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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 7, Number 7

                 Sunday, 4 February 2001

Topics:

                      Tissue Tigers
                   Dear God's placement
                     Re: Somnambulist
                    dubya wanna dance?
                           rut
                        ReNewell!
         President Kill Again and Again and Again
            Trainspotting: the Uffington Horse
                  re: Skylarking & Dukes
            Dear God ,where does this belong?
               A request (very little XTC)
                   Weird XTC Connection
                 Wonderland=Quiet Storm?
                      Expanded Discs
                 wrestling lemurs fannies
                 miscellaneous ramblings
                    Re: Horsing Around
                       random notes
                 flogging a wounded horse
                      XTC as a cure?
                  XTC MOBILE RING TONES
                   A Most Unusual Nigel
                  Armstrong and Miller?
                     Come on, chuffy
                      Alaskan crisis
                       uhhh, SORRY.

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Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 22:45:15 +0100
From: "Mark Strijbos" <mmello@knoware.nl>
Subject: Tissue Tigers
Message-ID: <20010128213621.7A7F23918F@mail.knoware.nl>

Dear Chalkers,

somebody axed:

> If the members of XTC had a fistfight, who would win and why?
If we assume that all previous members qualify (not much of a
contest otherwise) there can only be one answer: Terry.
If you wonder why just look at those arms for Pete's sake!

For those who still care:
Terry C. and family are still alive & kicking 'down under'. Undaunted
by their dad's experiences in showbizniz his son Kai (drums) and
daughter Corie (bass) are both trying for a career in music.

PS; just spent a lovely Sunday afternoon chinwagging with fellow
Chalkie Lurking Wolf. Much XTC was heard and seen, we had a
great time watching some of the sillier video stuff like the Mole From
The Ministry and the O&L Puppet Show. i even let him touch my
Science Friction 7" single without surgical gloves or anything!

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: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 09:01:30 +1030
From: "Van Abbe, Dominic" <dominic.vanabbe@au.faulding.com>
Subject: Dear God's placement
Message-ID: <45C458C0C9C7D2119F790000F87A42A40269C701@s-mulgrave6.faulding.com.au>

Hi folx,

The inestimable Mole From The Ministry wrote:

>So I wondered if anyone knew where Todd Rundgren originally planned to
place Dear God when he planned out the album before XTC came over to
the states to record it. In Chalkhills Children, Twomey relates that
Todd had the whole thing planned and they started recording the songs
"in the order that Todd, had laid them out"<

I have a CDR (nee tape) which has "Skylarking in Progress" sessions, which
are presumably "Board mixes" from the Skylarking sessions.  The songs have
guide vocals, guitar bits that didn't make the final mixdown, songs started
but never completed etc. etc.

The "in-process" version of "Dear God" has the "tick-tock" from the start of
"Dying" already on it, so my guess is The Runt had it sequenced as it
appears on the US Skylarking issues (i.e. immediately prior to, and seguing
into, "Dying").

Cheers all,
Dom

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Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 22:00:48 -0500
From: Sylvan <psiogen@mindspring.com>
Subject: Re: Somnambulist
Message-ID: <3A74DCE1.42DB5A0C@mindspring.com>
Organization: psiogen@mindspring.com

> In a message dated 1/25/01 11:12:48 PM Pacific Standard Time, Sylvan
> writes:
> > Black Sea: Cut out Somnambulist and and Smokeless Zone.
>
> let me tell you why this hurts me... this was the first song which
> caused me to actually look up the title in a dictionary cuz i had NO
> idea what the heck it meant, and then i decided that it was musically a
> perfect description of the word, which i think is great. sure you can't
> rock out to it and might not even be entertained by it, but i think it
> has merits as well, for which i am so glad i heard it. the merits being
> a really big word as the subject and a "somnabulistic" musical
> background. :)

Let me clarify: I like Somnabulist and wouldn't want to see it dropped in
the void. I just think it doesn't belong on Black Sea, which is why <gasp>
Andy & co. left it off of the original album. It would be a wonderful
addition to the Virgin boxed set but I hope they leave it off the Black
Sea remaster. The same goes for my other suggested cuts.
--
Sylvan
Three lefts make a right.

