Emergency on Planet Earth #38


 What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society.


I would like to wish the NHS a very happy 72nd birthday. I will not patronise the fine institution by making zero effort to applaud thin air, but my attitude towards this fine organisation is as warm as the next person.

A more useful thing for people to do this afternoon, is to sign petitions such as this one, calling for a pay-rise for all NHS staff.

It is so important that we all recognise the importance of the NHS, and do not allow the Tories to decimate it further. I recommend that everyone should read this article that appeared on the Skwawkbox blog this morning:

Former BMA deputy chair says ‘Happy birthday NHS – but when non-COVID tsunami hits, if you love it, step up to protect it from govt who will exploit crisis to wreck it’

I fail to understand why the Tories have such a problem with a service that provides free health care to its citizens. I am quite proud that I don’t understand their desire to privatise everything, even though it is obvious to everyone that it all boils down to filthy lucre.




This fantastic song came up on YouTube the other night, and I was very interested in the video. A quick search led me to discover that it is used in the film My Friend Dahmer – a must-watch for myself.

I don’t know why I am drawn to such questionable characters, or why I write to prisoners on Death Row? I guess it is something to do with sympathy for the misunderstood. Of course, the actions of certain individuals cannot ever be excused, but I have always taken the side of the underdog, and think it is important to find out why people become murderers. Is it nature or nurture?

From Wikipedia:

Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991.[8] The band was composed of David Byrne (lead vocalsguitar), Chris Frantz (drums), Tina Weymouth (bass), and Jerry Harrison (keyboards, guitar). Described by the critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine as “one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the ’80s,”[3] the group helped to pioneer new wave music by integrating elements of punkart rockfunk, and world music with avant-garde sensibilities and an anxious, clean-cut image.[3]

Former art school students who became involved in the 1970s New York punk scene, Talking Heads released their 1977 debut album, Talking Heads: 77, to positive reviews.[9] They collaborated with producer Brian Eno on a trio of experimental and critically acclaimed releases: More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978), Fear of Music (1979), and Remain in Light (1980).[3] After a hiatus, Talking Heads hit their commercial peak in 1983 with the U.S. Top 10 hit “Burning Down the House” from the album Speaking in Tongues and released the concert film Stop Making Sense, directed by Jonathan Demme.[3] They released several more albums, including their best-selling LP Little Creatures (1985), before disbanding in 1991.[10]

In 2002, Talking Heads were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Four of their albums appear in Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and three of their songs (“Psycho Killer“, “Life During Wartime“, and “Once in a Lifetime“) were included among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.[11] Talking Heads were also number 64 on VH1‘s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.[12] In the 2011 update of Rolling Stones “100 Greatest Artists of All Time“, they were ranked number 100.[13]

Anorak Needed


At the end of August, I will be transporting myself back in time to the 1983/84 football season. I am doing this for a number of reasons, that begin with fond memories of a Xmas gift from my much missed Gran, and end with the diabolical state of the modern game.

I am busy preparing myself to begin this journey, and I have invested in football programmes and Panini stickers from this time, in a bid to transport myself back to 1983. In addition, I will be indulging in music, food and fashion from this era. If I do something, I do it properly.

One issue that I need to sort out, is how I  discover the classified results every week. This is quite an issue, because obviously I need to find out the results to authenticate my experience.

YouTube have some videos that show the latest football results, but these are random clips that do not form a complete record of the season. The video below is from December 27th 1982, and shows how enjoyable and informative such a service was, before David Icke found God.

What I need is a fellow enthusiast, who would agree to send me the weekend and mid-week results through the post – there was no such thing as the internet back in the day.

The trouble is, that I do not know of anywhere where I can access the scores from a specific weekend. I could get a Rothmans Yearbook, but even then I would have to spend hours flicking back and to through the book to get a complete list of results. I could invest in old copies of Shoot magazine, or subscribe to a Sunday newspaper through the National Archive. I am trying to keep costs down.

The simplest solution would be to have a friend, who is prepared to help me out, in return for a similar favour. If anyone knows of a way around this problem, or would like to offer their assistance, please do get in touch.

In the meantime, why not listen to one of the biggest hits of 1983 [ I am quickly realising that 1983 was a absolutely shambolic year for music, but it is too late for me to change the season I am reliving].

