Monday, 5 September 2016

Bengal, Burtons, Lizards and Heroes: another King Crimson review

Kevin was very disparaging about Hemel Hempstead, but he had overlooked two things:
  • It is en route from Aylesbury (see below) to Luton Airport. Aylesbury comes from the Old English Æglesburgh, while Domesday has Luton as Loitone, although the name is Saxon, sure as Eier are oeufs.
  • It sports a very little-known Burton with beautiful window lights.
    The building is seriously negelected, but the side door and entrance tiling are wholly original!
Hemel [sic] as a name is probably Anglo-Saxon in origin, but Domesday has it as Hemel-Amstede.

Spike and I attended Aylesbury as Mr Fripp had chosen to repeat last year's success with two more gigs - the only ones in the UK for 2016. For a review of the gig, you can usefully just read last year's, but of special note this year:

  1. As part of my ongoing peace-keeping mission, we visited the Golden Bengal Indian Restaurant, which is the most sexist food outlet in Aylesbury, and probably the world. The first floor topography is a dream.
  2. The outstanding Waterside Theatre had put tickets on sale to locals 4 hours before Internet availability: thus Lorna (reportedly the only woman in the queue) got us tickets one row from the stage. Yes, he still uses the same 3 drummers, positioned stage-front.
  3. The set-list had evolved, and we got many acres of Lizard: I never expected to hear Night: her sable dome scattered with diamonds, ... sung live again.
  4. I should have seen this coming, but Mr Jacszyk sang Heroes as part of the encore, a tune which Mr Fripp of course knows quite well. I believe I saw his somewhat wizened face crack into a small smile during this, but I could be wrong. The reworked C21 S.M. concluded an exciting evening.
Still no Cat Food or Ladies of the Road (maybe next year?), but I did find a surprise Burton!

From Luton to Duibhlind, Ériu, to conduct one of my periodic labours for the Irish Research Council. There are several Burton buildings in Dublin, and known examples in Waterford and Cork. Dublin also has an interesting factory built for Burton but never used, now sporting the Mercedes Benz crest. It's right next to the tramway!

Further pictorial evidence is available.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Conveyancing in the UK

I'm gonna buy a field and erect a wire fence and public seating around it.

I'm gonna buy some lions.

When the lions are really really hungry, I'm gonna feed them solicitors and estate agents.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Coal holes, KX, Kent, Brexit and Welsh deprivation

As you will know, Aberystwyth is surprisingly well provided in unusual and interesting architecture and street furniture. Notably, the number of surviving coal-hole lids is high: as soon as I am released from the wage-labour that is the National Plant Phenomics Centre I shall be conducting a survey of them.

A recent reunion trip with Patrick and John took me to Llundain, a rather run-down capital city of one of Europe's [slowly] developing nations, and it was a surprise to discover that there too, there were street views of interest. A number of coal lids can be found between Tavistock Square and Kings Cross:


Kings Cross was interesting - just imagine something with the functionality of Aberystwyth railway station, but without any of the creature comforts or facilities that the Welsh terminus has to offer. We were amused to note that the resited Platform 9.75 was so popular that it had an official queue and was staffed by a specially trained human being.

Yn ddiweddarach, ymwelais i รข'r wyrion, who were in fine fettle. Visiting the site of the 2017 nuptials, we saw LBSG 1016815 (a lovely 2087/2), and a very fine wartime relic (arguably more attractive than the chosen tithe barn, but perhaps not everyone would agree on this).

In other news, more than half of those who could be arsed to vote turned out to be dumbfoundingly stupid; unbelievably this was also true in yr hen wlad fy nhadau. (Roedd Ceredigion gan amlaf yn synhwyrol). Merthyr and other Valley areas were already adrift of most deprivation leagues, but you ain't seen nothing yet!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Tempers snap in Ceredigion

Never known for their peace-making tendencies, Euro-friendly inhabitants of Ceredigion snapped into vigilante action yesterday.

Outraged beyond measure by a morning wireless interview with Trevor Kavanagh, Editor [sic] of the Sun newspaper [sic] on the topic of the upcoming under-publicised Euro-referendum, they took the only action open to them to redress the balance of political debate by defacing the Aberystwyth flagpoles - a brave move given the well known attitude of British justice to defacing of public materials.

Large numbers of outraged residents, masked and disguised, braved the June weather, flanked by protective troupes of Russian football hooligans on bicycles. Armed with labels and sellotape, they made a clean sweep of the poles, interfering with English labels to align them with the Sun's view of future political geography. Politically moderate dog-walkers attempting to reason with them were mercilessly beaten by the Russians; their broken bodies were thrown onto the beach to be pecked to death by seagulls awaiting the morning opening of Y Blwch Sglodion.

As the sun rose [sic] over the turbulent town, the evidence of night-time criminality was all too evident. Morning bar-kickers clustered around the poles aghast at the lengths the activists had gone to. At Coffee #1 on Portland Street, HQ of the Ceredigion Brexit [sic] campaign, the endless queue patiently waiting for insipid scalding coffee was alive with debate on the best mode of retaliation. Oliver Cromwell's well known slighting of Aberystwyth castle will seem as nothing compared to the ruins Aberystwyth will become as a result of these daring acts as tempers rise.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Camulodunum: land of Burton, Butterfly and Schrödinger's dog

Camulodunum, or "Colchester" as it is known to the Anglo-Saxons, offers much in its vicinity. For example:
  1. A little-known Burton.
  2. A visit to Boyle Père.
  3. Notification of a new publication.
  4. A visit to Leisureworld. I thought they were a lazy lot in Camulodunum while I was holding my own in the pool fast lane, until a 10yo Knell ringer appeared and left me for standing at all strokes. Then her slightly older brother appeared and started butterfly training. I went to the pub.
  5. Clacton Pier which is longer than Aberystwyth Pier, but naffer (no, really).
  6. Colchester Arts Centre, whereat you sometimes see Andy Zaltzman the interactive stand-up comedian with hair like this. He coined a nice joke about Schrödinger's dog in response to my question.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Time - He's waiting in the wings

The BBC write: The Vatican's chief spokesman on cultural matters, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, tweeted lyrics to Space Oddity in tribute to Bowie while Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said he was "very very saddened to hear of his death".

Well how on Earth will they react when I go?

Friday, 8 January 2016

Exeter City FC versus Liverpool FC - match report

The highlight of this game - overlooking the score - was the close-up of the ball.

Tisdale had bought a permanent marker and inscribed ECFC on it in case Benteke thought about nicking it.