Sunday, 29 September 2013
Trust management....I wouldn't trust the management to run a bath, never mind a hospital. I did read recently that the problems with the NHS aren't down to bad management, but due to staff shortages?!?!?! Surely that is bad management because isn't it down to managers to work out and manage the human resources, and if the services are suffering due to a lack of staff then it's down to them to manage the recruitment and retention of staff. If the budgets restrain and dictate staffing levels then surely management have been misusing our money. Problems within all areas of the public sector are down to bad management. If these managers worked in the private sector, they wouldn't last a week because their incompetence and lack of foresight would effect company profits and the shareholders would not be happy. In the public sector, it is the public that are the shareholders, and they need to know the truth is not the glossed over version which is presented by the NHS's public and media relations departments.
I heard talk on the Radio (LBC 97.3fm) this morning about whether we need Trade Unions.???? YES we do need unions, but NO we don't need unions that are prepared to compromise their members rights for their own ends, which are usually financial. Trade Union leaders are well paid and well off in comparison to those they purport represent. How can someone with a well off lifestyle possibly be in touch with someone that has to work a month to earn what they do in a week. The exception would be managers that are union members, as many of these are overpaid for the jobs they do or more than often don't do. The reality is that the unions are in bed with the management and so far up each others arses that it's the workers that get fucked.
If anything we need stronger Unions more so than at any other time in recent history, what with the Government trying to take away workers rights with changes in employment law that makes it easier to dismiss a worker if they aren't performing. I wonder if this also applies to managers? I doubt it, unless they have a lovers tiff with the unions
Someone needs to take a stand for those at the bottom, who keep those at the top in their positions of power, or have the workers been brainwashed and bought off by nice end of salary pensions that they are happy to spend their lives on their knees waiting to retire? It would appear that this might be the case, as Trade Union membership has declined over the years since the 1970's and the recent protests have all been about keeping hands off pensions, not about the working conditions and practises which are often the cause of poor delivery of services to the public.
I can see a divide developing, or should I say being created between workers in the Public Sector and Private Sector over pay, pensions and job security. Jobs in the public sector are seen as jobs for life, which is another thing wrong with the NHS and Local Councils, many workers have been there for years and years and have developed working practises and cultures over the past that are not in keeping with the present, so you get both managers and their staff going through the motions and keeping silent about bad practices through fear of losing their job. In a world where the individual rules, the powers that we let be can target and pick off smaller groups easier than they could one big union of people. The Trade Union power was reduced after Maggie Thatcher destroyed the Miners during the strikes in the 80's, then under New Labour's champaign socialist reign union leaders got fat on the profits of power and layer upon layer of middle management positions were created to reward workers ready to compromise their socialist values for, any short fall could be filled by young graduates schooled under the conservative value of competition being the only way to deliver goods and services to a self preservation I'm alright Jack society.
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
First there was their god damn awful cover of Blondie's One Way Or Another, and now this ....a bastardised Ramones logo pillow case. Is Punk dead? No it has just been exploited by a bunch of corporate cunts and sold to a generation of pinheads that just don't have a clue. "BEAT ON THE BRATS WITH A BASEBALL BAT."
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Sorted, no more 5's as S's and everything in capital letters. I've had a new keyboard fitted in the laptop (cheers Keithy) and normal (whatever you define as normal) service is resumed! I'll crack on with re-posting the music people have requested, give us a week or so and that should be sorted, unlike the social and political issues going down. They will never get sorted because it's in the powers that we let be's own interests to have us living in the disorder and chaos that they create and foster in order to control people.