From Wikipedia:

Spandau Ballet /ˈspænd ˈbæl./ were an English new wave band formed in Islington, London, in 1979. Inspired by the capital’s post-punk underground dance scene, they emerged at the start of the 1980s as the house band for the Blitz Kids, playing “White European Dance Music” as “The Applause” for this new club culture’s audience.[7][8][9] They became one of the most successful groups of the New Romantic era of British pop and were part of the Second British Invasion of the Billboard Top 40 in the 1980s, selling 25 million albums and having 23 hit singles worldwide.[10][11][12] The band have had eight UK top 10 albums, including three greatest hits compilations and an album of re-recorded material. Their musical influences ranged from punk rock and soul music to the American crooners Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.[13]

The band’s classic line-up featured Gary Kemp on guitar, synthesiser and backing vocals, his brother Martin Kemp on bass, vocalist Tony Hadley, saxophonist Steve Norman and drummer John Keeble. Gary Kemp was also the band’s songwriter. Their debut single, “To Cut a Long Story Short“, reached No.5 in the UK in 1980. It was the first of ten UK Top 10 singles. The band peaked in popularity in 1983 with the album True, with its title track reaching No.1 in the UK and the top five in the US. In 2011 it received a BMI award as one of the most played songs in US history with four million airplays.[14] In 1984 they received a Brit Award for technical excellence and were the first act to be approached by Bob Geldof to join the original Band Aid line-up.[15] In 1985 they performed at the Live Aid benefit concert at Wembley Stadium.


Memory Match – 30-04-52

It has been a while since I last wrote a Memory Match column. I spent 2015-2018 writing these articles for the Wrexham AFC matchday programme when we were proud to be a community club.

Unfortunately, the club’s treatment of disabled supporters is nothing short of a disgrace, while the treatment of the proactive Disabled Supporters Association leaves a lot to be desired. I am therefore withdrawing my support of the club until ALL disabled supporters are given adequate and inclusive facilities from which to enjoy the football served up at the Racecourse.

Instead I will go to watch 90 minutes of action, wherever I feel I am welcomed. It goes without saying that I will always have one ear on the Wrexham result as it is not the actual club that I have fallen out with. It is merely the way the club is being run that I have an issue with. I will continue to attend matches when it is my turn on the platform rota and away matches, but I am not wasting any more time at the bottom of the stand with an abysmal view of the action while exposed to the elements. It is a disgrace that disabled supporters are being treated in such a way at the start of the 21st century.

I still want to continue with these Memory Match articles as they proved popular. I also enjoy writing them and remembering a time when it was enjoyable to visit the Racecourse and watch a decent standard of football.

** This was written before the Coronavirus outbreak. But l see no reason why my opinions should change. It goes without saying that l wish everyone associated with the club the very best of health, but I remain convinced that Wrexham AFC will only prosper by being inclusive for ALL supporters. ** 



Wrexham v Stockport County

League Division Three (Northern Section)

Racecourse Ground

Result: 0-0

Wrexham: Connor, Speed, Fisher, McCallum, Spruce, Tapscott, Wynn, Hewitt, Bannan, Tilston, Tunnicliffe 

Stockport County: Ward, Staniforth, Kavanagh, Wilmott, Paterson, Cocker, Haddington, Connor, Black, Weigh

Attendance: 4,716

It is always important for any team to get off to a good start to the season, but the 1951/52 campaign began with six consecutive defeats for Peter Jackson’s men. An opening day defeat at Chester (2-1), was not a good omen for things to come, and our confidence obviously took a battering. Defeats against Barrow (3-1), Chesterfield (0-3), Barrow (2-4), Bradford Park Avenue (5-0) and Workington (2-0) left us rock bottom of the table with little hope for the months ahead.

We didn’t manage to climb the league ladder until late December, when we whacked Southport 3-0 at the Racecourse. Although we managed to stay clear of bottom spot for the remainder of the season, it should be noted that we didn’t manage to climb above 15th, in a terribly inconsistent run of form.

Players and fans alike were probably relieved to be staging the final game of a rotten term. Expectation was low as the visitors had been pushing for promotion to Division 2, and were only denied by Lincoln City, who eventually finished ten points clear of the chasing pack. The form of the Hatters had been so impressive that Division 1 strugglers Huddersfield Town had poached their manager, Scotsman Andy Beattie, in a failed bid to prevent relegation. The joint managerial team of Alex Herd and Billy Newton arrived at the Racecourse hoping to secure a permanent position with the club.

