Flashbacks Of A Fool?

I would do anything for you
I would climb mountains
I would swim all the oceans blue

I would plant roses at your door
Reveal my secrets
More than enough for me to share

Nah you’re alright Bryan,  I’m just having a good time and enjoying life.

Secrets are for keeping and should never be told.

Well unless you have a blog and can write about them anonymously.

So how’s your weekend looking?

Should I tell you about mine?

As it happens,  two of my favourite bands are playing Glasgow this weekend.

Roxy Music and David Bowie,  my favourite artists as a boy growing up in the mid-70s grey slums of Glasgow.

These guys provided images of glamour and decadence to the unrequited lust of my youth.

The clip above asks … how could you choose between Bryan Ferry and David Bowie?

Personally Ud choose Bowie any day of the week.    But maybe she meant in a fldifferent context.  

Of course this weekend bands are both tribute acts,    they aren’t the same as the real thing,  but both are pretty good,  particularly the Bowie tribute and if you close your eyes or have just enough drink to let your mind wander,  you can imagine being in a club in the 70s listening to these guys raw and passionate before they got famous.

Or is that just another flashback of a fool?

Have fun!

More free money? #CelticFC


It’s almost time for the Scottish Premier Football League to kickoff for season 2017/18. 

This Saturday last seasons league winner flag will be unfurled and currently managerless Hearts will visit Celtic Park for their regular hiding.     

Or will they?

Is there any foregone conclusion to be made when 22 grown men don shorts and chase a ball around a football field in what passes as sport in this little corner of the globe?

Let’s keep it in perspective.   Anything can happen in an individual game,  the plucky challengers might get lucky.     But winning the league is a marathon not a sprint and class and more importantly budget counts. 

Take a look at the numbers above which give a clear indication that the bookmakers are backing Celtic to win the league at a canter with odds ranging from 1/8 against to 1/20 against.  Which to us non gamblers means a return between 5-12.5% dependent upon which institution you let borrow your money. 

Compare and contrast with the nearest challengers and predicted runners-up Rangers,  aka Sevco,  with returns of 700-1200%. 

Basically the bookies are saying that it’s a foregone conclusion. 

But here’s a few interesting observations. 

Rangers were not Celtics closest challengers last season they finished third and an extremely poor 39 points equivalent to 13 wins behind Celtic.   The nearest rivals were in fact Aberdeen who finished a pish-poor 30 points behind Celtic. 

So why do the bookies seem determined that Rangers are Celtucs closest challengers?

Is it because Sevco strengthened their team?

What with a cowboy manager and a bunch of unknown journeymen and the addition of headline signing Bruno Alves who at 37 is well past his best.    

Is that it?    Is that the best they can come up with?

Reminder – the bookies aren’t often wrong and perhaps this “strengthening” will allow Sevco to claim second place but they will only ever be runners-up. 

Would you like more evidence in support of that conclusion?

This time last year,  I had a looks at oddschecker.com where the bookmakers had Celtic at 1/3 on to win the league and The Rangers at 7/2. 

https://dancingbhoy.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/money-in-the-bank/

So, despite our closest rivals strengthening and Celtic not adding any headline players, which I think they should in preparation for the Champions League campaign. The bookmakers have cut the odds on Celtic to win the league by a two thirds and increased the odds of Sevco by an equivalent amount. 

It’s a foregone conclusion.  A certainty if you believe the bookies. 

But would you bet on it?

At best odds of 1/8 against returns 12.5%.   A £1000 stake returns a meagre £125,   

Personally I wouldn’t be bothered with earning £125 over a year.    But a  A £10,000 stake returns a healthier £1250.   

It’s a risk like any bet.     But still better than money in the bank which is earns nothing and in real world terms is deteriorating. 

Not as good as last years return of 33%,  which for my “investment” of £10,000 returned enough for me and my grown up kids to look forward to our free holiday in a few weeks time. 

Cheers Bet365. 

Alone Not Lonely?


Funny how sometimes the more things change,  the more they stay the same. 

It’s past 2am here,  I’m wired and can’t sleep,  no particular reason,  no stress or worries. 

Do you ever get that?

I’ve had a fairly shit week,  stomach bug and time off work.  

Complaining about time off work?  

Jeez .. must be bad!    🙂

Today I’m back to normal,    Whatever that is?  

I had the guys over for band practice, a few new songs,  well new to us,  but all oldies of course. 

Here’s the thing,  the boys went home at 11,  we had a good night and we’re full of the joys,  but two of them were full of apologies about never taking a turn at their house. 

“It’s the wife you see” … and so it goes on .. blah blah fucking blah!

Not that I mind,  it’s much easier for them to cart a guitar here than me pack the keyboard etc and get it to theirs.    

I’m not even complaining about providing free beer and pizza. 
( for the PC among you  .. they only get one beer if their driving  .. and fuck off with that zero tolerance shit )

What I don’t get is as none of them have young kids and we don’t wreck the joint like some wannabe rock n roll band throwing the new telly out the living room window. 

Then why would their missus complain?

It’s only fair that we should all take turns dont you think?  

Personnally,  I don’t think I could handle being in a relationship were my partner didn’t like my friends coming over,  even if we do make a bit of noise for a while. 

