Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sky Arts At The Weekend: Did you see the Jo Whiley / Michael Stipe interview? She was sitting there in high-heels and designer tights showing off her gorgeous legs right up to her hips, in front of a gay man. What must he have been thinking? I know what I was thinking.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Twin Sails Bridge, Poole, Dorset: Will be officially opened by Princess Anne on Friday 9th March 2012.
and here it is installed and working...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Reg Presley Quits The Troggs: He is battling lung cancer. The Troggs were the first real live rock band that I ever met, at Cheddar Caves on 23rd May 1966, so they have always been special.
Photos take on the day, and live on stage at Bournemouth Winter Gardens are in my 'Bournemouth Rocks!' book on Amazon, EBay, or
Thanks to Eric Billett, who was also there with me, for the link.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Lemmy Says "Don't Buy Our New Box Set":
The UK price on Amazon is £256-99...
...and I guess it's up to the individual what they want to spend their money on. But it is most certainly no bargain price for tracks that we have already, and have been listening to for the best part of 30 years.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Richard Burridge RIP: Mrs. B and I went to Bournemouth crematorium for my cousin's funeral. The short service began, quite aptly for Rocking Rich, with Bon Jovi's 'It's My Life,' and ended with Simple Minds '(Don't You) Forget About Me.'
We went to our first rock concert together, The Small Faces, at The Gaumont, Bournemouth, and many more over the years. Once, we caught the wrong bus after the show, missed the last one back to Upton, and were brought home by the police in a black mariah; not because we were unruly, but as a favour to get us home safely. A nice gesture.
The Wake took place at the Hamworthy Club, on Magna Road, near Bear Cross, Poole.
As ever at such solemn events, this was a meeting of the Burridge clan, also that of his wife, Chrissie and her family. There were a lot of great people whom we met and talked to, new friendships found to some degree, too. And most of them, like Richard and I, loved their music, usually of the rocky / heavy variety, of course.
With the drinks, the buffet, and everyone mixing and mingling, the event moved from that solemnity of the occasion to one of joyful rembrance of times and events spent with Richard; and also the re-forging of the old, and the forging of the new friendships gained.
We will miss him, and he will find his heaven in our hearts.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Take One Step Back: Such a pity that the general public know so little about Multiple Sclerosis. They think that they can catch it, where in fact it is just like cancer, in us already, and may or may not decide to come out to play.
Yesterday, at the appointment with my consultant, we agreed that as the condition didn't appear to have worsened since our last meeting, we would put things on hold.
The alternative would have been tests during which my blood may have coagulated resulting in a stroke, and neither he nor I wanted to agree to such a terrifying option.
The MRI scanner has proven to be the quintessential piece of equipment for a multitude of ailments, including MS; unless you have a Pacemaker. Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanners do not like Pacemakers, so those fitted with them have to endure the archaic Lumber Puncture; a name which in itself turns hair grey.
Once the only way of testing for MS, the Lumber Puncture is also a nightmare for those taking Warfarin, which the patient must reduce to nil for the tests, bringing the fear of a stroke into the picture due to blood coagulation.
So, the future is bright but not orange, and we can only hope that after the 1989 dice with MS which burned itself out, that I ride the same luck this time.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Put My Money Where My Mouth Is: In 2010, Mrs. B decided that she would like a Kindle. But I felt reluctant, she only read books when we were on holiday, so I fought it off, as I thought that the Kindle would be an expensive 5-minute-wonder.
But this time last year she was off work for a month with an illness, so as I didn't want her to call me a tight old b'stard, I bought her the Kindle; and it cost just over £100. It took 6 months to pay it off on the credit card, but what the hell! (Now, they have one for £89, but that's life).
She loved it from day one, and reads far more than ever before. Indeed, I have downloaded a couple of books myself, and typically, like brother and sister, man and wife are no different, and we squabbled over who should be using it.
There was a book today that I wanted to download and read. Not only bearing in mind the squabbling, I also have the advice on the Main Page of that you don't need a Kindle to read download books, so I thought that I would download the FREE Apps which Amazon have on offer, and read it here on my PC.
Downloading the Apps?
A piece of cake.
It took less than 2 minutes.
Downloading the book took even less, and Wow! all of Mrs. B's books are there in my Library now as well! Knockout!
Now, I have a "Kindle" icon on my Desk Top, and this FREE Kindle is mine.
The Kindle App provides a very Easy-On-The-Eye screen from which to read, and no, it isn't like curling up on the sofa or in an armchair with a "Real" book, but I think "Real" and download books can go hand-in-hand, and we can enjoy the benefits of both.
So there you go, download your FREE App from Amazon to your PC, Laptop, or any other portable devices with an "i" in them, or your Blackberry or Android unit, and read wherever you fancy.
Brilliant, technology, isn't it.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Motorhead / Megadeth Extra US Dates: 3 more dates have been added to the current America tour:-
March 1st - Palladium, Dallas, Texas.
March 2nd - Verizon Wireless Theatre, Houston, Texas.
March 3rd - Moody Theatre, Austin, Texas.

Friday, February 03, 2012

A 'MUST WATCH' Series:
My thanks to Eric Billett for the Link.