Sunday, January 06, 2019

Eraldo Bernocchi album: Like A Fire That Consumes All Before it'

New to me.

Listen to Eraldo Bernocchi - Like I Wasn't There (from 'Like A Fire That Consumes All Before it') by RareNoiseRecords #np on #SoundCloud

Nice review here:

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Great interview with Rudy Van Gelder - note comments on digital vs analog.

This (from 2011) is all worth a read however these comments on digital vs analog are worth paying attention to:

What are your feelings on digital versus analog?

The linear storage of digital information is idealized. It can be perfect. It can never be perfect in analog because you cannot repro­duce the varying voltages through the dif­ferent translations from one medium to an­other. You go from sound to a microphone to a stylus cutting a groove. Then you have to play that back from another stylus wig­gling in a groove, and then translate it back to voltage.

The biggest distorter is the LP it­self. I've made thousands of LP masters. I used to make 17 a day, with two lathes go­ing simultaneously, and I'm glad to see the LP go. As far as I'm concerned, good rid­dance. It was a constant battle to try to make that music sound the way it should. It was never any good. And if people don't like what they hear in digital, they should blame the engineer who did it. Blame the mastering house. Blame the mixing engi­neer. That's why some digital recordings sound terrible, and I'm not denying that they do, but don't blame the medium.


Monday, October 22, 2018

Hell You Talmbout

David Byrne's band played this as their final encore at last night's Leeds gig.
Really powerful, didn't really understand it as they were playing it.

Here's the wikipedia article:

Monday, October 08, 2018

Climate Change: We've been told, plenty of times.

The most important news which should affect every political & economic decision we make.
I don't think we (as a species) have any intention of changing from 'business as usual'. We'll just watch the calamity play out.

Global warming must not exceed 1.5C, warns landmark UN report

Saturday, October 06, 2018

For tradecraft fans... The Spy and the Traitor - BBC Book of the Week

Enjoyed listening to this on a long drive yesterday.

The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintrye
Ben Mcintyre's thrilling history tells the breathtaking story of a KGB double-agent operating at the height of the Cold War.
Passing countless secrets to his British spymasters at M16 over the course of a decade he undermined the Soviet Union's intelligence gathering machine from deep within. Eventually, he was betrayed and what followed was a sequence of events involving ingenuity, duplicity, and fearlessness.
Read by Tim McInnerny.
Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Interesting in the light of recent claims/revelations.
You can understand how people who join and risk their lives, put their trust in colleagues, don't take well to traitors.

See also
The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintrye review – the astonishing story of a cold war superspy

#TrueStory #Tradecraft

Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Shape of Water

Finally got around to watching The Shape of Water last night.
"Set in Baltimore, Maryland in 1962, the story follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with a captured humanoid amphibian creature."

Rather lovely.

Offbeat and quirky (n all that).
Great setting in the early 60s in the middle of the cold war.
Lovely score and the way it's all shot in various shades of green (or is that teal).

Kermode get it right:


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Family/Childhood Cine Films

Thanks to my sister Sue and brother-in-law Phil who have dug out and processed to digital these old family cine-films from the 1960 & 70s.
Do not adjust your volume - these are silent movies.

Various family activities, mainly from holidays, showing a slice life for 60/70s kids.
They feature various family members and some lovely views of our parents who amazingly kept us all active and entertained.
No electronic devices and distractions... we had to make our own fun/dispel the boredom ;-)

There are a few scenes of me playing football which I'll do another post on some time.

YouTube Playlist here:

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Dedicated to The Few... favourite 3 tunes of 2015

As prompted by Mr Tom Finnerty and The Few...
Few’s North Music Poll – 2015

1) David Bowie - Blackstar

Out of nowhere... weird and wonderful with a new backing band of NYC jazzers.

So good to have Bowie releasing genuinely interesting and challenging music and videos.

Can't wait for the album.
I'm a blackstar, I'm not a gangstar. I'm a blackstar, I'm a blackstar. I'm not a pornstar, I'm not a wandering star. I'm a blackstar, I'm a blackstar

2) New Order - Nothing But A Fool

Really enjoyed the NO album... a breath of fresh air.
This track just got to me... a mix of the older guitar-led NO amongst the more synth-led (a la Technique) style of much of the album.

Hummable pop music for indie-sensibilities.

3) Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra - Into Forever (feat Josephine Oniyama)

A recent(ish) discovery for me.
Manchester based trumpeter, composer, arranger and band-leader Matthew Halsall is one of the rising stars of the UK jazz scene.
This incarnation of his band the Gondwana Orchestra produced a lovely album of contemporary jazz which looks backward to influences from the greats and forward to keep the jazz flame alive.
Halsall’s jazz sensibilities constantly lead him to energise the gentlest passages with contrastingly prodding bass hooks, tough drum patterns and rimshot snaps (as on The Land Of), McCoy Tyner-like piano lines edging through Rachael Gladwin’s harp swoops
I've chosen this, title track from the album as they chose to feature it with a video and it is representative of the feeling of the album as a whole.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Wikipedia Vandalism FTW: Quick Thinking editor pranks #WhitehawkFC page

Was just watching some footy news on BBC1 and they were covering the FA Cup tie: Dag & Red 1 v 1 Whitehawk

and they interviewed the Whitehawk manager (left)... who looks a bit like Harry Enfield (we thought).

So checking on Wikipedia who he is it says (or does now): Harry Enfield.

Looking at the history you can see that somebody else had the same thought and did some quick work to update the Wikipedia page :)

He's actually Steve King - I expect it'll be corrected soon.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Bill Adams Tributes

On behalf of Sue, Wendy and myself.

Dad's funeral was a week ago and it was so good to see so many friends and family in attendance.

Thanks to everyone for your support and such kind words about Dad.

Here are some shares of information and photos.

Order of Service PDF Download

Tribute from Steve PDF Download

Meadhurst Retired Member Tribute PDF Download

Photos from the reception HERE & Slideshow

Other Photo collection HERE & Slideshow


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bill Adams Funeral Arrangements ~ Monday 23rd November 2015

~ Bill Adams Funeral ~

Monday 23rd November 2015
Everyone is welcome to attend both the service and reception

Download as a PDF HERE

Funeral Service: 2pm

South West Middlesex Crematorium
Hounslow Road
TW13 5JH
Tel: 020 8894 9001
Google Maps LINK

Reception: 3pm

Meadhurst Club
Chertsey Road,
Sunbury On Thames
TW16 7LN
Tel: 01932 763500
Google Maps LINK

Flowers & Donations

Flowers from immediate family
Donations via Lodge Brothers Funeral Directors
  • Via Post: 65 High Street Walton on Thames Surrey KT12 1DJ
  • Online via Lodge Brothers HERE
  • Collection at the funeral
This local hospice provided amazing care for our Mum and Dad and is funded mostly by donations. We would like to recognise their role in our lives and to help fund their continued work.

The Foundation funds projects that directly benefit cancer patients and which also contribute international research into the disease.
We feel this charity reflects Dad’s lifetime love of football.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Rest in Peace Dad

Bill Adams - 2015
Bill Adams - 2015
Our lovely Dad, Bill Adams passed away peacefully this morning at around 05:30.
My sisters (Sue & Wendy) were with him through the night and I spoke to him on the phone yesterday afternoon.

Charlie and I visited him last week and spent some precious time together.

Click HERE for a link to an online slideshow of a set of fairly random photos from my collection from the last 15 years or so (the digital photo era).

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Update: Tuesday 26th May

Bill's continuing to recover well and on Saturday moved from St Peters to Clare House in Walton and has settled in very well. He would love to have some visitors and suggests you call ahead on his mobile to check for a good time.

By Sue on Saturday 23rd April
Clare House [website]
36 Hersham Road
KT12 1JJ

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Update: Saturday 16th May

Bill's continuing to recover from the infection and is responding well to treatment.

We're expecting him to remain in hospital for a few more weeks, possibly more.

He's had visits from more friends & family recently and he'd love some more visitors now.
If you want to visit or get in touch see the details below.

Taken By Sue on Friday

Hospital Details: Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey

Bill is in the Swift Ward (01932 722201) which is in the Duchess of Kent Wing (To the rear of the site)

Guildford Road, Chertsey,
Surrey, KT16 0PZ

Switchboard: 01932 872000

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Bill Update: Sunday 10th May

Bill's been doing much better in recent days. Out of bed more and feeling stronger.

(Daughter) Wendy saw him yesterday and provided the photo below.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Bill: 7th May

Dad's really picked up in the last couple of days, out of bed & sitting up, stronger appetite & enjoying his food. He's enjoyed visits from family & friends.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Bill: Monday 4th May

Steve and John Jeremiah visited Bill today. He was a bit quiet but doing OK.

Here's a photo of the two of them together.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Bill: Sunday 3rd May

Dad had a much better day yesterday (Saturday). His voice returned more fully (had been a bit of croaky whisper) he ate much better and had some conversations on the phone and with visitors.

Sue's with him now (Sunday morning) with his good friend John Jeremiah and I'll be going in later on.

Here's a photo I took yesterday.

So here's hoping he has another good day today.

I'll keep posting updates here which you can find via this link:

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Update on Bill Adams for friends and family.

This is an update about my Dad, Bill Adams who is currently very ill in hospital and is intended for friends and family.
Steve Adams (Bill's son)

Currently (Saturday 2nd May 2015)

Bill is in St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey and has a very bad infection (sepsis) from a nasty skin ulcer.
He has been very weak for several days now and his body is having a big battle against the infection.
As one of the nurses said, it's like when you have a dose of flu and are weak, feverish and can hardly sit up.
This is why he has been out of contact over the last week-ten days or so. He has received many messages (phone & email) which we have passed on to him.

