The story of John Chiesly AKA 'Johnny One-Arm'. An infamous figure in Edinburgh folklore before, during and long after his death.
One of the most famous ghost stories from the Old Town of Edinburgh from one of the city's most haunted places.
Read on for a scintillating list of the top 25 of the best Scottish Indie Rock bands of the 2010s.
Find out what the Scots are bringing to the world of pop music in the 21st century. Here are 20 of the top indie-pop bands who have burst through from Caledonia!
The best Scottish indie rock bands of the 2000s. What did the Scots bring to the music of the 21st century? Here are 20 of the top alternative rock bands from Scotland.
Great pop music from Auld Caledonia managed to break through, or even make a comeback, in the final decade of the 2oth century. Here are 10 of the best Scottish Indie Pop bands of the 1990s.
In the rock history of the 1990s, a little nation of 5 million people on an island off northwest Europe produced many great bands. Here are 20 of the best Scottish Indie Rock bands of the 1990s
An A-Z selection of the Caledonian Tartan Beat of the 1980's Pop Renaissance from the little-known to the household names.
The inspiration for Kurt Cobain, Franz Ferdinand and The Rapture, you'll find them here amongst the best Scottish Indie Rock Bands of the 1980s who scaled the heights in the UK and conquered America.
Enjoy 15 of the best heavy rock bands from the nation which literally sparked the inspiration for 'Smoke on the Water'.
The top things to do in Cannes in the South of France with Hollywood murals, hand-prints of the movie-stars, cordon-bleu cooking, classy fashions by the Mediterranean, plus the Man in the Iron Mask.
From classic rock through to thrash, power, speed, and even melodic death metal, fired from the axes of these Germanic hordes of hard licks and loud guitars. The best of German Heavy Rock.
Whether home-grown or from the world diaspora, here are 15 of the very best of Palestinian Hip-Hop artists. Inspired by the great US rap artists and their own musical culture.
Things to do in Antibes include a medieval fort, line-upon-line of luxury yachts, Picasso, killer whales, dolphins, sunshine, beaches, colourful gardens and lots of Jazz with all the summer cool.
15 of the very best Scottish Punk Rock bands. Raw, vicious and even chart superstars with uncompromising lyrics, loud music and hard-core principles from the Caledonian crews of rasping guitar.
Things to do in Malcesine covers sailing, windsurfing, cliff-diving and swimming. Skiing, snowboarding, mountain treks & cycle paths. Fine wine & olive oil, history and festivals on Lake Garda.
Silent bay, busy beaches, noisy festivals, fantastic Mediterranean weather, coastal walks and cycle trails, historical churches and buildings. Great food & fine wine. Things to do in Sestri Levante
Grimaldi Castle, Renoir Musuem, horse-racing, sun, sea-food and pebble beaches. These are things to do in Cagnes-sur-Mer for the wandering Francophile on any given summer day.
There are many things to do in Milan. Fashion, food, shopping and Da Vinci. But among the whirl of this bustling business centre of finance you should visit the Gothic Cathedral in Piazza Duomo
Blue Flag beaches & Botanical Gardens. A beautiful cathedral and historic walls. Leonardo di Caprio and mad dogs. An informative guide on things to do in Chiavari on the Italian Riviera.
When tourists travel to Liguria in Italy then normally there are one of two choices. Genoa and the Cinque Terre. But here are things to do in Lavagna which boasts charmingly modest attractions.
As one of the best ski resorts in Northern Italy, there are lots of things to do in Foppolo. Everything to offer for winter sports and a beautiful venue in the summer with spectacular Alpine views.
Think of Thrash, think of American Heavy Metal monsters. But think Brazilian, think South America. Here are perhaps the top 20 greatest Brazilian Thrash bands to have rocked the world.
When you think of a Christmas market then normally Germany springs to mind. Or perhaps even further north into Scandinavia. But further south you may be pleasantly surprised with Milan Italy.
Art, design and latest fashions, cafe culture, best restaurants & historical architecture. The Bohemian sector of the bustling city of Milan. An oasis of leisure & pleasure in the streets of Brera.
The Upper Brembana Valley offer fascinating pursuits for those who love the great outdoors. San Simone is the highest major venue in the valley and part of the Alpine ski industry. Read more here.
There are many places to visit around the mountains of the Alpine ski area of the Brembana Valley in Italy. One such place is the small but fascinating village of Carona.
Read about the summer sun and fun of Branzi plus the winter Alpine skiing of the Upper Brembana Valley in Italy. A wide selection of interests, pursuits and activities are on offer.