The form book went out of the window this afternoon, as Wrexham were on top for the fist 20 minutes. A neutral would have thought it was the home side who had been challenging at the summit throughout the season.

It really was a sparkling display by the Robins and only a lack of incisive finishing kept the game goalless. Hatters keeper Denis Ward made a fine save after Tommy Bannan looked certain to score, but this was one of the only times that Ward would be called into action during the opening period. We were on top, but the pressure we were piling on to a shambolic visiting defence, did not result in any shots on goal.

At the other end, Bob Connor was largely a spectator. He was only called into action on one occasion during the first half, when he was forced to scramble away an effort by Stockport’s Jack Connor. Meanwhile, Ward was lucky not to concede when both Ron Wynn and Tommy Tilston threatened to break the deadlock.

It seemed that the second half would follow a similar pattern to the first, as Ron Hewitt struck the crossbar shortly after the restart. His effort rebounded , and signalled the start of more sustained Wrexham pressure, which was dealt with by dogged County defenders Fred Kenny and Gordon Wilmott.

Despite being in the driving seat, the Wrexham defence still had to stay alert. This was underlined when full back Les Speed made a mistake that led to an opportunity for visiting attacker Ray Weigh. His shot cannoned back off Connor’s legs. Stockport did come back in to the game from this stage onwards, but neither side really threatened to steal both points.

County finished the season in third spot, while Wrexham’s final position depends on which source you believe. According to Wrexham: A Complete Record 1872 – 1992 we achieved a fourteenth place finish at the start of the book, but the season by season data near the end of the book states that we limped to a disappointing  eighteenth. Wikipedia also shows us in eighteenth, whilst the English National Football Archive suggests we ended up seventeenth.


Just two days after the end of the season, Peter Jackson released his retained list. The squad was cut substantially from 35 professionals, to just 20 for the following season. Willie Jessop and Cyril Lawrence could feel particularly disappointed as according to the North Wales Guardian, both were “ninety-minute triers” and popular amongst fans. Eyebrows were also raised by those not included on the list:

“In contrast, one player who has said quite frankly more than once, that he wants a transfer is retained! That player is Archie Ferguson – a very good goalkeeper – but is it wise to keep a player who is not happy with his club? Is it fair to the player or the club?”


It is also interesting to note that Tommy Griffiths, who had been trainer-coach for two seasons relinquished his position. A former centre-half and captain of Wales, he had begun his playing career at Wrexham. He had taken up a role as a director at the Cae Ras three years previously, but resigned to become trainer-coach.


We failed to find any glory in the cup competitions either. A lacklustre season was summed up by a second round defeat in the FA Cup, at the hands of Leyton Orient. We did push the East Londoners all the way though. A first round triumph over Halifax Town (3-0), set up a contest with the O’s that finished 1-1 at the Racecourse. The Third Division (South) side hosted the replay, which they eventually won 3-2, after extra time. Brisbane Road has never been a happy hunting ground…

A thumping 7-2 victory over Colwyn Bay in the fifth round of the Welsh Cup promised much. Chester held us to a goalless draw at the sixth round stage, so it was off to Sealand Road to turn them over 0-2 on their own patch. The semi-final saw a clash with Merthyr Tydfil, in a game played in Cardiff. Unfortunately, we lost the match 2-0.



I was saddened to learn of the passing of former player Cyril Lawrence at the age of 99, via the Official Blackpool FC Website. 

Lawrence was on Blackpool’s books, but never made a first team start for the club before leaving for Rochdale. After 4 seasons and 44 appearances for the Dale he was transferred to the Town where he racked up 50 games in a 2 year spell.

I have just looked up Cyril’s date of birth and in a weird coincidence it is tomorrow – 12/06/1920.

My thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends.

Emergency on Planet Earth #29


 What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society.


I am not a fan of Zoom and all this new technology that is supposed to bring people together during these times of lockdown. As someone who is used to being alone, i do not feel the need to suddenly invite the world and his wife in my front room and have to make sure I have a clean top to wear. I also have issues with my hearing that makes applications such as Zoom less of a positive option than a simple email.

