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Werewolves of London

Warren Zevon. Only two hours left of Halloween but never mind.

The Rumble in the Jungle

Thirty four years ago yesterday, the biggest sporting event of my formative years took place in Kinshasa, Zaire. The event was Don King’s first venture as a professional boxing promoter. He managed to get both Ali and Foreman to sign separate contracts saying they would fight for him if he could get $5 million to be their prize. However, King did not have the money. So he began looking for an outside country to sponsor the event. Zaire’s flamboyant president Mobutu Sésé Seko asked for the fight to be held in his country, eager for the publicity such a high-profile event would bring.

This is the eigth and as it turns out final round of the fight.

Watch how Ali absorbs Foreman’s punishment for nearly the whole round. Then suddenly it’s all over

70,000

No, not the number of complaints about Ross and Brand. It’s the number of visitors who have passed by here since January.

Thank you all.

Brand Loyalty

There does seem a bit of poetic justice in the outcome of events in the last couple of days. Brand resigned and pleaded with the Beeb not to sack his pal. Ross instead has been suspended for twelve weeks without pay and Lesley Douglas the controller at Radio Two has resigned.

There are elements of sadness in this. Radio Two (with the exception of childish buffoons like Ross, Brand and Evans) has become a pretty good radio station. Their daytime output is ideal for workplaces. It is the soundtrack in everything from your dentist’s to the local corner shop. The station is unrecognisable from what it was when Ms. Douglas took over.

I wonder if there is a sting in the tail here and the police will become involved? If this was ordinary members of the public then they most certainly would.

Anyway readers what do you think?

For Halloween

I posted this on my old Vox blog last year at Halloween. However at that time I had an average of about 25 people a day stopping by instead of over 400 who look in now. This is a fascinating clip from one of the wonderful Bob Dylan Radio Theme Hour shows. Here Bob introduces us to ‘The Charmer’ a 1950’s calypso artist. You’ll never guess who he became in later life.

The Charmer

If the above doesn’t work try THIS

The Right Charmer

Rock ‘n’ Roll Train

And by way of contrast, this from the latest album from AC/DC. From what I’ve heard so far it’s pretty good.

If it doesn’t play, follow this link

Remember This?

On our trip northwards on Saturday, Fern Cake remarked that ‘Everlasting Love’ by the Love Affair was one of his favourites. He said he found it uplifting and never tired of hearing it. We both remembered that Steve Ellis and his band had another hit but we couldn’t remember what it was. Tonight driving home the football phone in on Radio Clyde played an ad. from car dealers Evans Halshaw and it used this tune. That’s right, the elusive Love Affair one that I hadn’t heard for years.

Auld Son probably saw them live!

It’s a belter.

And edited to include this from Dusty Springfield. I remember this being played at Hampden at my very first Dumbarton match the 1970-71 league cup semi final v Celtic. Another cracking feel good track.

Only In Scotland.

From Today’s Scottish Sun. Not an April fool joke.

ASDA be blue ... Scottish Sun mock-up of how the Larkhall store could look

You can read the full (fool?) story by clicking on the link above. Basically, so troubled are the Rangers supporting Larkhall residents by the colour green that they are lobbying Asda to change their colour scheme to blue for a new store opening in the town. Far fetched? Well no not really, both Subway and Moss Pharmacy have already altered their colour schemes to exclude green in their Larkhall outlets.

One wonders if the stories about the ice cream vans playing ‘The Sash My Father Wore’ or calendars containing January, February, March March March have some truth!

Scotland Rocks – Frankie Miller

The finest rock/blues voice to come out of Scotland. Sadly Frankie is now unable to perform or even sing due to a brain hemorrhage he suffered in 1994.
Here he is with a medley of ‘Aint Got No Money’ and ‘Woman to Love’

Gift Ideas Again

Great for white shirts and Indian carry outs!