Friday, December 19, 2008

positively teenage

My compilation cassette positively teenage has recently been posted on I didn't think the sound quality was quite as bad as that, I'm sure it sounded better back in 1990. When I get chance I'm going to scan the fanzine that came with it, each of the bands wrote a page for it, well most of them did, for the ones that didn't I told a few fibs.

(A01) The Love Parade - Dave Clark 5
(A02) The Gravy Train - Devil In Your Shoe
(A03) Lavender Faction - In My Mind
(A04) The Sunflowers - Sunflower Babies
(A05) St.James Infirmary - The Sun Don't Shine
(A06) The Mayfields - Out To Sea
(A07) Penny Candles - Memory Box
(A08) Regulators - Southside Johnny
(A09) Remember Fun - P.S. Elaine
(A10) Church Grims - Plaster Saint
(A11) Marc - Clearer, Brighter, Sharper
(A12) Felicity's - Why Don't You Come Round
(A13) Crimson Mints - Makes Me Want To
(A14) Mousefolk - Wishing The Summer Away
(A15) The Fat Tulips - All That Matters
(B01) The Love Parade - Eternally
(B02) The Gravy Train - All Fall Down
(B03) The Sunflowers - Sunflowers Mum
(B04) Perfect Kiss - So Many Alike
(B05) Church Grims - Seen It All
(B06) Panda Pops - Submarine
(B07) The Williams - Still Keep Coming
(B08) St.Christopher - Charmelle
(B09) The Driscolls - It's Your Daughter
(B10) The Sohfas - Thorns
(B11) The Spinning Jenny's - Gardeners Weakly
(B12) Bulldozer Clarts - Walks Away
(B13) Librarians - Stripping In The Cemetry
(B14) Strawberry Story - For The Love Of Billy
(B15) Hellfire Sermons - Down All The Days
(B16) Patrick Skelly & The Prescriptions - Land Of Tears

i will treasure you

Mike from Slumberland Records asked if I'd be interested in putting together a podcast for his site , I said yes and it's now online, you can download it from here

I hope you enjoy it. I meant to embed this photo in the mp3 file but somehow forgot.

I seem to have a big blue sky obsession going on at the moment.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

that summer feeling is gonna haunt you the rest of your life

It was Popklubb's second birthday a couple of weeks ago and everyone was invited to do a mix cd and swap it for one someone else had done. Mine was an unseasonal collection of summer songs, I hope who ever picked it out the box found some songs to enjoy. I'd like to thank Stretch(?) for mine which was full of great songs by Jethro Tull, Sting and the Chieftans, nice one, cheers for that. I've uploaded the songs from my CD here . . . that summer feeling and included the artwork too. Kris from Heaven Is Above Your Head also did a mix and you can read how to get a copy of that here . . . Design to Warm.

that summer feeling

1. Summer Smash / Denim 3:38
2. Summer High / Adventures In Stereo 1:53
3. Summer in the City / The Lovin' Spoonful 2:43
4. the end of the summer on bookbinder road / Cocoanut Groove 3:07
5. Here Comes The Summer / Corduroy Utd. 3:08
6. A Sweet Summer's Night on Hammer Hill / Jens Lekman 3:28
7. That Summer Feeling / Jonathan Richman 3:57
8. Hey Sunshine / Let's Whisper 2:31
9. Indian Summer / Beat Happening 3:05
10. Summer Has Changed / Blackflower 4:19
11. Summer Babe / Pavement 3:14
12. Double Summer / The Chills 3:09
13. the summers first kiss / Celestial 3:55
14. Summershine / The Sea Urchins 4:03
15. Next Summer / Brighter 2:58
16. The Summer You Love / St. Cristopher 2:27
17. Summertime / Galaxie 500 6:00
18. Warm July / Sodastream 4:24
19. Wild Rice / Summer Cats 3:32
20. You'll Never See That Summertime again / Friends 4:47
21. Summer Is Here / Go-Kart Mozart 3:26
22. Summer Of Their Dreams / Virginia Astley 3:22

Thursday, October 16, 2008

stay beneath the covers child, don't miss the dream, don't be the first to go, don't trust no one.

I know it's well out of date now,but I was going to use this review in the next fanzine, but I'm not sure when that will appear so I thought I'd best put the review up here instead. . . . . . .

