Archive for May, 2009

Revision blindness

May 22, 2009

Occasionally my blog’s a whingeing tool.   Today this is the case.

I’m tired of revising.  I have my exam tomorrow morning and I can’t do anything more because my brain hurts.  It’s not even full.  I quite clearly haven’t done enough yet for this exam, but I’ve got a mental block.  I just don’t care anymore.  But to not revise is to throw away an entire year’s work.


The subject: Public Affairs.  The Barnett Formula, Scottish voting systems, blah blah.  It’s not even that it’s completely uninteresting.  Some of it is. 

It’s sunny outside; what I wouldn’t give to be lying on the grass drinking a Corona.  Ahhhh…. 🙂

Isn’t it a little bit sad that you study so much supposedly to give yourself a better future, when you’re just missing out on life as it’s happening in the now?  Maybe i’ve been studying too long.  Well it has been seven years.  With a wee break in the middle.

I really hope this is worth the effort.

Meanwhile I feel sad and weird, like a deflated balloon.



Final countdown!

May 19, 2009



May 14, 2009

There’s a new author on the shelf.

M. Trevelean writes ‘Tartare’, a sartorical black comedy about the hells of giving up smoking and the lengths it drives you to.


This comes highly recommended.  Please read and let me know what you think.

My tips for the recession…

May 12, 2009

In this time of recession everyone’s making do.

So here’s the step by step guide to making do by me.

1. Buy boots when you once earned a living and had money, as opposed to being a scabby student-type.

2. Wear said boots to every gig, night out and field visit for at least 2 years.

3. Put foot in boot one day during summer and rip lining.

4. Put foot in other boot a month later and rip lining.

5. Realise boots have got to disgusting tatty point and are putting people off food, so appeal to mother to buy new shoes for Christmas.

6. Wear new shoes in rain every day for 3 months on commute to Hamilton from Edinburgh (see exhibit A)


7. Find parts of new shoes lying all over flat and realise no choice but to revert to boots

8. Examine boots for possibilities of improvement

9. Break out the trusty needle and thread – thank you convent education


10. et Voila! 


This Is Music 3rd Birthday – Friday 8th May @ Sneaky Pete’s/The Bowery, Edinburgh

May 7, 2009


Anyone able to make it this Friday, head down to Sneaky Pete’s or The Bowery for This Is Music’s 3rd Birthday celebration.

Click here for the myspace page of This Is Music.  It’s run by Jim, HP and Tallah and features bands and DJ’s from the indie scene.

This Is Music turns 3 years old on Friday 8th of May, and to celebrate we are giving you the choice of two great shows.

Sneaky Pete’s Stage>>>

Live: Y’all is Fantasy Island // Tie For Jack // HOMEwork

DJ’s: Vic Galloway (Radio 1) // Bargain Harold // i-Tallah Disco

8pm – 3am


The Bowery Stage>>>

Live: Broken Records (4AD) // Mike Bones (Vice) // & Rob St John (Fife Kills/Mathilde)

DJ’s: Ten Tracks // & HP

7pm – 11pm


This Is Music on Ten Tracks – sign up at the birthday and get your first ten tracks free of charge!

Tickets for both venues available in advance from The City Cafe, 19 Blair Street

I’m working on the door of Sneaky Pete’s so if you want to pop in and say hi I’ll probably be very cold!!!

And again…

May 7, 2009

The jury’s out for this blogger on Cold War Kids.  I have to say, I absolutely love the opening to Hang Me Up to Dry – the lazy riff sounding like it comes from within a cave.  But I’ve not heard all that much to be blown away by, so I’ve just acquired the new album and, when I’m not working or job hunting, will devote some quality time to it.

 Meanwhile, see my preview in The Skinny here

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