Posts from 31st July 2007

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Jul 07

WIZZARD – “See My Baby Jive”

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#330, 19th May 1973

At work today I was doing a bit of research on sweets, and found a site which boasted a “Bush Tucker Prize” jar – an enormous plastic thing designed to cash in on the I’m A Celebrity reality show. The jar was filled with jelly and candy insects, worms, and animals of all kinds. The nominal weight, explained the site, was two kilograms – but they cram it as full as they possibly can so it actually weighs much more. The photo proved their claim – no possibility of telling individual shapes or sweets apart, everything rammed and mashed in until it squashed against the sides and distorted.

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I Like A Drink – What Am I?

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bouzehound.jpgMost of the names for people who like to have an alcoholic drink seem a bit too pejorative for my liking. Leaving out ALCOHOLIC as sufferers of a disease*, other phrases still have the nutella of disapproval spread all over them. HEAVY DRINKER seems tainted by Heavy Smoker (and look at the first picture you get when you put “Heavy Drinker” into Google Image Search). BOOZER rhymes with Loser. WINE SNOB / WINE TASTER / MEMBER OF A WINE APPRECIATION SOCIETY – all seem pretty keen on the wine aspect. And Snob and Taster both put a negative spin on what they are actually doing, guzzling bottles of wine by the pint. Swop BEER in for any of those occurrences of wine and the problem remains. Put the word ALCOHOL in again and you are back to the problem of alcoholic. And it isn’t the taste of the alcohol that I am keen on anyway. It is the nice drink + slight inebriation + social interaction I am after.

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Pop Open Week 8

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This week’s tracks are on the theme of RELIGION. Go here to vote and discuss them – no revealing who did what!

Remember The Lesson Of The Smiths

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New Pitchfork column – ostensibly about the Smiths, with an unfair glancing reference to the Sugababes and an uninformed one to Interpol – uninformed, though probably not wrong. Writing this was a bitty process and unfortunately it shows – I think there’s stuff here I will build on in other columns though. (Summary: MOAR EMO).