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History as I understand it

Posted in Well, it passes the time by Russ L on 24 October, 2007

The United Kingdom was founded when King Arthur and his wife Boudicea helped Jesus to free the the British Isles from the Romans. Their son King Harold defeated The Vikings, but subsequently lost the country to the Normans when William The Conquerer shot him in the eye with an arrow. French chivalry was imposed on the country, forcing the next king Henry VIII to have eight wives through being too polite not to propose. His daughter Queen Victoria abolished Chivalry and replaced it with the industrial revolution, as well as winning two world wars against the Germans. Her daughter, the current Queen Elizabeth II, has so far only won one world cup against them but in her defence she did have to share at least part of her reign with Diana, Queen Of Hearts. She was murdered. Presumably by a Hibs fan.

And that’s the story of Britain.


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  1. Ben said, on 24 October, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Nice potted history of Britain, Russ. Thanks for covering some of the events we’ve run under the bohemian Jukebox banner. You are right, a token nutter does seem to be a nessecary part of the events. This seems to happen, coincidently, when reviewers grace us with their presence! Bohemian Jukebox also manages to attract drink spillers/glass smashers too, even more than the weekend nights at The Bull’s Head. Wa’ gwaan? Details of something a bit special below that might be of interest to ye.

    Bohemian Jukebox 4th Birthday
    Come and celebrate 100 Post-Folk, Anti-Folk and Alt-Folk events with us tomorrow, Thursday 25th October at The HARE & HOUNDS, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14.

    There’ll be five fine bands that reflect our ethos, a late bar until 1am, fair trade chocolate and fair trade bananas, and you’ll be able to buy our first release, BoJu001. It’s not a compilation CD as rumours would have you believe, but a rather nifty lighter with a bottle opener on it. We may even have balloons.

    Doors: 8:30pm First act on at 9pm.
    £4 in.

    Los Crocodilos
    As a song begins on an acoustic guitar, an English troubadour remembers the vibrance of the Rio Carnival. The percussion rattles, adding the vibe of a land of minarets. The music they play lies frontiers: English folk sensibilities sit with songs of politics. To call it ‘World Music’ would be lazy, yet it has huge appeal to fans of that genre.

    Grandscope have 10 legs, several keyboards, guitars & drums. Sometimes they sing, sometimes they don’t. They add to the rich heritage of Birmingham electronica song music, making them peers to Broadcast and Pram.

    The drummer is the singer, and at times he substitutes a microphone or maraca where a drum stick should be. With Space Echo, boomy bass drum, and real-time FX deliveries, Misterlee truly defy convention. “A rather fine kind of radiant antifolk lo-fi Dufus/Beck/Elliot Smith weird ass thing” Organ.

    ben calvert & band
    Songs of seaside jaunts, amyl nitrate, and forest lynchings: a sound akin to blur circa their eponymous album. It’s a slightly different sound to the reflective Post-Folk that Ben has been playing on his own, most recently at The Moseley Folk Festival. The band have recently supported iLiKETRAiNS.

    “ Flee is a soft and delicious slice of near nakedly drawn early Marr-esque musings, that in truth is quite perfect for these sultry days. Beyond that the only thing you need now is that you ought to investigate Ben Calvert further for yourself.” Losing Today

    “Finely crafted songwriting” Metro

    In Grover he helped shape the UK Post-Rock scene. He’s traded sweeping guitar theatrics for more intimate, acoustic-led songwriting. The new songs show a more personal, reflective side, with deceptively rich arrangements, a disarming wit and a flair for creating intimate moods

  2. JRD168 said, on 24 October, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    Scary thing is, that is about what some of our kids at school make of it. I don’t know if that says more about the teachers or the students!

  3. Russ L said, on 24 October, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Regarding Ben’s post – A bit spammy, but since Grandscope are an awesome band I can’t see that as a problem. I won’t be at the gig but I would recommend them to all.

    Regarding John The Teacher’s post – It was partly overhearing the conversation of some young ‘uns that led to this post. Partly. Mostly it was just general silliness, obviously.


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