Archive for March, 2005


I went down to the night shelter on Sunday where my Mother works, it is part of the church and the 20-30 homeless people sleep there in the church and are then given a full cooked breakfast which my Mother makes and items such as toothbrushes, soap, condoms etc. I went down first thing in the morning and stayed for a few hours these were my thoughts and observations.

It is a rough area of London, the back-streets whatever stereotypes you wish to think of this is the sort of place where vice thrives, life is cheap and quite often short, a mother and 6 year old daughter were stabbed and killed here a week ago. The church is large and grandiose and in its heyday I suspect you’d have had a good couple of hundred or more crammed in. Nowadays the congregation is expanding in contrast to other churches and occasionally it reaches over 50, usually it’ll be around 25-30 and the average age is comparatively young again in contrast to most other.

The Father is a young, enthused, genuine, impassioned firebrand, he is unorthodox, inclusive and prepared to stand up for the Christianity he believes in. I respect him for this, I think if every Father were like him many people would have a great deal more faith in Christianity if not perhaps in God. I did not have a Damascene conversion but I did leave thinking this was a man who cared deeply for his community and worked tirelessly on a woefully inadequate salary with little or no facilities. I am aware that some Americans with familiarity of some impoverished areas will know the odd ‘ghetto preacher’ it is derided now as something of a stereotype the caring priest who attempts to salvage his ‘lost souls’. This priest is doing what he can in a community where precious few other people seem to give a toss.

I don’t see this so much as a religious thing, the Christianity side of it is simply the facilitator that has brought the people together to try to help those who are in trouble. The reason I have written this is that I know I too can be dogmatic about religion getting involved in politics because far too often the involvement of religion can be a bad thing, on the ground however there are examples such as these and it is important that I document this as a balance for me as much as anyone. The fact that my Mother is heavily involved is not making me any more subjective then I would otherwise be based on my politics.

These are some of the people I met, I have changed the names.

Ursula, been here so long she forgets her German words sometimes. From the outside looks like the archetypal bag lady ski-type hat various layers of coats, plastic bags full to bursting. There is a melancholy in her eyes a sense of something lost. She has 2 fingers missing from her right hand. If you saw her in the street would you notice?

Rhiannon alcoholic, epileptic, proud mother of 6, showing the picture of her twin girls in the paper in a girls football team. Acknowledges that the children are better off with their Dad who looks after them but fiercely passionate about them all and motherhood and how the state removed her children at a time when had she been given help would have enabled the whole family to get through. As it was she was told at the time she was mentally ill, the epilepsy diagnosis came later.

Tony serious long-term alcoholic, friendly and caring, the perfect beta male in many ways, looks after everyone in a very unassuming way, clears away plates, gets cups for tea, always around keeps an eye on the kids to ensure they aren’t getting into trouble. One of the nicest people I have met in a long time the sort of person you’d be lucky to have as a friend.

Dave 32 and therefore younger than me, big lad, bit of bravado but there is clearly a part that shies away from any actual violence it was his demeanour when we were pissing about joking with bananas as pistols, something told me that he had been in situations before where he had come off second best in violent confrontations

Paddy late 50s, the quintessential alcoholic Irishman, glint in the eye, an eye which is just recovering from having received a beating some weeks back. A dextrous man who has undertaken to finish the rug my Mother started making when I was 6! He has nearly finished and it is a wonder to see the speed with which he works. A peaceful pastime for him and strangely captivating to watch. He says doing the rug is like meditation for him it gives him time to think and time to get away from everything.

Alan – the Walter Mitty, a storyteller, convincing, the one you wouldn’t pick as homeless to look at him, erudite, skilled, smartly dressed. He may be the one most likely to get out of the trap because his manner and lucidity may mean he will not be judged in the way so many are judged purely on outwardly appearance.

