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08/21/2006 - 08/27/2006

Mon 21 Aug 2006

Two Songs a Week 23 - Matter Not

Listening to Russell Davies shoot through his list of twenty great songwriters yesterday was quite an experience. He's concentrating on the popular song of the middle of the twentieth century. In my slight homage (emphasis on the slight!), it's songwriters of a more contemporary era. My list of twenty isn't fully formed, and probably won't be exactly twenty names long, but I'm certain that it won't contain eleven jews from New Amsterdam.

Not that that group will be entirely excluded from the list, though. Jim Steinman must surely rank as one of the greatest contemporary songwriters. He was the writing force behind the two Bat Out of Hell albums, and found the perfect singer in Meat Loaf. He's also worked with Bonnie Tyler, and wrote a record that became a hit for Céline Dion. Not that we'll hold that against him.

Like the writers in Russell's list, Mr. Steinman began his career in musicals, writing The Dream Engine while at college in the late 60s, and made his Broadway début in 1974 with More Than You Deserve. He's followed it up with Neverland, a re-telling of the Peter Pan story, and with Tanz der Vampire. Turning full circle, he's re-writing The Dream Engine for an album production.

If I'm to sum up Jim Steinman's career in one song, it's got to be recorded by his close collaberator Mr. Loaf. The one I've picked comes from Mr. Steinman's work with British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and will come as no surprise to those who read this week's edition of the Week. The definitive reading of No matter what.

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posted 21 Aug 2006, 18.36 +0100

Two Songs a Week
Prediction Update!

Mystic Mug writes: Hullo, everyone. An awful lot of the bets are coming to fruition, and here are some results.

The premature end to the fourth test has, perhaps, saved about 40 extras. Such is the life of a prognosticator, eh. The final total, therefore, is 350, and gives the following points:

Jiggers 4.4
Cheekbones 1

Had the match gone the full distance, it's certain that Mr. Chickenfeet's 400-B would have scored, and probably quite highly.

In other prediction news, that nice Mr. Bother of Bar fame says that Big Brother has been won by someone who was in the house from day one, and was never asked to leave. It's a good job it wasn't won by the person who was in, voted out, then voted back in, because that would have been an Indeterminate Prediction, and I'd have had to invoke an unusual law, resulting in the visiting spoon remaining in the sugar bowl and forfeiting the cup. Mr. O'Mel predicted that the winner would not enter on the opening night, this is an incorrect prediction, and the people who opposed him - Messrs. Weaver, Jiggers, Bother, and Cheekbones - get a half-point each.

Mr. Cheekbones suggested that the rugby league play-offs would be graced by the presence of the Catalan Dragons. The Perpignan side is at the foot of the table, with a mere 16 points; with three games to play, it can still reach the heights of seventh place, but that won't get it in a six-team play-off. A failed prediction for this contender, and one-third of a point for everyone else for their No vote.

How does this affect the overall scores? Some change in the minor placings, but no change to the lead.

Right, I'm off to take coffee in the Bundestag. See you next month!

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posted 21 Aug 2006, 19.32 +0100

It's not cricket

The fourth test has ended in a nominal win for England, because Pakistan's refusal to take the field after the ball was changed is deemed a forefeit. It's a shame - the match was bubbling up to an interesting finish, with England effectively on (-33)/4, needing to bat for the best part of another day to force the draw - though bad weather would mean that they needed to survive barely half this time. An England win was most unlikely, a Pakistan win the single most likely result but by no means a nailed-on cert.

The utterly bizarre fact is that Pakistan played on for 16 overs - more than an hour - after the ball was changed, without protest. Only after the tea interval was there an attempt to force the issue.

Ball-tampering came to the fore during Pakistan's tour of England in 1992, when the English press made out that the visiting side had been altering the condition of the ball. This was never proven, and further analysis showed the effects were produced by the greater skill of the Pakistan team.

Underlying the controversy, though, is the presence of Darrell Hair; rightly or wrongly, he has acquired a reputation as an umpire who distrusts cricketers from South Asia. It is unfortunate to appoint an umpire who is distrusted by one of the sides, and we suspect he may not umpire at this level again.

The International Cricket Council - the world game's new ruling body - could have set up an Inquiry into the whole brew-ha-ha, with the implicit instruction that the inquirers could take as long as they wanted, the longer the better, and allow tempers to cool. Instead of this eminently sensible step, steeped in the tradition of the House of Lords, the ICC has poured fuel on the flames and charged the Pakistan captain with bringing the game into disrepute. We knew it was a bad idea to decamp to the hot climes of Dubai, for cricket is not best played in desert conditions.

