their acts in the limited space in front of the stage. For a long time, a rumour circulated that the size 13 feet from his 6 foot 3 frame protruded into view underneath the curtains. While the show continued, efforts were being made backstage to revive Cooper though these were not made easier by the darkness. It was not until a second commercial break that ambulancemen were able to move his body and rush him to Westminster Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
In 1984 I had only been in the States just over a year and my sister called me from London. Now she has a totally wicked sense of humor, and she tells me Tommy Cooper had died, she knew he was one of my favorites. So I asked what she was talking about, and she said he died live on Sunday Night at the Palladium and then broke up with hysterical laughter gasping "Died live, died live".

So anyhow here is one of his tricks and then an interview with Michael Parkinson (in two parts).

Bottle and Glass

Interviewed by Parkinson - Part one

Interviewed by Parkinson - Part two

Hello, Geico?

Hello, is that Geico? Well I have my pickup insured with you, and I have a little problem. I want to make sure I am covered. Well it was like this my friend had a tall palm tree in his back yard, and it was dropping palms all the time. So he decided it needed to be removed, and me and a couple of guys figured we would help out. So we went round to his place and then ........

Are you 'aving it off?

February 29th is an extra day in February that comes around once every 4 years. So should we work on this day or should it be a free day. After all we don't get paid for it and it doesn't form part of holiday entitlement. Visit and sign the petition to make 29th Feb a free day for all.
Better put in the Diary for four years hence, since it's kind of late for me here living in the almost last time zone.
Next time maybe!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Kenneth Williams

Thinking about some of the older comedians and actors of British Radio, TV and Films I was reminded about Kenneth Williams.
Kenneth Williams (22 February 1926 – 15 April 1988) was an English comic actor, star of twenty six Carry On films and notable radio comedies with Tony Hancock and Kenneth Horne, as well as a witty raconteur on a wide range of subjects. I first heard him on Hancocks Half Hour with Tony Hancock and Sid James. Truly funny shows.
When Hancock tired (or grew envious) of him, Williams joined Kenneth Horne in the series Beyond Our Ken (1958–1964), and its sequel, Round the Horne (1965–1968). In the latter, his roles included Rambling Syd Rumpo, the eccentric folk singer; The Amazing Proudbasket, human cannonball; J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock, professional telephone heavy breather and dirty old man; and Sandy of the extremely camp couple, Julian and Sandy (Julian was played by Hugh Paddick), notable for their double entendres and use of the underground gay slang, Polari.

Kenneth appears in an episode of Parkinson from 1980. This is a masterclass in anecdote telling.
Everything about this performance is perfect. The versatility of the voice, the timing, the material, and most of all...the man.
Behold, a comedy genius at his very peak.

"Seven guineas for a bra?...cheaper to have your tits off!!..."

Then we go back 10 years for an earlier appearance on Parkinson. A wonderful discussion of accents.

He was also famous for one of my all time favorite lines, which I have remembered all these years and never been able to find a reason to use. In April 2007, Williams' line "Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me", was voted the greatest one-liner in movie history by a poll of a thousand comedy writers, actors, impresarios and members of the public for the launch of Sky Movies Comedy Channel. The line was borrowed by scriptwriter Talbot Rothwell from Frank Muir and Dennis Norden.

Trafalgar Square Freeze

As a follow up to an earlier post this month the Grand Central Station Freeze Frame check out the day London froze. Inspired by improv everywhere and made a reality by 100's of volunteers. At exactly 3:30pm on a secret cue, almost everyone in the square froze. The few bewildered tourists didn't know what was happening. For 5 minutes the participants held their positions, and then magically everyone unfroze.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Kids now and Then - George Lopez

George Lopez does some of his wonderful stories about kid's now and then. You can't make this stuff up, it is so true. Regardless of where you are from this is / was the reality of kids. I grew up in England, remove the accent, or add an accent, either way this is totally something we can relate to. If you are of a certain age at least.

