Slow News Sunday Summary – May 12th

Well, it has been quieter than ever on the SM front this week. Having said that, Mr Kerr has increased his interactivity on FB ten fold this week! Well, it feels it anyway.

And it’s very welcome. His posts are always so…I dunno…enlightening. I suppose that is the optimum word.

He can post some funny things. Give the fans a giggle. Then express something quite profound. He also has me looking at things deeper, questioning things, pondering others.

And sometimes I am going through low periods and little internal struggles. And it may lead me to question things he says. Doubt him. Or feel he’s being too frivolous, too simplistic in his viewpoint…but ultimately he is always giving me positivity and hope and sometimes even brushes off some of his incredible self-belief on to me…which I will ALWAYS be thankful for.

His post this morning? Talk of getting back on the road and gigging (sandwiched between talk of John Lee Hooker, blues music and its working class roots). I mean…geez…SSOOOO welcome! But it comes with a modicum of panic.

My passport expired on Tuesday and it is going to cost a minimum of £230 to renew. Yes, Australian passports are shit expensive! Even more expensive for us expats, because £100 is added to the cost for processing the application overseas. And if I want my leave to remain document transferred to the new passport so I only have to carry a single passport (I didn’t get it transferred last time and always had to carry both my old passport and current passport with me), then that’s yet ANOTHER £100 on top! £230 is just a ballpark figure…the actual charge is dependent on the exchange rate of currency on the day it is processed.

Apart from that…one word…SKINT. Like, really skint. Impending bankruptcy kinda skint.

So, yep…the drumming lessons feel ridiculously frivolous right now. But…well, I’ve started now, right?

Anyway…mustn’t dwell. The only hope is that this bloody golden carrot of money coming our way will arrive soon. There is still nothing concrete about it yet. Perhaps July is now the new hopeful timeframe of something arriving. But it is just wishful thinking still at this stage.

But! It is fantastic to hear Jim talk of getting back on the road. And it’s good to feel a bit more of a presence from him on FB. Perhaps he is now getting itchy feet and a bit bored so he’ll be on a bit more? Even a small mercy like that is so SO welcome to me.

Please, Sir. Say you’ll be around a little bit more? 🥰😘😘😘🥰

So…I Cannae Ask To See Him?

What the hell did I do wrong, now? I was only trying to be light-hearted. Have a bit of fun. Is it “irrelevant” to ask to see a current pic of the lead singer of your fave band? Was it deemed rude? I didn’t swear. Any sense of innuendo was VERY THINLY LACED (he was the one who was topless in the pic I was referring to…the Jan 17th pic of him holding his Paddington bear mug. I wasn’t the one putting the product placement in).

There are some weird decisions of what gets deleted that takes place on SMO FB. I genuinely don’t mind…I just find it bloody confusing. I’ll post something that I think will last all of five mins up on the visitor wall before it gets taken down (and expect it to be deleted) – ie: my captioned pic of him doing his flat-on-his-back-from-knees-down thing that he does (gotta work out a more succinct name for that move!) and Derek Paterson looking on at the side of the stage bemused. Jim went ahead and turned that into a post on the main SMO page! No one was more stunned than me by that one…

Then another time I’ll post something that I think is pretty darn innocuous (like last night) – ie: could I please see a pic of you, Jim (thinly laced meaning of “I miss you and I just want to see you”) and THAT gets deleted???!??!

It would make sense if there was some kind of consistency with it. Like, “you cannae ask this, this and this”. I mean there are very OBVIOUS things that I would never post or ask, etc. It may not seem it to some, but I DO have a moral compass!

Anyway…sorry…I was just once again left quite miffed having wanted to just make a little lighthearted gesture that I was missing him.

Nae mind.

“I Rehearse Going For The Bus” – Mick’s Hurrah’s Memories

Listening in to Mick MacNeil’s show on Thursday night on Indy Live, I loved hearing him talk about SM’s gig in New York at Hurrah’s – so much so that I took this audio snippet out of it to share here.

 

Of course, you can listen in to Mick’s show on Thursday evenings at 9pm GMT on Indy Live. Just click the link HERE to go the website.

Is He Back? Is He REALLY Back?

In other news from the past 24 hours, I was stunned to wake and see this response waiting for me this morning. Like a mangey feral street dog, I’ll happily take any morsel I can get! 😊 (Can you tell I’ve missed him? “Noooooooo!” says everyone with faux shock. Lol)

Again, thanks for the response you beautiful, gorgeous man, you! (Yeah, I’m not excusing myself expressing gushing sentiment this time.)