Indietracks Festival Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July, 2008

I couldn't believe it, getting stuck on the bloody steam train for nearly three quarters of an hour and just making it to the church to hear the final strains of Still Corners last song of their set, not a great start to the festival, I was gutted that I'd missed them playing one my favourite songs of the year History Of Love live. Silverdrop were the first band of the weekend that I was to fall for. They certainly have a star in their main man Bjorn, a cross between the dance moves of Ian Curtis and the mannerisms of Wayne Coyne. The music really caught my ear, so I had to buy a CD_R from them that came wrapped in some lovely wallpaper for only £2.

I only caught the last two tracks by the Paralellograms one of which was a cover of Steamin Train and I swear if you closed your eyes you may well have thought you were listening to Tallulah Gosh. The Kabeedies were angular but very bouncy too and did well despite only having three strings on the bass guitar.

The Lodger were wonderful, I nearly managed to miss them while i was sweating every bit of water out of my body in the church watching Darren Hayman, I'd heard him do my favourite - Caravan Song so when Neave phoned to say "Night, Night" and I walked outside into the still shining bright sun and the pure pop sound of My Finest Hour I was never going back in the church. The Lodger were brilliant with those disco guitars pretending they were Chic just like Orange Juice they can't help themselves. Highlight was The Good Old Days especially those falsetto "Alright, alright" , I hope no one is ever subjected to my version as I sing along to them .

The ageless Harvey Williams played about 5 songs on his keyboard before he put a smile on everyone's face and picked up his guitar and treated the audience to some classic Another Sunny Day. He almost lifted the roof off the church when he did Anorak City changing the words to fit , I'm nearly sure he rhymed Swanwick Junction with serving luncheon .

(Harvey Williams -
Anorak City)

After a nice lie in until 10 in my comfy Travelodge bed, I headed towards Swanwick Junction once more, on arrival I picked up a couple of presents for Neave from the gift shop including a train whistle that I'm sure she will annoy her mother with.

Brontosaurus Chorus (best or worst named band of the weekend? The jury is still out on that one.) were the first band for me on the morning , there was about 7 or 8 people on stage making true summery pop sounds. The Middle Ones were laughing, smiling , giggling and totally excited to be playing their songs in the church, and what lovely indie folk pop songs they were, those harmonies were a delight to listen to.

A band that for me stood head and shoulders above almost every one else today were A Classic Education. Songs that at times were anthemic in a similar way that Hurrah!'s were. If Esurient Communications were still alive I feel almost certain that this would be the label for them. Best song was a new one inspired in part by the Grandad of the singer with Elliot Gould's eyes. I would have bought a copy of the bands 12" but I was afraid that it would warp in the tremendous heat, so I will have to try and order it online when I get back home. Just like the festival compilation which sold out before I could nab myself a copy.

(a classic education - wartimes )[the grandad song I mention]

All the band's start times were somehow messed up today so I didn't catch the start of the Rosie Taylor Project's set, so I'm not sure if I missed them doing Maps for Lovers, it was made up for a little bit when they did Black and White Films.

Strawberry Story
said that this was to be their last ever gig as they were too old and were retiring, which is a great shame as Hayley had the biggest and nicest smile of any of the bands playing. One of the bands I was really looking forward to seeing was The Wave Pictures and they didn't disappoint. Playing my favourites, the singles from the last album, which had a great punky edge to them.

I thought I had missed the Dierdres but because of line up changes I managed to catch them, they were jumping around like crazy people, I'm not sure if it was the heat of the day that had got to them, but they were certainly excitable and lots of fun. Until today I had ignored the Manhattan Love Suicides, they looked the part and all their songs were fuzzed up bubblegum overdosed guitar pop, I must buy something by them now!

Another great weekend with only one regret, I forgot all about Gregory Webster playing on the train at 3.15, maybe I'll catch him another time.

(gregory webster - the world keeps on turning )

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Saturday, September 06, 2008

could this be the start of something? could it be the end of a phase? could it be the start of the future? could it be the good old days?

