White Hot Day – Simple Minds Fan Convention – RESCHEDULED (New Date, New Venue)

Thanks to this bloody pandemic and frigging Covid-19, White Hot Day, the Simple Minds fan convention, set to take place in the band’s ‘hame toon’ of Glasgow (Glesga) has been rescheduled.

The convention will now take place on Saturday, October 15th, 2022, at a new venue, Classic Grand on Jamaica Street, Just a short (less than 5 minutes) walk from Central station (for those making their way into Glasgow for the event).

Tickets available through Tickets Scotland – all previously purchased tickets remain valid for the new date/venue.

See you there!

Save Carlton Studios Fundraiser – Auction Of Virginia Turbett Prints – Scottish Music Scene

FURTHER UPDATE – MARCH 4th: The crowdfunder campaign has been extended for two weeks – which I think also extends the time of the prize draw. The announcement of the winners won’t happen until April, so one can assume the prize draw is still active right now. If you’d like to make a donation and be in the prize draw, check with Carlton for certainty.

UPDATE – MARCH 2nd: Prize draw donations will be closing in a couple of days from now, so if you want to be in with a chance, be sure to make a donation ASAP!

Carlton Studios in Glasgow is a rehearsal space and professional recording hub for local bands within the city. As far as I am aware, Kenny Hyslop was involved in the set up of the studio.

Due to the lockdown restrictions that have gone on over this past year, the studio is in real danger of permanent closure. It needs funds to stay afloat. It needs our help.

Virginia Turbett has donated eight A3 sized prints to Carlton Studios to help raise funds. The prints are being auctioned off. The prints centre around the Scottish music scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s and include images of Simple Minds, Bruce’s Records, The Skids, Alex Harvey and The Rezillos.

Please take a look at Dennis Ramone’s video in the Facebook link below….

You can donate by clicking HERE – please consider donating anything you can to this. Rehearsal and recording space such as these are vital for cities like Glasgow, where music is one of the major driving forces of the community.

Charity Scarf

UPDATE: The auctioned closed this evening with the scarf reaching £568! Well done for Cahonas Scotland on raising such a fab amount for your charity.


Goddamn! These things ALWAYS hit at the wrong time!

When his boots got auctioned off, I couldn’t bid. And now I doubt I’ll be able to bid on this, either.

It’s the final bit of “holy grail” memorabilia – to have something Jim has worn. But, as I say…the time is wrong and, it’s going to go into the hundreds, pricing me out. Yet again.

A scarf of Jim’s is up for auction on eBay. The proceeds of which are going to a cancer charity – Cahonas Scotland. The bid is currently at £86 with still five days to go.

I’m happy that it’s for charity and will raise a really good sum, hopefully. And damn it, I wish I could bid SOOOO MUCH. Had this been earlier in the year? No probs. I’d have been “in like Flynn” as the Aussie slang goes, but no can do now, sadly.

But if you’re able to, give it a go peeps! And you could end up with a bit of lovely, sweaty, tatty signed memorabilia. You can get dizzy breathing in Jim’s sweat and cologne. OMG! I WANT THIS SCARF! Lol

Link for bidding details below…

To bid, click HERE

White Hot Day – Rescheduled! New Date: 17/10/2020

Due to the newly imposed public gathering restrictions as well as the continuing restrictions on travel, countries in lock-down, and general upheaval that the Corona Virus outbreak is causing around the world – the organisers of the Simple Minds convention, White Hot Day, have rescheduled the event from its original date of next Saturday, March 21st to the later date of October 17th.

Tickets already purchased will still be valid for the new date AND venue. The new venue is BAAD – Barras Art And Design. Right next to the famous Barrowland Ballroom. The venue has a larger capacity which will hopefully mean an even BIGGER convention than first anticipated.

Time for us all to stay healthy, isolate if we need to and get well, and just…breathe and recharge ready for an even bigger event than before. See you guys there!

What’s On The Ryder?

The Sue Ryder, that is! There has been an announcement today from the Sue Ryder charity (who also provide palliative and neurological care for the terminally ill) about an auction with donations of items from various celebrities and musicians.

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And they say that, on behalf of Simple Minds, Jim has donated tickets to a Simple Minds gig in 2020, as well as a meet and greet opportunity with the band.

The auction is open to bids now and ends on September 1st, 2019.