There are many little mountain jewels dotted around the rugged slopes and crags of the Alpine ski area of the Brembana Valley in Italy. One such place is the small but fascinating village of Valleve.
A collection of some of the greatest Power Metal bands to have come out of Brazil. Check out these sounds and videos by uncompromising masters of metal and speed.
The campaign for the people of Palestine has inspired memorable music. Here are 10 songs and videos of Palestinian freedom by both international and home-grown artistes who sing about the struggle.
How many can you guess? Here is a list of 20 famous Hollywood stars who have Italian surnames. But with English translations. See how many you can translate back into the native language
What if The Beatles had actually sang in Scouse? The Liverpool patios was never really exploited by The Fab Four. Here is a list from the vaults of the songs that could have been.
Romanesque church, Renaissance buildings, military fortress and maritime museum. An informal but detailed guide of things to do in Kotor in Montenegro. Discover the secrets within its great walls.
Learn more about things to do in Budva on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro. Sandy beaches, historic buildings and a vibrant nightlife await you.
An appreciative commentary of a memorable visit to the Cinque Terre, Things to do in Vernazza. Learn all you need to know about this fantastic little resort on the Italian shores of the Mediterranean.
A short and informal guide of things to do Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre. Read about its attractions, its history, people, food and drink, padlocks and street murals.
In terms of architecture one of the best places to visit in Milan in Italy is the cathedral But when you're there you should also see the buildings of Piazza Duomo that surround it.
A comprehensive and entertaining guide of things to do in Dubrovnik City. Learn all you need to know about this marvelous Croatian city on the shores of the Adriatic Sea.
A small but detailed guide of things to do in Monterosso al Mare on the Italian Coast of the Cinque Terre. Learn more about this wonderful town on the Mediterranean.
An informal and informative guide on things to do on Lokrum Island. One of Croatia's little jewels in the Adriatic and which lies just off the popular resort of Dubrovnik.
The scene is in an oppressive room somewhere in the massive Trump Tower. Two smartly-dressed business types sit on one side of a table. They wait expectantly but nervously for the opening of the door on the opposite wall.
What are the best things to do in Dubrovnik Old Town? Here is an essential guide to what is on offer within and around the fortified walls of this wonderful Croatian resort.
It is now March of 2012 and we are in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. US President Othell'Obama is in attendance at the Nuclear Security Summit at the COEX Convention and Exhibition Center.
Spoof interview with President Obama on the death of Muammar Gadaffi. Famed TV host Richard Iago gives Othello a grilling about the killing.
This irreverent spoof of Obama's Presidency continues. It is the eve of the implementation of the Budget Control Act with discussions on the details and the implications of the new legislation.
Another short episode in the spoof comedy series following the adventures of President Othell' Obama. This time he has crossed the Atlantic Ocean and visits Ireland and the UK.
There may be some surprises in this list of great Scottish male actors. Not least the fact that you may not have even known they were Scottish. But all of them certainly are and some are famous all around the world.
A tribute to a much mistreated friend. How hard life is for the modern umbrella.
Spoof report on the standards of interior decoration in police interrogation facilities across the USA
An informal guide of things to do in Courmayeur, a village and ski-resort in Italy. Learn what this charming place has to offer both in winter sports, summer pursuits and other leisure activities.
For the modest price of a day ticket you can enjoy a selection of live music on the Metro system under Milan in Italy. A variety of instruments mingle with the sounds of the train.
It is a special edition of 'Time Team' the popular Archaeology show on Channel 4 with the usual host Tony Robinson. The series has returned and includes a episode filmed much further afield than usual.
The scene is in the Situation Room of the White House in May 2011. Therein are assembled the National Security Team all gathered around the television awaiting the big game with anticipation.
Here are some of the best tunes from pop stars who have ventured through that door labelled heavy rock. Some have sampled it just once never to return others have liked what they see and let their hair down.
A comprehensive account of Milan. With pictures, links and recommendations. There are many things to do in Milan and many things worth seeing in an exciting, energetic and busy city.
The scene is in the Oval Office at the White House in early 2011. President Othell'Obama is in deep discussion with Hillary Clinton and his special adviser Senator Harold Brabantio. The topic of their meeting is the so-called Arab Spring and the President is understandably concerned.
Here in alphabetical order are the most famous Heavy Rock guitarists from Scotland. This list includes lead and rhythm guitar as well as bassists. Guitarists who have performed on the highest stage with the best in the business.
