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PCP#630… London Crawling….

London Crawling…with tracks by… Don Letts, Dan Donovan, Dubmatix, Dub Kirtan All Stars, Jai Utta, Point, $$$$$$$$, Motihari Brigade, Starfrosch, Rog, CDR.

  1. London Calling 12 Mix (feat. Don Letts & Dan Donovan), by Dubmatix. Ontario, Canada. [Dubmatix]
  2. Discussion with Clithers and Ro
  3. Haribol (Original Version), by Dub Kirtan All Stars & Jai Utta. Los Angeles, California, USA. [Bandcamp]
  4. Boom, by Point. Germany. [DigitalDiamonds]
  5. TXKYXDR?FT by $$$$$$$$. California, USA. [Lost Frog]
  6. Power From Below, by Motihari Brigade. Bloomington, Indiana, USA. [StoryAmp]
  7. Deadfro5h, by Starfrosch. Bern, Switzerland.
  8. Reborn (A), by Rog. NYC, USA. [Bump Foot]
  9. Acid 162, by CDR. Tokyo, Japan. [Lost Frog]

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PCP#630… London Crawling….2020-01-07T14:47:22+00:00

Every breath you take

In 2016 it was a matter of hours after the referendum before the Leave campaigners told that the “Let’s spend £350M on the NHS” slogan on their bus was a lie.

One day after the election Tory MP Damian Green was on LBC saying that we all need to start paying towards an insurance type system to pay for our care.  A couple of days later Tory MP Nicky Morgan has said that the 50,000 ‘more’ nurses will take over 10yrs to reach and none will be in place before 2024.

All politicians tell us lies, half-truths and messages that are meant to make us hopeful and forward looking, but honestly, we’re going to see that the entire Tory list of promises are lies.

I’ve spend the weekend “in reflection” (and also in the pub with Clithers and Ro, which was marvellous!).  I’ve acknowledged that I’m now living in some social media “leftist” bubble that has done nothing to prepare me for such a Tory majority.  I need to get out more.  I need to understand the views of the people physically around me.

Agreed, in my constituency 53.3% of the voters are true blue. But 24.3% are Liberal Democrat with an 11.6% swing, which I helped to create.  It’s going to be a tough story to hear.  There’s going to be a lot of xenophobia and an awful lot more of people that are “good intentioned” and yet still voted for Boris the Bastard.

But as I’ve said before, I’ve always been in the minority, and that will never change. I just need to make sure the people that voted for the Tories see every lie exposed every broken promise shouted from the rooftops.  I want to, hold these bastards to account.  

I was bloody mad and I’m still bloody mad.

Every breath you take2019-12-16T12:23:19+00:00

Start all over again…

Thatcher famously said “There is no society. There are individual men and women and there are families”.  It’s a phrase that has always bugged me.   A fair and good society has always been something I’ve striven for.  Yet the process to “remove” society that she began back in 1979 has now come true in 2019. We have a majority Conservative government elected by individuals that seemingly have no interest in a better society.

This campaign has been the dirtiest in British history, with both Conservatives and Labour employing Machiavellian spin-doctors to turn votes to their advantage. The Lib Dems have tried their best to get us to Vote Tactically and even their own leader has lost her seat.

The left basically ran terrible campaigns and the right brought all of their political and economic might and influence to bear on a witless population who fell for the slogan “Get Brexit Done”.  The end of the beginning of Brexit is now a foregone conclusion.  We may march, we may sing, but with a Tory majority in parliament we cannot stop anything. 

So, prepare yourselves!  We will have years more of Brexit as we tear ourselves apart from the EU and the Union will tear itself apart from within.  It’s only a matter of time before Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland decide they can do better without the English.  Good luck to them, but I doubt it will be true, unless they re-join the EU and get some protection.

So is there really no society?  Did the founders of the NHS and the Welfare State get it all wrong?  Or have we just changed?

Let me tell you now: I have not changed. I still believe in a fairer society. I may be crying into my beer this morning, but tomorrow I will pick myself up, restore my dignity and start the fight again.

Start all over again…2019-12-13T08:48:09+00:00

Should I stay or should I go?

I admit politics has been quite tedious in the last three years.  It’s all been about that one THING. That THING that divides us, that focuses our attention, our passion and our hate.  We don’t agree what that THING is, how long it will take to get it, or whether it will be any good for us in the short or long term.

Quite frankly if I’d put forward a proposal in business to do a THING like this with the same level of data to back it up as the politicians have then I’d probably have been ignored. I saw a video yesterday by Deborah Meaden, one of the UK’s Dragons in Dragon’s Den, saying she would be “out” if the THING was a pitch on the TV show.

