Lots of information online about how many meet expected standards. Nothing i can find beyond that though. Anyone know what scores are typical as opposed to seriously top end? If 65% hit standard then presumably most of those were some way above it. I'd like to see a distribution graph but can't find one. ...
I spent last weekend at the Red Rooster festival near Thetford. I ate, drank, laughed and listened. Would prefer something a bit more blues leaning but it was good. I was aware of a guitarist called Todd Albright but had not seen him previously. He specialises in 12 string 20s and 30s music- Leadbelly, Willie McTell etc. His guitar just sounded F'in awesome. Just. Wow.
Little interview here which really shows off the guitar in question which is pretty unique.
Such a massive, pianistic sound. Need one! I already have a 6 string by the same luthier but I fear I am going to spend the next six months selling stuff or trying to justify the expense to myself and the wife....
What's the most yoghurt knitty environment you have ever experienced?
I went to an extraordinary open mic tonight. 2nd act played 12 minutes straight of what could best be described as improvised avant garde folk noodling.
Next a very pretty lady in huge pantaloon trousers and shawls played sophisticated jazz folk chords with songs she had written inspired by the words of a Sufi poet.
After that a bloke in flip flops played self penned Dylanesque songs accompanied by a friend who played a traditional Armenian double reeded instrument.
He went on to say that he would be pleased to offer energy to the open mic project before explaining he had been arrested today and assaulted by a policeman with'inhumane energy' and swearing a lot. Turns out he was done for driving his van without insurance because he couldn't afford it. No excuse. .. seriously. ... He then sang about 'the land'. Before his mate did a folk song on an African instrument with metal pingy things and a lacquered shell of some sort.
Oh. I forgot the elderly couple who played very sophisticated instrumentals on guitar and mandolin inspired by places they have visited around the world and the animals they saw there.
Played an U9s game in our cup competition today. We are 4th of 6 in our group. Should be equal third really- but we had a mad 10 minutes against a lower side last time out. We were playing the side top of our group. They drew with the joint top side and their other results in the group of 6 have been 9-3, 11-1, 11-2.
Opposition manager was telling his team at half time that it was "embarrassing" that they were only 4-2 up (as overheard by my daughter). He went on to order his keeper to come up and play as sweeper in OUR HALF in the third quarter (that stopped after we very nearly caught them on the break for 4-3). Thought that was hugely disrespectful to a team with no subs, and 2 under 8s playing their socks off and matching them, despite their obvious belief that they were at another level to us.
At the end I jokingly said "hey- give us player x back (one of our best players switched to them last summer) and we'll draw with you next time". Their Manager's response was: "I wouldn't go that far..." and he then turned his back on me and walked off.
What did the Pope say? In comparing child sexual abuse with human sacrifice he said:
"I am reminded of the cruel religious practice, once widespread in certain cultures, of sacrificing human beings - frequently children - in pagan rites,"
"The inhumanity of the worldwide phenomenon becomes even more serious and more scandalous in the Church, because it is in contrast with its moral authority and its ethical credibility. "
Am I alone in noting the tension inherent in his comments? Not just the obvious easy stuff about how the church has failed to deal with abuse- but more intriguingly, the fact that the entire religion is based upon the concept that jesus (in human form) sacrificed himself to appease god for humanity's sins. Isn't that, at its heart, essentially the same as sacrificing a human (or animal) to a god to appease it?
Its been a while now. Time to settle in, get used to it and for them to knock off the rough edges.
It seems there is a fair bit of bickering going on between TMS folks and Talksport folks. Twitter spats between Agnew and some bloke called Liam Fisher at TS, amongst other things. Which is pretty sad.
I am still irritated by TS getting the coverage. Happily- they have not littered the coverage with ads. However, I dont have a DAB in the car, so cannot listen whilst driving. With Radio 4 I could make use of LW.
In terms of the actual coverage- Mark Nicholas would be well worthy of a spot on TMS. Some of the guests have had some interesting input. But the routine commentary crew seem to be below par. I'd much rather listen to Swanny or Tuffers than Darren Gough- just more entertaining and articulate characters. The Talksport bloke (who's name I forget- but he's not a cricketer) is not the man for ball by ball commentary imo.