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Architecture:

Italy earthquake: Why so many houses collapsed - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37522660

Healthcare:

Frank Pantridge, the 'father of emergency medicine' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-37540915

James Lind: The man who helped to cure scurvy with lemons - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37320399

The hidden trauma of being torn during childbirth - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37506001

Miscellaneous:

10 Bars at the End of the World - http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/essential-guide-to-bars-at-the-end-of-the-world Should it worry me that I have been to one, and past another.

Humans: Unusually Murderous Mammals, Typically Murderous Primates -
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/09/humans-are-unusually-violent-mammals-but-averagely-violent-primates/501935/

Will Brexit be a boon for tourists? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37349820

Do the clothes we wear define us? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-37488811

Plastic bag charge: Could fee be applied to other packaging? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37504109

The magpie that saved a family - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37519032

Louis Theroux: Looking back on Jimmy Savile - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37517619

Languages:

What a stupid Scrabble article taught me about Welsh - https://medium.com/@1ngi/what-a-stupid-scrabble-article-taught-me-about-welsh-bc4f315490c9

Music:

A summer with Blossoms: 150 gigs, 45 festivals and two weeks at number one -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37493716/a-summer-with-blossoms-150-gigs-45-festivals-and-two-weeks-at-number-one

Politics:

Whistle-blower who took on Spain's ruling elite - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37543182

Why Our Wonderful NHS Is So Close To My Heart - http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mark-serwotka/nhs-conservative-party_b_12329644.html?1475586040&

Science:

Right Hand, Left Hand, Either Hand - http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2016/09/28/right-hand-left-hand-either-hand Containing one of the best explanations of chirality I have ever read.

Sport:

Daniel Wilkinson death: 'Too many are being lost to cardiac issues' - experts -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37347490

Cycling:

Rio Olympics 2016: Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten on horror crash -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37550889

Rugby League:

Jack Smith: Ex-Royal Marine shot on duty in 2010 becomes full-time RFL referee -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/37551996

Technology:

Is the world wide web a waste of water? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37471911
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Books:

The Custodian of Forgotten Books - http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-custodian-of-forgotten-books

Business:

Silicon Valley Brits: 'We had to leave the UK behind' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37417758

Culture:

The night the clubs fell silent (for a minute) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37378138/the-night-the-clubs-fell-silent-for-a-minute

Health:

St John's Wort 'stops emergency contraceptive pill working' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37375388

History:

Broadside ballads: When the news was spread through song - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37386026

The pilot who stole a secret Soviet fighter jet - http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160905-the-pilot-who-stole-a-secret-soviet-fighter-jet

Miscellaneous:

Solitude, Space Junk and Sea Monsters: the Eerieness of Point Nemo - http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/solitude-space-junk-and-sea-monsters-the-eerieness-of-point-nemo

The rare Afghan deer that survived wars - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37171964

The Free-Time Paradox in America - https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/09/the-free-time-paradox-in-america/499826/

Why Do Tourists Visit Ancient Ruins Everywhere Except the United States? - https://priceonomics.com/why-do-tourists-visit-ancient-ruins-everywhere/ Title should be 'why do American Tourists visit ancient ruins everywhere except the United States?'

The Painstaking, Secretive Process Of Designing New Money - https://www.fastcodesign.com/3063512/the-painstaking-secretive-process-of-designing-new-money

Why Luck Plays a Big Role in Making You Rich - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-01/why-luck-plays-a-big-role-in-making-you-rich

The village building homes for young families - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37374308

Why Americans don't take sick days - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37353742

Music:

Larry Kane: The reluctant Beatles fan - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37355216

Politics:

5 Ways Losing The Presidency Sucks Even More Than You Think - http://www.cracked.com/article_24315_5-ways-losing-presidency-sucks-even-more-than-you-think.html

Science:

Scientists reveal most accurate depiction of a dinosaur ever created -
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/14/scientists-reveal-most-accurate-depiction-of-a-dinosaur-ever-created

University study will examine long-term health of rugby players - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/37362461

Grasshoppers - the new sushi? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37352190

Technology:

How do you charge your phone when the sun doesn't shine? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37257242
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History:

A United Kingdom: The interracial marriage that made front page news -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37368941

The man stuffed and displayed like a wild animal - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37344210

Miscellaneous:

Jackie Chan Hasn't Seen His Original Stunt Team In Decades. Then Realizes They're All Standing Behind Him -
http://www.sunnyskyz.com/happy-videos/5652/Jackie-Chan-Hasn-t-Seen-His-Original-Stunt-Team-In-Decades-Then-Realizes-They-re-All-Standing-Behind-Him#ugifL6ClkjGbLl85.99

Why is the US 'tampon tax' so hated? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37365286 Ever get the feeling the headline was written by a man? There is trying to remain impartial and then there's this.

World's oldest man, Yisrael Kristal, 113, to hold bar mitzvah - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37375629

Music:

These are the last 10 tracks Carl Cox played at his Space residency in Ibiza -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37417532/these-are-the-last-10-tracks-carl-cox-played-at-his-space-residency-in-ibiza

Skepta: Seven things you should know about the 2016 Mercury Prize winner -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37381581

Science:

Is India in the throes of a fever outbreak? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-37415781

Sport:

Rachel Atherton: 'I don't need an Olympic medal' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37362656

A fresh chance to banish the curse of Mayo - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37378935 Of course they lost, because they are Mayo.

Football:

Head injuries: Football's continuing failure highlighted yet again by treatment of Anthony Martial -
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/premier-league/2015-2016/head-injur_sto5863136/story.shtml

Naismith earns Goodison cheers despite helping sink Everton - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/naismith-earns-goodison-cheers-despite-helping-sink-everton_sto5867173/story.shtml

Olympics:

Rio Olympics 2016: How last-second gold changed taekwondo fighter's life -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/taekwondo/37428292

Paralympics:

Gold medallist welcomed back from Rio – with gold wheelie bin - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/all-sports/le-buzz/2015/gold-medallist-welcomed-back-from-rio-with-gold-wheelie-bin_sto5863226/story.shtml

Rio 2016: The people who fix broken legs at the Paralympics - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability-37385671

Rugby League:

Women's Rugby League World Cup to be held alongside men's - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/37348745

Leigh Centurions: Journey from despair to Super League delight - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/37350474

Rugby Union:

Saved from the dark side: how Hong Kong’s rugby ‘Pigs’ are giving Philippine street kids a chance -
http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/2020234/saved-dark-side-how-hong-kongs-rugby-pigs-are-giving-philippine-street

Snooker:

German Masters: Anthony Hamilton beats Ali Carter to win first title -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/38874907 Yay! and Finally!

Writers:

My grandfather Roald Dahl, the magician - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/13/my-grandfather-cast-a-spell-over-my-childhood

Music Meme

Jun. 30th, 2017 10:26 pm
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Day 1 - A Song You Like With a Colour In The Title.

It was going to be Red Haired Mary (Clancy Brothers version), but I kept having this feeling I'd forgotten something.

Something turned out to be



Blue Monday by New Order, mostly because I've got it filed under "How does it feel?" in my mental jukebox.

The rest of the topics )
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The remaining answers for this Music Meme.

1 - [Title Redacted], coming home in dribs and drabs
Life is numbers, with doggy tags
Filled with holes and coming back
So come on up the sky

Is Imperial Bodybags by the Manic Street Preachers. Which I love beyond all reason.

2) -[Title Redacted], Winter trees
The beauty of, dead industry
The stuff we have saved, so fataly
Comes crashing down, around me

Is Winterlovers also by the Manics. I wasn't joking about Spotify's concept of random needing improvement.

3 - Guess I'm stuck in a dream
Surrounded by coloured leaves on the ground
As I stare at the trees
I see one fall down on my hand.

Is High by Feeder.

5 - What's up with my heart when it skips a beat? (skips a beat)
Can't feel no pavement right under my feet (under my feet)

Is Dreaming of You by the Coral. Which was half- guessed by [personal profile] lilacsigil


6 - Lady take a ride on a Zeke 64, Jerry wants to be a rockette
That's a popular misconception, says we haven't seen anything yet

Is Saturn 5 by Inspiral Carpets.

11 - [Spoken]You can buy her, you can buy her
This one's here, this one's here, this one's here and this one's here
Ev'rything's for sale[/spoken]

For sale? dumb cunt's same dumb questions
Oh virgins? listen, all virgins are liars honey
And I don't know what I'm scared of or what I even enjoy
Dulling, get money, but nothing turns out like you want it to

Is Yes by the Manic Street Preachers.

12 - I've never been here before
Didn't know where to go
Never met you before

Is Pick A Part That's New by the Stereophonics.