Talking Heads - the real story

Like most people who have seen them, or movies or photo's of them I'm sure you have wondered about the strange statues on Easter Island, also known as "Rapa Nui" and "Isla de Pascua".
Well finally someone has snuck up on them when they were not looking and obtained the skinny.
The meaning of life on Easter Island.

Duffy - Mercy

I don't know if you remember when I featured a couple of songs from Duffy last month, but it seems this is the first "official" video for Mercy from her new album Rockferry.
I think she is very good, with a soulful twinge to her voice. She could be favorably compared to Dusty Springfield and Amy Winehouse.

The great escape

An animation video that was done by Michael Sormann.
Everybody loves Bunnies, right?
Maybe not the Janitor maker, but paybacks are a bitch.
Described elsewhere as - Short animation created by Michael Sormann for his Theme Planet World featuring the adventures of a fugitive bunny.
And if you want a download version go here, where they said - Little bunny will not stay and watch the mad scientist washing his brain. While running away, he'll find some help in a pig and an elephant.
Theme Planet is the story of a little Pig and his big fat fellow Elephant working in a planet sized theme park. Bunny Situation is the first short movie set in this world.
The short is the work of Michael Sormann. Music and sound design by David Reinhard Brandstätter.


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Rebel's Birthday

Johnny Cash would have been 76 today.
Happy Birthday Johnny!

For those of you who were not around for his earlier life, he was quite a rebel.
Here's a few songs from one of his great concerts in front of a captive audience.

It appears this may be available on CMT because on one of their pages they state:
In his music, he said he "walked the line." But in 1969, many said he crossed it when he staged one of the most famous and controversial performances of all time. Now, see for yourself as CMT presents the classic Johnny Cash In San Quentin. During this show, put on for hard-core criminals at California's notorious prison, The Man In Black was unchained, performing hits like "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk The Line," and of course, "San Quentin!" You can't be an outlaw if you haven't seen one of country's true originals at his very best.
If you haven't seen it try and find it somewhere, I don't know if it is available on DVD, if not it should be.

Walk the Line

Folsom Prison Blues

San Quentin

Extra, Extra 2008 Election result

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early.
But of course we all know it's a joke, these electronic voting machines are totally trustworthy and cannot be hacked.
Right yeah! Keep telling yourself that and accept 2000 and 2004 as flukes.

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

Monday, February 25, 2008

Ben Affleck on Jimmy Kimmel

Well paybacks are a bitch, and also a lot more expensive I'm guessing.
As a payback for Sarah Silverman's tryst with Matt Damon this is what Jimmy came up with on his post Oscars show.

See how many stars you can spot, obviously Ben Affleck then Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Cameron Diaz, Joan Jett, Macy Gray, Robin Williams, Don Cheadle, Pete Wentz, Perry Farrell, Benji and Joel Madden, Lance Bass, Huey Lewis, Josh Groban, McLovin, Christina Applegate, Rebecca Romijn, and Dominic Monaghan, and Meatloaf and probably a few more. Hilarious.

Mud Will be Flung

With appologies to Bette Midler's excellent album Mud Will be Flung Tonight.
It looks like it has started now in earnest.
The BBC, The Times, Newsweek and various blogs all around the blogosphere are jumping onto the Obama Dress up kerfufle. More like a storm in a teacup, or Much ado about nothing.
Come on, how many Presidents in the past have dressed up, or appeared with dressed up people.
Some are appropriate and legitimate, and some tend to overdo it.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Fox News - Really

Fox News, that's an oxymoron if ever there was one.

Well someone finally gets to express a realistic opinion on Fox News.

Good for you!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Dread Zeppelin

If you are looking for a band that plays Reggae versions of Led Zeppelin hits with Elvis sounding vocals you could do worse than Dread Zeppelin.

The band consists of Tortelvis, Butt-Boy, Spice, Bob Knarley, Ziggy Knarley and Charlie Haj.

Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant has said that Dread Zeppelin is his favorite Led Zeppelin cover band.

They have a great new album out now called Bar Coda and I haven't featured them since August 2007, so they are due a couple of songs for this slight.

Black Dog


Educational Videos

Have you seen VideoJug yet?
It's a pretty cool site with loads of educational videos teaching you "how to" do something.
These are a couple I enjoyed there recently.
Some useful if obvious information, with a touch of humor.

