Lyrics Quiz

•July 28, 2008 • Leave a Comment

The Rules

1. Put your mp3 player or music player on your computer on random.
2. Post the first four lines from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song (Skip repeat artists).
3. Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
4. Don’t cheat.

OK, so I did this mostly out of curiousity.

1. What you get and what you see
Things that don’t come easily
Feeling happy in my vein
Icicles within my brain

2. Evangelist you claim god speaks through you,
Your restless mouth full of lies gains popularity.
You care not for the old that suffer,
When empty pockets cry from hunger.

3. Wer zu Lebzeit gut auf Erden
wird nach dem Tod ein Engel werden
den Blick Ògen Himmel fragst du dann
warum man sie nicht sehen kann

4. Sittin’ on my own
Chewin’ on a bone
A thousand million
Miles from home

5. Hell of an angel
Skin that shines like pearl
Eyes that make your soul bleed
Innocent and sweet

6. Its snowing outside the rumbling sound
Of engines roar in the night
The mission is near the confident men
Are waiting to drop from the sky

7. The screen door slams
Mary’s dress waves
Like a vision she dances across the porch
As the radio plays

8. She looks so fine like champagne or wine, no one ever gets her
Oh, ain’t she cool, plays us for fools if we wanna let her
Across the room she sees some buffoon blown away by her style
She goes out of her way so that she can play and make him beg for a little while

9. Step inside the circle of fire
Flames of desire enlighten the night
Follow your instinct
Burn and writhe in ecstacy

10. Her face is a map of the world, is a map of the world
You can see she’s a beautiful girl, she’s a beautiful girl
And everything around her is a silver pool of light
The people who surround her feel the benefit of it

11. Nothing is crueler than children who come from good homes
God’ll forgive them I guess but whose side are you on
Driving around the old town I remember it all
Dropping my lunchbox and tampax all over the hall

12. Everyone’s watching, to see what you will do
Everyone’s looking at you, oh
Everyone’s wondering, will you come out tonight
Everyone’s trying to get it right, get it right

13. Walk in silence,
Dont walk away, in silence.
See the danger,
Always danger,

14. I never felt magic crazy as this
I never saw moons knew the meaning of the sea
I never held emotion in the palm of my hand
Or felt sweet breezes in the top of a tree

15. There’s a young man in town, slip-slidin’ around.
He likes to roll free and easy.
There’s only his way, he calls all the plays.
And he lives on his island alone.

16. I’ve searched the holy books
I tried to unravel the mystery of Jesus Christ, the saviour
I’ve read the poets and the analysts
Searched through the books on human behaviour

17. I’m stressed but you’re freestyle
I’m overworked but I’m undersexed
I must be made of concrete
I sign my name across your chest

18. Unable so lost
I can’t find my way
Been searching, but I have never seen
A turning, a turning from deceit

19. One million light years from home
Throwing up and feeling small
Where have I gone and landed tonight
I’ve been shot right to the core

20. Curl up inside me
C’mon hide for a while
Look in your eyes i see
Looking back is a child

I’d get less than half of these myself.


I can’t believe I remember my password

•July 27, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Good heavens! I just twigged that I have not updated this since people stopped clapping and Tinkerbell died… You would not believe the fairy dust I have to clean up. Apologies to my regular readers! Even the little blue ones!.

I am absolutely consumed with discovering time doesn’t stand still, learning to speak Japanese and just generally being a nuisance to anyone unfortunate to cross my path, my day is passing in a blur from midday to morning. I am plotting and planning, but this damned rock is heavy.

I absolutely, positively promise to send a missive out on the wire, post-haste. Sincerest apologies. This is for my ever faithful, devoted public.

Let this be a lesson

•March 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I’ve a funny (that’s not a promise) story with a message to recount in relation to the Cheltenham Festival. This story is funny for one reason and one reason only: I had a good day today.

Let us start at the beginning, so often the best place for a story to start. As long time readers will know, I do enjoy a good bit of horse racing. Many of the on-line bookmakers have special offers to entice one’s money in their direction. These offers are usually along the lines of ‘Stake £25 and we’ll give you a £25 FREE BET’. However, this week, one of the major sites had a much better offer, namely, stake up to £50 and they would give double the stake in free bets. It was actually in tiers rather than a straight doubling, but that’s not important here.

I thought, ‘So I can bet fifty quid and it doesn’t matter if I lose because I can stick the hundred on Kauto Star and double my money anyway.’ The more perceptive, or more accurately, those who’ve heard the result of the Gold Cup, will know that Kauto Star did not in fact win the Gold Cup. Again, this is secondary to the story.

After having a good hard look through the form for Thursday’s races, I decided that Albertas Run had the best form in its race and should win. Hill’s had the horse at 9/2 and I decided to play it safe in a competitive race and stick £25 on each way. This would only return a small profit for a place but together with the £100 free stake money I’d be happy. Now, for some unknown reason the William Hill website lists horses in betting rather than race card order. So, Albertas Run, 9/2 favourite, at the top right? Well no as it turned out. For some reason they’d got Air Force One (notice it begins with an ‘A’) also at 9/2 and since Air comes before Albertas alphabetically this was listed first.

There’s no excuse for what I did. Always pay attention to what you are doing when placing bets. So I only went and stuck £25 each-way on the wrong bleeding horse! Obviously had Air Force One won the race I wouldn’t have minded, but it didn’t (for the record it finished 5th, 2 places less than what would have won me some money). No prizes for guessing what did win. My stupid mistake meant instead of winning £140 on the race I had lost £50. I was not best pleased.

