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by andymackem
03 Jul 2020, 21:23
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gig safety
Replies: 32
Views: 3357

One thing I've heard is that the live music industry as a whole in the UK is asking the government for £50 million. For comparison Wetherspoons has received £48.3 million Aye, but Wetherspoons' chief is a Brexit-supporting Tory donor who inspired the PM's haircut. Coincidental, I'm sure. I wouldn...
by andymackem
02 Jul 2020, 18:08
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gig safety
Replies: 32
Views: 3357

And, continuing the theme, I did an interview with a guy who runs a DIY label in Newcastle. He's optimistic about how things are going for the label but concerned that likely restrictions on how venues can operate might effectively mean the end for his band. If you're not interested in that, it's wo...
by andymackem
24 Jun 2020, 22:43
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gig safety
Replies: 32
Views: 3357

Had a bit chat with the guy who runs one of our local small venues. He's pretty pessimistic about being able to operate with any kind of social distancing. Probably the most downbeat of the people I've spoken to about their businesses in the current circumstances. But there's a bonus Banshees refere...
by andymackem
22 Jun 2020, 09:17
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lockdown Blues
Replies: 44
Views: 3509

It's easy to be outraged by what appears to be the general public's addiction to shopping, but I saw a tweet earlier (can't find the link now) that made me stop and think. Basically they pointed out that lockdown has been on for ~3 months and that many folks - such as those with babies, infants and...
by andymackem
17 Jun 2020, 08:03
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Today I have been mostly...
Replies: 352
Views: 61465

Spent some time getting to know my local Real Junk Food project café. For those who don't know, the Real Junk Food project brings together cafes up and down the UK with a view to combating food waste. The idea is to intercept food that is rejected by shops and supermarkets before it is thrown away,...
by andymackem
20 May 2020, 10:57
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Today I have been mostly...
Replies: 352
Views: 61465

Today I'm mostly reminiscing about watching Team GB pull off an unexpected great escape at the ice hockey World Championship this time last year. And mourning the fact that I'm not in Switzerland doing it all over again. Some memories from last year here: https://vocal.media/unbalanced/britain-s-mir...
by andymackem
04 May 2020, 14:34
Forum: General Chat
Topic: COVID-19 coronavirus
Replies: 370
Views: 26813

Just been tested today. Symptoms started a week ago with a Migraine and sore throat. Gradually as the week progressed, I had Fatigue that I have never experienced before. Luckily I haven't had all the classified symptoms. No temperature or cough and I still have my appetite! The sore throat has gon...
by andymackem
04 May 2020, 14:25
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gig safety
Replies: 32
Views: 3357

There's a logic to having pro sports continue behind closed doors - watching it on TV isn't as good, particularly with no crowd, but it's better than no sport at all. It's pointless at lower levels, where clubs rely on the money from paying punters. Ironically, the levels where you could manage soci...
by andymackem
12 Jul 2018, 18:51
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ATTENTION! FANTASY WORLD CUP!
Replies: 61
Views: 8431

emilystrange wrote:how did that go?
It went just fine until half time :evil: Oh well, back to the old grind ...
by andymackem
07 Jul 2018, 20:36
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ATTENTION! FANTASY WORLD CUP!
Replies: 61
Views: 8431

Still in it. And now the fun starts. My wife is Russian. Am I better off with a Croatia win and a disappointed wife, or with a Russia win and a family argument on Wednesday?
by andymackem
28 Jun 2018, 09:29
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ATTENTION! FANTASY WORLD CUP!
Replies: 61
Views: 8431

Decent read about Kaliningrad, where England play this evening. Russia's oldest stadium, apparently, built in the days when it was still Konigsberg and famous for a load of Kant. Not the stadium England will be playing in, of course, but a nice little story all the same: https://groundhoppers.blog/2...
by andymackem
12 Jun 2018, 18:39
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hold the front page! Some news happened. Film at 11
Replies: 414
Views: 49265

Pista wrote:Wait! What?
I hope this comment won't be taken the wrong way, but how come the link only has photos of the two runners-up and not the winner? I daren't add that to my search history!
by andymackem
11 Jun 2018, 22:16
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Today I have been mostly...
Replies: 352
Views: 61465

