Thursday, August 27, 2009

Stamp It Out

Former England rugby player Simon Halliday, interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today programme about 'blood-gate', the incident in which a joke shop blood capsule was used to fake an injury, suggested, "When this sort of situation arises, you have to stamp on it." Presumably, he'd prefer real blood.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Son Of The Father

Praise Be !

Just as it must be irritating for cricketer Stuart Broad to be continually compared and sometimes confused with his similarly talented father Chris, so can I imagine that Tom Ravenscroft, who's standing in for Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music, doesn't particularly welcome the continual comparisons with his dad, the late John Peel, who I was missing only the other day.

As he probably won't be reading this blog, I can confirm that the similarities in speech, musical tastes and appearance are definitely there. Apparently, he was also standing in for Tom Robinson, another idol from my youth, when he was away last month. He's presented on obscure stations before, like the short lived Channel 4 Radio and podcasts for Global Soundtracks but let's hope he gets his own BBC 6 Music show soon.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Cutis Anserina aka Goose bumps

Needing to calm down after the magnificent and slightly surprising Ashes victory at the Kennington Oval, my old stomping ground, I tuned in to Guy Garvey, off of Elbow, on BBC 6Music. I'm not that keen on his band, nor am I usually a great fan of his self-referential chat on his Sunday evening show, but his musical choices are often spot on and he goes some way, together with Stuart Maconie's Sunday afternoon Freak Zone, also on 6Music, to filling the enormous empty boots left by John Peel's departure from this earth, via Peru.

Last night was no exception, with Ella Fitzgerald's 'Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered', an AR Kane track that Mr Pink used to play to me a lot in 1988 and then a tune that I'd been humming all week - 'Is That All There Is?', sung by Peggy Lee, composed by Leiber and Stoller, but for some reason in my mind connected to Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht.

Then it was goose bump time, with 'Inheritance' from Talk Talk's 'Spirit of Eden'. It got me thinking about goose bumps. Does everyone get them from listening to certain music and what's going on in the brain when they occur ? Some people get them from watching a scary movie and lots of people get them when feeling chilly, when the reaction actually serves a purpose in making the hairs on the skin stand on end, thereby trapping a layer of insulating air. But why from music ?

There's suggestion that the brain produces them to dissipate excess mental energy, when faced by something which it/you are in awe of, preferable, I suppose, to just standing there with your mouth open.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Bristol Bangladeshis v Easton Cowboys

Took the old Olympus OM10 + telephoto lens + 2x converter & tripod to a cricket match at Oldbury Court.

Once I've finished the film, sent it off to be developed, got the prints back and scanned them, I'll post some photos here.

UPDATE: 22/09/09 - The combination of camera shake and an old scratched scanner on the blink doesn't make these look very impressive and they might be the last photos I take with 35 mm film, not because I'm getting a nice new digital SLR but because Truprint are winding down their old style operation, no longer reprinting from negatives or sending fresh film with each order.

The ground is on such a slope that it makes it look as if silly mid-on has no legs.

It's a seagull, not a hanky.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


A good crop this month, having avoided the blight of previous years.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

109 Not Out

Escaped the city via the the old Whitchurch Railway path, the entrance to which (above) is in a cul-de-sac past Brislington.

A day for hay making and ripening harvests.

Headed for Winford, via the back roads, struggling up the hill to Dundry.

Winford Cricket Club, at the end of another cul-de-sac. The aeroplanes coming in to land at Bristol Airport every ten minutes or so. After the expansion, will that be down to five ?

Winford were bowled out for 118, but the Easton Cowboys only managed 98, despite having a massive 18 overs to spare. As disappointing as another cricket match that finished today.

Back to Bristol via the main roads, shaving half an hour off the outward journey. Roughly 25 miles round trip, two and a half hours in the saddle.

109 days without travelling by car.