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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 11, Number 54

                  Monday, 3 October 2005

Topics:

                    re: The Jazz Dwarf
           Re: "Isn't it pathetic at his age?"
                         Has-been
                           SFA
                          Bang!
                       taboo topics
                        re cull'em
     from my big fat plastic japanese cordless phone
                That's the way I feel now
    Two more eBay-enhanced items for your delectation
                    Settle my english!

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Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 07:46:49 +0100
From: "Del" <del.fry@btinternet.com>
Subject: re: The Jazz Dwarf
Message-ID: <000c01c5c58a$bbddc840$2b438256@Del>

What's with the assassination of Jamie Cullum? Having been an XTC fan since
1977 and listened to music from ABBA To Zappa for 40 odd years I'm startled
by various contributors on the Chalkhills Site.

Do they honestly think that all tracks written over a couple of years make
it onto an album? Whose to say the Partridge/Cullum tracks won't see the
light of day at a latter date and since when did Cullum come from
Stoke-on-Trent?

Cullum like XTC is a Wiltshire lad from Hullavington (Between Swindon and
Bath). Having seen XTC live, played guitar with Andy Partridge and seen
Cullum mature as an artist over the last couple of years I think it's time
someone put up a defence of the "Jazz Dwarf" As far as I can see Cullum is
making his way in an industry where no one of his like has gone before. In
the UK there is no precedent for a Jazz/pop artist selling huge amounts of
CDs and appealing to a crossover audience. Also I would assume that Andy
Partridge must have thought Cullum had at least some musical talent to agree
to work with him in the first place!

At the end of the day Music is broad rich tapestry and it takes allsorts to
make a world. While I agree that that XTC are a superb band, let's give the
other Wiltshire lad a break, listen to Cullum's latest album, listen to some
of his earlier stuff especially his stuff recorded before he a had a
multi-national record deal and you never know you might like it?

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Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 22:21:10 -0400
From: John Relph <relph@tmbg.org>
Subject: Re: "Isn't it pathetic at his age?"
Message-ID: <17212.41238.469439.405903@f5.idiot-dog.com>

On September 27, dunks58 writes:
>
> Back to things Chalkular: having recently discovered the incredible
> Google Earth program led me to wonder -- can you see the Uffington
> Horse with this thing? I looked tonight and couldn't find it -- what
> are the coordinates? Is it in fact visible with this thing -- I
> noticed that quite a lot of that area of England doesn't appear to
> have been scanned in any great detail (or am I missing
> something?).

Try this:

Web Address:
  http://multimap.com/map/photo.cgi?X=430250&Y=186500&scale=5000

Lat: 51:34:36N (51.5766)
Lon: 1:33:54W (-1.5649)

It's not google, but it's good enough.

	-- John

NP: Kevin Andras and Eric Boudry: The Church Caretaker From Hell

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Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 00:15:15 -0300
From: "Brunkhorst" <brunkhorstk@hotmail.com>
Subject: Has-been
Message-ID: <BAY104-DAV16B417F395C76C7EAB6FEFB68F0@phx.gbl>

> From: Mark Fisher
> snip Macca lyrics <
> This is banal. Andy would have come up with something much better.

We're all waiting for him to do just that, but he's been doing something
else, apparently.  Meanwhile, we're buying other CDs too.  P.Mc. is 62 now,
and his much of his idea of good music is affected by that.  I like a lot of
Macca's new record, even if some bits aren't as good as XTC.  Sorry you
don't.

> Why are we allowed to talk about a has-been pop star and not guns?

You can talk about guns here, but people will likely start getting upset.
I'll probably be one of them.  There's another list somewhere for people
that want to talk about guns, I'm sure.  If you bring up XTC there, how do
you suppose they'll respond?

You can talk about has-been pop stars here too.  In terms of pop stardom,
XTC are way past their shelf date.  They have never been much more than
marginally popular, and they haven't even been sort-of popular for a long
time.  On the other hand, the music they make, when they get around to it,
is still first-rate.  I love 'em.

Kevin Brunkhorst
www.kevinbrunkhorst.com
www.digitalspiritual.com

PS, for Dunks:
http://maps.google.ca/maps?ll=45.619741,-61.979027&spn=0.033933,0.070613&t=h&hl=en
We're a low-resolution area, here in the Maritimes.

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Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 09:54:41 +0100 (BST)
From: STEPHEN JACKSON <planet_skaro@btinternet.com>
Subject: SFA
Message-ID: <20050930085441.6316.qmail@web86610.mail.ukl.yahoo.com>

Jemiah Jefferson wrote:

<Nonetheless, contrasted with the other brand-new material I've been
listening to, the new Super Furry Animals album "Love Kraft", Macca
doesn't stand a chance. "Love Kraft" is simply mindblowing, and I can't
recommend it to Chalksters enough>

I can't agree more, although I'd actually say that "Love Kraft" is
actually inferior to "Radiator" and "Phantom Power" but SFA are the
best (active) band in Britain by a long stretch. Anyone with ears
should listen to their music. They don't sound like XTC but they do
share a love of melody. There aren't any bad SFA albums, and they are
my favourite band after XTC. Start with "Songbook" for an introduction
and then wonder how you survived for so long without this band in your
life.

