About Me

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Cromer, Norfolk, United Kingdom

I'm a former hospital radio/club/mobile DJ, avid record collector and amateur musician (playing guitar, keyboards, recorder, harmonica and percussion.) I've even filled in on bass guitar for a couple of local bands as well (although that was quite a few years ago). Also interested in Motorsports, Wrestling/Mixed Martial Arts and Classic Television and Radio from the 1960s - 1980s.

Why am I on here? Well, I'm just trying to make some sense of life before it's too late...but who cares anyway?

Friday, 3 February 2017

The following was something I sent to one of my Twitter followers after I saw several posts expressing her frustration at being single..

There’s something I need to say to you
And I hope you don’t mind if I do
It’s something that I need to share
and prove to you that I do care

You see, when I ask “are you OK”,
it’s just the first thing I can say
I’d like to help out if I can
So put your trust in this gentle man

If you just want some idle chat
Well, I would be OK with that
It would help to pass the time
and hopefully, you’ll soon feel fine.

I hope you’ll get to know me well
As there’s loads of stories we could tell
There’s no need for you to be scared
as a problem halved, is a problem shared

There’s one more thing that I must say
As we reach the end of the day
Distance may keep us far apart
but you’ll always have a place in my heart.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

That Was The Year That Was....

WARNING - this video contains strong language.


Well someone best tell Flo & Joan to write another verse
Because the year 2016 has just got even worse
Rick Parfitt, Carrie Fisher and George Michael have all gone
I bet the girls will need to write an even longer song!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Radio Junk

There's a reason that certain tracks remain "forgotten" - it's all down to the tastemakers who run radio thinking certain songs aren't cool or credible enough.  Remember when Absolute 60s started in 2011? Loads of acts who were successful at that time were cut off the playlist as they weren't seen by the radio station as "influential on musicians of the present day".

They say "listen to one of the gold stations": I can't even pick them up in my neck of the woods - and DAB reception here is limited at best.

To sum up, I'm slowly losing faith in "music radio" these days. There's very little to interest me, and the formats are getting restrictive, and if you're out in the sticks like I am the choice of stations is limited to say the least.

Friday, 19 August 2016

All Porkies Great And Small

 (To the tune of "All Creatures Great And Small")

All lies white and beautiful
All porkies great and small
all fibs big and wonderful
The D.J. told them all

He says there is no album
On which this track appears
But someone else knows better
And that is what he fears

All lies white and beautiful
All porkies great and small
all fibs big and wonderful
The D.J. told them all

He then claims that this LP
Came out in the U.K.
This punter then corrects him
That’s twice he’s lied today

All lies white and beautiful
All porkies great and small
all fibs big and wonderful
The D.J. told them all

Don’t call this bloke pedantic
Or get him in a fight
‘Cos at the end of the day
The Punter’s always right

All lies white and beautiful
All porkies great and small
all fibs big and wonderful
The D.J. told them all

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Guess I'm Not Cut Out For "The Clique"

So dear reader, you ask why I don't fit in to this "clique" I refer to in the title of this entry.

1) I'm so far out in the sticks that I can't get to these meet-ups I hear so much about, and can't afford to get to anyway...

2) I don't go round hobnobbing with has-beens who are so desperate to recapture past glories...

3) I have too much to worry about in the "Here and Now" to get obsessed with stuff which happened over 30 years ago for two hours every week...

4) And whenever I throw some extra info to fill in a blank or correct a mistake, this guy who's seen as God by some thinks I'm pedantic.

Well, I've had enough. I can find better ways of occupying myself on a Sunday night than living in the past.  The others can do what they wish. I'll march to the beat of my own drum, not a Simmons SDS 5.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Random Rumblings......

 Just a few random thougths running through my head....

Porn actresses; if you have a complaint, come on, get it off your chest….

DJs on oldies radio stations - always living in the past....…

Plumbers; if you have a cold, take something to clear your pipes……

Vicars; practice what you preach…..

A female footballer wants me to go on a date, but she's in a completely different league..…

Worried about hair loss? Don't be so damned vain!

I lost my heart to a transplant surgeon...…

Ladies, marry a photographer. After a while he’ll get the picture….

Don't become a funeral director - I hear that industry's dying out.…

Saw a film about a carpenter last week - thought the acting was a bit wooden..…

If WWE want to do an angle with someone, they should go to a geometry class..…

Friday, 15 July 2016

A Cautionary Computer Tale

Just browsing through You Tube for something to do when I came across this story from 2009 featuring a woman who bought a laptop which had Ubuntu installed instead of Windows -

The woman at the centre of our tale, Abbie Schubert, who had bought the laptop in the hope that she could do some online courses got in touch with WKOW in Madison, WI to see if they could help via their "Troubleshooter" segment. It was after the story first went out that it went absolutely viral as the second video explains....

 (Click here for UPDATE: Ubuntu Causes Girl To Drop Out Of College)

Basically, Abbie received several derogatory comments including "lazy," "a dumb girl," and "not worthy of a college degree."  - and that's a selection of the least virulent ones.

Ubuntu has a loyal (and passionate) fan base - and in their eyes the report on WKOW portrayed the operating system in a bad light according to Adam Wiesenfarth, who is a technology consultant at UW-Madison.

"If you're not a computer tinkerer, and you're not willing to do research and digging, it may not be for you."

Abbie also got back in touch with the station, noting that Ubuntu users were also harassing her on Facebook.  All she wanted was some help with her issues (which, as far as I understand were resolved) but (as I understand it) the negative publicity had simply got out of hand.

Now since I bought my current Dell PC (which incidentally didn't come with an operating system) I had been using different free programs like "Puppy Linux" to keep it going, before I had a stroke of luck when I discovered that an old slimline DVD drive which I thought had packed up had the same internal connection as the CD-ROM which was already on the machine.  So I swapped the two over, and since downloading and installing the latest version of Ubuntu I haven't looked back.  True, I've had to use a few workarounds to make sure I can do all the stuff I'm able to do on a Windows PC, but on the whole, I'm generally pleased with how the system is working.

As for Abbie, I wonder how she's doing these days...