I know you really shouldn't take months to write a fanzine, but it's been 18 years and I was a little rusty around the edges. Finally it's here though, this almighty pop! number five, I hope someone enjoys it and my spelling mistakes and bad grammar don't spoil it too much. It comes with what I think is an excellent compilation CD, and is on my this almighty pop record label, which I am about to start this month. The first band on the label is Play People and you should be able to buy their CD single by the end of next week. I will also be selling the last bunch I have of the first four issues of this almighty pop as a package deal, as much as I have liked them hanging around in my garage for the last 18 years it's time for them to find new homes, thats if anyone will have them. For details on the new fanzine, the record label and the old fanzines head on over to

Friday, July 25, 2008

I found this amongst the this almighty pop original photocopies, I can't remember but maybe it was meant to go in number one. I just wish I could find the tape Kevin Pearce sent me with those songs on.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I share my birthday with a silver beatle

the winter turns to springtime,
and the springtime turns to summer,
we discover how we've lost another year

And your lips were warm your hands were cold
I never thought I'd feel this old
Isn't grey hair just the first light of a new dawn?

all words © withered hand new dawn

Monday, June 02, 2008

sunny day and i'm looking for her you see

I'm not normally the gloating type but I had to mention the wonderful little pop artifact that dropped through my letterbox the other day. It's a small 3" cd-r , lovingly put together by Kris of Heaven Is Above Your Head and who is also the ace guitarist with A Smile And A Ribbon. I really didn't want to break into to it, but I had to, I managed to loosen the red thread that was holding it together and place the mini cd into the player, there is a great selection of songs on it, some I'd heard, some I hadn't and some I'd forgotten all about like Po!'s "Sunday Never Comes Around".

Sweet Sixteen by A Smile And A Ribbon gets mentioned in an earlier post below and it's nice to hear it again after the bands triumphant UK tour. Once I get This Almighty Pop! number five finished, my next silly idea is to start a cd-r record label and I want to release something by A Smile And A Ribbon but I fear by the time I get around to it they will be just too big or just say no when I ask them.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam

I'm on a mission to expose my 4 year old daughter to what I think is good music, before it was bedtime tonight her favourite two songs were Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam by the Vaselines and Doing It Right by the Go Team, . Not a bad start.

In return she's promised to teach me some new chords.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

apples are good

I am forever downloading songs from other peoples blogs so I thought it only fair that I start and do a few play lists myself. I've been bringing in the odd crate or two of my 7"s out of the garage and these songs are the ones that caught my eye and needed to be played. They are all a bit crackly as in their time they were played quite a lot and it seems I didn't look after them as I thought I had. No real theme to them but I have noticed quite a few scottish and north east connections.

Speak to me Rochelle
always reminded me of Orange Juice. Oranges and Lemons is from the Prescriptions one and only 7", it is an organ led garage theme from 1960's Hartlepool. For some time Jesse Garon and the Desperadoes were one my favourite bands and The Adam Faith Experience was one in a line of perfect singles. Me and Michael were just talking about Prefab Sprout the other night on the way to the Jens Lekman gig at the Cluny so Lions in my own garden (exit someone) needed a play. Freak Storm was (i think?)the first Hellfire Sermons single, I've just ordered their compilation CD from Bus Stop I wish it was here now. Make It Better was co-written by Terry Gibson who I put my first gig on with. I wish there was a Gravy Train compilation I could order from Bus Stop or any label come to that. Honey Trap were a band that I saw at the Broken Doll and I seem to remember their music reminded me of Felt, Make Me Happy has guitars that could almost be from Poem of River, Riding the Equator in particular. Cincinnati brings to mind Strawberry Wine MBV ,even though I can't remember thinking that at the time. I Remember Caroline is from a test pressing of Watercolour 3 (was it ever properly released?) it sounds a little warped and has some terrible surface noise, sorry. Ain't That Always The Way, I've got a tape of Paul Quinn and Edwyn doing this and Pale Blue Eyes live on radio one but I've no idea where I might find that. I love the way they released Little Things even though Terry Hall is pissing his back off and swearing halfway though.

1. Speak To Me Rochelle / The Desert Wolves 2:27
2. Oranges And Lemons / The Prescriptions 3:20
3. The Adam Faith Experience / Jesse Garon and The Desperadoes 3:06
4. Lions In My Own Garden (Exit Someone) / Prefab Sprout 2:35
5. Freak Storm / Hellfire Sermons 3:33
6. Make It Better / The Gravy Train 3:38
7. Make Me Happy / Honeytrap 2:38
8. Cincinnati / Holidaymakers 2:26
9. I Remember Caroline / The Sweetest Ache 3:04
10. Ain't That Always The Way / Paul Quinn 3:07
11. Little Things / The Colourfield

