Bea mentioned the Drag-u-la so I thought I'd post this clip. Music Rob Zombie.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
One of the great tv vehicles of the 60s - alongside the Monkeemobile, the Banana Splits buggies and so on...I am sure you can think of a few. This looks like it was the inspiration behind the Gruseome Twosome car in Hanna Barbera's 'Wacky Races' (which incidentally I thought was inspired by 'Death Race 2000' but apparently not - it was something else - possibly The Great Race movie.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Definitely worth a visit if you have an interest in the local teams from the age before tvs when local footballers could be huge stars in their home town. Fascinating insight into the teams and some of the managers. The area produced quite a few famous players and coaches - one Midsomer Norton born man Bert Head had his own stars which he brought on to play for Swindon Town. We took our Dad and he enjoyed it immensely chatting to the volunteers about some of the local legends and some of the local players. Definitely worth a trip if you think museums are stuffy places full of irrelevant things - this is the story of a community at play - and play they did!
Frome rock and roll and r'n'b band the Bad Detectives are playing Canvey Island - home of their heroes Dr Feelgood on the 4th July. Should be great in a 'coals to Newcastle' sort of way. Good luck boys!
Image from this Feelgood site
|The Bad Detectives|
04 July 2010 20:00 - 22:00 BST (End Time Estimated)
|Where:|| The Lobster Smack|
Thursday, June 24, 2010
It's not a well-known fact but everbody's favourite festival organiser was working in the Somerset coalfields and it saved Worthy Farm from being sold. Michael Eavis turned up at the Radstock Museum recently for a miner's reunion and tells the tale here. He worked at New Rock Pit Stratton-on-the-Fosse. Respect.
Been reading the biography of Wolf 'Moaning at Midnight' which my brother bought me for my birthday and so I am having a real Wolf revival with me digging out old records and finding new clips. This is one I hadn't seen before. Hope you like it.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
I have to thank Red for introducing this to me. I love it - it's like a rock opera about coal mining - I'd love to do a cover - call it 'Radstock coal' though. Here's the lyrics and chords. 'This is how it feels to be dead'. Studio version here
Friday, June 11, 2010
It is Sue's birthday today so we went for a pub lunch with her folks to the Apple Tree at Shoscombe which is about a mile walk along the Collier's Way cycle route. It's the building with the brown roof on the photo. It's off the beaten track but that only adds to the old world charm and tranquility of the place. The food and choice of ciders is excellent and the bar prices are very reasonable. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the Bath area.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Monday, June 07, 2010
Saturday, June 05, 2010
One of the greatest French period films based on the novel by Emile Zola. I drop into mining movie themes at the drop of a hat as you know and this ranks as perhaps the best. One day someone like Ken Loach will make a movie about the strikes in and around Radstock - in the meantime this will have to do. Talking of owing your soul to the company store in 16 tons made me think of this film - the shopkeeper allows the women to have 'tick' in return for sex - you'll be glad to hear he gets castrated by an angry mob if my memory serves me well. During strikes Radstock Co-op set the price of items like bread and kept the prices the same throughout the strikes.
A great version of a classic song about mining. Of course in Radstock our miners didn't owe their soul to the company store as we had the Co-op where you could have a divvy card and a share in the profits. On his first day at work at the age of 12 my Grandfather was taken to the co-op and made a member and bought his pit boots. I was reading in the Five Arches magazine that miners all had unique nicknames - they were all Jacks and Freds so it was important to be able to have a unique moniker and your son would aslo be in time given the same name but known as 'young whatever'.