I am not alone in feeling this way as one of my Facebook friends posted the following comment yesterday:

I strongly advise all concerned NOT to use Zoom. It is malware. Several governments have banned its use over security concerns. This is not a joke or conspiracy, Google it. Stop being lemmings following the crowd and use your brains. There are other group chat apps. Try WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or Signal – recommended by Edward Snowden.

Having said all that, I will definitely tuning in to Facebook and Twitter live on the 15th of June when my good friend and comrade, Ellen Clifford, will be launching The War on Disabled People. I hope to be able to review this volume in the near future and I look forward to listening to the speakers assembled for this event (listening to people I admire without having to worry about speaking or being on camera is a totally different experience than Zoom).



I am constantly searching for members of staff to bulk up my excellent base of staff. This is a particularly difficult time to be looking to recruit as people are concerned about the Coronavirus situation. Nevertheless, the hunt for new recruits continues. In a month’s  time there will be an opportunity to work alongside me as a support worker. It is a hugely unpopular shift on a Saturday night. It starts at 17:30 and turns into a sleep-in from 23:00 until 09:00. There will be an opportunity to work on Sunday morning for as long as you would like. The rate of pay is £9.80 per hour and £83.00 for the sleep-in.

The full job advertisement can be found here.


Reasons to leave the Labour Party keep on mounting:

Labour’s worrying record on anti-black racism under its new leadership


I think what is needed on a day like today is a little music…

From Wikipedia:

Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1992. Since 2001, the band has consisted of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals).

After signing to Geffen Records in 1993, Weezer released its self-titled debut album, also known as the Blue Album, in 1994. Backed by music videos for the singles “Buddy Holly“, “Undone – The Sweater Song“, and “Say It Ain’t So“, the Blue Album became a multiplatinum success. Weezer’s second album, Pinkerton (1996), featuring a darker, more abrasive sound, was a commercial failure and initially received mixed reviews, but achieved cult status and critical acclaim years later. Both the Blue Album and Pinkerton are now frequently cited among the best albums of the 1990s. Following the tour for Pinkerton, bassist Matt Sharp left the band and Weezer went on hiatus.

In 2001, Weezer returned with the Green Album, with new bassist Mikey Welsh. With a more pop sound, and promoted by singles “Hash Pipe” and “Island in the Sun“, the album was a commercial success and received mostly positive reviews. After the Green Album tour, Welsh left the band and was replaced by current bassist Scott Shriner. Weezer’s fourth album, Maladroit (2002), achieved mostly positive reviews, but weaker sales. Make Believe (2005) received mixed reviews, but its single “Beverly Hills” became Weezer’s first single to top the US Modern Rock Tracks chart and the first to reach the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2008, Weezer released the Red Album, featuring “TR-808s, synths, Southern rap, and baroque counterpoint”.[1] Its lead single, “Pork and Beans“, became the third Weezer song to top the Modern Rock Tracks chart, backed by a Grammy-winning YouTube music video. Raditude (2009) and Hurley (2010) featured more “modern pop production”[2] and songs co-written with other artists, achieved further mixed reviews and moderate sales. The band’s ninth and tenth albums, Everything Will Be Alright in the End (2014) and the White Album (2016), returned to a rock style and achieved more positive reviews. Their eleventh album, Pacific Daydream (2017), featured a more mainstream pop sound.[3] In 2019, Weezer released an album of covers, the Teal Album, followed by the Black Album.[4] Weezer has sold 10.2 million albums in the US and over 35 million worldwide.[5]


Emergency on Planet Earth #26


 What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society. 



This is excellent news for all social care staff and domiciliary workers throughout Wales. It is a clear sign that Welsh Labour have a heart and listen to the voices of the people. Regular readers will remember my blog entry calling on the Welsh Government to make sure that personal assistants employed through the Direct Payments scheme are rewarded with this bonus payment of £500. 

I am not saying that my blog directly influenced the Welsh Government, but I am saying that it wouldn’t have harmed.

The full story can be found on the BBC News website, which can be accessed by clicking here. Two of my PAs watched Mark Drakeford’s Press Conference this afternoon and can vouch that he specifically mentioned those employed through Direct Payments.