Sunday, 22 September 2013
FOR THO5E THAT CAN'T AFFORD THE CLA5H 5OUND 5Y5TEM BOX 5ET, THE CHURCH OF 5ONY HAVE I55UED A 5MALLER BOX 5ET OF THE BAND5 FIVE ALBUM5 AND A 5TENCIL, PACKAGED TO LOOK LIKE A FLIGHT CA5E THAT COULD BE YOUR5 FOR £30, ARE THE5E ALL RE-MA5TER5 OF THE RE-MA5TER5 THAT CAME OUT A FEW YEAR5 BACK? . THEY HAVE AL5O RELEA5ED ANOTHER BE5T OF, CALLED HIT5 BACK. DOES THE WORLD REALLY NEED ANOTHER CLA5H BE5T OF I THOUGHT, THAT WA5 UNTIL I LOOKED AT THE TRACKLI5TING, AND THE CONCEPT BEHIND IT, IT'S A TWO CD SET, 32 TRACK5 IN TOTAL SPANNING THEIR FIVE ALBUM5 AND 5INGLE5, BECAU5E UNLIKE PREVIOU5 BE5T OF'5 THERE ARE 13 TRACK5 THAT WERE NOT RELEA5ED A5 5INGLE5. THE TRACKLI5TING DOE5N'T RUN IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER EITHER, THE ORDER I5 BA5ED ON A 5ET LI5T CHO5EN BY JOE 5TRUMMER WHEN THE CLA5H PLAYED THE BRIXTON FAIR DEAL ON JULY 10th 1982. BY DOING THI5 (AND PO55IBLY THE REMA5TERING) ALL THE OLD FAVE5 I GREW UP LI5TENING TO 5OUND 5OMEWHAT FRE5HER TO THE5E OLD EAR5 WHEN TAKEN OUT OF THEIR ORIGINAL CONTEXT FROM THE ALBUM5 THEY APPEARED ON. HIT5 BACK HA5 IT ALL; THE PUNK, THE FUNK THE ROCK, THE RAGGA, AND MUCH MORE. IT AL5O RETAIL5 AT THE AFORDABLE PRICE OF A 5INGLE ALBUM/CD WHICH ALL IN ALL MAKE5 IT THE ONLY CLA5H BE5T OF THAT REALLY MATTER5.
Saturday, 21 September 2013
THE CLA5H'5 5OUND 5Y5TEM BOX 5ET WA5 RELEA5ED THI5 MONTH AMONG5T MUCH DEBATE ABOUT IT'5 MERIT5; WHY REMA5TER THE PA5T, AND THE CO5T; A £100 IN A TIME OF RECE55ION? I5 THI5 IN KEEPING WITH THE CLA5H'5 PRICING POLICIE5 OVER PREVIOU5 RELEA5E5. FOR EXAMPLE THE 5ANDANI5TA TRIPLE ALBUM.
WITH ALL THE EXTRA5 BADGE5, FLYER5 ETC A5 WELL A5 THE MU5IC AND FILM THI5 NEW BOX 5ET I5 THE ULTIMATE CLA5H COMMODITY, BUT ONCE AGAIN THE PA5T HA5 BEEN AIRBRU5HED AND A 5TALINI5T PURGE HA5 ERA5ED CUT THE CRAP FROM THE CLA5H'5 PA5T.. ANYWAY ENOUGH FROM ME HERE'5 5OME WORD5 FROM THE CLA5H :-
“THAT'5 THE GAMBLE WE HAVE TO TAKE. WE BELIEVE WHAT WE'RE DOING I5 RIGHT. IF WE HAD TO BE DICTATED BY WHAT OTHER PEOPLE 5AY IT WOULDN'T BE THE CLA5H.” - PAUL 5IMONON ON 5ANDANI5TA RETAILING FOR LE55 THAN THE PRICE OF A DOUBLE ALBUM 1981.
“IT'5 A BIG FLOP. THE THING I LIKE ABOUT MAKING A 5TAND ON PRICE5 I5 THAT IT'5 HERE AND NOW AND NOT JU5T A PROMI5E. IT'5 DEALLING WITH REALITY: HOW MANY BUCK5 YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO PART WITH AT THE COUNTER TO GET IT. IT'5 ONE OF THE FEW OPPORTUNITIE5 WE HAVE TO MANIFE5T OUR IDEAL5, TO MAKE THEM EXI5T IN A REAL PLACE. TO DO IT IN THATCHER5 BRITAIN DURING A RECE55ION WA5 A KIND OF FLAMBOYANT GE5TURE.” - JOE 5TRUMMER ON THE OUTCOME OF THE 5PECIAL PRICING OF 5ANDINI5TA 1981
“HE WHO FUCK5 NUN5 WILL LATER JOIN THE CHURCH.”
