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Monday 1 September 2008

Terry Pratchett's New Book - Nation

Terry Pratchett has a new book out soon. Yey...................



Thursday 31 July 2008

Barry Diston - Fuckin' Insane (Balearic Mix)

Mr Barry Diston's Fuckin' Insane, the Balearic Mix.  ...


Monday 21 July 2008

Barry Diston Plays the Bagpipes

Superstar DJ, Barry Diston, can play the Bagpipes. Is there nothing this man can't turn his hand to?...


Monday 21 July 2008

American judge sees sense

In a shock move, an American judge has seen sense about the fine against broadcaster CBS for broadcasting Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction". Almost gives you hope for the future doesn't it?...

Sunday 8 June 2008

Federation against Copyright Theft

I went to see Iron Man at the cinema this afternoon with James. Before the film started there were 3 promotional shorts aimed at reducing illegal downloading. A touch excessive don't you think. The first attempted to belittle illegal downloaders,...

Sunday 20 May 2007

Friday night out in Lichfield

Every Friday night I'm DJing at an 80s & 90s retro night at a pub in Lichfield called The Crown (used to be called The Hogshead). The night is called Friday Says RELAX (see what they did there?). It's been...

Monday 9 April 2007

Tourettes on Sky+

It's been a while since I've posted. It's difficult to explain why but has something to do with the anger I've been feeling recently. For the last month I've been constantly on an extremely short fuse, just permanently angry. And...

Wednesday 21 February 2007

Fidget Blog

There's a new blogger on the block; DJ, music producer, recording artist, club promoter and all round good guy Mr Barry Diston. Please wander over and say hello. His site will be of particular interest to anyone who enjoys UK...

Tuesday 30 January 2007

Spamalot

The world divides into 2 types of people; those who love Monty Python, those who hate Monty Python and those who've never seen Monty Py..... The world divides into 3 types of people; those who love.......... You get where I'm...

Tuesday 24 October 2006

Superduperspective

Whilst we were at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery last week, the boys and I visited the Waterhall gallery to view the Superduperspective paintings of Patrick Hughes. The pictures are painted on shaped canvases so that as you move...

Wednesday 2 August 2006

Top Gear Archives

Top Gear has to be one of the most consistently superb programmes on British Television (which we know is the best in the World, making Top Gear one of the best programmes ever). Unfortunately, Sunday night is not always the...

Tuesday 1 August 2006

Another "good guy" falls

It's funny how you build up a mental image of the famous people. How you expect them to be. Some people you just feel are "good guys" and some people are not. For some reason, I always thought Mel Gibson...

Friday 3 March 2006

Linda Smith

I'm not heavily into mourning celebrities. Every day sees reports of another minor character passing away and very few actually made any difference at all to my life. It caught me by surprise therefore to find that the death of...

Friday 9 December 2005

The JCB Song by Nizlopi

If you haven't already heard JCB by Nizlopi you really should go check it out. It'll strike a chord with most people about the way a young kid looks up to his / her parents. I guarantee you'll be singing...

Wednesday 16 November 2005

Vote for Barry Diston and 4-Club in The Hard Dance Awards

The 2005 Hard Dance Awards have arrived and voting has opened. The Hard House / Hard Dance music awards are organised by online Dance Music awards site track.itdown.net Not that I would try to influence your voting at all but...

Tuesday 27 September 2005

HarderFaster interview with Barry Diston

My absolute favourite DJ, artiste and music producer (and very good friend - which may make me slightly biased) Barry Diston was interviewed recently by HarderFaster.net. Check it out. In the interview Barry refers to the fact that his tracks...

Thursday 22 September 2005

Convergent Comedy

They say there are only 7 basic jokes and that all humour is based around those in some fashion. So it's inevitable that 2 humorists will eventually hit upon the same joke at the same time completely independently. Isn't it?...

Thursday 8 September 2005

Who the "Cillit Bang" is Barry Scott?

If you watch television in the UK at the moment you won't have been able to avoid the adverts for Cillit Bang. Styled like a very short American infomercial (well, a very short, very bad infomercial) it's presented by Barry...

Tuesday 30 August 2005

Creamfields 2005

I spent a good proportion of this weekend getting ready for, travelling to, at and recovering from Creamfields 2005. In fact from 8am Saturday morning until Sunday evening. We got there at 4pm and left at 5.30am having seen loads...

Monday 22 August 2005

Barry Diston Live at RaveAid

Wow. How good was RaveAid, organised by B2T, on Saturday night? I have't been to a night that good in a long long time. The Sanctuary at Birmingham was stuffed full with up-for-it club freaks and the night just kept...

