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Mums get in for half price this Sunday at London Zoo. Considering the normal ticket price is £19, that’s quite a saving. You don’t have to bring mum ID or proof of birth. As far as I know.

Get your half price voucher here.

My current ‘book’ of choice is The Dirt, the Motley Crue biography, only out, what, about nine years now?
It’s hysterical, in the humorous sense, but also in what they do. If ever there were a book about excess that wasn’t written by Hunter S Thomson, then surely this is it. However, the more I read, the more I fear for my soul. There’s stories of guitar head insertion into willing females, self abuse and Satanism. None of that worries me in the slightest, it’s more the affect it may have on readers.
I’m not Tipper Gore, I like metal, I like rock and roll and as far as I’m concerned glorify what you want and do what you want, but that doesn’t stop me having a few moments of reflection after realising I’ve been tittering away about yet another hilarious anecdote where some woman’s been dehumanised and demeaned. But that’s rock and roll. Right? This here’s a strange/no place for a post feminist.

Well more like 200+ rules, ideas thoughts from some bestselling authors. Get the inside track from writers like Elmore Leonard, Margaret Atwood, Ian Rankin, Zadie Smith and Will Self. And get an inside track on scribes like Philip Pullman who simply says “my main rule is to say no to things like this, which tempt me away from my proper work.” Indeed. I wonder, when asked to write about something you do, which is your living, your livelihood, how honest are you? Despite how established you are, there’s always the fear of some little upstart coming up from the back. I imagine that worst feeling of all is being told by the newest, most insipid author on the block “you inspired me…”

Anyway, it’s a fun read.

This article about Gaddafi banning Europeans travelling to Libya, on the whole, is not funny what with serious implications for business and personal safety of Europeans in the country. But the last paragraph is hilarious. Bar the domestic abuse:

“Muammar Gaddafi bears a grudge towards the Swiss because of an incident involving his son in July 2008. Hannibal Gaddafi and his wife were arrested in Geneva for allegedly beating two of their servants at a luxury hotel. They were charged with maltreating their domestic staff, but released on bail. The Libyan leader was so enraged by his son’s two-day detention that he shut local subsidiaries of Swiss companies in Libya, had two Swiss businessmen arrested, cancelled most flights between the two countries and withdrew about $5bn (£3.2bn) from his Swiss bank accounts. Last year, he submitted a proposal to the UN to abolish Switzerland and divide it up between Germany, France and Italy.”

As you do.

I was on The Hype Machine earlier, and came across a cover of The Ronettes’ ‘Be my baby’ by We Are Scientists. The classic Ronettes’ original version is one of my favourite songs and almost always gets a turn when I’m djing, and the We Are Scientists version is fine too, but it reminded me of something funny a few years ago.
I have millions of nieces and nephews, or if we’re going to get technical, 13. So I’m in my local shopping centre with my two nephews, aged 5 and 7 at the time, and and I take them into a music store to buy a dvd. As we’re walking across the store my nephew tugged my coat and pointed at an album – “Auntie Tish, is that the Pussycat Dolls?”.
I look forward to reminding them when they’re 15.
And while I’m hyping stuff up, check out my new favourites song – Aloe Blacc – ‘I need a dollar‘. Trust a sister. It’s deadly.

After reading this article in the Guardian by Carole Cadwalladr how much do I want to be one of the 1500 people that visit North Korea annually?
A lot to say the least. Sounds fascinating. Particularly like the Canadian guy who chose North Korea to be his first foreign visit!

“Do you think maths teachers in secondary schools should be required to have a qualification in the subject?” – the poll in today’s Irish Times

I know economics isn’t straightforward and isn’t exactly maths but given Ireland is (in) a dire financial state, thanks almost directly to excessive lending, citizens living well beyond their means and not understanding their own finances, and combined with mammoth cock ups by the heads of bank and poor general understanding of economics and finance, and given maths is the basis of this, well, yeh, I think that would be a very good idea.

However, there is a little good news or at least some respite for those still working their way back into the black, as the Oireachtas Committee on Social and Family Affair has called for the moratorium on house repossessions to be extended by a further 12 months. The initial moratorium was ordered by the Financial Regulator, and for another 12 months, all lenders must wait at least a year from the point at which arrears first arise before applyting to the court for a repossession order.

Just made a delish batch of pancakes, Delia’s own recipe. Tried and tested, totally lush. Had with fresh blueberries and blackcurrant jam. I’d go with 4-5 tablespoons, rather than two though.

Yummy pancake recipe

Enjoy xxx

If, like I, you’ve been waiting for something from Gil Scott Heron, than 16 years is a long time to wait.I’m not going to pretend that I’ve been bating my breath since I was 12 because I really wasn’t that cool or informed, but this for me since The Revolution Will Not Be Televised became essential listening at 18, I’m New Here has been a long time coming, and the link to listen is right here.

I can throw up something like ‘it’s worth the wait’, but three songs in and he’s got me. At various moments it’s tender, slick, devilish and desolate and in being in work is the worst time to listen to something like this. No bones about, I’ll be buying this album and I think you should do.

Some advice from the man himself:

There is a proper procedure for taking advantage of any investment.

Music, for example. Buying a CD is an investment.
To get the maximum you must

LISTEN TO IT FOR THE FIRST TIME UNDER OPTIMUM CONDITIONS.

Not in your car or on a portable player through a headset.
Take it home.
Get rid of all distractions, (even him or her).
Turn off your cell phone.
Turn off everything that rings or beeps or rattles or whistles.
Make yourself comfortable.
Play your CD.
LISTEN all the way through.
Think about what you got.
Think about who would appreciate this investment.
Decide if there is someone to share this with.
Turn it on again.
Enjoy Yourself.

Gil Scott-Heron


EVERYTHING is poetry with him.

I’m New Here is now available for mass consumption. Do it. Now.

The line-up for the 2010 Bonnaroo has just been announced and is making me seriously consider taking at trip to Tennessee in June. Over the weekend of the 10th-13th, the mighty Stevie Wonder, Jay Z, Dropkick Murphys, Gaslight Anthem, GWAR, Kid Cudi and Tori Amos to name just a few of my favourites, will be playing the festival. Check it out and ting, and maybe, just maybe, see you down the front.

In an aside, I was djing in Dublin on Saturday night (at a 40th birthday party of  a family member). I played Superstition by Stevie Wonder. I have never seen a dance floor clear so fast. People over 40 should have their voting rights rescinding. No good citizen doesn’t appreciate Stevie!

Stevie Wonder/courtesy of Al Satterwhite