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      Hello. Ola, and G'day. I have just returned from a holiday in Jamaica. The travel was upon the AirTours Airline so I thought I would share my experience. There were 3 of us on the trip, and sadly I cant remember the type of plane on the outbound trip. I have split it into sections, sorry if this is a bit arse, but I blame the Jet Lag and the vomiting (see later)... we left from Manchester and Landed in Montego Bay, and Visa versa for the return, so all comments will only be on the service / experience for those places. THE CHECK IN. Once at manchester we went straight to the check in desk. The staff were efficient, and only slightly self important - a feat indead thinking of all the grief they must get day after day. The lady we had was fast and clear in the check in, right up to the point she got all snotty about Carol's carry on being heavy, whilst mine and Daves were light. after a tiny lecture to make herself feel better she then said 'but its ok as those two both have light bags so you can share the weight.' We promtly didnt bother to do so & that was ok. THe Return Check in. - Montego Bay. This was a little less organised. But they were just as efficient & not at all self important. Our seat allocations had dissapeared, but they dealt with that deftly & off we trotted to have a lovely 2 hours wit in the departure lounge. The lack of snottyness made the whole afair more calming and cheeriy than in the UK. The Planes. The Flight out. On the flight out we were on an older plane, sadly I cannot remember the type. It was clean and well kept, as should be. THere were No individual TV sets however, a thing I had become used to on commuter flights to the USA (Ponce that I am). The Toilets were clean and well stocked, no complaints from me. The problem with the plane was simple - LACK OF SPACE. they shove so many seats in it is impossible to get any form of comfort
      once passed the age of 10 years of age. Grrrr. THe Flight back This time the pride of the Fleet, no not the Ark Royal, but the Airbus 3310 (?). This was much funkier. Individual TV screens. Overhead Monitors showing map of Flight and info on speed, heading, and other such neat stuff. Touch screen/ arm rest controls to bounce around the channels - including the neat two view camera's - Great for the take off & going over land masses. What I think was the neatest trick they have done with this plane was the .... wait for it..... Ta Dahhhhh.. Downstairs Toilet Suite! Neat eh? In the centre of the craft there are stairs down to 5 toilet cubes, and 4 bench seats - meaning an area to stretch legs and relax and chat. A definate cool idea. I liked that a lot, but I am easily pleased.... Again the downfall was the Space. I am only 5 foot ten and 38 & a half inch chest but I was still Far to big to fit in the chair or be in any way happy with the space. The Staff & Crew The crew (as far as you can tell) were competent and well deserving their wings. The captin on the return flight was much more interactive, often giving us info on the flight, which was nice. The Cabin Staff were good, not quite as pleasent as BA, or Continental, but then again the pressures of smilling on one of there cattle trucks is much harder, I would guess. I was especially impressed with the return staff, mush more friendly service on the new Airbus. The Stuff On sale Food and drinks were (as to be expected) Overpriced. They was not a big enuff change kitty for the Cabin crew to use. Duty free was the same as usual. Can you tell I am not much of a shopper?! THE BIG (BIG) PROBLEM.... (apart from the space) THe Food. It was Dire. Tiny Meals, for tiny seats. On the way out the person in charge of stock control must have been busy rifling through peoples luggage as they f
      orgot to put enuf meals on board the damn thing. Doh! On the Return Flight the Brakefast had off milk, which many passengers returned. Sadly I was still half asleep and only realised the taste after eating it all. This resulted in me sitting in a motorway services & Projectile vomiting until I had remved my stomach and throat Lining for a hour and a half. Not good. Dave also felt ill after the brakefast, whilst carol was fine because she didnt eat it. SO TO CONCLUDE. Not great. The fancy Ideas and staff efficency are let down by the fundemental logistical and space downfalls. I will most likely pay to upgrade to BA or try the Airtours 1st class if I have to fly with them again. Not enuff room to make a good flight & afterall the flight is part of the holiday, so it should be a good experience. Erm. Any other info you want just ask & I will Add info. Whats our Vector, Victor? Thats a Roger, Roger.