download apples are good

Monday, May 12, 2008

i fell in love with a girl

It was mine and Michael's first Popklubb experience on Saturday night, we've arrived at the party late , seeing as it has been going since 2006. The venue is really nice, not sure but it must be some sort of working mens club , a really nice big hall, it had to be for the amount of people who turned up. The live music was provided by one of my favourite Swedish bands A Smile And A Ribbon, they played a storming set. Quite a few new songs I'd not heard before but I wanted to hear again straight away, like Sweet Sixteen. There were six in the band this time as they were joined by a saxophonist who embellished some of the songs beautifully , especially when he picked up the flute. He did have a flute didn't he? They also feature on guitar my joint favourite blogger Kris from Heaven Is Above Your Head, it seems such a long time since someone has wrote so enthusiastically about the music that they love. Kris told me that not all of the band are into indie music and infact the drummer is a guitarist in a hardcore thrash band. They all wore Black Flag t-shirts at the gig before this one.

Just before they played their last song The Boy I Wish I Never Met, Kris dedicated a song to an old band called Bulldozer Crash, which made me smile a lot. The rest of the band as well as the crowd looked puzzled and bemused as I think only me and Kris had heard of them, still it made my night as I've not had a song played for me since the Love Parade gigs all those years ago.

I also fell love (again!) on Saturday night, she had the nicest smile I have seen, no really she did, she danced nearly all night with her friend and her friends boyfriend, but I just sat, cos I can't dance for toffee, anyone know of anywhere I can I get indie dance lessons in the north east? I guess it goes without saying that of course I didn't even talk to her, I don't even think she noticed I was there. She might be at Jens Lekman tomorrow night, fingers crossed!(She wasn't but her friend and boyfriend were) Not that I'll speak to her then either. Dear me, I'm sounding like a daft teenager instead of a forty year old, ahhh... so fuck!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

I run to her house like it's all downhill

If only I had someone's house to run to like it's all downhill. Actually maybe I don't as I'm not as fit as I was when I was 19, and I'd probably have a heart attack before I made it half way. Reading parts of Fresh Air last night reminded me to give this Waltones track a spin . I just recently added it to my iTunes library so I thought I would share it. I first heard a song called Bold by them on a flexi-disc with the fanzine Irresponsible Spirit and it has remained a favourite, even the crackly whirry flexi version that I have also recently ripped. There is a compilation of everything they did available from Cherry Red called You've Gotta Hand It To 'Em. As much as I love my crackly vinyl it might be nice to have them all in one place , there is also a few unreleased songs on it. The Corn Dollies were another band who were on Medium Cool who I really liked, I must dig out Forever Steven and Be Small Again two more perfect songs. One of which was produced by Robert Forster but I can't remember which one. Here is the Waltones songs , enjoy the static.....

Monday, May 05, 2008

remember arthur seaton said he wouldn't be beaten

This was in amongst my fanzine originals. I once had it printed onto a t-shirt and thought I looked cool as fuck. When I look at it now I'm not sure I got the words right. Was it "wouldn't" or "won't"? Time to find that Pale Fountains LP in the garage, I hope those mice can't eat their way through my plastic record cases.

fresh air

I did a little tidying up in my garage today, only to find it was being used as a home for at least one family of mice, which wouldn't have been so bad if they hadn't used my fanzine collection for bedding, quite a few have sadly been destroyed, fanzines that is not mice. The little blighters have also been nibbling away at the originals of This Almighty Pop, but Fresh Air managed to escape intact. The only fanzine I sold every issue of, well I only printed 100 and sold them for 20p. I've just scanned and printed myself a copy, if you fancy doing the same I've also done a PDF of it that can be downloaded here Fresh Air

Saturday, May 03, 2008

I love the way you look when you forget yourself

See I haven't forget, will get it in the post this week. For the same photo effect go here

Thursday, May 01, 2008

I woke it was the first of May, wading through cherry blossom falling

I very nearly forgot to give it a spin today. It would have been nice to have put this on my ipod and woke to it this morning. Never mind, maybe I'll remember next year. If your reading this and it's still the first of May download it from Kris's old The Rain Fell Down blog here...

