Tuesday, 30 March 2010


The highest waterfall in the world is Angel Falls in Venezuela have an uninterrupted drop of 2647 feet.

Fairly spectacular you may agree and jaw droppingly beautiful. Also puts the fairly paltry 345ft proposed man made waterfall for the 2016 Rio Olympics to shame.

A Divine Image

Cruelty has a human heart,
And Jealousy a human face;
Terror the human form divine,
And Secresy the human dress
The human dress, is forged in iron
The human form, a fiery forge.
The human face, a furnace seal'd
The human heart, it's hungry gorge

William Blake

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Jimi Hendrix

An old favourite of mine, possibly my favourite Jimi Hendrix song. Awesome!!

Monday, 22 March 2010

Some relief

Good cover of a brilliant song. I went to see The Travelling Band in Leicester with AS and we were very privelleged to sit right at the front.

Ink on Paper

A book I have been reading recently is Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh. Very appropriate considering my current attachment with the drugs and alcohol team (see my last post). When I first saw the film, some time ago I thought the film was amazing and possibly the only film with Ewan McGregor in that I have ever properly enjoyed. Going on my previous experiences of the book being better than the film I thought I would buy myself a £2.50 copy from the local charity book shop and delve in. Well I'm approximately 100 pages in and I'm enjoying it although I have to say I am finding the language fairly difficult. I shall share with you a passage not likely to be read out in church:

"Ah wis fuckin game fir a swedge. If the cunts hud've fuckin come ahead it wis nae problem like. Ah mean, you ken me, ah'm no the type ay cunt thit goes lookin fir fuckin bothir likes; but ah wis the cunt wi the fuckin pool cue in ma hand, n the plukey cunt could huv the fat end ay it in his pus if he wanted, like. Obviously, ah wis cairryin ma fuckin chib n aw."

Usually when I think Scottish a Sean Connery voice immediately enters my head and so for this part I have been hearing in my head a particularly potty mouthed James Bond. I've had more amusement than I should by saying out loud the old tongue twister "She sells sea shells on the sea shore" in this voice.

The language also reminds me of a particularly difficult time when I was serving customers in McDonalds and a young Scottish man came up to order his meal. I had to ask him to repeat what he was saying several times and still got his order wrong, poor man, if I wasn't such a dunce maybe our interaction would of faired better.

Substance Misuse

So I'm currently on a placement in the community as part of a module I selected myself. The choice wasn't great and so I put substance misuse down as my second choice because I thought it might be interesting. As it’s not ‘proper medicine’, not my words, it was fairly low down in the popularity steaks and so it was me who got given this opportunity. Well that's fine by me and so far I'm quite enjoying it and not just because of the fairly light workload. It’s also a very enjoyable experience and I’m learning a lot about those on the periphery of society.

I have had the opportunity to talk to those whose lives have been affected by drug use and I admire those health professionals who work with them. The service deals with all kinds of clients including sex workers, domestic violence victims, domestic violence perpetrators, rape victims and childhood abuse victims etc. One particularly disturbing new phrase I’ve come across is in referring to a sex workers significant other as ‘boyfriend/ pimp’. Hmmmph!!!

Anyway let’s have some drug and media related cynicism from Charlie Brooker a rather good columnist in the Guardian, also with a brilliant show on BBC Four.

Also because nobody is born with extensive knowledge of recreational drugs their effects and side effects I would recommend the book ‘street drugs’ by Andrew tyler. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Street-Drugs-Andrew-Tyler/dp/0340609753/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269281042&sr=8-1

Friday, 19 March 2010


Reminds me of the music video to a certain radiohead song.

Musically speaking

Some youtube clips from bands I really like. The first is a clip from Goldheart assembly when they played Glastonbury. I saw them at reading on the introducing stage and I think they have a lovely little album out soon or maybe even now. Look at itunes!!!

So the second lovely clip is a slightly better known band, the Gorillaz. When they first came on the scene I remember being rather unimpressed by them but after delving deeper into the albums I have really fallen for them. Here’s 5/4 whoooo!!

Introductions - Radiohead

I wasn't too sure as to how I was goin to start my first ever post so I decided that I might as well start with something I love. That something I love being my favourite band Radiohead. Now music being as subjective as it is not everyone is as keen on this wonderful band as I indeed am, but hey that's just something I have to live with. Anyway I shall aim to put across a brilliant case for them over the course of this blog. I'll start with the following clip which consistently makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.