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        29.10.2001 17:53
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        And this is why I liked the City Screen in York. In small words, and simple language for the hard of thinking (like wot I is). WHy Did I go there ------------------------------------------- I was in York for the weekend visiting a chum (hello Chum). We walked past the building and thought- shall we have a look? Once inside the building Chum pointed out that the film 'AMELIE' was playing. We had a brief discussion on this and decided to come back and watch it the next day. What is the Place Like? ------------------------------------------- As that collossus of taste and elegance Tony the Tiger would say, "ITS G-rrrrrrrrrr-ate". The City screen is part of the same style & grouping of cinema's that gave us 'the duke of York' in Brighton. Therefore the chances of a good film, for artsy, hip, smooth, lefty, academics and Movie buffs are always high. I felt that it was a better venue than Brightons 'duke of York' although brighton has the best building, as it is an old theater. I wont go into detail about location as the other ops talk about it. Its by the river, in the town by the church. Once through the sliding doors you are in a chintz free 'hint of the 20's new york' clean, uncluttered but friendly ticket & snacks area (grey tiled floors). Down stairs leads to the toilets, of which I can say the Gents were very clean, with metal trougths (my own personal preference for ease of use & lack os splash), not ceramic urinals. THe water, soap and driers were all of good standard. I presume the ladies were of as high a standard (since THAT incident i have given up trying to get ito the ladies to make my opinions 100% - thanks again for the ride home PC.193). On the ground floor is also a nice looking Cafe /bar / coffee area, with river views. Sadly people were smoking in there so I didnt try anything (for myself eating foo
        d & stinking like a tramp dont mix) but hope to. between films this area seems to do a roaring trade so that points towards quality. The Bar is also a venue for quizes, comedy nights & other such events & readings. Up the minimal style stairs and we are approaching the screens. THe waiting area for the films is against the river side of the building, which gives great views as it is all glass. THere are some art-deco'ish leather sofa's, small glass tables & chrome tubed chairs to rest in. I found the table the right size to tip my popcorn off and onto the floor (can't take me anywhere). Through the doors and into the theatre area, with some info on the city screen and york Cinemas on the wall. The screen I was in was 2. It was a nice sized auditorium, with a steep slope, so hopefully even if you are the short lady that the lanky bloke in the top hat always sits in front of you can still see. THe chairs were suprisingly good, blue crushed velvet & well looked after. THere were no cupholders, nor could the chair arms be moved like in modern W.Bros movie houses. THe leg room was far superior to most venues, with there being only an inch or two difference between City Screen and the large new W. Bros village style of place. The Screens & Sound -------------------------------------------- The screen quality was very good, and even cooler it stretched and adjusted to suit the aspect of the film. For a child like me that was cool enuff to make me go again! THe sound is Dolby and more than adequate, good infact, although I think that some THX places I have been to may be better. If you are a compleat stereo film nerd you may not be satisfied. The service and all the other bits. -------------------------------------------- All the staff seemed to be happy to help and enjoy (as much as one enjoys ) working at the City Screen. Even the ticket sales people were not moody gets, which is a pl
        easent change. The range of sweets and so on is great, with Ben & jerrys ice cream and Free trade chockies for the eco warrior, pseudo lefty, genuine 'doo gooder' and fellers/ felleress's trying to impress the new date. Some Final stuff ----------------------------------------- THe ticket area is full of good info about new releases, special showings and the Cinema in general. The Cinema also operates a very good mailing list & 'Friends of city screen' for regular users to revel in. THis also gives great city wide discounts, which is neat. The film times booklet is full of all relevent details. THe website is WWW.picturehouse-cinemas.co.uk All in all. -------------------------------------------- Its chuffin ace. Try it. you know you want to. All your friends like it. Go on. I dare you. You know you want to.....

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          22.10.2001 19:20
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          Kid Creole ? 'Are you Jokin??' is what I hear you think. But hear me Nay-sayers, it is damn fine & Good fun. Remember, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but if you disagree with me, you're wrong. Why I got into this CD. ------------------------------------------- 12 years ago my sister went out with a feller who liked it. I listened to it quite a bit when at there place & got used to the rhythms of the salsa / calypso/ latin funky haitian midgit (hes only at the bottom end of 5 foot). I also realised the lyrics were great fun and well worth listening to. A while later I saw Kid Creole and the coconuts playing on channel 4's Viva Cabarat - On the same line up as Harry Hills 2nd or third tv apperance. Kid Creole was ace, so I got the CD out, ignored the derision of my peers and injoyed the music. Now lets get to the Opinion, shall we?.... The CD. ------------------------------------------- Its round and flat and shiney, with a little whole in the middle, just big enuff to trap your little finger knuckle in and need to have cut away from your hand. In the time honoured tradition of CD's in my collection my version (entitled 'Cre-Ole') differs from the version in the picture. But It does'ne matter (as they say up North). All of the music is well played, with good horns and percussion helping drive the beats and atmosphere. All of the hits are on it and real cool. THe music creates a wonderful hedonistic, but not too self indulgent party-time tropical feel. I personally feel its the lyrics that make the tunes so cool - never unintentionally cheesy, always brass-balled and well crafted. The whole album makes you want to strut & wear a zoot suit (if a feller, or a butch lady), or look swave & Sexy like a 50's Movie goddess (if a lady, or a campfeller {I recomend Beckslayer for all makeup info}). 1.) Life Boat Party. Charge
          s right off into the over produced 80's party feel. 8(?) bars of big band rhythm and then Kid creole swings in. And the Swing Dont stop Till the tune ends. It Makes you feel like you have walked in on the greates party ever & they want you to be there. 2.) Stool Pigeon Again a musical start, but this time percussion lead with a coconut scream (the blonder one I think) to begin. THe rhythm still gets you, but this time its more laid back, the story of the song is in charge. 'there's a gentleman thats going round, Turnin' the Joint upside down, Stool Pigeon - Ha cha cha chaaa' Trust me- it sounds real cool 3) Gina Gina Such a cool idea. A slow paced song this one, its Kid trying to stop a coconut leaving to be with a Ski Instructor! 'Gina Gina, He's just a ski instructor' This track includes the great line 'There's been no action here since William Tell' and it goes through my head every time I go to Switzerland 4) Annie' I'm Not Your Daddy THis is one that is often on VH1, not sure why. Again this funky track has a story - one of the coconuts is asking Kid is he is her father, Kid denies it and tells the tale of her mother when younger... The song starts with horn, then percussion and the rest of the band followed by Kid Creole. Great lines again, I think I like the bit 'If I was in your blood, you would'nt be so ugly! ' best of all. THe backing from the coconuts is cool on this one. 5) Me No Pop I I like this a lot. Its a bit of a rap from Kid Creole, full of great lines, and matcho posturing (to be taken with a pinch of salt). Its a bit like Screamin Jays 'ignant and Sh*t' with Creole stating how it is. 'I wear baggy pants, and two tone shoes, I'm a gentleman, with me you cant loose...' The band is in the background in this one - the song is
          the thing not the tune. 'when I came from the VD Clinic, I swore our love was finished...' Classic fun. 6) Latin Music. This one is nice, it makes you want to sing along. The tune is laid back like a beach holiday. The Coconuts get quite a big part to play in this one, lovely. 'I'm so confused, this Latin music's got me, So So bemused, the accents worse than Cockney..' 7) Off the Coast of Me One for the LURVERS here, still very cool - intentionally dated. A very mellow tune, makes you feel like you are cruising the carribean seas. The vocals are sung as if down an old style phone line, the backing makes you think 50's style of wooooo along crooning. 8) I'm A Wonderful Thing, Baby Erm. Clue is in the song title. I think this could not have been created without the decadence of the early 80's USA (written in 1982). Starts with oboe type wind and then percussion and a cool bass. Its basicly Kid acting cool and smooth & being a ledgend in his own pants. But this is still Ace. the only trouble is if you get caught singing it! 9)Dont Take away my coconuts THis one must have a story behind it. Its Kid begging Doris (who?) not to have the backing vocalist go. Some great lines, with a nice tune. The horn section brings us in & then Kid starts his rhythmic pleading. 10) Imitation A clever little ditty here, hiding a rant from Kid about plagiarism. We are lead in by drums, symbols and a petergunn theme reminicent horn break. THis tune tootles along quite rapidly, keeping a fast tempo throughout. 11) Maladie D'amour Horns first, played in a style that whisks you back to a 'bugsy malone' style speak-easy. THis is a shoecase for the Coconuts with Kid backing them. some lovely harmonies in this love type ditty. 12) Dear Addy A slow paced story here, starting with Kid taking the pl
          ace of a post man, reading a leter to 'Addy'. Its a good, well crafted little song. Part of the strings remind me of a mild version of the Tenko (ask yer parents) theme, if you listen you will see what I mean. If you have ever had a long distance relationship (that dosent include letching at tennis stars / kylie on the TV) you will find thew lyrics quite easy to relate to. 13) There's Something Wrong In Paradise As close as Cid Creaole will get to Billy brag here - a bit political. This one is a steel drum type of percussion driven calypso track. Good one. 14) Back in the Field Again No this isnt a cover of the Iron Maiden track (sorry metal heads). This one is a slow one, but I really like it. It has a more sombre fell, but also is full of determination & I think it is great. It starts of as a sort of lament, reminiscent of the walker brothers (no regrets) but then advances more towards gloria Gaynors (I will survive). I found it a useful song when I was freshly single & just ready to psyche myself up to go out on the pull again. SO TO CONCLUDE ------------------------------------------- Its great. Just listening to it makes you feel smooth, Like the mask movie - you want to dance with Miss Diez (?) on top of a police car in a Zoot Suit. The tunes are good, the CD is cheap, Treat yourself to something good and fight the thought police at the same time.