The Rain - First of May

Oh dear, I had a funny feeling that I was starting to repeat myself, now I'm sure I am ....... First Of May 2007

Sunday, April 20, 2008

simply thrilled honey

Just found this today in my garage while I was rummaging about looking for a big spanner that I needed so that I could try and fix my toilet cistern. My first ever gig promotion, whatever happened to Terry, The Gravy Train or This Almighty Pop come to that.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

mrs robinson's daughter part three

Here is a link to an mp3 of the song I wrote about her when I was in Bulldozer Crash. Mrs Robinson's Daughter.mp3

We had joy we had fun (Mrs Robinson's Daughter Part Two)

Gable End of 184 Tindale Green. ("When a scabby football is your only friend, it's just you against the gable end")

A girl called Susan was my childhood sweetheart.

We moved to Tindale Green in 1973 and she did too. It was a new council estate that was still being built around us. They were known locally as the matchbox houses as they were built without roofs. Well, they had roofs just flat not pitched. I can't remember the day we first met,maybe it was at school or perhaps we just started playing together that first summer. One of my first memories is of a great big hill of soil, which we would run up and down and sometimes stand on the top singing "I'm the king/queen of the castle", that was until a bulldozer came and took all the soil away and flattened our hill. One day Susan was upset maybe even crying about something, don't remember why, but to try and cheer her up and make her laugh I started to walk towards the hill of soil and at the same time I dropped my trousers, it seemed to do the trick, she laughed anyway.

She was the first girl I ever kissed, she was too nice though because there was two of us who wanted to be her boyfriend so she used to share her kisses between me and Darren Slade. We would sit with Susan in the middle underneath Darren's window cill and she would kiss me first then turn her head and kiss Darren and then turn back to me and give me a kiss and this would go on and on until her lips were sore or one of us had to go home for our tea.

That fence is where our wall and fence was,probably long since replaced with this one.

There was a big fence with a brick wall in the middle near where Darren lived and we would all climb on top of the wall and sing songs but the only song I can remember is Cliff Richards "Summer Holiday", we use to belt it out at the top of our voices, yet none of the neighbours complained....."We're all going on a summer holiday for a week or two -oo -oo...."

There used to be a great big tree just across the grass from Susan's house that we used to climb, not too far up though because we were scared and still quite young, but one day we scaled up it . After we'd been up a while I managed to get down, but Susan's couldn't, so she told me to go and get her dad , and that was probably the moment I lost her forever. Her dad was a giant policeman so instead of going and telling him his daughter was stuck up a tree I went home and left her up there.

The tree almost in the centre is THAT tree.

Something else we would do together would be to lie on the grass side by side looking up at the clouds to see if we could see anything up there. I'm nearly certain we once some elephants in the sky, I once wrote a short story about it called "Elephant Clouds", must try and dig that out someday.

There are loads more I could write but I think I better wrap it up now with few lines of how it all ended.

We were in the same class for five years at senior school, so we continued to see each other everyday we were there. Things change I guess when you go to a big school, more people to mix with and I suppose it was there that we drifted apart, she had other boyfriends and I had other girlfriends, but still at the back of my mind I always thought I would one day go back to Susan and she'd welcome me with open arms. What a big head! I remember writing on a piece of paper that I would love her forever and pushing it down a gap in the floorboards of my bedroom in 184 Tindale Green. I wonder if that bit of paper is still there nearly 30 years later. We left school in 1983, I knew she'd got married when she was 18 and at the time I was totally gutted. We never spoke to each other again for 24 years, not until last week.

I took these photos last year sometime when I was feeling a little nostalgic while working in Tindale Green.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

i saw you walking across the street and I saw the boy you were going to meet

I spoke to Mrs Robinson's Daughter today, for the first time in 24 years.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

hair like a girl

"...john opened the bottle and there was this almighty pop!"

When she was about 15 my sister-in-law Esther , used to work as a waitress in the Bay Horse pub in Middridge. I would usually be round her house when she came in from work on a Friday night and would help her count her tips from the evening. One night she came in and said that her boyfriend John had opened a bottle of champagne and there had been this almighty pop! And so the name of my fanzine was born. I decided to resurrect the name for the gig me and Michael are organising next Sunday night at the Head of Steam in Newcastle. Hopefully it will be the first of many. It's the first gig that I have helped organise since the one to promote issue 3 and 4 of This Almighty Pop! at the Magnet Social Club in Gateshead way back in 1990 I think. It Featured The Lavender Faction, The Gravy Train (are you out there Malcolm?), The Love Parade and The Perfect Kiss. It was a disaster from start to finish, but I'll save that story for another time. Just wish I could find one of the posters advertising it, there was a great photo of Edwyn on it.The first 50 (wishful thinking?) through the door next Sunday will get a goody bag with badges, a mini zine and anything else we decide to put in between now and then. The theme for the evening is hair, which I think is rather cruel seeing as I haven't got much. If your in the area please come along and say hello.

