Has it only been three weeks?

2 06 2012

Taking a break from the blogosphere is like missing out on episodes on your favorite television program or letting your weekly magazines form a dusty pile in the corner of the room.

21 days may not seem like much time to be off the grid (especially when you consider that most Brits think two weeks on the Costa Del Sol in August is a “nice long holiday”) but it’s really easy to let the act of regular blogging slip through your fingers and that time wasted on other “physical” pursuits can never be virtually retrieved.

I admit that I don’t follow the golden rules of web-logging.

Sometimes I flood the web with my random thoughts and commentary on life’s mysteries, other times I ignore it like you would do a crying child on a long-haul flight – you know it’s there, you think you should acknowledge it with some sort of irritated stare/comment but it’s a lot easier to bung your headphones on and blank it out completely.

The other problem is that when you don’t sit down on a regular basis and get your thoughts down, you run the risk of missing the chance to pass “informed” judgement on things that are going on in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Christmas Time…There Is No Need To Be Afraid

25 12 2011

Christmas time, Mistletoe and Wine
Children singing Christian rhyme
With logs on the fire and gifts on the tree
A time to rejoice in the good that we see

The USA had Elvis Presley, in the UK we had to make do with Cliff Richard.

A never-aging, God-bothering, tennis-playing singer/songwriter whose only redeeming feature was that he didn’t release that many songs in the later years of his career. Except at Christmas.

The lyrics above are from an especially irritating tune called Mistletoe & Wine.

According to Wikipedia it was “Cliff’s 99th single, it became his 12th UK number one single, spending four weeks at the top in December 1988 – selling 750,000 copies in the process. It was the best-selling single of 1988 in the UK.”

Which meant that every year since, it was played on a regular rotatation on the radio and gangs of well-meaning vocal groups would roam through neighbourhoods singing it at people until they were paid to go away.

This is not my “bah humbug” moment. I had that on Black Friday when the countdown to Christmas begun and the shops were filled with festive music.

I admit that I am not a big fan of December 25.

I like the getting together with family (I am currently with my extended one in Bermuda) and I enjoy sitting by a fire with a glass of mulled wine or champagne. I look forward to turkey with all the trimmings, the opening of gifts and I have been known to tune into the Queen’s Christmas Message – which normally is a nice reminder that just because you are extremely wealthy and own a lot of hats, it doesn’t mean that your Annus is any less Horribilis then everyone elses.

But the one thing I look forward to more than anything else is knowing that when January 1 arrives the radio will start playing proper music again and that we won’t have to endure “Feed The World”, “Last Christmas”, Slade’s “Merry Christmas Everybody” or having Bing bleating on about how he is dreaming of  a White Christmas.

Christmas music comes once a year, that is something to rejoice in. For the other eleven months, proper music is made by proper people.

And none of it mentions Santa or his overflowing sack.

Happy Holidays.

This One Goes To Eleven.

11 11 2011

These hearts were woven of human joys and cares,
Washed marvellously with sorrow, swift to mirth.
The years had given them kindness. Dawn was theirs,
And sunset, and the colours of the earth.
These had seen movement, and heard music; known
Slumber and waking; loved; gone proudly friended;
Felt the quick stir of wonder; sat alone;
Touched flowers and furs and cheeks. All this is ended.

Rupert Brooke, 1914, Part IV; The Dead

Eleven. Exactly. One louder

Nigel Tufnel, Spinal Tap

Everyone in the world today will be able to experience a moment that only occurs once every one hundred years. A point in time when we will live through a perfect same-numbered palindrome. Blink and you will miss it.

At 11 minutes past 11 on the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011 , the time and date will be perfect, to the second. Six elevens…and it will last for slightly less time than Kim Kardashian’s last marriage.

Some of you will have already experienced it, I hope you enjoyed it and made the most of this second in your life. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Officially Ends; The Kids are Back to School.

6 09 2011

I took this shot this morning in the pouring rain in Hingham (MA), it accurately sums up my feelings towards my school days as well.

There will be a resumption of Limeyview when the rain stops.

Back To School


The Burning Question; Are Video Games Art?

11 08 2011

Answers On A Postcard

It’s a simple question. It doesn’t have a simple answer.

To a gamer the answer is a resounding yes, to anyone who hasn’t spent hours of their free time in the virtual worlds of online games or hunched in front of a gaming console then the reply may be slightly different. The question has been asked hundreds of times and, much like a great game, the answer varies every time.

But what is Art?

Conventionally, it has been defined as “painting, drawing, sculpture, design, fine arts and graphic arts” but Art has become so much more than that. Advances in the entertainment industry through the latest technology can now produce visuals that are worthy of study, the modern cinematographer can present visions of beauty that are not confined to a canvas or hidden away in a museum.

Art is no longer purely about the classical but has adapted to take in moving visuals and computer games are a perfect example of what an artist can produce virtually without the need for the physical. Read the rest of this entry »

Here Comes The Summer…

3 07 2011

Disturbing my peace.

Summer is finally here and just in time for the annual celebration of independence that will see millions of Americans feasting on roasted meats and drinking beer.

The arrival of the hot weather has been marked by several things.

Inappropriate displays of flesh by all ages and sizes, a lack of any sport on television apart from baseball, the smell of bbq, politicians desperate to appear on television in casual clothing and the constant presence of really annoying (and possibly pointless) insects – if there is a God, then please could there be an explanation as to why he/she felt the need to invent mosquitoes.

For some unknown reason, the mere appearance of the sun is enough to persuade people that walking down the street in tiny shorts or with your shirt off is an acceptable activity and not limited to the beach. Read the rest of this entry »

Patriots Day; Local Celebrations that Don’t Rely on Chocolate

18 04 2011

The British are coming!

Today is Patriots Day.

A day for Americans to remember the first battles of the Revolutionary War against the British in 1775. A celebration of the determination shown by patriots such as Paul Revere and the sacrifices made at Lexington and Concord to ensure that the “shot heard around the world” was not an isolated incident.

We all know what happened after that. The British lost the war, slunk home, made themselves a nice cup of tea, invented cricket, started the Industrial Revolution and built an Empire on the other side of the world.

But this relatively important day is only observed in Massachusetts and Maine as a civic holiday, with schools getting the day off in Wisconsin. Reenactments will be taking place, there will be several Revere-related events and thousands of lunatics will be running 26 miles in Boston for no apparent reason.

I can only assume that, as we are now entering into a plethora of observant days, today is just another Monday in the rest of the country. Read the rest of this entry »