Friday, 10 June 2011

Just listening to the excellent new Tenboy release.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

New June show on Dandelion radio - just starting

Sunday, 23 January 2011

CROYDON 18th – 19th of FEB 2011
We are giving away a pair of tickets to EAR Fest every week
To win just email your correct answer to
...Remember all the answers are on the website @

This week’s question;
Autorotation’s new EP due out on the 21st of Feb 2011 is called?
Correct answers to

E.A.R Festival - White Label Music

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

the internet is mental lol!!!!!!

Friday, 14 January 2011

Dandelion Radio picked compilation available from Oddbox Records
Don't forget you can still buy the Dandelion Radio DJ compilation.
a song thrush came into my garden to eat apples and insects. i fed it for weeks. eventually it began to follow me in the street.
facebook must've got the myspace coders in today. Slooow.
Follow HealeyIsland news on Twitter

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Check out all the news about the forthcoming EAR festival.

Friday, 24 December 2010

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE. Here's to a music filled 2011.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

The Dandelion Radio iphone app is here and it is, of course, free!

Monday, 22 November 2010

The first review of Broadcast One the Dandelion Radio compilation CD released on Oddbox
BROADCAST ONE the Oddbox released Dandelion Radio DJ selected is out today! Find it here!

Monday, 1 November 2010

Greg's November show on Dandelion Radio: Sessions: Jay Stansfield; Sunset People; Pygmy Globetrotters.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Last airing for Ooti Skulf, The Horn The Hunt and Dementio13 sessions - they were all so good.
Last chance to hear my October show on Dandelion @ 8am GMT hour earlier as clocks have gone back 1 hr the UK

Thursday, 28 October 2010

White Label Music the cutting edge electronic music label have a new website. Take a look

Saturday, 23 October 2010

If you are awake at 1am on Sunday Mornin' tune in to my show on dandelion radio
Not long left to hear this month's show. Sessions: Ooti Skulf, The Horn The Hunt and Dementio13

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Dandelion Broadcast One Compilation
Saturday November 20th - Odd Box Records and RoTa presents a launch gig for "Broadcast One" - A compilation CD handpicked by Dandelion Radio.
Venue: Notting Hill Arts Club, 19-21 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JQ.
Entry is free. Doors open 4pm. Close 8pm.
Dandelion DJs will be spinning discs between the bands.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

1pm tomorrow on Dandelion Radio- great sessions, great music, all knitted together with the wool of my voice.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Coming very soon on Odd Box Records - Broadcast One. A compilation album handpicked by Dandelion DJs -
If you haven't heard this months Dandelion Show, with it's superb Toffetronic session you've 8 days left.

Monday, 12 July 2010

HealeyIsland album Not Afternoon, But Evening now available through Amazon UK and US.

Proposed changes from the TORY LIB DEM Government will lead to a full scale privatisation of the NHS and an eventual wholesale importation of an American style healthcare system, run by American Companies for shareholder profit at the expense of patient care. The upshot of this will be a fragmented system where universality is no longer guaranteed and where costs rise while the quality of care falls. This dangerous and ideologically driven experiment with the health of our nation must stop now.

The expensive involvement of private profit driven business in health provision must cease, with false market systems dismantled. There must be a return to a fully integrated health system in England. Scotland and Wales have rejected this market system and returned to the integrated model, a move which has led to an increase in the amount money available to spend on patient care.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

My July show on Dandelion can be heard all month - on tomorrow at 01:00 GMT+1 and 23:00 GMT+1 (that's BST to us) featuring NEW tracks from Solipsism and 2nd Mouse
New schedule up for this month's Dandelion Radio show
Sessions coming up on my Dandelion Radio show in July from the Playground Mafia and Jash. Plus - An Apskaftian special - Apskaft members respond to the theme "Pop Music" with their own oblique, experimental and individual compositions. There's also a focus on the music of the ground breaking American record label De Stijl, home of re-releases from artists such as Mark Tucker and Jakob Olausson. Listen in for your chance to win exclusive De Stijl vinyl treats (mmmmm)
Interview with HealeyIsland

Friday, 4 June 2010

4 hour June show on dandelion can be heard Wednesday 20:00 hours (GMT+1)Thursday 17:00 hours (GMT+1)Friday 14:00 hours Sat 11:00 hours Sunday 08:00 hoursMonday 05:00 hoursTuesday 02:00 hours and again at 23:00 all GMT+1

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Cameron: To me.
Clegg: To you.
Cameron: To me.
Clegg: To you.
Cameron: To me.
Clegg: To you.
Cameron: To me.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Check this review of the excellent new Northcape album
Here's a review of that powerhouse of electronic music, his Lordship himself, Lord Numb, recently published by Phlow

Sunday, 2 May 2010

There's a brief review of HealeyIsland in this month's BUZZBUZZBUZZ.

Friday, 30 April 2010

I just completed an interview about my music, HealeyIsland, with the Jeremy Paxman of the music world, Keith Howarth. Soon in CDX magazine.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Listen to HealeyIsland tracks here
The new Poxxicle EP, which is currently in production, will be made available through bandcamp. This EP is a continuation of themes explored in the last EP. Working title: 27 Red.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Like many, if not all, members of Lastfm, I am very disappointed with the changes made to listening arrangements on the site. The quality of our experience is severely diminished. The site is now a million miles away from the LastFM I joined in 2006: a site that was a welcoming home to a vibrant community of independent musicians from across the world. At one time this was a great place to discover new music. Remember when you could listen to whole albums without having to change pages or fuss about clicking the next play button? That was taken away quite some time ago. Now the ability to listen to whole tracks has been taken away, replaced instead with 30 second previews.
Yes, the radio stations are great, but this was only ever a small part of what the site once offered. Without being able to choose and listen to full tracks on demand LastFM is something of a hollow experience.
So come on LastFM - please give us back the wonderful site we used to know.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

My April show on Dandelion Radio has just started! Sessions from Clatterbox and Engine7

Sunday, 11 April 2010

02:00 GMT+1 on 12th April Greg's show on Dandelion Radio with sessions from Clatterbox and Engine7

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

22:00 tonight (7th April) - Greg's show on Dandelion - featuring great sessions from Clatterbox and Engine7
Greg's show on Dandelion, including sessions by Clatterbox and Engine7 is Wednesday April 7th @ 18:00 GMT+1

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Greg's April show on Dandelion features superb sessions from Clatterbox and Engine 7 for schedule

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Here's a full list of artists on ROBOCAST this month:
One of the finest electronic music podcasts out there Robocast is playing HealeyIsland

Friday, 26 March 2010

Coming up at 11am GMT on Greg's show with Ed Askew, Frost Faire and Brad Fielder sessions. Last few days.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Ed Askew session currently playing on my Dandelion Show

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Greg's show is on Dandelion now and will be on again tomorrow at 14:00 GMT

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Greg's Dandelion Show next playing on 10th March @ 10:00 GMT

Monday, 8 March 2010

Don't miss Greg's Dandelion Radio show 18:00 GMT today. after Andrew Morrison's show.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

I twice lost the files for my new Poxxicle AV project "Le Chat". Perhaps I should write it off now as it seems jinxed as a project.
This month's show (Greg's) is now playing on Dandelion about 40 minutes in.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

This month's Dandelion Show by Greg includes a truly wonderful session by the legendary outsider folk singer Ed Askew
Don't forget Greg's show for March is now up and streaming daily on Dandelion Radio. here's the schedule
Protest at the mindless BBC cuts! Go here and sign the petition and save the BEEB!