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            10.10.2001 20:03
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            Howling Wolf. Big feller. Big Voice. Blues as it should be. I have had this album scince I was 17 (9 years) and it is still one of my most played CD's. For info On the big man himself there is a nice op all about him elsewhere, so READ IT! If you are a fan of the Doors, Led Zep, THe stones or, well most bands that are at all rock you will have heard some of these songs before in different guises. The majority of these classics were penned by the wordsmith Willie Dixon (he may be on the Bass too {dont quote me!}) but I have no solid track recording data so it is just me jabbering on in this OP. Sorry all:) The Recording & quality __________________________________________ Taken from many sessions and albums (sadly not credited) the quality is quite good for old blues sessions. In fact the raw under produced (by todays naff OTT clinical standards) add to the atmosphere. The Muscicians are all Good, accomplished Bluesmen. No upstaging each other. THe Piano is Real good on some tracks, as is the harmonica work. Mr. Wolfs voice is pure class, every line is felt and you cant help but rock your head like the bastard offspring of Stevie Wonder and David Grey trapped on a washing machine spin cycle. My edition is different from the DooYoo description - here is the play list. Little Red Rooster Killing Floor Smokestack Lightning Moanin' at Midnight Dorothy May Wang Dang Doodle Back Door Man Built For Comfort How Many More Years Goin' Down Slow Natchez Burning Who's Been Talkin' I asked for water, She Gave me Gasoline Louise Bluebird 300lbs of Joy And now a brief word on each track. ___________________________________________ Little Red Rooster. Erm. What to say. Its a staple blues classic. This is a far more raw & sparse version than Mr. Jaggers band and its better for it. The intermitte
            nt guitar adds to the mood, and the piano haunts the edges of the peice. All this enhances Mr. Wolfs performance. Bliss. Killing Floor. My Fav. Led Zep also put it into one of there tracks (can't remember which). Starts with a guitar to show us the Riff (Blissfull 12 bar Blues) then they all join in and barrelhouse piano leads the way. IT RULES. Mr Wolf is further back in the mix in this one, but this helps the peice charge along. Its one we can all relate to as well 'I should've left you, a long time ago' 'then I wouldnt have been down, on this killing floor' 2mins 40 of Perfect tune. Smoke Stack Lightnin. Another set peice, in many ways a musical vehicle for Mr. Wolfs voice and the Harmonica player. Rolls along like a train, nay, like a BLUES TRAIN (How bad am I?) This is a song to put on loud, and then to lie down and enjoy, preferably with the evening sun shining in through the windows (trust me, it works.) Moanin' at Midnight. Great Harmonica, great lyrics. 'theres somebody knockin at my door... Well I'm so worried, dont know what I'm going to do' Feels like he's got debt collectors after him in this one. Show case for Harmonica electric geetar, & a grerat last line. Dorothy May 'wake up in the mornin, find dorothy may' Its a blues lovesong, a good one too. Mr. Wolf is he main in this with the rhythm kept by the band and the harmonica wailing a lement to assist Mr. Wolfs story. Wang Dang Doodle I dont know what it means but i want to do it. A party peice. Its Howling wolf calling the gang together for a party. And once you hear it you will want to go. I want to meet 'automatic Slim' and 'Pistol pete'. Back Door Man Far better than mr Morrison. Howling Wolf telling a tale again, about himself & the Ladies... The song is great, the playing i
            s tight & it stalks along. Built for comfort Its a size issue & it sounds cool. Another 12 bar blues along the line of Kiling floor but slower. Its ace, I would love to sing it but I am just way too thin. 'Cause I'm built for comfort, I aint built for speed' How many more years Piano is in control in this one, with Electric guitar jumping in & out. 'how many more years have I got to let you dog me around?' Its Howling wolf lamenting about an awkward relationship. Goin' Down Slow A slow piano led number. Another good one. A lament by Holing Wolf to his mother amongst others, about his fading condition. Natchez Burning. This one is awkward. Its good, but I feel guilty of intruding to listen to it. Its the story of a building or church being burnt in the south. Think 'Mississippi burning'. Whos been talkin. A good Powerful vocal leads this one. Relationship trouble. 'you know i love you. I'm the causing of it all' is how it ends. Really good, a handy one for those tricky times....! I asked for water... Hmm.. sounds like Smockstack played slow (got to love blues for doing that). Howlin' Wolf tels us a story. Its a good, slow, atmospheric blues. 'I hope my baby dont leave me no more'. Louise. A song about Louise, who happens to be the sweetest girl he knows. Its a good one, and a loud shouty one at that! The guitar is more BB king than any other on the CD. Bluebird Nice riff and use of honkytonk type piano. its a real mello one, again full of atmosphere. Calling for the one he loves when in chicago and she down south. You seen the Blues brothers? you know the bit where the camera pans in on elwoods flat by the train track as morning breaks? Well it sort of feels like that! 300lbs of joy Its happy blues, its great.
            This is great. and cool too. To Conclude Its ace. I love it, if you dont you are wrong (and i will set the taste police on you).

