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Scotland Goes Pop!

The first in a series. I suspect some of these will get Auld Son’s feet tapping. This is two tracks from The Poets who were managed by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Oldham. Although they never made it quite to superstardom, they were probably the first Scottish band (exempting the Alexander Brothers of course) to make an attempt at serious international impact (I suspect someone may correct me on that!)

I’m not sure of the current status of the band but at least some of them continued as “The Blues Poets” well into the 90’s and I saw them several times (and on one occasion jammed with them) at the Scotia Bar in Glasgow where they had a Saturday residency.

This was perhaps their finest hour, sounding a little like Spencer Davis, “That’s the Way its Got to be”


UEFA 2008 Latest

Spain simply swept Russia aside tonight.

And so the Russians, along with £10 of my hard earned, make their UEFA 2008 exit. Watching Spain tonight makes me fancy them strongly for the final. This means you should now put your shirt on Germany!

And Talking of Creativity!

Here’s a wee song of mine. I often find a song will be sparked off by an idea or a thought and then it kind of takes on a life of its own. This one started life when my daughter was quite seriously ill. It began with
my frustration at being completely useless in doing anything to help, and progressed to wider general frustration, which I suppose is a fairly natural progression.

To Blog or not to Blog

“Why DO you do it?” asked a friend of mine the other day (no names no pack drill but he has commented on here a few times). It’s a question I’ve never asked myself. “I just kind of enjoy it I suppose” I answered pathetically. Then he said “It’s just like Friends Reunited or Ebay or whatever” it’s a fad – it’ll pass. People will get fed up reading the shite you write sooner or later”. Ooooh! wounded I was.

So it started me thinking why DO I do this? Well I’ve never been one to hold back an opinion so expressing them is a kind of safety valve I suppose. The equivalent of being in an empty room and banging one’s head head against a brick wall and shouting, only a bit less painful and a little quieter. Well it was a bit like an empty room when only a few souls ventured in this direction. For whatever reason readership has been gaining steadily particularly in the last couple of weeks. The blog stats zoomed through 20,000 yesterday and sitemeter is showing more than 300 visitors yesterday and today.

The real reason I do it though is a combination of the above theraputic balm and the chance to be creative. That might be expressing an opinion on current events or writing a song. It could be as simple as posting a video and a one line comment to go with it. If it gets a reaction by a comment then you know you’ve connected with someone and had at least a marginal influence on their day.

The creativity can be done when the opportunity presents itself (In my case usually in the morning between 6am and 7:30 when the rest of the household are still crashed out.)

“You’re a sad man – your obsessed!” was my friend’s (well I think he’s a friend!) parting shot

I’m not am I? God I’ve been worrying about that for days now!


Travel Advice Required

We’ve decided to take a short break in London. Can any of you experienced travellers tell me the pros and cons of Easyjet? (Glasgow/London) Is it worth the extra to go to Gatwick? if not, is Luton or Stansted the better option? It LOOKS like a no brainer as Luton is so much nearer Central London. Any advice gratefully received.

Now it’s the Dram Police!

“Distilleries could be barred from serving a dram to visitors at the end of tours under Scottish Government proposals to tackle alcohol abuse.

Scotch whisky bosses believe tough restrictions on promotional activities could undermine one of Scotland’s biggest earners and the tourist industry in rural areas like Speyside.”

The full story is HERE

I am reminded of a story recounted by a friend when the chancellor recently put extra tax on malt whisky, supposedly to discourage the “drink culture”. He said he had seen two shellsuit clad youths in burberry baseball caps in the supermarket discussing whether to go for the Ardbeg or the Glenlivet.

Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down The Crazy River

Fantastic song though from this position 21 years later you can play cliche bingo as the video progresses.