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Oxford And Cambridge Goat Race 2014


Centuries of rivalry,
Years of training,
Two goats,
One Glorious Race!

Spitalfields City Farm, London E1.

Doors 12pm
Race depending on capricious tides sometime between 1pm and 5pm

Bill Ham Lightshow DVD (Kickstarter Project)

Bill Ham the ‘Grandfather of the Lightshow’ has started a Kickstarter Project to produce a DVD of his work.

Over the years Bill Ham has worked with pretty much all the rock legends of the last 50 years with what started in 1964 as Bill Ham Lights at the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada and became the worlds first liquid lightshow.

He then went on to work in San Francisco at The Family Dog’s Avalon Ballroom run by Chet Helms and did lights for Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, The Charltans, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sopwith Camel and 100′s of other bands.

Please support this project if you can and if you can’t then please pass on the details to anybody you know with an interest in Rock ‘n’ Roll history:

One Hundred and Eighty…!!

So…The Cockroach…the car that refuses to die, has rolled across the 180,000 mile mark without even a whisper.
He’s never broken down, is on the original clutch and most of the original exhaust. Sure he eats through ‘consumables’ like tyres, brake pads, oil, filters, sensors and is now on the second battery from new but other than that this is one neat car and I love it :-)

180,000 miles


So, three years ago I built a Synology NAS box with 5.2TB of storage, enough to last any man you might say?

Well, guess what, it’s ran out of space….Meh!

Plans are afoot to build Deathstar Version 2.0, he is going to be a Synology DS1513+ and will have 5 x 4TB drives stuffed into him….watch this space.

Forgive me Father for I have sinned…

Just to set the scene….I am NOT what we call here in the UK a Boy Racer, I don’t tear-ass around racing people and ripping my tyres up like a testosterone filled kid but every once in a while I seem to screw up just a bit and get caught going ever so slightly faster than I should.
So in the UK we can have up to 12 Penalty Points on our Drivers License and after you hit the magic 12 you get banned from driving for 12 months (usually). There’s a bunch of different stuff you can do to accumulate these points, the more serious, the more points and if you want to see the full gamut then take a look here

So I managed to collect two of these guys over the last five years on something called an SP30 (Exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road) and each time they fined me £60 ($99 in February 2014) and presented me with 3 points – So I had 6.

The points stay on your license for 4 years after which they get removed so my current two are in an overlap kind of situation and the oldest of the them is due to come off in September, but here’s the kicker…

01:01 AM a week or two ago I am driving back from a Monster Magnet gig and fail to spot an Average Speed Check Zone….I cruise through 95% of it at the required legal speed of 30mph but hit the gas in the last 100ft and boost the car to 44mph, blissfully unaware I had just triggered one of those new Siemens SafeZone Camera’s that are starting to spring up around the UK.

A week later the letter dropped through my letterbox and guess what, I had got another SP30 but this time the fine was £100 ($166) and I now had 9 points on my license, scarily close to 12 and Game Over.

I now have to drive like an old lady for at least the next six months until 3 points come off my license and make NO MISTAKES and to make sure I splashed for a Road Angel Gem+

This gizmo is connected by GPRS permanently and gets live updates every few minutes about EVERY single camera location in the UK and for total backup has a built in Laser Detector (not that you can survive such things really…) and this guy will squawk, holler and flash at me when I’m within 500ft of any camera, just in case I am not paying attention. So its a bunch of money to save my bacon for being such an asshole in the first place.

I may post up some further stuff about the device later in the year if its worthy of mention…

Road Angel Gem+

Road Bike Party 2 – Martyn Ashton (YouTube epicness)

Wow….check this out…..a serious threat to Danny MacAskill and all this on a Colnago C59 Italia

Bed Tech – MyLight

Whilst doing our annual Xmas Cyber Shopping Marathon me and Mrs Billy Goat came across this product – MyLight Bed Light which is a neat, high tech way of lighting up your bedroom automatically, based on motion detection.
We were actually buying presents for other people at The Glow Company site where we bought a bunch of stuff last year and got majorly distracted by this gadget. To cut a long story short we sprang for a set and I got these installed at the weekend. Actually they are very cool (once you figure out the best placement for the mini PIR type sensors).