It’s the lack of any economic assessment that gets me. There are no published reports that detail how the economy will change as a result of the THING.  No SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) and no logical comparison of options.

Ironically, it’s Boris Johnson’s idea of writing two pieces, FOR and AGAINST the THING that actually strikes a chord with me. Do the analysis and make the decision. Make a plan. Right or wrong.

But it’s the way in which the analysis was presented to the people is what annoys me.  I frequently watch documentaries which purport to tell me the science behind an invention or a discovery, but which dumb it down so much, and repeat the headline points after each advert break; we never actually get to the detail. It’s as if the program makers think we’re too stupid to understand it all. It’s looking to be the same way with politics. They keep telling us the FEATURES not the BENEFITS, just like any bad salesman does.

So 52% of people made a decision in 2016 that was ill informed and dangerous.  The campaign that campaigned for LEAVE was been found guilty of breaking electoral law. Yet those that want to leave say we must respect the vote and deliver the THING.

Back in the boardroom, if I was still advocating for the THING after I’d been shown to have broken the law and dumbed down all the facts, I wouldn’t just have been ignored, I’d have been fired.

Which brings us to today’s election.  We, the board members, must decide if the people behind this are an asset to our company or a liability: “Should I stay or should I go?” to quote one of Boris Johnson’s “favourite” bands.

I’ve worked for firms who have done the wrong thing. Nokia’s wrong decision cost me my job and the company everything. If we vote Boris Johnson back in office and he “Get’s Brexit Done” then it’s doing to be déjà-vu for me, all over again.

Should I stay or should I go?2019-12-12T12:26:42+00:00

PCP#629… Please Do Not Sit On The Fence….

Please Do Not Sit On The Fence…with tracks by… One Line to an Angle, Nadia Javed, Stefi del Cosmos, Culture Deaf, Verimoro, CrudoBilbao Dubbers, Shamann, Kosmik Leprechaun, Kristian Dochev, Protuberance, Rushing Spring, Room Nine Unlimited, Cousin Silas, Gaetanos Fontanazza, Subbase.

  1. Nasty Business, by One Line to an Angle. London, England.[NU Logic]
  2. I Hate Boris, by Nadia Javed. Hayes, London.
  3. Hielo y Fuego, by Stefi del Cosmos. Buenos Aires, Argentina. [Death Roots Syndicate]
  4. Gadget Copter (Dub Mix), by Culture Deaf. Xativa, Valencia, Spain. [Soisloscerdos]
  5. Apathy, by Verimoro. Russia. [Southern City’s Lab]
  6. I Lie Dub, by CrudoBilbao Dubbers & ShamannBilbao, Basque Country, Spain. [Crudo Bilbao]
  7. Karma Vessel, by Kosmik Leprechaun. [Treetrunk Records]
  8. Ghost Ship (feat. Kristian Dochev), by Protuberance. [Mahorka]
  9. Roll Your Eyes, by Rushing Spring. Danbury, Connecticut, USA. [StoryAmp]
  10. Algorhythm (Original Mix), by Room Nine Unlimited. Tondela, Portugal. [Unlimited Space Lab]
  11. This Never Leaves You, by Cousin Silas and Gaetanos Fontanazza. [Sucu Music]
  12. Duloxetine, by Subbase. [Crach Records]

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PCP#629… Please Do Not Sit On The Fence….2019-12-12T10:59:00+00:00

Father and Son….

Succession planning?  Not very sexy is it?  Planning for the day when you retire, die, get fired or pushed aside in a boardroom coup.  Yet it’s essential.  All organisations need someone to take on the mantle of the person that started, founded or built it up from nothing.

So why do companies chose family members to do the work?  Why is it “Somebody and sons” on the label.  Why do they believe the children have the ability that their parent had?

And it’s not just companies.  Take the Monarchy, the oldest “firm” in the UK.  We’re going to get Charles at the helm of his mother’s “empire” at some point soon.  Sooner rather than later if we were to believe reports earlier this week that the queen was, in fact, dead.  But is he up to the job?  He’s 71 at time of writing; an age when most people would be looking to retire.  But they are well looked after these royals and seem to go on forever.  Queenie is 93 and Phil “the Greek” is 98.  Unless of course they have been replaced by look-alikes sometime in the early 2000s?

But I ask again, is he up to the job?  Sure he’s been brought up to take on the role, with perhaps the longest apprenticeship in history, but all we know about him is he’s a tree-hugger, and critic of modern architecture and an adulterer.  But what is the role anyway?

