Monday, August 29, 2016

Friday on my mind

Currently the plan for Friday evening is Venezuelan street food at Liqui Liqui, then music on the bandstand courtesy of the Merton Apprentice.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

For I am falser than vows made in wine.

Yesterday I kicked off in the pub at half eight in the morning watching the New Zealand Australia game over a couple of pints, then I went to the gym, and later I went to the Shakespeare exhibition in the British Library.

You will search in vain for a theme to the day.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

Note to self

Unless I miss my guess a Home of Style 2 metre Heavy Duty Corded Curtain Track (part 486910) is what I need on a like for like basis to replace the one that broke on Wednesday night in my house.

Jane Smith: Any last words?

John Smith: The new curtains are hideous.

Other things I need to do over the Bank Holiday week end include sewing a button on a shirt and mowing the lawn in the back garden.

Prodnose: How lucky we are to share the incredibly fascinating story of your life and every day to day event in all it's minute and tedious attention to detail... And was it a Thursday or a Wednesday? Or, oh, no, it wasn't though. Oh, who cares anyway because I do not. So Norman, if you're normal, I intend to be a freak for the rest of my life, and I shall baffle you with cabbages and rhinoceroses in the kitchen, incessant quotations from "Now We Are Six" through the mouthpiece of Lord Snooty's giant, poisoned, electric head.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The internet of stupid things

In 2013, former US Vice President Dick Cheney underwent surgery to remove the wireless connectivity from his pacemaker, for fear that it could be hacked in an assassination attempt.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it

Australia were well beaten by New Zealand in their own backyard on Saturday, which has started me wondering if perhaps Wales deserve more credit for their efforts this summer.

Remember that Warren Gatland’s team led 21-18 with just 18 minutes remaining of the opening rubber in New Zealand and were drawing 10-10 with 28 minutes left in the second.

Granted we lost all three games and the third is best passed over in silence, but it does make me wonder if England's triumph in Australia might not be all it has been built  up to be; the 44-40 win in the last game is not the most overwhelming of margins.

Possibly rashly, I have agreed to join Andy H in the Charles Holden at half past eight on Saturday morning for the next Bledisloe Cup game, further to develop this line of thought over a recklessly early beer.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Jah Jah Sound

I must say that Dubheart were fantastic at the Mills on Saturday. Mutton curry and rare rum at Garfield's afterwards was the icing on the cake.

Herewith the band on Spotify, Facebook and website for our records.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Guess What? Nothing. Absolutely Nothing.

This week: "Ridding stuff of its stuffy image."

Sunday, August 21, 2016

That's alright then

Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
Sir Francis Bacon suggests I needn't beat myself up over my reading style after all.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

I am genuinely appalled by myself

After taking months to read a posh, clever book about genetics, I a polished off an MMA biography in a matter of days (Icons passim).

Next I intend to crack on with Jo Marchant's Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind over Body. I had forgotten I had added it to the Amazon wish list I was browsing for my next companion volume, and realised that she will be talking about it at the Wimbledon Bookfest in October, so I can go and put her straight if I take issue with anything she has written.

While I think of it, Cure has also been shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize, along with Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Gene, the very book that it took me from June to August to get my head around. He probably wrote it more quickly than that.

Friday, August 19, 2016

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

Andy M says he has booked a ticket for the late set by Michel Camilo at Ronnie Scott's; 10:30 pm on Saturday. This is on top of coaching kids football in the morning, and then coming to the Mills for Caribbean music and food in the afternoon.

I am beyond impressed. The chances of me having the stamina to bowl up to Frith Street late at night after an afternoon socializing around music at licensed premises are exactly zero.

That said, the weekend night tube launches today. Once that extends to the Northern Line this autumn, late sets at Ronnie's will become a much more practical proposition.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

everybody's got a hungry heart

Street Food Circus 2016 launches today in Sophia Gardens, Bute Park (next to Cardiff Castle).

Free entry and open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the next six weeks.

One for the diary next time I am down.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Andy M is coming along to see Dubheart on Saturday at the Mills. To my astonishment he has got a pass as his daughter is all grown up, and his son is away. Man, we must be getting old.

Caribbean food from Garfield at Ting 'n Ting should be part of the themed day as well I think.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Iron Nun

Just like being back in Cardiff for the weekend.