Currently ours are not quite right, it’s a trade off between getting the whole 120 degree sensor range so there’s no blind spots in your bedroom vs. having some intentional blind spots to cover moving duvet, random limbs hanging over edges of bed etc. The first night was half hilarity, half blind range when every single movement triggered the fecking PIR’s….

Fitting was very fast and easy and so far we left them on the default ‘on for 30 seconds’ setting.

Probably best explained by both these vids, courtesy of the manufacturer:

Their website is here:!home/mainPage
The Glow Company are here:

Last Patrol

One of my all time favourite bands Monster Magnet are back!  The band has confirmed an October 15th North American release date for their new album entitled Last Patrol via Napalm Records.  Today MONSTER MAGNET has unveiled the artwork and tracklisting for Last Patrol.  Dave Wyndorf and Phil Caivano produced Last Patrol, while Evil Joe Barresit mixed the album with additional production duties handled by Matt Hyde.  The artwork was created by John Sumrow with consultation coming from Chris Ryall and designs by Ryan Clark for Invisible Creatures Inc.  The album will be available as a Limited Edition CD, standard CD, 2LP and digital format.

In support of Last Patrol, MONSTER MAGNET will be embarking on a full-blown North American Tour!  Although the band has toured Europe relentlessly over the past decade, this is MONSTER MAGNET’s first full North American tour in over 10 years!  The band is eager to hit the road in the states for the first time in what seems like forever.  Prepare to hear MONSTER MAGNET classics and new cuts from Last Patrol for the first time live! Support will come from Prosthetic Records artist Zodiac.  The tour is scheduled to kick off November 14th in Grand Rapids, MI and will run through December 14th in New York, NY.

Last Patrol

Frontman and MONSTER MAGNET mastermind Dave Wyndorf checked in with his thoughts about Last Patrol:

“Last Patrol is a return to our roots in terms of vibe and recording style. It’s full-on psychedelic space-rock with a 60’s garage feel, recorded almost exclusively with vintage guitars, amps and effects in our hometown of Red Bank, NJ. The songs are a kind of Space-Noir, tales of cosmic revenge, peaking libidos, alienation and epic strangeness. It’s a weird trip through the back alleys of a dark, retro-future, which not by coincidence very much resembles my own life. (laughs) The lyrics aren’t fantasy really, rather a recounting of my musings on, observations of and general emotional reaction to my life and environment during a 1 week writing period in February of 2013. But I tend to use the vernacular and imagery of science fiction and surrealism to express myself and that’s where these lyrics get trippy. There’s also our cover version of Donovan’s “Three Kingfishers” which I thought fit the mood of the album – Dave Wyndorf”

Sample track from the new album The Duke:

Machinewerks: CS X51 (Support local industry!!)

Many UK people who were involved with the dance scene back in the early 90′s will recall The Black Dog, well they never really went away and have been tirelessly involved in the music scene ever since, releasing stuff, DJ’ing etc.

Now they are trying to realise a much bigger project and want support for it, please take some time to check out their Kickstarter page and their product site for the CS X51

If you can, please pledge something!!






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Gaz Brookfield – New song – New video

This guy is great if you’ve never heard of him.

We saw him doing support for The Levellers back in June and he totally aced it, so much so I rushed out and got his album from Band Camp (via the next day :-)

This via email today:


Here is a link to the video for “Land Pirate’s Life”, the first single to be taken from my forthcoming album, “In The Company Of Thieves”.
The single will be released on my Bandcamp page (accessible via www.gazbrookfield,com) as a download only track on August 26th. AND IT WILL BE FREE! Until then, you’ll have to just watch the video.
It stars the wonderful Simon Friend (of The Levellers) as my pirate mentor.  Huge thanks to Si for this!
If you’re in the Bristol area on Thursday August 29th, we are having a single launch party at The Bank Tavern, John Street, Broadmead, in the form of a Pirate Party.  Featuring performances from myself, and also from Zeptepi, a pirate folk band all the way from Australia!
Pirate attire in encouraged!
Hope you like the song, and don’t forget that the album itself will be coming out on December 2nd 2013.
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