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Helensburgh Real Ale Festival (Again)

My thanks to the lovely Karen McKay who took these and other great photos of Harmonica Lewinsky last Sunday. Clicking on Karen’s name takes you to her Myspace site (I’ve just had a look – she’s nuts!)


As Good as Jazz Gets!

That was a comment left by a poster on this video featuring the Cannonball Adderley Sextet. I must dig out the Paul Jones solo version of this with just harmonica and vocal which is superb. Meanwhile this is the full Adderley band with Worksong.

Jonathan King

Aye remember him? Rolls Royce driving record “producer” who every so often would release “novelty” records like “Una Paloma Blanca” and “Leap up and down with your knickers in the air” etc just to annoy the hell out of us. Discovered Genesis and 10cc, was a big fan of Maggie Thatcher’s and sang the vocal on the first Bay City Rollers hit.
As if there isn’t enough there to make you dislike him intensely, you may remember he was sent to jail a few years back for acts of indecency committed with under age boys in the 1980’s an event which saw many other men come forward to say that they too had been abused by him. I subscribe to the Yahoo group B3TA which is an always tasteless occasionally funny weekly collection of web links and stuff. Last week the link for the track below appeared. The very same Jonathan King who posts now on Youtube under various pseudonyms including “vile pervert” (no doubt an attempt at irony but….). At the same time as posting this he is taking his appeal against his conviction to the European Court of Human Rights!

WARNING! Don’t watch this if you are prone to spontaneous fits of nausea! In fact I’m not going to embed this on my blog – I’ll just post the link instead.

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Eurovision 2008

To me it’s never been the same since the days of Mary Hopkin, Lulu, Cliff Richard and Clodagh Rodgers when if Britain didn’t win there was a steward’s inquiry. I just can’t believe though how much attention has been given to this over the last week in the media. Terry Wogan saying that the whole thing is becoming a joke (BECOMING?) alleged vote rigging in the former eastern bloc etc. etc.

It even made Have I got News For You? last night. The winner was apparently the Russian entry which featured a violinist and a very camp skater in a white jump suit. “Stalin will be turning in his grave” quipped Ian Hyslop. However I was transfixed by the Spanish entry. The performer looked like the love child of Alvin Stardust and Eddie the Eagle. He also has a guitar which is uncannily similar to that used by the bass player in Harmonica Lewinsky!

What is this all about?

Football, FIFA and the European Union.

I’ve been reading about FIFA’s plan to introduce a five foreigners rule i.e. any football club would have to field at least six players from their home nation. This has thrown up EU employment law  which would appear to be in conflict with  this proposal in that  any  EU citizen can work in any country within the EU. Many commentators have said “ah well that’s that” and come to the opinion that clubs would not be able to operate a policy where they employed players on the basis of where they were born.

However don’t football clubs already discriminate against women? I may have missed something but I’m pretty sure no club in FIFA has yet fielded a woman in a competitive match. Don’t they discriminate in matters of age (now illegal)? how many players are over 40 for example? Football is almost unique in that they don’t advertise for employees (players) isn’t that another contravention  of EU rules? In fact I can think of another dozen or so employment laws where clubs do not comply. It must be the only industry where you can still terminate someone’s employment on the simple grounds that they are shite at their job without so much as a by your leave.

In international football, notwithstanding parents’ and grandparents’ nationalities, the teams field a side composed entirely of home born players. How does this circumvent EU law? and if it does can we expect a challenge to that sometime soon?

Latest From the Amazon Jungle

This is from BoingBoing. Just one thought, why is one tribe member so different in colour to the others? Also I have a theory that there are similar isolated tribes in the Overtoun Woods in Dumbarton.

This photo released yesterday depicts members of a tribe in the Amazon rain forest firing arrows at an airplane. Apparently, the tribe has never had any contact with humans outside of their own group. And there are likely many other “uncontacted” tribes in the region too. From National Geographic:

“We are very confident the photos are genuine,” said Miriam Ross, a spokesperson for Survival International, which estimates that half of the hundred or so uncontacted tribes in the world live in the rain forests of Brazil and Peru.

Some experts say few, if any, tribes have had no outside contact. It’s more likely is that previous generations had negative encounters, prompting social taboos that continue to drive clans deeper into isolation.

Due to their vulnerable immune systems, these groups are highly susceptible to diseases borne by outsiders such as missionaries, loggers, or oil workers.

Tom Waits v. The Blue Nile

Aw naw! I hear you say! Has he no’ gone on aboot this enough? Please gentle reader bear with me! I am pure dead excited so ah um about these two gigs coming up. As is my habit I was having a wee strum on the guitar tonight and a wee tootle on the moothie too and I came up with the following (familiarity with The Blue Nile and Tom Waits back catalogue required) and grabbed the BR8 (idiot proof home recording device)

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