He has great care, the right drugs and good pain relief.

The medical staff have advised us it is a very serious condition for a man of his age and background health problems.
Obviously we are all very concerned for him and close family and friends are here and around now and in recent days.


The medical staff have advised us that he needs rest and should not have too many visitors.

If you are thinking of visiting it would be best to coordinate a bit with either Sue or myself

Sue (Daughter): 07941 083235
Steve (Son): 07901 917 113

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Moto X & the coming Age of Context

A couple of good articles by heavy hitting tech commentators around the recent Moto X announcement.

The Inside Story of the Moto X: The Reason Google Bought Motorola

The most interesting thing for me about all these gadgets/devices in recent years has always been the services. The amazing leaps Google has been making with things like Google Now and with the new Motorola phone (specifically: touchless control, quick capture photos, battery conservation, hands-free authentication) show the promise of the smart AI(like) knowledge about us (our activities, preferences, relationships and environment etc) combined with ever-smarter (sensors) and ever-more connected devices.

Exciting times... so long we find the energy required to keep powering this techno-progress!

Friday, November 30, 2012

it's the Long Emergency... gently coming into view.. spreading everywhere soon...

The global oil predicament, climate change, and other shocks to the system, with implications for how we will live in the decades ahead.
James Howard Kunstler The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century
Greeks turn to the forests for fuel as winter nears | World news | The Guardian: "Greeks turn to the forests for fuel as winter nears
As austerity tightens its grip, many of the middle class find themselves in a desperate struggle to make ends meet"

Climate change is happening now – a carbon price must followThe extreme weather events of 2012 are what we have been warning of for 25 years, but the answer is plain to see - James Hansen

Thursday, November 29, 2012

We live in interesting (Media) times...

It's a very tough line between "press freedom" (see how some of the daft tabloids like to define "public interest") and ensuring powerful publications are held to account when they do "bad things" (it's sad their readers apparently don't boycott them - whatever they do).

There will be lots of arguing about "statutory underpinning" so that any regulator will have some teeth (e.g. currently Desmond's papers walked away from the PCC - showing how easy it is to just ignore it).

However.. today's piece by Emily Bell provides great context:
"Lord Justice Leveson more than once referred to the internet as "the elephant in the room". Leveson is in fact more like the tea hut in the elephant sanctuary by that measure. The scope of the work puts him in self-imposed isolation from what is happening in the wider world of information."

Friday, November 16, 2012

If I vote for you - you won't win!

It seems I'm keeping up my near 100% record of never voting for a wining candidate in any election (Vince Cable in Twickers is the exception which proves the rule).
Impressive 13.3% turnout - way to go people!

Julia MulliganNorth Yorkshire PCC election: Julia Mulligan winsConservative Julia Mulligan has been elected as North Yorkshire's first police and crime commissioner (PCC).
Mrs Mulligan, a former local councillor and school governor, beat Labour's Ruth Potter by 47,885 votes to 34,328 votes.
The result comes after a low turnout, with figures showing just 13.3% of the electorate went to the polls.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Guardian's: 50 months to save the world – interactive

 Interesting looking resource:
"The world has 50 months to go before the dice become loaded against us in terms of keeping under a 2C temperature rise. We asked Guardian readers and public figures what they would do to lead us out of this climate predicament. From mass protest to pensions to personal carbon targets, here are their suggestions "
50 months Rob HopkinsI've read a couple, Rob Hopkins (Transition Towns Project) is as always sane, balanced and serious. He's a hero - kind of like a Tim Berners-Lee in that he has quietly created a movement/model which can be adopted/adapted golobally. Wouldn't it be great if it caught on like the WWW.

"The question here is "what should we do differently?" The answer is: pretty much just about everything. Nationally and internationally, while the scale and pace of climate change are accelerating, meaningful responses are dwindling. Part of our collective paralysis comes from the fact that we struggle to imagine a world with less energy, less consumerism, less annual GDP growth. What will it look like, sound like, feel like? Does it inevitably mean that you should start seeking out your cave on Dartmoor as we speak, and developing a taste for slugs? Of course not."

Digging David Byrne and St. Vincent: Love This Giant

I've been enjoying new David Byrne project Love This Giant - his collaberation with St. Vincent.

More info here:

I agree with this: "a skewed and funky instant classic."
The Independent's Andy Gill[21] and Simmy Richman[22] consider the brass instrumentation the greatest strength of the album with the latter declaring the work "a skewed and funky instant classic."
 Worth checking out. I've been listening on the great (yet audio quality challenged) Rdio.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Second Test

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