Tuesday, 29 November 2011

English As She Is Spoke (Even)

I've noticed a rather bad habit creeping into my speech lately, and it is the use of the adjective "even" where no adjective is or should be required.

For example, i find myself saying things like "i didn't even notice that" (instead of "i didn't notice that") or "i didn't even reply to that email" instead of "i didn't reply."

Christ, you'd think i learnt English through a correspondence school or somefing.

The Rock's Electric Lunch

Quote Of The Day: Cat Stevens --Music makes you cry

Well, so, i listened to 94.9 The Rock's Electric lunch today (as i am wont to do on my day off)...

Vanessa wasn't working, perhaps she's finally gone on maternity leave, i dunno. It was Lee Eckley (sp?) (a new guy) instead.  He seems ok, but he's not Vanessa....

Anyway, here's the playlist:
Pink Floyd – Comfortably numb
Saga – Scratching the surface
Guns 'n' Roses – November rain
Crowbar – Oh what a feelin'
The Romantics – What I like about you
April Wine – You could have been a lady
Green Day – When i come around
The Beatles – Here comes the sun
Elvis Costello – Alison
Harlequin – Thinking of you
George Thorogood – Who do you love
The Headpins – Don't it make you feel

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

My Wars With Technology, Part 564 + Vanessa Murphy

Quotation Of The Day: Carrie P. Snow -- Technology... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.

And so, a week or so ago, my DVD player died.  It simply would no longer play any discs i inserted.  Occasionally, i would get a "bad disc" message, but usually i just got a big fat nothing.  So, that evening, i was in the mood for dinner 'n' a movie, and so i dug out one of my old videotapes, slid it into the VCR and ... it wasn't working either, grrr.  What, i said to myself as i smashed my head against the wall, are the chances of both of these FREDs ("f*****g ridiculous electronic devices) dying on the same day?!?!?

(In retrospect, i now think it's probable that the VCR had gone belly-up some time ago; i just hadn't tried to use it in a while....)

And so, after a week of fruitless searching through troubleshooting forums (fora?) on the Internet (and also incidentally, fruitless searching for the player's users' manual), yesterday, i gritted my teeth, dusted the cobwebs from my wallet, and bought a new Toshiba SD5300 DVD player (oh, look, there's its picture:

 And i was pleasantly surprised to find how inexpensive they are nowadays.  It was a little more than half of what i paid for my last one, a couple of years ago....

Now i just have to figure out how to set it up -- which if course i won't do if  i spend my entire day off drinking beer with my butt parked in front of the compooter (as i am wont to do la la).

Now, veering tangentially from that subject, on to something more organic -- Vanessa Murphy ;o)

As it's my day off, i of course listened to Nasty Nessa's "Electric Lunch" on 94.9 The Rock.  Here's today's playlist:

Elton John - Rocket Man
Rush - Time Stands Still
Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight
Steve Earle - Copperhead Road
April Wine - Roller
The Black Crowes - She Talks To Angels
Metallica - Master Of Puppets
DeFault - Live A Lie
Rick Derringer - Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Koo
Theory Of A Deadman - Bitch Came Back (great band, great song!) 
The Who - Pinball Wizard
Bryan Adams - Kids Wanna Rock.

Is it any wonder i love this station?

(Incidentally, Vanessa is about 10 months pregnant at the moment, so she could disappear at any time.  Whatever, then, shall i do?)

Saturday, 19 November 2011


I can't contain myself.  I just bought the new CD by Seether (www.seether.com) "Holding Onto String Better Left To Fray" (daft title!) and it's without a doubt the best album i've bought all year.

They seem to have been around for a while but, to my knowledge, i'd never heard them until recently, when (my favourite radio station) 94.9 The Rock started playing a couple of tracks from this CD, "Country Song" and "Tonight" and here's the video for the latter: http://www.vevo.com/watch/seether/tonight/USWV41100046

Album of the year 2011 (unless the forthcoming Kate Bush CD is "Hounds Of Love II" LOL

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Vanessa Murphy II

Quotation Of The Day:  David Frost -- He's turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable.  Now he's miserable and depressed.

 Hey, everyone.  I know i haven't been keeping this up, but i must try to keep my oar in.  This blogging business.  

It's not that i've had nothing to write about; i'm aching to vent about my crappy work situation, which is deteriorating rapidly and is really dragging me down these days.  But i've heard too many reports of bloggers writing (and Facebook posters posting) about how much they hate their jobs and winding up in heaps of trouble at the orifice, er, office....

So, i'm just going to do a repeat of last Tuesday's post, and list the songs Vanessa Murphy played on today's edition of The Rock Electric Lunch:

Queen -- Bohemian Rhapsody
Rush -- New World Man
Scorpions -- No One Like You
Against Me! -- Thrash Unreal
Five Man Electrical Band -- Signs (i hate this song!)
Heart -- Crazy On You
Aerosmith -- Angel
Van Morrison -- Brown Eyed Girl
Rev Theory -- Hell Yeah
Led Zeppelin -- Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
Bruce Springsteen -- Born To Run
Colin James -- Voodoo Thing.

Too bad about the Five Man Electrical Band, but generally i love this station! 

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Vanessa Murphy

I was listening to Vanessa Murphy on my favourite radio station today www.therock.fm -- she's funny, i like her, but i don't get to listen to her very often.  She's on during the day, and i'm at work..

Except on Tuesdays.

Every day, she does the "Electric Lunch" and here's today's playlist:

The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again
Honeymoon Suite - Feel It Again
Pink Floyd - Young Lust
Jet - She's A Genius
Max Webster - Let Go The Line
Hollowick - There Goes Another One
Krome - TMZ
The Rolling Stones - Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears
The Fixx - One Things Leads To Another
The Tea Party - Heaven Coming Down
Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song
Bryan Adams - Somebody

Is it any wonder i love this radio station?