Wednesday 10 August 2005

"Thud" - Terry Pratchett's new Discworld Book

I love Terry Pratchett. Well, maybe not. But I do enjoy losing myself in Terry Pratchett's Discworld stories. They're thoughtful, entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny and a damn good read. I have precious little spare time but everything comes to a halt...

Monday 9 May 2005

The Farm Series II

I'm sat here blogging whilst the first episode for Five TV's The Farm is playing in the background. I have to say they've gathered together the biggest bunch of freaks, no-name Z listers and desperadoes that I have ever seen....

Monday 18 April 2005

Davina McCall

I have to say, I think there's something incredibly attractive about Davina McCall and it's not all down to her appearance. Although she did look decidedly yummy at The BAFTAs the other night. Michelle Heaton was a bit easy on...

Thursday 10 March 2005

More comments about Barry Diston's Performance

I'm not the only one who thought Barry Diston rocked on Saturday Night. Once again the crew from CyberKitten were in attendance and were well impressed with his live set. In fact, CyberKitten have asked Barry to join them as...

Tuesday 8 March 2005

I've seen Barry Diston play live!

On Saturday night my good friend Barry Diston played a live set at Bring Back the Bounce at The Sanctuary in Birmingham. It was a cracking night. Pictures and more words to come soon....

Friday 18 February 2005

The Tasmanian Devil

Many years ago I was heavily into the Warner Brothers' cartoon Tasmanian Devil ("Taz"), or at least the old, unsanitised version of him. Karen and I used to watch WB cartoons just for him. We had Taz coffee mugs, Taz...

Sunday 13 February 2005

Electric Bagpipes

I've written and recorded 2 dance tunes now. The first was decidedly average, more album filler than floor filler. The second was a "tune!". If I can get back to the studio to change some of the instrument sounds to...

Saturday 12 February 2005

Hope I Cry Before I Get Old

What do you do if you used to be a punk or a rocker or part of any alternative youth scene when you finally grow up and have children? Woolworths and JoJo Maman Bébé don't very often reflect that feeling...

Friday 11 February 2005

Popping in the rain

There seems to be a glut of clever, interesting and humorous adverts at the moment and most of them are for cars. The dancing Citroen C4 was excellent and has Connor and Jimmy dancing around the living room. My favourite...

Sunday 5 December 2004

Vote Barry Diston!

The voting for the Hard Dance Awards 2004 has begun. My good friend Barry Diston and his record label Fidget Records are eligible for nomination in 6 categories. I'd be grateful if you could take a moment to vote for...

Wednesday 17 November 2004

Band Aid Sucks!

Yesterday saw an "exclusive first play" of the new Band Aid 20 single by just about every radio station in the UK. Quite apart from a rant I was preparing on how 13,000 radio stations can all have an "exclusive",...

Friday 22 October 2004

Kelly Brook's Pole

Ananova stopped me dead in my tracks this morning with the headline Kelly signs up for pole-dancing lessons. I have a minor obsession with Kelly Brook. It's purely a physical thing(although I'd be quite willing to get to know her...

Mobile Naked News

Not content with embarking on a quest to takeover the UK airwaves, Naked News is to offer video clips that can be downloaded to your mobile phone. Just imagine! Tiny, low quality pictures of semi-naked women discussing current affairs available...

Thursday 21 October 2004

Britney Spears - Queen of the Chavs

Trailer trash princess, Britney Spears, and her prince of the shell suit, Kevin Federline, are rumoured to be moving to the UK. And why not? With the addition of a little bit of Argos Bling they'd blend right in with...

Sunday 3 October 2004

Barry Diston's live PA

My very good friend Barry Diston, owner and creative force behind Fidget Records and Fidget Studios and international DJ had his first live performance last weekend. It was at CyberKitten in Milton Keynes where he is a resident DJ so...

Monday 13 September 2004

Real Life

Sam sent me an email recently requesting a Gmail invite (I now have just 4 left). He also said he'd seen my list of comics (bottom left) and that I might wanna take a look at Real Life. Thanks a...

Sunday 12 September 2004

Britney Spears

This is especially for anyone who's still thinking, "Hell no. Britney Spears is no skanky ho!"...

Wednesday 8 September 2004

Should I copy this CD?

The London News Review offers a decision tree guide to the morality of copy (and by association, downloading) music. I'm guessing it's done slightly tongue in cheek....

Wednesday 25 August 2004

naked-news.co.uk

Not having Sky, I'm guessing that Naked News has now arrived in the UK. Hot on the tail of that news is the breaking story that Naked News apparently has it's own unnofficial UK fan website. Update: Not any more...

