Friday, 17 October 2014

North of Heaven

New Edwyn Collins film

I saw Orange Juice twice in Nottingham in the (very) early 80's. Firstly at the Boat Club and the other time on the opening night of the Rock City supporting the Undertones; arguably the best gig I've ever seen. I saw Edwyn in Derby too around the time of his Gorgeous George album (1993?). I'll never forget him coming on in double denim and opening with a solo acoustic version of Northern of Heaven. Anyway there is a new film out about Edwyn's recovery from the strokes he had in 2005 and it looks terrific!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Back to the Lion

It was back to the winter home of KCAC's Wednesday night social runs last night: the White Lion at Kildwick. Sam and I did five and a bit miles with a good number of the usual suspects (Brett, Frase, Lorna, Milly etc) in increasingly wet conditions. As usual it was then into the pub for free food and a pint or two. It was good to be back in spite of the soaking

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Dreada dread dub

I'd never heard of this mid-70's collaboration between King Tubby and Jacob Miller until this morning. The album is rarer than rocking horse manure apparently and currently seventy quid on amazon!

Friday, 10 October 2014


I played Sam the singles going steady compilation album yesterday. Buzzcocks were the first band I ever really loved. I think he got it. Next stop King Tubbys or James Brown?

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Tweed, brogues and a decent haircut

Sam in his new jacket, a pair of brogues and sporting a decent haircut now after an unfortunate visit last month to the barber we'll forever call the Ilkley Slasher! 

Sunday, 28 September 2014


Photo of Rob Jebb courtesy of Stolly

The Three Peaks bike race has been a big favourite day out for me for a good while now. I've never ridden it (I half-joked in the past that I trained up for the Bob Graham to get out of doing the bike race) but I have been up to watch and support various friends several times

Today Sam came up too and we picked up my friend Dave on the way. He has an old pal James who lives in Switzerland but who grew up in the Skipton area and who is a regular entrant. I'd not seen James for a couple years so it was good to have a catch-up before the start

After watching at watched at Cold Cotes, Ribblehead and returning back to the finish we missed just by a minute or so Rob Jebb win for his 11th time but did see Nicky Craig come in for 2nd place. James did his best time for the event and we had a cheeky pint with him at Helwith Bridge before coming home

I'd been saying all morning I'll never do the event now but a running pal (who coincidentally we saw last weekend said hey you'd be fine. You're a skinny bald bloke just like me. He's obviously not seen me in Lycra lately but it was good to hear. Maybe one day  I'll buy a crosser and train up for what has to be said is an epic challenge