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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 6, Number 18

                Thursday, 27 January 2000

Today's Topics:

                    Erica vs. Marianne
              Diamond On The Sole Of My Shoe
                     White Horse Hill
                          Gotcha
              re: those Drunken Jam Sessions
                       This is Pop?
                    Please Release Me
                      Re: Sgt Pepper
                  AOL not Andy On Line!
                   Re: Orange and Lemon
    It's 1929 again and we are jumping out of windows
                 Re: Apple Venus Computer
              a stereolaboratory in your ear
                       Nonsuch Book
          XTC/Sgt. Pepper Suggestion for topics
                 The Fab Two ride..again?
                     bitten or beaten
                          Stuff

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Message-Id: <200001260148.UAA21777@nantucket.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 20:46:30 -0800
Subject: Erica vs. Marianne
From: "Diamond" <arnos@nantucket.net>

>Furthermore, it's no secret that Erica Wexler
>appeared, dressed in tricouleur and Phrygian cap,

I think I remember him saying in Song Stories that Then SHe Appeared was
actually about Marianne.
____________________________________________________________________________
"She thinks she's Edith Head,
But you might know she's not
the accent in her speach
she didn't have growing up."
        -John Flansburgh/They Might be Giants

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Message-ID: <4782AD6ADDBDD2119B570008C75DD5C1BD4785@mgmtm02.parliament.uk>
From: Lawson Dominic <LawsonD@parliament.uk>
Subject: Diamond On The Sole Of My Shoe
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 12:58:47 -0000

>>Dom, methinks you need to spend less time in front of the computer
typing these messages. Egad, that was the longest post I've ever seen! How
many cups of coffee did you have to slug down to finish that sucker up?

Coffee? What am I, some kind of pussy? I was injecting crack into my eyeball
for a good two hours before I even considered writing that one.....

(Oh yeah, and here's my suggestion for the post-AV2 album title...."Cooling
Keg"....no? Well bloody sod you then.)

Dom.

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Message-ID: <003b01bf681f$2b40b8c0$4810bed4@cd09>
From: "Alan Welby" <Alan.Welby@village.uunet.be>
Subject: White Horse Hill
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 18:02:08 +0100

>As a local, could you perhaps fill me in on its significance?(the Uffington
Horse, BTW, for those who didn't >know, is the symbol on the cover of
English Settlement; it's etched in a
>hillside near Swindon)

Christopher R. Coolidge asked about the White Horse Hill.

Having grown up in the Vale of White Horse and spent two years taking groups
of twinners and dignitaries up to the top (not so much fun in mid winter!)
when I was European Officer for the Vale District Council, I was constantly
asked of its significance.

In short, nobody knows.

There have been many theories banded about, among them:

Ancient pagan symbol to celebrate a "horse" god.

A massive road sign - the White horse lies near the venerable Ridgeway
path - the Horse was to guide travellers to the ridgeway from miles around.

Cut by King Alfred the Great after defeating the Vikings at the near-by
battlefield of Ashbury (Alfred being a local lad - born in Wantage).

The horse is not actually a horse - more a Dragon. Uffington is another
supposed location where St George slew the Dragon. Just below the chalk
carving is the strange, flat topped "Dragon Hill" which has chalk markings
on the top and running down the side. According to legend, this is where the
blood of the dragon spilt and no grass has been able to grow since. The
Dragon was carved to commemorate the slaying.

An ancient work of art.

Take your pick to which theory you fancy.

There are number of other White Horses (especially over the county border in
Wiltshire) - but the Uffington White Horse is regarded as the oldest and
most mysterious. If travelling to Swindon, I would advise a quick sortie out
to Uffington (taking in the excellent pub and octagonal church spire) where
nestling alongside the carving is the remains of an Ancient British hillfort
and Waylands Smithy (a burial chamber).
Go in Summer tho', even on a calm day the wind is bracing.

As to it's significance? - well, personally, it is the symbol of who I am
and where I come from, rather like the Eiffel Tower for Parisians. I always
felt that the Horse watched over me as I grew up and still does even though
I have now left the Vale.

Alan Welby

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From: Hbsherwood@aol.com
Message-ID: <4e.ed0f30.25c084c7@aol.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 12:11:35 EST
Subject: Gotcha

Folks:

Rented the not-particularly-prepossessing flick, "Still Crazy," to watch in
cozy flannel cocoon with Sniffy Kathy while the Storm of the Millennium raged
its way up the Yeast Coast last night. "Ho hum" was the general reaction
among the assembled audience: the fillum was a messy collection of unresolved
subplots and barefaced manipulativeness. A bit of disappointing coasting
coming from the pen of Ian La Frenais, who gave us the infinitely more
appealing (though still manipulative) "The Commitments" some years ago.