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Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 20:20:29 -0800 (PST)
From: nross <PhoenixYellowRose@rocketmail.com>
Subject: dubya wanna dance?
Message-ID: <20010129042029.19099.qmail@web2901.mail.yahoo.com>

Too many responses for me to crunch in here, so I'll just refer to
names (my email thing would make me go copy... copy.... copy or delete
delete delete, and its 10:46 and I'm sleepy, so :-)

I heard Baltimore won, eh?

Anyways, quickly... and away we go:

Andrew:

Whilst writing away at midnight, I actually didn't recall your post on
dubya and the death penalty, etc... I really was just listening to O &
L and the song just irritated me to bits! To interject (?) a political
opinion...  I find it highly hypocritical that a great many
"anti-abortioners" are also pro-death penalty. It was a good post, now
that you mentioned it.

Carrie:

I don't think I look like Andy, though :-). However, his face is so
very  well put together, I think he may have made a very pretty girl,
eh? Lets put some long red locks on him and some lip gloss, too.

Oh, well... that wouldn't do it for me. ;-) Yeah... his face really
does match the music. So does that little sneer he made in some of
those younger pictures, sarcastic look in his eyes.

Rory:  my lyrics will be SOOOO off, I know... but they are near enough
to get where my comments were coming from:

"Ain't democracy wonderful, them Russians can't win/ Ain't democracy
wonderful, lets elect someone like that in" (for a stronger argument, I
should have looked up the lyrics, I know).

Anyways... them there lyrics evoke (to me) a North American - type
gov't situation. US vs. Russia... democracy... which leads me to:

ED K.: (I believe)

You posted that you thought Andy was refering to no one in particular,
and the song was more along general lines, eh? Right?

Okay, I'll take that. But, I am still annoyed and in fact insulted by
the lyrics. If Andy were(was? oh ye gads) being general, then he was
mocking American Democracy and those who partake in it, right? So
then... the insult goes to me... a happy little American who votes and
votes happily and who really does think democracy is wonderful. It is.
Even if a "majority" elects a not-so-wonderful president, he/she will
only last 4 years (or if people are really stupid - 8). But its the
CHOICE, that is great. And I hate it if that choice gets insulted. But
if both major choices suck, what are we to do? Run for president, of
course... oh yeah, but if McCain doesn't get his way... few
"representative americans" could afford to run... and who would want
his/her private life smashed open for all to step on? But still... its
a choice and choice is good and no one comes at us with guns or chops
off our limbs because we don't support the gov't.

But... I have not yet bought the Song Stories book... so I dunno what
he really meant by the song. All the above is just my interpretation.
If I am wrong, I'll do a recount - so to speak.

I must stop now... my arguments are kinda squishy like my brain at the
moment. Ye gads.

-Nicole

=====
Nicole's internet music station:
http://radio.sonicnet.com/mymusiclisten.asp?name=phoenixyellowrose

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Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 08:19:01 +0000
From: John Peacock <johndrewp@zoo.co.uk>
Subject: rut
Message-ID: <3A752774.B92C4B0@zoo.co.uk>
Organization: The Nice Organization

> Ryan Anthony said:
>
> Yes, I'm in a rut. But it's a good rut.

If you're in a rut, you've got to get out of it

Out of it, out of it, out of it, out of it

(Little punk joke)

> Mark Strijbos said:
>
> [P]erhaps one of our Swindon locals could explain whether [the Uffington
> White Horse] really belongs in Oxfordshire or has moved there due to the
> arbitrary reshuffling of county borders over the many years.

This is a tin can. It has "Finest Worms! Watch Them Wriggle!" written on the
side.

Do you want to use that can opener, Mr S?

These are allegiances that go back several thousand years.

I think the short answer to your question is "Yes".