The land of Scotland may be noted for the skirl of the bagpipes but here is a collection of the greatest ever Scottish Heavy Rock bands over several decades. Let the thunder roar in the glens.
A feast of the worst that Classic Rock and Blues band Whitesnake have had to offer over many years. Not in the sense of the music necessarily but simply in the cringe-inducing titles of some of their songs.
The scene is the studios of NBC Television at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. Tonight the legendary comedy show Saturday Night Live is about to transmit. It is December 2010 and the show is jointly hosted by special guest presenters Richard Iago and Ted Nugent.
Among the architectural splendours of the 'Athens of the North' as Edinburgh is described are the many fine churches and cathedrals. Here is a concise list of the most significant buildings of the city
Edinburgh has much to offer the visitor in way of culture, history and spectacle. It also has a lively social scene. The Cowgate area in the Old Town of the city can offer all of these. It is a site of historical interest where many famous people have lived and worked.
The Canongate is the lower section of the famous Royal Mile in Edinburgh, in Scotland. It was once a separate burgh from the city itself before becoming incorporated in 1865. Therefore it developed a history and culture of its own.
Commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace the official title for the British Queen's residence in Scotland is actually The Palace of Holyroodhouse. It has lain at the foot of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh for over 500 years and is one of the lesser know palaces of the British Monarchy.
They may be decommissioned relics of a more violent era but the castles of Scotland are now shrouded in romance and history. Edinburgh Castle is the most famous in the country and has stood in one form or another for over 650 years. Both the rock and the many fortresses that have looked down...
The scene is in a gargantuan hall in Washington which is filled with row upon row of shelves. Within those shelves are literally millions of books of every description. Specially invited guests mill around the floorspace area as they enjoy a lavish champagne reception.
A UNESCO Heritage site accorded its status for outstanding historical and architectural significance. The so-called New Town of Edinburgh is over 250 years old but all descriptions are relative. The name derived from a direct comparison with the medieval streets and wynds of the Old Town of the...
The city certainly rocks and it surely rolls and it may surprise you to learn that it has a thriving scene for Rock music. Perhaps on a par with the great musical cities around the world.
Edinburgh has been known as a 'City of Letters' especially from the early 18th century to the present day. From the days of the quill and the pen to the laptop era here are the leading lights.
If you are ever in Maggie Dickson's pub in the Grassmarket in Edinburgh you may wonder who she is. Well, she isn't the current landlady or the name of some famous barmaid that worked in the place. The truth is far more interesting than that.
In an ever-shrinking modern world it is perhaps hard to imagine the notion of uncharted territory. But less than 200 years ago a young Scotsman set out into what was then called 'Darkest Africa' to discover new lands and their hidden people.
The most obvious places to visit in Edinburgh are of course the Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. But scores of tourists will enjoy a stroll up the Calton Hill to enjoy the historic monuments up there and also to savour the superb views.
Our merry old tale is now into mid-2010. President Othell' Obama is in the Oval Room attending to routine duties. Enter the Vice-President Joe Biden with news to disrupt the relative quiet of the day.
Fun spoof: Seated in expectation are the judges . A special edition entitled 'The Search for the Easter Bunny' . Over 1,000 applicants have queued at the studio. Half of them from the same family.
There had once been an American Werewolf in London and then again in Paris. Now the tables were turned with the NYPD and the National Guard out in force as many of the population of New York cowered within their homes.
The Americans had Patton, the British had Montgomery. The Soviets lauded General Zhukov. If you are so inclined you may admire Rommel or Yamamoto but nobody likes a loser. But some of the greatest military heroes of World War Two were not the Field Marshalls, five-star generals or the admirals of...
The President of Corporation USA makes a special appearance on the 'Shark Tank' TV show. Read his pitch to the sharks on his new business idea.
With talk of One World Government you would think that the time of the USA is over. This is the wrong way to go. Break-up the USA instead of adding to it. It's too big and it would be more fun if it was split into bits.
A comic look at the ancient Britons who helped build the Colosseum. An affectionate parody of the classic TV show Auf Wiedersehn Pet transferred to 1st century Rome.
The wasteful pursuits of gambling and outrageous lead-swinging would hardly sound like the beginnings of a hugely successful business enterprise. But that's how the Jenner Department store in Edinburgh, Scotland came into being back in the 1830's.
Here is a short account of the beginnings of the hugely famous and ever popular Venice Subway System. It was conceived as a more efficient substitute for the gondolas and riverboats on the surface of the city's many canals.
We've been together a long time me and my shadow. I've known him all my life and I'm sure I will for many years to come.