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              01.10.2001 23:49
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              This book is the only text that could, with any degree of reality, be called a definitive guide to the Yip Man, 116 move Wooden Dummy Form. SO I thought I would write about it. If this is a bit naff, tell me & I will adapt it. If you disagree with my pearls of wisdom, shush. Sorry if this is a bit too Wing Chun orientated folks, I will do a simple guide to the style, but I want that to be 100% good, so I am doing this first! Back in the days of the Siu Lam monastery of China many styles used Plum Blossom poles to train the skills of the arts martial (thats Martial, not marital - DONT make the mistake I did once when I was younger & more foolish : walking out of a multi story car park in brum and into a shop that I thought said Martial Arts, not Marital Aids. Having said that the weapons on offer were truly spectacular & only for use by trained masters....). These were then given 'limbs' in the form of sticks protruding to symbolise / simulate arms or legs. The most renowned and advanced form of this comes to the Wing Chun Wooden Man. An opponant with 3 protruding limbs at torso / chest Level, and a single 'leg' below. Other styles have uses for the dummy still (the real funky Praying Mantis stick dummy for example) This doesent mean we train to fight 3 armed 1 legged foes. It is hard to visualise without doing but if you go to the right of the dummy only teo of the arms are near you, therefor at that moment in training the other arm dosent exist - Trust me, when you have a go you will understand! (honest). The Contents of the Text. The book is split into 8 chapters. First about Yip Chun - Who rocks & is the Eldest son of Yip Man. Now we have a few pages on the Dummy and its development. Nice, useful information. Then we have the treasure of the text - a series of 116 photos of Grand master Yip Man (and yip Chun where the photot is missing) performing the wooden dummy form, to enable th
              e knowledge to be passed on. We then have some applications of the dummy techniques. Nice but as with any photo strip it is always the bits between the photos we need to work out how to get to the positions! Finally we have a brief Biography of the mighty Yip man, by Yip Chun. The book ends with a glossary of terms (always useful) and then some nicely dated adverts for Leung Ting publications. My copy is from 1982, and it all looks REAL dated. Well is it worth Chuff all to me ? Yes! its a really useful tool to assist your learning. BUT, and its a mighty big BUT... you can NEVER learn froma book or tape alone. the photos only capture the completion of a move - the finale if you like. This means all the foot work, adjustment of weight and body are pure guesswork - and therefor most likely to be utter Chimp Droppings. A real fine example is between picture 35 "Left Man Sau" and 36 "Left Sideward thrust Kick ". I know for a fact there are 5 or so points of move ment to go from the Man Sau (inquisative/ asking arm) and the Kick, on top of that the position has to be bang on, and at the right angle. So thats it really. Get training & If you have a cheap dummy to sell please tell me as I want a new one! One Final word on the book - It also gives you a wonderful diagram of the correct specs of a wooden dummy & a fine portrait of Grand Master, Sifu Yip Man as well.

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                One of the few good wing chun books - Advantages: Clear Concise advice, insight into the art, not full of posing fools - Disadvantages: Hard to find

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                03.09.2001 19:12
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                For those who know Wing Chun with any level of awareness Yip Chun is a well known figure. I have had the honour of going to quite a few of his seminars over the last few years, and as he now aims to retire from running seminars in the UK I thought I would write a little bit on him. Who is He? ---------------------------------------- Yip Chun is the oldest Son of Grand Master Yip Man, the man that most students of Wing Chun accept to be the most accomplished Wing Chun practitioner in the last 100 years. (many may disagree, but as I follow my wing Chun lineage direct from the Yip Man branch I will ignore them!) Master Yip Chun is now 77 years old, and as of this year he has decided to retire from overseas seminars, and concentrate on teaching in Hong Kong & learning to use computers to enable him to write more books on his beloved Wing Chun. Yip Chun has been coming to the Uk to do seminars since 1985 when Master Samual Kwok, first brought Yip Chun back to do a seminar in Leeds for him. From then on Master Yip Chun would come over once or twice a year and do a series of seminars up and down the country for many schools of Wing chun (ofter run by those who had trained under Samual Kwok before 'going it alone' and forming thier own organisations). Yip Chun is a traditonal, classical chinese gentleman, with a wicked sense of fun and a true ability to teach and practice Wing Chun. WHats the big Deal, eh ? ----------------------------------------- THe big deal is the level of skill & his willingness to share it. Master Yip Chun focus's upon Chi Sau as the tool to make you realise the way to use the tools that wing chun can give you. He is also fully aware of the Confusionist qualitys of Wing chun and how the fighting can never be as good as its potential without mind & spirit becoming trained too. When you watch Him cross hands with Master Kwok, of Billy (Manchester Instructor) o
                r Anthony, or any higher lever student / instructor, you cannot help but smile as this tiny man uses all the skills a life time of training has given him to make accomplished martial artists foolish. CONCLUSION ------------------------------------------ Yip Chun is a rare thing. He is truly skilled, yet truly humble. On Saturday at the end of the Seminar when the instructors were giving him gifts to say thankyou it was genuine gratitude that you could see in him. To say thankyou to all at the seminar, he went round everyone of us & chi Saued with us all, and I am proud to have had quite a long time (compared to most) with the man - although he kept trying to get me to do moves that were certain to make me loose - cunning bugger that he is! He is still in the country, and will proberbly be doing seminars for Shaun Rawcliffe, and maybe Micheal Tze (?) in London. Catch him if you can - for a man of 77 its stunning. For a 5ft 2inches man of 77 its Chuffin Stupendous.