But the reason I even bring it up is that as we were yawning our way through
the closing credits, a name popped up that rang a bell: Listed as
Co-Associate Producer was former XTC manager Tarquin Gotch.

This is not the guy Not Discussed in the Song Story of "I Bought Myself a
Liarbird"; that's Ian Reid. Gotch managed XTC during the Oranges & Lemons
period. Besides guiding them through their legal dealings with Reid, his most
notable contribution to XTC history is in nearly persuading Andy Partridge to
play gigs again during the Oranges and Lemons promotional effort. From
"Chalkhills and Children":

   Tarquin...came up with a plan that had to be admired for its
   underhandedness. Since Andy was unwilling to play live, but
   Colin and Dave were, he cooked up a story whereby he persuaded
   Colin and Dave to say they had agreed to team up with Thomas
   Dolby and tour America as XTC. With Thomas Dolby fronting
   they would play an assortment of "Oranges and Lemons" material,
   Colin's songs and Dolby's songs. Tarquin phoned Andy ostensibly
   to get his blessing for the tour.

   When Andy heard that Thomas Dolby would effectively be taking
   his place for the duration of this mythical tour, he seemed
   genuinely upset. "Couldn't I just play on a couple of songs?"
   he asked. "Of course you can, you fool," said Tarquin. "You can
   play on the whole bloody tour if you like!"

   While Andy was seriously considering taking part, he discovered
   that the Thomas Dolby collaboration was a complete fabrication and
   changed his mind--none too amused that he had been so easily
   tricked.

Since we know now that Andy does indeed surf the Web, perhaps someone with
The Ear might like to point out to him--perhaps in an artfully worded
e-mail--that the word "gullible" does not appear in the MSIE spell-check
dictionary...?

Harrison "And it suggests "Doubly" for "Dolby" Sherwood

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Message-ID: <20000126182141.99298.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "Hank Tomczak" <htomczak@hotmail.com>
Subject: re: those Drunken Jam Sessions
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 10:21:41 PST

These are excellent -thanks

You're a good man Demon Brown!

Hank

>   Out of the goodness of my heart, I've put
>   up a page where XTC zealots can grab hold
>   of those lengendary "Drunken Jam Sessions."
>   Ya know... supposedly during the Black Sea
>   sessions they got a little tipsy and started
>   doing some major wanking. Well.. here it is!
>
>   Sir Demon Brown

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Message-ID: <007401bf6841$3e891f40$1d13893e@atidy>
From: "Adrian Ransome" <ade@ruhruh.freeserve.co.uk>
Subject: This is Pop?
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 21:06:03 -0000

Nice argument about the state of today's pop music charts. Can I add my
tuppence ha'penny worth? Do you care?

The overwhelming impression I get from today's pop is how safe & bland it is.
I mean, even the Beatles were deemed 'dangerous' because the length of their
hair was past their shirt collars. We've had punk (shock your parents with a
safety pin through your nose), new romanticism (shock your parents by looking
like a girl, unless you _are_ a girl then you shock 'em by singing like the
girls from the Human League), grunge (shock your parents by blowing your head
off with a shotgun in a drugged-out manic depressive fit), goth (shock your
parents by looking like a total twat, sorry, Marilyn "grr! I'm scary, me"
Manson). What do we have now? Shock your parents by looking like Steps? Come
On Kids, (TM) Where's the teenage rebellion of yesteryear? Ou est le rebellion
teenage d'antan?

A message to the incredibly talented Mr Harrison Sherwood; can you type your
next essay a bit slower so I can keep up?

Oh and thanks to the lovely Mr David Oh, whose epiphany the other day caused
Mambo No.5 to rattle around my head all f*cking day at work!

Adrian "Oi! TEENAGE GIRLIES!! RIOT!! NOW!!!" Ransome

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From: "Mark Strijbos" <mmello@knoware.nl>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 23:34:53 +0100
Subject: Please Release Me
Message-Id: <20000126223233.518C3A6CE2@mail.knoware.nl>

Dear Chalkers,

You know, it's a funny thing... life, i mean.
As the oldies like me know life's a bitch and then you die, but on the
other hand there's always XTC.

Sorry about that ramble... more pressing matters at hand!