14 - [Can You Hear Us [Title redacted] x 8]

Life is a cigarette, you smoke to the end,
But if you rocket the middle bit,
Then you burn all your friends,
The wider your eyes, the bigger the lies, yes it's true,

Is Pumping on Your Stereo by Supergrass, again, nearly guessed by [personal profile] lilacsigil

18 - [title redacted] her arms, waits there for the nails
I forgive you boy, I will prevail
Too much to take, some cross to bear
I'm hiding in the trees with a picnic, she's over there

Is Love Spreads by the Stone Roses.

19 - I never said never ever
You took the words right out of my mouth
Is the sea your sunshine have we been told?
The sea is you lifeline
You're [title redacted]

Is Going For Gold by Shed Seven
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Rules:
Step 1: Put your MP3 player or whatever on random. (Spotify is the source for this one, distinct lack of randomness is due to them.)
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 20 songs that play
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Step 5: Webcheating is frowned upon.


Language warning for number 11

1 - [Title Redacted], coming home in dribs and drabs
Life is numbers, with doggy tags
Filled with holes and coming back
So come on up the sky

2 - [Title Redacted], Winter trees
The beauty of, dead industry
The stuff we have saved, so fatally
Comes crashing down, around me

3 - Guess I'm stuck in a dream
Surrounded by coloured leaves on the ground
As I stare at the trees
I see one fall down on my hand

4 - Standing at the bus stop with my shopping
In my hands when I'm overhearing elder
Ladies as the rumors start to fly you can
Hear them in the school yard, in the scrap yard
In the chip shop, in the phone box, in the pool hall at
The shoe stall every corner turned around


Is A Thousand Trees by the Stereophonics, as guessed by [personal profile] lilacsigil.

5 - What's up with my heart when it skips a beat? (skips a beat)
Can't feel no pavement right under my feet (under my feet)

6 - Lady take a ride on a Zeke 64, Jerry wants to be a rockette
That's a popular misconception, says we haven't seen anything yet

7 - Drinking water to stay thin
Or is it to purify
I love you all the same
is You Stole The Sun From My Heart by the Manic Street Preachers, as guessed by [personal profile] pyroyale.

8 - Happiness
More or less
It's just a change in me
Something in my liberty
Oh, my, my
Happiness
Coming and going
I watch you look at me
Watch my fever growing
I know just where I am

(I would like to apologise for this artist's typography)
I am apologising for Richard Ashcroft's typography because it is Lucky Man by the Verve. Guessed by [personal profile] pyroyale

9 - He's got a brand new car
Looks like a jaguar
It's got leather seats
It's got a CD player
is Buck Rogers by Feeder, as guessed by [personal profile] pyroyale

10 - I can feel the earth begin to move
I hear my needle hit the groove
And spiral through another day
I hear my song begin to say
is She Bangs The Drum by Stone Roses, guessed by [personal profile] pyroyale and [personal profile] lilacsigil.

11 - [Spoken]You can buy her, you can buy her
This one's here, this one's here, this one's here and this one's here
Ev'rything's for sale[/spoken]

For sale? dumb cunt's same dumb questions
Oh virgins? listen, all virgins are liars honey
And I don't know what I'm scared of or what I even enjoy
Dulling, get money, but nothing turns out like you want it to

12 - I've never been here before
Didn't know where to go
Never met you before

13 - I see double up ahead
Where the riverboat swayed beneath the sun
Is where the river runs red
Like a King who stalks the wings and shoots a dove
And frees an eagle instead
It's more or less the same as the things that you said

(Which could be tricky because this one that everyone knows by the guitar part.)


Which apparently wasn't that trick since [personal profile] pyroyale guessed it in one. It is The Riverboat Song by Ocean Colour Scene.

14 -

[Can You Hear Us [Title redacted] x 8]

Life is a cigarette, you smoke to the end,
But if you rocket the middle bit,
Then you burn all your friends,
The wider your eyes, the bigger the lies, yes it's true,

15 - The future teaches you to be alone
The present to be afraid and cold
"So if I can shoot rabbits then I can shoot fascists."
Is If You Tolerate This (Then Your Children Will Be Next) by the Manic Street Preachers guessed by [personal profile] pyroyale and [personal profile] lilacsigil

16 - [Title redacted]
Sister and a brother
Changing the way that you feel
Pleased to meet you
Hope I never see you
I'll be at ease watchin' you sleep watchin' you smile

(This is another where the music is more memorable than the words.)


Is One To Another by the Charlatans, as guessed by [personal profile] pyroyale.

17 - Libraries gave us power
Then work came and made us free
is, of course, Everything Must Go by Manic Street Preachers, guessed by [personal profile] pyroyale.