Ever heard a bunch of women get together?     I rest my case!

But maybe that’s why I’m single?

Probably not the only reason .. and that cuts both ways to be fair! 

2:45am and I’m wired to the moon,  I’m not sleeping tonight. 

Right now John and Tommy will be cuddled into the soft warm derrière of Gillian or Diane. 

Now maybe that’s why the guys come here ..  to keep the peace!  🙂

Anyhoo .. I’m alone but not lonely,  how could I be?

Okay maybe just a tad! 

It’s a big house and its a bit too quiet .. apart from that eerie scratching noise!   🙂

But I was browsing my previous blogs and came across these from over 4 years ago. 

The more things change!

Maybe it could make you sad if you dwell on it. 

Here’s the rub.  .. it’s a choice. 

But on balance think I’d much rather have a fat-bottomed girl to snuggle in the darkness 

 https://dancingbhoy.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/alone-but-not-lonely-most-of-the-time/

https://dancingbhoy.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/its-the-loneliness-thats-the-killer-humour/
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Addendum – Just in case you’ve read this and you do feel lonely. 

Please keep in mind that it’s transient, a temporary state of mind and it will pass. 

But help yourself,     if you’re unhappy with some aspect of your life then change it. 

I appreciate that takes time,  but you own it.    You can make it happen. 

Stay beautiful. 

Wolf – Unintended?

wolf

She had never intended to become his mistress.

That’s not what she signed up for when she met him online back in 2012.

Single he said.

Available he said.

Divorced,  grown-up kids,  fit, intelligent and oh so interested in her.

He plied her with messages,  funny, witty lines, building rapport and making her feel good.

She smiled and laughed out loud,  enjoying the attention and flattery, completely unaware that his wife was lying sleeping upstairs.

How would she know?

How would you know?

When a practised player plays you so well?

That’s the mistake most women make online when dealing with players.  The obvious liars, cheats and chancers are easy to spot,  either playing the field sitting online but not replying as they have 10 conversations on the go,  or ghosting away because the wife is around or coming on too strong too soon and upping the ante to a sexual banter within a few messages to see if you are interested if that’s what you’re looking for. Continue reading “Wolf – Unintended?”

She is a model and .. #Kraftwerk 


She is a model and she’s looking good
I’d like to take her home that’s understood
Of course!   Goes without saying. 

The Model by Kraftwerk,  circa 1976?   

The first music of theirs that I can remember and groundbreaking in its electronic sounds that revolutionised music. 

What followed?  Bowie, Roxy, Gary Numan, Pet Shop Boys even David Guetta sites them as an influence. 

Last nights concert was fantastic,  not just for the music or the 3D imagery popping out the screen and coming right at ya.  

But it was both nostalgic and timeless, old songs updated,  the same melody but overlayed to create depth and a more complex beat. 

These few images don’t do it justice but that Mercedes seem to be within touching distance from my seat in the 7th row. 

Tonight Edinburgh you are in for a treat!


 

The Unheard Voice … 


It’s General Election Day in the U.K.     

This one has been called pretty soon after the previous one when David Cameron won in May 2015. 
Why?

Because the current prime minister Theresa May didn’t have an overall majority and was riding high in the polls so called the election to increase her number of seats. 

But here’s my issue ..

Who would you vote for?

Personally none of them,   It pains me to support any of these weak conniving agenda driven loathsome parties. 

Maybe we should look at each party’s manifesto and choose the one most aligned with our own viewpoint.  

But what happens when none of them do? 

For example,  Labour seem strong on social justice but are weak on immigration and will continue to allow the country to be flooded with people on the take without a proper immigration policy.  

Conservative … ha .. liars, weak,  say one thing and do another.  Ruined communities all over the UK. 

SNP … agenda driven manipulatiors.  Only want independence even although Scotland can’t afford it. 

Lib Dem … who?  

Minor parties … might as well not bother. 

So you understand my apathy.    

But I’m not alone.   Have a look at the following stats.  

http://www.votenone.org.uk/uk-unheard-third.html

The Conservatives won the last election with only 24% of the people registered to vote,  Labour were second with 20%. 

But look at the non-voters like me,  34% of people who are registered to vote choose not to. 

We choose not to be part of party politics because they don’t represent us. 

You might say that’s weak,  that wasting our vote allows the winning party to ride roughshod over us. 

And you’d be half right,   It does allow people we find disdainful to run the country.  But it isn’t weak. 

Compare these stats with high number of people who voted for single decision votes like BREXIT or Scottish Independence. 

On those the voting turnout was high.    

 The people including those apathetic to party politics turned out in high volumes and voiced their opinion. 

Now imagine you could harness that vote,  capture that unheard voice and let it speak on the issues,  not the parties. 

Why not?

We all have unique National Insurance numbers and Passport numbers,   We have internet access. 

So why not let the people vote on all of the big issues directly not let these be decided by the parties. 

Let the existing parties present their agenda based arguments but let the people decide,  not the MPs controlled by the whips and your individual vote is lost.     
This isn’t democracy.  It’s an illusion of it.    

It’s a choice between a poke in the eye or a kick in the balls and I refuse to take part in their game. 

Let’s kill off agenda driven party politics and deal with the issues. 

You might say I’m a dreamer,  but I’m not the only one.