Jimmy – The ideas man, has a big idea to raise money for charity involving a group of the ‘residents’ it has taken a while for people to convince him to have the confidence to go for it and tell people about the idea and try to get it off the ground. He is the street man, one of the ones who has been there so long he no longer wishes not to live that way, it really is all he knows.

Colin from the North East talks 9 to the dozen, smallish and enthusiastic.

Peter 35 year old American/British, beanpole soft-spoken has an confessed drink problem and also a suspected drugs problem. The archetypal gentle giant, friendly but hugely lacking in any confidence.

There is another guy there, can’t be more than early 30s, he spent the whole morning reading a book the only time I saw him not reading a book was when he was in the church service and when I saw him looking at his library card. His clothes are in good condition and he looks clean. Another just sat in the church most of the time on a mat at the back except for when the service was on and when breakfast was being served, I didn’t see him speak to anyone else the whole morning. He looked young, how young I couldn’t say because when you see what time on the streets does to people who are in their 30s and 40s you realise that our concept of how old you look is yet another thing based on our rather cosseted bourgeois lives.

Most of the older more longer-term homeless men have most of their front teeth missing. A product of the combination of the lack of any dental care for the disenfranchised coupled with regular punishment beatings mooted out by young men often in groups, often attempting to display their masculinity. It quite literally stares you in the face and I would challenge anyone to look and not think very carefully about what this world is doing to not only let this situation happen but try to ignore it. This London borough believes that there are only 12 homeless people in the whole borough, there are twice that in this shelter alone and these are people who have been referred and therefore the long-term homeless. The borough stipulates that the church shelter can only take people for a maximum of 28 days because they claim that by this time they will have been found accommodation. The scheme has been going since last year as a pilot, not one of the occupants of the shelter has been housed in this time. After Easter funding for the shelter stops because it is seen by the borough as a Winter project to provide shelter at the coldest time of the year. Bearing in mind the end of February and March have so far been far colder than Dec and Jan it would be a brave forecaster who could assert that April will herald the sort of weather that’d make you want to sleep outside.

This is not the London they are showing to the International Olympic Committee, they are not saying well we’d like the games but first we’d like to ensure that everyone who lives in London would have the ability to enjoy them. The money that is being spent on the bid for the games would solve the problem of every homeless person in the capital by giving them a step back onto the ladder of society again, ie somewhere to live and a little dignity for them to rebuild things for themselves the way they wish to, not to have to be spoon-fed and live off charity the rest of their lives. Granted, even getting everyone off the street wouldn’t solve the problem of more coming, that is a longer term project and a real battle for society to face up to, but just helping those who now need that help would be far more of a legacy than failing to win the franchise for the 2012 games. And even if London were to win the bid would it not leave a sour taste in your mouth to go and see events knowing that there are people that don’t know where their next meal or bed may be coming from?

You could legitimatly ask what have I done for these people? And the answer would be not a lot, I live far away and I am flighty and often lazy, and the morning I went down to see them and chatted and interacted I gained far more from them than they can have done from me. After all it is not their perceptions of the world that likely need changing it is mine. So perhaps writing this is a start, a chance for me to share the experience in a way so that more people know about it and so that I do not forget it. Maybe the ripple effect will one day stop someone from pre-judging people who are the mirror of what we ourselves could be if one decision in our lifetime might have gone the other way.

Song Of The Day – Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter

Original Comments:


Mark Ellott made this comment,
I saw a lot of this when I worked in London. How people cannot be moved by this puzzles me.
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[Redbaron responds – Beats the shit out of me too mate. I do firmly believe that people should do a National Community Service when they leave school and it should involve projects such as this. I don’t think it would solve all the problems but I believe it would be a damn good start.]

