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Cromer, Norfolk, United Kingdom




I'm a former hospital radio/club/mobile DJ, avid record collector and amateur musician (playing guitar, keyboards, recorder, harmonica and percussion.) I've even filled in on bass guitar for a couple of local bands as well (although that was quite a few years ago). Also interested in Motorsports, Wrestling/Mixed Martial Arts and Classic Television and Radio from the 1960s - 1980s.

Why am I on here? Well, I'm just trying to make some sense of life before it's too late...but who cares anyway?

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Radio Junk

There's a reason that certain tracks remain "forgotten" - it's all down to the tastemakers who run radio thinking certain songs aren't cool or credible enough.  Remember when Absolute 60s started in 2011? Loads of acts who were successful at that time were cut off the playlist as they weren't seen by the radio station as "influential on musicians of the present day".

They say "listen to one of the gold stations": I can't even pick them up in my neck of the woods - and DAB reception here is limited at best.

To sum up, I'm slowly losing faith in "music radio" these days. There's very little to interest me, and the formats are getting restrictive, and if you're out in the sticks like I am the choice of stations is limited to say the least.

Friday, 19 August 2016

All Porkies Great And Small


 (To the tune of "All Creatures Great And Small")

All lies white and beautiful
All porkies great and small
all fibs big and wonderful
The D.J. told them all

He says there is no album
On which this track appears
But someone else knows better
And that is what he fears

All lies white and beautiful
All porkies great and small
all fibs big and wonderful
The D.J. told them all

He then claims that this LP
Came out in the U.K.
This punter then corrects him
That’s twice he’s lied today

All lies white and beautiful
All porkies great and small
all fibs big and wonderful
The D.J. told them all

Don’t call this bloke pedantic
Or get him in a fight
‘Cos at the end of the day
The Punter’s always right

All lies white and beautiful
All porkies great and small
all fibs big and wonderful
The D.J. told them all

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Guess I'm Not Cut Out For "The Clique"

So dear reader, you ask why I don't fit in to this "clique" I refer to in the title of this entry.

1) I'm so far out in the sticks that I can't get to these meet-ups I hear so much about, and can't afford to get to anyway...

2) I don't go round hobnobbing with has-beens who are so desperate to recapture past glories...

3) I have too much to worry about in the "Here and Now" to get obsessed with stuff which happened over 30 years ago for two hours every week...

4) And whenever I throw some extra info to fill in a blank or correct a mistake, this guy who's seen as God by some thinks I'm pedantic.

Well, I've had enough. I can find better ways of occupying myself on a Sunday night than living in the past.  The others can do what they wish. I'll march to the beat of my own drum, not a Simmons SDS 5.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Random Rumblings......


 Just a few random thougths running through my head....

Porn actresses; if you have a complaint, come on, get it off your chest….

DJs on oldies radio stations - always living in the past....…

Plumbers; if you have a cold, take something to clear your pipes……

Vicars; practice what you preach…..

A female footballer wants me to go on a date, but she's in a completely different league..…

Worried about hair loss? Don't be so damned vain!

I lost my heart to a transplant surgeon...…

Ladies, marry a photographer. After a while he’ll get the picture….

Don't become a funeral director - I hear that industry's dying out.…

Saw a film about a carpenter last week - thought the acting was a bit wooden..…

If WWE want to do an angle with someone, they should go to a geometry class..…

Friday, 15 July 2016

A Cautionary Computer Tale

Just browsing through You Tube for something to do when I came across this story from 2009 featuring a woman who bought a laptop which had Ubuntu installed instead of Windows -




The woman at the centre of our tale, Abbie Schubert, who had bought the laptop in the hope that she could do some online courses got in touch with WKOW in Madison, WI to see if they could help via their "Troubleshooter" segment. It was after the story first went out that it went absolutely viral as the second video explains....

 (Click here for UPDATE: Ubuntu Causes Girl To Drop Out Of College)

Basically, Abbie received several derogatory comments including "lazy," "a dumb girl," and "not worthy of a college degree."  - and that's a selection of the least virulent ones.

Ubuntu has a loyal (and passionate) fan base - and in their eyes the report on WKOW portrayed the operating system in a bad light according to Adam Wiesenfarth, who is a technology consultant at UW-Madison.

"If you're not a computer tinkerer, and you're not willing to do research and digging, it may not be for you."

Abbie also got back in touch with the station, noting that Ubuntu users were also harassing her on Facebook.  All she wanted was some help with her issues (which, as far as I understand were resolved) but (as I understand it) the negative publicity had simply got out of hand.

Now since I bought my current Dell PC (which incidentally didn't come with an operating system) I had been using different free programs like "Puppy Linux" to keep it going, before I had a stroke of luck when I discovered that an old slimline DVD drive which I thought had packed up had the same internal connection as the CD-ROM which was already on the machine.  So I swapped the two over, and since downloading and installing the latest version of Ubuntu I haven't looked back.  True, I've had to use a few workarounds to make sure I can do all the stuff I'm able to do on a Windows PC, but on the whole, I'm generally pleased with how the system is working.