Saturday, 14 September 2013
|“LONELINE55 I5 FOLLOWING MY WHOLE
EVERYWHERE, IN BAR5 AND CAR5,
5IDEWALK5, 5TORE5 – EVERYWHERE, THERE'5 NO E5CAPE.
I'M GOD5 LONELY MAN.”
-ROBERT DENIRO A5 TRAVI5 BICKLE IN TAXI DRIVER
YOU CAN'T 5TOP THE ROCK, AND GOD5 LONELY MEN JU5T KEEP ON ROCKIN' FOLLOWING ON FROM MAY'5 A PERFECT 5TORM, THERE'5 ANOTHER NEW TUNE, THE FUTURE I5 CALLING UP ON THEIR WEB PAGE TO DOWNLOAD FOR FREE, AND YOU'D BE A FOOL IF YOU DIDN'T. IT'5 A 5OLID 5LAB OF 5LEAZY POP'N'ROLL, A5 CATCHY A5 A WINTER COLD AND THE CLO5E5T THEY HAVE COME TO 5OUNDING LIKE THEIR FORMER LURKING 5ELVE5. WITH EVERY RELEA5E THEY UNLEA5H GLM JU5T GET BETTER AND BETTER. HERE'5 TO THE NEXT ONE.
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
THE 5YRIAN 5ITUATION I5 A5 FLUID A5 THE COMPONENT5 THE WE5T 5OLD TO WHOEVER IT WA5 THAT MANUFACTURED AND LAUNCHED THE CHEMICAL WEAPON5 ATTACK IN DAMA5CU5. THE WE5T MOVE5 BACK FROM THE RED LINE THEY DREW AGAIN5T THE A55AD REGIME. TWENTY FOUR HOUR NEW5 FEED5 AND 5OCIAL MEDIA MAKE 5URE THE WORLD CAN'T AND DOE5N'T LOOK AWAY, BUT WHAT CAN WE DO?
IMAGE5 OF CHILDREN AND A HUMANITARIAN CRI5I5. PROPAGANDA TO TUG AT THE HEART 5TRING5 AND INITIATE AN EMOTIONAL RE5PON5E, WHICH THE BRITI5H PEOPLE DID, AND 70% 5AID NO THEY DIDN'T WANT BRITAIN TO GET INVOLVED. THE MEMORIE5 OF AFGHANI5TAN AND IRAQ ARE 5TILL FRE5H. HAVE LE55ON5 BEEN LEARNED, OR I5 THI5 ALL PART OF LAYING FURTHER FOUNDATION5 FOR A NEW WORLD ORDER BY THE WE5T?, OR I5 IT AN I5LAMI5T PLOT TO GET THE WE5T FURTHER INVOLVED IN THE MIDDLE EA5T? FUCK THE COLD WAR, THI5 5HIT I5 A HOT WAR THAT COULD EXPLODE AT ANYTIME. WITH 5YRIA5 FRIEND IRAN AIMING 5CUD MI55ILE5 AT I5RAEL, AND THE RU55IAN5 DOING WHO KNOW5 WHAT, WITHDRAWING BUI5INE55 INTERE5T5, TURNING OFF THE GA5 5UPPLY.
DAVID CAMERON TAKE5 IT TO PARLIAMENT AND THE MP'5 5AY NO! THAT5 ODD....A GOVERNMENT LI5TENING TO WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT OR IN THI5 CA5E DON'T WANT. CERTAIN 5ECTION5 OF THE MEDIA HAVE TURNED ON CAMERON AND 5AID HE HA5 LO5T CONTROL OF HI5 PARTY, WHY? THE MP'5 DID WHAT THEY ARE 5UPPO5ED TO DO, AND FOR THE FIR5T TIME IN A LONG TIME THE GOVERNMENT AND PARLIAMENT DID THEIR DEMOCRATIC JOB. THEY'RE 5TILL A BUNCH OF CUNT5, BUT THI5 TIME THE CUNT5 U5ED THEIR EAR5.
OVER THE CHANNEL THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT ARE U5EING THE 5ITUATION TO TRY AND DI5TRACT IT'5 PEOPLE FROM THEIR OWN INTERNAL PROBLEM5. THEY HAVE BECOME AMERICA5 NEW BE5T 5TRIKE ON 5YRIA FRIEND5. IN BRITAIN 5OME 5ECTION5 OF THE MEDIA ARE 5POILING FOR A WAR 5AYING THE GOVERNMENT5 LET BRITAIN AND IT'5 GLOBAL 5TANDING DOWN BY 5AYING NO TO ATTACKING 5YRIA. WHO CARE5 ABOUT JINGOI5TIC POLITIC5 AND WHO GIVE5 A FUCK IF THE FRENCH 5UPPORT AMERICA AND WE DON'T. IN THE 5PECIAL RELATION5HIP, LET THE AMERICAN5 HAVE A BIT ON THE 5IDE, AND ANYWAY THE FRENCH MIGHT FIND THEM5ELVE5 ON THEIR OWN IN ATTACKING 5YRIA.
OVER THE POND, AMERICA HAVE TAKEN NOTICE OF BRITAIN AND OBAMA HA5 TAKEN HI5 CA5E FOR ATTACKING 5YRIA TO CONGRE55 FOR THEM TO DECIDE, BUT I CAN 5EE AMERICA5 HOU5E OF REPRE5ENTATIVE5 5UPPORTING BARACK OBAMA IN ATTACKING 5YRIA, IF THEY HAVEN'T ALREADY DONE 5O.
WATCH THE PRE55URE GET PILED ON TO THE BRITI5H GOVERNMENT TO GO BACK ON THE VOTE, OR HAVE ANOTHER ONE, E5PECIALLY A5 ALL OF A 5UDDEN THERE I5 EVIDENCE AND INTELLIGENCE COMING FROM EVERYWHERE ABOUT WHO FIRED THE CHEMICAL WEAPON5 AND WHERE FROM. , THE U5 HAVE GOT 5OME, AND 5O HAVE THE FRENCH, AND THI5 I5 BEFORE THE FINDING5 OF THE UN WEAPON5 IN5PECTOR5 I5 PUBLI5HED. IF THEY KNOW ALL THI5 5TUFF NOW AND HAVE BEEN MONITORING THE 5YRIAN 5ITUATION, THEN 5URELY THEY MU5T HAVE KNOWN 5OMETHING WA5 IN THE AIR BEFORE THE CHEMICAL WEAPON5 WERE U5ED. EVERYTHING HAPPEN5 FOR A REA5ON, OR I5 MADE AND LEFT TO HAPPEN 5O AN END RE5ULT I5 ACHIEVED.
THERE MU5T BE OTHER WAY5 OTHER THAN BOMBING 5YRIA BACK TO THE 5TONEAGE, AND INFLICTING MORE CARNAGE UPON IT5 PEOPLE. NO ONE I5 CONDONING THE U5E OF CHEMICAL WEAPON5, APART FROM WHOEVER IT WA5 THAT LAUNCHED THEM, CO5 I'M NOT CONVINCED IT WA5 THE 5YRIAN REGIME WHO WERE BEHIND THE ATTACK, WHAT WOULD A55AD GAIN, OTHER THAN WORLD CONDEMNATION AND THE PO55IBILITY OF MA55IVE WE5TERN RETALIATION, 5OUND5 LIKE A NO BRAINER TO ME, MORE LIKE FORCE5 WHO WANT TO CONTROL THE AREA. EA5T OR WE5T? ONLY HI5TORY WILL TELL WHO5E TRUTH WILL BE WRITTEN. BUT IT I5 WHAT WE BELIEVE NOW THAT REALLY MATTER5
IF THE WE5T DOE5 ATTACK 5YRIA, THEN I CAN'T 5EE IT ENDING WELL, BUT HEY....2014 I5 THE HUNDRED YEAR ANNIVER5ARY OF THE FIR5T WORLD WAR, WHAT BETTER WAR TO REMEMBER IT.... THAN BY HAVING A THIRD ONE!
Sunday, 1 September 2013
IT'5 BEEN NEARLY 30 YEAR5 5INCE THE FIT5 LA5T RELEA5ED A RECORD, 5O THI5 I5 A WELCOME RETURN.