comment added :: 17th March 2005, 10:43 GMT+01
protagonist made this comment,
Nice blog Red Baron – I like the way you describe things, and it is terribly moving. In America we have a lot of the same – perhaps even more, unfortunately, because so much of this is divided by race. Thanks for writing such a great blog. Mandrake
[Redbaron responds – Thanks mate I appreciate that. It is always far easier to write when it comes from the heart. Here such social problems tend to come from class divides rather than racial ones tho’ by the very nature of the way society views minorities if you fall into the trap of being black and poor then you really are in trouble.]

comment added :: 21st March 2005, 16:03 GMT+01
Pimme made this comment,
Homeless people can be as intelligent and kind as anyone else. Everyone should participate in some sort of charity work on a regular basis. It keeps your life in perspective when you realize that there are people who wish that they had our tiny problems. If you’re lucky enough to help someone get their life turned around, the emotional rewards are priceless.
Visit me @ http://pimme.blog-city.com

comment added :: 10th April 2005, 21:51 GMT+01

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OK, I realised that in my attempt to be brief I had perhaps given a false impression of the events. I shall attempt to clear this up with a slightly fuller explanation.

When I moved into the house a year ago my flatmate had been living there for a year or so prior to that and so had furniture etc. etc. already in situ. Whilst it was financially prudent not to have to buy shit loads of things (I had previously lived in a bedsit before that with no fridge and no heating for 18 months so anything was preferable!) it did lead to the semblence of me being the new lodger as my stuff would be confined largely to my room. He had told me that the attic was bigger than the one I had had previously and was all boarded over for storage, it turned out to be a great deal smaller and not boarded at all. He also told me that the bills would be less than I was currently paying which were quite small considering I spent little time in the bedsit anyway. After 2 months he told me I owed him £225 for bills and that he needed £75 a month after that for all the bills, this was quite a bit more than I was paying before and he knew that I was skint so we had a fair few tussles over this.

In I think it was late Jan I had pretty much decided that I had no option but to move, personally it was the best thing to do financially it was becoming essential and, however it would turn out, that was what I would do. I informed my flatmate that when the lease came up at the end of March I would not be looking to renew it. He informed me that he was already planning to move out late March/early April anyway, I thought, ah well, so much for telling me, but never mind it all seems to work out. So near the end of Feb, we haven’t seen or spoken much to one another and then he says to me everything going to be ok for March 31st to which I replied that yeah that was the plan I didn’t have anywhere to go yet but was in the process of sorting it out and so as not to double up on rent payments would be looking to move around Easter. In response to this he told me he would be coming to get ‘some of his heavier stuff’ the next week which was the beginning of March. Herein lies the misunderstanding. All of the stuff he has taken is his (except my frying pan, he’s left me his shitty wok!) I have no argument with that but he did not inform me at all that when I returned on the Tuesday (1st March) I would find there was nothing in the living room and precious little in the kitchen. To be without the microwave wasn’t an issue because I had one stored in the attic but I did not have a spare kettle because I had given mine to my ex when hers broke. I do not have a spare fridge and it would have been nice to have had some warning about that rather than returning home to find things taken out of the freezer and dumped on the worktop defrosting all over the place. The TV was a bit of an arse but I have a computer to do that if I need to, ok no BBC4 and I’ll grant you that’s a bit of a bollocks but fair enough, but no internet and no warning about that, that really fucked me off it did and especially when he had the phone cut off as well, now I know that normally when you are having your phone cut off they need notice to have it done on a particular day so he has to have had this all planned in advance. Had I known this I could have attempted to move out sooner.

So I hope that clears up the fact that my now ex-flatmate is not a thief at all he is just a bit of a selfish twat. Still, he who laughs last… and all that, the security deposit is all his so bearing in mind we are £150 in arrears (the landlords want £100 for the mowing of the lawn in 2004-5 which has been done three times in that time and not since October – I mean you know I’m all for paying employees a good wage and that but I’ll bet not more than a tenner makes its way to the guy who did it. Oh and £50 for the gas inspection, the one the landlords are legally obliged to provide!) I wonder where the letting agents will find that from eh?! And if I can’t get everything cleared up by the time I move then guess who’s going to have to do it?! Don’t fuck with the Baron when it comes to moving, I mean it, I am a complete shit when I’m moving I hate it with a passion which is perhaps because I have had to do it 26 times in 33 years and I hated it from the very start! ::Happy place, happy place:: Breathe in, and out again.