> > This item [AV2] will be released on 3 April, 2000

More info: Esprit Int. now takes pre-orders for Apple Venus Vol.2,
Japanese ltd. edition with a "de-luxe booklet" (???).
They say the japanese release date is "late March"

So the April 3 date suddenly looks more likely.

If i remember correctly, Pony Canyon agreed to pay a nice advance
to cover the cost of recording sesions etc. in return for the right to
release everything a week before Europe (to cut out "gray" imports)
_and_ the rights to do something "special" with every cd, like the
2-cd Homespun version or the extra booklet with AV1.

April 3? That's just over 2 months from now.. bloody hell!

A related but more interesting question was asked by "newbie"
Digitalmaster (welcome btw)

> What I want to know is this:  Are the recordings going to contain
> anything from Dave?

Well, he did record quite a lot of material... here's a complete list,
taken from the "Still To Surface" section of the DG Discography
at http://www.guitargonauts.com

In Another Life - piano
Some Lovely(My Brown Guitar) - 3 guitars
Playground - 3 guitars, 6-string bass
Stupidly Happy - guitar
The Wheel And The Maypole - guitar
Wounded Horse - 6-string bass
You And The Clouds Will Still Be Beautiful - guitar, synths

But ( a very big but in this case...), like DG himself says:
"in all likelihood these tracks will be erased prior to release..."

In my humble and honest opinion and for what it's worth this would
be an extremely petty and silly thing to do, and only add a little
insult to injuries already sustained.
But i fear the worst.. please prove me wrong Andy!

yours in xtc,

Mark Strijbos at The Little Lighthouse
 http://www.knoware.nl/users/mmello/
     or http://come.to/xtc

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Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 15:30:44 -0800 (PST)
From: Stephen Mahoney <stephenm@nethost.multnomah.lib.or.us>
Subject: Re: Sgt Pepper
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.10.10001261523350.7303-100000@nethost.multnomah.lib.or.us>

sgt peppers is to the beatles
as skylarking is to xtc.

very easy question. the way I see it its a matter
of an entire album with a continuity and almost overproduced
and no album fits that discription for me as does skylarking

of course I think of the kinks when I think of xtc
more than the fab four.

how about
a comparison between
a kinks album and xtc?

******************************************************************************
computers are useless
they can only give you answers.
-picasso
#####################################%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%##########################

stephen mahoney
Multnomah County Library at Rockwood branch clerk

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From: WESnLES@aol.com
Message-ID: <6a.5af221.25c0db8c@aol.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 18:21:48 EST
Subject: AOL not Andy On Line!

Fellow Chalkgeeks,

Jon Rosenberger's dream: (Jon Dreams)

That, Jon, was a helluva dream.  Still, although it's amazing that you
recalled it in such vivid detail, the most amazing thing was this:
"Andy says hardly a word."  The rest of it is completely believable.

Regarding (the song) Playground:

I wrote: I told Andy last year that I thought it was one of the best
songs he's written.  Later I realized that this wasn't the song, it
was The Wheel & The Maypole.  (I've argued with everyone else on the
list, may as well argue with myself)

Brian Matthews scribbled:
Explaining, or TRYING to explain to anyone else why you like something
may end up being futile, as it can never get past the subjectiveness of
it all.

Well said, but I still contend that what I like is good and the rest
of you have bad taste.  Oh, and the Beach Boys were a better band than
Oingo Boingo.  But how were you to know these things Brian, your Only
A Lad.

Kevin Diamond typed (regarding singing along w/XTC):
every now and then, I hit the perfect note, and It feels like I'm
singing WITH andy partidge. Man, I need a life.

Hey, Diamond K, I do it too.  We all need a life. (there's strength in
numbers)

Patrick M Adamek blurted out:
we in Alaska call the lower 48 the "outside"

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  Newbie.

Steven Paul sayeth:
I would have to say that Chips from the Chocolate Fireball is XTC's Sgt.
Peppers because of the change from the standard fare. The Dukes of
Stratosphere were alter egos of the band members and the music was a whole
"something completely different."

Well, it was a compilation of two different Dukes releases, both of
which were tongue in cheek stabs at recreating the music the lads grew
up on (read Beatles, to a large extent) Still, I like the thought and
must say: DUKE ON BABY!!!!

As for those of you intent on thinking Andy is jumpin' online, here's an
excerpt from an interview I did with him last year:

NERVOUS (but not vomiting) ME:
"I guess you're familiar with the Chalkhills website?"