John

--
Obligatory self-promotion thing:
http://website.lineone.net/~grangousier/home.html
http://www.mp3.com/peacock

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Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 07:38:03 -0500
From: mitch friedman <mitchf@mindspring.com>
Subject: ReNewell!
Message-ID: <v03007800b69b135a5999@[165.247.24.62]>

Hi,

I'd like to take this moment to completely agree with Paul Wilkinson and
urge you to purchase a copy of "ReNewell"; the Martin Newell tribute cd.
The collection of songs is excellent, the cover versions are varied and
surprising and the sound quality is superb.

Yes, Dave Gregory contributes and he sounds positively fantastic . . .
Yes, R. Stevie Moore does a wonderful cover and he is no doubt a musical
genius with hundreds of amazing original songs to his credit (I should
know, I've been a fan for 15 years and own about 60 of his tapes/cds)
. . . and yes I contribute a cover as well and I think it will amuse
you. Check out www.renewell.net and read Martin's comments about all the
tracks if you're more curious.

Last but not least, the money goes to a worthy cause and for that reason
alone it's worth nabbing a copy.

Thanks,
Mitch

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Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 10:12:39 -0500 (EST)
From: Harry Strole <hjstrole@earthlink.net>
Subject: President Kill Again and Again and Again
Message-ID: <381724189.980781160440.JavaMail.root@web537-wrb.mail.com>

Yet another view on "President Kill Again" would be; what difference is
there between the "democracies" of the west and the communist eastern block
of the Cold War era.

What I believe Andy was getting at was that countries such as The US or
England who prided themselves in their democratic rhetoric were almost as
oppressive as the communist dictatorships.  The democracy that was preached
by the poloticians was basically a ruse to keep them in power and in a job.

As George W. Bush starts his second week in office it should be noted that
the election reform he is looking into deals with camaign finance, not the
electorial college, which, for those not in the US, is the means by which
someone without a majority of popular vote can become President of The US.
It's an archaic system originally intended to make states stronger, but now
seems to work for the rich.

Harry

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Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 09:35:25 -0800 (PST)
From: Tyler Hewitt <tahewitt@yahoo.com>
Subject: Trainspotting: the Uffington Horse
Message-ID: <20010129173525.12531.qmail@web2103.mail.yahoo.com>

I was at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago
this weekend and bought an interesting book in the
museum store.
It's called The Postcard Century, and it's basically
reproductions of 2000 postcards arranged
chronologically. The messages on the backs of the
cards are reproduced as well, providing sort of a
personal history of the 20th century. Pretty neat
idea, actually.
Anyways, I was skimming through the book randomly last
night, and came across a postcard of the White Horse
of Ufington. The postcard is dated 1973, and here's
the text that accompanys the card (the actual writing
from the card is in quotations):

 Jeanette & Brian to Mrs. D. in Catford,"Just a small
card mainly to ask you if you could dispose of some
sausages that we forgot about. They are in the
cupboard under the sink in a dish... I fear they will
rot away if they aren't removed." The White Horse of
Uffington is the finest (and oldest?) of Britain's
hill carvings. Picasso had helped reveal how
magnificently drawn it was.

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Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 10:39:14 -0800
From: "Thomas and Karen Long" <tlong1@telus.net>
Subject: re: Skylarking & Dukes
Message-ID: <000c01c08a22$c7a87100$3389e8d8@bc.hsia.telus.net>

>From: Hbsherwood@aol.com
>Subject: Capital Concentrates Upward, Says Pinko Commie Malcontent!

>Now this would appear to imply that Another Satellite *replaced* Dear God
>in the running order, but that's not necessarily so--they could have
>shifted other songs around as well. And it doesn't make sense
>thematically to have Another Satellite follow Mermaid Smiled. I'm
>guessing, here, based on my interpretation of Rundgren's "Day Passes"
>concept, that the original running order was:

>Earn Enough for Us
>Big Day
>Mermaid Smiled
>Dear God
>The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
>Dying
>Sacrificial Bonfire

>But that's just a guess. Anybody else have anything more reliable?

From Farmer's Song Stories it mentions that Todd saw "Let's Make A Den" as
a candidate, but that Todd wanted changes in the arrangement to the point
where Andy threatened to quit the entire project. I'd love to hear what
WAS recorded before they actually binned it.

