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Another Great Result

Unbelievable performance by Rangers tonight I thought. Of course Barcelona are by far and away a superior team to Rangers and I think the shots tally was something like 16-4. However apart from a handful of superb saves from Allan McGregor, Thierry Henri, Roaldinho and co never really posed much of a goal threat. It was a thoroughly professional performance and lets hope for the same from Celtic tomorrow in Lisbon.

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Kelvin McKenzie You Tube!

Sunday Song



OK fast and loose without a safety net etc. This is my first attempt at a photo montage. I wrote a song today (I always seem to have the muse on a Sunday) to back it and this is the result. When I say wrote a song it is a series of verses with no chorus and they are just a few thoughts on a theme.

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Great T.V. Themes

I notice from the press today that the winner of the best childrens' TV themes is the theme from the 1960's adaptation of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Presumably the people who voted were all of a certain age!

To say I loved this programme would be an understatement. I often imagined I was Crusoe and played games based on the story. I'm sure any boy who watched the show was affected in the same way. The idea was so exciting and the character of Crusoe brilliantly portrayed (in a 1960's way anyway) by Robert Hoffman.


                                     If you are a 60's or 70's child, try watching this without any emotion.


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The Blue Nile v. Blade Runner

I've had an email from my fellow Blue Nile fan Paul Rodriguez who was the creator of the wonderful Nile/ Hopper montage Click Here regular readers will remember from a few months ago. Paul has been at it again and has put together this rather impressive, if unlikely video of Downtown Lights and scenes from Bladerunner. He explains in his mail he'd like to bring the music of the band to the attention of people who would otherwise not be aware of it. See what you think.

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There’s A Trout On the Ferry!

Thoroughly enjoyed Walter and his band at the Ferry  last night. This guy can play and has played with the very best, John Mayall and John Lee Hooker amongst them.

As you can see from the pic (which I took with my phone) the drummer was playing behind a glass screen which meant that the sound wasn't blasting out thus further damaging the hearing of the predominantly male audience aged 35-60. There was so much hair and ugliness on stage that one could have been forgiven for believing that one had stumbled in to the opening scene from MacBeth! Walter's bass player was the nearest likeness you'll ever see to Jerry Springer in a wig!

Walter and his band play no nonsense rockin' blues and they are to a man accomplished musicians. Heck! I even found myself enjoying the drum solo!  

The title I've given to the photo is an actual quote from a member of the audience when trying to get Trout to turn round for a picture! I felt a wee bit out of place in the audience. I don't have an earring and I wasn't wearing a t-shirt proclaiming a long established rock act, I don't have a tatoo and I'd left all my waistcoats at home! Anyway this I think has given me the taste for going to a few gigs over the winter months.

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No More Fish Jokes!

I always liked that witty title Walter Trout gave one of his albums. A friend arrived in to my shop a couple of weeks ago and said he'd got a spare ticket for Walter's Show at the Renfrew Ferry in Glasgow (tomorrow night). Looking forward to it.



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I Love England!

Thanks to a few foks who contacted me in various ways after the publication of the article in the Record. One was from a chap called Barry in Kent. He had somehow come to the conclusion that I was as bad as KM by the words of my song and that I was anti-English. I have replied to Barry to say that not one anti-English sentiment is expressed in the song or indeed on this blog. The other countries in the British Isles are undoubtedly Scotland's closest friends and allies. I have lived in England and spend most of my holidays there. My wife is English and other than sporting rivalry I have not one bad thing to say about the English as a race.

The point of the song was that Kelvin is ignorant and a bigot. Nothing to do with where he was born.

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Judee Sill

Thanks to Alastair's Heart Monitor for reminding me of a name I had heard but almost forgotten. If Nick Drake had been American and female he'd have sounded much like this I think. Sadly Judee Sill suffered the same agonies and early death that Drake did. This is a beautiful track. 

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A New York bride is suing a florist for £200,000 because the flowers they provided were the "wrong shade".

Elana Glatt, who is a lawyer, is suing Posy Floral Design in Manhattan for alleged breach of contract, reports Sky News.

She says the firm substituted pastel pink and green hydrangeas for the dark rust and green ones she had specified for 22 centrepieces.

Ms Glatt filed the lawsuit on behalf of herself, her husband David and her mother-in-law, Tobi Glatt.

In it she says: "The use of predominantly pastel centrepieces had a significant impact on the look of the room and was entirely inconsistent with the vision the plaintiffs had bargained for."

The flowers cost $27,000. The lawsuit asks for more than $400,000 in restitution and damages.

Stamos Arakas, the florist, said that he and his wife Paula tried to match the colour of the hydrangeas with a picture Ms Glatt had given them, but had explained the colours might not look the same.

Mr Arakas said: "My father used to tell me 'Don't deal with the lawyers'. Maybe he was right, God bless his soul."

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