When I came to look at the form for Friday my ‘eggs in one basket’ plan didn’t seem such a good idea. It looks even worse now. My first alternative was to stick £65 on Kauto, with the other £35 on his main rival Denman, in what was shaping up to be a two horse race. I decided instead to stick the bulk on Kauto but then pick out a few other horses at decent prices so that any one winner would see me come out with more than the original £50. It turned out to be a good plan today as first Fiveforthree at 8/1 and then Celestial Halo at 13/2 both came home in front.

Kauto at even money would have been a lovely bonus, but I’ve more than doubled my money and I’ve still got £3.50 in free stake money to bet by the 20th. Any suggestions for what it should go on would be welcome.

This one’s for the Subscribers!

•December 21, 2007 • 3 Comments

I’m not sure a few days before Christmas is the right time to start reading a biography of Mao Tse-tung.

The Land of No Return

•September 9, 2007 • 2 Comments

This weekend I’ve been enjoying Renault’s hospitality, watching cars whizz past at high speeds. There’s been some fine action on show (as always) with a F1 demonstration, various single-seater categories and sporty coupes. The highlight (predictably enough) was the clio racing. Dozens of those powerful hatchbacks speeding down the ‘Craner Curves’ is a sight to behold!

The problem came when we tried to leave today. We decided to miss the last race to avoid the rush as everybody tried to leave at once. Immediately after the penultimate race finished we were on our way to the exit (about 15.25). We found the car with no trouble and joined the nearest queue of cars heading towards the exit (the way we came in).

The line of traffic did not move. We waited. Empires were raised and fell. We waited. The traffic simply refused to move. Not even a little. The only time there was any movement at all was when somebody gave up and went to find a different way out. Their space was usally taken by somebody cutting in from the sides. We got penned in with a troop of vehicles all around us. Over a hour after we got to the car enough of them gave up that we were able to squeeze out to the left and head over towards where we had spotted movement.

Having joined a new queue of cars e made some progress before this too appeared to have stalled. Thankfully, this setback was only temporary. Over where we had been the cars were in exactly the same places as when we left them. This new location had seven lines of cars all trying to get through a space just large enough for one. We were in the line best positioned for the hole, but in truth it was a test of nerve to decide who got through. We were positioned so close to the car in front that nothing could edge us out. There was a VW to our left driven by a nutter who had already narrowly avoided smashing into a line of cars. When the car in front pulled forwards we were too slow, and the VW and a Rover pounced on the square-yard of space as if it was a sandwich and they hadn’t eaten for 2 days. This left them equally well positioned to get through the space, but the Rover driver showed a determination against the arrogant VW driver which earned my respect. After that is was steady progress out to the road (about 18.00).

We then queued through Castle Donington and headed for the simple, 45 minute, drive up the motorway. Only, the motorway was gridlocked. Following a detour through several towns we arrived home four hours after we set off.

We have no reason to suspect the original line of traffic is anywhere other than where we left it.

Analogue vs Digital

•September 3, 2007 • Leave a Comment

After reading this CBC article on the switch over from analogue television to digital, I have a few comments. I don’t agree with the switching off of the analogue television signals and until reading that story I didn’t realise that everywhere else was doing the same. I thought it was just another crackpot idea our government had dreamt up. I suppose with the international nature of modern broadcast media I shouldn’t be surprised.

The main message we are bombarded by in relation to this issue is that digital television is “better” than analogue. Personally I don’t believe it is so cut and dried. I think digital television has some advantages – picture quality and the on-screen programme guides being the main ones – but also has some important disadvantages – the signal is more vulnerable to interference and have your tried to use digital teletext? It sucks! I use ceefax/teletext a lot and the digital equivalents are just crap.

In Finland (where the analogue signal has just been switched off) some people can no longer get television because the much vaunted digital broadcasts don’t have the full coverage that the analogue ones did. If it’s so great, how come they can’t even get it to everyone?

Something that surprised me was that set top boxes in Canada cost $200, which is notably more than the £20 or so a freeview box costs. I imagine it is not a like for like comparison. Perhaps they are more like those ‘sky’ boxes that have more channels.

Since TV is the demon behind the decline of society (at least according to Robert Putnam) I guess it would be better if they turned off all the signals, but let’s not go down that road just at the moment.

Graduation Day

•August 8, 2007 • 3 Comments

I got my graduation pack in the post this morning. It’s in the middle of November at Sheffield City Hall, with a reception there afterwards.

It wasn’t long ago I was thinking about secretly sneaking off on holiday so I’d be out of the country when it happens. I want to go and see the good people from my course and my mother wants the picture of me in cap and gown with a scroll of paper in my hands, but I don’t actually want to go up on stage and collect my degree. I suffer terribly from nerves; just thinking about it when I was looking through the pack made me feel queasy. I think that when they announce my name I’ll be in the toilets throwing up!

There’s all sorts of merchandise one can buy too. There’s a Class of 2007 t-shirt with a list of all the graduates on the back, cuff-links and tie pins available in steel or silver and various other goodies. It says the ones listed are only a selection and the full range is at so I’ll have to pop on there a little later to have a look.

I’ve just been measured for my gown (I did suggest it might be an idea to wait a couple of months as I might change size between now and then).

There is of course the other problem: there’s going to be a lot of people asking “What have you been doing this summer” and “What are you going to do now?” neither of which I care to answer.

Where’s nice in November?