Daily Archives: Sunday, 19th Jun 2005

This is another one of those test things

Feel free to ignore this post. I’m just testing the WordPress “post by mail” function. In theory, all I have to do is send an email to a special address[1], and once the server checks for mail[2], the post will automagically appear on the site. Well, that’s the theory, anyway…

[1] And no, I’m not telling you what it is :tongue:
[2] Either when I point a web browser at a particular file, or when an
automatic process[3] runs
[3] Which I’ll need to set up

This weekend bloat thing…

…seems to be pretty consistent. This morning’s weight was up again to 203.0 pounds (14 stone 7 pounds, 92.1kg). Humph, mutter, etc.

I decided it was too hot and sticky to do the exercise bike thing today. Maybe tomorrow.

Summer’s here!

It’s been a hot, sticky day. When I went out at around midday, it felt very hot – it was hazy, but I could feel the sun. Not being a hot weather person, I didn’t enjoy this much.

Now I’m enjoying some lovely thunderstorms and seriously heavy rain.[1]

Rain

More Rain


An hour or two ago, there was even some hail – quite large stones which melted on impact…

Nice to see that the weather icon thingy on the sidebar is accurate, though!

[1] The road outside is bearing an interesting resemblance to a river :eek2:

Arctic Monkeys

I first read about Arctic Monkeys in the ubiquitous[1] NME, and subsequently heard a track on 6Music. I was sufficiently interested to want to buy their single release Five Minutes With Arctic Monkeys when it was released in May. The key word there is “want”. It seems it was released in limited numbers, and I couldn’t find a copy anywhere :sad: . Apparently copies are now selling for £30 or more on eBay, which is a bit more than I’m inclined to pay for a couple of tracks, mutter, mutter.

However, a bit of googling, and lurking on the band’s forum pointed me to a location where I could download some tracks[3]. And I’m glad I did. Comparisons have been drawn with the Libertines[4], but they’re not doing the same thing. The musical style is not a million miles away from the Libs, or indeed many other British indie bands, but as that’s a general sound that appeals to me, this is definitely a Good Thing. But it’s the lyrics that make them stand out – think of the conversational, story-telling style that Jarvis Cocker perfected in Pulp’s heyday, updated and with a punkish energy behind them.

Particularly noticeable is Fake Tales of San Francisco, one of the tracks on that elusive single:

Fake Tales of San Francisco
Echo through the room
More point to a wedding disco
Without a bride or groom

And yeah, I’d love to tell you all my problem
You’re not from New York City, you’re from Rotherham
So get off the bandwagon, and put down the handbook
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Arctic Monkeys: young band from Sheffield, likely to go far. You read it here first.[5]

[1] If not indigenous[2]
[2] Hmmm, Toad of Toad Hall jokes. What next?
[3] Note: I’d much rather buy the stuff, being that kind of person, but if it’s unavailable, I will download :cool:
[4] See previous mutterings about every new band having to be the “new” previous band :rolleyes:
[5] Or if you’re really cool, you read it here last, and you’re wondering what took me so long :wave:

Grammar Cop

People sometimes accuse me of being a little extreme in my reactions to misplaced apostrophes and other grammatical abuses, to which I generally say “Pah!”, or something of the kind. A link found at This is Broken reminded me that I’m not alone:

Banterist – Grammar Cop: Coney Island Crime Spree

Edit: On further investigation, I can see I have a lot more reading to do. I think I’ll dig out my copy of Eats, Shoots and Leaves and enjoy the company of another fellow pedant. :wave: