Nothing to see here

I know that people often use that line to ironically describe a situation in which there actually is something to see, but this isn’t one of those times.

More, as ever, tomorrow.

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Autumn is coming…


This shouldn’t really come as any sort of surprise to people around here. This happened last year at this time, if I recall correctly. And possibly also once before – was it 2011 maybe? Anyway, I digress. The combination of the time of year and a stiff overnight breeze resulted in a veritable plethora of leaves all over the floor. A sure sign from Mother Nature that it’s been hot and sunny for long enough.


It doesn’t mean that summer is quite over – we still have a couple of days this week which are going to hit 30ºC – but the nights are getting noticeably cooler and the mornings noticeably darker.  I know you’ve noticed it too.

I don’t want to call it just yet, but it’s coming.
Be ready Cape Town, because summer is almost over.


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Ellie Goulding – Take Me To Church cover

This Ellie Goulding cover of Hozier’s Take Me To Church is well worth a listen.

Deep. Hypnotic. Solid.


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Away at Bristol City

I watched Sheffield United at Bristol City back in 2010. It was cold and horrible. We lost. Heavily.

Still, perhaps that was a one off (Spoiler: no, it wasn’t – we often lose); perhaps others have had a more positive experience at Ashton Gate. Let’s head back to rochdaleawaydayreview (you may remember him from this post) to see how Marky D got on down there:

I got the Coach at 8.49AM the coach left Spotland Stadium at 9AM, we didn’t pull into the services while 11.35AM i went McDonalds and got 2 Hamburgers, McChicken Mayo, Fries and a Drink of Fanta which came to just under £5, The Coach left the service station at 12.06PM, we arrived at Bristol City for 1.33PM the coach were parked least a mile from Ashton Gate at Ashton Vale Car Park.

I ended up in the Tobacco Factory the only stout they had were Milk Stout which cost £3.20 it were like a stronger version of Snakebite then made my way to Ashton Gate. Before Kick Off i got a Pint of Guinness to get rid of the strong taste of Milk Stout out my mouth Guinness were £3.80 at the Stadium.

I was going to read further, but the grammar centre in my brain had exploded. I was even going to try and summarise the review by just reading the last sentence he wrote, but it’s over 200 words long.

rochdaleawaydayreview remains one of my favourite blogs detailing the fortunes of a Rochdale FC fan following his club to away matches. Once again, the enthusiasm and the attention to detail is faultless. The rest of it, however, is a complete and utter train smash.

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Solo Sarah

News reached me via the grapevine (twitter) last night that Saint Etienne singer Sarah Cracknell is doing some solo dates in the UK in June. I think that is a fine reason to share a Saint Etienne video, and I’ve chosen He’s On The Phone (here’s a quick reminder of their other stuff).

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The ents24 page for the mini tour gives us some inexplicable detail about Ms Cracknell:

Sarah Cracknell is an English singer-songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the electronic music band Saint Etienne. She is the daughter of Stanley Kubrick’s first assistant director Derek Cracknell.

Now we know.

The five dates are in Bath, London, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester. That last one is at the Deaf Insitute in Manchester, which seemed rather counter-intuitive until I read up on the history of the place. It seems that historic buildings repurposed as music/drinking venues is a big thing in the UK now.

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