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Starpeve

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  1. And yet you apparently listen to Frank Zappa!?!? Opinions are like arseholes, everybody's got one....
  2. As a footnote, I'm thinling about opering her up and fitting a pair of switching jacks to give me a pair of speaker outs at 5 watts per side to play through a pair of bigger speakers ( in stereo, no less! ), to increase her versatility .
  3. I installed some luminescent dots in the sides and fret faces of my Dot Studio some time ago- japanese product named 'Luminlay'- with excellent results. These things glow like neon for at least 15 mins and visible for far longer than that, also recharge really quickly with a little blue light torch provided ( about 3 seconds per dot). Mind you, it took a lot of courage to drill into my neck, the gods were with me that day as it all went sweetly! If I were good enough to play on a darkened stage ( any stage!) my neck would be perfect for it!!
  4. I installed some luminescent dots in the sides and fret faces of my Dot Studio some time ago- japanese product named 'Luminlay'- with excellent results. These things glow like neon for at least 15 mins and visible for far longer than that, also recharge really quickly with a little blue light torch provided ( about 3 seconds per dot). Mind you, it took a lot of courage to drill into my neck, the gods were with me that day as it all went sweetly! If I were good enough to play on a darkened stage ( any stage!) my neck would be perfect for it!! I actually only used the Luminlay as I wanted dots and having seen it somewhere thought 'What the hell- in for apenny, in for a pound' - quite glad I did, they really look impressive and actually look strangely luminescent in the light as well.
  5. A Brilliantly disturbed! You'd probably like Nick Cave then, I guess?
  6. The Beatles? Credibility Zero, my friend.
  7. The Stones are and have always been a get it or you don't proposition. White boy blues/ rock with a splash of soul , a bundle of srrogance, a bit of humour, and a f#ck you sttitude. They've slways been the best at what they do and more power to them. At their best, music at it's best. Then again , there's always Katy Perry or Justin F#####g Beiber. Or Snoop Dog. Need I rant on? Rough and tumble rock with pretty moments thrown in. What more could you possibly want from music? People forget how spoiled we were in the 70's and early 80's for choices. Being a name band did'nt guarantee succuss. Bands had to be cutting edge, and all music should be viewed through the glasses of the moment in which it lived. I' m sick of hearing 16 year olds critique music on forums with no comprehension of what they are talking about, and sometimes the older guys are no better. I'm listening to Tattoo You as I drunkenly type, and it thrills me just asit did 33 odd years ago.
  8. Spot on. Pretty well my selection of Stones' albums also. And if you need a bunch of shapes in the shadows to carry your music for you, give up.I saw Roxy Music a little while ago, and I was perpared to be dissapointed. But after a couple of tracks they hit their stride, and the extra musos were reduntant. Class act.too bad the Strolling Bones can't cut it.
  9. There's always the argument that he invariably improved whatever he ' borrorwed'. And I'm always wary of press representations of events.
  10. Perhaps one end should be to a bottle of nitrous oxide?
  11. Sounds like a lot of money for a bucketful of sadness. Maybe it's floating around somewhere out there on the ether, if you know what I mean.
  12. Maybe there was a good reason .....
  13. I had a very old copy of a collection of the WW1 poets, all written in the field, with the majority of the authors perishing in the field, in my youth ( which I foolishly loaned, never to see again, and have never managed to replace ) which was more crushing than any footage that I've ever seen - never managed more than a couple of verses before the tears flowed, and impossible to read aloud - which still haunts me to this day, and is probably the primary reason for my detestation and scorn for the arrogance of politicians, and indeed authority in general. Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots Of tired, out-stripped 5-9's that dropped behind. GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!-- An ecstasy of fumbling, Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time; But someone still was yelling out and stumbling And floundering like a man in fire or lime.-- Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light As under a green sea, I saw him drowning. In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. If in some smothering dreams you too could pace Behind the wagon that we flung him in, And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin; If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,-- My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori. Wilfred Owen "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" comes from Homer, and is roughly translated as " Sweet and Honourable indeed it is to die for One's country"
  14. I believe there were 40,000 allied casualties on the FIRST DAY of the Battle of the Somme. Sobering and mind- boggling. Britain lost something like 95 percent of it's future intelligentsia (?) during that war as university students volunteered in droves to the Kitchener propaganda, fuelled by the classic herioc myths such as the Roman and Greek classics abounded with. Some of the greatest and most heartbreaking poetry to exist was written in the trenches by those poor buggers, and gives an accurate sense of the horrors they endured. Read " Dulce et decorum est " , by Wilfred Owen, if you feel like a cry. To make matters even worse, many university scholars were automatically afforded rank upon entry. Shell- shocked soldiers wandering aroung in droves were condemned and shot by military kangaroo courts as deserters as an attempt to contain the issue. I think the final tally for that war was something like 37 million dead, which equated to 56 percent of all troops mobilised. Thank all the Gods that we humans are quick learners...... :(
  15. Hold on - I've seen footage of many genius statements by both Ronald Reagan and George Bush- and they were at the top of the ladder...
  16. Does Manglish qualify as a second language? ' Cos if it does I'm halfway to fulfilling your requirements. Now all I need to do is be able to play an insrument!
  17. With fun!! Actually, I don't seem to have too much of a problem unless I'm up close to and facing my amp. Then again, I'm not playing big amps...
  18. Although I must say she sounds very nice with the heavies, I prefer the feel of lighter strings, and I'll go lighter just to be on the safe side. I may go a little heavier than I was, however, probably just 10's. Ps- given the space of a couple of days, the tinniness HAS gone- must have been the old strings ( which had a plain g ) and me looking for ghosts in the woodwork!
  19. Such beautiful and regal creatures. Here in Oz we have the Wedge Tailed Eagle, smaller but also a gorgeous bird.
  20. Are you looking to adopt? Cos I'm looking to shift into your son's life. My parents struggled to buy me a pushbike!
  21. I'm not overstressing this little box with these big strings, am I?
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