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I came across my first ever blog today. It’s my blogger one which i’m about to delete as i’ve got too many of these things. But I was kind of fond of my first two posts, so here’s me keeping hold of them. The first is a poem and the second is the very first gig review I ever did for Scorpio Review (a music journalist job I had 2007-09) and also my very first review online. It’s pretty terrible but I enjoy looking back at it to see how much i’ve improved! Here are the two posts.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Here I start my first web log
It’s not as thick as heavy fog.
I only write in rhyming talk
But you can eat me with a fork.
Though my blog may make no sense
I advise you don’t sit on the fence.
For you may find some useful faff
And other stuff that might be naff.
I was born on the ides of march, ’89,
I’m struggling to think what to write on this line.
Maybe I should find a muse
Before your mind I do confuse!
Hope you liked my first attempt
Hope for you twern’t too unkempt.

Sunday, 9 December 2007
From the Jam – 4/12/07 – Rock City, Nottingham.
Here’s a review I wrote for Scorpio Review + http://www.lyricloungereview.co.nr. Thanks very much Bex Bailey for getting me along!

35 years ago, a band sprang out of Surrey called the Jam, fronted by Paul Weller on lead vocals and guitar with Bruce Foxton on bass and Rick Buckler on Drums. After 17 years of success, the three disbanded and went off their own ways after disagreements and side projects. Years later, Buckler formed a band called The Gift which would play Jam material, which Foxton would sometimes appear playing bass on live shows. This year, the two decided on recording some songs and touring the UK under the name ‘From the Jam’ on which they would be accompanied by fellow Gift members David Moore (playing Bass and Keyboards) and Russell Hastings (filling Weller’s place on guitar and lead vocals). And so on the cold Tuesday night of December 4th, Nottingham was fortunate to be one of the tour destinations.
As an 18 year old, I did not grow up with the Mod movement or The Jam like many of the audience members there, but I did know a few of their well known songs. As the band came out triumphantly, chants of “We are the Mods” echoed the walls of Rock City, and this continued throughout most of the concert during breaks between songs. The only other time I’d heard this was on the great film classic ‘Quadrophenia.’
The four were on great form, all relatively fit and energetic for their age, with great basslines and beats, also their distinguished shouty vocals. All the classics were played such as ‘That’s Entertainment’ and ‘Pretty Green’ with great lighting and sound, as well as the chants of such song as ‘Down in the Tubestation at Midnight.’ Although it wasn’t a packed gig, there was much headbanging and jumping around in the centre of the floor, which I noticed was creating a significant floor wobble, accompanied by the unwelcomed splutter of beer being thrown about during the louder songs.
With knowledge of the set list, I was very much looking forward to the encore which had ‘Going Underground’ just before ending with the keyboard-fronted ‘Town Called Malice’ which was sung along to by almost everyone there. For 2/3 of the original line-up of The Jam, it was a very good show and must have been a great moment for those of Jam fan status going back to the late 70’s when the Jam were at their hey-day.
Sunil Glen 🙂

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The Pacific

As every other 80’s born kid’s first few years, my childhood was saturated in television. From early morning TV to after-school kids programs, educational videos to disney films, my eyes have become more and more square. Then the 2000’s brought teenage rebellion (staying up ’til after the watershed to realise why there was a watershed) and, film/tv-wise, everything that came with; bad language, porn, drug use and many other evils.

It was just after I became a Christian in 2004 that I realised some of the effects of watching some types of or ‘too much’ TV/films could be unhealthy to the human, let alone the follower of Jesus. I didn’t do much about it at first but over the years these problems have been made aware of and dealt with thanks to the Holy Spirit’s work in my new heart, through God’s word and fellowship with brothers and sisters; changing my eyes and desires.

I’m currently watching a lot on the screen! But its some good stuff. Firstly, i’m half way through watching the sixth and final series of Lost which is currently being premiered on Sky. I’ve been watching every series of Lost since it first appeared in 2004/05. It’s been a great journey, frustrating at times but well worth it, having answered many questions and cleverly intertwined stories and characters together. J.J. Abrams and Jack Bender (and others) have done a great job and i’ve enjoyed watching it over the years, also looking forward to the rest of the series (ending in May).

Yesterday I discovered HBO had brought out the 10-part miniseries ‘The Pacific’, made by the creators of ‘Band of Brothers’ (Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks etc.). It follows the story of the United States Marine Corps during World War II. I’m watching part 2 tomorrow, there’s some great historical re-enactments, emotions and true stories of war veterans like that of Band of Brothers.

Thirdly and fourthly are the current new BBC series’ of 80’s cop drama Ashes to Ashes and family comedy Outnumbered. Both are really great. The former for the music and storylines (and DCI Gene Hunt’s deadpan humour and sarcasm!) and the latter for the children’s questions and parents answers that made it so successful in the first two series of Outnumbered. I’ll be writing more in-depth / story reviews of these when they are at completion (hope i’m not giving too much away in this blog-post!)

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