Saturday, 13 February 2010

My show on Dandelion Radio @ 14.00 hrs GMT today and @ 15.00 GMT tomorrow go to to listen.

Friday, 12 February 2010

Coming up at 20.30 GMT Analogue Island

Thursday, 11 February 2010

My net radio show 12.00 noon GMT tomorrow ttp://
My Dandelion Radio show is now on 3 hours of great music.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Analogue Island 34 now a podcast
Turned lamp on. Concerned.
7th of Feb at 08.00 GMT my radio show on Dandelion. The best in new independent music.
I am not sure why the News Of The World feels it necessary to try and sabotage England's World Cup hopes.

Friday, 5 February 2010

You can breathe out now - this week's Analogue Island has started.
Now playing the delayed end of last week's show.......
Can you hold your breath for 8 minutes?
Last couple of tracks for the repeat of last week's Analogue Island show playing now. Then, hold your breath, this weeks show.
Playing now on Penwith Radio last week's Analogue Island (34) Coming up at 20.30 GMT this week's show (35).

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

I went to see Courtney Pine years ago in a theatre. He was really irritated by the sedate atmosphere and the fact that we were all sat down. "Come on guys," he shouted, "Get your feet and start moving." Nobody moved. He started to get angry and slowly people began to stand. As the audience began to get to their feet he counted his band in and they began to play. Ten, eleven, twelve people stood up. As more began to get into the groove and stand, the lights in the auditorium came on. Health and Safety legislation does not permit people to stand in the auditorium while the lights are low. The atmosphere and the groove dissolved.

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Not long now till my Dandelion Show for February goes live. Ohh the excitement, the anticipation. Tomorrow is the last day to catch the January show.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Reconnect with you inner Peel :)
Only 3 days left to hear the Festive 50
Last chance to hear my January show on @ 00.00 hrs on 30th jan and 10.00 hrs on 31st.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

The iPad looks great.
Beer, expensive crisps and chip dips. I am now set for the night.
Now playing on Penwith Radio Analogue Island. Oh, so much lovely new music!
Best new independent music from across the world held together by the wool of my voice. On Now!!! :)
Greg's show on Dandelion Radio right now

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Dandelion's Festive 50 now playing. Get it while you can
my show is currently on air on Dandelion Radio

Friday, 22 January 2010

Ai33 has just been restarted so it begins at the correct time.
For details of tonight's show go here
Analogue Island 33 has just started on Penwith radio

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Catch my show (see Greg) on Dandelion radio at 07.00 GMT 20th January. Right before the Festive 50!!

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Why do so many Cornish teenagers insist on speaking with fake Essex accents?
If you are at home on Sunday afternoon (UK time) why not relax with my Dandelion Radio Show at 16.00 GMT? (Burp).

Friday, 15 January 2010

This week's Analogue Island is appears to have started 20 minutes early this week. Sorry about that now.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Alternatively last week's Analogue Island is being repeated on Penwith Radio
My show on Dandelion radio is just starting
All in one place! There is now an Analogue Island and HealeyIsland fan page on Facebook

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Analogue Island archive shows now also on 10Radio. 1st programme (17) Wednesday 2300 repeated Saturday 0400 & Monday noon
10 Parishes Radio in Somerset begins broadcasting Analogue Island tonight. The first programme (Ai17) is set to roll on Wednesday 2300 & repeated Saturday 0400 and Monday at noon and the following has been put as the programme information on schedule pages

Monday, 11 January 2010

Analogue Island 17 - rebroadcast on Wednesday 23.00 10Radio on 105.3fm
Analogue Island now also on 10Radio broadcasts to 10 Parishes in West Somerset including Wellingon and Taunton on 105.3fm and on the internet Wednesday's 23.00 and Mondays 12.00

Sunday, 10 January 2010
Don't forget to tune into Dandelion Radio where the festive 50 is still on the schedule

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Last Friday's Analogue Island (31) is now available as a podcast

Friday, 8 January 2010

A new episode of Analogue Island is now playing on
Analogue island 31 has just started on Penwith radio. This is the new show for this week.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

at 20.05 GMT minutes Analogue Island 28 will be repeated on first up Farmer Joe & the Ignorant Corpses.
Tonight's repeat playing of a previous Analogue Island will go out ten minutes late tonight. This due to the inclement weather.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Friday's Analogue Island on is a touch psychedelic in theme with a bit of folky stuff - and some electronic music
find details here The Festive 50 is a cracking show by the way - don't miss it.
If you can't sleep or if you live in a different times zone you can hear my Dandelion Show (look for Greg) followed Jeff and the Festive 50

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Marching on together..........
Find the Analogue Island Xmas special on iTunes here

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Immediately before the Festive 50
Check out Greg "Analogue-Island-Healey" on Dandelion Radio tomorrow @ 17.00 GMT. Good Music.

Friday, 1 January 2010

No new Analogue Island tonight - but you can always download the podcast of the Xmas show

Thursday, 31 December 2009

Dandelion Radio Festive 50
Analogue Island Xmas show as a podcast - 2 hrs of great music
New Years Eve. Time for more pointless lists on Television, in the newspapers and magazines.
Cough........ 2010? Twenty Ten? Two Thousand and Ten? or Two Zero One Zero?

Sunday, 27 December 2009

The Festive 50 is now on on Dandelion Radio
here is a link that works to the Analogue Island Podcast

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Find the Analogue Island Xmas Special on iTunes and search Analogue Island or go to
The Analogue Island Xmas Day show is now available as a podcast on iTunes.

Friday, 25 December 2009

Don't forget the 2 hour Analogue Island Xmas day special is now on!
First up on the Analogue Island Xmas show - Kingbastard
The Analogue Island Xmas Day two hour special is beginning now.
Two hour Analogue Island Xmas Day special about to begin.
Analogue Island Xmas Day Special @ 1925 GMT
Oh the fun of it all, the fun of it.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Just started Dandelion radio's Festive Fifty build up show
Last week's Analogue Island has just started on Penwith Radio
Also tune into Dandelion on Xmas day at 13.00 for my show
You'll find the Festive Fifty here at midnight with the build up from 22.0 GMT
Don't forget that from 22.00 GMT the build up for Dandelion Radio's Festive Fifty begins. With the FF count down going out from Midnight!
Tonight's show isn't last week's - sorry about that. Just been listening. It is one from about three week's ago.
Check out this review of HealeyIsland's latest album
Last week's Analogue Island is now on Penwith Radio. This is your last chance to win a t-shirt
last week's Analogue Island is now on.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Two Hour Analogue Island Christmas Night Special on Unlike but also the same......