For lovers of traditional art and sculpture. A brief but informative description of the 'Temples on the Mound' in Edinburgh, Scotland.
10 of the best and most bizarre corner flag celebrations in football.
The birth of the violin, Mussolini's last redoubt, watersports and mountain walks. Things to do in Salò on Lake Garda. Learn what the town has to offer in this wonderful part of Italy.
I call for a launch of a campaign to introduce an 'International Customer Dress-Down Day' forthwith. Imagine the possibilities for the underpaid and the down-trodden.
The scene is Congress in Washington D.C. in early 2010 and which is a hive of activity. Inside the forum there is a full house of politicians seated in the audience in preparation and expectation. They are there to hear the much anticipated Healthcare speech by President Othell' Obama.
The makers of the famous Doctor Who series, in other words the BBC,have went through 10 lead actors in the role. But it could have been completely different with the benefit of hindsight or time travel even. If only they had chosen William Roache AKA Ken Barlow of Coronation Street
Enjoyable spoof on the advances in the possibilities of Space Tourism for ordinary, everyday multi-millionaires. But also for working folk. Since the launch of the 21st Century there have been major developments in research and technology into making space flights purely for leisure
A short poem on the waste and insanity of war.
The subject of not one but two movies, including a Walt Disney production, the story of Greyfriars Bobby has enthralled people all over the world. But what of the story, indeed the folk-tale perhaps, of the little Skye terrier.
For all the wonderfully pedantic delights of order and rectitude the listicle is a godsend for conformity and false belonging. No more randomness, no more uncertainty. Put them in a category, then get them in order and settle back with a coffee. All is well with the universe as it all makes sense...
Here are some of the best Italian Alternative Rock bands. Some bands are hard to categorise in any language. The Italian music scene is no different and many groups will produce quite unique music.
A list of 15 great Italian Indie Rock bands . Presenting the lighter side of Italian guitar-fueled rock. Here you will find a chaotic melange of Pop, Rock, Punk, Grunge, Garage and whatever else.
Perhaps not a name that immediately springs to mind among the general public concerning the arbitrary notion of who are the greatest scientists of all time. But the 19th century scientist Sir James Clerk Maxwell is credited with providing one of the most historic breakthroughs in the theory, study...
In the last episode of this series of helpful articles you'll find a summing up of the courier experience. You'll also find some useful links to jobsites at the end of the article.
In the penultimate article in this 15-part series I look at the advantages of technology. It will ease your pain and stem your sweat during those hot summer months.
The further travails of this campsite courier as he moves home and works alone. Strange things happening to the eyeballs as well as mangling a foreign language as usual. The constant battle against the forces of nature also continues apac
It's not all work you know and you need to enjoy yourself in your summer season abroad. So have as much fun as you can and make the most of what the resort and the country has to offer. That can be onsite or offsite
More handy little tips and tricks of the trade for any aspiring Campsite Couriers. Here we include tent-dwelling, toilet facilities and recycling of all that rubbish, especially the empties. Unfortunately crime waves do sometimes occur and you should always be on your guard.
I accept that mini-disasters might happen from time to time and I can accept them more easily when they're mine. But when some incompetent fart makes a mess of things sitting in an office a thousand miles away and I have to suffer the consequence then that really gets my back up.
More advice on that Montage clean. But this time on the outside of the mobile home. You may find your improvisational skills tested to the limit, your stamina to the utmost and your temper to the extreme.
There's no getting away from the fact that you will do a helluva lot of cleaning as a Courier. Certainly during the Montage period in early season when you'll be spring-cleaning the caravans and equipment. All the dirt, grime, mould and cobwebs accumulated during the winter shut-down need to be...
A little diversion in the story. After the Easter weekend we were off again in the vans. This time we went further afield to Lake Maggiore ( pronounced 'Madjy-ohray')
We are now into Easter time and the campsites are gradually opening. But be prepared for cold weather even down south. Nevertheless you'll find many holidaymakers descending onto the sites.
Fully established with a foothold on the sacred soil of Italy the hard work begins. But when you have time off it's imperative to make the most of it. Those precious days when you are off the site make you feel like you are on holiday.
The fourth instalment of this plucky tale concentrates on the transportation stage of the happy-go-lucky European traveller. If you want to be there you've got to get there by any means necessary
A bridgehead is firmly established on French soil and it's time for a weeks training. After that we can be unleashed on the campsites and civilian populations of Europe.