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posted 21 Aug 2006, 19.59 +0100


Tue 22 Aug 2006

Ringing the changes

With the terror flap rather burning itself out in a sea of mutual recriminations, there's very little of interest in the Sunday press. Stephen Byers calls for the scrapping of inheritance tax, but he's been a marginal figure ever since the "good day to bury bad news" nonsense forced his resignation from the cabinet.

Speaking of the terror flap, eleven people have been charged, including one person who was preparing to take the police to court because they hadn't given a reason for her continued detention. This rather knocks the skin off Janet Daly's nose, but her substantive point - that contempt of court needs to be carefully reviewed - remains accurate.

R. Kelly is calling for a mature debate about something or other. What does he know about a mature debate? It's all very well for a schoolboy to think he can run the country, but he really can't run a bath. When do the schools go back?


Dr Butler! Dr Butler! We have a new opinion poll! Here's what it says:

Cons: 40% (+1)
Labour: 31% (-4)
Lib Dems: 22% (+5)

If we apply a uniform national swing, assume that one person in seven is prepared to vote tactically to defeat the Labourite candidate in their seat, and run it through our various models, we get the following spread of results:

Cons: 309-330
Lab: 244-256
LD: 51-61

C OM between -16 and +11

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posted 22 Aug 2006, 19.46 +0100

Off their trolley

Police in Gloucestershire are handing out fake pound coins to cut down on supermaret robbery. We've a better idea, and it's predicated on the fact that the trollies at most stores are dual-purpose, taking both the British and European coins. Simply stick in a €1 coin, and if someone runs off with it, so be it. We've lost about 65p, and they've gained something that can only be used to unlock other trollies. Of course, if we were really evil, we'd sell these Pound Coin Substitutes for two quid...

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posted 22 Aug 2006, 19.49 +0100


Wed 23 Aug 2006

Frequent flyer club

Sir: As a British Muslim MEP of Pakistani origin, I clock up vast amounts of air miles with my weekly journeys between my North-west constituency and the European Parliament's bases in Strasbourg and Brussels. Regularly it is I who am stopped and searched, while my paler parliamentary colleagues walk straight through security. I have even been asked if I was seeking asylum, when a passport inspector failed to inspect my documentation and only the colour of my skin.

I switch between English, Urdu and Punjabi when squeezing in constituency calls while waiting in the departure lounge; and funnily enough I regularly glance at my watch to ensure my flight is on schedule. I have yet to endure the humiliation of being pulled from a plane, but I wonder, with all the current scaremongering by the Labour government, whether that will be the same when I return to work next week. Will my fellow passengers ignore the number of times my bags will have been checked, the metal detectors I have walked through, the frequent flyer loyalty card and the MEP badge, and just see an "Asian" man and label me guilty until proven innocent? Will the colour of my skin cause delay to my flight, disrupt British Airways' schedule for the rest of the day and see myself and colleagues late for important meetings?

The huge burden of anti-terrorist checks is already causing chaos in UK airports. Of course we must be vigilant, but not at the expense of common sense and decency.

Sajjad Karim MEP
(Lib Dem, North-West of England) European Parliament, Brussels

It is curious to note that the one person in to-day's Independent supporting the racists who had two men thrown off a plane in Spain for looking a bit Asian is from Florida.

The new law on planes: do not take on a book that might mention terrorism, for it will confuse the little Hitlers on security. And do not seek employment as a pilot if you are from Pakistan. If you are from Romania or Bulgaria, Labour cannot close its borders to you from January. As it should be.

If you are Daniel Finkelstein, you need to be hit over the head. Hard. The correct metric to measure anti-terrorist policy is the expected pay-off, both in cash terms (easy to measure) and in the more hard to quantify measures like, are we giving in to these raisin-hunters, as the UK government is doing.

If you are planning to assert influence in a region, ensure that you boost a regime you denounce as evil. And ensure that your opponents do not renege on their promises by not contributing to a peace-keeping force like they said they would. Though if "it's difficult to have an umpire who refuses to accept that one of the two teams on the pitch exists" is true, maybe there's an opening yet for Darrell Hair.

At TSITSOSS, we're far more worried things that are more likely to kill us, like missle attacks against aeroplanes we're not on. Or being hit by a flying sheep while walking down the street. Or Gretna winning the UEFA Cup. Against Real Madrid. On penalties.

