Briefly In Other News…

Someone dropped THIS bombshell this morning as I was preparing my punk themed post…

You guys know where to get all the info from. You don’t need me to update you. This blog would be surplus to requirements if its purpose was to report Simple Minds news! Lol.

The band have that one covered on their social media. Anyways!

Well, wherever he and Charlie may be…it’s bearing fruit.

There they are, offering that “black light” to us. In the heart of darkness, they shine!

Fixing Things

As I am beginning to work through certain things…getting back to some sort of “balance” – I need to work at the writing.

A major part of the problem is not having somewhere comfortable to write but, hey ho! Not a lot I can do about it, really. It would be great to have a desk and a chair. I mean….I have a dining table and chair but that doesn’t really cut it.

SOMETHING needs to happen with this blog! I don’t know what. Because I really don’t know what it is falling into right now. It has become MUCH too personal – partly because I deluded myself that a certain Mr Kerr might come and visit this blog – which is just RIDICULOUS and I don’t want its main function to disappear.

Obviously when I started it, part of its main function was just to….appreciate Mr Kerr in all his…loveliness…but I also wanted it to be about Simple Minds in the broader sense…the music…gigs, touring, bootlegs…videos, magazine clippings, interviews, merchandise, etc. All that encompasses the band dynamic.

I want to have certain themes back too. Something for Minds Music Monday, still. Maybe something to do with gigs some time through the week. And I want to keep doing Kerrsday to some degree. Perhaps even limit the ogling (minus certain “breaking news” info) to strictly Kerrsday only. Lol. We’ll see how possible that one is!

This “lockdown year” held such promise. Life still felt like it was on an upwards trajectory for me at the start of 2020 – and I am trying to be reflective on that. Not be too mopey and let it drag me down. We’ve all gone through this as an entire world. I’m incredibly lucky in many ways to just be able to cope with the brunt of the storm. I count my blessings! I know things could be so much worse!

It’s altered the blog as a result too. No gigs to report on. Very little music news. When there was nothing really to report and lockdown began, I suppose it is how it drifted into the personal. And well, it IS my blog – ultimately. But there seemed to be a solid small following it had. I was proud of that. And I was proud of mentions it would get from other fans.

I’m getting too comfortable quickly turning to a “vlogger”. Vlogging was never something I ever really took into consideration. Writing was my main outlet and I guess I could kid myself I was good at it. I certainly felt I could express myself BETTER through it! Now, I don’t know. None of it feels quite right. I struggle with the writing at the moment. Not just for a place to feel comfortable to do it but…oh, just, I dunno. The expression in it has left me some. Vlogging feels better but in some ways takes up just as much time. It doesn’t allow as much expression – for me anyway – I just feel and sound like I waffle on about nothing and go off on tangents and can’t return to the train of thought I had. And before I know it, a video is 45 minutes long!

I could make bullet notes before I start, I guess, but then it would feel so staged and contrived. And I actually HATE recording myself! I’m an ugly c*nt and I don’t want to subject myself to my own face, let alone anyone else. And I don’t expect people to want to sit around watching an hour long video of my waffling about bullshit. MY PHONE’S STORAGE IS FILLING UP! Lol

So, this week I will try and work out something to do with bringing this thing back to…something. Something decent! Dunno. I wish the Mitchell Library was open again. I think it opens back up soon. I like the idea of it being my office. Going down there a few days a week and getting some writing done. I’m probably dreaming. I am too easily distracted by what goes on around me. I can’t “switch off”. I’ve always been like it. It’s the reason I can never read on public transport and when travelling. I need a quiet place to read to absorb the words on the page for the words to…sink in. Otherwise no books would ever stay there. I’d just be reading words and nothing would sink in. The story – the plot of the book (if fiction) would get totally lost on me.

Anyway. We’ll see. We’ll see how I can salvage this…

The Tantrum Trail

Tantrum Doughnuts opened their doors back up yesterday so today I was on a mission to walk into the city down to the West End to the original shop on the Old Dumbarton Rd for “open doors” at 10am.

They are running to a limited capacity. Making small batches of doughnuts and only having their West End shop open as a strictly take away only affair.

Social distancing rules were observed. Only one customer in the store at one time.

I arrived around 10.20am and there was a queue six deep. Not too bad. It was about a 10 min wait to be served. Well worth it!

It was a very long walk through parts of Maryhill and on to St George’s Cross and into Charing Cross and down to “Sausage Hole” Street and along Kelvingrove Park.

The weather is STUNNING today! Gloriously sunny and 24 degrees. Fabulous!

It was a LOOOOONG walk. I’m bloody knackered! Lol. But I have doughnuts!

 

MackIntosh and Maryhill

Today’s walk was to the MackIntosh Queen’s Cross church in Maryhill. Only 1.5 miles from home but currently not open to the public due to lockdown, I was happy to at least go and look around the outside of it. And I never realised it was just that bit further on from Speirs Wharf.