The odyssey continues as your adventurous protagonist leaves the shores of old Blighty. A seaborne invasion of the continent takes place across the shimmering waters of the English Channel. It's time to meet up with fellow couriers making that trip.
This is the first instalment of an occasional series into the triumphs, trials and tribulations of working as a campsite courier in Europe. It can be applied anywhere where there is sunshine, beaches, booze, dodgy electrics and leaky plumbing as well as irate customers.
It began not with a computer-aided programme or even an architectural drawing board. The first design for the Scottish Parliament was scribbled on a piece of paper one day in 1998.
Doom Metal is never going to be included on a tracklist of party tunes or feelgood music. More than likely to be the soundtrack at a funeral service, cremation or some other deathly occasion where the music suits the mood. For that is what Doom Metal is all about. Either conveying or instilling a...
Was William Topaz McGonagall the world's worst poet? Is there anybody else that could offer up such appalling verse and tortuous doggerel? Judge for yourselves but you may come to love this great Scottish eccentric.
As the capital city of Scotland Edinburgh has enjoyed many royal visits from its reigning monarch in modern times. But probably none so remarkable than that of the state occasion of the arrival of King George IV to the city in 1822.
The scene is the Oslo City Hall in Norway on the 10th December 2009 where a large audience is gathered. Within the crowd is US President Obama with members of his entourage including cabinet members.
Regarded as perhaps the finest example of a city square of Georgian architecture anywhere in the world this is one of the jewels of Edinburgh New Town. Enjoy a virtual stroll around the square to view and learn about its attractions.
It is unfortunate that many people around the world may not know who Sir Walter Scott was. Certainly many more people will know of his most famous novels. The sword and shield epics of 'Ivanhoe' and 'Rob Roy' are undoubtedly his more famous and popular novels internationally. They were the...
You can learn a lot from a farmer. You can especially learn a lot about the land from a farmer. What might surprise you to learn is that one such farmer founded the science of modern Geology.
The next time you experience the relief of a pain-killing treatment or injection you may want to give praise to the people who made that possible. And think of a great Scotsman who lived back in the 19th century who helped pave the way for modern anaesthesia. His name was Sir James Young Simpson.
The Italian Black Metal underground is the perfect antidote to the suave cantatore and the soprano with its deliciously malevolent sound gathering the masses to the altar. The scene in Italy is strong and thriving with a faithful domestic fan-base as well as drawing admirers from beyond its borders.
I bet you never guessed that there were so many Extreme Metal bands to have come out of Italy over the years. It certainly took me by surprise as did the quality of many of the acts. The music is certainly a long way off from 'O Sole Mio', 'Volare' and 'Nessun Dorma'.Here is a selection of videos...
A land normally noted for passion, romance classical and high Opera in its musical tradition Italy has much to offer the modern Rock scene. You will be hard pushed to find any violins, accordions, flutes or mandolins beloved of the traditional folk music of this wonderful country
With a famous reputation for glamour and fashion and all things exotic the country of Italy has also produced much beautiful music. Here is a collection of famous female vocalists from the country who would come under a fairly broad definition of Rock music.
We are now into Act 3 of our little Shakespearean melodrama. If you missed the beginning then just click on this link to take you back to the campaign trail. Othell'Obama ; A Shakespearean Comedy. Act 1 : Scene 1 roland at Flickr.com : Creative...
The Italians love to sing and with their famous tradition in Opera that comes as no surprise. But outside of their native land not many Italian Rock singers are that well known. So here is a selection of some of the best male solo artists that the country has produced.
For the last 50 years many famous singers and bands have introduced the opening credits of James Bond movies to much acclaim. This ignores the obvious fact that most of the Bond theme tunes are mediocre at best and sometimes truly dreadful.
A first-hand account of the riot from Mr Bingley-Jones, an official at the Department of Education. London had rarely witnessed scenes such as this from schoolchildren.
Not so 'new' anymore but then neither is 'New York' or 'New Mexico' or even 'New Kids on the Block', 'New Labour' or 'The New Avengers' I suppose. But the best of the old bands of 'Nu-Metal', or 'Alternative Metal' as it has been called, are still around today.
For fans of the famous comedy of the maniacal hotel owner with his long-suffering wife and staff. Here's what may have happened if Basil Fawlty sold up and went abroad.
It may have enjoyed its glory years almost 20 years ago but Grunge music is still around. Fans will know the names of the groups like Nirvana, Peal Jam, Soundgarden and others.
We now come to the end of our movie. But here is the link to the beginning if you missed anything Chinese Democracy ; A 007 Mystery - Introduction The Making of Chinese Democracy : A James Bond 007 Parody - The Final Scene At last our story ends...