There are a few doubters about the legitimacy of this but Sue Ryder is one of the UK’s biggest charities, they are hardly likely to talk about and reveal something like this if it wasn’t legitimate.

Click on the link HERE for full details.

Some Things Are More Important – Race For Life Charity Auction

Last year when I participated in Race For Life for Cancer Research UK – I raised a meagre £68. I had a target of £150. I didn’t even make it to half my target. The only thing that kept me incentivised was…I would be doing something active for my own personal health. How could I see £68 making any damn difference to cancer research?! What would THAT achieve?

This year I have increased my target to £250. I’m already off to a great start with two £10 donations. But I want more! I want to make a difference!

I was going to give away a Priptona print to the highest donor. But, I don’t think that is incentive enough. Or even fair to other donors. So, I am going to make a big sacrifice here! All minimum £10 donations will go into a draw to win THIS! (See pics below.)

(As you can see from the photos, it currently adorns my landing space wall. Below is a clearer image of how the print looks – unframed and unsigned.)

There are only a few copies of this that exist in print. Jim has one of them. He requested a copy from me specifically. This is how bloody special this thing is! I do this with a heavy heart! “It’s no sacrifice”, sang Elton John. Well, it is! Trust me! But some things are much more important. Like the work Cancer Research UK do.

So, as I was saying, there are only a few copies of it in print. And only two are signed by Jim. My friend Janis has one (I asked Jim if he would sign a copy for her as Somebody Up There Likes You is her fave SM song, and her daughters appear very obscurely within the print – the beach scene is a photo I took at Victor Harbour in South Australia), and this one is obviously mine (for now).

The only proviso I am putting on this is that I reach my £250 target before this is given away. If I don’t reach the target, then the original regular SM print of the donor’s choice will be the giveaway.

So…there you go! How’s THAT for incentive to donate?! All £10+ donors will go into a draw to win my signed print of Somebody Up There Likes You/Waterfront (Jim always sees it as a Waterfront print…who am I to argue with him?). The target MUST REACH £250 for this to apply though. I will not be giving this print away for anything less. It means far too much.

So PLEASE, donate!

My Race For Life is on July 7th, 2019. All £10+ donations will be eligible up to and including that date. To donate just CLICK THE LINK HERE

The Boy Done Good!

The Small Steps Project showed a full list of the money raised from each pair of celebrity shoes auctioned. Jim came in 23rd place with his Prada boots. That’s not bad! Well done, Sir! Had I had the money to have placed a bid, we may have raised a little more.

I will certainly make sure that I donate to the project generously once I do have sufficient funds to do so.

Well done Small Steps Project. You guys are doing wonderful work.

These Boots Were Made For Fundraising

I kept quiet about this on here…ever wishful I could place a bid. I was ssooo hoping that I would have the funds by now. But, alas, no. I watched the final minutes tick by. They have spent the past 24 hours on £325, and the thought they were going to go for that price was unbearable to me! With less than one minute to go, they were still on £325. I was nearly in tears at the thought they were going to end on that price!

Then, with 35 seconds to go they started to climb.
£335
£345
£355

With just seconds to go, two final higher bids of £410 and then £460. I breathed a sigh that at that point, it probably would have gone out of my price range had I felt I could bid. I would have chased them to £500 had the funds been available to me.

I’ll never know if I’d have won them for £500. And perhaps when I do have funds some other amazing piece of SM memorabilia will come along? Jim’s leather boots from 1982! Now THEY would be the boots I’d REALLY want!

Whoever won them…I hope you cherish them! And…we all know Jim’s a Size 9 shoe now 😉 (Same size as my OH…rather worryingly – now THERE’S a story to tell there! That you will NEVER hear from me…)

You can see the auction details by clicking here.

Penguin Auction Day

Later today (local BST – British Summer Time), an auction of all the penguins that had been on display as part of Maggie’s Penguin Parade go under the hammer. The one that Fiona Sutherland co-created and Simple Minds sponsored (and have signed for the auction) being one of them.

You can see the SM sponsored penguin to the left of the picture. All the penguins are on display at Slessor Gardens in Dundee, where the auction will take place early this evening. Local Dundee paper, The Courier, have an article on the auction.

Click the image to read the article and get more info about the auction.

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Well, it would appear Sir’s boots are not the ONLY thing Simple Minds related up for auction! So is this penguin sculpture, co designed and created by Fiona Sutherland.

Can’t imagine it is going to be cheap!