As an aside, today we find that Eddie Stobart’s trucking business is in trouble.  Eddie gave up the business to his sons in 1989 and since then they have done the usual company shit:  expanded, contracted, sold bits off and floated as a public company. Now we have two members of the family fighting over what is the best plan to stop a collapse. Plans being decided over by shareholders that, typically, don’t give a toss about anything other than their dividend.

Unions have called it “bandit capitalism” and investors have offered to help with a loan with a 25% interest rate. Talk about wanting their pound of flesh.

Perhaps the whole idea of succession planning should not automatically include family members, or whether they want to the same school, or came from the same social class?  Perhaps all positions should be decided on merit alone.

Father and Son….2019-12-06T08:45:57+00:00

PCP#628… Tales of the Unexpected….

Tales of the Unexpected…with tracks by… All The Empires Of The World, Vetrix, Dave Mono, Hatch, Allancmo, Atl, Blue Ducks, Lately Kind of Yeah, Azual Dub, R-Juna, One Line to an Angle, 4T Thieves, King Imagine.

  1. Fortress, by All The Empires Of The World. London, England. [Record On Ribs]
  2. NextPhaser-Leader1, by Vetrix. [Pyramid Transmissions]
  3. Binge, by Dave Mono. Haarlem, Netherlands. [Section 27]
  4. Whata Dem Dem, by Hatch. London, England. [Section 27]
  5. Think Of You, by Allancmo. Osaka, Japan. [Anotraks]
  6. Unexpected Titillations, by Atl. Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. [Phonocake]
  7. Oneironauts, by Blue Ducks. UK. [Record On Ribs]
  8. Curtain, by Lately Kind of Yeah. [Vulpiano Records]
  9. Haffi Dub (part 2), by Azual DubDijon, France. [Crudo Bilbao]
  10. Zion Gate, by R-Juna. US. [Dubophonic]
  11. Human Wrongs (Behind the Mirror Mix), by One Line to an Angle. London, England.[NU Logic]
  12. Summer Breeze And Autumn Leaves, by 4T Thieves. [Mahorka]
  13. Allmighty Dub, by King Imagine. Kiev, Ukraine. [Cota 303]

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PCP#628… Tales of the Unexpected….2019-12-05T13:42:59+00:00

I dreamed a dream

I’m in a very lucky position.  I’m not starving.  I don’t have to use food banks.  I don’t have much money coming in, but I have some money put-by when I had better days.  I have a home, it’s warm and I have a loving family.

I’ve just been watching videos from people at food banks asking how they will vote on December 12th.  Their comments are all based on “what can this party do better for me than another party?”. It’s that simple.  Which party can help these poor people?

I don’t have to think this way.  I can think about which party benefits society as a whole.  I can think about which party can give money to help the poor, pay for the NHS, or decide what level of tax people and companies pay.

Some of my friends have lots of income, others have very little.  Some of the high earners save for a rainy day, others spend like there is no tomorrow.  They make themselves “poor” (in their eyes) because of the huge expenses they have to pay out as a result of their lifestyle.  It’s their choice, so who am I to tell them what to do? It’s a free society.

But when my wealth friends (and let’s face it, they are wealthy – they just spend a lot) tell me that they cannot afford to pay a higher income tax, or feel wealthy people (like them) should not be forced to pay for the poor, the scroungers, the benefits frauds, then I get cross. When I hear that they have earned their wages and they should not have to pay more for others that have not worked hard enough, I get very cross.

I have always been happy to pay my taxes.  I’ve declared all of my income even when I could have “kept quiet” about some additional earnings from podcasting came my way.  I would be happy to pay more taxes.  If we can shut down food banks because they’re not needed anymore I would be pleased to know it’s down to my tax – that’s the society I want my taxes to pay for.

So, if you, like me, are blessed by being “comfortable”, then think about what you want society to be.  Think about whether it’s all about YOU, or whether you are prepared to fund a better life for OTHERS.  

If you like that idea, then congratulations, you have become a socialist. Now you can vote Labour and get a caring government, with caring policies. Admittedly I’m voting tactically for the Liberal Democrats again this year, but that’s because I live in a part of the country where there are few people that think like me – and fewer act like me.  Maybe one day my area will be socialist? Nah, who am I kidding.

I can still dream can’t I?

I dreamed a dream2019-12-05T10:59:46+00:00

PCP#627… Stasis….

Stasis…with tracks by… Monsters & Men, Del Ritmo Vivo, Dives, Secret Archives of the Vatican, Dan Konopka, A Human Expressing Experience, HabooDubz, Astral Robot, Pierre The Motionless, Wasaru, Prabumi, Royal Air Moon, Dualist Inquiry, Enrico Falbo, Hydro Fyter.