Saturday, 19 December 2009

My Dandelion radio show is on tomorrow at 10am GMT

Friday, 18 December 2009

On Analogue Island tonight @ 20.30GMT a Christmas competition! Win a prize.
great music all day every day on Dandelion Radio

Thursday, 17 December 2009

If you haven't already check out the new German White Label Music website

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Christmas Prizes! Listen to this Friday's Analogue Island and have a chance to win a Prize! details here
Coming soon the Festive Fifty on Dandelion Radio - Christmas Eve for the build up and midnight for the count down.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Coming up next Friday on Analogue Island, a competition! With a prize provided by the good people at White Label Music.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Playing now on Analogue Island Tim Doyle
Coming up now Analogue Island 28! Now playing Farmer Joe and the Invisible Corpses.
First up on tonight's show, the excellent FJIC. Analogue Island 28 on in 2 minutes.
now playing on Analogue Island on Penwith Radio Dmyra. Coming up next About. After that this week's show - AI 28!
Playing now - Vince Lillis - from his album Purple Magpie on Rack and Ruin Records
This week's Analogue Island - right after the repeat of last week's show. And if you want more, I'm on Dandelion tonight at 23.00 GMT
Analogue Island tonight at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Penwith Radio

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Tonight: 18.00 GMT - My Dandelion radio show Then at 20.00 GMT I'm on with AI
Hear my Dandelion radio show at 18.00 GMT

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Catch my new show on Dandelion at 18.00 GMT and then Ai on Penwith radio 20.00 GMT

Monday, 7 December 2009

enjoy a spot of eclectic new music with your breakfast 8am GMT

Sunday, 6 December 2009

My show is next on @ 7th Dec 03.00 GMT.
Tune in to
to hear an eclectic mix of music from the independent sector: electronic, lofi, unclassifiable...

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Listen to HealeyIsland @
Catch my show on Dandelion Radio Saturday @ 22.00 GMT

Friday, 4 December 2009

Enjoy the rest of the show!
Coming next Orange Crush
Playing next Monokle
Playing now Don Himlin
Playing now The Ambient Society
Now Playing Edgars Lisp
This weeks' new show is just starting.
Analogue Island 27 is just starting.
Now playing on AI : Solipsism available from Herb Recordings
Before that it was Kali Yuga
Playing now on Analogue Island Susperia-Electrica
Playing now on Ai ne:o
Looks like the repeat of last week's Analogue Island started a about 10 mins earlier this evening.
Check out the Analogue Island blog
In half an hour - repeat of last week's show - followed by the new show. AI 26 then AI 27
In half and hour: First up @ 20.00 GMT Ai 26: Corrientes, Auction for the Promise Club, DJ AJA, Higher Than Pope, Turboknapp
The repeat of last week's Analogue Island is just about to start, followed in a hour by this week's show.
Ai from 19.30 GMT - two hours of the best independent music
Nic Bommarito-Peas Sized -Vincent Lillis-About-Dmyra-Corrientes- DJ AJA-Higher Than Pope-Turboknap-America Del Sur..... and more.
All new Ai tonight: Edgars Lisp- The Ambient Society-Sugarlust-Dom Himlin-psychon-Orange more more more
2 episodes of Analogue Island back to back tonight from 7.30pm GMT
the best independent music

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Playing out as the Thursday repeat is Analogue Island 25 - tomorrow the repeat will be Analogue island 26 (last week's show) followed by the new show number 27.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Count down the days to Christmas with a net audio advent calender from Phlow
Xmas comes and Phlow the net audio magazine have an Creative Commons music advent calender especially for you.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Find the best in independent music here
Dandelion Schedule news: You can hear my new Dandelion Radio show at 7am GMT on 2nd December and 12 noon on the 3rd. Hope y'all can tune in.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Last day to vote on the festive 50 - don't miss out - chose your favourite artists from 2009

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Lots of great music music and DJs 24 hours a day 7 days a week on Dandelion Radio
Voting closes on the 30th of December
Don't miss your chance to vote on the tracks you've loved this year in the Festive 50.
This first show is only an hour long but in January I'll be offering 2 hour shows and, perhaps, more!
Join me at the station that celebrates the memory of the legendary John Peel.
Only a couple more days to my first show on Dandelion Radio. I'll be playing out throughout the month on the rolling schedule.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Now playing VULNAVIA - by Lord Numb
Playing now America Del Sur
Playing now Baskyl
This week's Analogue Island is now playing on Penwith Radio @
Playing now on Analogue Island - Spiders Leg
Playing now on Analogue Island Bette Dillinger
Playing now Musetta - wonderful mellow vibes.
last weeks Analogue Island (25) is just starting - the best in independent music!

Thursday, 26 November 2009

I'll try to make sure that AI 25 is repeated on tomorrow before AI 26 goes out.
Apologies but it seems last week's show (ai 25) is not being played out but instead ai 24.
Analogue Island on
at 20.00 GMT (that's in about 5 minutes). The best in independent music.
and also Musetta
Kinky Cinch
Anni Hogan

repeat of last weeks show Musetta
Kinky Cinch
Anni Hogan
On tonight Farmer Joe & The Ignorant Corpses
JP Buckle
Bette Dillinger
Mark Duffield
The B-Side Project
The Ambient Society
Last week's Analogue Island, the independent music show, is repeated in ten minutes
Last week's Analogue Island is repeated in 10 minutes
All the best in new independent music. Last week's show repeated tonight 8pm GMT. New show Friday 8.30pm GMT
Who is on AI tonight @ 20:00GMT ? pt 2:
The Ambient Society
Kinky Cinch
Anni Hogan
Who is on AI 25 tonight @ 8pm? pt 1:
Farmer Joe & The Ignorant Corpses
JP Buckle
Bette Dillinger
Mark Duffield
The B-Side Project

Monday, 23 November 2009

Vote for your 3 favourite tracks of 2009 in Dandelion Radio's Festive 50 poll at Poll closes 30 November
New show this Friday 2030 GMT. Analogue Island 26. New independent music.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Vote for your 3 favourite tracks of 2009 in Dandelion Radio's Festive 50 poll at Poll closes 30 November

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Just listening to Auction for the Promise Club's track China. Hear them here

Friday, 20 November 2009

Playing now Bette Dillinger
If you are quick you will catch the second half of the new Analogue Island show
New Analogue Island starts in 45 minutes @ 20.30 GMT.
Including music from Farmer Joe & The Ignorant Corpses, JP Buckle, Bette Dillinger, Mark Duffield, Spidersleg, Musetta, Anni Hogan
First new Analogue Island for 4 weeks tonight at 8.30pm GMT
The first new Analogue Island show for 4 weeks tonight at 8.30pm GMT
NEW ANALOGUE ISLAND this Friday 8.30pm GMT. Show Number 25 After a months break Analogue Island is back with a new show. All the best in new independent music!
NEW ANALOGUE ISLAND this Friday 8.30pm GMT. Show Number 25

After a months break Analogue Island is back with a new show.
All the best in new independent music!

Farmer Joe & The Ignorant Corpses
JP Buckle
Bette Dillinger
Mark Duffield
The B-Side Project
The Ambient Society
Kinky Cinch
Anni Hogan

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Vote now for your favourite track of this year in the Dandelion Festive 50

Thursday, 12 November 2009

A blast from the Analogue Island past - an early episode on now.