>From: MinerWerks <dminer@gte.net>
>Subject: More on the definitive album set

>As for the Dukes, sadly there are no bonus tracks. There have never
>been any widely released Dukes demos, and no non-album B-sides. I'd
>just like to see the artwork for both 25 O'Clock AND Psonic Psunspot
>represented in a reissue. Maybe some bonus liner notes on the whole
>experience? Maybe some demos or sessions from the vaults in this one
>case? Like I keep saying though, they'll probably save those for the
>box set.

Wasn't Andy's Hello Selection track "It's Snowing Angels", billed as a Dukes
tune?
thomas, and what of it?

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Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 20:28:00 EST
From: OMBEAN1@aol.com
Subject: Dear God ,where does this belong?
Message-ID: <d0.10cf4087.27a772a0@aol.com>

Yo,
 Harrison asks----
>So I wondered if anyone knew where Todd Rundgren originally planned to
>place Dear God when he planned out the album before XTC came over to
>the states to record it. In Chalkhills Children, Twomey relates that
>Todd had the whole thing planned and they started recording the songs
>"in the order that Todd, had laid them out" Anyone know what the
>original order was?
 And I answer------ Page 192 in Song Stories. In describing 1000 Umbrellas,
Dave says " Todd had only heard the demo with acoustic guitars and he had put
"Dear God" in that slot on the album. The string arrangement ,which took for
ages, with Andys help persuaded him to record it."  Now you know the
rest.....of the story. Goood Day.  Roger
np--The Fine Art of Surfacing . Boomtown Rats. What a great friggin'
album!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Oh on a night like this ,I deserve to get kissed at least once or twice"

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Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 06:52:16 -0500
From: "Todd and Jennifer Bernhardt" <toddjenn@erols.com>
Subject: A request (very little XTC)
Message-ID: <NABBKDAOLCDJBNEFDNLLIEAFCGAA.toddjenn@erols.com>

Hi:

A friend of mine at work is putting together a mongo-compilation of music
from the '80s and '90s, and was asking me if I knew anyone with an
insanely huge music collection who'd be willing to help him with this
task. Naturally, I thought of you obsessive folks ... so, anyone out there
who'd like to help out? If so, please reply to me at
todd.bernhardt@enterworks.com (my work address, where by necessity I tend
to check the in-box a bit more often than at home).

On an obliquely XTC-related note, I saw a commercial the other day that
featured Steve Gottlieb, president of TVT Records, in which the
hard-charging music exec (avec ponytail, cell phone, laptop, and other
obligatory tools of the trade) was shown going about his busy day,
fighting for his business, his artists, and ... wait for it ... his stock
portfolio. Yep, it was a commercial for some online brokerage (and
apparently not a very effective one, considering that I can't remember the
name of the brokerage). I guess the Unique Selling Proposition for this
particular company was along the lines of, "If you want to be cool, like
this independent record exec -- which means you're almost like a musician!
(or at least you can screw them) -- then buy your stocks through us." Or
something.

Ed said:
> I switched the TV on this morning while waking up for work (I
> take ages to
> get up: it's like the tubes warming up in an old TV), and that
> kids animal
> show with the lemur puppet character (I forget what it's
> called) comes on,
> the mere thought of the word "lemur" gets "Wrapped in Grey" stuck in my
> head, and for the rest of the day I feel like I'm asleep at my desk...

Zaboomafoo. It's called Zaboomafoo, and it's my son's favorite source of
jokes. Sample: What do you get when you cross a bird, an automobile, and a
dog? A flying carpet! Geddit?