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                  THe Swan with Two Nicks is my regular meeting pub. It has been for about 5 years now, and its great. If a bit small. THE LOCATION THe Swan is at the end of New Street in the Centre of Worcester, close to all of the nightlife in the city, but far enuff away from the Whoring bars to remain pleasent. THe street is the one King Charlie the second ran Down to escape during the battle of Worcester. Within easy Staggering Distance is about 30 Bars / Pubs, 10+ restaurants, 7+ fast food places, 2 cinemas (odeon & Warner Bros), one pool hall, a taxi rank, a bus station, a cathedral and all the major banks. This means it is well situated for almost any night out. THE BUILDING It is an old tudor building, within a row of Tudor Buildings (did I mention the civil war?...blah blah blah King Charlie....) that makes up one of the few areas of the city center that the planners did not really naff up after the post WWII renewal. The pub consists of a bar, er... chairs & tables... and thats the main bit. Up the stairs we have the Toilets (Gents are never too dirty, dunno about Ladies {not trying that trick again, community service is not some thing to repeat... joking, honest.}) and also on the upper floor is a function room / restaurant. A chess club used to meet up there years ago if I remember rightly. The fact it is a tudor building give the pub a lot of its atmosphere and charm. And for regulars there is not much that can beat the joy of drunks hitting their heads on the low beams.... Right next door is Drummonds, a bar that is owned by the same people - so there is a lot of movement between the two - especially on a Saturday as Drummonds has a late licence. THE BAR THe bar has a range of drinks that is very impressive, when you think it is only 2 meters in length. There are usually 3 'guest beers', Stella (Wife Beater), Guinnes, Strongbow and Boddies on tap. All the usual 'chick dri
                  nks' in the fridges. Recently they have put a glass cooler in too - how swish!? THe range of spirits is good. The usual suspects are there- JD, and so on with the pleasent suprise of the rum being Lambs or Capt. Morgan. THe flashest thing about the bar is the range of Malt Whiskies - 69 of em! Yep 69, I counted them on Tuesday. Often there is a deal on for certain drinks - for example they had a Pimms & Lemon special recently, so people could ponce about at a cheeper price. THE ATMOSPHERE Its Great. During the week it is a mellow, regulars, first Daters quite couples and reminiscing friends pub. A place to be relaxed and enjoy some quiet company. In many ways its a country pub in the middle of the city. THe weekend sees it change. Whilst it is still a great atmosphere it is dead busy, if you get in after 8 dont expect to sit down until people leave for clubs after 10. It tends to be full of groups of people on nights out, with far fewer of the regulars visable. THE BEST THING Is the DukeBox ! Where else can I put Alvin Stardust, Screamin' Jay, THe Doors and MotorHead Back to back with Squeeze, SHaggy, THe WHo and Steps? Sorry it wasnt more entertaining, but the Reading weekend caught up with me and I am collapsing into sleep! Go to the Swan, Its a Really nice pub.

