The day after


The euphoria is over.  And I must admit I shed a few tears.

McCain has given a wonderfully dignified speech upon losing, but more dramatic still was Bush’s brilliant endorsement of Obama’s premiership and his call to arms, so that the current administration do not drop the ball in the 75 days leading up to his governorship.

I liked that.  That took humanity and a certain amount of pride-swallowing.

Good on ya dubbleya.

Hey, maybe we’ll all see the man in a new light.

Apparently Oliver Stone’s movie on the subject, starring Josh Brolin,  is by no means sycophantic but certainly sympathetic.


anti diuretic

Ahh, dear Jamesy is a great source of material.  Like this…


Californian vintners in the Napa Valley area, which primarily produce Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio wines have developed a new hybrid grape that acts as an anti-diuretic.

It is expected to reduce the number of trips older people have to make to the bathroom during the night.

The new wine will be marketed as Pino More.

The rise and fall of…le Bleu


Le Blue is an occasional concept band driven by Edinburgh based musician, Philip Lockwood Holmes. His second album, released via Google Checkout is now available and is an imaginative and pretty ambitious travelogue through the history of civilisations that have risen and fallen over the eons. Drawing on spoken word (in the same vein as Brian Eno and David Byrne’s seminal My Life in The Bush of Ghosts) it falls into a fairly laid back post-club groove in the most part with multi instrumentation and several (mostly) good vocalists. The stand out track, Rock in the Empire, in collaboration with Mark Zonda from Tiny Tide verges on Rock and Roll.

There’s an interesting blog about its creation here.

So we find ourselves in Peru, America, Rome and Egypt but the album hangs together nicely and is less ‘world music’ than the descriptions might suggest. If you like Groove Armada, of Four Tet I think you might like this.

Overall. It’s pretty damn cool.