  1. The Flood, by Monsters & Men. [telematiQ netlabel]
  2. Coral, by Del Ritmo Vivo. Buenos Aires, Argentina. [Shika Shika]
  3. Upwards, by Dives. Vienna, Austria. [Wilhelm show me the Major Label]
  4. Prayer is Better Than Sleep, by Secret Archives of the Vatican. Croydon, England. [Broken Drum Records]
  5. Late Night Beats (with Dan Konopka), by A Human Expressing Experience. Los Angeles, California, USA. [Bandcamp]
  6. The Slug, by HabooDubz. Budapest, Hungary. [Culture Dub Records]
  7. When The Rain Falls They Talk of Manchester, by Astral Robot. Mancheaster,s England. [NU Logic]
  8. Tokyo’s Night View (Pierre The Motionless Remix), by Wasaru. Lille, France. [The French Touch Production]
  9. Nafas, by Prabumi. Jakarta, Indonesia. [Shika Shika]
  10. Meduses De Glace, by Royal Air Moon. Nantes, France. [The French Touch Production]
  11. Echo Park, by Dualist Inquiry. New Delhi, India.[Bandcamp]
  12. Psychostasis, by Enrico Falbo. San Francisco, California. [Vulpiano Records]
  13. Deep Evergreen, by Hydro Fyter. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. [Bandcamp]

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PCP#627… Stasis….2019-12-12T15:56:18+00:00

TDZ#215… Crystal Dub…..

Crystal Dub … with tracks by ….Le Lab, CrudoBilbao Dubbers, The Subvivors, Dawood Sound System, Tokiboun In Dub, Anna Mystic, AMP Outernational, DreadFul, Rowtical.

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TDZ#215… Crystal Dub…..2019-11-27T18:07:23+00:00

Lost In The Supermarket?

So Sainsburys would like us to #ShopForOthers. Potentially a great sentiment when the need for food banks is greater than ever. But are they selling this food at cost price? Are they giving some away free themselves? Are they match funding? No. It’s just another way to boost their profits and it makes me sick.

I regularly shop at Sainsburys.  They hever have enough working tills and they keep trying to force me to use the SmartShop App where you basically do eveything yourself.  I just won’t do it. I’d like a human to do the checkout stuff please. Preferably a few more humans so I don’t have to wait so bloody long.  Yes, I can do it myself, but you’ll make everyone redundant and then how will the old non-tech-savvy customer buy their food? Who will they talk to in their lonely lives? I did say this to one of the staff and they completely poo-poo’d my argument.  “Good luck in your new job love, in about 12 months time”, I told her.

Having said that there’s a couple of members of staff in my local branch that have special needs – and you know what? They’re bloody excellent! Hard working, know their job and very, very friendly. I’s a joy to talk to them and they make the older customers feel cared for.

Contrast that with the BBC Documentary Inside the Supermarket, which follows the staff of the grocery chain for a year. The store staff are great, but the CEO, Mike Coupe, appears to be a complete wazzock! He clearly doesn’t listen to his staff and his customers when their views differ from his own.

So, rather than fuel Sainsburys profits, which not trot down to a Food Bank and see what they really need, and work out the best way for them to get it.  Are they partnered with other supermarket chains, like Tesco or Waitrose? Can you (and they) get food cheaper with them?

Yes we should Shop For Others, but do it ethically!

Lost In The Supermarket?2019-11-26T16:14:18+00:00

The Eye Of The Tiger?

You expect all the usual tropes during an election.  Candidates with their shirt sleeves rolled up (“I’m ready to do some work”), holding babies (“I’m a family person”) or shaking hands with supporters (“I’m one of the people).  And there’s the other one – in a boxing ring with gloves on.  “I’m ready to take on the fight and win” is the message of course, but how out-of-place do these candidates look in the ring?

The only politician known to have trained as a boxer was John Prescott and his most famous punch was outside the ring when an egg was thrown at him by a protester.

The others do look slightly ridiculous.  The only one that looks remotely like they have ever punched anyone is Boris Johnson, which is hardly a surprise, given his public school upbringing.

So why do we have these worn-out messages still being played out in 2019. Wouldn’t it be better is they showed someone replying to a facebook message with “LOL. Yeah Totes Babe! ROFL” or taking a selfie with a cat filter?

OK, just leave it to me then……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update: 27th November 2019 Donald Trump himself sends out this picture.

You can’t make it up can you? Have you been reading this blog Donald?

Trump as Rocky

The Eye Of The Tiger?2019-11-27T21:25:51+00:00

Mainstream Podcasting Fails To Deliver

This week the Radio Times promised us a review of The 20 Best Podcasts of 2019.  Yay!! I thought. Let’s see who’s made it to the ears of the judges!

