Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Not sure if it counts as a googlewhack (too many words), but if you search for the "h&r-genealogy edition 9" this site returns the only hit!

Nothing to do with nostalgia admittedly, just a point of (minute) interest (to me anyway)

Guilty pleasure??

Guilty pleasure my arse!!

I have just received my copy of the re-issue of Electric Light Orchestra's - "Out of the Blue". I now have three copies of this album, the original vinyl (up in the attic somewhere) and 2 cd's. The new one comes with the space ship cut out and make model in the booklet, just like the original, just a pity they didnt include the lyrics on this version.
Anyway does it still stand the test of time??...well yes it does, it doesn't sound too dated considering it first saw the light of day in 1978 nearly 30 years ago!!! There are some cheesy songs in there, but each one could have been a hit single back in the day. It's not very often that an album gets released with so little filler. I'd say that maybe there's one duff cut on the whole set.

I bought this album originally in the face of the punk explosion that had just hit my part of the world, and it took pride of place alongside my Queen, Eagles, Joe Walsh, Clash, Stranglers and Adverts albums. I was never embarrassed or guilty about its inclusion in my collection then, and am not now.

I remember the day I bought it, in fact it was one of the first times I was allowed to go to "town" and went with my cousin Nick. There was this great record store in Cardiff called Sound Advice in Castle Arcade, all dark and mysterious, great logo, and one of the girls who used to serve was a real hotty by my early teenage she didnt wear a bra!!!!! Can't recall what he bought that day, but I know we bought those joke cigarettes with the talcum powder in them that gave off puffs of "smoke" when you blew through them...wasn't long before I graduated to the real thing. As we arrived at my house the miserable old sod next door took a look at the record store bag and mumbled some derogatory comment about "more of that bloody noise" cos the record player had its speakers mounted on the adjoining wall and he'd bare the full brunt when my parents were out...haha!

Old people never "get" kids do they/we??

Friday, February 09, 2007

Snow in Wales (pt 2)

Yep, there's more snow in them there hills!

What a lovely day, woke up to a light frost, by 7.30a.m we had a good shower of the precious white stuff, and now it's still going here and its 11.30a.m, and the forecast says its in well into the middle of the afternoon .

Took some more pics, here you go.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Snow at last

Yes!! It's finally here...

Bollocks to you Global Warming!!!!!! Haha!!

Nothing quite like snow to get the nostalgia juices flowing. After days of promises we finally got the white stuff here in Wales.

Went to bed excited, woke up at 3 a.m....nothing!! Then 7.00a.m...what do ya know...snow!!!

Its been almost exactly a year since we last had some, and like last year I expect it will be pretty much gone by lunchtime around here, although they forecast more cold weather and freezing conditions. So if you're home and its snowing now...get the fuck out there and make the most of it, for once the world looks clean and nice.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

War of the Worlds

"The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one," he said.

"The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one - but still they come!"

Yup...Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds. What a magnum Opus...what a palaver!! Richard Burton, Phil Lynott, David Essex and Justin Hayward!!! (I hated the Moody Blues by the way!)
Funnily enough never bought it, but borrowed it of someone in school during the Christmas holidays. I only ever got as far as the first side, and bits of that are in the black hole of memories. I have an Mp3 version of it now, and I've listened to it a few times now, and decided that on the whole it's an overblown piece of fluff really, but then that's what the 70's were all about!!