Friday 20 August 2004

BBC 7 - A reply

A short while age I emailed BBC 7 about the number of repeats on the channel. I did receive a very quick reply which put things into perspective. I did ask for permission to reproduce the reply here but have...

Friday 13 August 2004

Europe's Stripping Newsreaders

Obviously not concerned by the complete failure of Hong Kong's naked news, Get Lucky TV is to introduce stripping news readers to Europe. According to Reuters "Starting nightly from Aug. 16, Get Lucky TV will broadcast via satellite to European...

Thursday 5 August 2004

BBC 7 - Seventh Dimension

Content of an email sent today to BBC 7 (Yes. I know I'm being picky. But Sharon spent £200 on a DAB radio primarily so that I could listen to BBC 7. It's just a litle annoying is all) :-...

Friday 30 July 2004

Since yesterday...

I stumbled across a blog post about Strawberry Switchblade today. Now that brings back some memories. What a tune. Nothing else much happening really. I get up. I go to work. I come home. Spare time recently has been taken...

Friday 25 June 2004

We wus robbed!

OK. I don't watch football (soccer). And when I do, I support Scotland. But I'm not one of those Scotland supporters who would rather anyone win than England. If Scotland aren't playing then I will follow and support England. Last...

Friday 18 June 2004

Silky Smooth

Anyone living in or near Burntwood or Cannock will know of Silks. More of a "Night Spot" than a "Night Club" it has a pretty poor reputation. This makes the name of their new Sunday night event even more ridiculous....

Sunday 23 May 2004

Shrek 2 - The Teaser

You know how you see a 2 minute trailer for a film and it looks superb? Then you go and see the film and realise that the 2 minute trailer contained all of the good bits of the film? So,...

Sunday 9 May 2004

The Hard House Experience Mixed by Barry Diston

Earlier this year my good friend Barry Diston mixed and released a CD of tunes recorded under the Fidget and Fidget Hard record labels. As with many small, independent labels, he's had difficulty getting the media to pay any attention...

Wednesday 28 April 2004

2 New Terry Pratchett Books

Top news! Terry Pratchett has not 1 but 2 new books out in the near future! A Hat Full of Sky would appear to be a follow up to the excellent The Wee Free Men. It appears that it may...

Sunday 21 March 2004

Poing with the Devil

I spent 8 hours yesterday in a recording studio with the excellent Barry Diston. I'm amazed at just how much we managed to achieve in 8 hours. The track is an unlikely sounding combination of Cozy Powell's Dance with the...

Monday 15 March 2004

Channel Four F*ck

Channel Four have been running a series of adverts showing the stars of their flagship programmes answering one of, presumably, as series of questions such as "When were you at your happiest?" etc.... Clearly not intended for general consumption, one...

Sunday 14 March 2004

News Flash

In a "blink and you'd miss it" addition to the TV schedule, Hong Kong had, for a very brief while, a stripping news reader. First announced to the world on 27 February, by 11 March it had already been pulled....

Monday 1 March 2004

Fidget Studios

A very good friend of mine runs an excellent dance music studio in Coventry; Fidget Studios. I've probably mentioned it before. I know I've mentioned the club night and the record label several times. Recently the clubbers community, news and...

Sunday 1 February 2004

Lord of the Rings 3

Sharon and I went to see this film last night. Our fist night out to the cinema for just the 2 of us in over a year. Wow. What a film. The saying "If you only see one film this...

Wednesday 17 December 2003

Probably the best hard dance (hard house) album in the world ever! (part 1)

Fidget Records and its sister label, Fidget Hard, have come together to release a banging double CD of wicked tunes. If you like your hard dance uplifting or hard as nails then this is the album for you. Both CDs...

Monday 8 December 2003

The Wonder Stuff

Sharon and I went to see The Wonder Stuff at The NIA last night....

Sunday 9 November 2003

That'll do Donkey

Shrek 2 is out in May. Shrek is one of my favourite animated films. The mix of adult and children's humour is just right and the story telling is excellent. The trailer for Shrek 2 looks like they've pulled it...

Saturday 25 October 2003

V v v Graham Norton

Sharon and I have long been fans of the V Graham Norton series since it's original So Graham Norton format. This week we have just had our request for tickets to see it filmed fulfilled. We're going to see the...

Saturday 30 August 2003

Sympathetic

What do you get if two giants of British music, one from the 60s/70s and one contemporary, collaborate? Sympathy for the Devil, Fatboy Slim Remix. I just picked up a copy of this on promo and I think he's done...

Wednesday 6 August 2003

A-chord-ing to Ananova

Ha ha ha ha. Of course it was a hoax. Everyone knows that Status Quo invented 2 chord rock....