Ask me the one about the peanut-butter-and-smelly-sandwich sometime,
Todd

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Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 22:11:30 -0500
From: "Benjamin A. Gott" <bgott@bowdoin.edu>
Subject: Weird XTC Connection
Message-ID: <B69CEC92.2FB5%bgott@bowdoin.edu>

Gang,

I'm spending the semester student teaching eighth grade English, and we're
reading a book called _Slave Day_ by a young up-and-comer named Rob Thomas.
(No, he's not the Matchbox 20 guy, although my students were psyched that
they share a name!)  Anyway, Mr. Thomas was kind enough to provide his
e-mail address on his website, so I dropped him a note to tell him how much
my class liked his book.  I also noticed that his website mentioned that he
had worked on the T.V. show "Freaks & Geeks," so I made the obligXTC
reference, asking him if he was aware of the fact that XTC was played on the
show, and if he was a fan.  He responded that he hadn't really been involved
in "Freaks & Geeks," but that

> For what it's worth, English Settlement was one of my favorite albums in
> college.

Isn't that cool?  Weird?  Flicky?  Yeah, I thought so, too.  I wrote back
and mentioned in the course of my note that "Wasp Star" was great, and that
he should get it.  Who knows?  Maybe I'll have made another convert!

(By the way, any of you with young adult readers might appreciate his books,
information about which is available at http://www.slaverats.com.)

Now I'm listening to "Stop Making Sense."  I love this friggin' album.
"Nothing is better than this...IS IT?"

-Ben

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Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 19:31:42 -0800 (PST)
From: "J. Brown" <ringostr@u.washington.edu>
Subject: Wonderland=Quiet Storm?
Message-ID: <Pine.A41.4.21.0101301930270.58098-100000@dante29.u.washington.edu>

Recently, every time I hear Colin Moulding's song "Wonderland", it makes
me think of Smokey Robinson's song "Quiet Storm", and the structure of the
verse and way the instruments are arranged in the two songs seem to be
quite similar. Has Colin ever mentioned Smokey as an influence on that
song?

Jason Wilson Brown - University of Washington - Seattle, WA
"I don't speak fascist." -Grant Morrison

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Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 10:10:58 -0500
From: Jeff Eason <eason@mountaintimes.com>
Subject: Expanded Discs
Message-ID: <3.0.6.32.20010131101058.007ccc30@mountaintimes.com>

Hey to all,

I love Derek Miner's suggestions for expanded XTC albums. Being a long time
fan of the group, I own all of their early releases (up to Skylarking) on
vinyl and the extra tracks would be a perfect incentive to folks like me to
replace the early albums with CDs.

When Rykodisc re-released the Bowie albums with all of the extra goodies
tacked on the end, I bought six of them right away even though I already
had 'em on vinyl. I think Virgin (or whoever) would find plenty of folks
like me who would step up to the plate with their hard-earned $ to do the
same for XTC.

I have friends who own music shops and they tell me that they get loads of
requests for the expanded Rykodisc Bowie CDs now that they have been
re-re-released in their original format (without the extras) on another
label. The Rykodisc formula for Bowie and Elvis Costello was a winner and I
always wondered why more labels and bands failed to emulate it.

Cheers,

Jeff Eason

PS. I'm listening to the album "I Am Shelby Lynne" right now. Fans of
Bonnie Raitt or Dusty Springfield would do well to check her out!

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Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 19:54:38 -0000
From: "Adrian Ransome" <adrian.ransome@instinct.freeuk.com>
Subject: wrestling lemurs fannies
Message-ID: <000901c08bbf$a6619000$359b7ed4@atidy>

Ed K. wrote:
>and that kids animal
>show with the lemur puppet character (I forget what it's called) comes on,

If that's Bear in the Big Blue House you're talking about, then I recommend
sitting down and watching it, simply because it features the odd Yazbek-penned
tune. The most recent example I saw was when Bear himself launched into a
Yazbek song called "That's Why I Love The Fall". I was half expecting a ditty
singing the praises of Mark E Smith, but as it was an American show I quickly
realised that Bear simply enjoyed the time between summer and winter and
wanted to share his joy via the gift of song.

On a tangent...I accidentally found the latest Teenage Fanclub album whilst
browsing the shelves at a local record megastore. Am I right in thinking that
it has received minimal publicity from the record company? Am I also right in
thinking that they are now a three piece? Hmm...sounds familiar...

Still, it's a quality record from Scotland's finest, I recommend it.