If you missed all the action then just click on this link and it'll take you back to the beginning of the story. Chinese Democracy ; A 007 Mystery - Introduction The Making of Chinese Democracy : A James Bond 007 Parody - Part 12 As befits any...
The movie is almost over folks. But don't worry if you've missed it, you can go back to the start at this link. Chinese Democracy ; A 007 Mystery - Introduction The Making of Chinese Democracy : A James Bond 007 Parody - Part 11 The action of...
Hello folks, if you've just walked in the door then welcome to the movie. But where have you been? It all started way back here. Just click on the link. Chinese Democracy ; A 007 Mystery - Introduction The Making of Chinese Democracy : A James...
To go back to our curtain raiser just click on the link Othell'Obama ; A Shakespearean Comedy. Act 1 : Scene 1 Obama as Othello ; A Shakespeare Parody. Act 3 Scene 1 President Obama's First 100 Days. It is 100 days into the new Presidency for...
Just arrived? If you're at the cinema you've missed the beginning. But if you're watching the DVD then here's the start menu. Chinese Democracy ; A 007 Mystery - Introduction shazwan @ flickr.comThe Making of Chinese Democracy : A James Bond 007...
An American was once asked to comment on tennis star John McEnroe's tantrums at Wimbledon over 30 years ago. The reply was brief....."That's for sending us Sid Vicious!"
If this is your first visit then here is the link to where all this nonsense started. Enjoy the ride! Chinese Democracy ; A 007 Mystery - Introduction The Making of Chinese Democracy : A James Bond 007 Parody - Part 8 The action hots up as our...
A fun spoof on the growing power of the supermarket chain. Hear about the latest measures that they have introduced and controversial incidents arising.
Just turned up? Take your seat for the start of the movie at this link and see what you've been missing so far. Chinese Democracy ; A 007 Mystery - Introduction Chinese Democracy : A 007 Mystery Part 7 Special agent James Bond 007 has...
Hard to define specifically but usually referring to gloom and doom as well as dark mystery and even the grotesque. If you think of the word 'Gothic' then it may conjure up images of horror but mingled with romance.
In case you're wondering just how we got this far. Here's a link to the start of our high-octane adventure Chinese Democracy ; A 007 Mystery - Introduction The Making of Chinese Democracy : A James Bond 007 Parody -Part 6 The movie continues with...
It doesn't matter whether you're at a summer festival at the gatherings of the metal hordes or just in a local bar. If you're at your favourite theatre, entering an arena or even a huge stadium gig. Wherever you are rockin you'll need that t-shirt.
The story is really getting underway now. But if you missed any here is where it started. Just make a coffee, pull up a chair and click on the link. Chinese Democracy ; A 007 Mystery - Introduction The Making of Chinese Democracy : A James Bond...
"Be Kind, Rewind" for the start of the movie. If you've just come in you've missed a big chunk so far. But don't worry! Just click on the link for the introduction. Chinese Democracy ; A 007 Mystery - Introduction The Making of Chinese Democracy :...
One of the most popular Heavy Rock bands for t-shirts and other merchandise just has to be Iron Maiden. Everywhere you go in the world you will see the familiar grinning features of Ed Hunter or 'Eddie' as he's affectionately known by fans of 'The Irons' who flock to see the band.
Thrash Metal. A sub-genre of Heavy Rock that has enjoyed success for three decades now. Check out this selection of t-shirts from the top bands.
Fresh allegations emerged that Labour MP Alfred Shovel received undeclared donations of several compact discs of the groups ‘Vains of Jenna’ and ‘Crazy Lixx’ from Swedish record companies keen to promote the bands in the UK. At Prime Minister’s question time David Cameron rounded on Labour Leader...
If you've missed the start, don't worry. You can catch up quickly with the rest of us. Just click on this link for the introduction. Chinese Democracy ; A 007 Mystery - Introduction The Making of Chinese Democracy : A James Bond 007 Parody - Part...
In this scene James Bond meets with the technical supremo 'Q' at the latter's underground laboratory and testing facility. Once again actor John Cleese returns to play the role of 'Q' with his usual relish. Bond was on his way from 'M's' office to the laboratory deep in the heart of the underground...
Always one of the most fun festivals in the annual calendar, Easter is popular among young and old. A marvellous occasion for family get-togethers and to share an enjoyable time.