It was a lovely walk again today. Weather has been great too.

No photos of the church (I Facebook Live filmed) today. Hopefully when the place opens back up I’ll get in and take some snaps.

I took this though. The clouds looked amazing today – replicating sun beams. I fall more and more in love with Glasgow every day. I honestly do.

Weekly Lockdown Let-out

It has been the most glorious spring day today here in Glasgow. Full max ‘taps aff’ weather. Sunny and 22 degrees Celsius!

Today was a mix of getting exercise and getting the messages at St Rollox. The walk took us along Sighthill Cemetery – which is a beautiful place! A few assorted pics below.

Never In A Month Of Sundays…

Is I am guessing is the answer (re: title of the post). Well, I guess Jim is now also focusing on his tome and … I dunno. I really feel like it’s that petty fucking “no one’s the boss of me” BS at play or some shit. I dunno what it is…but I had the feeling that even from day ONE when fans started asking these kind of questions and putting these pleas out that Jim had absolutely NO INTEREST in doing this AT ALL.

Someone asked weeks back “how do you think we could get their attention on getting some kind of remote live thing happening?” And I replied with “get a GoFund me page going” because it seems the only language Jim understands sometimes. (The filthy lucre.) And I was honest! Because, that’s how it seems – and he doesn’t do much to counter that opinion with crass statements about going down to Oz in Newcastle because “we were offered a LOT of money” Well, bully for you, Jim. And guess who pays for it all, eh? Mugs like us. And that’s how you blatantly treat us, with statements like that! “Oh, you fools!”

Makes a mockery of that line you like to trot out time and again “We’d have paid YOU to play live when we got started.” Oh, really? Yeah…well, not fucking now. Money talks – and you love its language, Mr Kerr.

But, you know, even that idea this person proposed…a previously unseen gig – that wouldn’t even take you guys getting together. No Zoom meeting involved.

And, you know what? This thing doesn’t have to be put on for free, Jim. Some people actually put these things on behind a “pay wall”!! Piqued your interest yet, Mr Ker-ching? Just…don’t go printing money with it, right? Make it a nominal charge. Many people are struggling now. Jobs being forloughed, etc. Oh, imagine having to have to work for someone?! Yuk!

Now! Before you get too pissed off with me and think about blocking my arse again from SM FB – I KNOW I AM INCREDIBLY LUCKY – I saw you at Copenhagen! And you are not twisting my arm on going to ANY of your gigs, or buying ANY of your merch…I do it all of my own volition! This isn’t about me. It’s about the fans looking forward to gigs that were coming up that got cancelled. All the fans, the “REAL FANS” (if you insist!) that missed out this year.

Lift their spirits, man! GIVE THEM SOMETHING! You must have recorded at least ONE 40 Years Live gig before Coronavirus put the kibosh on 2020. What say you, Jim?

Lockdown Let-out

Off topic… but honestly… what the hell else is there to talk about in the world of SM? Maybe that’s why Jim is so damn quiet? Pffft. Nah. He’s just fucking bored to death with us. Fine, Sir! We can take a hint… if you hint at it by throwing bricks directly at it. Lol

ANYWAY!

Sometimes you just have to get oot the hoose, ken. Today I planned to go out. Initially I was going to go to the Necropolis but soon decided that was a bit too cavalier a choice given the kind of restrictions in place on funerals at the moment. It just would have felt disrespectful to be there without a genuine reason (ie: visiting a loved one’s grave) so I decided on going somewhere else.

The choice became Ruchill Park. It was actually rather lovely there. And although there were some people around, it was easy enough to observe social distancing guidelines – it wasn’t swarming with hordes of people.

There were bluebells that were pink! Well, there were these pink flowers in amongst the bluebells anyway. Trees with rusty bark…as if they bleed Irn Bru. There were amazing views around the city and I saw my first thrush that wasn’t a blackbird. I am going to assume what I saw was a song thrush as they are in more abundance than the mistle thrush – but maybe mistle thrushes are more common in Scotland?

Below is a bit of video and some photos. Enjoy…

Virtual Art Exhibition Tours During Lockdown

The Royal Academy of Arts had a post on their social media about some virtual exhibitions you can enjoy during lockdown.

The one following is not a full virtual exhibition as such, but a taster into a Hopper exhibition that was running in a gallery in Basel until the lockdown in Switzerland closed its museums and galleries.

I do miss exhibitions. I miss the Kelvingrove! I’d love to see more of Edward Hopper’s work up close. I have a Taschen book of his work that I bought in a charity shop a few years back – with the idea of displaying some of them on the walls. The Taschen books are printed in such wonderful quality! It was a bargain for the few pounds I paid for it.

Anyway, enjoy the little teaser video and let’s hope that sometime in the future we can once again get “up close and personal” with art.