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                    Why on earth old & overhyped Limp Bizkit (or whutever they are called) are the voice of the unsettled Yoof when the Bloodhound Gang are here always confuses me. Far better Raps, far more outrageous and rude and Far better tunes. Plus they are way younger & Cooler. But ENUFF! this is about 1 album only - The 1996 Geffen production called, ONE FIERCE BEER COASTER. THE RECORDING. according to the Sleave notes this is 'Who done Did What' Jimmi Pop Ali - produced the whole shebang... Wrote the 5th grade Lyrics. DJ Q-Ball - Fiddles with records Lupus - tries to play the guitar Evil Jared - cant play the bass but looks cool pretending. Spanky G - only one with talent. Rob Van Winkle - the other 100% grade A beefy boy It was recorded by Raahu at Dome Sound, Mastered by Sterling sound in New York and the cover photos were by Celeste Angello -for free! The front cover is not the most tasteful of things, with a caraciture (cant spell) beer coaster, but it appeals to those trying to rebel so good on them for upsetting people. AS you can see the whole ethos of the CD, even before hearing the music is Fun. THE SONGS The album is far less polished than Hooray For Boobies, and if you have both you get to see the transition of style in the band over the 2 - 3 years between them. The songs are not all good, but rather High points combined with mediocre points. Lots of the songs are very offensive - but in such a creative manner it should be applauded. The innate ability and wide range of contempary knowledge (still cant spell!) shines through in the lyrics, even at the most near - the - knuckle. The tunes are good for the most part - closer to Faith No More's brand of rap cross over than most. AT this Point I would like to quote the cd cover before I continue - 'If You Find The
                    Content of This Lyrics Offensive, You're Not Cool' Track 1. Kiss Me Where It SMells Funny. Real Good Rocking Riff, good use of the mix and some great lyrics. As They say in Catchphrase 'the Clue's in the question'.... Yup. Its about oral sex, but unlike most rock songs its not the man on the reciveing end. VERY GOOD. VERY FUNNY. VERY RUDE. A high point of the CD. Track 2. Lift your Head up High (and blow your brains out Real good use of samples and a nice beat (Jimmi Pop does the samples on an apple mac). THis is offensive. But I like it. Very good stream of conciousness lyrics. 'Rewind and let me reverse it, backwards like Judas Priest did.' See what I mean by general awareness showing in the songs. Not like most pop/ rock tripe. Track 3. Fire Water Burn Another Highpoint. Stupidly heavy rock riff powering the song. Lines like - 'cause I'm Kind of like Han Solo, always strokin my own wookie' make this great. love it. The Video should have made it to my top ten vids. Track 4. I wish I was Queer so I could get Chicks. Very Funny but not P.C. This is not anti gay (in my opinion) but it does show up some funny social truths. The premis of this song can be seen in hollywood films of the last few years - bloke predtends to be gay to get girl. As girls like gay guys. Track 5. Why is everybody always picking on me? Although I actually do find the intro offencive, its another good one. Great question and answer chorus set up. Neat use of the lyrics in the rap. Track 6. Tricky Real good cover of Run DMC. A good track, good guitar, agood drum break. Track 7. Asleep at the wheel Clever Lyrics, but I doint like the start because the tune is weaker than the others. Once the song gets going
                    its nice to shout along with. Track 8. Shut Up Really good. A horn sample worthy of B.R.A. THis is a nice one, you will sing it and it will make you feel good. Track 9. Youre only friends are make belive. Wayyy to long. Nice title, and nice ending but the first 4 mins are not as good as they should be. Nice Duran uran Pastich.(?) I think its Hungry like the wolf that they rip off! Track 10. Boom I think they had been listening to a lot of the HOUSE OF PAIN. Music wise not as good as some of the others, but still neat lyrics. Track 11. Going Nowhere Slow A nice little 'shout' out to all the fans in the USA. a nice touch at the end of the cd, very Rock. Track 12. Reflections of Remoh A pun in a joke. remoh|homer. ALL IN ALL If you are sharp enuff to understand irony and humor, if you like rap or rock - Try it, you might Like it. But they are not to all tastes - its musical Derek & Clive(ask your parents!)

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                      Pay attention Class, its yet another Screaming Jay Hawkings Opinion to devour with wild abandon......... This Album will apeal to anyone clever, 0nly the best people in the world will like it (Well it worked in the story 'The Emperors New Clothes'....). Black Music for White People is not only one of the best titles to be seen, it is also a Really good album, a 'two-thumbs-fresh', 'Bargins' much-goodness' blast of blues, Screamin' Jay Style. THE RECORDING DETAILS The Sessions for this record, and the following album 'stone crazy' (i think) were all between October and December 1990, and mixed in Febuary 1991. All this was at Tracks II recording in Hollywood USA, for Bizarre Records. The record was Produced by Robert Duffy, with (acording to the sleave notes) Herb Cohen the executive producer 'under duress. You can see parts of the recording sessions and get a glimps into what it must have been like working with a man on the edge like Screamin' Jay in the C4. documentary '57 Screamin' Kids'. THE MUSIC / SONGS. THe selection is good, there is not really a bad track on it. THe dance version of 'I put a spell on you ' and the Paul Robeson (ask your Grandparents / see endnote for details!!) inspired rendition of 'Ol' Man River' are the two hardest to handle tracks, but each are wonderful in different ways. 1. Is you is or is you aint my baby? This is real good. Starting with lead GeeTar and drum brushes / snare and then horns and then Jay and the piano comes in after 8-10 bars (numbers may well be off, long time since I practiced music). THe start is Bliss!! Jay comes in so smooth you think it is Tom the Cat sliding in from the ZOOT SUIT episode (tom & Jerry cartoon- remember?). At 2mins 54 it stops before the magic wears off. 2. I feel Allright. Another Corker. Bouncese along making you feel
                      completely 'Swing'. The Guitar is let loose on this one, as are the sax players. Makes you want to dance like your grandparents (see the film 'Grease' for details). Comes with Bop-u-wah-ee backing! An extra at the end, after the song we get a 20 second blast of Jays Vocals on a song from the next album. Bliss. 3. I put a Spell On YOu. (dance version.) Stunning. Sax leads, then Guitar, with Drums keeping it all going. Jay Belts out his Classic track, but this time we have RAP from 'Tonio'. If you like Screamin Jay or early bobby Brown you will enjoy it!! - makes me think of Bobby Browns title song to the second ghostbuster when the rap comes in.... 4. I hear you knockin' REAL GOOD. Starts off with 4 bars of music & then Jay blasts us with the vocals all theway through. THis is a good version of this classic blues track, with Jay making you belive the words. Listen to the bit where he seems to get his words tangled! Sounds like he was havin fun & that makes it full of good energy. 5. Heart Attak and Vine This is a wonderful Tom Waits song that I have used to convert people to Screamin Jay before! Starts with guitar, and the feel of it makes your spine tingle. Really Good, I prefer this rendition to the original - and thats almost perfect. The way he sings it convinces you of the story in the words. A real feel of a dirty, sleezy stroll down the wrong side of town. Plus I went out with a girl from New Jersey and always smile when they are refered to! The Guitar does well in this, as do all the instruments 6. Ignant and Shit. Great fun. This to me is an inside seat to a Screamin' Jay domestic with some musical backing. Dont want to explain it any more as it will ruin the fun. Jay does some real good blues piano in it (the best sort of piano). I like the reference to Errol Flynn (ask your granny!) 7.
                      Swamp Gas. Old school screaming Jay. Wicked rythems make you feel all Voodoo. Good drumming, Good backing Wails! Lyrics, as always, are neat to listen to. '...behind every leaf, there's eyeballs peekin' at you....' 8. Voodoo Prietess More hammer house of horror perfection from Mr. Hawkins. The 20 seconds of Jay' talking to the singer at the start is good. have to admit it is worth buying just to hear Jay sayin 'some people are afraid of ghosts, some people will not walk through the graveyard.' The song is about Jay being seduced by a voodoo Priestess. guitar and Drums keep it creepy & the sax adds the sleeze as Jay takes us along the journey in the song. GOOD. 9. ICE CREAM MAN Another song people may know from Tom Waits. A true Highlight. As soon as it comes on with its cool rythem you feel smooth, smooth enuff to move in on the girl (or guy/ or both {blimey - hell of a night for you eh? Vroom Vroom!}) at the bar. I LOVE THIS TRACK. I used to play this at work & the guy who got me into the Wu Tang Clan would glide round the office singing this one! 10. I want your body. A real good Blues shout, with Jay stating sentiments we all can relate to. Lovely Piano, and old school blues. BBKing style of thing. 11. Ol' Man River. Jay in opera mode. I like this, but this may well be the track most people skip! Very Over THe Top, like a naked Cheggers, but great. THe bit after the fade out where Jay apologises to everyone for getting carried away is Great. 12. Strokin' Fast paced funky blues. Again something we can all (hopefully!) relate to. The drumming is wonderful in its complement to the song. Which is quite rude in its context. THis is not only Good but GOOD FUN. 'I bin' Strokin... have you ever made love watching the late, late show?' I presume he is
                      not on about that Irish chat show. Listen to the bit where the drums help cover the biggest innuendo. The Cd ends with Screaming jay asking to carry on and sing some more songs ! All in all this is great. Its a real good blues / R'n'B album. The band are good enuff to enable the quality of Jay to come out and the CD is CHEAP!. BUY IT I DARE YOU... ;)

