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Amy Winehouse

Want to know what? Amy Winehouse is brilliant. Despite her well publicised drug problems, her man in prison and disastrous stage shows this week (did she turn up in Glasgow?) Back to Black is one of the best albums of the last year or so. What about the lyrics on this?

I cheated myself
Like I knew I would
I told ya, I was trouble
You know that I'm no good

Upstairs in bed, with my ex boy                                                              
He's in the place, but I can't get joy                                        
Thinking of you in the final throes,

this is when my buzzer goes




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Autumn Photos.

I took these this afternoon at the site of the former Craigendoran Pier. Autumn light is great for landscape photography and you often get a clearer picture than you do on summer days. The sky tends to be more interesting too. I have currently on loan from a friend a Canon 195 camera. Great fun.





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Animated Flags

The animated flags I've used here are courtesy of THIS SITE . They have flags from all over the world for cut and paste gifs or for use with html code. The only requirement is that you link back to the site. Job done.

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Insomnia, George Galloway and the Peoples’ Front of Judea

I'm not sure what it is that's keeping me awake (it is currently 3:34 am). It could be the tragedy of Scotland's exit from the European Championships. It may be the Curry Club Special I had when I got home. One thing is for sure it isn't the current trials and tribulations of the the Respect Party which is causing my insomnia. However I have just been on the George Galloway Website which is excellent value for money.

It headlines with an apology for the cancelation of a planned convention in Blackpool. Apparently the directors of Blackpool Pleasure Beach cancelled the Respect do at the last minute. The explanation according to George is that Blackpool Pleasure Beach Ltd. is a contributor to the Conservative Party.

George apologises.

I then turned my attention to a link which promises a signed (by George!) copy of the Fidel Castro Handbook – buy your copy here! step right up!! only to find this:

"We have been unable to supply recent orders for the Fidel Castro Handbook. This has been because the publishers, MQ, are in liquidation and the books, as assets, are being held in a warehouse and not released until the legal formalities are settled. So, a sincere apology to anyone who has recently ordered the book and it has not been sent.

We have been talking to the former publishers and the liquidator and we are hopeful that we can shortly resume supply. However, it you have ordered and paid for the book and if the matter is not resolved by the end of this coming week, April 27, a full refund will be sent to you."

George apologises.

It is not clear whether MQ are (were) contributors to the Conservative Party.

Then if one scrolls down a little one gets the inside track on the schism in the Respect Party in an article headed "Respect at the Crossroad". It's all the SWP's (Socialist Workers Party) fault apparently. There really is no need for me to go in to much detail here. Simply study any left wing/socialist party in Britain over the last 50 years or so (including I may say the Labour Party in the 80's) and you'll get the gist of it. The fundamentalist left wingers, (Dave and Derdrie Spart) are resisting any move to popularise the party and calling it a right wing plot. The supreme irony here is that the article immediately below "Respect at the Crossroad" advertises "The Global Peace and Unity Event"

I have heard and seen several references to Respect and Respect Renewal (George's new party – we await the next split with interest) this week and the uncanny similarity to one particular section of Monty Python's Life of Brian.


The site also has a link to George's radio show, the most recent of which has him discussing Scottish independence and the terrible case of the young Saudi Arabian woman who was gang raped and ended up with a more severe punishment than her attackers. George despite his fondness for all things Moslem and Islam manages to wriggle about the subject in his own inimitable fashion.


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Bonnie Prince Billy

As a rule I don't get excited about album releases any more. There are exceptions though and the new album by Bonnie Prince Billy is one of those. The album is called Ask Forgiveness and it is with one exception a covers album.





The track here is a Bjork/Tom Yorke composition called I've Seen It All. The album is not released yet but is due soon. Thanks to my friend The Helpless Dancer for the heads up on this.


Ive Seen It All

Bonnie Prince Billy




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