Monday, 9 November 2009

apologies for the complete lack of new shows and journals while I spend more than a few days being all and virusy

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Saturday, 31 October 2009

All my updaters are up dating each other and I am now caught in an eternal, infinite feedback loop.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Check out this review of new HealeyIsland album

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

An atmosphere of smokey, electronic, down-at-heel cabaret. Elements of warm jazz and light music mixed with close up electronic beats, basses, melodies and momentary glitches. A journey through an imaginary landscape of run down ballrooms, dance halls and clubs, through lives and stories.
Light music meets dark electronica. HealeyIsland, Not Afternoon, But Evening. Out Now.
New HealeyIsland album Not Afternoon, But Evening -out now on CD. Buy @

Monday, 26 October 2009

The Ambient Society Show, playing track from new HealeyIsland album @ InsomniaFM

Saturday, 24 October 2009 The new HealeyIsland album is finished and will be available soon as a cd and iTunes release on White Label Music. You are invited to a sneaky peak listening preview of some of the tracks from the album.
Smokey electronic down at heel cabaret. Elements of lush jazz and light music mixed with close up electronic beats, basses, melodies and momentary glitches.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Analogue Island on now for the best in new independent music
Followed by the excellent HeadSpin show at 9.30pm
Have listen to 4 of tracks from the soon to be released HealeyIsland album 4 new tracks from new HealeyIsland album. Coming soon. four new tracks from the soon to be released album 'Not Afternoon, But Evening'. Streaming only.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Analogue Island can be heard now on Penwith Radio
Tonight (8pm) and tomorrow (7.30pm) you can also hear last week's show.
This weeks Analogue Island will be a repeat of one the previous 24 episodes.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Just playing DJ AJA
Playing now Dean Woods
Playing now - American Green
Not the same Selby tho' :0
The Yorkshire version of Selby was once on the East Coast mainline. Not anymore.
Selby is also a place in Yorkshire and was once the largest coal field in the UK.
More twinkly music from Portland in Maine - must be something in the water Selbyville
Playing now on Analogue Island Like Black Horses.
Two free HealeyIsland track
Playing now on Analogue Island - the nice folksy sounds of Nina-me from the excellent 23Seconds net label.
Now playing on Analogue Island the electronic jazz rock stylings of ne:o
Playing now on Analogue Island Spidersleg
Playing now on Analogue Island Ribside.
Coming after Analogue Island at 2130 gmt+1 - The Head Spin show with William Fontiane.
Juuuuuust starting this week's new Analogue Island on
Playing now We Are Smug
Coming up in ten minutes. Analogue Island 24 - this weeks new episode.
Now playing on Analogue Island Ladydata
On now, last week's analogue island all the best in new music. playing now Bitbasic next Musetta

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Tune in now for Karl and Sammy's show on Penwith Radio
Looks as if A.I. is running a bit late tonight. Stay tuned. Analogue Island 24 - just about to start. KNit One Pearl One knIt oNe peArl onE
KNIT ONE PEARL ONE - ANALOGUE ISLAND 24 is about to start - great tunes

Friday, 9 October 2009

And for the best in Net Audio Sounds
Now playing on Analogue Island Bitbasic - For an hour of the best in independent music.
A.I. 23 has just started - now playing 2nd Mouse
Analogue Island 23 just starting on Penwith Radio.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Don't miss Thursday's Analogue Island

Friday, 2 October 2009

Playing now Crimson Death
Now just started Analogue Island 22 - from 20.35 till 21.35 GMT+1 just click listen live.
Coming next on A.I. Electromagnetic Impulses with DJ Crimson Death
Now playing on Analogue Island - Professor Kliq.
Analogue Island 21 is now on now playing the superb Bright Star Catalogue.
Listen in to the news at 5pm followed by more from Dave Pascoe on Drive Time.
Then at 14.00 GMT+1 Alan Jones till 16.00 when Dave Pascoe take over with Drive Time Tune in for great radio.
Followed by Tim Carr Mystery Year from 13.30 to 14.00 GMT+1
On Penwith Radio now Julian Horner with the Sports Review until 13.30 GMT+1

Friday, 25 September 2009

Starts in ten minutes.
All the best in new independent music from across the world.
Aleksi Virta
The Bright Star Catalogue
Professor Kliq
Dj Crimson Death and Electromagnetic Impulses
Amen Dunes
Sr. Aye
On tonight's Analogue Island:
Happy Elf
Small Radio
C Behind 12
Stay tuned in after A.I. 21 for William Fontaine's excellent Headspin Show from 9.30pm GMT+1 till late.
Starting on Penwith Radio at 7.30pm GMT+1 Analogue Island 20 (rpt) followed by this week's new show AI21 at 8.30pm GMT+1

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Coming tomorrow - 7.30pm GMT+1 AI 20 - 8.30pm GMT+1 AI 21. AI21 with great music including tracks from Northcape and Happy Elf
Analogue Island 20 (the repeat) has just begun. - just playing Nid and Sancy from the Electronic Bible.

Friday, 18 September 2009

A.I. 21 will go out next week instead.
Unfortunately due to technical hitch down at Penwith Radio tonight's show will be A.I.19 not A.I. 21.
Don't forget 2 hours of Analogue Island from 7.30pm GMT+1 tonight

Friday, 11 September 2009

All the best in new independent music from around the world on Analogue Island. On Penwith radio now
Tune into Analogue Island, it's just started.
This week's new Analogue Island (20) has just started. and click listen live.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Check out this review of Dean Woods

Friday, 4 September 2009

8.30pm GMT+1 Analogue Island on now!!!!!! Independent music from across the world.
click the link and click listen live now for this weeks Analogue Island independent music show.
Just starting now this week's Analogue island all the best in independent music.
Don't miss this weeks new episode of A.I. details here
04/09/09: 7.30pm GMT+1 thru 9.30pm GMT+1 two episodes of Analogue Island - the best in independent music

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Don't forget you can hear last week's Analogue Island in half an hour

Friday, 28 August 2009

I know Skyapnea (like sleep apnea) - not skypanea (whatever that is)! - When it's recorded live it's recorded live.
Analogue Island 18 has just started
This week's episode of Analogue Island (18) is now starting on click listen now all the best in new music.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

You might want to visit my new blog

Take a look at
Analogue Island is the blog for the Analogue Island internet radio show. This streamed from Penwith Radio every Thursday and twice on Fridays. The blog contains reviews and other useful pieces of information.

Analogue Island 17 (last week's show) starts in 8 minutes on
Analogue Island 17 (last week's show) starts in half an hour on
Check out the A.I. blog for a clock show UK times, reviews of artists etc etc
Don't miss tonight's repeat of last week's A.I. @ 8.00pm GMT+1 on

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Check out the review of Sample Oak records 2nd Mouse on out this labels website here.
There's a Rack and Ruin Records feel to this Friday's Analogue Island - a selection of great tracks from a superb label - plus lots more.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

apologies for the no play of Tuesdays repeat slot - this was due to a schedule change (which is now permanent) AI still goes out on Thursday and twice on Fridays

Friday, 14 August 2009

This weeks Analogue Island is just starting on Penwith Radio
A.I. 8.30pm GMT +1 tonight. Fantastic new independent music

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

All on Analogue island this Friday at 8.30pm GMT +1 !!!
AI list of the 2nd part:
my first trumpet
Once We Were
The Bright Star Catalogue
Les Vieilles Salopes
This Friday list of the first part: bath aide
Leaping Boy
Xurxo Romani

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Check out the excellent 23seconds net label resources page

Monday, 10 August 2009

Don't miss the Tuesday replay of Friday's AI music show 9am GMT+1/UTC+1 - so much good music.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

When you visit the Analogue Island blog why not follow with the newly added Google Friends Connect. It's a great way to find out who else is reading Analogue Island and interact with them.
For a broad definition of independent music listen to Analogue Island - info and links here