18 - [title redacted] her arms, waits there for the nails
I forgive you boy, I will prevail
Too much to take, some cross to bear
I'm hiding in the trees with a picnic, she's over there

19 - I never said never ever
You took the words right out of my mouth
Is the sea your sunshine have we been told?
The sea is you lifeline
You're [title redacted]

(Another where the music is more memorable than the words.)

20 - I was blind, now I can see
You made a believer out of me
I was blind, now I can see
You made a believer out of me


Is indeed Moving on Up by Primal Scream, which I always file under "Moving On Up Now". Guessed by [personal profile] pyroyale.

(Anyone who may have spotted that I was a 90s kid is right.)
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To this music meme.

1 - Oh oh leave us alone
I shouldn't have to tell you down the microphone
Monday's Arms by Harrisons - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-Xkm8hczLY

2 - I wish I had a reason, my flaws are open season
For this, I gave up trying
One good turn deserves my dying
Bother by Stone Sour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-pXD0FXLQ8

3 - For knowing that someone in this life,
Loves with a passion called hate
And what you give is what you get.
Start! by The Jam - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI8AOkbfgNE

4 - Spinning around
Two howling moons
'Cause they're always there
Whatever I do
Little Things by Bush - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJk5bBIznSM Yeah, I don't know either.

5 - I passed on my way, God be praised that I met her
Be life long or short I will never forget her
Down by the Glenside. The version on lastfm was Paddy Reilly but I can't find that so have the Dubliners instead - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_CrGMu83aw

6 - This is ten percent luck
Twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure
Fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to [title redacted]
Remember The Name by Fort Minor. Which I love utterly and completely. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDvr08sCPOc


8 - Is this a blessing or is it a curse?
Does it get any better? Can it get any worse?
Will it go on forever? Or is it over tonight?
Does it come with the darkness? Does it bring out the light?
Is it richer than diamonds?
Or just a little cheaper than spit?
It Just Won't Quit by Pandora's Box, I think - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WSMfe9k8bI

9 - What we've just tasted we somehow still miss
How will it feel when this day is done?
And can we keep what we've only begun?
Into the Open Air by Julie Fowlis - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnkWMKOtXk4

10 - And I've always been a patient man, but my patience has reached its end
You tell me you're leaving, you tell me goodbye
You say you might send a letter
Well honey don't telephone, 'cause I won't be alone
Blue Morning, Blue Day by Foreigner - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPeU3XgeUaw

11 - And it's never the time, boy,
You've had too much wine to stumble up my street.
Well it isn't a problem,
Nothing we can't keep between the sheets,
Tell me you're mine, love,
And I will not wait for other bedtime treats.
Stutter by Elastica - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ie4x8hWYYE

12 - It's one day of trust
Three years of lust
And it's my life or bust
And do you feel the same things too?
Parallel Lines by Shed Seven - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4ZQJ9Aop7I

13 - Strange news has come to town, strange news is carried
Strange news flies up and down that my love, he's married
I wish them both much joy though they can't hear me
And may God reward them well for the slighting of me
The Blacksmith by Deanta - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnSMn_ESVZc

14 - Press eject when the fund it ends,
Then again on the gravy train.
About time.
JJ's Song by Kerbdog - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8Tv6YxghS4

15 - I've got ideas
You get more fears to revel in
The Way It Is by The Sunshine Underground - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DulrRF9Hc1k

16 - Oh Was it something I said
Was it something I, I didn't do
Well you invaded my head
And you tried to make me, make me think like you
Let's All Go Together by Marion - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0U8HnpLzqE

17 - Can you feel it
Rockin' the city
Ah yeah
Straight out of nowhereness
Like a fist
Can't resist you oh no
I tell you something
Hard to Beat by Hard Fi - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch6qy0qdifc

18 - Against the grain should be a way of life
What's worth the prize is always worth the fight
If Today Was Your Last Day by Nickelback - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrXIQQ8PeRs

19 - You didn't know what to say
It all came at you today
Can't get out your own way
Well hold on, hold on, hold on.
The Roller by Beady Eye - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcOJu0g8dbw

20 - Cause she is watchin' wrestling
Creamin' over tough guys
Listenin' to rap metal
Turntables in her eyes

She likes 'em with a mustache
Racetrack season pass
Drivin' in a Trans-Am
Does a mullet make a man?
Girl All The Bad Guys Want by Bowling For Soup - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGRxmYXi4Io

Music Meme

Apr. 20th, 2017 02:05 pm
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Rules:
Step 1: Put your MP3 player or whatever on random. (I'm having to use lastfm so some of them might be more than a smidge obscure. I've skipped the ones where I couldn't find the lyrics. And the one in Gaelic.)
Step 2: Post a favorite line from the first 20 songs that play
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Step 5: Webcheating is frowned upon.