How to behave on an Internet Forum

How To Behave On An Internet Forum

How To Make Your MySpace Page Look Great

How To Make Your MySpace Page Look Great

Thursday, February 21, 2008

White Rabbit - Star Trek

Here is Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" as you may not have visualized it before.
With Captain Kirk, Mr Spock, Doctor McCoy and a few other regulars of the original Star Trek partaking of who knows what. Not that anyone has ever put suspect substances and White Rabbit together before.


Leaked RIAA Training Video

This is just under two minutes of a one hour video.
It is a leaked RIAA training video, it was leaked to Torrent sites to scare them.
This clip just takes two of their crackpot theories and highlights them.
I'm not sure how real this is, but it would not surprise me.
So you have to remember if you are downloading movies you are probably a third strike crack whore who is stock piling guns waiting for the Al-Qaeda uprising so you can join in. You had better check your profile.
The folks in this video are either the greatest unknown actors around (who could not crack up with that dialog?) or they have been totally brainwashed by the RIAA.

Sadly it seems genuine, see the story at Wired. But I guess they are talking about physical CD's. Oops better take my wall down.

John Otway it's Thursday

OK as if we needed an excuse to feature John Otway.
I'm still finding good stuff on YouTube.
I found these when checking out the great version of The House of The Rising Sun which was featured last week.
These three vids feature a couple of his quieter and more reflective songs and one which always floors me.

Poetry and Jazz
She said "It's hard for me to explain to you, the brightness of the light.
I can still remember when my life was like that
A real and painless beauty I remember as a kid
When I thought that I knew everything and in a way I did
She was a virgin then, a child in a million
With deep round hazel eyes of blazing intuition
She called me over to her side and said "Will you please listen
I wanna show you something and it's something I've just written
And I'm calling it Poetry and Jazz"

How does John get inside the mind of an adolescent girl? Amazing.

Bluey Green
John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett Live at Kingston On Thames
I don't know, but I've been told that this is probably one of his best songs.

Bunsen Burner
John Otway made it to number nine in the UK Top Ten October 2002.
The only Bunsen Burners I was ever familiar with was in Chemistry class at school, in which I sucked. So coming up with a love/lust song featuring a Bunsen Burner is just plain awesome.

Science tells you love
Is just a chemical reaction in the brain
Let me be your bunsen burner baby
Let me be your naked flame

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Jacques Brel re-visited

As a follow up to last week's post on Jacques Brel, I couldn't leave of some of his other masterpieces. There are of course many many more, but these three should tide us over for a while.

Ne me quitte pas
"Ne me quitte pas" ("Don't leave me") is a French language song by Jacques Brel, published in 1959 by Warner-Chappell Publishing. It has been covered in French by many artists such as Nina Simone, as well as translated into many other languages, in English as "If You Go Away". It is considered by some as "Brel's ultimate classic".

La chanson de jacky

Scott Walker covered this, as Jackie, and in fact I think that was the first version I heard. But after hearing the original I think it is impossible to go back to the others.
Etre une heure, une heure seulement
Etre une heure, une heure quelquefois
Etre une heure, rien qu`une heure durant
Beau, beau, beau et con à la fois

Les Flamandes

The Dutch and French word flamingant refers to all activists of the Flemish movement and was initially used as a pejorative term by belgicists to indicate Flemings insisting on more cultural autonomy for Flanders. It is probably derived from Flamins, the French pronunciation of Vlamingen ("Flemings" in Dutch). The word can be equally used as an adjective or substantive. The word wallingant is used to describe Walloon nationalists.
The word flamingant remains a loaded term. Hence this song Les Flamingants by Jacques Brel criticizing the flamingants.

Black Dog

I previously featured Alison Krauss and Robert Plant singing the Everly Brothers song "Gone, Gone, Gone" from the album "Raising Sand" they released last year. I have to admit that album is in my top ten for 2007. Anyway a few nights ago I saw this show called Crossroads on the MTV/VHI/CMT Hi Def channel and it showed them doing various songs from the album and also some of Alisons music and this piece. A very different take on the Led Zeppelin classic "Black Dog"

Can you imagine how Robert Plant had to restrain himself here.