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

I'm also giving first previews of Herb recording's latest artist Jack Marchant and of a new HealeyIsland.
Here's some of the artists on Friday's show Lungbutter, DJ AJA Inc. Stanley Beckford, Homesic, Plush Concept, HealeyIsland, Dana Halliot, Auditory Canvas, Jack Marchant, Faycal Ber, The Ansion,The Macadamia Brothers
Next Friday's AI is a treat with diverse music from across the globe for more info check out the AI blog

Sunday, 2 August 2009

11am BST/GMT+1 Tuesday Analogue Island repeat of Friday's show

Friday, 31 July 2009

The best in independent music tonight 8.30 UK time (7.30 UTC/GMT)
Don't miss tonight's Analogue Island @8.30 UK time(7.30 UTC/GMT)
Tonight's Analogue Island 8.30pm (BST) (that's 7.30pm GMT/UTC).
Don't miss tonight's Analogue Island music show
Don't miss tonight's Analogue Island. 8.30pm UK time (that's 7.30pm UTC/GMT) go here for a clock telling UK time

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Don't forget to tune in to tonight's repeat of last week's Analogue Island - all the best in new independent music @ 8pm .
Hear last week's show tonight @ 8pm BST (7pm UTC/GMT)

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

New one-hour show each Friday 7.30pm UTC/GMT. (that's 8.30pm BST)
Confused? See UK time clock
On this weeks show:

The Peach Tree
Bersarin Quartett
Professor Kliq
Camp Actor
We vs. Death
Millimetrik featuring Port-Royal
Azeda Booth
This weeks Analogue Island is subtly concerned with matters existential. Fine offerings from We vs Death and d_rradio simultaneously lifting us up while reminding us that it is all bound to end sooner rather than later.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Check out the latest 'flash review' on the Analogue Island blog: Autorotation
Check out the latest flash review on Analogue Island of Autorotation

Sunday, 26 July 2009

More rain....
Check out the first "Flash Music Review" on the Analogue Island blog. Artist: Reconsiderate
Check out Ixtlan from tunefully experimental Swedish elecronic music
The best in new music on the Analogue Island music show live online
From electro-punk to IDM, lo-fi to post rock
Want to discover new music? Be first with Analogue Island.
Tired of the big label's music? Don't despair. Lots of great new music on the Island

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Hear Analogue Island here Thursdays and Fridays.
Thanks to everyone who listened to Friday's Analogue Island. It's repeated on Thursday Repeats are played out on Thursdays @ 7pm UTC/GMT

Friday, 24 July 2009

Check out the Analogue Island Blog for album previews and reviews, news and much more.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Analogue Island now on Live Journal
Check out the new release from The Sunset People. See a preview here

Monday, 20 July 2009

New one-hour show each Friday 7.30pm UTC/GMT. (that's 8.30pm BST)

Repeats are played out on Fridays @ 6.30pm UTC/GMT and Thursdays @ 7pm UTC/GMT..

Here is your time machine:

Here is your station:
........that's who appears on this weeks Analogue Island.
Sonic Weekend
Jesper Norda
Jenifer Ávila
We give first plays to the new single from Watch and a track from Barbagallo's new album Floppy Disk, dip our toes into the creative cauldron that is Sonic Weekend (would take a taste from the cauldron be a better analogy? Though the word Cauldron does come from the Latin caldarium meaning hot bath.....). Anyway - dip or taste - take your pick.
Oh yes it is. Back with a new show this Friday.

From South American Electro Punk to Robotic Nordic Amazonians, this week's Analogue Island is a show of contradictions. Oh no it's not.

We give first plays to the new single from Watch and a track from Barbagallo's new album Floppy Disk, dip our toes into the creative cauldron that is Sonic Weekend (would take a taste from the cauldron be a better analogy? Though the word Cauldron does come from the Latin caldarium meaning hot bath.....). Anyway - dip or taste - take your pick.

Sonic Weekend
Jesper Norda
Jenifer Ávila

Sunday, 19 July 2009

An amazing band with a truly amazing sound - SIlver Wizard; echoes of Hawkwind, with a dash of Portishead. Violins and Theremins and much more.
Find Bran and his prolific, diverse and engaging sounds here
Higher Than Hope - amazing sounds - brilliant poetic electronicalism.
METAL BOX. To celebrate the 100th release on WLM To celebrate the 100th release on White label Music we are launching a new limited edition series of electronic titles available exclusively via the website. This collection will include the until now unreleased Electronic Bible Chapter 3 compilation (currently only available on itunes), The new Thrift Compilation series and a series of albums by artists new and old. The first 2 releases will be launched on Tuesday July the 21st 2009. Each CD release will be numbered and come in a limited edition metal Box. Posted direct to your door. For more information about Metal Box visit the shop @ Remember these releases cannot be bought anywhere else only through the label. This enables us to keep the price low, eliminate the distributor and keep the label truly independent. The price includes packing and posting. THRIFT: 11 hand picked tracks ranging from bluesey lunacy to operatic electro, a real cross section of WLM catalogue. It's a label sampler for those not familiar with our artists, the majority of tracks are previously unreleased. 1-Wire Mother -` the blue gene' taken from the album `Super computer' 2-Vars of Litchi- ` F Suite' taken from their debut album 3-Pygmy Globetrotters- `man and banana make melon' new release.!! 4-The Canine Love Affairs-` we are the dogs' new release!! 5-A$BO KID-`I love you ( and the drugs you do) new release!! 6-Healeyisland-` your final journey' new release!! 7-Headcleaners-` before the world was made' new release!! 8-The Vince Rogers Project-`Dawn Approaching' from the album `Lillyrosepetunia' 9-The Mirlitrons- `Jovian thereminist plays the blues ' from the album `Quaas Cresent'. 10-Pony Harvest-` Beauchief Abbey' new release!! 11-Sonic Weekend #3- `Smashed Cars' taken from the album `SW3'

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Out on MONDAY 21st of July. The THRIFT compilation album from WHITE LABEL MUSIC. Features a new track from HealeyIsland
Exciting, imaginative, beautiful new album from Barbagallo - Floppy Disk. Wonderful with elements of Kevin Ayers, early Soft Machine. Engaging melody, esoteric elements within a framework of beautifully crafted songs.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Tonight's Analogue Island goes out @ Friday 7.30pm UTC/GMT. (UK time that's 8.30pm BST) listen and shout on

Friday, 20 February 2009

WHite noises banish the gloom - shshshffffslssls

Ok, so we have had several shit summers. Well, two shit summers if precision is required of a blog that nobody will read. However, two shit summers is enough to force anyone into a slough of despondency; the misery of the rain and the endless grey of the sky. It’s as if we have been forced to endure twenty eight months of continual winter.