1 - Oh oh leave us alone
I shouldn't have to tell you down the microphone

2 - I wish I had a reason, my flaws are open season
For this, I gave up trying
One good turn deserves my dying

3 - For knowing that someone in this life,
Loves with a passion called hate
And what you give is what you get.

4 - Spinning around
Two howling moons
'Cause they're always there
Whatever I do

5 - I passed on my way, God be praised that I met her
Be life long or short I will never forget her

6 - This is ten percent luck
Twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure
Fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to [title redacted]

(I couldn't help myself)

7 - She is handsome. She is pretty.
She is the bell of Belfast City.
She is courtin' one, two, three.
Please won't you tell me, who is she?


Guessed in all the important details by [personal profile] lilacsigil, 'Tell Me Ma/Belle of Belfast City', the version was by the Rumjacks

8 - Is this a blessing or is it a curse?
Does it get any better? Can it get any worse?
Will it go on forever? Or is it over tonight?
Does it come with the darkness? Does it bring out the light?
Is it richer than diamonds?
Or just a little cheaper than spit?

9 - What we've just tasted we somehow still miss
How will it feel when this day is done?
And can we keep what we've only begun?

10 - And I've always been a patient man, but my patience has reached its end
You tell me you're leaving, you tell me goodbye
You say you might send a letter
Well honey don't telephone, 'cause I won't be alone

11 - And it's never the time, boy,
You've had too much wine to stumble up my street.
Well it isn't a problem,
Nothing we can't keep between the sheets,
Tell me you're mine, love,
And I will not wait for other bedtime treats.

12 - It's one day of trust
Three years of lust
And it's my life or bust
And do you feel the same things too?

13 - Strange news has come to town, strange news is carried
Strange news flies up and down that my love, he's married
I wish them both much joy though they can't hear me
And may God reward them well for the slighting of me

14 - Press eject when the fund it ends,
Then again on the gravy train.
About time.

15 - I've got ideas
You get more fears to revel in

16 - Oh Was it something I said
Was it something I, I didn't do
Well you invaded my head
And you tried to make me, make me think like you

17 - Can you feel it
Rockin' the city
Ah yeah
Straight out of nowhereness
Like a fist
Can't resist you oh no
I tell you something

18 - Against the grain should be a way of life
What's worth the prize is always worth the fight

19 - You didn't know what to say
It all came at you today
Can't get out your own way
Well hold on, hold on, hold on.

20 - Cause she is watchin' wrestling
Creamin' over tough guys
Listenin' to rap metal
Turntables in her eyes

She likes 'em with a mustache
Racetrack season pass
Drivin' in a Trans-Am
Does a mullet make a man?

Music

Oct. 20th, 2014 05:50 pm
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No recs or videos, just some thoughts.

1 - I have no idea who is writing One Direction's stuff for them, but they are doing a damn good job. I mean, I hate One Direction and all their works, but it's catchy (unfeasably catchy) and just vague enough to send your 13 year old girls's hearts a-leaping. Good job, whoever.

2 - A lot of the fuss over Taylor Swift's lyrics being about exes misses two things. 1 - not all of them are and 2 - she's from country music, the land of 'drawing on your own miseries for lyrics' see also Loretta Lynn, see also Dolly Parton, see also Johnny Cash.

3 - Also in re: Ms. Swift, not only is Shake It Off stupendously catch but everytime I hear it I think of collegue dancing too it. It's a spectacular memory.

4 - It strikes me as odd that a song called "All About That Bass" has such a weak baseline. I know it's just an excuse to talk about posteriors but needs more bass sax.

Music Meme

Sep. 23rd, 2014 11:43 pm
redfiona99: (Thinking)
A re-run of the meme where you list the fics you've named after song lyrics or titles (I've seen it described both ways). The one's that are new are in bold

I think mine can be split up into 4 main groups:

Fics actually named after songs )

Fics named after song lyrics )

Fics with titles taken from lyrics/song titles that I've altered slightly )

Fics with titles taken from songs where it becomes clear that yours truly can't hear a word people are singing )

Links

Sep. 18th, 2014 12:50 pm
redfiona99: (Thinking)
History and Archaeology:

Archaeologists Train "Monuments Men" to Save Syria's Past - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/09/140903-syria-antiquities-looting-culture-heritage-archaeology/ Amid the devastation and danger of civil war, Syrian archaeologists and activists are risking their lives in the battle against looting.

