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26 May 2013

A Taste of Swin Dale

The puppy was rooting around in the garage yesterday and came out with a leaf in her mouth. I took it from her and was surprised to see that there was writing on it. It's left over from one of my kids' games. It says "a ticket... 1 adult and 2 children". Fancy that! I hopped onto Google+ and asked what it might be a ticket for. The suggestions are below. Personally, I'm taking it as a reminder to get out more. So today, that's exactly what I did. Today's little adventure was to return to a place I discovered in March called Swin Dale. We didn't have long, but it was great! Below are the snaps...

When I asked what this ticket might be for yesterday I had a few great suggestions.
+Denise Sparrowhawk suggested that it might be a ticket to the jungle. +Liz Quilty
seemed sure that it was a ticket to the forest. +shankti oviedo revealed that it is in
fact a ticket for the "Tihuantinsuyo party". Count me in! Those Incans know how to party!

The Ballad of Tokyo Zombie (2013)

"I'd like to see you write a ballad about 'Tokyo Zombie'. Consider that a challenge."
~ Brizdaz (Darren)12 May 2013 00:56

Whilst I love Tokyo Zombie, you can also view this post as a tribute to
everything crazy in Japan. Have you ever heard of arse-swords?

18 May 2013

Planet of the Apes TV Series (1974)

One of my earliest VCR memories is of watching Planet of the Apes some time in the late 70s. The label on the tape was hand-written and actually read "Plant of the Apes" (a film I'd happily pay to see). It came from a video shop in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, but that's a story for another day.

Okay, so I've just learnt how to make animated gifs. I will try to not
overuse my new skill... but yep... there are quite a few in this post.
Stop reading now if you are prone to epileptic fits.
Planet of the Apes, CBS 1974

11 May 2013

Hanging On

Today I took a break from the demands of our new puppy to put together a quick tune for you on my pimped Skylark Ukulele.

I've only gone and done a quick version of the Manic Street Preachers' song I talked about in a recent post called "Hanging On". You already know that I love this song.

6 May 2013

Pimp My Skylark - Finito!

I've finished pimping my Skylark ukulele! I saved the most painful and difficult part until last.

What a journey!

I've order many parts and tools from China for my projects
over the years. Look what arrived this week. I don't remember
ordering it. Perhaps there's been a mix-up at the post office?
I hopped on Google+ to see if anyone could help me to
identify it. +shankti oviedo was quite impressed with my
"nice modern lamp". Thankfully, +Gunnar Green was on hand
to point me in the right direction. Apparently, this is quite
a common tool in the ukulele build process... It's a
wood-hardener! Ha ha! Mystery solved!

5 May 2013

Everything Must Go (1996)

This week I have mostly been listening to...

Manic Street Preachers

Back in the days when I used to watch TV, I remember catching a segment on this up-and-coming band called Manic Street Preachers. It will have been somewhere in the mid-to-late 80s. The image that sticks most in my mind was of these young Welsh boys dolling themselves up with make-up. After they'd finished, they looked like a Goth version of the Sweet. Interesting.

The Manic Street Preachers - Post-Punk revolutionaries
Photo courtesy of cherlo holm

1 May 2013

Pimp My Skylark - Godzilla!

I've been doing a bit of a Hulbert and working on Pimping my Skylark ukulele pretty much every day this week. It's only Wednesday and I can already see the end in sight! Here's a run-down of what I've been up to...

Here's the Skylark as we'd left it in my last update. I'd painted on my
custom Yusaku Hanakuma design. But hold on a second... that Kaiju
wasn't there the last time I looked! That's right... +Ukulele Russ suggested
that I needed a Godzilla-type creature to finish the look. Using a little
bit of photoshop magic I added a  Japanese monster just to see what it
might look like. It's been very well received as a concept, and I do like
it myself, but I'm not adding it to my design on this particular ukulele.
Sorry Russ~san... maybe next time!