And of course now that we are all poor, there’ll be no foreign holidays to alleviate the gloom. I’d propose that there’s a good possibility we will all have topped ourselves by March, if it were not for the danger of having my blog branded as an entreaty to suicide - some kind of satanic pact to lure defenceless teens to an early self inflicted death. Which of course it is. But before you go off and end it all, I’d like to draw your attention to a small glimmer that is lighting up the horizon of inevitable decline:

In March - at the end of March - on March the 27th and 28th at the Rainbow in Digbeth in Birmingham there will be a spark, or rather several sparks, that will serve to re-ignite your interest in life. I am talking of the White Noise Electronic Music Festival. Here’s a link I prepared earlier

There’s a fantastic gloom defying line up which includes some of the most exciting names in electronic music: HK119; Beat Bigot; Dave Ball; Ribside; Asbo Kid; Pop Will Eat Itself’s Richard (DJ set); Contra Mundum; Playground Mafia; Jash......... the list goes on and on. Also, in an exclusive rare in this age of 24 hour pan global interconnectivity, a chance to see Ann Shenton DJing for the first time since she received her deserved Damehood in the 2009 New Years honours list. Dame Shenton will be hosting regular spots throughout the weekend.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Satire 'n' fiction

THIS BLOG IS A WORK OF SATIRICAL FICTION AND IS ROOTED IN MY IMAGINATION and not REALITY*. It does not speak of any aspirations on my part or any real events or people. Your cooperation and understanding is, as we say, very much appreciated. Fin.

* 1)excepting instances where White Label Music is mentioned.
2)excepting in the use of the name HealeyIsland - which is the name I use to make music under

Monday, 19 May 2008

Blog is elsewhere

It has been rather quiet on here. If you want read the rest of this blog go to Myspace

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

You look like a twat. May be it will catch on.

"So you made it?"
I thought about answering this question with a slightly superior - well yes I'm here aren't I? But then I remembered how Mister Popesceu doesn't like smart mouths. He has a tendency to bloody them.

But where actually did I make it to? A remote island, the crime hub and secret lair of Mister P? The back of a smelly transit? A field in Hampshire? No, none of these. Where I had made it to was the main concourse cafe of Edinburgh Waverly Station. You know the kind of place - they used call them buffets. What was once the BR Buffet is now called something much grander. Though I can't actually tell you what it was. When Mister P is about all other things recede into the background. It is, I imagine, like being shot and bleeding to death. Gradually your focus narrows to just one small point, all peripheral objects fading into a grey static that eventually darkens into nothingness. All that is left is a key hole of blurred bright light and the sound of a voice saying. "You still look like a twat."

Unfortunately Mister P was right. I did and still do look like a twat. It is an occupational hazard. If you are a musician you have to dress like someone attempting to start a fashion craze. One's desire for success numbs one to the actual reality of what one really looks like.

Wednesday, 3 October 2007


I always find travelling by train a wonderfully civilised experience: peoples' back gardens pivoting passed the window; redundant and weed covered factory plots, a testament to all those exported jobs.

On arriving at my destination I enjoy stepping off the train, the toilet paper and excrement spattered rails and sleepers below as I stride across the gap. Alas the phenomena of the open air evacuating toilet is all but a thing of the past. Damn you Richard Branson! It is right that, as the era of civil discipline and well ordered society passes with it should go the notion that, if you happen to finish having your shit just as your train pulls into a station, you should stand there for four or five minutes with it staring back at you from the bottom of the bowl.

On (or rather underneath) those trains that still have "flush and spray" the evidence is undeniable, modern man no longer believes that notices ordering passengers to refrain from using the toilet while the train is in the station should be observed.

As a small boy I believed that these notices referred not to flushing but instead to having a wee or a poo. I remember spending a long and uncomfortable half an hour at Birmingham New Street due to my observance of this particular misunderstanding.

Thursday, 20 September 2007

God or Gas - A Dialogue

So, why did I move out of my Aunt's house? Why did I stop serving stimulant free cakes and cookies in a Christian Cafe? Well, it all got just a bit too creepy: the trances, the speaking in tongues, the tongues (someone put their tongue in my ear), lack of any form of enjoyment or stimulation, the disapproval, the approval, the loss of identity, the gaining of a new identity, all of the above proved too much for me.

Then, of course, there is the general post modern malaise which, when worn along side the V-neck of born again fundementalist Christianity, looks out of place. I am the proud possessor of one such post modern malaise - the kind that says it doesn't accept the existence of any
God figure, yet lingers about on the vaguer more fuzzy edges of spirituality in a way that might be termed bet hedging. But said in a snappy enough way to fit on the front of a T-Shirt.

My internal dialogue might go something like this:

Is there a God?

Oh no there is no God. But I'd like to believe that there is some sort of benign presence watching over everything.


Oh no not actually intervening. Just watching, benignly.

So there is a God then.

No (shuffling uncomfortably), just a presence.

But if there is a presence and it can watch, even benignly, then it must be pretty powerful.

Yes, powerful.

Like a God?

No (with some irritation).

So what is it then? A big giant gas cloud that thinks nice thoughts while it watches everything?

Fuck off.

That's it. You believe in Gas.

No. I don't believe in anything.

You've got gas though.

(shuffling uncomfortably) Oh yes, I've got gas.

Open a window then. God you stink.

I know.
(It is worth pointing out that I am not say that God stinks only the person who is taking part in the imaginary dialogue. What I mean is that the two peoples who are conversing - one of them stinks. The other person says he - the other person that is - stinks - not God but the other person. OK? Good.)

Please, tell your friends.


Don't forget to tell your friends about this blog. The more people who read it the warmer and fuzzier I feel!

Sunday, 16 September 2007

The Joy Of Film

You are probably wondering why I haven't written anything for a while. The reason for this is, nothing is happening to me. I am existing inside a balloon. It's green coloured and I think it's filled with carbon monoxide and oxygen, one part to seven parts. This has left me feeling rather drained. I no longer sell cookies, nor do I live with my aunt. Instead I have a little bedsit on the grainy side of town. You know the kind of place - everything is shot in that low key greyish colour scheme that British directors favoured in the late Eighties and Early Nineties; the pre Four Weddings grim look. Well it would be if my life were a film. I suppose a more apt description would be that the weather has been overcast and I live in a shit hole.

I keep meeting women who talk too much, suffer with their nerves and have bowel problems. These women who are usually about thirty to forty years old all come from the character type pioneered by Alison Steadman. For myself, I have gained weight enough to successfully carry off a Timothy Spall impression.

Yesterday I sold my guitar to a man who swore his name was Mike Leigh.


I am going to spend the next week cleaning our leader's oil tanks. Yes we have leader, he is called Nobby and wears brown nylon suit with a silk tie and brown desert boots. Why I have to clean out his oil tanks I don't know. Where does he keeps his oil tanks? I'll find out. Is he my leader? Not really. So why am I doing it? Uh? Um? Nnnn. Have another cookie.

Saturday, 8 September 2007


There is an art to making chocolate cookies without chocolate. It is an art I do not possess. Sally, on the other hand does possess the necessary skills and she agreed to show me.
"How can you call them chocolate cookies if they don't have chocolate in them," I asked politely.
"If you look at the sign on the counter it says chocolatyish cookies. And anyway, anyone who comes here is usually a congregation member and would know that chocolate is forbidden." Sally underlined the word forbidden for me by furrowing her brow.

So how does one make cookies that are not forbidden? Well there are lots of herbs involved and cinnamon, of course what else, and, of all things, Marmite. Now I like yeast extract, but only on toast and definitely not if it is pretending to be chocolate.

"Try one," said Sally sometime later, thrusting a plate of warm brown disks under my nose.
"Oh, er, thanks." I took one, broke a piece off and popped it in my mouth. The smell coming from the oven, a mixture of wet rope and dirty horse blanket, had tipped me off to the fact that the cookies must be an acquired taste. Give me a Penguin any day. Mind you I think even the popular flightless bird branded chocolate biscuit is coated in a substitute these days. Anyway, at least I won't be tempted to eat the stock. May be that is the idea.

