Oi! Billy Corgan!

New Order - Dreams Never End

Zwan - Settle Down

It isn’t just me, is it?

currently playing: Chic - What About Me?


Woo! The Aero bar is 70 years old next year!

currently playing: Orange Juice - Falling And Laughing

For Leigh...





currently playing: Teenage Fanclub - I Need Direction


currently playing: The Temptations - Get Ready

My Biggest Fan

I have a new motherboard, a new processor, a fan that looks as if it could probably cool a reasonably sized nuclear plant without much trouble, and new memory, so my computer is now working again. Hurrah. Until the next time, naturally.

This week was the ten anniversary of the first Oasis single. "Supersonic" was released on the 14th of April, 1994, and reached the dizzy heights of No. 31. To celebrate, have a listen to one of the b-sides. This is the original version of "Columbia", originally supposed to be the debut single, but Creation decided to record it for Definitely Maybe and released "Supersonic" instead.

OasisColumbia (White Label Demo)

Rightho, off to clean up the porn spam (I don't know why somebody felt they needed to provide me with a list of porn actresses. I mean, there's some dedication there, certainly, but, just maybe, the person in question could find something better to do with their time? A DVD collection of "Why Don't You…" to the person who uses the IP address, I think)

currently playing: Saint Etienne — The Way I Fell For You

Look Out For That Tumbleweed

Okay, so I fell ill last week. And then, over the weekend, my computer’s motherboard blew several capacitors. Apologies for updating the blog on a rather sporadic basis. Perhaps normal service will return shortly…

currently playing: Prefab Sprout — When Love Breaks Down

Er yeah, well, maybe we'll get around to doing something, eventually…

Bin Laden determined to strike in US

Clandestine, foreign government, and media reports indicate bin Laden since 1997 has wanted to conduct terrorist attacks in the US. Bin Laden implied in U.S. television interviews in 1997 and 1998 that his followers would follow the example of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef and "bring the fighting to America."

After U.S. missile strikes on his base in Afghanistan in 1998, bin Laden told followers he wanted to retaliate in Washington, according to a -- -- service.

An Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) operative told - - service at the same time that bin Laden was planning to exploit the operative's access to the U.S. to mount a terrorist strike.

The millennium plotting in Canada in 1999 may have been part of bin Laden's first serious attempt to implement a terrorist strike in the U.S.

Convicted plotter Ahmed Ressam has told the FBI that he conceived the idea to attack Los Angeles International Airport himself, but that in ---, Laden lieutenant Abu Zubaydah encouraged him and helped facilitate the operation. Ressam also said that in 1998 Abu Zubaydah was planning his own U.S. attack.

Ressam says bin Laden was aware of the Los Angeles operation. Although Bin Laden has not succeeded, his attacks against the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 demonstrate that he prepares operations years in advance and is not deterred by setbacks. Bin Laden associates surveyed our embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam as early as 1993, and some members of the Nairobi cell planning the bombings were arrested and deported in 1997.

Al Qaeda members -- including some who are U.S. citizens -- have resided in or traveled to the U.S. for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure that could aid attacks.

Two al-Qaeda members found guilty in the conspiracy to bomb our embassies in East Africa were U.S. citizens, and a senior EIJ member lived in California in the mid-1990s.

A clandestine source said in 1998 that a bin Laden cell in New York was recruiting Muslim-American youth for attacks.

We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that from a ---- service in 1998 saying that Bin Laden wanted to hijack a U.S. aircraft to gain the release of "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman and other U.S.-held extremists.

Nevertheless, FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.

The FBI is conducting approximately 70 full-field investigations throughout the U.S. that it considers bin Laden-related. CIA and the FBI are investigating a call to our embassy in the UAE in May saying that a group or bin Laden supporters was in the U.S. planning attacks with explosives.

currently playing: The Clash — Every Little Bit Hurts


Spending the Easter weekend in bed, it seems…

currently playing: Gene — To See The Lights

He Was So Checking You Out There

Back, but still getting used to things. Just to confuse myself, I thought I’d post some music today, instead of Friday. I’m using a new server, so let me know if you have problems getting the files…

Big Audio DynamiteThe Bottom Line

This song popped into my head during the ride to the airport on Saturday (a certain section of the lyric, especially ;-)), so I thought I'd share it here today. It's very 1980s, so consider yourself warned.

Wilco — Muzzle of Bees

This is from "A Ghost Is Born", their new album which will be released in June. Thank goodness for Internet leaks…

Morrissey — Irish Blood, English Heart

I think this has been released to radio now, but I can't seem to find a proper version at the moment, so here's a live version instead. I suppose it's a thinly veiled response to the NME's "Union Jack" angle of the past ten years, but I also think it fits alongside Dexy's "My National Pride" as an examination of the struggle between English and Irish identities. Or it might just be a fun pop song.

currently playing: Kate Rusby — Polly

One Careful Owner

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currently playing: Wilco — Hummingbirds