ANDY:
"Well, I know of it.  I don't ever log on to any of those things, well
A; I'm not on the Internet, and B; it gives me the willies, all those
sort of things.

ME: (laughing, not vomiting)
"Why is that?" (damn I've got a way with words!)

SIR P:
"Well you get people there praising you to the skies, which I personally
don't need.  Or you get people saying goofy things, like I was the one who
shot John Lennon, it wasn't Mark Chapman it was me.  That freaked me right
out.  Or they get on there (the Internet) and they set themselves up as
judge and jury and they proceed to hack your life about, and your works
about.  Talk about the misinformation highway, they get everything
wrong. They say, this album's pathetic, or that album's great.  Really,
we're talking about their lives not ours, that's what it's about.  It's
the worlds most electric cocktail party.  It's pretty pointless."

Uhhhhh...that about sum it up?  Strange though, that the same man that made
the statement above once sang: I believe the printed word is more than
sacred.

wesLONG @ Optimsim's Flames:
http://members.tripod.com/~The_Last_Balloon/index.html
(shload of XTCrap)

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Message-Id: <s88f251b.071@groupwise1.duc.auburn.edu>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 16:46:55 -0600
From: "Robert Kulick" <kulicro@auburn.edu>
Subject: Re: Orange and Lemon

So I have a question or rather an observation...since the last few albums,
from Skylarking forward, have all had a song lyric which foretold the title
of the next album, why have the Swindon boys broken from that pattern with
Apple Venus Volume 2? I mean Chocolate Nipple Brown would be a perfectly
acceptable album title, don't you think? Just a comment...guess I need to
get a life.

Rob

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From: JStrole@aol.com
Message-ID: <c4.ccb3da.25c113c8@aol.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 22:21:44 EST
Subject: It's 1929 again and we are jumping out of windows

<<Yes, it's official: Time-Warner has proven yet again that the pirate spirit
of good Old Father Monopoly hisself, John D. Rockefeller, is alive and
kicking (heads).>>

Dunks, thanks for pointing this out.  "Why is this important?" You may ask
as XTC fans.  Well, XTC have the distinction of being on an independent
record label.  You will begin to notice at your local record store, that
independent labels will be harder to find.  You have already noticed that
there are fewer independent record store (i.e. Mom & Pop stores).  After
all HMV & Tower have everything, right?  Already, the company I work for is
now absorbing an 80% return rate-80%.  It will only get worse as these four
major labels decide how you will buy your recordings over the internet.
Which is precisely why they throw fodder like these boy & girl bands at us.
Simple, disposable, who needs a record cover, just down load it on to you
MP3 player and when you're sick of it, put someone else on.  You see this
is leading somewhere isn't it.  I'm sorry if this sounds paranoid, "but
I've already been poisoned by this industry."

Harry

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Message-Id: <v0422080db4b4a2c039a6@[130.34.66.10]>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 07:48:25 -0600
From: Olof Hellman <hellman@ksan.ms.nwu.edu>
Subject: Re: Apple Venus Computer

Dunks, in a major loss of mental capacity, wrote:

>Steve Jobs, head of the once-proud Apple Corporation (now a subsidiary of
>Microsoft Global Domination Inc.) has just been given his own private Gulf
>Stream jet by the grateful Apple board of directors, in recognition of his
>services (to competition, no doubt). In accepting this obscene gratuity,
>Jobs proves yet again that standing up and being counted is nowhere near as
>rewarding as bending over and taking it up the bum - especially when Bill
>Gates is standing behind you.

Apple bashing was fashionable two or three years ago when the stock
was cheap.  Since Apple stock has appreciated ninefold, Apple-bashers
are just considered Rod Stewarts (last year's trash).

Microsoft owns about 5 percent of Apple, and has made a pretax paper
profit of $US 900 million since purchasing a small piece of the
company 2 1/2 years ago.  Meanwhile Apple's market cap is up by about
18 Billion.  If you think that's "taking it up the bum", then yours
must be a fairly green posterior.

Steve Jobs has headed Apple's turnaround but hasn't accepted a penny
of compensation until the 100 million Gulf Stream and some stock
options:  from the Apple investor's point of view, this is a bargain.

I'd like to nominate someone else for the major arsehole hat, but I
won't name names.

Meanwhile, after listening to Homespun for the first time, I'm
finding more and more to like about Apple Venus I .  Andy's
explanation of Easter Theatre and multiuse of words like  "earthy" to
describe the buildup don't really make sense to me listening to only
the fully-produced version.  But hearing the raw demo version really
helps me hear what he's talking about.  I'd love to see more demos
released like this.

