Tuesday, September 01, 2015


The final world cup warm up game against Italy in the Millenium Stadium is at 5 o'clock in Saturday. it is only going to be shown on the regional BBC2 Wales channel so those of us who live in England will have to watch it on the iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbctwo?area=wales.

The Welsh win against Ireland on Saturday moved them up to fifth in the world rugby rankings ahead of England who have slipped to sixth.

There are two important Welsh football internationals coming up, both on Sky Sports 1; Cyprus away on Thursday and then Israel at home on Sunday. If we win both we will have qualified for the European Championships. The first time we have got the the finals of a major event for over half a century.

More good news is that rankings expert Eduard Ranghiuc, has predicted that when the latest FIFA figures are published on September 3, Wales will be at number nine and above England at ten. Four years ago they were 117th.

That is right, come Thursday Wales will be above England in the world rankings in rugby and football simultaneously.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Wales World Cup Squad

Forwards: Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Paul James (Ospreys), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Luke Charteris (Racing Metro), Bradley Davies (Wasps), Dominic Day (Bath), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons), James King (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Ospreys), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues).

Backs: Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Lloyd Williams (Ospreys), Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Cory Allen (Cardiff Blues), Jamie Roberts (Harlequins), Scott Williams (Scarlets Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon), Matthew Morgan (Bristol), George North (Northampton Saints), Liam Williams (Scarlets).

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Double feature

Listen To Me Marlon is out in UK cinemas on October 23, followed by a digital, DVD and Blu-ray release in November.

It's impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means.

These two movies,  a pizza and a wine box. Now that would be a night worth staying in for.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

the morning after

I am firing this post up before I leave London for Cardiff. Never having got round to Saul Bellow before I have downloaded an audio version of The Adventures of Augie March.

It is over 22 hours long so it may be a while before I let you know you I got on with it.

Friday, August 28, 2015


Uncle Michael's funeral is today; my godfather and my mother's brother.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

three sided football

3sf was originally conceived by Asger Jorn, a Danish artist and philosopher, in 1966 as a method of explaining his refinement of the Marxist dialectic (resulting in something Jorn referred to as "triolectics"). Jorn was a member of the Situationist International, a loose organisation of anarchists, Marxists and avant-garde artists who had become disillusioned not only with the promises of the increasing technological rationalisation of everyday life under capitalism, but also the dogmatic responses of the anti-capitalist intelligentsia at the time. They sought creative alternatives to all facets of life, seeking to deconstruct the limits of work, play and everything in between. Although Jorn's theoretical reworking of a central Marxist tenet never really took off, his attempt left a legacy that is increasingly felt around the world.
"Jorn was hopeless at trying to describe [triolectics]," said Dyson. "He was coming completely out of left field, and no one had a clue what he was talking about. So he came up with the metaphor of three-sided football to explain it."
In keeping with the anti-authoritarian spirit that gave birth to the sport, the rules of 3sf are few, and considered more as guiding principles than steadfast laws. In general, the game should involve a ball, three teams and a hexagonal pitch – anything beyond this is subject to spontaneous revision.
Unlike conventional football, a team doesn't win by scoring the most goals, but rather victory is predicated on how few goals a team concedes to its opponents. This arrangement is supposedly meant to expose the ideological underpinnings of conventional football, which is confrontational, aggressive and deterministic: there is generally a clear winner and loser, and players must operate in accordance with rigid rules and well-defined strategies.
Off me head son.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Kindle Owners' Lending Library

Borrow one Kindle book per month from over 500,000 titles for free on any Kindle device with no due dates.
I have worked out that you can't get at the Kindle Owners' Lending Library from the Amazon website, you have to do it from a Kindle device directly. My stumbling block now is finding anything worth "borrowing."

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Emergency. Paging Dr Beat

I was back at the Antelope quiz last night for the first time in four weeks what with one thing and another. We drew for first place but only got the second prize of a £25 quid bar tab as Andrew got beaten in a rock, paper, scissors tie break.

We should really have won as I identified Dr Beat by Miami Sound Machine in the music round, but dropped a point when the stand-in quiz master would only accept Gloria Estafan as the artist. We were right and he was wrong. When I worked in Fluor there was a draughtsman in the control and instrumentation department who used to sing it all day long. It drove me nuts at the time, but the song has been in my bones ever since.

The team didn't win or even place at all while I was unavailable. There is an atavistic side to me that doesn't really mind.

Monday, August 24, 2015

A beginner's guide

Nominations opened on June 9. The voting process began on Friday 14 August 2015 and will close on Thursday 10 September 2015, with the results announced on Saturday 12 September 2015. This leadership election feels to me as if it has been going on forever.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Renato Guttuso

I stayed in last night. Herself is away on holiday so I had to be on duty to feed, water and lodge the bomber when he got back from stray cat strutting the environs.

I watched a show called Sicily Unpacked - Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli take viewers on a journey into the heart of Sicily and introduce one another to the food and art of the island.

I was very taken by a painting by Renato Guttuso  called La Vucciria that featured in it. Note to self: find out more about Guttusso.

Saturday, August 22, 2015


99p ain't too shabby for a movie with Best Picture, Actor and Adapted Screenplay, among other, nods at this year's Oscars.

The Bomber and I finished season 1 (all 23 episodes) of Arrow last night on Prime Video. Is Amazon taking over the world?

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ashley Madison

I am (hat tip, Kali) fairly sure that this will not be the thing that causes the collapse of western civilization.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Nemesis in Echo and Narcissus

This is pretty much how I feel staring at my computer screen this morning.
I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Fire stick

Mr D. says:
Why does Fire Stick not work with Prime Music? Every attempt at loading my library has failed...despite the party tricks (previous posts). It works on all my other third party devices!...just not yours!....��

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2015 16:43:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jul 2015 16:55:08 BDT
HartWud says:
I had that problem initially, but -
Step 1: go to Settings and select Applications, then select Manage Installed Apps, then select Amazon Music and Force Stop then Clear Data,
Step 2: then disconnect power from your FiresStick (Restart is usually ok, but I needed to disconnect power too),
Step 3: wait a few secs, then reconnect power to the FireStick and it will restart and reload everything

- my playlists and everything now show up fine!
So do mine (see Icons passim). Thanks HartWud. I also added a new album to my library last night after I had done the Force Stop and Clear. It showed up on the Fire Stick in real time so this is a once and for all fix, which is a relief. The only caveat is that you can't manage your library on the Fire Stick. Adding music has to be done on a different device.