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posted 23 Aug 2006, 19.58 +0100

Bridge the channel

I see that some sense is coming to NTL's cable channels. Previously, it's been all over the shop; now, it's almost - but not quite! - the same as we Telewest subscribers have been using for the past four years. I can spot the differences from memory.

In the Entertainment section, ITV2 appears on 114 (113 for Telewest). UK Drama (N129 T147) has moved a long way up, into the slot vacated a couple of years ago by UK Living. Bravo (N137/8 T138/9) shuffles up one. NTL's exclusives are NTL on demand (109), WokII (121), More 5 (143), Challenge+1 (153), E! (173), FX (179). Telewest exclusives: Trouble+1 (141) and Player (154). Sorry, Brig.

In Factual, UK Horizons moves up (N208 T225), and Adventure One (N228 T231) gets a listing of its own. NTL customers get National Geographic+1 (231) and History+1 (235); Telewest has UK History+1 (204), UK Horizons+1 (226).

In Lifestyle, NTL has Sky Travel (288/9), Telewest UK Food+1 (261).

A subtle but significant difference in Music, where NTL channels are all 10 higher than the Telewest equivalent, from MTV (N311 T301) to Kerrang (N342 T332). NTL viewers get Bliss (345), Scuzz (347), Flaunt (348), and Classic FM TV (350); Telewest has dibs on Performance (312). Whether MTV and TMF should be in music or entertainment is another question entirely.

Don't think there are any differences in Film, and we don't care for Adult. Sport moves WokSportsX (N516 T514), WokSocNews (N517 T515), and RacingUK (N536 T537). Telewest viewers have Setanta2 (539); NTL gets Motors (545)

No change to the News section - the numbering here is cock-eyed on Telewest as well. 617 was the ITN News Channel. The only difference on Childrens' is Baby TV (703) on NTL.

Wasting Money: NTL has dibs on Thane (748/9), Iplay (770), and Quiz Call (772). Don't think we're missing much. International has a few differences - NTL gets CNE (833), Telewest has South Asia World (820), Deutsche Welle (830), and Italian channel Leonardo (832). We don't get the additional BBC variations (861-5).

Radio, and Telewest has exclusives Galaxy (913), RTE FM (917), World Radio Network (920), and Choice (969). NTL gets The Mix (926), Magic (928), Q (929), BBC Scotland (930), Wales (931) Ulster (932) nan Gaidheal (934) and Cymru (936), Hits (962), Kiss (963), Kerrang (964), Smash Hits (966), Oneword (967), and Premier (968). Excluding regional variations, no Telewest radio station is in a different place on the NTL network.

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posted 23 Aug 2006, 20.59 +0100


Thu 24 Aug 2006

Two Songs a Week 24 - GTS

Coming in somewhere between the Phil Spector wall of sound and the knowing sass of Kenickie lies the Pipettes, a three-piece girl band from Brighton. They've been on my radar for something over a year, and finally released their debut album last month. At 33 and a third minutes, it's not the longest set ever. The quality is there, with fourteen (count 'em!) snappy songs that move along at a very pleasant lick.

Rather than restricting readers to one song, here's four songs from the Pippettes' session for Xfm in June 2006.

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posted 24 Aug 2006, 19.29 +0100

Two Songs a Week
One-man wrecking machine

Even though Y was acquitted in the made-up ricin plot nonsense last year, he's still deemed a threat to national security, and will be thrown out to Algeria. That he may well be tortured by the government there is of no concern to John "Oh, fuck you" Reid. Could Mr Reid be going after Y because the latter knows just what a ramshackle load of cobblers the current terrorist flap is?

A piece on the Six indicated that larger bags may yet be allowed onto planes. But not any sort of liquid, toothpaste, or shampoo. If that's the final view, I shall not be flying, for I cannot travel comfortably on the meagre rations handed out by the airlines. I must blame Mr Reid for confusing Hollywood with the real world. The man is a moron, surrounded on all sides by imbeciles.

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posted 24 Aug 2006, 20.17 +0100


Fri 25 Aug 2006

Short cuts for this Friday

Blair is a threat to national security, says a Labour advisor. "Tony Blair's personal reputation now depends on such a falsified version of reality that he increasingly appears to inhabit a land of make-believe."

O'Ryanair sues government for hysterical over-reaction. "The last two weeks have seen a series of Keystone Cops security measures that don't add to security."

