The Cost of Reading

16 01 2009

As I normally do on my lunch breaks, I was having a mooch around Waterstones in Portsmouth (now the only bookshop in the town centre, WH Smith is still there, but only your Nan shops there now) hoping that something would catch my eye, that was also cheap.

This was when I realised that the price of books was completely unreasonable these days.  When I first started reading the Discworld series when I was about 10, I could buy the paperbacks for £3.99, which seems fair to me.  Now the same book is £6.99.  The rate of inflation here seems much more than Petrol to me, but as I was 10 at the time, what do I know.

Anyway, I picked up a paperack that was about 250 pages long and found out that it was £12.99.   I like reading a lot, but I am going to have to start going to charity shops, because that is ridiculous.  For nearly 13 quid, that had better be the best book in the world.



9 12 2008
I own about 700 albums, and I wouldn’t say that any of them were what would e socially thought of as “Pop” music. In my eyes there is a time and a place for Pop music and it is at 14 year old girls birthday parties. But there was a time when it meant popular. This was back when the charts meant something, when you had to sell more than 4 singles to get in the charts. A time when Top of The Pops got 8 million viewers a week to see all sorts of bands, making music that was popular, it didn’t matter whether it was rock and roll, disco, or blues it was popular and people wanted to see it.
Now would you call The Killers “Pop” I guess not, how about Kanye West, that would be a no too. Going back a few years would anyone describe Radiohead, Oasis or Blur Pop, I don’t think so. How about Nirvana or even the Sex Pistols. All of these have had number one albums that have sold millions of copies, but none of them would be described as “Pop”. Kurt Cobain would probably turn in his grave if he though his music was “Pop”. The second highest selling album of all time is Back in Black by AC/DC. I am one of the 50 million people that own this album and its not pop.
The alternative to Pop is, well, Alternative. Its everything not popular, it’s supposed to be the stuff that that the fat beardy muso’s listen to in the bedrooms of their mums houses. But it’s not, genre’s are where its at now.
For some reason genres have taken over and bands are being pigeonholed into smaller and smaller genres.  Take Metal as an example, as a genre you could say that this is pretty easy to define, but you can break this down even further into many different genres.  Death Metal, Nu-Metal, Hardcore, Darkcore, Thrash, Stoner, Folk, Glam, Industrial, Extreme, Progressive, Alterative to name but a few, and thats not even going into the crossover genres.  It seems that every band is trying to carve out their own niche and now this meansd inventing a new genre.  Next time someone tells you they are “like, well into avant-progressive rock”  (i.e. Animal Collective), tell them to fuck off as its alternative.

Completely Wasted

20 10 2008

This weekend has absolutely flown by.  The problem was that I did nothing of any importance all weekend.  On Saturday I went out with my mum for a while, but that was about it, then on Sunday I went round to Andy and Stu’s and stayed there for a while discussing a possible trip ot Russia.  Now its Monday morning and I have a deep sense of regret that I didn’t manage to do anything exciting.  I have repaired my bike puncture, but It turns out my wheel rim is broken, so it will puncture everytime I ride it.

God I am bored at the moment.


27 06 2008

So, I didnt get the job, it would have been nice, but there you go.

I know that I couldn’t have done any more at the interview, I interviewed well said the guy breaking the news, but they have gone for someone who has relevant experience.  Why is relevant experience so necessary anyway?  I am an intelligent guy (or I like to think that I am) and I could have picked up the job easily enough, but I would have probably had to ask some more questions of people.

That is why they go for relevant experience then… to have a quiet life.