I believe they filmed this on October 18, 2007 at The Mill At Lebanon, Lebanon, Tennessee

Leather and Lace

Absolutely hysterical. Some of the dialog may be NSFW.

Will Ferrell and Dave Grohl live at an Benefit perform Leather and Lace the Stevie Nicks classic.

If you want to sing along check out the lyrics here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Superdelegate - Roy Zimmerman

I just love this, if only it would make a difference.
This points out the ludicrousness of the whole situation.
A song for one of those 795 Democratic Party insiders who put the mock in Democracy. "Superdelegate" is available for download (or will be soon) at
With apologies to Curtis Mayfield.


words and music
copyright © 2008 by
Roy Zimmerman

Won't you supersede my decision
Ooo, Superdelegate
I need

I can't be trusted
To choose my own nominee
Democracy is just too important
To leave it to people like me

So gimme my election
'Cause it feels good to check that box
And when you determine how it should have turned out
I'll be right here sucking rocks

'Cause only when the ballots have all been collected
Can they be corrected

Won't you supersede my decision
Ooo, Superdelegate
I need

When your vote is counted
It's like ten thousand to my one
It's good to know that my representative
Has such representation

So, do someone a favor
'Cause you know they'll remember that
You scratch their back and they'll scratch yours
It's his or her tit for your tat

The Democratic Party is too democratic
'Cause Democrats so erratic

The nominee was chosen by the people
And that nominee
Was George McGovern

The nominee was chosen by the people
And that nominee
Was Jimmy Carter

But Nineteen-Eighty-Four
The nominee was chosen by the Superdelegates
And that nominee
Was Walter Mondale!

Won't you supersede my decision
Ooo, Superdelegate
I need your...super...imposition

Delegates down

A whole string of crowd fainting was shown at various recent Democratic rallies.
Could it be they just found out who is endorsing him?

Dancing Policemen

There has been a spate of dancing policemen spotted in recent history.
The first time I ever saw one of these dancing policemen was in Northern Spain, back in the 60's. But without music they are not so spectacular.

So check out this bunch of hoofers from around the globe.


Rhode Island


New York

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Pilot

Dean Martin and Foster Brooks will make you glad you are not flying tonight.
Obviously from the Dean Martin show, not sure about other details.
I'd guess this is from the late 60s (at the earliest) as Foster Brooks talks about flying a 747, which only started in limited quantities in 1968.

Dean: What do you fly?
Foster: It’s one of those big grey metal things with what-do-you-call-them sticking out on the side?
Dean: Wings?
Foster: Oh, are you an airline pilot too?


Bob Dylan - Love minus zero

Check out Donovan picking up a few pointers from the master. They got together in 1965. But it was clear who was the master and who was the pupil. Both clips are from No Direction Home, the Martin Scorsese directed movie. The movie is a chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star. And he was great in every stage, still is. It is featured at the PBS American Masters site.
The film was first shown on television in both the United States (as part of the PBS American Masters series) and the United Kingdom (as part of the BBC Two Arena series) on September 26–27 2005. A DVD version of the film and accompanying soundtrack album (The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack) were released that same month. If you don't have them, why?

And some more from that same time, Donovan and Bob Dylan together.

Mike Oldfield - William Tell Overture

Per Wikipedia:
Michael Gordon Oldfield (born 15 May 1953 in Reading, Berkshire) is an English multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, working a style that blends progressive rock, folk, ethnic or world music, classical music, electronic music, New Age and more recently dance. His music is often elaborate and complex in nature. He is best known for his hit 1973 album Tubular Bells which broke new ground as an instrumental concept album and launched Virgin Records.

Here he is, as ever, playing all the tracks for this number.
Mike has been featured here before.

