Monday, November 26, 2007

Michael McDermott dates in the UK getting close to being finalised. Here's a summary of what is currently happening:

Ei*leen Rose (Michael tentative)
Wednesday 26th March 2008: CHELMSFORD - Alter States at The Bassment (07802 333416 / and

Thursday 27th March 2008: BRIGHTON - Barfly (0870 907 0999 /

Friday 28th..TBA

Saturday 29th March 2008: .... TBA

Sunday 30th March 2008: EASTNEY (Hampshire) - The Cellars (01730 231733/ or

Monday 31st March 2008: CAMBRIDGE - The Graduate ( /
0870 907 0999)

Tues 1st April :Trying to get Michael onto Barfly gig in Birmingham

Wednesday 2nd April 2008: YORK - Fibbers (0870 9070 999 /

Thursday 3rd April 2008: LIVERPOOL - Barfly (0870 907 0999 /

Friday 4th April 2008: GLASGOW - Blackfriars ( /

Saturday 5th April 2008: BEDFORD - The Ent Shed (01234 409297 or 07818 493053 /

Sunday 6th April 2008: MANCHESTER - The Ruby Lounge, 28-34 High Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1QB (0161 832 1111 /

Monday 7th April 2008: CARDIFF – Barfly (0870 907 0999 /

Tuesday 8th April 2008: .... looking for a gig....

Wednesday 9th April 2008: LONDON - The Borderline (020 7534 6970 /

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

One of the joys of living in East Dulwich is the East Dulwich Forum website which is very active and covers a wide range of subjects. One of the latest issues is the East Dulwich bag - a campaign to replace all plastic bags in the area - you can read more at the official website here. Even more intriguing is the song that has been recorded about the East Dulwich bag that you can listen to here. Now how many others can say that they have a song about their local shopping bag?

Friday, November 16, 2007

Next week Hey Gravity! will feature each day on the BBC6 Music Breakfast Show. On Monday you can hear Justine being interviewed shortly after 9am. For more info go here

Thursday, November 15, 2007

For those of you who might be interested Michael McDermott will be undertaking a European tour next year from 25 March to 10 April with Eileen Rose. I like it when crazy ideas turn into reality. Expect him to be playing across UK and several dates in Italy and Holland.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Today I sit at my desk with a smug look having read the newspaper cuttings and seen that Project X that I have been involved on for the last few months has to date been successful. Still lots more to do mind.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

We live in a society of red tape - as the following BBC article shows:

UK chooses 'most ludicrous laws'
A little-known law which prohibits people dying while in the Houses of Parliament has been voted the UK's most ludicrous piece of legislation.
Another law which states it is treason to use a postage stamp upside down was placed in second place by those polled by UKTV Gold.

The most absurd international law was judged to be in the US state of Ohio, where it is illegal to get fish drunk.

The 3,931 people asked selected the laws from a shortlist of bizarre rules.

A total of 27% of those questioned thought the law against dying in the Houses of Parliament was the most absurd, while 7% voted for the legislation banning placing postage stamps upside down.

In third place, with 6%, came a law stating that only a clerk in a tropical fish store has permission to be topless in public in Liverpool.

Driving blindfolded

Other lesser-known laws making the top 10 included one banning eating mince pies on Christmas Day and another stating it is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour.

Almost half of those asked confessed to breaking the mince pie law, which was brought in by Oliver Cromwell in the 17th Century.

The unusual international laws on the list included legislation against naming a pig Napoleon in France, driving while wearing a blindfold in Alabama and unmarried women parachuting on a Sunday.

The Law Society last year revealed other bizarre UK laws still in existence on the statute book.

They included a ban on firing a cannon close to a dwelling house (Met Police Act 1839); a ban on the use of any slide upon ice or snow (Town Police Clauses Act 1847); and the prohibition of driving cattle through the streets of London (Metropolitan Streets Act 1867).

Dead whales

The UK's top 10 most ridiculous British laws were listed as:

1. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament (27%)

2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British king or queen's image upside-down (7%)

3. It is illegal for a woman to be topless in Liverpool except as a clerk in a tropical fish store (6%)

4. Eating mince pies on Christmas Day is banned (5%)

5. If someone knocks on your door in Scotland and requires the use of your toilet, you are required to let them enter (4%)

6. In the UK a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman's helmet (4%)

7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the King, and the tail of the Queen (3.5%)

8. It is illegal not to tell the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing (3%)

9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour (3%)

10. It is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls of York, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow (2%)
False teeth

Other bizarre foreign laws voted by those polled included:

In Ohio, it is illegal to get a fish drunk (9%)

In Indonesia, the penalty for masturbation is decapitation (8%)

A male doctor in Bahrain can only examine the genitals of a woman in the reflection of a mirror (7%)

In Switzerland, a man may not relieve himself standing up after 10pm (6%)

It is illegal to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle in Alabama (6%)

In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on a Sunday could be jailed (6%)

Women in Vermont must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth (6%)

In Milan, it is a legal requirement to smile at all times, except during funerals or hospital visits (5%)

In France, it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon (4%)
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Monday, November 05, 2007

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Normal service will return soon. Back in London spending all spare time cleaning and moving furniture. Building works not quite finished but have been put on hold for the moment whilst we settle in and adjust to new house and the new routines we need to have so that Helen can function with extra stairs and distances to be walked. Finally got the skip removed today so can start to use front driveway.

Lot of catching up to do with workplace as been force to take a lot of holiday previous 2 weeks to try and keep on top of builders.

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