The World Today

Editor Thomas Dahlhaus explains the ethos of The World Today on the BBC World Service. Asking the not very taxing questions is yours truly, camerawork by Russell Newlove, lighting (including that amazing “slash” background”) by me after a lot of faffing around and general trial, error and exasperation . . .

The Wave Pictures

The following review appears in the latest edition of London’s premier music ‘zine, London Tour Dates. td17small.JPG

The Wave Pictures, The Enterprise, 19th Feb 2008

It’s great to see a whammy bar these days. You don’t have to be a guitar geek to appreciate a nice bit of trebly whanging, especially if done with the restraint and sheer gay abandon of the Wave Pictures’ David Tattersall. Leading from the front, guitarist/singer Mr Tatersall and his two partners in crime, are a heart-warming sight on a cold Camden night. The Wave Pictures’ seem to be all about luscious leftfield lyrics, strangely reedy but strong vocals and, on my favourite of the night, Just Like a Drummer, some great harmonies between Tattersall and Johnny Helm on drums. Like fellow Leicestershire band The Displacements, The Wave Pictures tick the melody box marked strong and the tunes are all the better for their stripped down, Jonathan Richman-style delivery. Altogether quite impressive considering the setting and the overall ballsy straight-to-amp lack of musical jiggery. Read more

English language through Iraqi eyes

Fans of the English language check out this from an Iraqi blogger . . . very insightful:

If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese?