Social Experiment – Giving Up Facebook & Twitter For Lent.

As I have been challenged by Mrs C to give up Facebook and Twitter for Lent I thought I would post my regular musings, thoughts and pictures on here instead.

Day 1 – February 18th

Watched many episodes of The Office ( American version ) on Netflix.
Went for a walk around Gomersal & Oakwell.
Watched episode 3 of Better Call Saul. Lamppost pics below.
Continued watching Dawn Of The Dead.

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Day 2 February 19th

I’ve realised I’ve either been stitched up or I’ve got my bible stories mixed up. In the bible baby Jesus went into the wilderness for forty days and forty nights but from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday there are forty seven days, so technically, if I succeed, I will have proven myself to be one week better than Jesus.

Watched a few more episodes of The Office ( American )

Watched Jeff, Who Lives At Home. Lamppost pics below.Screenshot_2015-02-19-09-48-52Screenshot_2015-02-19-09-48-18

Cleaned every room in the house bar the living room.

Continued watching Dawn Of The Dead ( 1978 )

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*Reminder to include Bodyguard joke once Easter target is achieved.

Day 3 February 20th

Watched Corrie and then a few episodes of Seinfeld with Max – no lampposts as of yet worth highlighting.

Day 7 February 24th

One week almost done – ( reminder about arthritis joke ).

Day 9 February 26th

Finally finished watching Dawn Of The Dead – lamppost pics included below plus a bonus one that came to mind !

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This break has also allowed me to indulge in my other hobby of finding dodgy portrait paintings on Google. A selection of my current favourites are below.

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Day 15 March 4th

Watched more of The Office, Better Call Saul and the first episode of Bates Motel. Lamppost pics from the latter two included below.

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Day 17 March 6th

A sad day. Finished watching the American version of The Office, so to cheer myself up I watched the Christmas specials of the original.

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Day 19 March 8th

Lazy day. Watch a film, Robot & Frank, watched a bore draw between Liverpool and Blackburn in the FA Cup sixth round and watched a couple more episodes of Bates Motel.

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Day 20 March 9th

Went to work.

Watched House Of Fools.

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Day 25 March 14th

Watched Better Call Saul.

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Started work on the first track for the new VOLUTION album, a song called The Dark Side Of The Spoon. Just vocals to lay down then it’s ready. Pleased with the spoon solo. (Decided to release without vocals – writer’s block ! )

https://volution1.bandcamp.com/releases

Day 29 March 18th

Saw Tragedy live at The Parish, Huddersfield with Mike Patthole and James Wilson.

Day 30 March 19th

Went for a long walk – is it wrong for a 44 year old man to have the following accompanying soundtrack ?

McFly – That Girl

Busted – Air Hostess ( I messed my pants when we flew over France )

The View – Same Jeans

5IVE – Keep On Movin’

Orson – No Tomorrow

S Club 7 – S Club Party ( There ain’t no party like an S Club part-hey ho )

S Club 7 – Don’t Stop Movin’ ( Don’t Stop moving to the funky funky beat, don’t stop moving to the funky funky beat, don’t stop moving to the funky funky beat, don’t stop moving to the S Club beat )

Girls Aloud – Biology ( We give it up and then they take it away, a girl’s got to zip it up and get her head in the shade )

Busted – Who’s David ?

McFly – 5 Colours In Her Hair ( Do do do do do doo x 3 )

Biffy Clyro – Many Of Horror ( Woah oh oh oh oh oh x 4 )

Day 32 March 21st

Exciting day. News about the upcoming general election televised debates released.

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Day 37 March 26th

The Cheggers/Corrie campaign has more than doubled in support overnight – WAHEY !

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Day 39 March 28th

Just over a week to go !

Day 41 March 30th

This is why the Cheggers campaign had a boost last week !

http://coronationstreetupdates.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/online-petition-launched-to-get.html?m=1

 I have overtaken Jesus’s famous period of 40 days and 40 nights – as to whether that makes me a better person than him or not – well, let’s just say modesty prevents me from answering.

At the age of 44 I have finally seen the light – The Monkees WERE better than the Beatles & Stones combined.

Day 42 March 31st

After yesterday’s comment referring to me potentially being a better person than Jesus, my garden fence blew down overnight in what can only be called an act of God ! Revenge must be sweet for the big guy !

Watched the season 2 finalé of Bates Motel.

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Day 44 April 2nd

Started watching Fringe.

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Day 47 April 5th

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TOP TEN TOP WHATEVER LISTS OF 2014

AS everyone and his dog seems to be doing a top ( insert relevant number here ) list of things that occurred or impressed them during the previous twelve months, it would be remiss of me not to jump on board the aforementioned band-wagon…..so here goes.

10 Weird Vinyl

http://www.thevinylfactory.com/vinyl-factory-releases/the-10-weirdest-things-pressed-into-vinyl-records-this-year/

The Ghostbusters one is my particular favourite !

9 Discogs

http://www.discogs.com/lists/Most-expensive-items-sold-in-Discogs-Marketplace-for-October-2014/217796?noedit=112-03

Ian McNabb’s Gripes

http://www.getintothis.co.uk/2014/12/ian-mcnabb-still-smirtin-and-spurtin-vitriol-in-2014/

Number 56 is my favourite !