My work here is done, until the next time I am called upon…


There is plenty of interesting news to read at the moment. The following links provide access to a selection of interesting articles that deserve your attention and subsequent outrage. As you are probably an apathetic British moron, I realise that you probably won’t even click on the links as the articles they lead to may cause you to have to think, and we can’t have that now, can we?

I have done my job anyway…

Labour lurches responds to crisis that is forcing millions into hardship – with attack on benefits claimants that lurches right back to Blair

New BBC Director-General Davie “impressed influential Tories”, is former Conservative Association deputy chair, but has marketing, not journalism, background

ITV News reveals plans to discharge Covid-19 patients into care homes

Johnson: those pesky Swedes almost overtook us, but we saw them off to top the world C-deaths table. I’m ‘very proud’


While you try to get your tiny little minds around the news items above, l will be spending money l haven’t got on eBay as l try to go back in time to the 1983/84 football season for no particular reason other than my own enjoyment. You will be hearing a lot more about this harebrained project of mine in the not too distant future, but for now enjoy the offering below from Jonathan Pie.

From Wikipedia:

Jonathan Pie is a fictional character created and portrayed by English comedian Tom Walker. A political correspondent, Pie appears in a series of online videos in which he rants about the state of both British and American politics,[1][2][3] with the videos being presented as though he were a real reporter speaking his personal opinions to the camera before or after filming a regular news segment.


Just want to end this blog by wishing my Dad a very Happy 70th Birthday. I couldn’t have asked for a better father figure and I am very proud to be his son.

That’s enough of all that soppy shit, I’m back in the room…

Emergency on Planet Earth #25


 What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society. 


There can be no doubt that we are living in politically volatile times. The following weeks and months will be crucial in deciding what type of society we will leave behind for future generations.

Amidst all the Coronavirus crisis, a vitally important new campaign has grown from appalling police brutality in the United States of America. You can read more about the George Floyd case and the #BlackLivesMatter campaign by clicking on this link. 

I would like to send my solidarity to everyone fighting for equality and justice. I feel powerless myself, to help make such a fundamental change in society, from the UK, but I wish my fellow Britons  would show a similar show of unrest against the status quo, as our American cousins are doing across the Atlantic.

Meanwhile, my personal crusade to establish a suitable independent living package is continuing. #SaveWILG campaigners are still working hard behind the scenes to make themselves heard, and we are hoping to make a positive announcement in the near future. Despite having a different focus, our aims are similar to those involved in the #BlackLivesMatter  campaign – equality and the ability to live life on a level playing field with the rest of society.


The words of Vaughan Gething, that I totally agree with in principle. I always knew this day would come…


From The Skwawkbox:

New study shows “NO statistically significant difference” in viral load between children and adults – and concludes that opening schools will drive new peak

Video: thousands gather in Liverpool for ‘I can’t breathe’ protest

Video: police chief to Trump – ‘on behalf of the police chiefs in this country, you’re putting lives at risk. If you don’t have something constructive, keep your mouth shut’


List music from your High-School years

I really do not have much to say here as I didn’t really start getting interested in music until I started sixth-form College. This was due to a variety of reasons. For a start my main interest was all consuming. I lived and breathed football with a particular interest in Everton FC and Wrexham AFC. During that time, it is also a fact that music was absolutely tragic. I did make several attempts to listen to the latest hits via top of the pops and the charts, but the music scene failed to invigorate me.

There were a few brushes with music that were enjoyable. One of my first cassette tapes was Now 5 to enjoy on my new cassette radio player. One of my favourite tracks on there was Song for Whoever by The Beautiful South. A full listing of this album can be found in the notes at the back of the book. 

It is embarrassing to have to admit that my first single purchase at the age of 11 was New Kids on The Block with their UK debut: The Right Stuff. Go ahead and laugh, but I was young and naïve. I like to think that my taste has improved since then. 

From Wikipedia:

New Kids on the Block (also initialized as NKOTB) is an American boy band from Dorchester, Massachusetts, United States. The band consists of brothers Jonathan and Jordan KnightJoey McIntyreDonnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood. New Kids on the Block enjoyed success in the late 1980s and early 1990s and have sold more than 70 million records worldwide.[2] They won two American Music Awards in 1990 for Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group and Favorite Pop/Rock Album.[3] The group disbanded in 1994, and reunited in 2008.

