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Bigmouth Strikes Again...


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Ah depression my old friend. You've come to stay with me again...
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My Top 25 Most Played tracks on my iPod.
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I use Shuffle 90% of the time so any embarrassing ones, it's all the machine's fault!

1. The Space In Between - How To Destroy Angels.
2. Jet City Woman - Queensryche.
3. The Power Of Love - Gabrielle Aplin.
4. Ace Of Spades - Motorhead.
5. Rock City - The Yo-Yo's.
6. R.A.M.O.N.E.S. - Motorhead.
7. R.A.M.O.N.E.S. - The Ramones. (Yes, really. Both these two in a row).
8. Touch Me I'm Sick - Sonic Youth.
9. Crack In The Union Jack - Suede.
10. Runaways - The Killers.
11. Kayleigh - Marillion.
12. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) - Marvin Berry and The Starlighters.
13. Lucky - Radiohead.
14. Screamager - Therapy?
15. California Dreamin' - The Mamas And The Papas.
16. Born To Run - Wolfsbane.
17. Hold Me Now - Elastica.
18. Santa Monica - Everclear.
19. Oh My God - Guns N'Roses.
20. The Wicker Man - Iron Maiden.
21. Shining Light - Ash.
22. Zero - Smashing Pumpkins
23. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want - The Smiths.
24. Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode.
25. Church Of The Broken Hearted - Ginger Wildheart.

Still, not a bad old list eh? With those two versions of R.A.M.O.N.E.S. in a row and the fact that my iPod once shuffled Underkill by The Wildhearts and Overkill by Motorhead back to back, I think it's become self-aware.
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Peter O'Toole? His nickname should have been Peter O'Coole.
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On top of all the deserved accolades for his acting skills, he once apparently hired a bus with Guinness on tap and offered people a free drink and ride to the polling station if they voted Labour.

Nobody does eccentricity like Britain.

http://richardosley.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/ben-ken-and-how-to-win-an-election-in-hampstead-and-kilburn/

The perils of Facebook...
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I like Facebook but I don't really use it as others may do.

One of the things I don't do is add people from my fairly distant past. It's nothing personal to them of course and if they wanted to add me I probably wouldn't add back. Blimey 'add back' is that even what you do? You can probably tell that I am not exactly au fait with this concept!

With regard to suddenly coming back into contact with people from my past via Facebook, I always remember the Jeff Goldblum character and his rhetoric from Jurassic Park about how humans and dinosaurs have been separated by millions of years of evolution and therefore suddenly bringing them back together isn't such a great Idea. Well people from my past and I have been separated by years of personal evolution and me adding them and saying 'hey' probably wouldn't work out so well.

I'm not saying that it's wrong, people I know seem to have a lot of fun with it, but it's just not for me. The thought of coming back into contact with people I haven't seen since I was 16 years old makes me shudder! I am a completely different person now. I was a completely different person when I was 17!

I love when people say 'there's a first time for everything'.
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By the rule of this wonderful phrase, because the world has never been eaten by a giant cat it will be one day because 'there's a first time for everything'. And because Soviet tanks have never rolled through Melton Mowbray with the aim of 'freeing the noble pork pie from capitalist tyranny', its surely going to pass because 'there's a first time for everything'. And you know what? Though the Isle of Man has never invaded and conquered the continental United States it will one day because 'there's a first time for everything'.

But you have to keep positive. For while I have never kissed the forehead of Scarlett Johansson (or Emily Blunt for that matter, since you're asking) it will happen one day because 'there's a first time for everything'. Actually this one may come under the classification of 'stranger things have happened...oh no they haven't, not this strange'.

Neither has the Queen ever scored a spectacular bicycle kick in the last minute of added-on time to beat Germany in a World Cup Final but, you've guessed it, 'there's a first time for everything'.

Actually when you think about the theory that there are an infinite number of universes where different things have happened (me being born a pterodactyl for example) some of these things might actually have happened. Although I think is a theory about multiple dimensions not 'crazy shit theory'!

Tell me why! - I don't like Thursdays.
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Okay bad Boomtown Rats reference! And maybe I don't not like Thursdays but am slightly peeved at them. These of course will be personal reasons for example: My mum died on a Thursday and my relationship with my dad took a rather unfortunate turn with a major disagreement on a Thursday. Today in fact.

But its not just me! The Europa League in football has become something of an inconvenience and that's played on a Thursday. October 24, 1929 was Black Thursday when when stock prices on the New York Stock Exchange tumbled and was the beginning of what became known as the the Great Depression.

'Thursday' is also the title of a 1998 movie (you can tell I just Googled this, right?) where a drug dealer that has gone straight and has a family and respectable job is pulled back into his former life. I'll bet that happened on a Thursday too!

And there's its place within the week. The weekend is of course the weekend, Saturday and Sunday. Monday is the start of the week, without Tuesday Wednesday can't the middle of the week and Friday is the end of the week. Thursday is the...I dunno. Payday for a lot of people I guess. So maybe I am giving it a raw deal at some level!

I suppose you've got to have a least favourite day of the week and this'll have to be mine!

The Killers - 'Runaways'.
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It seems that every year I always think 'will there be a song and / or video that I will think stands up to what I listened to years ago'? And every year I seem to find a good few songs and / or videos that do. Like this one. The lyrics are just amazing too.

I saw them perform it on Jools Holland's show and that's what really reeled me in as to the genius of this song.


A blast from the past. Well, not exactly a blast maybe.
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Last week I had occasion to visit the workplace that I was laid off from in 2009. I hadn't been back in all this time and the place looked kinda jaded it needed a lick of paint among other things.

Weird thing is, three years ago when I was let go I would probably have felt good that it looked rather less appealing than when I left but now...not so much. I felt the same disappointment as Elizabeth Shaw did when the crew found the, as they thought then, empty pyramid in Prometheus.

I wanted so much for the place to be teeming with life and industry and was sad that it wasn't or at least not teeming with as much life and industry. I mean it was a very overcast and gloomy day weather-wise and maybe that had something to do with my feeling that it was pretty down at heel.

The yard, which I took great pleasure in organising while I worked there, had seen better days and that was particularly distressing for me.

Maybe this lack of schadenfreude at the sight of the old place means I am finally growing up emotionally?

Grand Theft Audio - As Good As It Gets
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Grand Theft Audio (not to be confused with any computer game with a similar name) were / are still I think (they're one of these bands that splits and reforms periodically) a British dance-rock band in the early 2000s. They actually did dance-rock quite well as this video shows.

Good lyrics certainly help though!
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And you know what? Prometheus WAS mega!
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I saw Prometheus yesterday and I am still trying to figure parts of it out. This marks it out as not your average summer blockbuster.

There are hints all over it to the original Alien but its not a direct prequel. That will probably come in the sequel to Prometheus which is apparently being planned so the sequel will be the prequel. I know some will be disappointed with the fact that there is not a massive glowing arrow with lights on pointing to the original Alien but the world Ridley Scott has created is awesome.

There is more than enough to keep even the slightly interested in sci-fi like me occupied for two and a bit hours. Some scenes I am frankly amazed got past the censors too. The plot and the big ideas contained therein are sometimes completely bonkers but show the kind of imagination Hollywood has been missing since Scott's last sci-fi outing, Blade Runner. I didn't get that movie myself but the ideas were amazing.

So yeah definitely worth waiting for. Roll on the sequel!

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