The place I am hoping to move to now if I can afford to will be somewhere I intend to live for some time ::crosses multiple body parts::

So there you are, you don’t get many rants about the personal life on here any more, I hope that satisfies your appetite for a while. Right time to split I have to be up at 6am having not had a decent nights sleep in weeks. Night all.

Song Of The Day – Paul Weller – Loveless

Original Comments:


protagonist made this comment,
Well, still – a sucky story. I was once in a similar boat. This is why I no longer live with flatmates, even though I don’t really have the money to afford a place of my own (well, i do, but it means i’m not saving much). hope the future is better and that your new place is nicer – and as a brit, i imagine not having a kettle is a hell of a blow – like me without my coffee machine – i would become a monster! protag.
[Redbaron responds – Indeed this is precisely why I will no longer live with anyone else. Being Irish, I shall take the Brit comment in the good humour in which I’m sure it was meant! The conclusion is true the kettle was the thing that had most immediate impact, one cup of tea made in the microwave was enough to graphically illustrate that this situation could not continue!]

comment added :: 13th March 2005, 18:54 GMT+01
A visitor made this comment,
What a dick. I’ll keep a good thought for your move. I know you loathe it so.
Kristie

[Redbaron responds – Thank you, all good thoughts gratefully received.]

comment added :: 14th March 2005, 00:49 GMT+01
Mark Ellott made this comment,
Moving gets me in the same way. My normally calm exterior is replaced by a swearing foul-mouthed angry fiend. I’d never share or rent for all the reasons you’ve given. My sister bought a flat once and that was nothing but grief and she owned the property…
Visit me @ http://longrider.blog-city.com

comment added :: 14th March 2005, 13:17 GMT+01
A visitor made this comment,
your flatmate is such an ass. when i come to visit you, point him out and i’ll go beat him up (at my height and weight, i wont do much damage, but it’s the thought that counts, i guess).
also, i can’t imagine just HOW mad you must’ve been about the kettle, given your passion for tea!!!

sarah [sarah.a@gmail.com]

[Redbaron responds – Aww I’m so glad I have you as the hard Twin to take care of me! I was positively apoplectic when I found the lack of kettle, this was remedied quickly but not quickly enough, the memory of that microwaved tea will be a difficult one to shift!]

comment added :: 15th March 2005, 15:00 GMT+01
Lynne made this comment,
((squidge)) Bah humbug to twatty flatmates!
Is now a good time to tell you I’m *excellent* at moving?! Being married to His-Arseness had to have _some_ benefits (besides the offspring, of course!) I can pack up and shift the contents of a 4 b’room house in under a week.

YKWTFM!

L

Visit me @ http://raingoddess.blog-city.com

[Redbaron responds – I see, any chance of you coming to visit for a week around the 23rd?! Btw wtf does that accronym mean?!]

comment added :: 15th March 2005, 23:52 GMT+01
moog made this comment,
oh baron, im sorry that you have had a shitty time of it lately…would you like a nice bowl of custard and a hug?
just remember that U2 isnt far away!! 🙂
comment added :: 16th March 2005, 21:15 GMT+01

Just as an explanation, I came home at the beginning of the month to find that my flatmate had moved out and taken most of the front room with him which included the ADSL router, and furthermore as he cancelled the phone contract I am sans internet access at home now. Not to mention sans fridge, washing machine, kettle, sofas, TV etc. etc. etc.! So I get the odd chance when I am at work but other than that it won’t be I suspect until april that I will be back up and running after I have moved. In the meantime you can apply yourselves to the music quiz below which remains woefully short of answers!

