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  1. New album from Big Big Train - 'Grimspound' is wonderful. Beautifully played prog rock with evocative lyrics. Great band with a guest vocal spot from original Fairport Convention singer Judy Dyble.
  2. I saw them a few times back in the 70s, including the Liverpool Stadium gig that Space Ritual was partly recorded at. They were a great experience live.
  3. It'd be 'Going to California'. When I was at school, back in the 70's there was one cool kid who had a copy of this - bootlegs were virtually unobtainable in those days. We all borrowed and taped it and played it over and over. It seem weird now when virtually every Zep bootleg is now available at the click of a mouse! i can't believe anyone would 'not care to' listen to Zeppelin bootlegs. Despite the brilliance of the studio albums, Zeppelin were primarily a live band and are sadly under represented in official live releases. Luckily, many superb concerts were preserved for posterity by bootleggers and have contributed enormously to enhancing Zeppelin's reputation as the greatest rock band of all time.
  4. My top 10 1. Blood ceremony- Blood ceremony 2. Half Man half Biscuit - CSI Ambleside 3. Skiltron - Beheading the liars 4. Black Stone Cherry - Folklore and superstition 5. The Hold Steady - Stay positive 6. Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God 7. Emmylou Harris - All I intended to be 8. Battlelore - The last alliance 9. Sabaton - The art of war 10.Elvis Costello - Momofuku
  5. The Gabriel era Genesis is the only Genesis really worth listening to. The first 2 post Gabriel albums are just about bearable, but after that... You have to listen to Supper's Ready from Foxtrot. It's simply stunning. Incidentally, if you ever get the chance, go to see The Musical Box, the Genesis tribute band. It's the nearest you'll ever get to seeing the real thing unless a time machine is invented! Peter Gabriel has said he's taken his kids to see them, so they'd know what he used to be like. Genesis also gave them copies of the slides they used as backdrops for added authenticity.
  6. Go for the early stuff by Wishbone Ash - especially 'Argus' - that's an amazing album
  7. I've only recently started getting into black metal/ death metal (and I'm 52!). I must admit I find it hard to distinguish between all of the different metal genres, so probably a lot of the stuff I've been listening to isn't strictly black metal - I suppose I lean more towards the folk metal stuff really. I found the vocals hard to get used to at first, although I don't mind it so much now (although I still prefer 'clean' vocals). I've been listening to... Candlemass Cruachan Bal Sagorth Drudkh Summoning Battlelore Turisas Korpiklaani Satyricon Skyclad Skiltron Graveland amongst others. it's good to find lots of new music when you're my age!
  8. Yes - it's bollocks! the thought that they'd go to that much effort for a fake is ludicrous. the landings were tracked by amateur astronomers all over the world - they couldn't all be in on the conspiracy. have a look here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_e...o_Moon_landings
  9. Apart from England, Scotland and Wales Soviet Union Italy Germany France Belgium that's it...
  10. The service at the Cenotaph yesterday was extremely moving, especially the presence of the last 3 British surviving servicemen from WW1. From MOD website The three last surviving British veterans from World War I were among political leaders, Service personnel, veterans and members of the public commemorating the 90th Anniversary of the end of World War I, today, Tuesday 11 November 2008.On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 1918, the guns of the western front fell silent. Six hours earlier the Armistice Treaty had been signed by the Allies and Germany in a railway carriage in a forest in France. Today, French President Nicolas Sarkozy was joined by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in Verdun, North East France, to attend the Armistice Day ceremony where tributes were paid to all those who died, as well as those who lost fathers and sons during the war. In Whitehall, London, thousands of people lined the streets to pay their respects to those who died during the Great War and to look on as the three last surviving British veterans from WWI laid wreaths in memory of their fellow servicemen at the Cenotaph. Henry Allingham, Harry Patch and Bill Stone, who served during World War I, received a standing ovation as they made their way past the crowds to pay their respects to the one million British and Commonwealth troops who died during the four years of conflict. A two minute silence was held at 1100 hrs. Speaking at the service, Mr Patch said: "I am very happy to be here today. It is not just an honour for me, but for an entire generation. It is important to remember the dead from both sides of the conflict. Irrespective of the uniforms we wore, we were all victims." Assisting the veterans in laying the wreaths were three decorated members of today's Armed Forces, Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry Victoria Cross, Marine Mkhuseli Jones Military Cross, and Flight Lieutenant Michelle Goodman, Distinguished Flying Cross. Also in attendance were Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Defence Ministers, including Secretary of State for Defence Rt Hon John Hutton MP, Minister for International Defence and Security Rt Hon Baroness Ann Taylor, and Under Secretary of State for Defence and Minister for Defence Equipment and Support Quentin Davies MP. Secretary of State for Defence John Hutton said: "The First World War devastated a generation of men and women and left an indelible mark on the Twentieth Century. Today, as we commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Armistice, the actual events of the First World War will have long since faded from common memory. However, it is important for us to remember the sacrifices that were made by that brave generation and try to repay the debt of gratitude that we all owe to them." Another ceremony was held at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, where there was also a two-minute silence, as well as a Royal Air Force flypast. The memorial at this ceremony was designed so that at exactly 1100 hrs, a shaft of sunlight would pass through it to illuminate a wreath on the central plinth. The three surviving veterans from WWI (in wheelchairs), L-R: Henry Allingham, assisted by Flight Lieutenant Michelle Goodman DFC [Distinguished Flying Cross](on Henry's left), Harry Patch, assisted by Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry VC [Victoria Cross](on Harry's right), and Bill Stone, assisted by Marine Mkhuseli Jones MC [Military Cross] (on Bill's right)
  11. I'd incude the use of the word literally, when one doesn't mean literally. 'I did it literally millions of times' Number 8 is simply bad English.
  12. A girl is in a bar and she starts talking to a bloke who is wearing a t-shirt with a picture of a tractor on it. They get on well and he takes her back to his house. There is a tractor parked outside and when she goes in, there are posters of tractors on the walls and model tractors everywhere. He has back copies of 'What tractor weekly' on the coffee table. They go to bed and when he undresses he has a big tattoo of a tractor on his chest. Despite all of this, the relationship continues and eventually he asks her to marry him. She agrees, but on the condition that he gets rid of all of the tractor memorabilia. Because he loves her, he agrees to do this. He redecorates the house, bins all of his posters and models, cancels his subscription to his magazines and even has laser treatment to remove his tattoo and they get married. 6 months later, they are returning home from a night out when they see that their house is on fire. 'Quick, call the fire brigade' she says, but he says 'No' and he starts to breath in deeply - all of the smoke and flames are sucked away from the house and eventually, the fire goes out. 'How did you do that?' she says. 'Oh - I'm an ex tractor fan' he replies.
  13. Shankly


    I remember that day like it was yesterday - my Grandfather, (who saw his first Liverpool game before the first world war) - paid for me to go to Rome as a 21st birthday present (giving my age away there). There were about 25,000 Liverpool fans in Rome that day and we took over the city. What a great day.
  14. Shankly


    I had the good luck to meet the great man himself many years ago. The conversation went thus: Me: 'Can I have your autograph please Mr Shankly?' BS: 'Aye son' Not one of the great exchanges, I admit, but it meant the world to a 12 year old boy!
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