The Saturday Shuffle – Week 3

Another Saturday afternoon comes round again. Which means more musical randomness and waffling from yours truly! On with the show…

  1. I’ll Be Back – The Beatles. The Beatles. Again. A nice song from the Hard Day’s Night album that wasn’t in the film.
  2. I Feel Fine – The Beatles. Is this shuffle thing working?!! It seems it is. The first mainstream pop/rock track to feature feedback. Some say it was an accident, others suggest it was deliberate. I don’t care, because it’s the Beatles and it’s brilliant.
  3. My Ever Changing Moods – Paul Weller. Ok, so it’s actually a Style Council song, but it was on a Paul Weller compilation that featured his Jam and solo hits too. Quite appropriate for me these days as I can change in the blink of an eye.
  4. Watching The Wheels – John Lennon. A song obviously written about his five year break from the limelight, where he gave up music and being famous to bring up Sean. He was quite happy to do so, and I guess others were confused by it. I sometimes wish I could take a break from being me.
  5. Cry For Love – Iggy Pop. I downloaded the best of Iggy Pop after watching the second Trainspotting film (who doesn’t love ‘Lust For Life’?) and this is on the album. I obviously copied the whole album to my phone without listening to the songs first because I don’t remember hearing this song before! It’s not bad though, if you ask me.

And there it is for another week. Maybe there’ll be no Beatles songs next time, who really knows?!

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300 Days of Beer -Day 287

Day 287 – 8th December 2016

300beersThe 8th of December. The day the world mourns the passing of possibly the 20th Century’s greatest icons – John Lennon. Today, whilst mourning this, I also had cause to mourn something else… the now deceased handbrake on my car!! Motor problems out of the way (apart from remembering to leave the car in gear until it gets fixed next week), time for tonight’s beer, which is something that might be of interest to all those people who are due to be designated drivers this Christmas season. From those clever folks at Brewdog, ‘Nanny State’ is a zingy, flavoursome, hoppy ale with just 0.5% alcohol content. That’s right – you can have an ‘alcohol free’ ale that doesn’t taste like shit. So, head over to the website https://www.brewdog.com

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Just Imagine…

The past couple of weeks have seen the world news full of bad things. From the lost EgyptAir flight, to the murder of Christina Grimmie and the Orlando club massacre that took the lives of 49 innocent people and on to today’s senseless murder of British MP Jo Cox. The Human race is dealing with a number of self-made problems across the globe – Religious, Political and Social.

In the USA, the recent incidents are just the latest in a long list of gun-related incidents that only serve to put the gun nutters and the gun control campaigners at loggerheads, leaving the offensive Donald Trump to crow about how he would solve the problems of a nation by excluding an entire religion from their shores and building a wall between the USA and Mexico. Meanwhile all the right-minded people are shunning this point-scoring politics in preference for messages of love and brotherhood of the human race. The main focus has to be how easy it is to get your hands on a gun in that country without proper background checks – regardless of religion – because, let’s face it, every religion has it’s nutters.

Meanwhile in my own country, the ongoing EU Referendum debate is hotting up with the vote only seven days away. Friends and family are on opposite sides of the argument, with Immigration and Financial Control seeming to be high on the agenda. Personally, I am very much in favour of staying in – for reasons I won’t go into here – but people I know are on the other side. I’ve mostly chosen to keep my own counsel on this matter, but it gets really boring to see the same old soundbites regurgitated in various forms: “take control of our borders”, “our NHS can’t cope with all the immigrants”, “we send £350 million every week to the EU”. They are all easy things to say when you don’t have anything to back them up with – like politics for the simpletons. But the whole thing has been brought into stark reality with the murder of Jo Cox, a Labour MP who was an advocate for staying in the EU. At the moment, we don’t actually know the true motive for the murder, but I have seen the ‘Brexit’ related Internet already swirling with murmurings that the Remain campaign will use it as a tool to turn the tide of the debate. Shame on them, I say.

Finally, we have the global struggle to contain and eventually eradicate the ‘Islamic State’ ideology. On the one side we have their complete intolerance of anything that doesn’t fit with their rather twisted vision of Islam, and an apparent desire to enforce it on others, and then we have the normal, free-thinking world that is horrified at their willingness to inflict senseless pain and suffering on innocent people. I have to point out that the way matters were handled in Iraq, Libya and then Syria by the global powers have not exactly aided the situation either.

John Lennon wrote the song ‘Imagine’ in 1971, and I think the following lyric points to a lot of the trouble with humanity:

Imagine there’s no countries, it isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too

Imagine all the people, living life in peace…

So think on that, folks…