Special Immigration Council places itself in contempt of court. "Despite his acquittal over the ricin plot there are serious grounds for believing he was party to the conspiracy," claims the SIAC. Yet a jury has determined that there was no ricin plot. Y's enforced deportation is a clear case of sour grapes from a government that can't get its way by fair means.

Defect now! Thirty-seven Labour members in Derby South have shifted to the Lib Dems. The local MP is Margaret Beckett (Lab, Foreign Affairs Outside Europe).

A result in Brussels, where Romano Prodi has committed Italy to lead the EU-UN force in the Levant. The French will make up a decent chunk of the force, but the Italians are already talking about doing the same on the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, Israel wants prime minister Olmert to resign.

Speaking of which, Darrell Hair offered to resign, but only if he was given €400,000 for his troubles.

The money trail takes us to the Co-Op sponsored Unity Bank, which is heavily exposed to Labour's debt. In a nutshell, Unity has about 30% of its outstanding loans with the Labour party. That's more than is generally believed to be prudent, as if Labour were to default on its repayments, Unity would be stuffed, in the technical argot. Blairwatch has been asking: Is this consistent with the Co-Op's ethical policy, but has yet to receive any answer in the positive.

The cow goes moo, but not in any regional accent. It's entirely the invention of some public relations nonces, who deserve to be gored to death for their lies.

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posted 25 Aug 2006, 20.00 +0100


Sat 26 Aug 2006

Little things this week

Short cuts from the week ending. Consider this the weekly link dump, complete with added bolding for the subject.

Mystic Mug salutes Armando Iannucci.

We're getting particularly hacked off with Blogger. RSS feeds are fluttering between full-content, partial-content, and title-only at the whim of the server. Some posts direct to the single post page, others to the monthly archive (which, when you're writing a lot, is an eyebrow-popping amount of guff.) Still, what do we expect from the advertising agency that is G****e? A stable platform?

Someone ought to tell Het Grauniad that said company is, in fact, an advertising agency. Its technical staff are incorrect to claim that its core product is searching. It was, once, but now the whole purpose of G****e is to sell commercials and nothing else.

Language Log is writing in defence of WMDs in preference to WsMD; similarly, they prefer GCSEs over GCsSE. Not entirely convinced that it's the right thing for people to do, but they do it. Completely with the team on such nonsense as GCSE's, for "most plurals written with apostrophes are merely a consequence of - there's no gentle way to say it - illiteracy."

Confusing the Welsh cyclist.

Apparently, pluton is not going to be used by astronomers, because it's already a term used by geologists. How could the IAU make such a mistaike? Er...

"Since the term is not in the MS Word or the WordPerfect spell checkers, we thought it was not that common," Gingerich wrote in an email to The geologic definition of the word does appear in common dictionaries, including the Oxford English.

Tea is good for you, says tea promotional board. A study funded by the tea promotional board has found that tea is good for you.

Cricket, and the hearing into Inzamam-ul-Haq's conduct last Sunday has been postponed until further notice. England, meanwhile, have consolidated their second place in the test rankings, and if (!) we beat the Aussies by three clear tests, we become the world's number one test team.

Gambo on the singles market.

In which Dave Farquhar lives without electricity for five days.

Wall Mart is too yankee.

The world has a new biggest oil producer. Step forward -- Russia!

Continuing the ban on liquids only spreads fear and causes inconvenience without making anyone any safer.

No ban on liquids at Cliff Richard's villa, which explains why Euan Blair was hospitalised with stomach pains. After spending three weeks with Cliff and his parents, exile to Cuba would look attractive. Get well soon, mate.

A policeman who drove at 159mph has been convicted of unsafe driving, but given an absolute discharge because he's suffered enough. The case first came before magistrates in Telford two years ago, when he was acquitted. The police officer concerned now suggests he'll appeal against his conviction, opening the way for an increased penalty. This is his graceful exit, and it would be strange not to take it.

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posted 26 Aug 2006, 14.25 +0100


Sun 27 Aug 2006

Paper round

Another day, another opinion poll. YouGuv for the Torygraph group has:

C   38 (nc)
Lab 31 (-2)
LD  18 (nc)

That set of figures suggests the Tories are picking up votes almost equally from Labour and the Lib Dems. The make-up of parliament:

C   297-322
Lab 258-277
LD   35- 45

In short: Conservatives the largest party in a hung parliament.

The front page of the Sindie goes on about new rights for parents - they'll be entitled to work part-time, and to call off work because their kid is sick. Isn't this all rather selfish from the child-bearing, forcing those of us who do not have offspring to do all the work while they go off and do their business? Already, there are huge tax breaks and cash, a six-figure handout to each child. This is manifestly unfair, and it's creating an unnecessary gap between the breeders and the workers.