On the subject of Xtc fistfights; Terry Chambers would win, but not after
being badly bitten and scratched by a frenzied Barry Andrews in the final. The
Partridge v Gregory bout would end in a draw as they descend into headbutting,
Partridge's all-forehead head proving an even match for Gregory's unfeasibly
high brow.

Now, Xtc-related tag team wrestling, that's something I'd pay good money to
see......

Adrian

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Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 11:16:42 -0500
From: "Michael D. Myers" <mmyers@telcordia.com>
Subject: miscellaneous ramblings
Message-ID: <852569E5.00596EC8.00@notes949.cc.telcordia.com>

Chalksters and Chalkettes;

It's been pretty quiet on the 'Hill, but I must admit that Digest 7-6 was
one of the best.  It was humorous, and even contained a fair amount of
thoughtful dialogue.  Here's some random thoughts:

-  Angie, your posts are very funny.  Please post often!

- I'm not sure if you folks are fans of the Wondermints, but both CDs that
I have (their first one, which is s/t, and "Bali") are fantastic.  Great
songwriting and arrangements from a tight, smart, clever band.  I am also
impressed by their production values.

It made me remember that the major flaw that I found with Wasp Star was
the production.  For instance, I know that Andy has the capability to
produce a real good-sounding album because the job he did on Martin
Newell's "The Greatest Living Englishman" was superb.  Even though Andy
and Newell played almost all of the instruments, there was a real "band
sound" to it.  The songs had a lot of bounce, and there was great
interplay between the guitars, bass, and drum machine.

Wasp Star, I feel, fell short of that achievement.  I don't especially
like the sound of the guitars, although the drums and bass mesh well.
(Important Note: I am not blasting the songwriting or performances, I am
merely commenting on the production techniques and overall "sound" of the
album.)  I know it's difficult to describe the way something sounds, using
this written medium.  I'm not sure if it's because Andy alledgedly ran all
of his electric guitar parts through a POD processor before running it
into the mixing desk, but to me it sounds like the drums and bass are
closely aligned and the guitars are removed from that tight integration.

Bottom line: I wish that an outside producer would be brought in for the
next album, apart from the other folks who helped them out this time;
they're really engineers who seem to play second fiddle to Andy and Colin.

- A question for you all: what Colin Moulding song sounds most like (from
a melody or stylistic point of view) an Andy Partridge song?  I'm not
implying that Andy wrote a song and then gave credit to Colin, I'm just
wondering which XTC song, when played, makes you think of Andy as the
composer?  For me, that would be "English Roundabout".  I say that because
of the tempo shifts and overall "quirkiness".  I guess it would be fun to
ask the question the other way around, too.  I'll give that some thought.

Mike

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Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 09:47:54 -0000
From: "David Pitt" <david.pitt@talk21.com>
Subject: Re: Horsing Around
Message-ID: <000001c08b6d$9b17d3a0$0100a8c0@pwd.hp.com>

> But perhaps one of our Swindon locals could explain whether
> Dobbin really belongs in Oxfordshire or has moved there due to the
> arbitrary reshuffling of county borders over the many years.

Yes, but not from Wiltshire....
Uffington used to be in Berkshire (along with places like Faringdon and
Abingdon), and the old Berkshire boundary ran along the Thames from near
Lechlade to near Oxford. I'm pretty sure it 'moved' to Oxfordshire in the
'74 reorganisation.

Fascinating innit ?
David

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Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 17:49:01 EST
From: Carrieroks@aol.com
Subject: random notes
Message-ID: <95.64ef789.27a9f05d@aol.com>

just a few comments, again... i just got a few pieces of the xtc puzzle that
i was missing, the dukes being one of them.
is it wrong for me to love this now more than anything else? maybe i've been
listening to av1 and 2 too long, maybe have become too familiar w/ their
later stuff, but i am so in love with the dukes right now. i remember reading
all these posts about their pet sounds inspiration and how they sound like
the monkees on this track or the beatles on that track, only definitely
themselves. well i had no idea what ya'll were talking about. now i am so
enlightened. and i love it.

also, complicated game is now my favorite song. drums and wires was also a
new acquisition for me. along those lines, is there any recording of him
singing it without that phasing effect, if indeed it is a phasing thing? i'm
just so interested in the way in which he performs it... i keep listening to
it over and over and over. i think i'm starting to scare friends and family...

