Monday, July 27, 2009

Motorblog Fanzine 85: Will be ready and posted out over next weekend (August 1st / 2nd) and will be with you early the following week.

Bloatermog The Bournemouth Rocks! Book: Is on EBay as a pre-order. This PC is playing up so a Link can't be included, but it's just EBay, Books and my name and it's there.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bloatermog Bernie Tormes GMT / Dead Lettuce: Champions, Bournemouth, July 15th 2009: Obviously hard-up for a band name, Dead Lettuce were well received by the Champions' punters. With not a Beatles' chord to be heard, they ploughed through their rock / grunge set with Seattle power chords aplenty. 'Electric Moustache' was a highlight amongst a set of songs mostly of 4 to 5 minute duration.
It has long been an ambition to see Bernie Torme play live, and with Champions the first venue in Bournemouth with the intelligence to book them, it meant we didn't have to travel miles to see this amazing 'rock supergroup.' Ex- Bruce Dickinson's band, drummer Robin Guy is certainly up there in the Top 5 of his profession; and the familiar figure, shaven head, large beard and sunglasses of ex-Gillan's John McCoy is quite some bassist; his sound as stout and loud as the man himself, whilst also being highly inventive.
In the absence of Jimi Hendrix, for me, Bernie Torme captures THE MAN'S essence better than any other living guitarist; Slim from The Hamsters inlcuded. Bernie doesn't copy Jimi as much as use everything he has learned and made it into his own style. And again, like THE MAN, he plays with that same ease as if the guitar has always been a part of him.
We were treated to many of the tracks from GMT's two superb albums, 'Bitter & Twisted' and 'Evil Twin,' and to round off; encores of 'Smoke On The Water,' and a nod to Bernie's heritage with Ozzy's 'Mr. Crowley.'
GMT are LOUD and the adrenaline was pumping right from the start, and I can only recommend they are added to every rock fans' 'Bands I Must Go And See Live Before I (Or They) Die' list.
An absolute privilege to see them playing in Bournemouth.
Top Notch!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Motorblog 'Motorhead' The 1981 Babylon Books publication: There's a copy on if you Search 'Motorhead' as a title it is Item #36 in the listings at around £31. It's in stock at an American bookshop so the postage might be a little more; but it's a rarity these days and needs to be snapped up.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Bloatermog A Coup for Bournemouth: If you live within easy reach of the Bournemouth area, new venue, 'Champions' at Norwich Avenue West (SatNav BH26AJ) has Bernie Tormes' GMT playing there on Wednesday 15th, tickets £8. We have never been lucky enough to have GMT play a gig his close, so if you enjoy knockout loud, feedback-laden, Hendrix-esque showman guitarists, then this is the gig for you. Bald and bearded ex-Gillan, John McCoy, plays bass, and ex-Bruce Dickenson band, Robin Guy, is on drums.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Motorblog About The Guilfest Gig: which Eric Billett found.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Bloatermog Well Worth A Listen: Sister Sin are supporting Motorhead and Reverend Horton Heat on 2 dates on their September US tour; they sound pretty good.

The wonderful Nashville Pussy take Sister Sin's place for the balance of the tour.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Bloatermog One Of Those Quotes: 'Knowledge talks, but wisdom listens' - Jimi Hendrix.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Bloatermog My Good Friend Pamela Fudge: Is once again guest on Rob Richardson's Express FM 'Write On' weekly author's chat show this evening between 7 and 8pm.
Pam will be talking about her latest romantic fiction novel titled 'Second Best' which is being published on July 31st.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Bloatermog Photos From The Ramonas Gig At Champions Rock Venue, Bournemouth:
Thanks to Eric Billett for finding them.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Bloatermog Writing My Diatribe: A while back the 'Vanish' TV advert annoyed me. Jane bought some to brighten up the net curtains, (it still puzzles me how a white powder can "act like a magnet [Huh?] and digest stains"[Burp!]), after our lounge chimney breast / fireplace removal and subsequent redecoration. Much to my surprise, the woman in the pink trousers and T-shirt DID NOT appear to say how wonderful the stuff is, and give a demonstration as she does in the advert. Feeling cheated, a letter of complaint is now on its way to the manufacturers quoting their shortcomings of the trades descriptions act.
NB: 'Vanish' didn't bring the nets back to life, seems it can't digest concrete and brick dust; so lady-wife buying new pair.

As an X-Files fan, has anyone else noticed how the sound is extremely low during the transmission? Every evening I crank it up to 50% on the volume control just to hear what Mulder and Scully are saying, only to quickly drop it back when the ads are on, or get blown out of the seat.
Someone mentioned in the paper how the adverts ARE LOUDER than whatever programme we are watching, (probably so that we can still hear them whilst making that "commercial break cup of tea"?), yet the TV stations vehemently denied it.
Come and sit in my (fresly decorated lounge), you batards, for a demonstration!

And in mentioning the X-Files: Our eldest granddaughter, Lauren, and eldest grandson, Liam, have both been here on different occasions, and when asked if they "want to watch Mulder and Scully?" (which is what I usually call it rather than "the X-Files"); they looked at me with a blank expression, and asked "Who are they?" I even tried, with exasperation: "You know, 'The X-Files'?" and still the lighbulbs failed to turn on.
This is an immense problem with the youth of today, as they tend to watch dedicated TV channels; like 'Kids' or whatever, and NEVER watch a broad sweep of programmes so that they know, as we did as kids, (with only had 3 channels which had a good mixture on them), a little bit about everything.
Whilst I don't claim to be Mr. Brainy Head, and have immense failings on the Sporty side of things, I do know who Justin (aka Mr. Tumble) is, and we have the DVD box set (a 'must' for all grandparent's at the moment) for 'In The Night Garden,' and even the latest craze, Waybuloo, is within my horizon; so my knowledge is fairly broad.
So in the future, it seems 'The Weakest Link,' 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,' and other quiz programmes will cease to exist as the 'now' generation will be too thick to answer even the simplest and most basic General Knowledge questions.
Note: One young lady on a Re-Run of 'Classic Millionaire' used 3 lifelines getting to £500, fluffed the £1,000 question and went home with nothing; so it's starting already. For the "1,000, she didn't know "which 2 TV cops were played by David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser?"
But as they say, the questions are only difficult if ou don't know the answers.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Bloatermog Fooled Again?: A few years ago, coffee went up in price due to frosts in Brazil.
There have been no reports of frosts in Brazil since, but coffee prices have not come down.
The price per litre of petrol has increased to £1-04.9.
Perhaps there were frosts at at the refinery?

The new 'Bournemouth Rocks!' book and an early version of the cover is in the 'Coming Soon' section of if you'd like to have a look?