Not a simple music-oriented podcast made it to the list.  All were “professionally” produced podcasts by celebrities, sports people, comedians or journalists, who have clearly spotted that commissioning a podcast is a lot cheaper (and quicker) than commissioning a Radio or TV series .

This is where podcasting is these days.  Every celebrity is a podcaster.  My wife and always smile when a new podcast is announced on the TV.

“Oh really?  A Podcast?  Tho’d have thunk it?”

Podcasting is no-longer the purview of the passionate amateur who does it for the love of their topic.  Or rather it still is their purview, but they are completely drowned out by the sheer quantity of podcasts produced by “mainstream” antertainment people we already know.

I know it sounds like sour-grapes when I whinge about podcasts.  The award I won for podcasting was back in 2010 and the podisphere has changed a lot since then.  I never expected to win anything then, and I certainly have no chance now.  But I’m not whinging about me, I’m whinging that there are some serious good Podcasts out there that deserve to be discovered by a wider audience.

Surely the Radio Times reviewer could have spent just a little more time digging into the “independent” podcasts that are out there, and have been out there for years.

I guess I’m going to have to start my own review……

 

Mainstream Podcasting Fails To Deliver2019-12-12T15:56:03+00:00

PCP#626… Wetter….

Wetter…with tracks by… Dubioza Kolektiv, DreadFul, Prabumi, Al:x, Les Etoiles, Pandacetamol, Skeja, Elvii Marten, Cookah, Likkle Ferguso, Roots Raid, Orenda, Anna Mystic, AMP Outernational, The Oracle Model, Interaction In Action.

  1. Volio Bih (Live at Pol’and’Rock 2018), by Dubioza Kolektiv.
  2. Climate Emergency, by DreadFul. France. [ODG]
  3. Sama by Prabumi. Jakarta, Indonesia. [Shika Shika]
  4. Babylon Man, by Al:x. Singapore. [Skalator Music]
  5. Empty Carriage (Return Journey), Les Étoiles. Shropshire, England. [Records On Ribs]
  6. Down Where It’s Wetter, by Pandacetamol. Glasgow, Scotland. [Kahvi]
  7. Halibut Of My Dream [Part II], by Skeja. [Section 27]
  8. Suzanne Flying Asleep, by Elvii Marten. Lithuania. [Enough Records]
  9. Africa (feat. Cookah & Likkle Ferguson), by Roots Raid. Bourges, France. [ODG]
  10. Reverie, by Orenda. Denver, Colorado. [Gravitas Recordings]
  11. Jahovia, by Anna Mystic & AMP Outernational. Athens, Greece. [Reggaewise]
  12. Baclashes, by The Oracle Model. London, England. [Kahvi]
  13. Io Con Te, by Interaction In Action. Italy. [Enough Records]

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PCP#626… Wetter….2019-11-21T11:53:11+00:00

Hava Nagila! (Let Us Rejoice!)

 

I quite like the daytime show Countdown. A simple words and numbers based competition between two nerdy competitors that has been running since the first minutes of Channel4’s existence. There’s also a night-time bawdy version called Eight Out Of Ten Cats Does Countdown, where comedians lark about whilst trying to do the quiz (usually badly).

Both feature Rachel Riley who is of Jewish decent, now married to a Russian.  She’s been very vocal on anti-Semitic (and anti-Zionist) issues over the last few years. Of course my position on this has been made abundantly clear.

But now she’s done too far. Firstly she has tweeted a photo of herself with a T-shirt saying

“Jeremy Corbyn is a Racist”

and then shortly afterwards photoshopped the message out of the picture.

Earlier in the year someone had tweeted that the Durham Miners Gala Brass Band played “Hava Nagila”, the folk song sung a Jewish celebrations. Rachel Riley then tweeted

“About as tasteful as showing Black Panther at a Klan Rally”.

I’ve already commented that Jewish music is part of my podcast lexicon, and will remain so. I have Jewish friends and would like to think I could enjoy their music as much as they enjoy mine.

There are calls today for Rachel Riley to be sacked.  Others have taken to Social Media to re-photoshop her T-shirt with alternative messages.  Is this the end of her career?

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The fact is she’s due to go on maternity leave soon, and will, presumably, be off our screens for a while.  How long is not clear. I’d be happy with a period of say….. 50 years?

Bye Rachel!  You’ve been cancelled. At least in my house. Bring back Carol Vorderman!

 

Hava Nagila! (Let Us Rejoice!)2019-11-21T12:41:03+00:00
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