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Orgininators – Andrew Lane & Nigel Foster

Science Fiction, part 2 of what look like a trilogy (Netherspace was the first). Genuinely alien, aliens. part thriller, part philosophy, par who done it, part why. Not as good as the first part, still good though


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Buzzcocks and Heaton and Abbott at the Castlefield Bowl Manchester.

It was meant to be Heaton and Abbott and Elvis Costello, but EC is unwell.

Buzzcocks, better than when we saw them 12 years ago, in the words of Woty “we were overtired then”. They were very good, the only disconcerting thing is that Pete Shelley looks exactly like Alexei Sayle.

Heaton and Abbott – everyone seemed to enjoy them and I suppose objectively they were good, but I just don’t like Paul Heaton, never have in any of his incarnations. Just leaves me cold. There always seems to me to be something cynical and arch about him.

But that said a lovely day, met up with Manchester cousins, which was great.

Thanks to Woty for organising.

A Poem about Frida Kahlo

With apologies to Ogden Nash

The Mexican,
The Mexican!
Her eyes are mauve and hexagon!
Her brow is thick and mono-ish!
Her voice is hoarse and Bono-ish!
She had a naïve folk art style,
And gender,
Class, race,
And married Diego Rivera,

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Circe by Madeline Miller.

Madeline Miller’s second novel. The first was Song of Achilles – one of my all time favourites. I have a feeling this will be too.

Just a lovely read

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Holiday Reading

  1. Fire in Babylon: How the West Indies Cricket Team bought a People to its Feet – Simon Lister.

History of the West Indies Cricket team of the 70s and 80s and the culture and tradition they came out of. Interesting to read alongside the Windrush scandal and if there is anyone who thinks we don’t/didn’t live in a racist society they should read this alongside Reni Eddo-Lodge

2) The lives and Times of Jerry Cornelius – Michael Moorcock

Collection of “connected” short stories, to be read a a continuous narrative. Whats it about, who knows, is it any good, yes

3) The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

Not sure why it has taken me quite so long to get round to reading this. A wonderful book. Is it his best, possibly.

A Poem

A poem about a fish, for the 1st June

Oh Bluefin Tuna, fish pelagic

Your life so sad, your story tragic

Fighting with the fish demersal

Over the last box of Persil

Depth and shallow, shallow and shore

The ocean life can be a bore

Fins evolve to legs sardonic

While listening to Dr Dre’s The Chronic



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Death’s End – Cixin Liu

Final part of the trilogy that started with The Three-Body Problem and continued with The Dark Forest.

Well worth reading and a proper way to finish the series. Highly recommended

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Weekend in Liverpool to see the Terracotta Warriors at the World Museum.

So were they worth it, in short yes. Really well put together exhibition, the Warriors themselves were great. Also, and who knew in addition to Terracotta Warriors there were also Terracotta Musicians, Strongman and Acrobats.

Also went to see Double Fantasy at the Museum of Liverpool. Exhibition about John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s life together. So good we went twice. Surprisingly moving. You should definitely go and see this.

Overall impressions of Liverpool (never having been there before) lovely city. Though don’t go if there is any chance of Liverpool losing a Champions League final the night you are there!

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To the Barbican for La Reina is Dead by Mexrrissey

Mariachi Smiths

In light of recent events possibly the only acceptable way to consume the music of Morrissey.

Just the most fun.

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War of the Worlds by The Pantaloons at the Greenwich Theatre

Not sure what to expect – 4 performers, music, a puppet, props and lots of science fiction film based jokes.

I have never read War of the Worlds so I can’t vouch for its accuracy. Very good if maybe a little too long