Shang or Zhou dynasty sword found in Jiangsu - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-29108764 A Chinese boy has made the discovery of a lifetime by stumbling across a 3,000-year-old bronze sword in a river in Jiangsu Province.

Miscellaneous:

The elephant that flew - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29060814 - The elephant story is somehow actually the least interesting bit.

Chocolate teapot proves useful - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-29126161 York-based chocolate experts were challenged to prove the sarcastic phrase "as useful as a chocolate teapot" wrong. Or, don't challenge Yorkshirefolk. They will go to extreme lengths to prove themselves right.

Music:

Mary Poppins songwriter 'thrilled' at Proms singalong - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29160738 Alongside regular fixtures such as Land of Hope and Glory, this weekend's Last Night of the BBC Proms will feature a first - a massed audience singalong to the classic Disney score for Mary Poppins.

Songwriter Richard Sherman says he's delighted at the accolade - but that without Flanagan and Allen and Noel Coward none of it might have happened.

Science:

The Poison Squad: An Incredible History - http://www.esquire.com/blogs/food-for-men/poison-squad The early days of the proto-FDA.

What People Cured of Blindness See - http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/people-cured-blindness-see?src=mp

Deep sea 'mushroom' may be new branch of life - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29054889

Spinosaurus fossil: 'Giant swimming dinosaur' unearthed - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29143096

Dreadnoughtus - Enormous New Dinosaur as Formidable as Its Namesake Battleship - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/09/140904-giant-sauropod-dinosaur-dreadnoughtus-argentina/

DNA evidence overturns 30-year convictions in US case - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29039964

The Science of Raspberries - http://chempics.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/raspberry-rubus-idaeus/

Sports:

Premier League: What happens to footballers after being rejected? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28950665 Or, oh boy do the Prem clubs ever need a better plan than just leaving their academy products out in the cold. Wigan, mysteriously, are the only club with a plan. I am having to be nice about Wigan!

Schalke unveil their new tunnel. It is awesome - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/early-doors/see-the-most-amazing-tunnel-in-football-as-schalke-unveil-masterpiece-162042500.html#more-id

Footballers (and families thereof) adapting to life in foreign countries - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29085943 I am not surprised that Kevin Keegan was one of the first English managers to understand this kind of problem.

Music

Aug. 30th, 2014 12:43 am
redfiona99: (Thinking)
This year seems to be all dance music. Since it's dance music I like, I am not going to complain:



David Guetta - Lovers On The Sun (Official Video) ft Sam Martin



Kiesza - Hideaway (Official Video)



Sigma ft Paloma Faith - Changing (Official Video)
Paloma Faith has gone from not being Amy Winehouse, via not being Adele to not being Lana Del Rey. I can live with this version better than the others.

On the not directly dance music tip:



OneRepublic - Love Runs Out
One Republic once again come up with something ridiculously catchy. If nothing else, they have a talent for earworms.



Cheryl Cole - Crazy Stupid Love ft. Tinie Tempah

And on the people who are not Lana Del Rey tip:



Ella Henderson - Ghost

DVD Spree

Jul. 29th, 2014 04:19 pm
redfiona99: (Thinking)
Because HMV had a foreign films sale, I managed to get Sympathy for Mr Vengeance, Oldboy and Lady Vengeance for £7.99 ($13.55/ 14.41 AusD). Which is totally for the win because 1 - I <3 Park Chan-wook's directing and 2) Lady Vengeance is his best film. I would recommend it thorough, with the caveat of read the warnings.

On top of that, while I was on Amazon looking to buy 'Rewind The Film' and 'Futurology', I spotted Rome, seasons 1 & 2, on sale for £17 ($29/ 31 AusD), so I snapped that up, because that's been £60 within the last two years and therefore totally counts as a bargain.

That was about it as far as successful shopping missions go. It turns out I didn't need a new phone, I'd just accidentally blocked my Mum's phone (which I will hear the end of some time after doomsday), Next hadn't shipped the dress I wanted to try on to all their shops yet and I still can't fit into a size 14. Actually, it's possible that my waist can but my thighs definitely can't so I am left with the fencer's problem of trying to find nice belts because our waists and thighs are out of proportion. That or menswear and I suspect New Look are having a sale ...
redfiona99: (Thinking)
Cheating, since I won't be mentioning Once More With Feeling at any other point. I'll go with 'Walk Through The Fire' (http://vimeo.com/79627808). The whole episode is well done, but this song just works. It explores the characters and their feelings and moves the plot along. It's sort of three and a half minutes of Whedon highlights.