Honey Drippers - The Sea of Love

The oldie Sea of Love as performed by the Honey Drippers. The Honeydrippers were an English rock band of the 1980s. Former Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant formed the group in 1981 to satisfy his long-time goal in having a rock band with a heavy R&B basis. As well as Plant, the band consisted of fellow Zeppelin member, guitarist Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck (a former Yardbirds member like Page) and other friends and well known studio musicians. They released only one EP on November 12, 1984 entitled The Honeydrippers: Volume One. The Honeydrippers had a Top Ten hit with a remake of the Phil Phillips' tune, "Sea of Love", and another Top 30 Hit with "Rockin' At Midnight". With the EP's success, Plant stated that a full album would be recorded, but it never was. The band appeared on Saturday Night Live on December 15, 1984, performing "Rockin' At Midnight" and "Santa Claus Is Back In Town." The band featured Brian Setzer on guitar and Paul Shaffer on piano.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Jacques Brel

Jacques Brel is one of those singers who give me goosebumps, even though I don't understand the words too well. Since I neither speak French or Flemish I generally just listen to the sound. And this singer has always had the sound for me.
Another one is Édith Piaf.
From Wikipedia: Jacques Romain Georges Brel (April 8, 1929 – October 9, 1978) was a Belgian French-speaking singer-songwriter. The quality and style of his lyrics are highly regarded by many leading critics of popular music.
Brel's songs are not especially well known in the English-speaking world except in translation and through the interpretations of other singers, most famously Scott Walker. Others who have sung his work in English include Marc Almond, David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, The Dresden Dolls, Terry Jacks, Nina Simone, and Beirut. In French-speaking countries, Brel is also remembered as an actor and director.
An American musical revue of his songs, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, which debuted in 1968, has played around the world since.
Frequently performed at colleges as well as local theatre.


"Amsterdam" is a song by Jacques Brel. It combines a powerful melancholic crescendo with a rich poetic account of the exploits of sailors on shore leave in Amsterdam.
Brel never recorded this for a studio album, and his only version was released on the live album Enregistrement Public à l'Olympia 1964. Despite this, it has been one of his most enduringly popular works. Mort Shuman translated several of his songs into English for the Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris musical.
Scott Walker recorded several of these translated Brel songs in the late 1960s. This inspired David Bowie to record his own version of "Amsterdam" in 1970. Bowie's version was released as the B-side to his single "Sorrow" in November 1973.

Le moribond

What many people don't know is that this song was not originally written in English at all. It was first written in French in 1961, by Jacques Brel. Brel's version of the song, entitled "Le Moribond" (The Dying Man) was much, much darker, and when it was originally translated by Rod McKuen into English in 1964, the words were significantly changed in order to "lighten up" the song. Originally recorded in English by Bob Shane, of the Kingston Trio, the song languished for years. Only after it had been passed over by the Beach Boys did Terry Jacks decide to record it for himself, and the rest is history.

The Magnificent Beerchestra

Today we get to savor some good old down under Aussie culture.

Actually the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria at Melbourne Concert Hall.

Piece composed by the conductor; Cezary Skubiszewski

A wonderful piece of music.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins.
Per Wikipedia: Henry Rollins (born February 13, 1961 as Henry Lawrence Garfield; often referred to simply as Rollins) is an American singer and songwriter, spoken word artist, author, actor, and publisher.

After joining the short-lived Washington, D.C. band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the Californian hardcore punk band Black Flag from 1981 until 1986. Following the band's breakup, Rollins soon established the record label and publishing company 2.13.61 to release his spoken word albums, as well as forming the Rollins Band, which toured with a number of lineups until 2003 and during 2006.

Since Black Flag, Rollins has embarked on projects covering a variety of media. He has hosted numerous radio shows, such as The Henry Rollins Show and Harmony In My Head, and television shows, such as MTV's 120 Minutes and Jackass, along with roles in several films. Rollins has also campaigned for human rights in the United States, promoting gay rights in particular, and tours overseas with the United Service Organizations to entertain American troops, despite his opposition to the Bush administration and the Iraq war.

I know it's your birthday, and maybe you don't want to work on your birthday.
But you make the most sense any day, so why not celebrate your birthday with
some words of wisdom from you.