And it seems I may have to extend my research into “people searching”…

UPDATE: Having gotten intrigued by Jim’s intrigue as to what happened to Johnny Waller and Lindsay Hutton, I did indeed go on a “people search”. Unfortunately, there is sad news when it comes to Johnny Waller. He died many years ago – details of which I found at this website here – https://www.kinemagigz.com/kingdom_come.htm

A curious thing with the Kingdom Come fanzine…I had not made the connection of Johnny Waller and the fanzine at all, until Jim mentioned it this morning. I even posted about an issue of the fanzine that came up on eBay last year…with an interview with Jim inside it. Use the blog search – type in “The Birth of Wan” and you’ll see the post (if it doesn’t show in the blog’s ‘linked posts’ metadata below).

As for Lindsay Hutton? He’s still active, and blogging away under the moniker of his old fanzine – Next Big Thing

Thanks For The Mammaries

He loves flashing his titties…I love him flashing his titties…everyone’s a winner! 😁😁😁

Apart from given absolute free rein to ogle over Kerr titties, it’s actually a fab piece. Thanks, Sir…just…don’t be a stranger, eh? I miss you too much when you’re gone for long periods.

A Certain Vibe

Things are quiet on the SM front. It’s just…quiet…and I miss Jim. There! I said it. I’ve been trying hard not to. I’ve not wanted to admit to it cos it’s sad and clingy and stupid and all that stuff.

But it is part of what makes being a Minds fan feel so special… the interactivity with him, but it has all but dried up since before Xmas.

Well…a slow severance since the end of the North American tour, really. I mean Christmas happened in between, fair enough.

He posts once or twice a week maybe, still… but nothing really beyond that.

And then… it sounds demanding! And I don’t want it to. I just miss it (him) that’s all. The interactivity is good… Great… When it happens.

He’s probably bored of us.

Anyway! I will post my final two gig reviews when I get home. Most likely on Sunday I’ll post them. The Bard’s Tale was brilliant though. I’ll say that much now!

The Leopard

Brought up by a certain someone in a post talking about wanting to die under a lemon tree, thinking about his age (again!), being in Sicily, and loving a good story.

He always reels me in with his recommendations.

I used to listen to Radio 4 dramas a lot for a certain period. I still listen to the odd thing. There is a serial-based drama that has just started up again called Love In Recovery, about a group of people at a weekly AA group meeting.

I like the freedom radio dramas give you of being able to conjure up your own images and scenes. You can, quite literally, make your own film…paint your own characters exactly as you would want them (minus any vague descriptions of how a character looks to the novelist). The level of concentration for these is different to reading a book. I find it allows my imagery of things to be much more vivid.

This wasn’t a radio play but an abridged reading of the book. The way in which Alex Jennings read it was wonderful. I can certainly see why he was hired for the job!

Of particular enjoyment through the whole reading was the description of the days in which the newly betrothed Tancredi and Angelica would escape their chaperoned walks through the far flung quarters of Donnafugata. In the mind’s eye, such beautiful sensual images of soft pink skin, rose coloured lips (both male and female), fingertips delicately touching skin, etc, etc, quickened one’s pulse. Eluded to seductively, but all very much left to the imagination. Isn’t that how all the best written sex is? All the parts that you, as the reader, (or in this case, the listener) are left to imagine yourself? And of course in my current circumstance, my imagination ran amok!

I listened to all five parts in one sitting. Only breaking after part two to listen to the latest instalment of The Archers (some habits die hard).

I have never been to Italy, or indeed to Sicily…so my experiences of Palermo, Catania, the towering presence of Mount Etna, the deep azure of that “middling” sea are still somewhat a composite of things I see second hand…so far not experienced with my own naked eyes.

Perhaps that may change sometime soon?

I enjoyed listening to it very much. I may just download all the parts to it and share them here. It’ll only stay on iPlayer (ahem), I mean BBC Sounds for so long. And I’d like to keep it to listen to again and again in future – not have to rely on the Beeb to repeat it. In the meantime, if you click the image above of The Leopard – it will direct you to the BBC page for listening.

I think it may also be wise to invest in the novel, to read it in its entirety, unabridged.

I may also get back to listening to more BBC Radio drama.

Thanks for sharing it, Sir. As for the desire to die under a lemon tree? I’ll leave you with this…