If you've come in late then don't worry. You can just click on the link to rewind to the start of the movie here. Chinese Democracy ; A 007 Mystery - Introduction The Making of Chinese Democracy : A James Bond 007 Parody - Part 1 Opening scene at...
"What're you rebelling against, Johnny?" ....."Whaddya got?" That immortal movie line from a young Marlon Brando who snarled and sneered his way across the celluloid in 'The Wild One' almost 60 years ago. The film may have badly dated since 1953 but the look and style certainly has not.
Just click on the link below to take you back to the start of the story and how it all started. Chinese Democracy ; A 007 Mystery - Introduction The Making of Chinese Democracy : A James Bond 007 Parody : Prologue Obligatory Opening Action...
The almost true story behind the release of one of the most controversial Rock albums in history. The album 'Chinese Democracy' by shock rockers Guns n' Roses led by the enigmatic figure of Axl Rose. An album over 13 years in the making, shrouded in heavy secrecy and steeped in speculation
Everyone loves spring time when flowers are blooming and birds singing as nature becomes a kinder force for all. But as you might imagine the bugs come out in force again to spoil the fun.
Curtain's up for the first scene at this link. Just click here. Othell'Obama ; A Shakespearean Comedy. Act 1 : Scene 1 Obama as Othello ; A Shakespeare Parody. - Act 2 Scene 5. The Presidential Inauguration of 2009. It is the 20th January 2009...
The tent began to glow from a bright white light that shone from outside onto their backs. They all turned towards it as the light grew stronger and stronger and glittered with a multitude of tiny sparkles. From deep within the light came a shadowy apparition floating down
The triumphant return to the Paradise City and a romantic reconciliation. The 4 X 4 arrived at the city gates and Zak tooted the horn. They drove past a scene of destruction on the the way to the festival site. There had been a pre-gig riot.
The dreaded Wicked Witch of the West is confronted and finally cools off. From above came a disembodied voice replete with satisfaction All eyes rolled upwards and peered up into the gloom. Among the inner ramparts and gargoyles stood a tall, dark-haired man, middle-aged but of handsome features
Click on the link to get back to the start of this crazy campaign Othell'Obama ; A Shakespearean Comedy. Act 1 : Scene 1 Obama as Othello ; A Shakespeare Parody. Act 2 Scene 4 The Election Night of 2008. It is November election night after...
The dreadful trip to the Witches castle where more danger awaits our gallant crew. They journeyed off again, this time in the direction of the Witch's Castle 50 miles hence from the Paradise City.
Our happy gang finally enter the hallowed halls of the Paradise City and meet the famous Wizard of Oz. The words 'Paradise City Welcomes Careful Drivers' emblazoned the sign as Zakk roared past at 100 miles an hour with an empty tequila pitcher jammed on his head.
To take your seat at the opening curtain of our little play, just click here Othell'Obama ; A Shakespearean Comedy. Act 1 : Scene 1 Obama as Othello ; A Shakespeare Parody. Act 2 : Scene 2. The Home Improvement TV Show. In a studio set...
Now with two more travellers, Amy and her new friends walk through the forest in the dark with great trepidation. They made their getaway in haste but suffered a few nightmare hours in the forest as they were slowly enveloped in the cloying darkness.
The next morning Amy and her new tin-plated companion set off for the Paradise City. The Munchkins gave her a rousing farewell with their traditional goodbye song.
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To begin at the start of our little tale, just click on this link. Othell'Obama ; A Shakespearean Comedy. Act 1 : Scene 1 Obama as Othello ; A Shakespeare Parody. Act 2 Scene 1. The Head to Head Debate with McCain. Hempstead, New York State ...
A hilarious look through the history of the dreaded boy band phenomenon. Evidence is presented and sentences handed down. The music of the worst boy bands is now a capital crime.
For the opening scene of our tale click on this link Othell'Obama ; A Shakespearean Comedy. Act 1 : Scene 1 Photo by aflcio @ Flickr Creative CommonsObama as Othello ; A Shakespeare Parody. Act 1 Scene 4 - Bill Clinton Advises the President. ...
Knights, wizards, hobbits, robots and rock stars all rolled into one story. Follow the adventures of Amy and her gang on the Yellow Brick Road to Ozzfest.
For the beginning of our tale click the link for the opening scene. Othell'Obama ; A Shakespearean Comedy. Act 1 : Scene 1 Obama as Othello ; A Shakespeare Parody. Act 1 - Scenes 2 and 3 The Campaign Trail. Act 1 Scene 2 : Toledo, Ohio The...
