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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 11, Number 66

                 Monday, 5 December 2005


                     Time Out London
                        Apple Bite
                         Fox Pass
           Wallpaper and squashed silver frogs
                  Melt the Guns (really)
            Gee, thanks (no, wait, it's in C)
              For the Rhyming-Challenged...
                      2005 Favorites
           Spiral Rhyme Scheme Thesis Revision


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Who's pushing the pedals on the season cycle?


Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 13:56:29 -0000
From: "Belinda" <>
Subject: Time Out London
Message-ID: <004101c5f4ec$b2938a40$0302a8c0@Belkin>

Evenin' all

This week's London issue of Time Out magazine features Andy Partridge in the
short "Ask a Silly Question" feature. It's dead funny.  It comes with an ad
for the boxed cd thingy you've all been bangin on about.

But I'm still too skint to fork out money for what is basically NOT MUCH NEW
Having just spent two pounds fifty on this week's Time Out, I'm even



Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 09:38:41 -0500
From: jude hayden <>
Subject: Apple Bite
Message-ID: <>

> Simon Knight said:

>>>>i'm compiling a group of songs about songs, songwriting, stardom and
> a failure to achieve your intent, goals and dreams...

Neat idea, and a compelling track list so far, too... be sure to post the
final results here, won't you?

I don't know if it's taboo or not, but to my knowledge no one has posted
about the extra "bite of the apple" those of us who splurged on the deluxe
box set package received...

It's an 8 song sampler cd - the tracklist being:

1. spiral
2. say it
3. easter theatre
4. frivolous tonight
5. greenman
6. stupidly happy
7. in another life
8. the wheel and the maypole

iTunes users might have discovered that adding in the downloaded tracks
revealed them to be tracks 1 and 2 of 8 - of course, I was hoping for 6
other "new" songs (demos or something) on this cd, but oh well. The
packaging of the cardboard slipcase is nice, but still no playing credits on
the new tracks, oddly enough...


Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 14:41:10 -0500
From: Stephen Gilligan <>
Subject: Fox Pass
Message-ID: <>

Hey there, - Since the folks here have great taste in music I'm delurking
to let you know about a great new band, Fox Pass.  Melody, melody, and more
melody.  Intelligent lyrics, interesting hooks. Sound like any band you
know and love? I'd love to know what you think of this band.  Check out;

give them a listen and let me know - many thanks - Steve


Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 02:37:26 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Culnane <>
Subject: Wallpaper and squashed silver frogs
Message-ID: <>

From: "Darryl W. Bullock" kindly helped by saying:

Sorry to be a pedant Paul, but the card does not mention wallpaper for
your computer screen, the word computer does not appear at all - I
think that Idea/Weatherbox are referring to wallpapers for mobile
'phones (although I could of course be wrong), none of which are yet
available but I suspect will be shortly.

There are, however, other XTC wallpapers on the net if you search. Try for wallpaper, icons, screensaver and
soundbites. Or you could just make your own...

  >>>Thank you Darryl.  Yes, you are correct, and I don't mind if you
consider it pedantry (that's my middle name).  Just goes to show what a
luddite I am when it comes to mobile phones and suchlike.  And having
realised that the "wallpapers" are supposed to be for said phones and not
computer screens, I'd already (in advance of your sage advice), used a
picture that another esteemed Chalk-person created, and emailed me, as
computer-screen wallpaper, and it came up a treat.  I'm glad you offered the
link to jh3 though.  I used to have that on my work computer, but lost the
link when I started to work from home.  Good onya for that, I'll check it

  To illustrate my techno-phobity (?), and that I'm *so* last-century, I
also recently wrote a song and demoed it completely digitally (ie, no
"organic" instruments), as a kinda raised middle finger to rampant
technology.  The song is called "Everyone's Got An iPod But Me (The Bird To
The Crazy Frog)".  It's kinda funky.

  Bring back the parchment and quill, I am wont to say...

  NP: "Pioneers Who Got Scalped - The Anthology" by Devo

  Paul in Oz


Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 09:26:27 +0000
From: Wilson Sheldon <>
Subject: Melt the Guns (really)
Message-ID: <>

Longtime lurker Wilson here... Just read this and thought you all might
be interested.

A charitable Christian retailer in the UK invite you to purchase
AK-47s, tanks, and rocket-launchers that will then be donated to
blacksmiths in Sierra Leone to be converted to farm-implements.