Not entirely convinced by to-day's Sindie. It uses the Loaded Word™ inappropriate to trail an article on tweenagers. The I-word passes a moral judgement and surpresses all subsequent debate. Nor do we like the hand-wringing Daily Hell approach to crime.

Front page of the Obs is David Cameron calling former British prime minister Mrs. Margaret Thatcher "wrong" over South African apartheid. Blimey, he'll be suggesting that privatising everything in sight was an error next.

The Sunset Times leads with ten million wanting to leave the UK. In a breath-taking leap of logic, the paper claims that this is all because of, er, high taxes. The poll was carried out for a low-tax pressure group, a fact hidden in the eighth paragraph.

Top of the Torygraph is a claim that NHS errors kill thousands each year. How many more lives are saved by good work? Buried inside is a statement from Jimmy Carter, in which he says soon to be former British prime minister Mister Tony Blair is compliant and submissive, and is to blame for the messes in the world.

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posted 27 Aug 2006, 15.58 +0100

Politics| Print
The presenter and the pervert

It's strange to find out a piece of news purely by looking at one's referrer logs. Yesterday, I got an awful lot of hits asking about Anna Richardson and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is a bit ancient, I wrote about it three years ago.

What links Denise van Outen, Anna Richardson, and Melanie Sykes. All three have said that they were groped by California governor candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger when he visited the UK in late 2000. Ms Richardson's incident took place after filming stopped, there is no footage of her breasts receiving unwelcome attention from Herr Schwarzenegger. Ms Sykes' incident was caught on camera, but Carlton has not been able to release the footage - if anyone's ever wondered why big movie stars keep such close control of their promo interviews, this is your explanation. As Miss van Outen's assault took place live on national television, there's no hope of keeping it out of the public domain.

Eventually, Ms Richardson filed a damages claim against Herr Schwarzenegger, and two of the aides in his 2003 election campaign. The Austrian was facing the prospect of a trial while he's trying to be elected the governor of California county, just west of Arizona; his aides were accused of libelling Ms Richardson by claiming she egged on the pervert. Instead, Herr Schwarzenegger and his flunkeys have elected to pay Ms Richardson a decent sum of money and hope the shame will go away. The out-of-court settlement contains a confidentiality clause, so we don't know how much money Ms Richardson has made out of the whole mess, but it's insufficient to erase the stain. Herr Schwarzenegger is a sex pest, and is unfit to hold anything more important than an empty tray of drinks.

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posted 27 Aug 2006, 16.11 +0100

Music in week 34

The artist airplay list, first of all.

1. 6 pipettes         7
2. 7 pink             6
3. - orson            6
4. 3 lily allen       5
5. 2 kasabian         4
6. - nelly furtardo   4
7. - kelly clarkson   4
8. - fort minor       4
9. 4 feeling          4
10 - captain          3

Sportfreunde Stiller are trying to make a good go of a career - after their world cup novelty song, Eine liebe die nie endet has cracked the top 20. Former Eurovision contestant Yuliya Savicheva is in Latvia's top 20, with Ya hochu v tvoi glaza. And there's a new number one in Sweden, where Boten Anna has been displaced by The reincarnation of benjamin breeg. Iron Maiden would have had a number 14 hit in their native UK, but ROPRA disqualified their track for no adequately explored reason.

North Europe's Top Twenty

*20 NE Nadiya - Roc
*19 NE David Guetta - Love don't let me go
 18 15 Depeche Mode - John the revelator
 17 17 Cascada - Everytime we touch
 16 19 Pink - Who knew?
 15 14 Plage - Coup de boule
 14 12 Kooks - She moves in her own way
 13 10 Paris Hilton - Stars are blind
*12 13 Clitring Aguilera - Aintnootherman
 11 16 Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway
 10  8 Muse - Supermassive black hole
  9  6 Feeling - Fill my little world
* 8 NE Rhianna - Unfaithful
* 7  9 Kasabian - Empire
* 6  7 Basshunter - Boten Anna
  5  5 Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
  4  3 Automatic - Monster
* 3  4 Lily Allen - Smile
  2  2 Shakira - Hips don't lie
* 1  1 Nelly Furtado - Maneater

Nadiya has been performing her heavy, crunching number across France for a few weeks now, and has been just outside the top 20 for a month. David Guetta performs some rather insipid dance, and Rhianna is tedious, soul-free soul.

