August 17, 2008
August 11, 2008
Over the last few days life has been changed by the arrival of a mini digger. We had a proper digger driver for the first day, but falling instantly in love Paula put on some lipstick and muscled her way into the drivers seat, fighting mutinous mutterings of
"Lets take this more seriously" and walk offs, she took to it like a duck to water.
She had to disappear, so without an assembly of people waiting impatiently with wheel barrows I had a go the next evening. I was still moving my wrists in my sleep. The next two days I did eight hours a day straight almost without stopping on my own. I hadn't had so much fun since I was six. The first day it pelted with rain, the next I almost got a sun burnt back. The next day with someone who knew what they were doing guiding the work I dug a trench with it. This was so much fun I ended up looking on ebay for a second hand one.
We've done another great gig, fulfilling an ambition for the band that we have had since day one we performed with a couple of circus performers going up and down ropes. It was great, totally what I think "The Impossible" music is for.
August 10, 2008
...In an article carried on the same day, titles, “Euro clowns let Hamza off hook– in a typical Sun pun Hamza al-Masri’s two partially amputated arms which have been fitted with hooks – also drives home the paper’s very questionable point that, “The nine European judges all come from countries which are unlikely to be targets in the war on terror.”..
...The other eight judges are David Björgvinsson from Iceland, Paivi Hirvelä from Finland, Nebojsa Vucinic from Montenegro, Mihai Poalelungi from Moldavia, Jan Šikuta from Slovakia, Ljiljana Mijovic from Bosnia Herzegovina, Ledi Bianku from Albania and Pole Lech Garlicki.
August 09, 2008
What Social Status are you?
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You're partially respected for being an individual in a conformist world yet others take you as a radical. You have no place in society because you choose not to belong there - you're the luckiest of them all, even if your parents are completely ashamed of you. Just don't take drugs ok?
August 07, 2008
The European Court of Human Rights has asked Britain to delay the extradition of the radical Muslim preacher Abu Hamza to the US.
US prosecutors want the 50-year-old to face trial on charges which include providing support to al-Qaeda.
He appealed to Strasbourg when British courts rejected his appeal against being sent to the US and the European Court wants to consider the case.
The Home Office has confirmed that it would follow the court's request.
Taxpayers face more bills as hate preacher Abu Hamza launches..
European Court Puts Hamza's Extradition to US On Hold
Extradition Delayed Is Justice Denied
Jihad is legal in Yemen-
The U.S. has spent millions of dollars in Yemen to help the government crack down on Islamic extremists who want to wage violent jihad against nonbelievers.
There is just one problem with the strategy: It is not clear that jihad is illegal in Yemen.
Last month a Yemeni judge, sitting on the state's special terrorism court, ruled that 19 defendants who had traveled to Iraq to kill American soldiers and fight alongside al Qaeda there had done nothing wrong.
August 06, 2008
August 04, 2008
On saturday we got invaded mid gig by three guitarists and a keyboard player. The venue is know for its jam sessions and we are a jam band so I think they just assumed. Three guitars is a bit excessive, but everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves so fuck it. The keyboard player was shit hot. I was too fucked afterwards to find him and get his number, he was playing a fuckin bitchin synth called a Nord lead. I think with this guy on keys we could do the whole festival circuit and maybe the apres ski stuff in France too.
I can't really go into detail about the other squatted venue we played, suffice to say that it was huge, and was once connected to the running of churches, and we were fucking worshiping man. So yeah, been having a great time steering totally clear of the London toilet circuit gravy train nonsense, playing where our heart is. I've been filming, I haven't seen any of my 'mentalist buddies for a while but I heard Atilla is OK doing his time. Mr fastfingers has done an interview for a little radio show connected to a studio he is part of. Its online here and he says some very nice things about me. they've got the name of the band wrong, hopefully we wont get sued by Warner Brothers.
What else have I been doing? Arguing with Republicans of course! This time about Mojo and Sea Water. I might not be able to spell but I think I've got em on the run this time no? I've just got to find a way of dying sea water black, making it thicker and burying it in the ground.
Last night I caught up with the excellent two parter Car Bomb on 4oD. An amazing doco presented by an ex CIA agent who was working in Beruit during the civil war. He took us from the first ever cart bomb (An Italian Anarchist bombing Wall st) through to the first Israeli car bombers, an American anti war bomber, "the troubles" in Ireland and on. He interviewed people from all sides who made them and drove them. There was a clear link in the train of thought between all of them. Do watch this doc if you can it is invaluable.
I've been fairly much off of anything serious drugwise, I've had the slowest dawning epiphany over the last few years. I am getting much more of a high from doing things than performing extreme feeling feats of fuckedness. It is a much more subtle high but it feels much more important to me at the moment. I am happier going with a crew to perform as best we can than I am heading out to "be entertained and consume", not that I think that isn't OK. I just remember the mid nineties feeling like those mice who have the wires attatched to their heads and keep pressing the buttons. The idea of raving feels that processional to me at the moment.