Monthly Archives: November 2012

The die is cast…

Recently, Her Majesty’s Government signed an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) with the US on sharing information that the US is looking for regarding the bank accounts of so-called “tax-dodging” US persons. (When it comes to taxation in the US, everyone is … Continue reading

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Sandy on Social Awareness

Originally posted on Sandysview:
I’ve coined a phrase, it already exists in a roundabout sort of way but the existing phrase is some crap about consciousness and how society works within itself or some such hippy sounding bollocks. My phrase…

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The Ultimate Playlist – A love letter to my Wife on My Birthday

(This is a rather long post, so feel free to skip down to the playlist, if you can’t wait.) It is my birthday today. I am now 43 years old. I usually go through a pensive stage of navel-gazing ahead … Continue reading

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Kate Rusby – The Hawth, Crawley – 18 November 2012

As a bit of a music anorak, I view it as my responsibility to ensure that my child(ren) are exposed to “good” music, rather than the factory-style output that is typical of the charts. A parent can’t necessarily overcome the … Continue reading

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Bellowhead – Brighton Dome, 13 November 2012 – Review

On the surface, Bellowhead’s music is probably not for everyone: a cacaphonous 11-piece band consisting of a horn section, a string section, a guitarist/lutist/mandolinist, the occasional Northumbrian pipes and a percussionist, with a tuba laying down the bass lines – … Continue reading

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I used to laugh at weenies who would go on about how they would emigrate from the US if their candidate didn’t get elected. It used to make me laugh how they would think that their own cosseted, obviously comfortable, … Continue reading

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