“Just Before We Begin…” There were three blokes who were, unemployed, or unemployable, I forget which, and we all met up in late 1996. This photo was taken just before we started on this long journey which became Celtica Radio.
The Three Original Not-So-Wise Monkeys.
Bill Ev~ = Hear No Evil, because he’s always fiddling with sound.
Alistair I = See No Evil, because he was always seeing things!
Cooky = Speak No Evil, because his mouth is always getting him and us into trouble!
That is where the name Al-Bil–Co came from.
“To absent friends — in memory still bright.”
Sometimes I just find it difficult to fathom out peoples mindsets. And it seems to me as if the United Kingdom gets treated unfairly. Take Eurovision for example.
Here are some facts; The United Kingdom has made 56 appearances in the contest since its début in 1957, missing only two (1956 and 1958). The United Kingdom also holds the record for the most consecutive entries by entering every contest since 1959 making 55 consecutive entries to date. We also contribute a significant amount of money to the overall budget. [Which comes direct from the BBC licence fee, ie its us, the British people.]
This year, the contest was held in the immediate aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, Russian military intervention in Ukraine, and the Russian annexation of Crimea. Sadly, the Tolmachevy Sisters’ were booed by the audience during both the semi-finals, the final, and whenever they received double figure points for their track “Shine.” These seventeen-year-old twins should not have been subjected to this, as they are hardly responsible for their governments actions… Yet they received a respectable total of 89 points, and experienced no sound problems.
Contrast this with the 2003 Eurovision contest, held at the time of the Iraq War, which the UK took part in. The UK act “Jemini” had been warned, before the contest, that they would not get any points due to the UKs involvement in the Iraq War. They also experienced a “technical fault”, which resulted in them unable to hear the backing track. Consequently, their performance was off-key.
How bloody convenient… The UK got NUL Point.
So, to Recap, Russia undertakes direct military intervention, and in an international song contest they score 89 and the act experiences no technical problems. Yet, the UK participates in a military intervention, their act experiences a “technical fault” which directly affects their performance and scores Zero!
How smart-arse, and hypocritical international opinion is… Didn’t their mothers tell them that nobody likes a smart arse, or a hypocrite. I don’t care who this upsets, the truth hurts. Nought out of ten for credibility kids…
I thought I’d make mention that I’ve just bid a fond farewell to my old car!
I’ve had her for a good couple of years, and as she’s done around 140,000 miles so perhaps it was time for me to let her go. And I have to say in all the time I’ve had her, this vehicle has been without a doubt the most reliable car I’ve ever had, and the most economical.
And what was it? I hear you ask, its a Honda Jazz, and still going strong. Whoever gets her next will have a decently maintained vehicle which has been looked after and is still in good condition. I suspect she’ll be on the road for a good couple more years yet. Sadly, the last I saw of my beloved Jazz was at the garage I bought the replacement from.
And what car have I got next? You guessed it, another Honda Jazz…