After secretly reuniting in 2007 and recording a new record, the group released that new album and embarked on a concert tour in 2008. The album, entitled The Block, was released on September 2, 2008. New Kids on the Block was listed as number 16 on Rolling Stone‘s Top 25 Teen Idol Breakout Moments.[4] The group was on tour with the Backstreet Boys in 2011–12 as NKOTBSB. This collaboration first performed live together on November 21, 2010 at the American Music Awards on ABC[5] and again on 2011 New Year’s on ABC’s Dick Clark/Ryan Seacrest show.[6][7] The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 9, 2014


Emergency on Planet Earth #22


 What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society. 


I just wanted to make it clear to people, that – for some people – Zoom is not the answer to the worlds communication problems.

On the face of it, l should be welcoming the fact that l can speak to people on the other side of the planet straight from my front room. It is true that all the access issues and costs relating to travel are lifted through the wonders of modern technology. However, it not great if you are hard of hearing, and unable to access a Palantypist.

This week l have had to leave two meetings that l really should have been able to contribute to as one of the most influential disabled activists in Wales. It is so frustrating having to gaze glibly at a variety of faces without being able to understand or interject with a series of pertinent points that would challenge and inspire.  This is not an uncommon problem for me, as l always struggle to hear group discussions in a busy public environment – such as those we used to have in the days before Covid-19.

I suppose a solution would be to buy some headphones and see if that helps, but really l can’t be bothered as l do not have any desire to see the ugly mugs of friends and family who can’t  be arsed  to make a social visit. I know people aren’t supposed make theses visits at the moment,  but l am just worried that some people are accepting that this inaccessible world will become the new reality without trying to find a better ‘new normal’.

The whole Coronavirus crisis really hasn’t  made much difference to my reality as l am still receiving 24/7 support from my extended family of PA’s. Maybe l am blinkered to exactly what is going on in the real world, but l am sadly not surprised that the main tool  that is being used to prevent isolation and loneliness during this episode, is not accessible to everyone.


From Wikipedia:

Jonathan Pie is a fictional character created and portrayed by English comedian Tom Walker. A political correspondent, Pie appears in a series of online videos in which he rants about the state of both British and American politics,[1][2][3] with the videos being presented as though he were a real reporter speaking his personal opinions to the camera before or after filming a regular news segment.

Emergency on Planet Earth #9


What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society.


Friday 10th April

Continuing my music listography with the 20 albums I would take on a spaceship that wasn’t returning to Earth.

  1. Never Mind The Bollocks
  2. Definitely Maybe
  3. Bring It On
  4. Emergency On Planet Earth
  5. Product
  6. Different Class
  7. Expecting To Fly
  8. Revolver
  9. I Should Coco
  10. Radiator
  11. Alternative Ulster
  12. The Bends
  13. OK Computer
  14. Kid A
  15. Who Killed… The Zutons
  16. Smart
  17. Abbey Road
  18. Be Here Now
  19. The Second Coming
  20. Atomic

After each entry to my listography, I will include a YouTube video(s) from a performer on my list. Please find below a collection of 12 videos, documenting the perfect slice of punk produced by the Sex Pistols.

From Wikipedia:

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols is the only studio album by English punk rock band the Sex Pistols, released on 28 October 1977 by Virgin Records. The album has influenced many bands and musicians, and the industry in general. In particular, the album’s raw energy, and Johnny Rotten‘s sneering delivery and “half-singing”, are often considered game-changing. It is frequently listed as the most influential punk album, and one of the most important albums of all time.

By the time of its release, the Sex Pistols were controversial, having sworn on live TV, been fired from two record labels, and been banned from playing live in some parts of Britain. The album title added to that controversy, with some people finding the word “bollocks” offensive. Many record stores refused to carry it and some record charts refused to list its title, showing just a blank space instead.

Due in part to its notoriety, and in spite of many sales bans at major retailers, the album debuted at number one on the UK Album Charts. It went gold only a few weeks later, on 17 November. It remained a best-seller for over a year, spending 60 weeks in the top 25.[1] It has seen several reissues, the latest in 2012.


It is also about time that we looked in on how our old friend Johnathan Pie is coping with the lockdown. It is good to see that not everyone is living in a state of creative paralysis, and that satire is still alive and kicking.