Song Of The Day – The Paddingtons – 21

Original Comments:


A visitor made this comment,
Why did your roommate move out without telling you? Sounds to me like a dick move. Protagonist
protagonist

comment added :: 11th March 2005, 20:55 GMT+01
A visitor made this comment,
He stole your stuff?
Kristie

comment added :: 12th March 2005, 17:42 GMT+01

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OK you’ve all had enough time now that it’s fair to open it up to the field in general. Comments now enabled, go for your life.

1. Who are you to tell me it’ll always be this way/I close my eyes and I turn around and leave it all behind. The Martinis – Free (Empire Records Soundtrack/Made In The Shade)

2. A friend in need’s a friend indeed, a friend with weed is better, a friend with breasts and all the rest, a friend who’s dressed in leather. Placebo – Pure Morning (Without You I’m Nothing 1998)

3. Batten up the hatches, here comes the cold/I can feel it creeping, it’s making me old/You give me so much love that it blows my brains out/You need something better than the bacon and eggs/The creaking in the walls and the banging in the bed/You give me so much love that it blows my brains out Turin Brakes – Pain Killer (Ether Song 2003)

4. Long after that the floodgates opened up and I fell in love with everyone I saw,/Please take your time I’m not in any rush and it’s in everything I ever write. Snow Patrol – Spitting Games (Final Straw 2003)

5. Well I don’t know why I came here tonight/I got a feeling that something ain’t right/I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair/and I’m wondering how to get down the stairs Stealer’s Wheel – Stuck In The Middle (Stealer’s Wheel)

6. 9 to 5 living lies/ every day stealing time/ everyone’s taking every thing they can/ everything they can

7. How can it be I can taste your love, how can I see when you’re everything/all the world in one grain of sand and I’ve blown it/all my world in one grain of sand and you’ve blown it.

8. Arrive, /climb up 4 flights to the orange side/rearrange my mind/in turqouise

9. I found a picture of you/ that hijacked my world at night/to a place in the past we’ve been passed out of/now we’re back in the fight

10. It’s no secret that our conscience can sometimes be a pest/It’s no secret that ambition bites the nails of success/Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief/All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief. U2 – The Fly (Achtung Baby 1991)

11. Well, I wanna make love to you tonight/ I can’t wait ’til the morning has come/And I know that the time is just right/ and straight into my arms you will run

12. Guess who just got back today/them wild-eyed boys that had been away/haven’t changed had much to say/but man I still think them cats are great.Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back in Town (Jailbreak 1976)

13.baby, babe let’s get together/honey, honey me and you/and do the things, oh, do the things/that we like to do.

14. There are things that I regret/like being called a nervous wreck/and working up another sweat for you/there’s nothing that I can do/for counterparts and bleeding hearts/and all the things that fall apart for you

15. How does it feel to treat me like you do/when you lay your hands upon me and tell me who you are New Order – Blue Monday (1988)

16. Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking when I said/by rights you should be bludgeoned in your bed/and now I know how Joan of Arc felt.The Smiths – Big Mouth Strikes Again (The Queen is Dead 1986)

17. Lights go out and I can be saved/ tides that I tried to swim against/have brought me down upon my kness, oh I beg I beg and plead

18. The Devil take your stereo and your record collection/the way you look you’ll qualify for next year’s old age pension.Adam and the Ants – Stand and Deliver (Prince Charming 1981)

19. Moving on the floor now baby you’re a bird of paradise/cherry ice cream smile, I suppose it’s very nice,/with a step to your left and a flick to the right you catch the mirror way out West/you know you’re something special and you look like you’re the best. Duran Duran – Rio (Rio 1982)

20. Oh God I am the american dream, I do not think I’m too extreme/and I’m a handsome son of a bitch, I’m gonna get a good job and be real rich

21. Nobody ever loved me like she does, ooh she does, yeah she does/and if somebody ever loved me like she do me, oh she do me, yeah she does.The Beatles – Don’t Let Me Down (Past Masters Vol 2 1969)