Britain has a new number one, from Bouncey Knowles. Shame it's rubbish. Shakira's only down to number 2, her tenth (count 'em!) week at 1 or 2, and the latest Snow Patrol dirge reaches a new peak at 7 in its sixth week on.

Matt from Busted has a deservedly large hit, though no-one wants to finish at 11. Digital sales leader Justin Timberlanky has the highest new entry at 13 with more tedious nonsense. Morrissey's back, with one of his all-too-rare fast tracks - it sounds like all his other fast tracks, but that's OK. Stacey Orrico, the boring approximation to JoJo, lands at 22. Thom Yorke, that bloke from Radiohead, is going all jungle on us. The Feeling are just outside the top 20 on downloads, with a song that sounds remarkably like a Cliff Richard track from circa 1980. That's not a compliment.

Pink charts on downloads; she's already being pursued by the estate of an Australian cartoonist for thieving many of his characters for her video, and we reckon the Veronicas have a case that she's pilfered their poptastic 4ever. After the amazing similarities between her last single and any Kelly Clarkson tune, is there any originality left in Pink's career?

A bullet for JK and Joel, claiming that Lazy B is out to-morrow: it's already had a week of physical sales, and looks set to be no more than a footnote to pop history. Fratellis are entertainingly jangly. Missy Elliott is something I don't particularly want to hear again.

Lower down: download entries for Duncan James (ex-Blue) and Sandi Thom, who recently moved from no-hoper through cool and hype to become Yesterday's Song in just nine weeks. Rolling Stones, Taking Back Sunday, Hope of the States, and Dashboard Confessional also rank in the top 75.

Snow Patrol climb back to the top of the albums listing, displacing the Clitring. Feeling and Nelly Furtado also have good climbs, with Outkast having the highest new entry at 16. Young Knives (21), Slayer (23) and TAFKA3 Prince (24) all have bigger albums this week than Paris Hilton (29). Seth Lakeman's Merc-nom album gets a promo push and lands at 32, ahead of both Cerys Matthews (ex-Catatonia) and Obie Trice. Kasabian and Thom Yorke have good climbs. Down at the bottom of the 75, there are new entries for Thea Gilmore, Alexisonfire (a go-karting band, apparently), and the very best of Julie Andrews.

Here's the good stuff on the singles listing:

 2  1 Shakira - Hips don't lie
 8  4 Arctic Monkeys
  - Leave before the lights come on
11 61 Matt Willis - Hey kid
15 19 Kasabian - Empire
17 NE Morrissey - In the future when all's well
18 13 Lily Allen - Smile
23 NE Thom Yorke - Harrowdown hill
24 ** Feeling - Never be lonely
25 18 Kooks - She moves in her own way
28 ** Pink - You and your hand
30 69 Lazy B - Underwear goes inside the pants
35 ** Fratellis - Chelsea dagger
40 28 View - Wasted little deejays
41 37 Zutons - Valerie
43 38 Pink - Who knew?
45 48 Feeling - Fill my little world
48 36 Orson - Happiness
49 30 Mousse T / Dandy Warhols -
  - Horny as a dandy
56 40 McFly - Please please
58 50 Kooks - Naive
60 NE Taking Back Sunday - Twenty-twenty surgery
63 NE Hope Of The States - Left
67 35 Young Knives - Weekends and bleak days
70 60 Muse - Supermassive black hole
74 63 Orson - Bright idea
75 75 Jose Gonzalez - Hand on your heart

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posted 27 Aug 2006, 19.25 +0100

Weather in week 34

The winds have continued from a primarily westerly direction; a southerly component was present from Monday until Wednesday, but was driven out during a violent thunderstorm that dumped 14mm of rain between 8pm and 10pm on Wednesday. Friday morning was as low as 6°C, the coldest night since 31 May.

21 Mo rain to sun         13/20, 2.0
22 Tu bright              10/21
23 We heavy showers       15/19, 2.5
24 Th thunder to sun      13/20,17.0
25 Fr sun, showers         6/19, 0.5
26 Sa showers             13/20,10.5
27 Su sunny spells        12/20

One more degree cooling day takes take this summer's total to 312. The last three years: 183/237 last year, 161/184 in 2004, and 269/310 in 2003. The corresponding week has never been warm in the past three years. 32.5mm of rain this week; the total of 72.5mm is within measurement error of the average August total.

Next week is looking unsettled, so bring a brolly and do wrap up.

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posted 27 Aug 2006, 19.32 +0100


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