Friday, July 03, 2015

First it giveth, then it taketh away

AC/DC arrive on Spotify but Prince has left the building. It is all very confusing.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

" going to be brutal"

Wellington - The Hurricanes-Highlanders Super 15 final on Saturday "is going to be brutal" and could damage New Zealand's World Cup strength, according to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.
But he admits he wouldn't have it any other way with southern hemisphere club rugby supremacy at stake.
The Hurricanes, with 12 current All Blacks in their squad, compared to five with the Highlanders, have been installed as favourites by the pragmatists for the sold-out game in Wellington.
Rugby romantics, however, are backing the Highlanders who field a band of rugby nobodies with a never-say-die attitude.
Andy H's beloved home town Hurricanes have made the Super 15 finals, so he has booked a table in the Charles Holden for eight o'clock on Saturday morning to watch it over breakfast and a pint. That "is going to brutal" for me and John before the afternoon's crawfish boil. No need to plan anything very elaborate for the evening I feel.

It is interesting to note that the 'Canes have been on a roll ever since Mark Hammett left them for the Cardiff Blues where he also flopped.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Back in Black

AC/DC have finally bitten the bullet and joined Spotify. You may take the rest of the day off while you bang your head on your desktop.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bringing it to the boil

Battersea Park
1 minute
Walk to Queens Circus

Step 2

Queens Circus
8 minutes
Cycle to Westbridge Road

Step 3

Westbridge Road
3 minutes
Walk to SW11 4NP
SW11 4NP

Monday, June 29, 2015

The New Bermondsey

Colliers Wood could become a beer brewing hub if plans for a pub micro-brewery are given the go-ahead.
The William Morris Pub in Merton Abbey Mills has applied to be extended and install brewing equipment for a micro-brewery not far from a new brewery which is currently being built.
A micro-brewery typically produces small quantities of beer, usually for consumption on the premises where it is based.
It is thought the new brewery would produce a local beer, like its soon-to-be-neighbour the Wimbledon Brewery.
Mark Gordon who is setting up the Wimbledon Brewery in Prince Georges Road, Colliers Wood has welcomed the plans as his own brewery takes shape.
Kevin G told me about this yesterday. I had vaguely heard of it but thought I had  it mixed up with the Wimbledon Brewery.

You can get the skinny on the application here. It looks like they will be taking over the empty Mamma Rosa restaurant. It is all good as far as I am concerned but then again I just work here, rather than living in the flats.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Formula E

The opening part of the double-header finale of the Formula E season was a cracker when we saw it at Battersea Park yesterday. I'll watch the second race on the telly this afternoon I think.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015

If you build it he will come

Do you remember a blog post about Kung Fury at the end of 2013? A guy called David Sandberg made some test footage for an over-the-top action comedy he wanted to write, direct, and star in; then went to Kickstarter to try and fund it. 17,713 backers pledged $630,019 to help bring the project to life so here it is. Arcade-robots, dinosaurs, nazis, vikings, norse gods, mutants and a super kung fu-cop called Kung Fury, all wrapped up in an 80s style action packed adventure. Seventeen million plus views on YouTube and rising.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Roots Of Rock From Cardiff To Mississippi And Back

This is an edited slice taken from the forthcoming Peter Finch: The Roots Of Rock From Cardiff To Mississippi And Back, due for publication from Seren Books in the autumn of 2015.
Route 55 is in the air every where.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Down in the Tube Station at Midnight

With all-night weekend services are set to begin on 12 September on sections of the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines, Transport for London has released the finalised map for the night-time Tube service.

Take a gander above. There is hardly anything south of the river. Happy days for living a five minute walk from Colliers Wood on the Northern line. I wonder if it will boost property prices in relation to other parts of Sarf London?

In anticipation, the Telegraph has put together a bar crawl of favourite late-night spots from which I can catch a Night Tube home, come the fateful day.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Gracious acknowledgement for the Old Ruts U14s (soon to be U15s) efforts fund and profile raising efforts as part of the end of season tour to Wales.

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Axeman's Jazz

New Orleans 1919. As music fills the city, a serial killer strikes . . .

Winner of the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel of the Year.

Longlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year Award

As recommended on the Radio 2 Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman

A stunning atmospheric crime thriller set in New Orleans, 1919 and inspired by a real life serial killer

As a dark serial killer - The Axeman - stalks the city, three individuals set out to unmask him . . .

Though every citizen of the 'Big Easy' thinks they know who could be behind the terrifying murders, Detective Lieutenant Michael Talbot, heading up the official investigation, is struggling to find leads. But Michael has a grave secret, and if he doesn't get himself on the right track fast, it could be exposed . . .

Former detective Luca d'Andrea has spent the last six years in Angola state penitentiary, after Michael, his protégée, blew the whistle on his corrupt behaviour. Now a newly freed man, Luca is back working with the mafia, whose need to solve the mystery of the Axeman is every bit as urgent as that of the authorities.

Meanwhile, Ida is a secretary at the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Obsessed with Sherlock Holmes and dreaming of a better life, Ida stumbles across a clue which lures her and her musician friend, Louis Armstrong, to the case - and into terrible danger . . .

As Michael, Luca and Ida each draw closer to discovering the killer's identity, the Axeman himself will issue a challenge to the people of New Orleans: play jazz or risk becoming the next victim. And as the case builds to its crescendo, the sky will darken and a great storm will loom over the city . . .
Inspired by a true story, set against the heady backdrop of jazz-filled, mob-ruled New Orleans, The Axeman's Jazz by Ray Celestin is an ambitious, gripping thriller announcing a major talent in historical crime fiction.

This is the book the Bomber got me for my birthday today. Perhaps he does pay attention to some of the things I say after all, having picked up on my love of all things N'Awlins and a good detective story,

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Grandma look! I'm doing Kylie bum!

I am off with a bunch of people to see Kylie Minogue at Hyde Park later. I am very far from sure how and why I signed up for this.

Needs must when the devil drives, but it has at least dislodged a memory. Ms Minogue's "Spinning Around" was released in June 2000 and the Bomber was born in September.

He seems to have been precociously influenced by the video. I have a clear, clear memory of him as a toddler thrusting out his gyrating backside while rubbing both buttocks lasciviously glancing back over his shoulder shouting, "Look, Grandma look! I'm doing Kylie bum! I'm doing Kylie bum!"

How proud of him she must have been, and what I wouldn't give to have immortalised that on video tape.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Bodean's Balham

Back in the day Balham was Peter Sellers’ Gateway to the South, a national joke coined by a comedy legend. Today the good folks of Balham have the last laugh as South London’s chuckle central is a mecca for laughter-lovers, hipsters and — hallelujah, mama! — Connoisseurs of the finest BBQ and rare beers, Bourbons and sipping whiskies to be found this side of the Atlantic divide.
Loud and proud on Balham’s main drag, Bodean’s corner site bar and BBQ is a local landmark on the highway to the stars. Whether you’ve come to worship the ultimate Kansas City BBQ or sit at our elegant U-bar sampling our selection of prime Stateside ales and rare liquors, you know you’ve come home to good times.

Do you fancy Bodean's if you come up on Friday night before the 4 July Crawfish Boil? Google Maps says we will be there fifteen minutes and two Northern Line tube stops after leaving my house.