Did Someone Say “Giveaway”?

YES THEY DID!

The badges I very gratefully received from a fellow SM fan in Vancouver were in multiples. I asked if they were okay with me giving some of the badges away and they were happy to allow me to do that.

I didn’t want to come across as ungrateful for the wonderful, kind thing they did for me. But I wanted to share in the love. I was just bowled over to see my artwork turned into badges!

So, here we are! These four sets of badges below will be given away. All you have to do is throw your hat in the ring…if you see this on Facebook, like and comment. Share the post if you like. Let me know your favourite badge. If viewing on Twitter, you can reply tweet or share tweet with comment. You can enter via Instagram too.

You can also do that here via the blog. Just click on the “leave a comment/ X comments” text at the bottom right corner of the post and let me know which of the badges is your favourite.

Basically just make yourself known!

You can enter by midday GMT – Monday, 15th November (this Monday coming). I’ll choose 4 winners at random to receive one of the four sets of badges shown. (The sets will be awarded at random.) Open to anyone worldwide.

So get entering! Good luck!

And there are more giveaways to come! Stay tuned!

SSE & Nordoff Robbins Charity Raffle

SSE and Nordoff Robbins are holding a charity raffle and one of the prizes is a Simple Minds concert package. The prize includes a pair of tickets to their Hydro gig, rescheduled for April 6th, 2022, a signed guitar and dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe in Glasgow.

You can enter the raffle online by purchasing raffle tickets at £5 each, proceeds of which will go to Nordoff Robbins.

You can also enter for free.

Click the image below for full raffle details. Online entries close on May 12th with free postal entries closing on May 10th.

Good luck!

Win One Of Charlie’s Guitars! #iLoveLive Crowdfunder

UPDATE: There is just two days to go to make a donation and enter the prizedraw for your chance to win Charlie Burchill’s guitar. You need to enter by 6pm GMT, Wednesday, March 17th.


This is AWESOME! Charlie has donated one of his Stratocaster guitars as part of a prize draw for the #iLoveLive Crowdfunder and Stagehand to help support the live music scene and all the staff and roadcrew who work behind the scenes in the live music industry.

You can find out more details via Simple Minds’ social media (Twitter link is below). For each £5 donation, you are entered in a draw to win Charlie’s 1983 Fender Stratocaster. A genuine and incredible piece of Simple Minds history and an amazing one-off piece of memorabilia.

And all in a cause so close to all our hearts. The live music scene is taking one of the hardest hits from what has happened to the world in this pandemic.

You can also go directly to the #iLoveLive Crowdfunder page by clicking HERE

Please think of donating! And look what you can bag yourself by doing so! If all you can afford is £5 then…it’s a donation and one entry. A hundred of them….a thousand of all those little £5 entries would help massively!

Win A Copy Of “Heart Of The Crowd“ SM Book!

Simple Minds are giving away a copy of the special edition copy of Heart Of The Crowd. To be in with a chance, check out the details on how to enter in this tweet, or see their FB page for details.

But be quick! Entries close next Friday, Feb 19th!

NHSFest Raffle – Win Simple Minds Meet And Greet Tickets!

There’s a raffle that’s been organised to raise money for the NHS and Simple Minds have kindly donated meet and greet tickets to the cause. The meet and greet will take place at their rescheduled dates in February next year – at the venue of your choice.

To buy tickets for the raffle (each ticket is £5 – imagine, getting a meet and greet for FIVE QUID!) Click the image below or HERE!

It’s for such a great cause. The raffle closes very shortly, so get your skates on if you want to enter! And good luck!

Simple Minds Song Typography Giveaway

This is the last place I am mentioning it, strangely enough.  So, I will just copy the rest of my blurb from posting about it on Facebook…

It might be a strange one to give away as it is so personalised… but there’s no point in me keeping this copy. I already have a matt finish copy of it on display on my wall. The gloss version became surplus to requirements. I just held on to it.
But, now I’ll put it up for grabs. Across social media. And anyone else who wants to shout about it. All likes, shares, etc, will be put into a draw and one will be chosen at random.
To give it plenty of time, I’ll end it at 11pm BST on Friday evening (it’ll be a Good Friday for someone, I hope you’ll feel!).
Good luck!
Like and share away!
Winners are grinners!

You can like or comment here on the blog, or just enter through my social media profiles, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (you can find the Twitter and Instagram links at the end of this post – when looking at the post directly, rather than at the site’s home page).

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Argos Advert Parody Competition – Win Tickets To See Simple Minds In London!

Full details at Argos on Twitter. Closing time for entries is 17:00, Friday, November 29th. (I might be a little bit pre-occupied right at that point in time!)

Good luck!

All You’ve Got To Do Is…

Just…wow! I could see it play out, just the way he described it. The street scene of him avoiding his grandfather and the notion of yet another dressing down.

I could see this little man, tough as nails looking…but also looking quite frail and vulnerable at the same time (well, Jim’s only clue on how his grandfather looked was to say he was short…my mind’s eye filled in the rest). Also on the road walking along from the opposite direction, a young punk – not the traditional sense of a punk. Just, a roguish teen. Seeing that boy spot the older man ahead, his face turning ashen with a mix of anguish and despondency. Quickly taking evasive action not to be seen – hastily crossing the road. The older man walks on, deep in his own thoughts, none the wiser the young man just avoided him.

The first tragedy.

The second being the return back to the young punk and the expression on his face now being one that is forlorn, regretful. Fleeting the expression is, though, for he then moves on.

Jim…you write so beautifully. Not just lyrics…but in every way you express yourself. If your grandfather can (as we all love to take solace in believing) see you from wherever his soul or spirit exists…he will definitely be proud of…not just the career you made for yourself, but of the beautiful person you are. No hyperbole.

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The YouTube clip is for the Bowie song Win…which I have always taken to be a melancholic piece. Maybe it’s the sound of it…the way David sings it…in a remorseful, regretful voice…it’s not until towards the end of the track, with those emphatic “ALL YOU’VE GOT TO DO IS WIN…ALL YOU’VE GOT…IS ALL YOU’VE GOT!” And that final fading backing vocal sweep of “ain’t overrrrrrrr” where it finally becomes uplifting.

“Secret thinker sometimes listening aloud
Life lies dumb on its heroes
Wear your wound with honor, make someone proud”

Win Tickets To See Simple Minds At The PGA Championship At Wentworth!

Simple Minds Official on Facebook are giving away five pairs of tickets for the PGA Championship final day – which includes their gig on the Sunday evening, May 27th (bank holday weekend).

All you have to do is go to Facebook and share their post about it. I would share it (on FB)…but seeing as I have a ticket already…I don’t want to accidentally enter myself for tickets…so, I shall share it this way instead! You have until 5pm BST on Sunday, May 20th to enter.

So, GO TO FB AND GET SHARING! Good luck! 🤞🏻