A gastronomic treat from two unexpected guests. The scene is a brightly lit studio designed in a domestic but fashionable style. But the peace is about to be shattered.
This is me Richard Iago on our regular look at the campaign trail for Election 2008. Today the Democratic candidate Othell’Obama has passed through the Venice district of Los Angeles during the final stages of his campaigning here in California.
A whimsical recount of a wonderful talent. Follow the adventures of Monty Rigmarole the greatest act to have tread the boards in England after the Great War. A surreal and bizarre tale.
At this time of crisis we are all naturally concerned about money and prices in this uncertain world. Our High Street banks desperately need your help and they need it NOW, so we would ask you to reach down into your hearts but more importantly into your pockets and give generously to this worthy...
An amusing anecdote of a day in class for a long-suffering teacher. Mr McKillop encounters and inquisitive class who never take anything at face value, especially when it comes to the numbers
“Adverts, Adverts everywhere and don’t you stop to think!!” Of all the things that bother me most about modern life, intrusive advertising has got to be the most irritating and infuriating. It drives me nuts.
Seconds out! Who's the best? Who's the hardest rocker in town? Get in the ring! Swing every punch, feel every blow and find out who hits the canvas first.
A spoof account of the Hollywood scandals. Enough is enough some are saying. But it is the two-dimensional celebrities of the TV and Movie industry who are under the microscope more than ever.
The rumours of Sarah Palin quest for the nomination as 2012 Presidential candidate for the Republican Party has aroused enormous controversy across America. None more so than among two distinct minority groups who, for the first time, have set aside their historical differences to form a coalition...
With news that the gorgeous Angelina Jolie is being considered for a new film version of the story of Cleopatra, ruler of ancient Egypt, it raises the old story about authenticity in the movies. Is history about to be re-written once again?
There is a time-honoured saying that ‘Mother's knows best’ not only about mothering you know, but about everything. Well that's what they say don't they, but if it were true then shouldn't we put the mothers of the World in charge of everything?
Who is the best Rock band ever? Well, there's only one way to find out! Stick all the top stars into a field and let them get on with it. Who will be the winner?
A visit to the historic centre of Heidelberg. With many photographs and insights into the attractions and history of this charming German town. Full of humour and informality.
A city of finance and fun, commerce and culture. This comprehensive guide of places to visit in Frankfurt will tell you everything you need to know about the town some call 'Mainhatten', others call 'Bankfurt'. Detailed and interesting for anyone planning a trip to the German money capital.
“Freud said that the essence of the comic was the conservation of psychic energy. But then Freud never played Second House, Friday night at the Glasgow Empire” (Ken Dodd)
This is a special alert to all operatives across the world to warn of a threat to our livelihood, safety and security. The Government of the rogue terror state of Belgium is up to something. This is one delicious conspiracy theory.
A hilarious jaunt through the world of Italian wine. Unexpectedly bizarre twists and surreal turns await in a meander through the virtues and vices of the gracious grape.
An informative guide to things to do in Desenzano on the shores of Lake Garda. Detailed and humorous with all you need to know about this great town in Italy.
A fun-filled travelogue with pictures of things to do in Sirmione on Lake Garda. Learn all you need to know about this Italian resort in one of the most historic and picturesque towns on the lake.
If you would like to know the best way to erect a family-size tent then I'm sure you'll find many useful websites on the internet. This isn't one of them. But, as it is you're here reading this so you might as well click on the link.
Have you ever lived for 6 months in a tent? It's not that bad an experience, I quite liked living in a tent. Except for four unmemorable days when it rained and rained and rained.
The world was presented with a special gift the day that Monica Gallagher gave birth to a son in the town of Ballyshannon in County Donegal.This post-war child in neutral Ireland would grow up to become one of the true legends of a country which enjoyed the riches of artists, poets, writers and...
Crazy spoof on the famous CSI TV series. Expect the unexpected as we visit the crime scene of a grisly crime in the hills of Hollywood.
Spoof interview with the Motorcity Madman as he speaks with 'Whispering Bob Harris at the BBC. Hear Ted speak about his music, his politics and whatever else gets in the way of his machine-gun delivery.
Read about all the things to do in Riva del Garda. With photos of this beautiful town and the spectacular scenery of the Dolomite mountain range.
Probably the most photographed star in the music business who has never lost his looks, although that's not saying much. An interview with Eddie of Iron Maiden.
We had agreed that first thing on Sunday morning we would be packing the tents and equipment away and storing them in the mini-bus. From past experience we knew there could be possible trouble later on that night on the site. The last night at Donington can be mad.