Despite spending the past 14 months as an all-season biker I do have to admit that up until last weekend I had yet to be truly tested in the snow. I had used the flurry before Christmas as a good excuse to work from home for two weeks until the weather improved, reasoning to my boss that I’d be worth more to them alive warm and cosy at home than as a frozen slab of meat by the side of the road. He agreed and bar a brief snowbound trip to the supermarket for supplies the Kawasaki remained tucked away in the garage. I didn’t realise it at the time but I was missing out on a lot of fun. Continue reading “Snow Fun ~ or ~ how to ride a motorcycle in the snow”
Today (January 24th) is Warren William Zevon’s birthday, he would have been 65 had this ‘Excitable Boy’ not shuffled off this mortal coil aged 56 in 2003. My first and for years only experience of Warren Zevon was the near-novelty ‘Werewolves of London’ but after a conversation with a rock journalist I started to probe deeper. Continue reading “Excitable Boy”
I was in a newsagent earlier today buying an overpriced can of Monster Energy drink for the recession busting sum of £1.99, I know it’s pricey but it’s the only place for miles that sells the Low-Carb version and I needed my energy hit for the day. Handing over a £2 coin I asked the shop attendant to stick the 1p change in the charity box when a spritely old boy behind me pipes up “look after the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves, you don’t want to be giving them away son”. Continue reading “Sixty Second Sermon: Charity, Corner Shops and Low Carb Energy Drinks”
Blogging – where the hell did that come from? One day back in 2004 or 2005 I came across the social media phenomenon MySpace. At the time I was working hard at being a Rock Star with the full-on attitude of a 1980’s throwback. I was enjoying the (limited but still growing) fame of being in an up and coming band on the way to the big time and everything that went with it and MySpace provided me and my band with an avenue to expand our egos even further. Continue reading “Diabolical Blogger ~ or ~ Whatever happened to the sex, drugs and Rock’n’Roll?”
Obviously is a word that is increasingly becoming over-used, obviously. I was watching the ‘Hairy Bikers Meals on Wheels’ and they had recruited the advertising firm Saatchi and Saatchi to rebrand the aging Meals on Wheels service in a bid to attract more volunteers, because obviously the council are not a top advertising firm and could not do it by themselves. However in Saatchi & Saatchi’s focus group I was shocked at how often the advertising executives used the word ‘obviously’ before some ad-related spiel to a bunch of pensioners and volunteers. I have had a little bit to do with advertising in my past and even I didn’t know what he was talking about. Obviously what he was talking about wasn’t obvious enough. Continue reading “Obviously”
The other day I was called a music snob just because I stated that I categorically hate anything that those over-eager song killers that are the cast of ‘Glee’ put out. Ok I will admit that I have a touch of class when it comes to the music I listen to but “music snob” is taking it a bit too far. Yes I retch at the thought of listening to cheesy pop music though I am eclectic enough in my tastes to recognise a good song when I hear it; take ‘Summertime’ by Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince for example, yes it’s a cheesy pop song but it’s a bloody good cheesy pop song. Continue reading “Music Snob”
You may remember back at the start of the month I introduced a new page called “Ask Dazzle Rebel” where I challenged you to ask me anything. Well some of you actually did! Here they are; Continue reading “Ask Dazzle Rebel: September 2011”
Your favourite song this time last year: Hoooray!