I also love the artwork on Homespun.  Reminds me of the art for the
12 inch Mayor of Simpleton EP: both reflect the concept of the
artwork of the original, but with a different execution.  Very nice
packaging, folks.

- Olof

Olof Hellman
Northwestern University,  Dept. Materials Science & Engineering
2225 N. Campus Drive,  Evanston, IL 60208
Tel: (847) 491-5883,  Fax: (847) 467-2269

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Message-ID: <20000127112133.17566.qmail@web1106.mail.yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 03:21:33 -0800 (PST)
From: hans strmberg <hojs64@yahoo.com>
Subject: a stereolaboratory in your ear

In #6-15 Lemon writes about The High Lamas:
>>I love them. Anyone here who likes Brian Wilson and
AV1 should go and listen. Their latest, "Snowbug" is a
masterpiece, as are "Hawaii", "Gideon Gaye" and "Cold
and Bouncy". Then you'll love them and while you're
there, just go and buy every Stereolab album you can
get
(they're friends of the Llamas)<<
Unfortunately I haven't heard the Lamas. But, I would
like to recommend Stereolabs latest cd, "Cobra and
phases group play voltage in the milky night". I've
been listening to it for a couple of weeks and it's a
magnificent piece of music. And it beats the other
lab-ulms, though most of them are also well worth
listening to. Very melodic, jazzy, modern, space-like,
moog-ish and with lots of that harmonic vocals from
Laetitia and Mary. Wonderful! And if you give the disc
a chance - give it some extra time before you make a
judgement (some may at this cobra phase label
Stereolab as a rather difficult band); but it takes
some to get some.
Sorry, no xtc content.
Lurk-mode: on.

Peace and love,
Hans

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Message-ID: <000501bf68e6$b37acec0$2c4d883e@pbncomputer>
From: "chris browning" <chris@boodle.fsnet.co.uk>
Subject: Nonsuch Book
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 16:20:11 -0000

hello people

i don't know if anyone is interested, but in my unemployed perambulatiosn
aroudn nottingham i stumbled across a book called "a history of nonsuch"
with the familiar picture of the palace adorning a rather battered hard back
book. i thought it was a bit too vague a conection to spend a fiver i
haven't got on, but if anyoen out there really wants to be ludicrously
completist i can go and get more info on it for you. hate to think it will
end up in the second hand book shop gathering dust rather than going to a
good home.

get in touch if anyone's interested

chris

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Message-ID: <000701bf68e6$83394ac0$336e0718@galatn1.tn.home.com>
From: "Fricon Entertainment" <fricon@home.com>
Subject: XTC/Sgt. Pepper Suggestion for topics
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 10:49:43 -0600

******No direct e-mail responses please I am writing from work!!!*****

Dear Chalk-o-lites,

Yes we have all talked on and on about which "album" is XTC's Sgt. Pepper,
but here is a twist.

Instead of taking a whole album, i.e. "Black Sea" or "English Settlement"
why not take individual songs from their entire catalog and match them in
the same running order as Sgt.P. in order to most closely match that album.

01. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
02. With A Little Help From My Friends
03. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
04. Getting Better
05. Fixing A Hole
06. She's Leaving Home
07. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
08. Within You Without You
09. When I'm Sixty-Four
10. Lovely Rita
11. Good Morning Good Morning
12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
13. A Day In The Life

Which XTC songs match most closely, be it musically or lyrically, tempo,
mood, whatever to the above songs? Please keep a bare minimum of Dukes
songs. I don't mean it should sound like it just came from the sixties. I am
sure you catch my drift.

This is a thinker. Try to think of the whole flow at the same time. If
tracks segue into eachother on Sgt. Pepper, try to select songs that would
sound good segued as well for their XTC counterparts.

I would like to make a mix tape of XTC in the style of Sgt. Pepper and I am
going to try this as well. I would love to hear everyones take her on the
list.

******No direct e-mail responses please I am writing from work!!!*****

Love to all
Sky Larker

******No direct e-mail responses please I am writing from work!!!*****

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Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 11:40:02 -0800 (PST)
Message-Id: <200001271940.LAA00166@mail2.deltanet.com>
From: Brown <mb2@deltanet.com>
Subject: The Fab Two ride..again?

...You guys smell that?  Turns out that peculiar odor is the 'fictional
reunion' of John and Paul coming to VH1 on February 1...and here I was
thinking that phoney beatlemania had beaten the dust...but not quite....
This film promises to be a hoot so set your VCR's to stun, Chalkers!