;) fiendishly carrie

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Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 23:19:01 +0800
From: The Worrier Queen <myrone@tesco.net>
Subject: flogging a wounded horse
Message-ID: <3A782CE5.B643980B@tesco.net>

but that's enough about my hobbies.

Rearranging tracks on albums.

Well being a real novice here, I have this lovely picture of our heros
writing down the songs on bits of paper, then pulling them out of the bag
to decide what goes where.
Bingo calling the A. Partridge method?

OK once again this is an appeal for the UK Chalkers.

My Lords, Ladies and anyone of a Fuzzy Disposition

in 7-5 Rory the Friend of Dentists Near and Far said

> Now down to serious business: there's a move afoot to organise a UK
> Chalkhills get-together. I'm reliably informed that the entire South London
> Chapter are up for this (current membership: 2), but have seen little
> response from other areas. We know you're out there! So come on chaps and
> chapesses, de-lurk for a moment, and don't let these LA guys upstage us by
> gathering more Hillsters in one place than us!

Well the Member for Fife - me, unless there's someone else in the Kingdom -
is up for it too.

Anyone else?

Please?

I'm informed that the Croydon chapter don't bite (sorry Rory), and I'm
really not too bad now as long as it isn't a full moon.

Say yes, say no - you can even say maybe - but say something!
go on be nice to Rory the Ow Ow that Hurts Wilsher

Jayne the Worrier Queen
He Toi Whakairo He Mana Tangata: Where there is artistic excellence there
is human dignity - Maori saying
Salmagundie can be found at www.stas.net/myrone/shrine.html

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Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 03:12:05 -0600
From: bugly <bugly@decepticon.net>
Subject: XTC as a cure?
Message-ID: <200102020912.f129C5I31770@obi-wan.planetanime.net>

Dear Chalkies,

I haven't visited here, nor listened to XTC in eons, but I turn to
Andy et al as solace in this crappy time.  You see, I find that my
(former) beloved is getting married.  There's nothing like unrequited
love to make your day.

Tracklist:
Mayor of Simpleton
Always Winter Never Christmas
Dear Madam Barnum
That's Really Super, Supergirl
Living in a Haunted Heart
Snowman

I need a shoulder (preferably Andy's) to cry on.  Thank you and goodnight.

Cq

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Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 18:07:25 -0000
From: "Pledge" <pledge7@btinternet.com>
Subject: XTC MOBILE RING TONES
Message-ID: <003601c08d42$ffbcdfe0$12b501d5@PLEDGE>

Hello everyone

I'm sure i saw ages ago on one of the numerous websites that someone had
made a few XTC ringing tones for mobile phones.

Did i dream this or is it true

If anyone can help, please email me privately at pledge7@btinternet.com as i
doubt everyone else will want to read about it.

in the meantime i'll have to make do with a Madness tune. stuck in the 80's
or what?

Cheers

Pledge

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Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2001 20:23:55 -0600
From: "vee tube" <veetube@hotmail.com>
Subject: A Most Unusual Nigel
Message-ID: <F261q7R3TOkIt1tF0Lu00003f70@hotmail.com>

                   Hi kids!

           I found this whilst trolling
        the Nap for XTC covers. It's Neil
        Finn goofin' on Nigel at a small
        Pub in L.A. that goes by the name
        of "Largo's"

           This is not some 'rare' B-side,
        but, rather a very nasty sounding
        boot. I did the best I could to clean
        it up using Sound Forge 4.5 and the
        Steinberg "Q-Metric" paragraphic
        direct-X plugin.

          http://www.idrive.com/dragstrip

           I hear the idrive 'send' option is
        down again (what's new?) so this is a
        'first come, first serve' deal.

           This performance begs the question,
        "How come nobody from Arkansas is named
        NIGEL?"

   Also, Finnatics may want to search the Nap for...