So first lets start with Evolution.

Now his take on DJ Rave and modern music

Taxi To The Dark Side

Taxi To The Dark Side is a gripping investigation into the reckless abuse of power by the Bush Administration. By probing the homicide of an innocent taxi driver at the Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, the film exposes a worldwide policy of detention and interrogation that condones torture and the abrogation of human rights.
Incorporating rare and never-before-seen images from inside the Bagram, Abu Ghraid and Guantanamo Bay prisons, and interviews with former government officials such as John Yoo, Alberto Mora and Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, interrogators, prison guards, New York Times reporters Tim Golden and Carlotta Gall and the families of tortured prisoners, the film dissects the progression of the Administration's policy on torture from the secret role of key administration figures, such as Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzales and others to the soldiers in the field.

Whether or not this movie gets shown in the US, we already know the outcome. Dubyah has already pardoned himself and his cronies, they will never be held culpable.
Every one has to see Taxi to the Dark Side.
It is time the Democrats got themselves a backbone. Just a small quote for them to consider.
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson

Kung Fu Panda

Jack Black introduces the Kung Fu Panda Teaser.
Jack Black stars as Po the Panda, the laziest of all the animals in the Valley of Peace. With powerful enemies at the gates, all hope is pinned on a martial arts hero to save the day. Plus Angelina Jolie!!

Wikipedia says: Kung Fu Panda is an animated film about a panda who learns martial arts and then uses this new ability to fight his enemies. Kung Fu Panda is being directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne and produced by Melissa Cobb. The idea for the film was conceived by Michael Lachance, a DreamWorks Animation executive. The film is due for release on June 6, 2008. It will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

The film stars the voices of, among others, Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, and Lucy Liu.

Did I mention Angelina Jolie is in it?

Now here is the true trailer of this gotta see movie!
The full trailer for "Kung Fu Panda" has been released, and while it is much longer than the teaser we received earlier, it still manages to avoid the main story.
"Kung Fu Panda" revolves around Po the Panda (Jack Black), who is the laziest animal in all of the Valley of Peace, but unwittingly becomes the chosen one when enemies threaten the Valley's way of life.


According to Wikipedia: The term "dude" is an American English slang word used informally to address a male individual. The word was once used primarily by adolescents but has become a common slang term used in various age groups. The word dudette is sometimes used to describe a female individual.

In informal speech, dude is, under certain circumstances, gender-neutral.[citation needed] "Dude" may also be used alone in a sentence, serving as an exclamation; denoting a feeling of surprise, happiness, disappointment, amazement or other emotions. The word might also be used practically anywhere in a sentence in order to convey such sentiments in conversation.The cadence, volume and length of the word is also used to denote the feeling such a clipped "dude" for irritation or a long "ddduuuudddeee" for amusement or surprise.

Other, older definitions of dude exist; a particularly well-dressed male or one who is unfamiliar with life outside a large city. These definitions may go hand-in-hand, hence the phrased definition "An Easterner in the West" (United States).

Not once do I see anything about a guy working on a ranch. So one has to wonder at the educational requirements to be on the Police force. Since this guy is already in Baltimore, maybe he needs to get seconded to "The Wire".

Update: Although this apparently happened last summer, it took until now for the cop to be suspended. Once again showing the power of YouTube.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

House of the Rising Sun

Its been over a month since I have featured John Otway. And then I found he had posted some new (to me) videos on YouTube.
Although this song is featured elsewhere on this blog, this version done with an audience of thousands (one thousand actually) is a much livelier one.
Since the audience participation is a large part of the performance.
Really good, sorry Fridjid Pink this is the ultimate version.

ELO - Daytripper

Live 1974 for a German TV show.
Electric Light Orchestra was one of the few groups my son and I could agree on. We went to see them together in concert at Wembley for the "Out of the Blue" tour.
It was on this tour that they came out on to the stage from a flying saucer or was it a Space Station as featured on the cover of the album.
Anyway since today is my son's birthday I thought I would feature them, but playing something a little bit different.

