Mark Owens latest album ‘How the Mighty Fall’ and the word brilliant.

July 31, 2006 at 6:54 pm (Uncategorized)

Two things you would not expect to find in the same sentence? Commercial pap not worth listening to? Well wrong on both counts. I admit, I hadn’t listened to any of Mark’s solo stuff until recently when a friend introduced it to me but I was amazed. It is an incredible album that really merits a listen. Give it a chance, I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised.

On the same theme of things not going down as well as they’d have hoped… apparently in a recent survey readers of The Sun gave a thumbs down to Robbie’s new single (frankly I would call Sun readers not liking it an endorsement). I finally got round to hearing it on Saturday and, yes, it is a little bizarre but give the guy some credit for trying to do something a little different. Aren’t we all bored of the same bland pap littering the charts? Does the nation not need an injection of old school rap madness? And after the dull and predicable pop-by-numbers that was ‘Sin Sin Sin’ we needed something like this. It works! [You can hear it for yourself on]


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The best website in the world.

July 31, 2006 at 6:49 pm (Uncategorized)

Ebay has been toppled from it’s throne as my favourite website and my bank manager can’t be more pleased. I have discovered You tube . This is the best website in the world people! Type in what you’re after; be it a pop video, footage of a gig you went to, a song, a home video of giraffes rampaging through the streets of Ashby de Zouch [check spelling]…. and it will probably be on there. Give it a go but be warned, it’s addictive.

And here’s a classic boyband moment for you

Never made it big, but 2wo third3 were, in my mind at least, fantastic. This song in particular was just magnificent, brought back to life on You Tube. I remember bunking off school and hanging outside the Ice Rink when they were hosting the Smash Hits Part Tour, meeting Deuce (including Lisa, Ant’s new wife in her former day job- what a band they were!) and catching a glipse of Lee the singer from 2wo third3 through the side door. I thought I was going to faint, he was stunning. Ah the joys of youth eh?! What a band. Enjoy!

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And some people still do not get it…

July 31, 2006 at 6:42 pm (Uncategorized)

Manchester United fans have finally accepted the Glazers, according to Bryan Glazer, the club’s non-executive director and son of the controversial owner Malcolm. ‘I think they have [accepted us]. I think they’ve seen that we haven’t turned the place upside down,’ Glazer told Tampa sports radio station WDAE in a rare interview

What planet is this man living on? We sack our captain fantastic, Roy Keane and sell Ruud to save on wages to pay off some of the £600 million debt they have inflicted on our previously-debt free club, the whole of Manchester is littered with anti-Glazer stickers and last time he showed his face in Manchester him and his brothers grim were chased and had to hide in a police van. They must think this is the traditional Manchester welcome. Well welcome is something they never will be and we will never stop fighting until they have gone.

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Snakes on a… forum?

July 31, 2006 at 6:40 pm (Uncategorized)

Every Saturday night when sensible people are turning in for the night the Take That Forum Snakebite Crew come out to play. It all started a couple of weeks ago after someone started a misguided rant about Robbie Williams. Well this would be a red rag to a bull in normal circumstances but when you’ve had a few…. As you can imagine, all hell broke loose and the TT Snakebite Crew (SBC) were formed. The Robbie defenders… the drunks… call us what you like. And they did as after being unable to respond to the high levels of wit and intelligence displayed by the SBC the deluded few trouble makers resorted to personal insults along the lines of “you are up each other arses”. You can imagine the tears that flowed and calls to the Samaritans that followed that one. It was starting to get a little heated so in came Karen diffusing the situation nicely by asking if anyone wanted a cup of tea and an Orange crème. Calm restored and all matter of civilised off-topic conversation followed, about 50 pages worth in fact. At about 3am, when the music channel had stopped transmitting I decided it was probably time to turn in. Until next week…. 

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Sounds hare-raising

July 28, 2006 at 6:36 pm (Uncategorized)


From I love non league football…!

28/07/2006 – Jarrow Friendly Postponed

Whitley’s trip to Jarrow FC on Tuesday 1st August has been postponed.The Jarrow club’s pitch is suffering from a rabbit infestation and as such is unplayable.

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Pop Off

July 28, 2006 at 6:35 pm (Uncategorized)

Coke Zero have done it again…. In today’s Metro newspaper there is an ad proclaiming that you can get a free “ice cold” Coke Zero today at selected stations (most in
London with a few token ones outside). Though the trouble is they say you get a free can so they show a picture of a bottle. They can never seem to get it right can they?

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They’re at it again!

July 27, 2006 at 8:37 pm (Uncategorized)

Anyone reading this blog will think they have stumbled on the transport weekly website the amount of time buses are mentioned on these pages but I think there is not enough thought and respect shown for the poor inhabitants of the peasant wagons who have to share their journey time with the same moronic fools day after day.

My current object of intense hatred is this annoying lad who is always whining on about his car. For the benefit of the two people not to have heard his moans, his car has broken and he has to pay £1,500 to get it back and is getting a loan to be able to afford to pay it. Hence phone calls to the car company, the loan people and his mates (who are no doubt looking for the nearest sharp object to end their life with when the realise who is on the phone). Unfortunately, it appears that every person he speaks to must have some hearing impairment, hence the volume he makes the calls.

One day his ‘mate’ (who always tried pretending he hasn’t seen him before being collared) was (stupidly) asking for an update and I was ready to join in the conversation having being kept fully informed throughout the full process.

Then there is the bus staff itself, two of which make the whole bus groan when they see them. Firstly, Mr Check Pass. Whenever I see this bus driver I sigh. I really can’t think how he still has a job as he must not once have kept to the timetable. The reason being while other drivers take a cursory glance at passes when people get on this guy makes you stand there like a lemon for around a minute while he scrutinises every detail of your pass (after he has taken his glasses out his pocket and put them on of course just to add a bit of drama to the proceedings). Then when you think the majority of bus passengers have passes as we are commuters then you can imagine the time it all takes. You would think he owned the bus company the way he is so stringent about revenue protection.

The second of the most hated is the Survey Man. Oh this man is a bore. He regularly lurks at the front of the bus wearing a green fleece (whatever the weather) and whenever someone new gets on he walks toward them saying “where are you going” and “are you getting another bus after this one”. Of course, bus passengers are so used to not being spoken to that the Survey Man often has to repeat the question two or three times before they grasp what is being asked of them, much to the disgust of those like myself who are trying to catch up on their sleep. After gleaming this valuable information he registers it on his chart with a succession of loud bleeps. Though his six entries (and six loud bleeps) are needed from a simple “no, I am not getting another bus” makes me believe that he is not conducting the survey correctly. And if he does not turn the bleep volume down I shall be contacting the relevant authorities to report him as he is doing my head in.

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Always looking…

July 27, 2006 at 8:37 pm (Uncategorized)


Whitley Bay FC turned out for their friendly match against Gateshead last night wearing a disgusting blue and black shirt with ‘Carling’ splattered on the front. I am praying that this is not the new shirt as I pay to watch Whitley Bay not Glasgow Rangers. Plus there is also the fact their traditional colours are blue and white stripes and not blue with a bit of black…

More interestingly for those reading…. A famous celebrity was present. His acting work must have dried up since starring in Grease 2 so Michael Carrington (aka Maxwell Caulfield) has taken to training as a linesman in the Northern League. I was about to break into a chorus of “whose that guy, where did he come from?” but didn’t think those present would have taken too kindly to the silence being shattered.

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Question of the day

July 27, 2006 at 8:36 pm (Uncategorized)

Why can you not go anywhere in the world without seeing someone in a Rangers or Celtic shirt?

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Fancy something a little different?

July 26, 2006 at 5:40 pm (Uncategorized)

I have discovered a wonderful designer who goes by the mysterious name of ‘Zombies’ and peddles their wares on the empire known as eBay. But don’t let that put you off… 

Hand painted customised tees which are to die for and won’t break the bank.

Check them out on*zombies*QQhtZ-1

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