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Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 06:28:21 -0700 (PDT)
From: Kzincat <kzincat98@yahoo.com>
Subject: Bang!
Message-ID: <20050930132821.95406.qmail@web52104.mail.yahoo.com>

> Why are we allowed to talk about a has-been pop star
> and not guns?
> --
> Mark

That is SIR has-been pop star to you. LOL

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Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 12:56:46 -0400
From: jude hayden <jude.hayden@gmail.com>
Subject: taboo topics
Message-ID: <cfe8e1c00509300956j4aab59a0jbc3fef028b738499@mail.gmail.com>

Mark inquired:
 "Why are we allowed to talk about a has-been pop star and not guns?"

 Because has-been pop stars typically only kill themselves. ;-)

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Date: Sat, 1 Oct 2005 04:14:17 +0100
From: <cornwallis@cwctv.net>
Subject: re cull'em
Message-ID: <0490d41080301a5DTVMAIL10@smtp.cwctv.net>

Ade,you put it more eloquently than myself.He is a twat.What does twat mean?

kind regards,  DAVE BANCROFT

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Date: Sat, 1 Oct 2005 08:25:07 +0100 (BST)
From: Paul Culnane <paulculnane@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: from my big fat plastic japanese cordless phone
Message-ID: <20051001072507.89422.qmail@web86907.mail.ukl.yahoo.com>

They're really milking it, aren't they?  Crumbs, that cow's udder is
under some considerable stress.  To whit:

One of my friends opined that, like him, in my view, XTC can do no
wrong.  Yeah, but up to a point.  He and I discussed this.  Hang on,
gimme a break.  This new Apple Box sounds and looks real fine, and in
my servitude to the best band ever, I'll buy it (completist, me).  But
wait.

New artwork and liner notes are all very fine, yet, we had AV1 and
AV2, then the demo versions, then the karaoke discs.  All very
lovely.

Now this new box set.  What's goin' aahn???  The two "new" tracks will
only be available if you buy the box.  You get a PIN to download these
new things.  Fuck, what's that?  Why couldn't they put the new songs
onto a simple CD EP for all to enjoy?  And if there is new musical
activity with Colin and Andy, then please get on with it, and stop
trying to bleed your fans dry with past glories.

Come on!  My devotion to XTC has rendered me a pauper. But, funnily
enough, I still submit.

What do other people think?

PAUL

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Date: Sat, 1 Oct 2005 14:53:58 +0100 (BST)
From: Paul Culnane <paulculnane@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: That's the way I feel now
Message-ID: <20051001135358.22305.qmail@web86905.mail.ukl.yahoo.com>

Oh, sometimes people can be such c**ts, why is that?  Don't f**k with
me anymore, you bastards.

Thank you Dunks for your kind words and thoughts.  Beautiful man (I
mean, it was beautiful, but so are you).  Here's a bit of doggerel I
wrote in response:

Yeah, you get recognition
You get rejection
You get a punch in your head
But you can get ignition
And foolish fission
Or hugs and kisses instead

And if I were now to go to bed
Me and my teddy would safely
Lay each of our heads
Because Chalkies are the talkies
And whoever you are, thanks for being my friend
And it is not "the end"

NP: tribute to Thelonious Monk. (like how do you get a moniker like
that, let alone the fab musical legacy he left?  Get outta here!!!)

Peace
PAUL

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Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2005 01:06:25 +0100
From: gakochan <gakochan@gmail.com>
Subject: Two more eBay-enhanced items for your delectation
Message-ID: <c0f4aa010510011706i5245e803s@mail.gmail.com>

I hope you don't think I'm being, well you know... but here are two
items I thought Chalkhillians might enjoy:

* http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7551000305

* http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7551000311

Best wishes
gakochan

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Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2005 07:23:48 +0100 (BST)
From: Paul Culnane <paulculnane@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Settle my english!
Message-ID: <20051002062348.21954.qmail@web86903.mail.ukl.yahoo.com>

Sorry to be a pest, but...

This arvo I was sitting with my boss in the sunshine.  Suddenly a gust
of wind came up.   And over the fence came this nifty carry-bag.  It
just blew in outta nowhere.  Very spooky!

The bag is green and silver, and it carries the Uffington Horse  (in
Chalk-white) as a motif.

Needless to say, I just went "faaaark!"  My boss Brian, witnessing my
bewilderment, said: "that's yours, this moment was made for you".

I mean, Jesus H.  How does this kinda stuff happen?

PAULLY

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