Welcome to Scatman World

According to Wikipedia: John Paul Larkin, (March 13, 1942 — December 3, 1999), better known as Scatman John (sometimes credited as John Scatman internationally), was a famous American stuttering jazz musician who created a unique fusion of scat singing and Euro Dance, best known for his 1994 hit "Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)". As he liked to say, this was a process of "turning my biggest problem into my biggest asset." He has sold millions of recordings world-wide and was also named "Best New Artist" in the Echo Awards in both Japan and Germany. He was a recipient of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Annie Glenn Award for outstanding service to the stuttering community and was inducted into the National Stuttering Association Hall of Fame. He died of lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles, California at the age of 57.
For my part I never knew he had died, I just wondered why we weren't hearing too much from him. Sadly I now know why.

Sad state of sports

As much of a Patriots fan as I am, even I have to admit this is funny. And I lived in the Boston area when Roger Clemens got his first major strikeouts game, and I never forgave them for trading him so that eventually he became a damn Yankee. Then of course I lived in Indiana where nothing much used to happen in sport, except for Bobby Knight and his chair throwing antics.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Grammys in 60 seconds

Mahalo Daily is a daily video podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont. It launched on November 5, 2007. Today it has this cool The Grammys in 60 seconds. But to see the complete story see the story below also.

Amy Winehouse - Owns the Grammys 2008

It was great to see Amy looking so well and sounding so good.
Sorry Kanye, just not your year.
Five Grammys!!
Record of the Year
Best New Artist
Song of the Year for "Rehab"
Best Vocal Album
Best Pop Vocal Performance.

Matt McIntosh - New England Rain

Monday again, and time for another in our ongoing search for new and interesting music. Another suggestion from a friend on LastFM (thanks Jerseygrrl) leads me to this wonderful find.
Matt McIntosh's video for his song 'New England Rain' from The Basement Demos.
Give him a listen, you won't regret it.
Check out what others wrote about him.
Armed with little more than an acoustic guitar, backing track and more street cred than a Times Square hobo, longtime proponent of the American hardcore-punk movement, Matt McIntosh emerges from New England's sideroads with a homegrown effort of genre-defying strength and depth.
McIntosh, along with a handful of artists who also came up in that venerable scene during the 80s and 90s, seem to reflect what is fast becoming a potent new generation of American singer-songwriter.

-Tim MacGregor / AltNation

Sunday, February 10, 2008


So I was just making dinner when I heard the kids yelling. "Come see the kittens, can we keep them?"

Friday, February 8, 2008

Roy Buchanan

Friday evening as always it's time for some music to tide you over the weekend.
Man do I miss his sweet guitar playing, thankfully we still have vinyl and CD's.
I never saw his concerts from Rockpalast Germany, but can only imagine how great they were.
I used to watch all night concerts from Rockpalast when I lived in Norway, they used to broadcast them one one of the two channels they had.

So here is Roy doing one of his greatest guitar solo's ........ Sweet Dreams

And here is his terrific take on Hey Joe the Jimi Hendrix song. Roy does it in his own style, both versions are awesome.

Listen here to the absolute mastery of the guitar in The messiah will come again

Previously featured.

Adele - 19

Here's a couple of songs from Adele's new album "19". The first is the official video for "Chasing Pavements" and the second is her very Bryan Ferry take on the Bob Dylan song "To make you feel my love".
This is a fan video, but the sound is the thing.

The Guardian calls her the 2008 vintage Winehouse, high praise indeed.

This girl really can sing.

Adele - Chasing Pavements

Updated: 8-26-2011 Yet another video disappeared.

Adele - To Make You Feel My Love

Hot night in Elkhart

Elkhart, Indiana, according to Wikipedia Elkhart is a city located about 100 miles due east of Chicago in Elkhart County, Indiana, United States. It has the larger population of the two principal cities of the Elkhart-Goshen Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in turn is part of the South Bend-Elkhart-Mishawaka Combined Statistical Area, in a region commonly known as Michiana. The city has a population of 51,874 as of the 2000 census. Despite the name, Goshen, located about 10 miles south of Elkhart, is the county seat of Elkhart County. Elkhart is known for its manufacturing of musical instruments, pharmaceuticals, electronic components, recreational vehicles, and manufactured housing.
It is a very quiet area, apart from an occasional Amish drive by not too much happens, so this must have been the highlight of some folks lives. A lady from Chicago visits with the Elkhart cops. I guess they weren't used to her new fangled ways.