Publishing a shameless World Cup cash-in e-book. Link in sig, for those looking for footie tales that play to different tactics.
by andymackem
11 Jun 2018, 22:15
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Song Title Game RSD 2018 LTD edition green 7"
Replies: 1000
Views: 85560

LONG time ago - David Byrne
by andymackem
06 Jun 2018, 17:25
Forum: Sisters Chat
Topic: Never too young?
Replies: 18
Views: 4277

I'm sure the enthusiasm will wear off quickly once she's old enough to realise that daddy isn't the greatest man alive and is really an embarrassing old fool. For now, I'll settle for adulation.
by andymackem
05 Jun 2018, 20:47
Forum: Sisters Chat
Topic: Never too young?
Replies: 18
Views: 4277

Never too young?

My daughter is barely 20 months old, but is showing promising signs of musical taste. I was trying to keep her quiet today while I did some housework (because that's just how rock'n'roll life is at Mackem Towers these days) and fired up YouTube to play her some age-appropriate material. Unfortunatel...
by andymackem
16 Aug 2017, 14:51
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Read, read, read!!!! education, imagination, humour
Replies: 910
Views: 185768

Anyone interested in non-league football (and a very lapsed heartlander) might get something out of my first foray into e-publishing. A little travelogue / history thing based on spending last season watching Northern League footie. All very grassroots, and like the best sports writing, not really a...
by andymackem
05 Jun 2015, 15:27
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FAO HL oldtimers, please
Replies: 38
Views: 10094

It's been a long time, but I remember BD. Hope she makes a swift recovery -x-
by andymackem
22 Jul 2010, 14:10
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hot Hot Hot (currently the weather is...)
Replies: 380
Views: 54554

Hom_Corleone wrote:
andymackem wrote:Still, one out of three of the original plan ain't been bad :lol:
Bears aplenty? :innocent:
Everywhere :lol:
by andymackem
22 Jul 2010, 13:41
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The m*****n or Fields of the Nephilim
Replies: 72
Views: 17845

Gotta be the Nephs for me. There's just more going on, even if a lot of it is mystical bollocks.

And, in all fairness, there's nowt wrong with that. Reality is all too prosaic at times.
by andymackem
22 Jul 2010, 13:35
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hot Hot Hot (currently the weather is...)
Replies: 380
Views: 54554

Returning to the start of this thread, it's currently about 38C on the streets in Moscow. Personally, I'm appalled. I only moved here because they promised snow, bears and sexually accommodating maidens who would do anything at the sight of a UK passport. Instead there's a law suit against the metro...
by andymackem
22 Jul 2010, 13:31
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Things to do in Berlin
Replies: 38
Views: 7434

Loved Berlin, and have fond memories of seeing Qntal at K17. Partly for the band, partly for the guys we met that night but mostly for the dodgy old bloke in a bar over the road who insisted he was ex-Stasi and introduced us to his Alsatian, Lyubich, who only responded to commands in Russian (this w...
by andymackem
22 Jul 2010, 13:28
Forum: General Chat
Topic: God appears on streets of Moscow!
Replies: 0
Views: 876

God appears on streets of Moscow!

Well, not exactly, but the idea might amuse a few on here. http://www.mn.ru/society/20100722/187943302.html And, if you're really motivated, a poll at mn.ru/vote (don't ask me why it can't be linked to the story - that would be logical and stuff). Serious enthusiasts can even register and comment fo...
by andymackem
25 May 2010, 15:41
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Russians - could you assist a journalist?
Replies: 19
Views: 3937

Deported? Nah. I work for the state :lol: Which should, of course, be a warning for our dancing meerkat fan ;) @Maisey - thanks for that - I'll try to get hold of him this evening. We can always update the piece tomorrow morning. The internet is so much more flexible than print edition stuff. On a g...
by andymackem
25 May 2010, 11:57
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Russians - could you assist a journalist?
Replies: 19
Views: 3937

The alarming bit is that I don't think my boss has really read the final story. He was expecting a good old Daily Mail 'Think of the children' rant. Ah well ...