22. The Indians send signals from the rocks above the paths/the cowboys take position in the bushes and the grass/The squaw is with the Corporal/she is tied against the tree/she doesn’t mind the language/it’s the beating she don’t need 

23. Well your friends with their fancy persuasions don’t admit that it’s part of a scheme/but I can’t help but have my suspicions ‘cos I ain’t quite as dumb as I seem

24. Nobody knows me but I’m always there/a statistic a reminder of a world that doesn’t care.UB40 – One in Ten (Present Arms in Dub 1981)

25. In the morning you go gunning for the man who stole your water/then you fight till he is done in but they catch you at the border.

26. Hey girl I got something I think you oughta know/hey girl wanna tell you that I love you so/I wanna hold you in my arms yeah/I’m never gonna let you go ‘cos I like your chanrms.

27. Spacecraft spinning slowly out of sight/policeman keep on chasing you’re our guide (we’ll see eye to eye)

28. Fragile, seems I opened up to quick and all my dreams were woken up/I slowly lost my fight/with every single man a river cried/I had no sensation, completely numb I felt no satisfaction/I thought no one could ever get me high again/I swear I was not looking

29. 13 month old baby/ broken looking glass/7 years of bad luck/ good things in your past

30. Jesus wept, Jesus Christ I can’t see for the tear gas and the dollar signs in my eyes/well what’s a man got left to fight for when he’s bought his freedom/by the look of this human jungle it ain’t just the poor who’ll be bleeding.

31. It was way past midnight and she still couldn’t fall asleep/this night the dream was leaving, she’d tried so hard to keep/and with the new day’s dawning she felt it drifting away/not only for a cruise, not only for a day

32. Like a sound you hear that lingers in your ear/but you can’t forget from sundown to sunset/it’s all in the air you hear it everywhere/no matter what you do it’s gonna grab a hold on you

33. I’m ready, ready for the laughing gas/I’m ready, I’m ready for what’s next/I’m ready to duck, ready to dive/ready to say I’m glad to be alive.

34. Says she needs a worshiper/ someone who’ll do anything at all for her/wishful thinker/he don’t need this schizo bull/ each one misses by so far they don’t see it come/but who ever does…/too long, too late this time/too far, too great in my mind Toad The Wet Sprocket – Jam (1990)

35. She’s playing her game and you can hear them say/she is looking good, for beauty we will pay/she’s posing for consumer products now and then/for every camera she gives the best she can

36. High above the rooftops/higher than the milky way/slipping through the hourglass/shooting up the desert plane

37. Summer, Buddy Holly, the working folly, good golly Miss Molly and boats/Hammersmith Palais, the Bolshoi Ballet, jump back in the alley and nanny goats.Ian Dury and the Blockheads – Reasons to be Cheerful Part 3 (Do It Yourself 1979)

38. In the morning, don’t say you love me, ‘cos I’ll only kick you out of the door/I know you’re name is Rita ‘cos your perfume’s smelling sweeter since when I saw you down on the floor. The Faces – Stay With Me (A Nod Is As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse 1971)

39. Love in, love out, find the feeling/Scream in, scream out time for healing/you feel the moment’s gone too soon/you’re watching clouds come over you. Feeder – Just The Way I’m Feeling (Comfort In Sound 2002)

40. Hey, What did you hear me say?/you know the difference it makes, what did you hear me say?/Yes, I said it’s fine before, but I don’t think so no more, I said it’s fine before.

41. You line ‘em up, look at your shoes, you hang names on your wall then you shoot them all/You fly around in planes that bring you down to meet me who loves you/ likely crashing to the ground.

42. On a morning from a Bogarte movie, in a country where they turned back time, you go strolling thru’ the crowd like Peter Lorre contemplating a crime.