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                      • Ramones Mania - Ramones / Music Album / 3 Readings / 24 Ratings
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                        The Ramones were to Punk what Birds is to instant custard. Quite a high Accolade eh? With the passing away of Joey Ramone a few months ago came the end of the 25 year Ramones story. But while there is tones I could write about the ramones and the influence of them it is of no consiquence to this Opinion - an opinion on the 2 CD Anthology that came out last year. THE GENERAL INFO The Anthology has 32 songs on CD1 and 25 on CD 2. If you like rock/pop /newwave /rock n roll or punk you will like this. It covers the full Recording history of the Ramones, all the top hits and memorable tracks. What is good is how the Sleave notes give us the album and session info for each track - for example :- 'Cretin Hop' from Rocket to Russia, Produced by Tony Bongiovi & T. Erdelyi with the Enginneer Ed Stasium. We also have a nice touch in the addition of miniatures of the Album covers within the CD Case too - so we can see what the cover to 'Pleasant Dreams' or 'Mondo Bizarro' looked like. There are some nice photos within the booklet for those who are interested in seeing the visual might of the scrawny denim dervishes (You weirdo's). THE MUSIC Of the two CD's Number one is the 100% Hit, whilst to me CD two is not as good by a long shot. If the Anthology was only CD 1 it would still be more than worth it. When you listen to this album you cant help but see echoes in the work by more recent bands. Here is an example - Listen to 'Pinhead' song 14. Now listen to er.. either 'We're not supposed' to or 'strange ones' (Long time no hear!) from Supergrass'es 'I Should Coco'. THe fade out from Pin head seems to be used as insperation. Its Sheer Bliss. Of the first CD I would say only 4 tracks are not Classics. On the second Cd however I find it easy to be picky - 'Ther KKK took my baby away', 'We want the airwa
                        ves' and 'somebody put something in my drink' are my prefered tracks I feel the rest is a bit, well 80's US rock really. But You may like them as well. TO CONCLUDE Buy it, you will like it. Or get it from your local Libarary... Blitzkreig Bop, I wanna be your Boyfriend, 53rd and 3rd, Now I wanna Sniff Some Glue, Gimmie Gimmie shock treatment, I remember you, California Sun, Swallow my Pride, Pinhead, Here today, gone tomorrow, Surfin Bird, I Dont care, I wanna be sedated, Needles and pins, I want you around and Baby I love you, are as small a top track selection I can make. How can you not like this if you have ears? Even if you dont have ears you want it for the song titles. THere is not a single mumbling psuedo-angst diatribe in the whole Anthology. ITS BLISS.

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                        • Doom (PS) / Archive Game / 2 Readings / 18 Ratings
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                          • "Graphics are not more important than gameplay"

                          DOOM. So good I wrote it in capitals. If you are unaware of doom, you have not played much in the way of computer games for 10 years or so. Which is fair enuff really. THE PLOT, THE DETAILS AND THE GAME. YOu are a soldier. You have heard all your buddies screaming in a science / military facility. YOu wander in to find out why. armed only with a vest and a pistol. For more detail read the other dooYoo op's ! The Game is old. The graphics show us that, but once you start playing it REALLY dosent matter. The sounds are still very good, as are the music choices. This game still stands up, Especially in two player. Two Player doom on the Play staion is what I really want to write about. So I will. You Need 1. 2 Playstations. 2. 2 TV's 3. 2 Copies of Doom 4. A link cable. 5. Access to snacks & 5 hours free. 6. A like minded fool to play the game with. I was Blessed with all these on Sunday and it was great. Two Player cooperative makes you feel like starsky and hutch, except when you jump in front of your mates rocket launcher & he kills you. With the levels set on 'Ultra violence' youy do get a real feel of excitement, as you are being chased round by a Demon lord with only a left Jab to hit him with. Bullets in short supply ? Time for the combination of Teamwork and panic to take over. CONCLUSION = Dust off the copy of doom (or buy a pre-owned for a couple of quid), get togethjer with a mate and see what its like. You will never want to play a single player game again.

