Monthly Archives: December 2014

Yours, Clueless in Hades New Town

Just mucking about with words. Thoughts may not be my own. I would like to be certain. It must feel like a much more secure position. I read people who are certain. I watch them on discussion shows. I hear … Continue reading

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Dirge Middle Eight Beauty Death Cellos – (Some) of my music of the year

Please remember, all you read is subjective. I have attempted to avoid Amazon links. I can see why music journalists either go mad or fall silent, it’s a tricky business this attempting to translate the emotions and reactions of hearing … Continue reading

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The quandary of time, variety and space – our night in Hammersmith

On the day, I went through many running orders trying to balance the technical side and balance of art, science and comedy, but this is roughly what I remember of what went on at Hammersmith. Oh, and before we began, … Continue reading

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And the Tuba Played Lovecats – When Brian met Robert met Jazz

The good thing about failure is that it’s easy to replicate. Unfortunately, I think last night in Hammersmith was a success. So now there is the bother of trying to match The Cure singing Close to Me, before Eric Idle … Continue reading

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And the atheists torched the tinsel and smote the myrrh

I will not attack your temple if you wish me a happy Christmas. Some misty time ago, probably around the time of The God Delusion and the other clattering heels of the godless publishing boom, rumours abounded that atheists got … Continue reading

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When your teenage icons are no more

The first icon death I can recall is Elvis. I was putting stickers of world war 2 bombers into my RAF Hendon commemorative brochure when the news filtered through. I knew him as a myth, as so many people are … Continue reading

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And on the ninth day, a god created Brian Blessed

Last Monday, we recorded The Infinite Monkey Cage Christmas Special. It was a first. When we first suggested a Christmas special, Brian immediately piped up, “let’s do The Bible”. Brian has an occasional habit of suggesting things like this, then, … Continue reading

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They Came to Crush the Dandy – Some Questions Provoked By QuestionTime

Question Time seemed to get the fun, holiday season cacophony that Farage and Brand were meant to bring to the table. Furious audience hoopla, while the honoured guests attempted to appear statesmanlike. It was more a night of applause wars.Everyone … Continue reading

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I Know it’s Over – when all the shouting is done…for now

My brain is a wrung out dish cloth and a sodden blanket of tiredness hangs on my shoulders. The pockets of adrenaline secreted in the fractured cracks of my body have run dry. I have finished touring, at least until … Continue reading

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I Love the Smell of Paper in the morning, it smells of victory…or history or science fiction or… I Love Books

“People who don’t read get what they deserve.” John Lydon “It’s bloody ridiculous. How can a school get away with not having a library.” Russell Brand They may not seem to get on, but Lydon and Brand agree, it is … Continue reading

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