Next, apple pie without apples. Something about Eve and a snake I think.

Holy Folks

Ok, so I admit it. I embarked on this Congregation thing without reading the brochure. I didn't think to ask any questions, assuming that it would be just a load of fuzzy, nebulous, post Christian Christianity. You know the kind of thing: Don't hit people; don't steal; don't kill anything unless you can eat it; Pray a bit. It seemed, based on my blind assumptions, that it would be worth being holy, in the detached cynical way I have already mentioned, for the sake of rent free living. I was wrong.

Friday, 7 September 2007

God's Bookshop and Cafe (toilets available across the road in the Library)

The suggestion was proffered with just the right amount of subtlety. I didn't feel offended. I wasn't made to feel as if I had been sponging. No, Aunt Hissop handled the whole thing sensitively.
"Denis dear have you seen this?" said my Aunt holding a sheet of badly photocopied A4 in her hands. It was the Congregation's Daily News Letter.
"No. Is it interesting? Shall I take a look?" I strode over to her chair. I used only short strides as we were indoors and her lounge is quite small. Leaning over her I squinted at the piece of paper.
She began to read. "It says here that God's Bookshop and Cafe are in need of a shop assistant. I thought that you might want to go down and see about it."
The bookshop and cafe to which she referred, though not actually owned by God, is run by the Congregation in his name. A kind of franchise I suppose. How could I refuse.

For That Personal Touch

Hello to all those people in London, Antwerp (there is only one of you from Antwerp so you are extra special), New York and Glasgow who stop by to read this blog.

Guess who has got Google Analytics?

Thursday, 6 September 2007

A Brief Note On My Aunt

Until now I have always accepted that my Aunt's name, Hissop, with out question. She was called Hissop before I was born. It is the name I have always used when addressing her. But just recently I began to see her name anew. Hissop. Why not Janet or Carol or any one of those good evangelical Christian names? Why is she named after an expectorant and a herbal expectorant at that?

I am, of course, familiar with the concept of adopted names chosen because they give the person who chooses them a new flavour. The name on my birth certificate is Denis. But I, at various times, have chosen to call myself Dee Dee.

How then does one go about asking a genteel woman in her late fifties why she calls herself after a sputum inducing medicine?

It would be easy to understand her choice if it was a name given to her during the course of practicing her religion. A kind of initiation or baptism name. But she was called Hissop long before she became a member of the Congregation and began bothering people with random acts of kindness. There isn't even a family connection to be explored. Aunt Hissop is not a blood relative. She is one of those "friends of the family" Aunties. The kind who always sends you a card on your birthday and who shows a keen interest in what you are doing without being judgemental.

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

You Are A Cult

And the Lord said: "Let there be lots of young women wearing jeans and unfashionable knitwear."

Ever one for a challenge and not wishing to appear ungrateful to my Aunt, I have thrown myself into the life of her Congregation - they do not call it a church - and joined the band. Oh yeah - I now rock for Jesus. Though I hasten to add that I am doing this in an ironic manner. That doesn't mean that I am laughing behind my joined hands. No, that would be wrong. Instead I am being wry. But only internally. Oh yes and in my blog.

At least I get to meet lots of virgins this way. Though I am not sure if a virgin is any use to me. But, yeah, I get to meet lots of young and not so young Christian women this way. I have a theory that they put male hormones in the post celebration orange juice, because all the women have hairy top lips. For myself, I have begun to grow breasts. Must be because I drink the lime juice.

If you are wondering why my blog has been a bit slow recently it is because I have been taking food parcels round to needy families. These parcels include clothes and food - mostly knitwear and tinned goods. I visited a house where one such needy family lived, yesterday. The garden was a mass of four foot high grass mixed in with children and generous helpings of dog shit. I picked my way up the garden path, avoiding the rusty bikes and the various bits of broken things and found the front door. It was slightly ajar. From within I could hear the sound of thunder and loud music followed by explosions and then Mel Gibson shouting something. I pushed the door with my foot and shouted hello. Mel shouted something back. I was just about to go in when a large dog appeared, or rather lurched, from nowhere and began to bark and growl at me. I started to back away only for my progress to be arrested by the hand of a large man dressed in vest and shorts.
"What the fuck do you want?" he asked.
"Parcels?" I said.
"Parcels of food from the Congregation?" I realised that ending every sentence with the up turned questioning inflection, as popularised by Australian soap operas, was probably not wise. I tried to be more masculine and assertive. "I got parcel. Yeah - food and stuff." That seemed to work. I was pointed in through the door.
"She's in there watchin' tele'. Don't mind dog. It won't bite, it's tied up."
I followed the sound of Mel's voice and found myself standing in a room full of adults, all related and of various ages. They were watching the biggest most impressive HOME ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM I have ever seen.

Later, after an age standing in the doorway I took advantage of a quiet bit of the film, in between the shouting and the explosions, and introduced myself. I was handed a can of beer and told to make myself at home. After the film we burnt the knit wear and threw the tinned goods over next door's fence. I haven't had that much fun in ages.

It transpires that the members of the Congregation, with their uninvited offers free food and clothes, are viewed as a public nuisance by many of the homes they visit. Their selection of families is based not on any objective evidence of need but instead on some prurient middle class idea of what constitutes respectability. If the application for an antisocial behaviour order is successful we at the Congregation will have to find some other good work to do.

Just as a foot note. One of the people I visited said I was in a cult. Or more precisely he said, "You're a cult, you're a cult."
"I'm a cult? There has to be more than one person for it to be a cult. Do you mean I'm in a cult?" I replied pedantically.
The letter box opened one more time. "No, I said you are a c*nt." Said the voice from within emphatically.
"Oh. I see." I said and took my box of Christian giving back to the car. I decided against mentioning this exchange to my Aunt.

Sunday, 2 September 2007

God Given

Ok, so I wasn't drugged. I attended the church of my own free will. In fact I spent the whole of easter at prayer. Well, not actually at prayer. More standing there looking like I was praying while everyone else prayed. I was actually busy looking at Jackie. She is, if I can use modern parlance, a hottie, a Christian hottie. Amen.


Without agreeing I attended my Aunt's Church with her. I don't know how this happened. I remember falling asleep at about half six in the morning; I know this because the birds were singing and sun had come up. Next, I am propped up on a bench, surrounded by old ladies and odd looking young men and women. They were all singing. Some of them had guitars. O' Lord.

How did this happen? Was I drugged? Or is my depression worse than I thought? I have to accept that it might even have been an hallucination. I hope it was.


At this moment my life consists of staring blankly at a floral patterned wall. I do this while in bed. This is where I spend most of my time. I do not shower. I eat very little. I think I might have depression.

My Aunt is very kind. She makes me soup and tells me to cheer up.

You will excuse me if I don't write much today.

Tuesday, 28 August 2007


My Aunt Hissop made Sunday Lunch for me today. It consisted of over boiled floury potatoes, limp cabbage and grey beef. She served this with what I thought were biscuits; later, after I'd spent most of the meal complimenting her on the nice biscuits and commending her for being a brave cook for serving them with the main course, I discovered that they were Yorkshire Puddings.

Nice to be back in old England.