I struggle to understand why people are not working on Good Friday, during this lockdown. Of course, front-line workers are still carrying on as normal. We really would be fucked without the, and I sincerely hope that once this crisis has finally blown over, they are given the recognition, status and salaries they deserve.

Emergency on Planet Earth #8


What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society.


Wednesday 8th April

I have been stuck indoors since March 5th, and boredom is really hitting home now. I suppose that disable people like myself, are used to having limitations placed on their lives, so in a funny way we are more adept to living with the restrictions of a lockdown.

I have been frittering away the time by completing the music listography that my sister bought me as a birthday gift, back in February. I may as well share parts of this listography with my readers, and encourage people to leave their lists in the comments section.

The problem, I find, with a musical listography is that such lists change depending on my mood. All I can say is that this list is fairly representative of my musical tastes. There is no particular order to this list, but it is fair to say that the Buzzcocks will always be my number 1 favourite band.

Music Listography

20 favourite bands:

  1. Buzzcocks
  2. The Rolling Stones
  3. Sex Pistols
  4. Oasis
  5. The Beatles
  6. Radiohead
  7. Stereophonics
  8. Manic Street Preachers
  9. Pulp
  10. Space
  11. Public Image Limited
  12. X-Ray Spex
  13. Stiff Little Fingers
  14. Green Day
  15. Ash
  16. The Bluetones
  17. Sleeper
  18. Travis
  19. The Zutons
  20. The Kinks

After each entry to my listography, I will include a video from a performer on my list. I will start off with a performance of ‘What Do I Get?’ from my all time favourite band, Buzzcocks.

From Wikipedia:

Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Bolton, England in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto.[4] They are regarded as a seminal influence on the Manchester music scene, the independent record label movement, punk rockpower pop,[5] and pop punk. They achieved commercial success with singles that fused pop craftsmanship with rapid-fire punk energy. These singles were collected on Singles Going Steady, described by critic Ned Raggett as a “punk masterpiece”.[6]

Devoto and Shelley chose the name “Buzzcocks” after reading the headline, “It’s the Buzz, Cock!”, in a review of the TV series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine. The “buzz” is the excitement of playing on stage; “cock” is northern English slang meaning “friend”. They thought it captured the excitement of the nascent punk scene, as well as having humorous sexual connotations following Peter Shelley’s time working in a Bolton adult shop.[7] Per the band, there is no “the” in Buzzcocks.[8]

Devoto left the band in 1977, after which Pete Shelley became the principal singer-songwriter.[9] Shelley died on 6 December 2018,[10] but the band has remained active with Diggle assuming lead vocal duties.[11] They are currently performing with new guitarist Mani Perazzoli.[12]


Here are a few interesting articles, that I think might be of interest to my readers. The first two touch upon the furloughing of non-playing staff by Liverpool Football Club. These are followed by an article on how to boost your immune system, that appears on the ‘Linwood Health Foods’ website. Each article can be seen in their original format by clicking on the links below.

‘What would Shankly do?’ Not what Liverpool are doing, that’s for sure

Liverpool chief executive officer Peter Moore has issued the following letter to supporters. 



Love To Hate You

Dedicated to the usual right-wing suspects…

From Wikipedia:

Erasure (/ɪˈrʒə/) are an English synth-pop duo, consisting of singer and songwriter Andy Bell and songwriter and keyboardist Vince Clarke. They formed in London in 1985. Their debut single was “Who Needs Love Like That“. With their fourth single, “Sometimes“, the duo established themselves on the UK Singles Chart, becoming one of the most successful artists of the late 1980s to mid-1990s.

From 1986 to 2007, Erasure achieved 24 consecutive Top 40 hits in the UK. By 2009, 34 of their 37 chart-eligible singles and EPs had made the UK Top 40, with 17 climbing into the Top 10. At the 1989 Brit Awards, Erasure won the Brit Award for Best British Group.[1] They also had three Top 20 US hits with the songs “A Little Respect“, and “Always“, the highest charting US single (on the Billboard Hot 100) being their 1988 single “Chains of Love“, which hit #12 on the chart.

The duo is most popular in their native UK and mainland Europe (especially Germany, Denmark, and Sweden) and also in South America (especially Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru).[citation needed] The band is also popular within the LGBT community, for whom the openly gay Bell has become an icon.[2] Erasure have penned over 200 songs and have sold over 25 million albums worldwide.[3][4]