Les’s Brain Says Silly Things

OK, nothing new there, but I thought I had to share this one…

I woke up early this morning, for reasons of my brain being odd like that. I glanced at the clock and noticed that the time was


And my brain instantly popped up with

The discount of the beast

Somewhere in the same area of the allegedly planned title[1] to the sequel that never happened to Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, I suppose. I’m not quite sure, you’d have to ask my brain.

[1] If memory serves, the suggestion was 664: The Neighbour of the Beast. I think somebody else may have come up with the same idea and used it since…

Weight and Stuff Report – 22 May 2017

Weight: 238.4 pounds (17 stone 0.4 pounds, 108.1 kg)
Steps: 6,490

Down again, gasp!

Having had a totally relaxed day yesterday, I decided to start my week off[1] properly with a little trip. Well, actually I started it by going out moderately early to buy something for breakfast, then  after that, I went to Newcastle in plenty of time to get a bus to Warkworth, which you might recall me visiting last year, only to find the castle was closed. Well, this time it was open, and with a wave of my English Heritage card, I went in. Numerous photos to follow at the usual rate, but here’s one for now of the Lion Tower:

Lion Tower

Lion Tower

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/6.4
Shutter speed 1/180s
Focal length 27.4mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:42, 22 May, 2017
Location 55° 20.7079′ 0″ N 1° 36.7096′ 0″ W

[1] Did I mention I have a week off?

Weight and Stuff Report – 21 May 2017

Weight: 239.8 pounds (17 stone 1.8 pounds, 108.8 kg)
Steps: Remarkably few

Down again today, which has been a singularly inactive Sunday.

Here’s a curvy view of the old All Saints church in Newcastle

All Saints

All Saints

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/1
Shutter speed 1/900s
Focal length 8mm
ISO 200
Taken 11:56, 22 April, 2017
Location 54° 58.2017′ 0″ N 1° 36.4289′ 0″ W


the The – We Can’t Stop What’s Coming

Back in the 80s, one of my most listened to albums was Soul Mining by the The – a band defined as Matt Johnson and whoever happens to be working with him at the time. Come to think of it, it’s still one of my most listened to albums, along with its successors. But it’s been a long time since there was a new album from Matt, other than some soundtracks, which were excellent work, but a bit lacking in the actual song department.

Well, things are changing. Originally released in insufficient numbers for that Record Store Day thingy (not for me, involves queues, crowds and vinyl), but in response to demand is now available on iTunes and probably other such places, this is the new single, which is a tribute to Matt’s late brother Andy, known and loved as Andy Dog, creator of some stunning artwork on Matt’s albums:

It will be included in a forthcoming documentary, and more material may follow. There were reports of an actual album at some point…

Oh, and when I say “whoever happens to be working with him”, I include amongst other people, the great Johnny Marr.