43. People I know, places I go, make me feel tongue-tied/I can see how, people look down, they’re on the insideThe Sundays – Here’s Where The Story Ends (Reading, Writing & Arithmatic 1996)

44. Well you spent the whole day/with your axe to the wheel/read the late paper it was full of bad news/excuse me but I think what I’m saying is true/you’ve got to find some time and devote it to you INXS – Calling All Nations (Kick 1987)

45. Two foot tall and mad as hell/I make you a good one no?/pick up the knife and spoon/I have an amazing prowess in June/structured up and evil too/I got my evil eye on you/down at the harbour pool/they speak English too.

46. I’ve always thought of you as my brick wall/built like an angel, six feet tall/six feet tall/and when you go away, I start to weep/you’re too expensive girl to keep/isn’t it sweet?

47. When you are alone you are the cat, you are the phone/you are an animal/the words I’m singing now/mean nothing more than meow to an animal/wake up and smell the cat food in your bank account/but don’t try to stop the tail that wags the hound

48. So you been to school/for a year or two/and you know you’ve seen it all/in daddy’s car/thinkin’ you’ll go far/back east your type don’t crawl

49. You get a shiver in the dark/it’s been raining in the park but meantime/south of the river you stop and you hold everything/a band is blowing Dixie double four time/you feel all right when you hear that music ring.

Oh you’ve breezed through them all have you Spike, right well then, have to bring out the big guns!

50. ag uirchill a’ chreagain sea chodail mise ‘reir faoi bhron/is le heiri na maid’ne thainig ainnir fa mo dhein le poig/bhi griosghrua garth’ aici ‘gus loinhir ina ciabh mar or/’s ba e fochshlainte ‘n domhain a bheith ‘g amharc ar a’ rioghan oig Clannad – Uirchill á Chreagain (Anam 1990)

-Not so fecking chipper now eh?!

Anyone who can add details like the album and year will get much respect not to mention the Smart Arse award and the hatred of all your peers that’ll go with it! But mind, no sneaky Googlage to get the album, don’t forget “you’ll only be cheating yourself” (How To Be A Teacher Handbook -Chapter 4 ‘Useful Stock Phrases’)

Song Of The Day – Oh Yeah, as if I’d make it that easy for you!

Original Comments:


Diogenes made this comment,
Well, the last one’s in Gaelic, and the only band I can think of that sings Gaelic is U2…(Maybe the Pogues do – I don’t know).
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[Redbaron responds – Nice logic mate but not the answer, I know of very little if any U2 stuff in Gaelic, the Pogues a little more so but neither are correct in this instance.]

comment added :: 2nd March 2005, 01:22 GMT+01
A visitor made this comment,
number 2 is Placebo, Pure Morning.
number 5 is Bob Dylan, Stuck in the middle with you.
number 10 is U2, The Fly (i know that cause it’s on your sidebar!)
and that, my twin, is the limit of knowledge!

(i am SO tempted to cheat and look super smart, but the ‘you’ll only be cheating yourself’ phrase got me:)!!).

sarah [sarah.a@gmail.com]

[Redbaron responds – You have No 2 and 10, and I thought I would put that one in to see if anyone had been reading my sidebar! No. 5 isn’t Bob Dylan but the song is correct, bonus points for anyone who can give the original artist. I knew that Parent/Teacher cheat phrase would get you!]

comment added :: 2nd March 2005, 15:16 GMT+01
Spike made this comment,
50. Clannad ~ Uirchill An Chreagain
[Redbaron responds – Show off!]

comment added :: 3rd March 2005, 10:49 GMT+01
Spike made this comment,
1. The martinis – Free (fomr Empire Records soundtrack)
3. Turin Brakes – Panic Attack

4. Snow Patrol – Final Straw (although I think you find the lyrics are After that the flood gates are open rather than Long after…)

[Redbaron responds – OK Spike honey, 2 can play the pendant game, what about the title of the Snow Patrol song eh? And the Turin Brakes track is not Panic Attack so yah boo!!!]

comment added :: 3rd March 2005, 10:56 GMT+01
Katie made this comment,
38. Faces-Stay with me
39. Feeder- Come back around (from alblum Comfort in Sound)
43. Sundays- Here’s where the story ends (reading, writing and arithmatic)
Give me time and i’ll get some more, but for now I must leave you with those and run along to a seminar. x

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comment added :: 3rd March 2005, 14:29 GMT+01
Lynne made this comment,
12. Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back in Town (from “Jailbreak”, 1976)
16. The Smiths – Big Mouth Strikes Again (from “The Queen is Dead”, 1986)
18. Adam and the Ants – Stand and Deliver (from “Prince Charming” ,1981
19. Duran Duran – Rio (from “Rio”, 1982)(ohhh the shame of knowing, I was brainwashed by mad Duranies at school!)
21. The Beatles – Don’t Let Me Down (from “Past Masters, Vol 2”, 1969)
24. UB40 – One in Ten (from “Present Arms in Dub”,1981)
37. Ian Dury and the Blockheads – Reasons to be Cheerful Part 3 (from “Do It Yourself”, 1979)
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[Redbaron responds – Thank Christ someone has started to get some of the classics! I’m glad you got 37, I would have thought you might have got 22 as well. Brainwashed by the Duranies yeah honey whatever you say!]

comment added :: 3rd March 2005, 21:02 GMT+01
moog made this comment,
34 is by the jam, but i cant remember what its called, and i thik its on tape somewhere, but i cant find it. but im sure its the jam. i tried to comment on friday, but my computer fecked up and it didnt go through, i cant remember what i knew, you have sooo many!! 🙂
[Redbaron responds – Now that’s interesting, it isn’t by The Jam but the title of the song is ‘Jam’ so you may well have heard it. Now tell me the group. Ooh I’m harsh!]

comment added :: 6th March 2005, 18:14 GMT+01
Lynne made this comment,
Ok, so I missed that one 🙂 Cool for cats, album of the same name, Squeeze, 1979. Happy now? ;oP
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[Redbaron responds – Yeah well, I would have been very disappointed if you hadn’t got it, honour is satisfied!]

comment added :: 7th March 2005, 20:35 GMT+01
Lynne made this comment,
Thank the gods ;o)
BTW that was a nicely pointed comment you left me earlier! :oD
And I *was* got-at by the duranies… I really was… t’was hard being the only Marillion-obsessed weirdo in a class full of casuals. I used to tell ’em, “forget them pretty boys, it’s face paint, flak rags & lyrical content yer want” but they never believed me somehow. I can’t imagine why.
Bemusedly,
L
x
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comment added :: 11th March 2005, 18:08 GMT+01
Rachel made this comment,
Okay, I know I’m a little late (okay, really late) with this, but here’s a few more:
#15–Blue Monday–New Order (or for the young’uns, Orgy)

#34–Jam–Toad the Wet Sprocket

#44–Calling All Nations–INXS

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[Redbaron responds – No worries, thanks for the guesses which are good ones, I was going for Blue Monday on no. 15, I have no idea what Orgy is, I guess I’m not down wid da kidz anymore!]

comment added :: 29th March 2005, 05:38 GMT+01

Greg made this comment,
50) This is one of my favorite songs from Anam, by Clannad. I’ve always wanted a translation of it, but don’t know anyone who speaks Gaelic. Does anyone here? I would really love to see a translation…
comment added :: 19th January 2007, 23:49 GMT+01

Bryan made this comment,
Number six is Zero 7 – In The Waiting Line
comment added :: 7th February 2007, 08:19 GMT+01

Red Baron made this comment,
Bloody hell Bryan, that was somewhat from left field, 2 years ago and that, but I take my hat off you are correct indeed. If you leave a link I can name and fame you on the track iself.
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