last-fm gig link

Friday, January 04, 2008

it's gonna be, a lonley lonley day

I'm not sure if i am still classed as a matinee artiste anymore but I've been doing their year end poll and thought I would post my favourite songs of the last twelve months here . I don't think they were all released in 2007 infact I know they all weren't , but this is the year they let themselves known to my ears. In no particular order

1. The Clientele - The Queen Of Seville - This song sounds so lavishly expensive, diamonds, pearls, gold and silver. His voice is incredibly velvety, somewhere girls and boys must be swooning over it. Does it remind anyone else of Luke Haines or Green?

2. Sodastream - Warm July - I only just discovered them this year and then they went and split up a few weeks after I saw them play one of my favourite gigs. This song reminds me of painting Georges new house in Durham last summer and the journey back, wanting to race back to my ex-wifes so I could see Neave before her bedtime, but I usually found myself stuck in traffic at Nevilles Cross, singing along to this. Oh, how I love my iPod all those songs at the touch of a button or two.

3. Darren Hayman - Caravan Song - One of my biggest regrets of 2007 is not sticking around to watch Mr Hayman's performance at the Indie Tracks festival, I was shattered and just wanted to sleep so I buggered off early.Monday morning in the car on the way home after the festival, I just kept playing this song over and over again, the kind of song that makes me want to sing along to it at the top of my voice , I wish I could write a song that would have that effect on people.

4. A Smile and a Ribbon - Book Cover - Another band from Indie Tracks who were head and shoulders above the Fat Tulip sound-a-likes that everyone else seemed to be going crazy for at the festival. The opening lines of this song have been my own personal theme tune since first hearing it.

5. The Go! Team - A Version Of Myself - Almost shambolic and with a childlike beauty that stopped me dead in my tracks when it popped into my head while itunes was in shuffle mode. I feel terrible admitting it but I've been ripping CD's straight to my MacBook and listening to them on that before the CD actually makes it onto my CD player. I never thought I would ever do that .

6. Horowitz - Pop Kids Of The World Unite - Easily my favourites from Indie Tracks, their punky fuzzy wuzzy pop songs stole my heart while watching them, and if I wasn't quite so sensible but a younger and much dafter version of myself I would be spending my redundancy on starting a record label and I would want Horowitz to be on it. I guess though I better hold onto that money just incase those painting jobs don't come in for a while.

7. Cherry Ghost - 4 A.M. - I've been listening to far too many sad songs this year, songs that remind me of what I once had and that make me wonder if I will get anything like it again. The upbeat countrified feel of it still can't cheer me up, but I keep playing it over and over.

8. Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins - Melt Your Heart - Another sad one with oh so true opening lines that also became a theme which I have had recurring through my days this last year. This one could easily make me cry if I listen to it too much.

9. Parker Lewis - Wasting Time - This band were introduced to me in the last week of the year , they have got loads of great tunes but this one has all the ingredients that I like .. a lazy vocal drawl , jangly guitars and oohwoohwooh backing vocals that embed themselves in your head, oh yeah and they are Swedish.

10. Duke Special - Last Night I Nearly Died - Apart from reminding me of my 6 day hospitalisation this year I do still think it's an almost perfect pop song, nothing much more to say about it.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

the snow fell down

Nothing like a snowball fight and a bit of sledging to make you feel alive, even if my fingers did feel as if they were going to drop off.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

i've got a chip on my shoulder, i've got a hole in my soul, got a heart that is broken and a story that has already been told

12.00 p.m. today was the deadline for when I had to let my employers for the last 24 years know whether I wanted the pittance of a redundancy they were offering me. I said yes. I don't fancy the alternative, which is to be transferred over to a private company who could send me to work where ever they want me to. So the plan is to start my own Painting and Decorating business, probably the only thing I am good at. So I should be really seeing has thats all I've been doing since I left school. It's all I have been thinking about the last few months and all over Christmas , lots of sleepless nights, a big decision, that I really didn't want to make but it's done now. So if anyone reading this needs a spot of decorating done and you live in County Durham , I'm the man for the job!