"Peace is paying dividends in Sierra Leone. The same civil war that
depleted the country of tools and work is now providing ample raw
material for recovery: weapons. Enterprising blacksmiths and metal
workers convert them into farm implements so that a Kalashnikov becomes
hoes and axe heads and a rocket launcher transforms into pickaxes,
sickles and even school bells.

The indisputable heavyweight champ is a tank (or a heavy duty 16
wheeler) that can provide a year's work for 5 blacksmiths, turning it
into 3,000 items vital to equip a farming village of 100 families.
Jobs, tools, agriculture. It isn't everyday that what you long for
comes true."


Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2005 22:02:37 -0600
From: "jxnsmom" <>
Subject: Gee, thanks (no, wait, it's in C)
Message-ID: <000601c5f6f5$3e874500$0200a8c0@NICKELFAMILY>

Hi all -

XTC fan since '82, longtime Chalkhills reader, not so frequent poster...

I listened to "Thanks for Christmas" today, and the question came to mind:
Just who or what is being thanked? It's been noted several times on
Chalkhills that Andy is an atheist. Or am I listening too literally and
missing the joke?



Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2005 18:06:01 +0000
Subject: For the Rhyming-Challenged...
Message-ID: <>

"Umbilical" (as Andy used it) DOES rhyme with "cycle."  Get over it!

"The standard pronunciation is [um -bill-ickle] with the stress on the
second syllable. [Umbill-lie-kle] is also used, if the word is not
before a noun."


In Andy's lyric, "umbilical" is used as a noun not an adjective (e.g.,
umbilical cord) and thus his pronunciation is correct (in the UK
anyway).  For American English speakers who have never heard
"umbilical" pronounced this way, it may still make your virgin ears
bleed... but it's not some half-assed, lazy rhyme that Andy simply
made up.  It's actually part of our language!

--Jasper... American hoping Andy never sings a rhyme with "aluminium"

n.p. "Illinoise" (and I can't seem to stop!)


Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2005 11:08:12 -0800 (PST)
From: Steve <>
Subject: 2005 Favorites
Message-ID: <>

As modern civilized people shopping is the most important thing you can
do for our corporate ubermen AND the foremost shopping holiday of the
year is upon us! Last year the favorite lists started much too late to
apply them to this ever important event. So... let the lists begin!

Favorites from 2005

Gang Of Four: Return The Gift
post-punk; re-recorded selections by the original band members!
a blast!!! -"this is an archeology exercise really"

Dhol Foundation: drum-believable
world music

Les Claypool: 5 Gallons of Diesel [DVD]
long awaited live footage - Frog Brigade/Oysterhead/C2B3
(this new year's he's at the Fillmore again)

Lundy's Lounge: Liquid Lounge
downtempo, tasteful, indie

Afro Celts: Anatomic
world music

XTC: 2 track download [and box set]


Another Steve


Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2005 20:37:59 -0800
From: David van Wert <>
Subject: Spiral Rhyme Scheme Thesis Revision
Message-ID: <>

On Nov 29, 2005, I foolishly, foolishly wrote:
> "Spiral" leads off lines and gets repeated a lot, but it's not
> intended as part of the rhyme scheme, which (first two verses) is:
> Spiral is the *first* word of the A phrase. "Spiral-- dug by the
> diamond" is a single phrase in the scheme, not two.

Er... this'll teach me to write a post before I've had time to absorb
my morning coffee. I just read the last digest and realized...
ABBC, ADDC??? What was I thinking?! Have I gone mad?!
While I stick by my proposition that the verses of "Spiral" are 4
line verses instead of 5 line (and "spiral" isn't intended to rhyme
at all), the "A" lines, as I recklessly called them, are *not* meant
to rhyme. The best (and still *quite* lame) excuse I can come up with
is that I was trying to force a rhyme between "tone arm" and
"diamond" in my pre-coffee state. But verses 3 & 4 put the lie to
that most quickly. The first lines of each verse (Spiral: torn from
the tone-arm/dug by the diamond/ripped from the record/pulled from
the plastic) plays with alliteration but no rhyme is intended.
ABBC, DEEC is the way to go.
How embarrassing!
I'll be getting off my my Chalk-Lit High Horse now,
"What?" --Beethoven, 1820


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