On an XTC note...a while back I read an interview with Andy where he
mentioned somehting about a screenplay titled, '25 O'Clock'(?)  I believe
Andy said it was penned by a friend of his and it was to be a sort of
'Yellow Sub' flavored romp.  I would just love to get a hold of a copy,
provided one exists.  Does anyone out there know about this screenplay?
Please share any info...thanks!

Back to the shadows,

Debora Brown

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Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 12:01:22 -0800 (PST)
Message-Id: <200001272001.MAA08689@mail2.deltanet.com>
From: Brown <mb2@deltanet.com>
Subject: bitten or beaten

 ... my last post included this error,  "and here I was thinking that phoney
beatlemania had BEATEN the dust"  Well dear friends, my sweet son who was
standing behind me said, "mom, didn't you want to say bitten?"...To which I
replied, "yes my pet, but your mother is obviously senile and can't be
trusted to do the simplest of tasks..." ...Then my darling offered to push
me in my wheelchair out on to the porch so I could get some sun...such a
devoted boy!

Here I go, red face and all,

Debora 'mad cow' Brown

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Message-ID: <20000127211752.54243.qmail@hotmail.com>
From: "Andrew Gowans" <ratwhacker@hotmail.com>
Subject: Stuff
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2000 08:17:52 EST

Greetings,

Various bits of XTC stuff this morning. Yesterday I received Homespun in the
mail...at last ! It's been the longest 4 weeks since I ordered it. So there
I was, ensconced in my sconce - wash-up sponge in hand, listening away.
Truthfully, after reading some of the conflicting reports on this CD I was
in two minds on what I would think. My first time through is favourable and
I shall digest this work over the next few days. It has not has as immediate
an effect as AV1, but this probably more because I am familiar with the AV1
versions. As with most reports from fellow Chalkhilliers, I dig the CD
"liner notes" on the birth of the songs. I am currently ripping the CD to
MP3 on my work PC, to add to the growing database of XTC stuff, including
the giftings from the kind, considerate and all-round-good-guy Sir Demon
Brown. Ta !

I admit to being a little doubtful of the reports of XTC-related dreams.
Well, my dreams are never lucid, sort of like my conversation, so for me to
experience a virtual reality in a dream is as rare as a very rare thing that
has been, sorrowfully, misplaced. I had an XTC-realted dream lastnight,
perhaps we should refer to these as X.R.D. Phenomena, but not lucid...no.

I was in Sydney and for some reason so were Andy and Colin, I believe they
were doing a promo visit for the release of AV2. I was wandering the streets
trying to find the record store where they were to appear, but I couldn't
find any record stores. The city was a strange amalgam of Sydney as it is,
as it was at various times in my youth, other places I have lived or worked
and a bit of London too. I was lost (what's new !). **The CD rip has
finished, now shall I listen to it in isolation or put into the XTC random
selection ?** Seeing as I couldn't find the record stores, any of them, I
set out to find a guitar store on the basis that no guitar player can resist
finding one and browsing. I managed to find one in Sussex St, where Guitar
City used to be, but it wasn't, it was this litle store that was in Manly
for about 2 years and disappeared sometime in the early 80's. Also Sussex St
looked more like the Rocks. I was surprised to notice that there was another
one next door, it was the one in London where I bought my Ricky 12 more than
a decade ago. I was further surprised to see that the whole street was full
of guitar stores. Paydirt ! The store windows were full of some the
strangest-looking guitars I have ever seen, all of them some odd
Disastercaster. I walked into the first, but it was no longer a guitar
store, it was now a badly under-stocked ladies' frock shop that was being
run by a girl I worked with almost 20 years ago. Making small-talk, none of
which I remember (just like in real life), I glanced out the rear window to
see the top of Colin's head bob past. Excuse-me's made I exited to be
swallowed-up by the crowd outside, most of whom seemed to be old
acquaintences in various states of intoxication. The city had changed whilst
I was in the shop, it now stopped on the side of the road where the guitar
stores were and beyond were green fields, rolling hills, parklands, cricket
pitches, and behind them Central Station. The crowd was rolling towards the
nearest cricket pitch, where I found the Manager of my work's Computer
Operations running a firefighter training course, pushing people down an
emergency evacuation tube, like you find in film of aircraft accidents. I
didn't want to go and, fortunately, my alarm intervened. Yawn !

That's all folks, I need another coffee.

Andrew Gowans

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