The Other Days )
redfiona99: (films)
Back from seeing Days of Future Past for a third time (this batch of friends were either writing up or in Japan for the last go round). Other than it still works despite having seen it 3 times in as many weeks, and there's still things I hadn't caught in my previous viewings, after having heard Avicii's Hey Brother (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtRDrLyjcjE) shortly after, there is an awesomely good/bad vid in there for someone with the skills that I don't have.

Links

May. 5th, 2014 06:59 pm
redfiona99: (Thinking)
Books/TV:

Game of Thrones: Discover the real Westeros - http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2014-04-29/game-of-thrones-discover-the-real-westeros Or the Northern Ireland tourism board now has consultant dragons. Link care of [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte.

Films:

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan Speculate On Their Characters' Futures 25 Years after 'When Harry Met Sally' - http://www.nerve.com/entertainment/billy-crystal-and-meg-ryan-speculate-their-characters-futures-after-when-harry-met-sally

Science:

The strange case of the 'time travel' murder (and other tales from the UK Forensics service) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26324244

Antibiotic resistance now 'global threat', WHO warns - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27204988 That sound you can hear is lots of scientists going "we've been trying to tell you this for years."

History:

The Man Who Made South Africa's Flag - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27155475

Music/Music Industry:

Cee-Lo Green Originally Recorded 'Happy' (and other could have beens) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/27234842

Politics/Economics:

Legal aid row leads to halting of serious fraud trial - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27238201 Where the Prime Minister's brother is on the side of right and good.

UK Cost Of Living Changes Over 10 Years - http://www.politicshome.com/uk/article/97214/cost_of_living_.html

Sport:

World's oldest surviving Olympian, and sharp-shooting FBI agent, dies aged 106 - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/olympic-games-worlds-oldest-olympian-sharp-shooting-fbi-112828806--spt.html

Snooker:

World Snooker Championship: How to survive Crucible marathon - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/27048713

Football:

Crystal Palace: How Tony Pulis achieved Premier League survival - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27253266

Footballer Fabrice Muamba launches defibrillator campaign - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-27237737

Rodney Marsh cleans Stoke City players' boots after losing online argument - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-27210196

Formula 1:

Senna's death: Hill still full of disbelief 20 years on - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/formula-1-sennas-death-hill-still-full-disbelief-074615188--f1.html The whole article is worth reading, because Damon Hill is honest and capable of great insight.

Senna's death: The practical joker whose laughter is still missed - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/formula-1-sennas-death-practical-joker-whos-laughter-074245068--f1.html

Formula 1/Football:

Brazilian footballers pay tribute to Ayrton Senna by wearing helmets - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/world-of-sport/brazilian-footballers-honour-ayrton-senna-wearing-yellow-helmets-031717505.html
redfiona99: (Thinking)
Many years ago I promised to write a post about why the use of Abide With Me at the end of Gridlock was cheating. This is that post.

Now it's not that old skool Who didn't make me make sad sometimes, like Jo leaving, and the look that Sarah Jane had on her face when she turns back round and the TARDIS is gone. And new Who got me a fair few times, normally involving Bernard Cribbins.

But the end of Gridlock, even before the possible revelation of the Face of Boe's identity, gets me every time. I think it's because it's such a hopeful ending but the happy ending comes at a cost, and I like that in stories.

The characters singing "Abide With Me" at the end is what tends to set me off.

When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
Or why 'Abide With Me' is cheating

Abide With Me is a lovely hymn. I adore the music.

But I also come from a particular background, which is to say, Northern and rugby league loving. And not particularly church going. So there's only two occasions where you hear 'Abide With Me', the Challenge Cup Final and funerals. League is one of those sports that's passed on from parent to child down the generations, and despite everything, is a very family-friendly sport. It's always interesting watching the Challenge Cup Final with someone not from that background because you get questions about why there's a 25 stone tattooed bloke crying his eyes out on national TV. And you end up having to explain that it's because the last time he heard the song was at his father's funeral. (Example here - http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=abide%20with%20me%20challenge%20cup%20final&sm=3 chosen due to the following comment on the video - "Wire to win back to back. Me and Tony at 1 min 27 secs (bottom right) - cried all the way through. God Bless Dad RIP. Come on Wire!")

