bands

A blast with the past.

So my old school had a summer fair the other day, a great opportunity to meet the staff I knew and see some old friends. Before going I learned that my old band was performing as part of it. So I put my favourite guitar luck in my pocket just in case.
Like musical candy from the back of a nicely decorated white van, I gave in and asked if I could play with them again. At the risk of extending the metaphor beyond funny they were more than welcoming to invite me back in again.

I did have some videos but the sound quality from my girlfriends iPhone 4s was unable to encapsulate the sheer levels of tenacity being thrown out of our amps.*

*-that just sounds like I’m bigging up a shit band, we’re not bad I promise.

After a rather disappointing bus driver drove past me and my girlfriend we walked back to my school to ask if my old music tech teacher could give us a lift because he was heading that way. My old school is I’m the country side so busses are very few and far between, this was the latest bus I could take where I could take the next bus back to my house, so it goes without saying that this bus driver did make me particularly pissed off until the lift to town was sorted.

The car journey went inconveniently quickly, I had nowhere near enough time to catch up with probably one of the most inspirational People in my life. Without him I wouldn’t have ever considered music. It was essentially just talking about music, reminiscing about the past and discussing how my girlfriend’s cousin named her baby Kal-El after superman’s Kryptonian birth name. Which is just plain awesome there’s no pompous overblown analogy or metaphor to describe it.

Tomorrow I’m helping clear up an art exhibition and going for a drink with some friends after so I just bid you all goodnight for now and I hope you all are doing well for yourselves. 

Edit

A song for the EU Referendum

With the EU referendum coming up on the 23rd of June, the stakes seem to be getting higher, and the tension continues to rise, so it’s nice to know some people are able to take this lightly.

One of the school staff and his band wrote this, would you guys check it out for me?

And share around if possible,

Have a great day!
~James

Kate McCann: Inspiration or a waste of time?

So recently Kate McCann has been in the news more, because of one of my favourite celebrities wives, Sharon Osbourne, branded the parents of Madeleine McCann “insane” for leaving their child home alone while they were out of the hotel, whilst abroad. In 2011 Kate McCann was listed alongside JK Rowling and others in a top 20 list of inspirational women, for not ever giving up on finding her Daughter, 8 years ago who went missing on a family holiday in Portugal through her own personal error.

A family friend said: “It’s very ­disappointing when someone with such a high profile makes this sort of ­ignorant, ill-informed comment.

Ill formed comment. Sharon, as per usual, was giving honest to god opinions, from a mothers point of view, she wouldn’t leave Kelly alone would she?*

*In all fairness, I wouldn’t leave Kelly Obsourne alone, have you SEEN HER HAIR? Like damn girl.

“Kate and Gerry have never forgiven themselves and this should not have been aired in a random way, as it ­apparently was.

“It’s based on ignorance of the true facts. While she’s entitled to her view she should keep it to herself.”

But – but,  the true facts WERE that mothers (or fathers, let’s not be sexist here) wouldn’t in the right mind leave a child on their own! It’s neglectful and immoral!
So people go missing every day right? Yes, they do, and in our own country they get found, or not, for the not-so-lucky parents.

Not Kate McCann.

To this day, over ELEVEN, MILLION POUNDS, has been spent towards finding this girl.

Eleven. Million. Pounds.

Eleven Million Pounds that could have helped our NHS NOT be on the brink of collapse.
Eleven Million Pounds that could have gone to children’s hospitals and could have literally saved THOUSANDS of lives in the place of this ONE.
Eleven Million Pounds that could have funded research into cancer treatment.

The list goes on.

And yet this £11,000,000 pounds has gone towards a mother who just can’t face the facts.

For those of you who didn’t know, Madeline was left in a hotel at 20:30 while her parents went to a restaurant and left their own children unattended in their hotel room 50 meters away.

“There is no legal age limit for leaving a child on their own, but it is an offence toleave a child alone if it places them at risk. Parents can be prosecuted if they leavea child unsupervised ‘in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health’ (Children and Young Person’s Act).”

~NiDirect

That is the law on leaving a child on their own. clearly the risk here was that they were

  1. In a foreign country, where another language is spoken.
  2. Kate probably did not know Portugese
  3. They were a good 160 feet away from their kid’s hotel

If you do leave your child home alone, remember to do the following:

  1. leave a contact phone number and make sure you can answer it right away
  2. leave a separate contact list of people you trust, in case they can’t get hold of you
  3. talk to your child before you leave about how to stay safe, and tell them not to answer the door to strangers
  4. make sure dangerous objects like matches and knives are out of reach, as well as medicines and dangerous chemicals
  5. leave clear instructions on what to do in case of an emergency (like a fire)
  6. tell them what time you will be back, and don’t be late
  7. set some basic rules about what they can and can’t do while you are out
  8. teach them basic first aid

Madeline was too young to do ANY of these things, they ways Kate McCann acts, it seems to me that if Madeline had died in the hotel, (and not anywhere else) then she would have probably gone to the papers anyway suing the hotel, the manager and staff, because it just all clearly comes down to MONEY.

She’s clearly getting a cut of that 11M the government have spent, and from the papers.

Every now and then the family go to the papers and reveal a conspiratorial sighting of who might have her.  But that’s it, then it goes to the papers and they get more and more attention, it’s absolutely ludicrous.

If I left my metaphorical kids in a hotel and went swanning off for a meal, and anything happened to them, I’d be arrested and be held guilty of whatever happened to them! but apparently Kate McCann get’s praised as an influential woman for being a terrible parent, and a complete waste tax payers money!

Also, they were out, only FIFTY METERS AWAY, going for a meal, now I don’t know about you, but that seems fishy, (pun not intended).  Who takes over an hour and a half to have a meal? The longest I’ve been out was one hour, and that was a 10 minute drive there and back, so 40 minutes, and I was having Indian with the family for Christ’s sake, and that takes ages with all the weird little starter things, and at least 10 minutes of me trying to flirt with waitresses in Punjabi.

Quick story, with having autism I love stuffed animals, and I had this leopard as a kid, (being the animal-naming virtuoso that I am, I named him Leopard). I carried it everywhere until I was like 10, it kept me calm, and happy, and one day, I left him in the IT room at school at home time, went next door to the adjacent classroom, and he was gone upon my return, I was there a whole hour after school, and he didn’t turn up. After leaving the room for 2 seconds. Bearing in mind this was my release and what kept me happy and I was already having bereavement counselling after the death of my dad, I was absolutely destroyed, I cried for weeks, and it didn’t stop. This is how autistic minds can work, I was very very young mentally when I was younger, then I got mentally older faster, and now I look and act older too, don’t ask me how that works because I have no idea.
But the point is, I accepted it, it took a very long time, but it worked, and I now have a photo of him to remember what appeared to be one of my only childhood friends if you will, and he’s still in my heart as much as ever, for being my release from bullying and stress.

Needless to say, I think that this has been dragged out far too long, a couple years, maybe three, is enough. I think it’s time (nine years, a month and one day later) to face the facts, all these sightings, in different places, Madeleine isn’t coming back and that’s a hard truth, but it needs to be accepted.

But let me know what you think! comment below voicing your opinions and tell me what your take on the whole situation is! This is more serious for me, but hey nothing beats controversy at 10 o’clock at night.

Peace and love,
~James