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                            Hello class. Today we will be talking about the album 'The Dwarves come clean'. If the CD is to be belived the Dwarves are HeWhoCanNotBeNamed, Vadge Amoral, Wholley Smokkes, Mr. Everything, Trevor Whatever, Spike and Blag the Ripper. THey even have a website at www.dwarves.com - BUT I have never been, so dont blame me if its rude or in bad taste. Judging from the inside cover the site will be rude, if the live photos have any weight. They seem to play naked, and have lots of erm..Breast shots in the crowd. THe music tends to be either Ramonesque punk or Really fullon hardcore punk, the kind that has the moral high ground up in arms. The split is 50/50 on this cd, usually one song of each type. If you like punk or hardcore you should love this cd. I was attracted by a song I heard round RoofMonkey's house, called 'Better be Women' and it is an excellent track, that can be liked by all rock/punk/good fun music fans. Its real good. THe other 2 standout tracks are (for me) 'How its Done' (a real good, powerful kick start to the cd) and 'Johnny on the Spot' (including dick dale style surf guitar solo). I am now more appreciative of the harder stuff too, with a warm place for 'I want you to die' as well. Its dead good. It could offend those who are wrong - a nice clip of a bbc reporter saying 'also playing were the dwarves, one of the more violent bands' is the intro to 'Act Like you know'. All in all, I say to Thee, Try it, you might like it. Or if you are punked up and want to get more this is a good place to start. Better be women should be heard at least once by everyone, its SOOOO good. I think thats everything. Class dismissed, remember your homework...

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                              I got this CD last year at some grotty (but cool) record shop in Brighton. It was Recorded in France in 1983, when Screamin' Jay was on holiday there. And according to the sleve notes it was Jays first new LP in 10 years. (from 1976 - 1978 he wsa inactive due to a stage accident, dont know what he did, but it Beats James Hetfields Burn by at least 16 months!) THe recording has 11 tracks on it, with the exception of 'Get Down France' they are all available on compilations and other recordings. The band quality is good enuff, and they do not detract from the tunes in any way. We have a nice split of Operatic renderings (Deep In Love) , Good Time blues (Your Kind of Love, I Feel Alright), social comment blues (Poor Folks), and a Large dash of over the top Screamin Jay (Feast Of the Mau Mau, Mountain Jive, Constipation Blues, Alligator Wine). THe Pro's - All the songs are Classics (except for Get Down France) The Cons - Because they are all classics you can get em on most Compilations. Conclusion. THe Cd was cheap - £2 in fact. So if you can find it it is a real easy way to get an 11 track 'greatest hits' for next to nothing. But if you already own 'Spells and potions' or 'Alligator wine' you have em all bar 'Get Down France'. The music is Damn Good though. must go and listen to it.

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                                Screamin Jay (Jalacy) Hawkins was a true musical Showman. On and off the stage, as his 57 plus children and 4 (or so) Marriages go to proove. I would guess that 75% of the popular music buying population own his biggest hit, and dont even know it - the much covered 'I PUT A SPELL ON YOU'. He has covered a couple (or more) Tom Waits songs (Frenzy, Heart attack & Vine) and been in a few Jim Jaramush (?) movies (Desk clerk in, er..mystery train or whatever it was called) But most people dont realise its a voodoo inspired drunken, love-torn rant from a womanising ex Champian Boxer! (Jay won the Golden gloves at middle weight in his teens). But enuff about the man, we can read about him elsewhere, On with the Album. Spells and Potions is the most Superior collection of Screamin Jays stuff I have yet too hear (as with all bluesmen there are a load of em). This focuses mainly on Jays early stuff, starting in the 1954-6 period. It is a two CD, 34 song afair and it spans the whole gamult of his style and back catalogue. If you like blues as it should be (Not the egotistical poncing about stuff) with influences from big band, then there is more than enuff to keep you happy. This cd tends to get played at least twice a week, and has done for the last 10 months. If you like the strange stuff (Tom Waits for instance) there is something for you, with all off Screamin' Jays voodoo grunting and howling keeping you going. THE CD's I would say Disk 1 is the Killer and two is the filler (way-hay the rhyme). But that is partly because I had been listing to a lot of disk two from the collection 'Alligator Wine' for a previous 12 months. Not anymore is track one and it throws us into Jays Screamin' from the start. Bliss. On CD one I would say that 'Not Anymore' 'Just Dont Care' 'All Night' 'Monkberry Moon (a song that has wonderful lyrics & seems to be about Tomato Ketchup
                                )' and 'Sweet Ginny(instrumental)' make the price worth it alone. CD 2 is much harder for the average listener but Well worth it still. Here we have the true 'I Put A Spell On You'. THere are some longer, BBKing length tunes on this side. THe gospel influenced 'Whats Gonna Happen On The 8'th Day' and the social Commentary of 'Same Damn Thing'. THe seminal toilet blues of 'Constipation Blues' is sure to impress, revolt stun and cause a grin, all at the same time. THE GOOD SIDE Its Screamin jay, Love it or Be Wrong. 90% of the songs are Classics, and Screamin Jay desrves to be heard. THe Bad Side Its screamin Jay, too hard for thick Teeny bopper only cretins to understand, too full of energy for maudlin pseudo-psycho analisers to comprehend. Conclusion. Buy it, you'll Like it. THa man influenced so many with his over the top stage show, the music is sometimes forgotten. THis is a real good way to remember a wide range of it, from a 50 year recording history. I am gonna stop now, as I could go on about the individual merits of all 30+ tracks.

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