                 Artist: Neil Finn
                  Title: Largo

    I saw about 2 CDs worth of MP3s from this show.

         Idon'tknowifIcanhandleahappilymarried
         manwhoactslikeanadultrunningtheUSAOUT!

                     !---:)

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Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 05:21:13 -0800 (PST)
From: andrew sneddon <andrew_sneddon@yahoo.com>
Subject: Armstrong and Miller?
Message-ID: <20010203132113.19070.qmail@web613.mail.yahoo.com>

I was watching the Armstrong and Miller show on Friday
night when I noticed at the end that one of the
scriptwriters was one "Andy Partridge".  Can anyone
explain?

Also... I've currently been listening to Newell's
"Off-White Album" a lot much to the bemusement of my
hamster, Harry.  Mr Gregory plays some lovely guitar
on that album, esp those little fills on "She was
never drowning".

Time for my massage.  All the best!

Andrew

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Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 19:57:29 -0000
From: "Adrian Ransome" <adrian.ransome@instinct.freeuk.com>
Subject: Come on, chuffy
Message-ID: <000d01c08e1b$8b66b880$f9937ed4@atidy>

Whilst watching the marvellous Armstrong & Miller Show on Channel 4 on Friday
night I noticed the name Andy Partridge appear in the writer's credits.

Can anyone in the know confirm whether this is THE Andy Partridge or just A
Andy Partridge?

Adrian

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Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2001 08:02:36 -0500
From: "squirrelgirl" <squirrelgirl@hitter.net>
Subject: Alaskan crisis
Message-ID: <000701c08eaa$d8842fa0$1248c0cf@meredith-s>

Howdy 'Hillians (No XTC content)!

>From Digest 7-6,   = Derek =  wrote:

>Without getting too involved in this, I'd just like to add something
>as devil's advocate: I once heard from someone who had been to Alaska
>many times that A) the animals up there have been around oil
>equipment and pipelines for quite a while already, B) there are safe
>ways to go about drilling in the area, and C) the people who live
>there support oil drilling as it boosts their local economy. Just
>some food for thought.

Oh Derek dear, you *did* become involved in this.  Here are some other
nuggets for thought:

A)  Has anyone done any studies on the animals and their responses to the
oil equipment?  To the untrained observer they may not seem disrupted, but
are they breeding or migrating in their usual patterns?  Is it really a good
idea for new generations of animals to lose their fear of humans and their
machinery?

B)  Yeah, and there were safe ways to transport the oil until the Valdez
came along.  Sorry, but I lived in Texas for 10 years and I just don't buy
it.  Clearcutting thousands of acres of land to install and maintain the
equipment just doesn't sound "safe" from an environmental standpoint.

C) Sure they do.  But there are probably other ways for them to develop
their local economy without endangering the environment.

There are other places available to the oil companies to do their drilling,
but it would cost them more.  Why not schmooze with the Prez and get access
to Federal lands for a song?  Not that I'm in favor of governmental control,
but there's a reason that we have Federal protection for sensitive
environmental areas - once we lose them, we can't replace them.  Just look
at the mess we're trying to clean up in the Everglades!

I deal with injured and orphaned animals on a daily basis; please take my
word for it - the animals are already suffering in a million different ways
from the actions of us humans.  The oil companies can afford to look
elsewhere for places to drill, or better yet - invest in research into
cleaner ways to produce energy.  And we, as consumers, can change our habits
to decrease the demand for fossil fuels and eliminate the need for this rape
of the land.  If you're interested in learning more about these ideas,
e-mail me off list.

Squirrel "not meaning to start WWIII" Girl
State and Federally Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Florida

	[ Please take this discussion off the list.  -- John ]

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Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 21:51:48 -0800
From: "Long's" <wlong2@carolina.rr.com>
Subject: uhhh, SORRY.
Message-ID: <000701c08e6e$90b37280$31941a42@q6s2h0.carolina.rr.com>

Sorry to waste your time folks but I'm searching for a chap named Gordon
Dickinson.

Anyone know him/how to reach him?

Thanks,

wes "don't call me Goth-Boy" LONG

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