A Sheffield classic remastered

Sheffield has a rich musical history… actually before I start – if you’re one of those readers who closes the page at the first mention of music, can I just say that this video has been sent to me by several people – including two who freely admit that they are readers who close the page at the first mention of music.

So this might be a bit different.

Sheffield has a rich musical history, including the like of Def Leppard, ABC, Arctic Monkeys, Little Man Tate, The Longpigs, Bring Me The Horizon, Pulp, Heaven 17 and The Human League. So it’s unsurprising that when looking for a Christmas single, local boys The Everly Pregnant Brothers (you may remember them from My Chip Pan’s On Fire) chose to cover a local song in a local style.

Dunt Tha Want Mi? is what the 1981 Christmas number 1 from The Human League should have been called. Local dialect, in’t it?

Add a bit of Jingle Bells and there’s a surefire South Yorkshire classic, done right.

Truth be told, I felt that this might be a bit niche for all but the most Sheffield of my readers, but apparently it’s storming up the online streaming charts nationwide in Blighty, so they must be doing something right.

Thoughts welcome.

Did Britpop cause Brexit?

Question in the Grauniad:



(Which, to be fair, the article itself also thankfully concludes.)

World’s Strongest Man broken by 15 year old girl

News in from Gaz Coombes, former frontman of Oxford trio Supergrass, and now artist in his own right. You may remember him from such posts as Supergrassed.

The video that featured in that post was Walk The Walk – something that Gaz certainly won’t be doing for the foreseeable future.

Ugh. Knees, eh?

Nice to see that the staff at my old stomping* ground, Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital, were able to sort him out.

Gaz’s tour, ironically promoting his album World’s Strongest Man**, has obviously been badly affected:

Dates in Utrecht, Lille, Spain and Italy have been cancelled. UK dates are rescheduled to May.

Fortunately, since there were no concerts scheduled for South Africa, life here goes on as normal.



* something else he can’t do right now

** “the biggest misnomer since Pussy Galore”

If only I had the cash… (No.37 in a series of millions.)

This is going to be niche post, but if you are in that niche, then you will not only understand, you’ll wholeheartedly agree.

If only I had the cash, I would buy a painting. This painting:

That smile! That brushwork! Those boobies…

If you are in the know, you’ll recognise this as a classic work by van Klomp. The official title of the piece is The Reclining Madonna, but many will know it by its more common name, The Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies.  It far outshines other works of the period, including The Cracked Vase With The Big Daisies by his lesser-known contemporary van Gogh.

Appropriated by the Nazi forces occupying France during the Second World War, it has recently been rediscovered, and is now to go on auction in Bristol next month. The guide price is a modest £5-8000.

If only I had the cash…

The only concerning factor for me is whether this is actually the genuine FMWTBB, given that – infamously – many copies and forgeries were made in the 1940s. A quick sniff for any traces of German sausage (specifically a long knackwurst) should set the mind at rest.


(Just in case you’re still none the wiser: go here 🙂 )

Unexpected North Wales news…

Here we go:


…oh wow. Unusual. How did that happen, then?

Because she was arrested in her pyjamas at the North Wales Morris Dancing Championships at a local holiday camp.

Well then, all is explained.

Except why she was wearing pyjamas while attending the North Wales Morris Dancing Championships at a local holiday camp, of course.

Hang on…

Nope. Doesn’t help.

Wrexham, eh?