Would you buy a Squatty Potty from this man?
Posted Jan 12, 2016
Somebody did, cos we've got one at work now
Posted Jan 5, 2016
Well, they call them pot pies here, I think, but a 'casserole with a puff pastry lid' is what I've been disappointingly served in too many British pubs, and since I've only been in the UK for a total of four weeks since I left the shores of Blighty (the last time was more than seven years ago I think) 16 years ago, they're obviously not something new.
Posted Jan 3, 2016
Is this a new thing, or was it always there and I'm just noticing it more because it drives me nuts?
Using 'thuh' (or 'tha') before a word beginning with a vowel, instead of 'thee'. Try it, out loud. How would you say 'the other one', 'the orange' or 'the evening'?
Here's a radio story that's peppered with it throughout http://www.npr.org/2016/01/03/461795258/arts-capsule-to-hitch-a-ride-to-the-moon-on-carnegie-mellon-s-rover 'Thuh ark', 'thuh artist', 'thuh other'.
Posted Dec 31, 2015
It's astonishing the things you miss when you're not paying full attention.
I've been a fan of 10cc for more than 40 years, ever since I saw them (the only time I saw them) on the Friday night at Reading in... 1973? No, '74. Any road up.
I knew that before they were 10cc they were Hotlegs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiWu7Csn2HY
I knew that Graham Gouldman had written a handful of the most memorable hits of mid 60s (when he was still a teenager, mark you), such as Look Through Any Window and Bus Stop (The Hollies), For Your Love and Heart Full of Soul (The Yardbirds), No Milk Today (Herman's Hermits) and Pamela Pamela (Wayne Fontana).
I knew that they owned Strawberry Studios in Stockport and that Neil Sedaka had recorded the two albums (Solitaire and The Tra-La Days Are Over) that restarted his career in the early 70s there, and that 10cc were producers/engineers/backing band for those albums.
But I didn't realise until yesterday, when I watched a documentary about 10cc, that the lead singer on both of these songs are the same bloke
Posted Dec 26, 2015