So I come pre-primed to cry at this.

Hence why it's utterly cheating.

And after all that, have various versions of the song:

Emile Sande - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmtRlEIIZnQ

The Fron Choir - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSVSL99cicE

Bryn Terfel & London Voices - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGTvLJFy6DU

Other Days )

Travis

Dec. 1st, 2013 10:41 pm
redfiona99: (Star Trek)
I did mean to say a little more about seeing Travis live because they were awesome.

Like all of my best gig stories, I only got to go by accident. I'd forgotten to get tickets and the gig had sold out. Boyfriend of a friend unexpectedly couldn't go and she sent me a text asking "so, do you like Travis?" It took all of my restraint not to go "Yes!!!" Anyway, I ended up going with her instead of her boyfriend.

The support act, Thomas J Speight (http://thomasjspeight.bigcartel.com/) was pleasingly jangly*.

Then Travis came on and the place went mad. They basically played a best of with a couple of new songs. They even played "Blue Flashing Light" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCbErWNRv1g) which is my favourite song of theirs** and is a hidden track on The Man Who.

And, having regressed to being 14 again, I was all high pitched and squeaky because OMG!!! Dougie smiled at me and, yeah, no, that's another bass player crush I have not got over. Then I felt guilty for focussing on him since he was on the other side of the stage and Andy was right in front of me and the man can play. Which I always knew but now I have proof. (Also, P is the best person in the world to go to gigs with and managed to elbow us to having second row standing space.)

They were all so awesome.

P that I was with did have a minor fret because Fran has gone completely gray and we could both remember him before he had even the slightly bit of silver.

I also loved that they apologised for taking a break because, as Fran said, they hadn't split up, they'd just all had kids at the same time and that was more important. Of course, half the crowd were going "aww" and Fran was saying that he could hear the men in the audience going "stop making us look bad."

They just looked so happy to be playing together and we were so happy to see them and it was so :D

Before their last song Fran said "we want you to know we're still your band, we've always been your band". And, trust me, the Birmingham O2 would have stormed the Bastille for them at that point.

It was also so :D

Some photos were taken (see below). Any good ones were by P.

Photos )

* I have not been bribed although I admit that Thomas J Speight's twitter did give me a free download for mentioning them on Twitter.

** Blue Flashing Light is the track where I knew that if Travis were less happy, jangly and Scottish, the music press would be all over them for being brilliant because, yes, that track hits hard.

It's also the founder member of the music category "that's good but I hope never to be in a position where I can write a track like that" see also Ocean Spray by the Manics.
redfiona99: (Thinking)
Nicky Wire said something very interesting a few weeks ago on Later With Jools Holland. Jools was asking something about musical influences are Nicky said something like “you never love bands the way you did when you were 16”. He was saying that, in many ways, your musically formative years are 16-21 and that older than that you don’t connect in the same way.

I can’t help but think he’s right. It’s not that I don’t like new music but that burning ‘my band until death’ feeling isn’t there anymore. I’d widen the age boundaries, probably 11-21 but that’s because I found the Manics when I was 11 and, you know, they’re the band that saved my life. So I was trying to think who the last bad that I felt like that about, and it might be the Killers but even by then I’d probably hit the age of not believing, as it were. A band like the Arctic Monkeys, they came that little bit too late for me, because I recognise that they’re good, musically, lyrically and give a good performance live, but I don’t feel the world-shattering genius thing that gets thrown about over them. At the same time, I freely acknowledge that teenage me would have gone mad for them.

The other thing I’d add is how the bands that were your world at that age, when you hear them and see them now; they still do that to you. Because seeing Travis live, I wasn’t 28 year old me, I was the 14 year old that bought their singles and any music magazine that had an interview with them. When I await the Manics’s new stuff*, it’s the younger me ready to tear it apart to try to extract all the meaning from it.

*I’m not so fond of the latest album. Or rather, I love the music, not so fond of the lyrics. Eagerly awaiting part 2 mind you, JDB doing Neu and Kraftwerk.

Also, as an example of the bands meaning that little bit too much, I was, several years ago, thinking of changing my website name from Sehnsucht, not because I loved Rammstein less or because I liked the idea any less, I just decided that using German was pretentious beyond belief but then Nicky Wire released an album and one of the tracks was called Sehnsucht and it was a *sign*and I couldn’t change it and I realise that sounds mad but they’re my band.

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