New guitar cover on my Youtube channel.
Scars on Broadway - World Long Gone
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Making my wish list for Record Store Day 2014.
Sikth - Death of a Dead Day 2LP (being pressed by those lovely bastards at basickrecords)
Nirvana - Pennyroyal Tea 7”
Mastodon - Live at Brixton 2LP + DVD.
I recently visited Gibraltar on holiday. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It’s not, as some people think, Britain in the sun. I think I heard more Spanish accents than English. The only reason for that thinking is the high amount of pubs, sterling currency and English signs. Gibraltar is very much it’s own little world.
I’d definitely go back. Maybe in a group on a stag weekend or something like that. If you’re going as a couple there’s a hell of a lot you can fit in. My girlfriend and I managed to get around the whole rock and see nearly everything in 1 day (nearly everything ‘cause it was a Sunday and certain attractions were closed). Like I said, I’d highly recommend Gibraltar for a short break.
1. The view of the rock just before entering passport control
2 & 3. Views from the very top of the rock. Accessible by cable car (£8.50 one way £10.50 return)
4. St Michael’s Cave. If you only see one thing on Gibraltar it should be this. An £18 ticket covers entrance to the cave, Great Siege & WWII tunnels, Moorish Castle, Pillars of Hercules, the 100 tonne gun and the nature reserve and apes den.
5. Barbary macaques are everywhere on the rock. They rarely bother you unless you have food. All the ones we passed were very docile.
6. From this spot overlooking Europa Point you can see the coasts of Morocco and Spain
7. Catalan Bay on the east side of the rock. Only a 30-40 minute walk or 10 minute bus ride (£1.50)if you’re staying on the western side of the rock.
8. Gibraltar International airport has a nice balcony from which you can watch flights take off and land. You can also buy a little monkey in duty free like I did.
9. The Ocean Village is a fairly new build in the north west part of Gibraltar. Most of the good restaurants are based there overlooking the calm waters. It’s still partially being built and extended. It’s a great place to go and have a few holiday cocktails while you watch the sun go down.
I’ve just finished watching Band of Brothers. It’s a dramatisation, fantastically made by HBO in 2001, about the 506th PIR 101st Airborne Division aka Easy Company.
I am well aware of the sacrifice of men in World War II and I have always honoured the war dead on Armistice day and have great respect for those still in service. But I have never been a flag waving patriot, screaming ‘the Kraut’s got what they deserved’ from the rooftops. I am a peace loving man. I believe war should never be an option. Blood should never be shed in conflicts that could be sorted diplomatically.
The way I view war is put into better words by the late Major Richard ‘Dick’ Winters, portrayed in the series by Damian Lewis 1:04:40-1:05:53 of the documentary We Stand Alone: The Men of Easy Company. He describes the moment a German officer offered his surrender in 1945.