I used to live in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A fine fine town and fairly close to Elkhart.

Mrs Hughes

Mrs. Hughes Live at the Ice House
Mrs Hughes, America's Funniest Grandma. This lady is just hilarious.
From her bio: The first time you see Mrs. Hughes you might think, “She could be my neighbor.” She’s just about the last person you’d expect to see in a night club, so the fact that she is performing in one might startle you at first.
Carol Hughes began her comedy career when she was forty. “Years ago I heard Merv Griffin interview Phyllis Diller, and she said she started doing comedy when she was thirty-nine. I remember saying to myself, ‘I could do that.’

And she surely can, this lady has to be one of the funniest of her generation.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Lez Zeppelin

Thanks to popbitch for this little gem.....

Yesterday on The Telegraph website:

“Led Zeppelin to play Bonnaroo festival in US.
The newly reunited Led Zeppelin are to follow-
up their hugely successful comeback concert in
London with a performance at a festival in
the United States.”

“Lez, not Led, Zepellin to play Bonaroo in US.”

So that peaked my interest. And I found some video.

Lez Zepelin play Kashmir Live at the Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ March,30 2007

Lez Zeppelin on CBS Sunday Morning

Whole Lotta Love
The New York City all female Led Zeppelin cover band performing at Slim's in San Francisco on September 26, 2007.

Good luck to Sarah, Lisa, Helen and Steph.

Looking for a job

Normally I don't allow other people to write on this blog, but I felt so sorry for this guy. He is going to be out of a job early next year and at his age getting a new one might be difficult. So I am allowing him to post his resume here. Please give it a read over.


1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20520


Law Enforcement:
I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver's license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been "lost" and is not available.
I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. By joining the Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam.
I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. I was a cheerleader.


I ran for U.S. Congress and lost.

I began my career in the oil business in Midland,Texas in 1975. I bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas. The company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.

I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money.

With the help of my father and our friends in the oil industry (including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected governor of Texas.


I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the Union. During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America.

I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed money.

I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American history.

With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida , and my father's appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President of the United States, after losing by over 500,000 votes.


I am the first President in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record.

I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars per week.

I spent the U.S surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury.

I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.

I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.

I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.

I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S. stock market In my first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs and that trend continues.

I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in U.S. history. My "poorest millionaire," Condoleezza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.

I set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips by a U.S. President.

I am the all- time U.S. and world record holder for receiving the most corporate campaign donations.

My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends, Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in U.S. history, Enron.

My political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to assure my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election decision.

I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation or prosecution. More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in history. I presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.

I presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.

I changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.

I appointed more convicted criminals to my administration than any President in U.S. history.

I created the Ministry of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of the United States Government.

I've broken more international treaties than any President in U.S. history.

I am the first President in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission.

I withdrew the US. from the World Court of Law.

I refused to allow inspector's access to U.S. "prisoners of war" detainees and thereby have refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.

I am the first President in history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 US election).

I set the record for fewest numbers of press conferences of any President since the advent of television.

I set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one-year period. After taking off the entire month of August, I presided over the worst security failure in U.S. history.

I garnered the most sympathy ever for the U.S. after the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.

I have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously protest me in public venues (15 million people), shattering the record for protests against any person in the history of mankind.

I am the first President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S. Citizens and the world community.

I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty benefits for active duty troops and their families in wartime.

In my State of the Union Address, I lied about our reasons for attacking Iraq and then blamed the lies on our British friends.

I am the first President in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security.

I am supporting development of a nuclear "Tactical Bunker Buster," a WMD.

I have so far failed to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice.


All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are now in my father's library, sealed and unavailable for public view.

All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-President, attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review. I specified that my sealed documents will not be available for 50 years.

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger." -- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials