Happy birthday bubbah
19 today 😵
Im so proud of you
Of who you are today
And im so happy i met you and got to spend the time i did with you
I love you to the moon and back
Its only 382 days till we have a chance again..
I hope your day has been well my dear
I wish i could give you the world but at the moment i can only give you my unconditional love
I’ll see you soon bub
Lots of love…xx


Glenn Tilbrook - Tempted - Arlington Arts Newbury.

Impromptu Singalong

Programming isn’t the only thing I do :P

This (incomplete) model is my tribute to what I feel is one of the greatest spaceships of all time. Whilst a slight miscalculation has made applying materials to the hull a little difficult, I should have her donning her Cerberus and Alliance colours very soon.

Whilst I’ve tried to stay as true to the actual Normandy SR2 as possible, I’ve managed to cut down modelling time by not being so OCD with positioning my vertices. Turns out it has worked pretty well

On an unrelated note, if someone asks you to apply materials to a curved object which has already been smoothed, run!

Emmerdale's Paula Tilbrook (Betty) retires after 21 years

Emmerdale’s Paula Tilbrook (Betty) retires after 21 years

‘Emmerdale’ says goodbye to Betty Eagleton

Emmerdale actress Paula Tilbrook is retiring after 21 years of playing the role of village gossip Betty Eagleton in the ITV soap.

Betty first appeared in Emmerdale in April 1994 for just three episodes when she ordered a sweet sherry in the Woolpack. Being an old friend of Seth Armstrong she soon put down roots in the village and even fell prey to…

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365 Days, 365 Albums – Album #119

Cool for Cats (1978) – Squeeze

A lot of people, especially in the US, would know Squeeze from their big hit in the 80’s “Tempted”. I hate that song, and in no way do I think it gives a fair and decent look at what Squeeze could do so well. This album shows what Squeeze could do so well.

What really interests me about this album is how indefinable their sound is. I think most people would clarify them as new wave, and they do sound new wave, but I don’t think that’s a fairly accurate way to describe their sound. It’s a mix of new wave, punk, 50’s rock, and pop music. There are not many bands I can think of that sound quite like Squeeze.

I think Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook are one of the best songwriting duos in the history of modern music, at least they were on this album. They have these amazing melodies and some spectacular lyrics. They can be funny and lovely. “Slap and Tickle” starts out the album, and it’s a nice song. I don’t think it’s one of their best though. The synthesizers may be used too much on this particular track for my taste.

“Revue” is one of those songs that would not have sounded out of place in the 50’s, if they didn’t have the synthesizers anyway. I’m really interested to know what the band’s record collections look like. I bet they have some amazing 45s. “Touching Me Touching You” is a funny song. I’m surprised an album in the 70’s would tackle such a subject, but Squeeze does sound like a band that was ahead of its time.

“It’s So Dirty” almost becomes a punk song, if it didn’t rely so heavily on the keyboards. I find the sound to be incredibly catchy, though. It also has some very impressive guitar work. I wonder what they would have been like if they would have gone the punk rock route. Listening to “The Knack”, I think I enjoy Chris Difford on lead vocals more. I really enjoy his baritone almost monotone voice. It sounds cool to me, like he almost couldn’t be bothered to be singing right now. I also love the eerie vibe “The Knack” creates. One of the highlights of the first half of the album.

“Hot Skip and Jump” almost sounds like another 50’s rock tune. It almost sounds like a Jerry Lee Lewis single. I don’t enjoy it as much as “Revue”, though. It is a fun up-tempo song, but I wouldn’t seek it out to listen to it. I really believe that “Up the Junction” is Squeeze at their best. It’s incredibly catchy, and the story the lyrics tell is enthralling. Tilbrook sings about an entire history of one man’s relationship. Met a girl, fell in love, she got pregnant, they have a child, he works all the time, he becomes a drunk, she leaves him, she remarries, he’s all alone. All this happens in almost under three minutes. It’s an impressive song.

I love the fast pace of “Slightly Drunk”. It once again almost becomes a punk song, but you can’t deny it’s pop hooks. I think it’s Tilbrook’s strongest vocal work as well. I also love the lyrics as well, as he tries to win another’s affections. “Goodbye Girl” doesn’t really do much for me until the chorus. I find it to be pretty infectious, but the rest of the song is just OK. Then there is the amazing “Cool for Cats” to end the album. Difford is back on lead vocals and he does an amazing job again. Their post-punk sound is some of their best work, and the delivery on the lyrics is really interesting. He sounds like he’s told this story a million times before, and is just delivering the beats necessary for the listener to understand what has happened. Can’t get enough of this track.

I can understand why Squeeze didn’t make it big in America with this album. They sound very British, and I don’t mean just their vocals either. Their lyrics certainly have a British humor to them. They often remind me of the Jam at times. I think the Jam rock a lot harder, but like them, Squeeze don’t seem to care what their contemporaries are doing. They know the music they want to make, so they make it. If people don’t like it, who cares? This music is for them, either like it, or make room for people who will.


‘Mr. Bedbug Is Walking Down The Street’ by GiO Janiashvili 2010 Georgian Philharmonic & Nikoloz Rachveli 2015 IMEDI TV Broadcast

The video/audio recording from the “Tsinandali Award 2015” ceremony Broadcasted by IMEDI TV Channel:
The performance of 'MR. BEDBUG IS WALKING DOWN THE STREET’ (2010) by GiO Janiashvili.
For orchestra and narrator/actor with megaphone. Duration: 5 min. The text by Vladimir Mayakovsky.
Performed by GiO Janiashvili (Megaphone) and Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nikoloz Rachveli, at the “Tsinandali Award 2015” ceremony - Tbilisi , Georgia - 09 January 2015.
This audio/video footage as a part of the film of the “Tsinandali Award” 2015 ceremony was recorded and Broadcasted by IMEDI TV Channel.
Music © GiOrgi Janiashvili 2010 revised for smaller orchestra for this performance in 2015
This piece was also workshopped by Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Tilbrook in 2011 at the Blackheath Halls in London.


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