Tuesday 22 July 2003

Buffy & Angel withdrawal

Anyone know when they're going to release Buffy Series 7 and Angel Series 4 on DVD in the UK? We're getting kinda desperate here. We've almost considered buying them on VHS. Please don't make me resort to that....

Tenacious D sex tips for boys

Ever heard of Tenacious D? No? That's a crime... Tenacious D are Jack Black (High Fidelity, Saturday Night Live and comedy shows) and Kyle Gass. They do excellent comic rock songs. One of the best is F**k her Gently. The...

Saturday 19 July 2003

Radio Timing

I do the vast majority of my radio listening in the car, to and from work. For this reason I tend to listen mainly during the hours of 7.30 to 8.30 in the morning and an hour between 5.00 and...

Tuesday 1 July 2003

Classic TV Moment

Last night the UK TV programme V Graham Norton had a TV moment reminiscent of some urban legends....

Monday 23 June 2003

Summer rapping

I'm not a big hip hop or rap music fan. The gangsta bravado puts me off a touch but the music itself does very little for me. As with most music genres though, I can appreciate a good rap tune....

Monday 26 May 2003

Sledge Hammer

Anyone else remember the old spoof cop series Sledge Hammer? Sharon and I used to watch it when we first started going out (15 years ago) and we have spent the entire night discussing it, racking our brains trying to...

Monday 12 May 2003

Fueled by Testosterone

There has only ever been one TV programme about cars in general that was worth watching, BBC's Top Gear. Several years ago it was unfortunately badly neutered by the complaints it attracted every-time it seemed to glamorise speed or advocate...

Friday 25 April 2003

Boys from Mars....

Just a quick thought this morning: Ash (original line up) + Record Company PR Guy = Busted (Probably just a Brit reference. Even then, only if you're of a certain age. Everyone else may continue about his or her business....

Friday 11 April 2003

Signs

Sharon and I just watched Signs on DVD. Excellent film although a little hard to get into at first. It’s definitely not a film to watch on your own in a dark house....

Tuesday 11 February 2003

TV heaven & hell

ITV1 has managed to go from the excellent to the downright awful in just 24 hours. The Second Coming was a superb 2 part drama screened on Sunday and Monday night. I'm not one for TV dramas, they're all far...

Sunday 9 February 2003

Free Love

Just lately I've become a little obsessed with Courtney Love. OK, so obsessed is a little strong, I'm not stalking her around the country and sending letters penned in blood or anything (alhtough it would brighten my day up a...

Wednesday 13 November 2002

Cartoon Catfight.

Jessica Rabbit and Wilma Flintstone have a new rival in the Sexy Cartoon Character stakes. Marge Simpson gets a boob job then uses her fuller figure to become a model. Watch your back Homer, I'm waiting....

Sunday 10 November 2002

Harry Potter and the Chamber

Went to see this last night. It was kind of a late celebration of our 1st wedding anniversary which was on 3 November. My Mum had offered to babysit the kids for the evening if we wanted to go out....

Tuesday 15 October 2002

I've got a royal flush!

I was just leaving a comment to a post over at Burnt Toast and I was reminded of the halcyon days of youth when you'd do anything for a glimpse of naked breast, real or photographed. My first every computer...

Saturday 21 September 2002

Game on!

OK. Call me slow, but I've just got into Unreal Tournament. I've got the Game of the Year version after playing it at a friend's house the other day. I'm gonna take a few days playing against the computer opponents...

Wednesday 18 September 2002

Hack you way into more info about Tron 2.0

Tron used to be one of my favourite films and, despite the obvious limitations on special effects available when the film was made, I think it stands the test of time. This website seems to have some relevance to Tron...

Saturday 14 September 2002

Wow!

I've just watched Lord of the Rings on DVD and all I've got to say is WOW!. One of the very very few films I have seen that is truly deserving of the hype it received. A benchmark for the...

Thursday 29 August 2002

Matrices

The Matrix was an excellent Hollywood blockbuster and I have to say I really enjoyed it despite some of the bashing it got from the more "art culture" type critics. Along with a few others, I'm quite looking forward to...

Monday 29 July 2002

Gooooooooo bye bye!

I don't know whether to be relieved or distraught at the news that The Teletubbies are to finish! Whilst I find the programme intensely annoying, James loves it and it gives me 20 minutes to do something other than monitor...

Wednesday 26 June 2002

Fit birds and tennis

Anna Kournikova lost her first round match and then threw a hissy fit in a BBC interview afterwards. Should we not stop a while a give her a little slack. Is it her fault that the world has put her...

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