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  1. 26-59-87-13

    Music Gigs

    Ten years ago, I paid over £100 a ticket to see Tom Waits at the Edinburgh Playhouse. It was music, theatre and spectacle. It was worth every penny 🤩 Can’t see Waits ever touring Europe again. It was one to tell the grandkids about. On the other hand, tickets for the New York Dolls at the Garage a couple of years later were £17.50 plus fees. Brilliant gig!
  2. 26-59-87-13

    Great Tasting Lager.

    Innes & Gunn have opened a microbrewery & ‘Beer Kitchen’ in Ashton Lane where Ketchup used to be. Very decent menu - just about everything is cooked with one of their beers somehow 🤪.
  3. 26-59-87-13

    Music Gigs

    Did I just hear "Four whiskies into a pack of Lucky Strikes, I'll take my heartbreak with a little bit of ice"? Brilliant, sarcy lyric! Don't know if HA wrote the lyric (she co-wrote 'Burning Down Birmingham'), but she sings it wonderfully. Thanks, BuddieinEK, you may have given me my next best new favourite singer/songwriter.
  4. 26-59-87-13

    Music Gigs

    Got tickets for Nils Lofgren at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh on 20th May. Been going to see him every tour since '76. His guitar work just makes me weak. When you've been picked as a band member by both Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, you've probably got something special... Got up super early on Friday to get tickets for Roddy Frame at Kelvingrove Bandstand on 11th August (8.50am IS super early!) . The guy's a genius.
  5. 26-59-87-13

    Cult Fillums

    On BBC IPlayer for the next 28 days ;-)
  6. 26-59-87-13

    Leaping For Lupus

    2 years ago yesterday I posted this! Then my daughter picked up a nasty back injury...and the weather beat us twice (I should have checked with Sean or Heather before heading to Durham on a wild goose chase). But today...we jumped out of a wee plane at 15,000 feet and started falling at 140+ mph! We've made our target due in no small part to some of you guys on here. My daughter (pictured below) keeps saying 'But they've never even met you...So generous!'. She really does appreciate your help. And I do too. With all the charities and good causes wrestling for your hard earned, it was outstanding of you to support us. Many thanks. We'll be closing down https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hurleyskydive in a few days but I've heard some people donate even after the event has taken place...
  7. 26-59-87-13

    London Dump Uber

    Uber drivers are self-employed but charge rates set by Uber. They have fixed overheads (car loan, insurance etc.) which must be covered before they start earning. So, if Uber reduce their fares, drivers will take longer to reach the point where they are effectively keeping the income themselves. In turn, it takes longer before their takings, averaged out over the number hours they work, equates to NMW. I should have expressed this as 'the equivalent of NMW'. Sorry.
  8. 26-59-87-13

    London Dump Uber

    Can't be bothered to count how many posts on this thread are on topic. Gonnae guess it's less than 10. Uber started their London service. Lots of drivers left minicab companies and signed up. Uber then dropped their rates (and consequently, income to drivers) to close down competition. Drivers had to work much longer hours to make National Minimum Wage. Don't know about you, but I think National Minimum Wage (or, better still Living Wage), is a good thing. Long term, Uber will have such a dominant position that they'll be able to set fares at whatever rate they want. Do you think this will necessarily be reflected in the rate drivers get? More importantly, do you think the half a million punters who have signed a petition demanding TfL reverse their decision will be delighted to pay much more for their UberX? I believe companies will spring (back) up to provide a living for the 20-40k drivers who lose their jobs if Uber perishes. Final question: When the law prohibited sending boys up chimneys, who thought 'That's awful - how am I going to keep my chimney clean?' Not every pre-existing situation can be supported with a clear conscience.
  9. 26-59-87-13

    Messi to be renamed Greedi

    When we reach the Champions League Group stage and get drawn in Barca's group, you can judge for yourself [emoji12] Although, that might not happen before 2021...
  10. 26-59-87-13

    Messi to be renamed Greedi

    Just popped over to catch Barcelona v Eibar (no I didn't - I was on a cheap wee City Break and fancied the Camp Nou experience while I was close). The great man made several other great chances over and above the FOUR he scored. The team were lovely to watch and it's an astounding stadium but there's no carpet shop up the road to browse round before the game, so I'll stick with the Buddies just for now [emoji38]
  11. 26-59-87-13

    Wayne Rooney

    I think we'll find that Mr Rooney, or My Client, as he will hereafter be referred to, has a rare and serious, but hitherto undiagnosed medical condition, which artificially raises his blood alcohol level whenever he is in close quarters to others in public bars, lounges and particularly champagne bars. It is important this is not misconstrued as evidence that My Client has himself consumed a right swally. This complaint is understood to date back to extensive contact with a former manager from the Govan area of Glasgow who had a curiously related gastric condition which came to light when he needed to speed past ordinary mortals on the hard shoulder of the motorway.
  12. 26-59-87-13

    In Through The Out Door

    A good condition Knebworth t-shirt was on US eBay a few years back for $2,500. It didn't sell. [emoji17]
  13. 26-59-87-13

    In Through The Out Door

    I love an economic, wry lyric and you'll go a long way to beat 'I took her love at seventeen, A little late these days it seems, But they said heaven is well worth waiting for' from 'Hot Dog'. And I just love the rhythm and simplicity of 'Fool In The Rain'. Not that a single funk is given by anyone, 'Physical Graffiti' takes the No1 spot for me. I was at Knebworth '79 too. Anyone want to pay Peter Grant-sized amounts of money for a very good condition programme?
  14. 26-59-87-13

    Music Gigs

    I woke up thinking it would be very easy to get their initials in the wrong order and wondering if I'd done just that. Christ, I need to get a life... Because I originally only heard individual tracks (Spitfire included), I didn't realise BPS developed a theme through each album. Now I've grasped that, I recoil at the thought of liking 'concept albums'. Didn't we fight the punk wars in '77 to wipe 'concept albums' off the face of the earth? C'mon - sing along! 'I Wanna Riot, A White Riot...'...'Do Anything You Wanna Do...' ...'God Save The Queen, The Fascist Regime...' Anyway, I reckon SPB are on the likeable side of 'clever' (as long as you also have 'Rocket To Russia' on your playlist).
  15. 26-59-87-13

    Music Gigs

    ...bit of a confession to make... Certainly like what I've heard of Public Service Broadcasting over the last few years. Then they made an elpee called 'Every Valley' which seems to be a surprisingly empathetic comment on the rise, pre-eminence and fall of Welsh mining. So, after a couple of listens on Spotify and egged on by an empty bottle of Spanish red, I went online and bought 2 tickets for their show at the Barras in October. I don't know anyone else who likes PBS. I'm not even sure if I'm keen enough on them to spend £26 per ticket. Never mind clamping down in sales of sulphuric acid, when are the government going to make it illegal to buy things online without first passing a breathalyser test?