 The Red Hot Chilli Peppers didn’t play their instruments at the Superbowl. Whoopee-fuckin’-do. If you really want to grab my attention please tell me they’re not gonna ever play them in the future as well.

7 Numbers of the Year

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/50-numbers-from-2014-that-sound-fake-but-that-are-actually-real

6 Discogs……….again !

http://www.discomusic.com/101-more/15029_0_7_0_C/

5 Guitars For Geeks

http://www.nerdist.com/2014/12/top-10-geeky-guitars-that-we-must-own-now/

4 Self Promotion ! 

https://davecussons1970.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/top-ten-songs-new-to-me-in-2013/

3 Chili

After cooking a vegetable chili for Christmas dinner, this list caught my eye.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/delicious-chili-recipes?bffb&utm_term=4ldqpgp&s=mobile#4ldqpgp

2 The Legendary Michael Owen

http://www.buzzfeed.com/richardhjames/michael-owens-greatest-moments-on-twitter?bftw&bffb&utm_term=4ldqphz&s=mobile#4ldqphz

1 This !

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43 Years Old & Still Learning

Until yesterday I did not know that Paul Williams who sings on Touch from Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories

also played the role of Virgil in Battle For The Planet Of The Apes !

Here he is on the Johnny Carson show around the time he was filming Battle For The Planet Of The Apes !

As Alanis Morissette said, ‘you live, you learn’ – then again she also thinks rain on a wedding day is ironic so what does she know !

My top ten songs that I first heard in 2013 (With one cheat !)

10 The Wombles – The Orinoco Kid

I’ve had this track on my iPod for years but never listened to it. Towards the end of the year it came on when I had my iPod on shuffle and it wormed it’s way into my brain. It’s another classic song from Mike Batt, up there with Bright Eyes and the soundtrack to The Hunting of the Snark.

9  Daft Punk – Touch

What can I say about this track ! My son brought Random Access Memories home for me as a gift and as soon as the horns blasted in on this track I shouted through to him in the next room that I loved this album ! There’s so many facets to this song that burrow into your head. And once someone tells you that the introductory vocals sound like old Professor Farnsworth from Futurama, you won’t be able to listen to it again without thinking of him !

8  The ( International ) Noise Conspiracy – Storm The Gates Of Beverley Hills

Whilst on holiday in Barcelona my son, Max (  http://maxcussons.wordpress.com/about/ ), picked up T(I)NC’s The Cross Of My Calling CD from Revolver Records. Once back home I heard him blasting it out and it was one of those records that instantly grabs you – it had grooves that pulled you in. Within three weeks I had tracked down their other albums and to be honest there could have been at least ten of their songs in this list. I picked this one because I love the ending but I would suggest checking them out to anyone remotely moved by this tune.

http://grooveshark.com/s/Storm+The+Gates+Of+Beverly+Hills/4BoNRS?src=5

7  The Missing Teens – Hotel California : TNG

I have a bit of an obsession with collecting different versions of Hotel California and after hearing a Spanish version in Barcelona I thought I’d try to find any versions online that I hadn’t already heard. Whilst searching, I came across this lounge bar style imagining of what the future had in store for the hotel once the seventies residents had left. This song always puts a smile on my face and sets my feet a-tapping !

http://themissingteens.bandcamp.com/track/hotel-california-tng

6  The Cure – Just Like Heaven

Unbelievably, even though I have liked The Cure since Boys Don’t Cry was re-released in the mid eighties , I had never knowingly heard this fantastic song until it was played at a friend’s wedding reception ! I have even seen it live at Crystal Palace Bowl without even realizing !( http://www.cure-concerts.de/concerts/1990-08-11.php  )

5  Slaves – Beauty Quest

Heard the end of this on Zane Lowe’s show when getting picked up from work by my wife. As soon as I got home I had to go on the BBC website to see who it was by. Very reminiscent of the Frank Carter era Gallows but with more groove.

4  Daft Punk – Contact

In my opinion the best ending of an album since The Stone Roses with I Am The Resurrection.

3  Foxygen – On Blue Mountain

I was already a fan of Foxygen having stumbled across their fantastic song Where’s The Money and the Take The Kids Off Broadway album so I was looking forward to new sounds from them. They didn’t disappoint ! This is a wonderful slice of Stones/Elvis inspired melancholica and only one part of a fantastic album.

2  Baron – Bile

I saw Baron at Leeds Holy Trinity church supporting Wolf People at my ‘gig of the year’ ! What a fantastic venue !  I thought both bands were magnificent and checked Baron out the day after which is where I downloaded this amazing track from bandcamp. At one point Baron put their entire catalogue available for free download and I would urge people to check them out, free or not ! Love the swirling vortex in the middle and the abrupt ending.

http://baron.bandcamp.com/track/bile

1  Daft Punk – Giorgio By Moroder

I make no apologies for including a third Daft Punk track. As I have said earlier, I loved Random Access Memories and could have included at least three more songs. This relentless tune bags top spot for many reasons :- The click !, the soothing interview sample , the crazy drumming and last but not least , the frenetic ending responsible for my son and I going crazy in the car in my driveway and refusing to get out until the last drop had been squeezed out of it ! Happy New Year and fingers crossed for a Daft Punk tour !