My Ever Changing Mood

Yesterday evening I went to see singer/songwriter Paul Weller and his band in a gig at the fd Arena, in Leeds. Being sat behind a lanky bloke whose head was ‘Above the Clouds’ could have meant an evening of ‘Ever Changing Moods’ for yours truly. Thankfully, the modern design of the venue, which enhances the…

Gore Blimey, A Women MP!

28th November is a notable day for women’s rights. On this day in 1893, New Zealand created history when it became the first nation to allow women to vote. Also on this date in 1919, Lady Astor became the first woman to sit in the House of Commons …….. Although, apparently she required a further…

What’s A Delaware Boy?

Yesterday, Karen excitedly advised me that she’d received an email, from Ticketmaster, advising tickets for singer Adele’s 2016 tour go on sale next week. I haven’t seen her so giddy since I told her last week I’d read her hometown of Birtley, in County Durham, had been nominated in the ‘Town Baths With Best Chlorine…

He’s Got How Many Twitter Followers?!

This is a fictional narrative where the only thing that is true is that it is Thanksgiving Day in America. Piers Morgan is a mere figment of mine and 4 million Twitter followers imagination! Kevin Pietersen is one of the finest batsmen ever to play for England. I don’t know much about Celia Walden, but…

Oswald & The Magic Bullet

Fifty two years ago yesterday Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged sole killer of the US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was himself murdered in the basement area of a Dallas police station. Oswald was murdered live on TV by Dallas night club owner Jack Ruby. NBC viewers watched on as the New Orleanian was shot, whilst…

Sat Nursing A Rich Tea

I’m endeavouring to catch the recently released movie The Lady In The Van at some point this week. Based on a memoir of Leeds born writer/performer Alan Bennett, it tells the story of a transient woman who lives in her van on the writers drive in London for 15 years. I was told by an…

Even If You Never See Leeds In Europe Again….

As I walked out of Elland Road with my son yesterday, after another awful Leeds United performance, my mind drifted back to a mild evening at the same venue on 2nd May 2001. On that night, unbeknown to me at the time, I uttered perhaps the most prophetic words I’ve said in the half century…

On Me Ed..i..son!

  On this day in 1877 Thomas Edison announced his invention that has since brought so joy to many peoples lives in large parts of the world, a quarterpounder with cheese burger! Seriously, though, 138 years ago today, the Ohio born inventor informed the world that he had invented the phonograph; a machine that can…

When They Met It Was Murda!

Microsoft Windows 1.0 operating system was released on this day 30 years ago. The company’s first graphical operating system was released to mixed reviews. Some people said it was good, some said it was alright, whilst Mrs Trubshaw at number 47 said it was “Like my arse!”……… Which is just about as mixed a reviews…