As for Abbie, I wonder how she's doing these days...






Friday, 6 May 2016

Another Let-Down

 As regular readers will probably know, I suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder.  Now when people ask me what that means I usually say something like "I find it difficult to cope with large crowds or situations where I'm under intense scrutiny", and they're usually very understanding about it whenever I'm having panic attacks. Some passers-by have actually stayed with me to make sure that I'm well enough to get on with things, which is always a great help. 

Now recently I had been going to Seetec in Norwich for what I can only describe as compulsory job search sessions - one day a week at first - the initial plan was to do a work placement as well, but thanks to panic attacks suffered in the first couple of days that was knocked on the head. (and led to me ending up off sick for a few weeks before getting called back in to start the job searching sessions - on a one day per week basis while they tried to find another placement, but failed miserably.)  I was still having problems with the panic attacks, but they hadn't been as severe as before, thanks in part, to having a couple of Mars bars (other chocolate bars are available) on standby, but sometimes I'd need them to try to keep my blood sugar at a reasonable level, thus killing two birds with one stone so to speak.

This week I was supposed to start going in for five days a week (as I wasn't on a placement) but things  didn't start out too well. 

Tuesday was a half day, so I thought I wouldn't have too much to go wrong. Whilst on the way over to Seetec's premises on Oak Street in Norwich I started feeling a bit dizzy.  I was about to keel over when a cyclist stopped to see what was up, while a couple passing by was able to take me over to a nearby church building to enable me to compose myself. Managing to get over to the offices, albeit a few minutes later than scheduled, I signed in, found a space and got on with things, hoping that I'd be OK for the rest of the day.    However, around a couple of hours into the afternoon, I felt as if I was going to pass out.  Luckily one of the other clients (or should I call them inmates as the atmosphere at Seetec was more akin to a prison than a training centre) alerted one of the advisers on duty who took me to one of the interview rooms to recover.  At the time I had put the episode down to my blood sugar level being too low which led to me feeling faint.  Anyway, around 15 minutes, a glass of orange juice and a few biscuits later I was more or less back on my feet and ready to carry on.

Wednesday morning was more of a nightmare.  A panic attack I had on the bus to Norwich hadn't subsided, and as a result, I ended up almost passing out as I was turning into Colegate.  Again, thanks to a couple of passers-by I was just about able to recover enough for them to help me get over to Seetec.  What they also did was to get a paramedic to call me to check to see how I was doing.

Seetec themselves were, to put it mildly, less than helpful.

I was taken to one side by one of the advisers and basically told "you're no good to us in your current condition."  before adding "You can either carry on and do your job search, or go now and see a doctor.  But if you do go, this could affect your benefit."

Seetec's attitude was mercenary to say the least.    Not only did they leave me feeling let down, I was more stressed than ever - which led me to decide "health has to come first".  And with that I made my way over to the nearest bus stop. 

Eventually getting home around lunchtime, the rest of the day was spent dealing with jobcentre stuff and a visit to the doctors.  A frustrating end to the day summed up on my Facebook page as follows...

"So Seetec send me home after almost passing out whilst at their premises one afternoon, and suffering the same experience on the way in this morning. I'm now off sick for at least two weeks, and feeling extremely p***ed off at the way Seetec have treated me. They were told that I suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder at the referral interview, but they appeared to conveniently ignore my condition, and failed to make an allowance for it at all.

Rant over......"

I'm now waiting to find out what the jobcentre wants me to do as there's talk of me being moved to either Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit.  I just hope something can be sorted out soon.....

Friday, 18 December 2015

"Same Procedure As Every Year..."

It’s been a bit of a nervous time over the last few weeks. Thanks to some bad panic attacks I had been suffering from, I had been released from a work placement I had been on at the Big “C” shop in Sheringham. The place is, to say the least, cramped at the best of times, but when it gets really busy it can get claustrophobic in there. And as I suffer from social anxiety disorder, it gets almost impossible to cope with as well. The staff at Seetec (who set the thing up to start with) have been understanding about my situation, as have the Jobcentre staff (especially Neil, who’s my work coach). Basically, they haven’t put any pressure on me regarding my job search, so I’ve had two clear weeks to get over the panic attacks. I did manage to get some applications done though as I wanted to try and keep some kind of routine going during that time. All I have to concentrate on now is my upcoming diabetic review, which (thanks to some rather awkward timing) will take around two days - the first bit takes place late on Monday afternoon, with a follow-up appointment with one of the doctors the following morning. Once I get those out of the way I can start to look forward to Christmas - although it looks like being a quiet one. (Same procedure as last year? Same procedure as every year knowing my luck!)

By the way, those of you who follow the Records Revisited blog may be interested to know that I now have a regular column at forgotten80sclub.com which will focus on the various 80s albums to be found in my record collection, plus a few 1980s related memories. To find the section, go to the "Twitterati" menu on the home page and navigate down to "Tales from the Twitterati" where a link for "Mark's Corner" will appear - then click on that link to see all the articles I've done so far for the site.

Nothing else to report here so exit stage left....