Monday, 27 August 2007

A Dish Best Left To Set

Home at last. Well, I say home. I am actually staying with my Aunt Hissop. I do not have a place of my own and my Aunt offered me a room. Just until I get myself sorted. Tomorrow I will buy a new paper and look for a job.

My retreat from Austria was augmented with one final gift; another slap to add to the many. As I walked through the lobby, dragging my bag behind me - it doesn't have wheels but I felt too morose to carry it - I was stopped by the man in the yellow vest who likes cheese.
"So, it is true. You are going. I am sorry. I liked you. Good luck." He said this with genuine feeling and I felt tears prick at the corners of my eyes and a lump rising in my throat. It seemed that all my broken optimism, my feelings of despair were obliquely summed up in those few kind words. I felt the weight of what had not been achieved pressing against my chest.
The man in the yellow vest continued. "God, the man Popesceu has no idea. Replacing you with that Drew Sarson's. He can't even play an instrument. It doesn't seem fair that such a shit should get your wages when he has no talent. And such good wages too. You must be sick. But you have been here a long time. You must have plenty of money to take home, eh?"
Wages? Drew Sarsons? Was I hearing things? Drew Sarsons was taking my place in the band? He was going to mime to my guitar playing? He was going to be payed and handsomely? I should have been payed handsomely? I wanted answers. I wanted revenge. I took hold of the man's wrinkled arm and squeezed it. "What? What? What?" I was babbling. In my head I could feel that my eyes were rolling about, crazed and out of control.
"Calm down, calm down. Didn't you know?" The man in the vest smiled and pulled his arm free of my grip. "You must hate both these men."
I nodded and gulped in air, unable to speak.
"Go home. Now is not the time. Think of your saying in England about revenge best left to set before it is consumed." He smiled at me again and offered me a reassuring pat on the back. "Mister Popesceu is too dangerous. You should forget about him. But Drew Sarsons, well, he has an eleven year old daughter." And with that cryptic comment he took one step back, turned and walked off into the swarming crowds of holiday makers.

There was nothing for me to do but return home, get a job and wait. But wait for what?

Friday, 24 August 2007

and freedom..........

An envelope was pushed under my door. It contained my passport and airline ticket. There was also a brief note telling me to go. This was couched in rather earthy language.

I am free. Free from my contract. Free to go wherever I please and do whatever I want.

My flight is tomorrow and I can't wait.

But then, when I think about it, I feel cheated. Where is my money? I haven't been paid properly for all the music I have played. I also dislike that I am being replaced by a tape recorder.

Oh well, no time for crying. Home is calling. I wonder if I can get my old job back at Ray's Mini Mart? I thought about sending Mary a text. Better not.


As quickly as it began it is over. I am to return home on the next flight. My berth in the band is to be filled by another tape recorder; I was suspicious that Mister P asked me to record all my guitar parts onto a digital recorder. He said it was so he could play my "excellent guitar playing' to a friend of his who runs a big record company.

It Is Work Really

Having just reviewed what I wrote yesterday, I now feel more depressed than ever. My enhanced state of depression does not stem from any shame at my outpourings of misery for the whole of the world to read. No, the thing that has caused me to SUPERSIZE my depression is the use of the word work in the context of describing my current position. Music was never intended to be "just a job". It was meant to be a lifestyle. It was meant to be anti-work. Yes I expected to have to work hard, but I never ever expected to call what I do by the name work.

Friday, 10 August 2007

psycho-blog and a quantum physics joke

At the risk of turning this into a psycho-blog I have to admit to having difficulties in leaving behind my feelings of anger towards Drew. This has led me to examine my feelings for Elaga. Do I really love her? Is that why I am feeling this way? Well, I thought about this for two days and came to this conclusion: No I don't love Elaga and never have; my anger towards Drew is rooted in my own unhappy situation. But, then, I am repeating myself. That is, of course, another sign of instability.

In an effort to right myself spiritually and emotionally as it were, I have taken up swimming. More precisely I have plopped into the pool - by that I mean slipped listlessly in to the tepid waters of the Max Planck Memorial Pool - and paddled about. I feel I must clarify the wording of the last sentence. Let me explain what I mean when I say plopped. I didn't do anything anti-social in the pool - I am attempting to describe the way I entered the water. This isn't American Pie 11 for heavens sake.

Nervous over explanation - another sure sign of nervous disorders. Perhaps I need to see a psychiatrist. I gather that there are lots of them in Austria.

Although, with work, I am very busy at the moment. Where will I find the time? I can't be in two places at once, can I? Or can I?

Thursday, 2 August 2007

Cosmic Inertia

When one gets one's hopes up one is bound to feel disappointment. I felt disappointed when the information on Drew turned out to be nothing more than a few vague details about Drew exposing himself to a group of nuns in the town of Ghent when he was a student. This revelation served one useful purpose. I decided, there and then, to stop fixating on Drew. Despite his rather facile and annoying personality, he is actually nothing more than an irritant. By focusing on him, irrationally, as I now realise, I am losing sight of what my actual goals in life are.

Anyway, the universe has a way of leveling things up. He will probably step in some dog shit tomorrow, or get hit by a bus or something. Whatever it is, it will be for the universe to decide.

I wonder if there is a central office which I can write to requesting a particular course of action? A kind Universal Karma HQ, a Customer Services Department or something like that. If anyone has such an address, please let me know.

Sunday, 29 July 2007

Mystery Phone - Of Course

The telephone rang this afternoon. Which was strange because I didn't know there was still a telephone in my room. I had the last one removed after Elaga took to ringing me at four o'clock every morning to yell abuse. I traced its muffled chirrup to the space beneath my bed, brushed the dust off it, grabbed the receiver and answered it.
"Hello?" I asked, still surprised by the mysterious appearance of a telephone in my room.
"Yes? Who is speaking?" Nowadays I am naturally suspicious.
"Is that Dee?" asked the mystery voice.
"Er, yes. Who wants to know?"
"You don't know me but I have some information about Drew Sarsons which might be of use." The voice was quiet, almost inaudible. It was difficult to tell if it was male or female.
"Oh. I see," said I, my interest pricked.
"Yeah. Can we meet?"
"Of course. But can I ask one thing, first, before we go any further?"
"Now? Of course, ask anything you like."
"How did you get this phone into my room?"
The question was obviously unexpected because the caller hesitated and seemed confused. "I... I didn't put the phone in your room. I rang you though."
"Oh yeah," I laughed. "Of course. Just my joke."

We meet tomorrow at lunch time, just before I begin a marathon three hour set in celebration of a local dignitary and his selfless acts of kindness to local children.

Saturday, 14 July 2007


It seems that no sooner do I step outside the front door of my room than I am joined by Herr Cheese, the man who likes British Catering. This is not his real name you understand, it is one I have made up for him. I must admit that, in bestowing this name on him, I have fallen prey to the feelings of irritation he engenders in me.
But he is only trying to be friendly, I hear you say.
Well yes, I take that point. But why does he have to follow me round everywhere? And why does he have to ask such annoying questions?
To your original point you might add that I am isolated and in need of allies and friends wherever I can find them?
My reaction to this second point would almost certainly be one of annoyance, so I recommend that you don't make it. Ok?

Wednesday, 27 June 2007


Things are only quiet because I am so busy. Keep looking. Back soon

Saturday, 2 June 2007