Another sad loss. Here is some of his recent work. Is it jazz? Prog? Simply rock? Unusual, yet haunting, in my humble opinion, and it shows that the piano still has a lot to offer even in this hi-tech age.
Well, just another day and a half of work and I am on holiday...at home. In these troubled times, I am extremely grateful to be fit and well and to have a job and income, mind.
We were due to be heading to the south coast of Crete but something like that will be a pipe dream for months to come.
My employer won't allow people to cancel previously booked holiday - which is fair enough, the company would grind to a halt if everyone put off their holidays until the lockdown ends - so we will be sampling the delights of the parish in which we reside and trying not to murder each other
Anyone got any good holiday at home survival tips?
PS: I am soooo glad I booked an extra day for packing and getting organised especially now all "packing" is going to involve is removing my work laptop from the dining room table.
OK, so this is a pretty trivial subject at this time of crisis and upheaval, but I am getting to the point where my crowning glory - or to be more accurate, grizzled French crop - is going to need some serious attention. I've never cut my own hair and am nervous as hell.
What are you lot planning to do? I am considering getting some electric clippers but am such a clumsy oaf that I will probably end up slicing the curtains in half, along with my own ear.
"Jese, Berahino, Imbula, Wimmer, N'Diaye ...has any club in the history of the Premier League ever assembled such a cesspit of a dressing room? (Oh yeah, QPR did. Who was their manager again?) Just to put NJ's task into perspective, 4 of those w@nkers are still here. #scfc"
I feel their pain, even though we have moved on, scars and all.
I have been critical of our fans recently but man alive, take a bow, those who went
That place... After the results we’ve had this year... And yet you could clearly be heard on the radio (BBC Radio London), above the howling wind and some of the most inane, irrelevant and pointless – cough – “commentary” I have ever heard in my life. Respect!
Mind you, I was grateful for their babbling because it did serve to conceal the horrors on the pitch. I really didn't want to think too hard about what was going on so listening to Emma Jones and "Paul" - an ex-Millwall player I think because he seemed to have forgotten that he was on Radio London not Den FM - going on about litter, the weather, and umpteen other topics of no relevance to what was apparently going on on a football pitch below them was a blessed relief.
The high - or low - point was when there was the stadium announcement about the issue with the trains. I know that you need to band together for safety at The Den but it had sounded for some time as if our two intrepid pundits were getting rather too close and so when Emma said Paul would need to give her a piggyback home, only for Paul to say he couldn't because of the state of his back and Emma to then offer him a piggyback, my monocle started to steam up.
Occasionally, they got bored with their directionless chuntering and offered a few asides about what was unfolding on the pitch. My wife was upstairs and could hear me shouting “Tell us what’s happening!”
Still, we got a point and (magical thinking alert) if I need to listen to 90+ minutes of endlessly meandering waffle for us to get a point or – gasp – points, if that's the sort of sorcery it takes, so be it. I was too scared to go back to the telly, not just because it was an awful game with serious consequences for the team which conceded but also because I thought I might break the spell and put a curse on us.
We still need to grit our teeth, break out of the current dip, and get enough points to secure our future in the division, but if we can do that – and we must not be complacent, it is not a given – this will be one of my favourite seasons for a long while.
Don’t get me wrong, it has not been perfect and we have a lot of major issues to address (minor stuff like long term financial viability, the new ground conundrum), plus I was unhappy to see Ollie go, but I think there are a lot of positives to take from this season so far. Most of all, I like the way we have – so far- defied the odds and kept ourselves away from the dropzone in spite of the limitations imposed on us by the ludicrous and flawed FFP regulations and fine, while at the same time establishing some of our home-grown talent. I love to see our unfashionable club overcoming obstacles and often unfair and unjust decisions and regulations. In your face!
This is not meant to be “happy clapping,” but these things amongst others have made me proud and quite upbeat: - The youngsters coming through - Excellent loan signings - McLaren’s willingness to work on things and to change his tactics if they don’t work, plus his drive, professionalism, and dare I say it, pride in his role and his players - The effort and commitment the players have shown; they all look up for it and there are no passengers any more - The training ground is moving forward - 10 years of QPR in the community - Some surprise results (FA cup run, Forest away, a reasonable number of away wins)
We face a very tough future, mainly thanks to the football authorities, and it is going to be hard to stand still, let alone progress, but I am probably more proud of our battling little club now than I have ever been.
“I say stay long enough to repay all who caused strife” – Alice in Chains