BEFORE WE LOOK AT THE LATE5T CHAPTER OF THE FIT5 5TORY LET5 GO BACK A FEW YEAR5 TO THE 1980'5 WHEN THE FIT5 5HONE A5 BRIGHTLY A5 THE LIGHT5 ON BLACKPOOL'5 GOLDEN MILE. VOCALI5T MICK CRUDGE WA5 IN5PIRED TO 5ING AFTER 5EEING ADAM AND THE ANT5 IN 1979, AND THE FIT5 WERE BORN. 5EVERAL 5INGLE5 WERE RELEA5ED AND WELL RECEIVED, AND ONE RATHER PATCHY ALBUM YOU'RE NOTHING YOU'RE NOWHERE. THEIR 1982 5INGLE LA5T LAUGH WA5 PRODUCED BY KNOX FROM THE VIBRATOR5, TEAR5 OF A NATION WIDELY ACCEPTED A5 BEING A CLA55IC WA5 RELEA5ED IN 1983 WITH THE HELP OF ARCH ANARCHO5; CRA55, IN 1984 ANOTHER CORKER OF A TRACK, PEACE AND QUIET WA5 RELEA5ED A5 A 5PLIT 5INGLE WITH PUNK PATHETIQUE JOKER5 PETER AND THE TE5T TUBE BABIE5. THE FIT5 WERE NEVER YER AVERAGE PUNK BAND CONFINED BY CONVENTION, THEY WERE A GREAT LITTLE ROCK'N'ROLL BAND THAT CAME FROM ANOTHER GARAGE AND WHO DROVE A DIFFERENT ROUTE DOWN THE ROCK'N'ROLL HIGHWAY. 5O, WHAT ARE THE FIT5 5OUNDING LIKE IN 2013? WELL THE FOUR TRACK5 ON THE EP TAKE UP WERE THE BAND LEFT OFF IN 1986 AFTER THEY'D 5PLIT UP AND BECOME PURE PRE55UE, (I PO5TED A DEMO OF THEIR5 ON HERE AGE5 AGO, 5EEK AND YE WILL FIND) THE PUNK ROCK HAD DEVELOPED INTO A 5LIGHTLY MORE .5TRIPPED DOWN ROCK 5OUND. ONLY MICK CRUDGE AND RICKY MCGUIRE REMAIN FROM PREVIOU5 FIT5 LINE UP5. RICKY WENT ON TO PLAY WITH THE UK 5UB5 AND THE MEN THEY COULDN'T HANG AFTER HE LEFT THE FIT5, AND MICK WENT TRAVELLING FOR MANY YEAR5 FIR5T IN A CAR ACRO55 AMERICA AND THEN TO TIBET MINU5 THE CAR, NOW THEY ARE BACK TOGETHER IN THI5 NEW INCARNATION OF THE FIT5.
THE LEAD ON E.P KICK5 OFF WITH 5ON OF A GUN, A ROWDY AND RA5PEY ROCKER, A 5ONG OF PER5ONAL FREEDOM, DI5COVERY AND LIBERATION WITH HEARTBREAKER5 RIFF5'N'LICK5. THING5 5LOW DOWN WITH HE'5 NOT READY YET, A GROWLING GROOVE OF A TUNE THAT PLOD5 AND POUND5 ALONG. CHANCE5 I5 A PRIMAL, POUNDING HEARTFELT HOWL. THE VI5ITOR I5 A REWORKING OF A 5ONG BY THE AFOREMENTIONED PURE PRE55URE IT'5 A FA5T, FURIOU5 AND FRANTIC FREAK OUT REMINI5CENT IN PLACE5 OF THE 5CREAMING BLUE ME55IAH5.
THI5 E.P I5 A REAL GROWER, AFTER A COUPLE OF PLAY5 IT BLOOM5 LIKE A FLOWER IN THE WA5TELAND. IT'5 A GRAVELY AND GUT5Y GROWL WITH A FIRE THAT 5TILL BURN5.
THE LEAD ON E.P I5 AVAILABLE VIA THE BAND5 FACEBOOK PAGE.