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England made…

Posted in Uncategorized on 27/10/2014 by Jen Healey

With Halloween coming up and my recent crazy-busy life, I’m gonna cop-out and reblog ‘something I wrote earlier’. Perhaps in the hope it will motivate me to write more…

Type B Negative

Whilst going through my bag of paperwork, which I’m not embarrassed to say has been overflowing for months, I found a list of bands born in the UK.  I can’t claim to be much of an anorak when it comes to music, so I cannot take the credit for knowing that the following bands were British, that belongs to the comedian Steve Hughes and his amazing rant about the X-Factor (urgh).  I had to write the list down (thank goodness for Sky+) but these are all from our little island –

  • Black Sabbath
  • Judas Priest
  • Iron Maiden
  • Venom
  • Motorhead
  • Def Leppard
  • Deep Purple
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Rolling Stones
  • The Who
  • The Beatles
  • The Smiths
  • The Cure
  • The Damned
  • The Jam
  • The Police
  • The Sex Pistols
  • The Clash
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Kate Bush
  • Jarvis Cocker
  • David Bowie
  • Queen
  • Pink Floyd
  • Radiohead
  • Supertramp
  • Chemical Brothers
  • The Prodigy

Now I don’t enjoy all of these performers…

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Get your weird on

Posted in Uncategorized on 22/10/2014 by Jen Healey

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This piece is a response to Louise Gillet’s So, How Can I Tell If My Kids Are Weird?  [see link below] in which she is responding to parent calling their kids “weird”.

There are no weird kids 
There are no weird kids – what is weird is growing up in a world where adults call kids – especially their own kids -names like “weird”.

I’ve been called “weird” a lot – especially when I was young. It used to hurt – a lot.

Nowadays I realize that when someone says to me:

“you’re weird”

It just means :

“you’re really not like me”

so I say:

“thank you”.

Weird is just:
Wired: differently.

– and we all are: wired differently. If you’re not weird then you’re either boring – or else dead.

When it comes to children and weird, Hunter S Thompson had it about right:

“Weird behaviour is natural…

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Clockwork Angels: a Rush Classic

Posted in Uncategorized on 21/09/2014 by Jen Healey

Well put!

World in Motion

Rush – Geddy Lee (Gary Lee Weinrib), Alex Lifeson (Alex Zivojinovich) and Neil Peart have been together as Rush for four decades.   During that time they have released 19 studio albums, the latest being Clockwork Angels.    To be blunt: it is a stunningly poignant, powerful and entrancing album.

For their first album in five years the trio go back to the prog rock standard of having not just a concept album, but an album that tells a story.   Rush did that in the seventies, but after Hemispheres came out in 1978 they rejected long stories and overt concept albums.    Clockwork Angels is a story told by an older man looking back at life in a dystopian steampunk world.

A youthful Geddy, Alex and Neil

For Peart – the lyricist and story teller, the album is personal and reflects a kind of bookend to the 1976…

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Lots to catch up on…

Posted in Uncategorized on 06/07/2014 by Jen Healey

Writing takes a bit of a back seat during the growing season…

Hearthside Ramblings

Wow! It’s really been a long time since I wrote anything here! So much for my good intentions, again. Ah well, let’s have a quick catch up. The header, as you have probably noticed, is no longer a winter scene, but a more seasonal one. Okay so we missed out spring, so this is what I was up to at my ‘tiny-holding’ back at the end of March –

I had propagated more seedlings than my other half could tolerate, not only had they filled up the front porch (which I use as a mini greenhouse), but they had encroached upon the conservatory too!


Ooops!  So they had to go out, but they were far too tender, as it was the 24th of March.  Something had to be done.

So it was time to dig over the sorry remains of my first veg patch (in the back garden) from last…

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Rush (-ing) to catch up

Posted in Uncategorized on 07/04/2014 by Jen Healey

Sitting up this evening, waiting for the washing machine to do its job, whilst watching Rush – Beyond the Lighted Stage, I am struck with how much I feel I have so much to catch up with regarding literature and Rush’s back catalogue.  An odd coupling perhaps, but I have been linking them of late, with ‘Clockwork Angels’ by Kevin J. Anderson and the album, and with ‘The Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand and the album/song ‘2112’.

Clockwork Angels, the book, is (like Rush) underrated in my opinion.  I really must re-do my review of this on goodreads, as I can’t shake the frustration at the amount of reviews that pigeon-hole it as a ‘young-adult, coming-of-age story’.  It really isn’t.  I feel a little icky saying this, not wanting to be rude, but for someone to read that book and believe that is all it is, I genuinely feel that so many people ‘just don’t get it’.  Not the angst-ridden “Oh I’m so misunderstood” posturing, chucking one’s dummy out of the pram, no.  More a sadness that they are missing the point and therefore missing out on the joy of the thing.  Maybe it is not something that is all that readily shared in the usual day-to-day?  Art, in whatever form it is presented, is subjective, of course.  Arguing over it may be a futile exercise, as these things are down to individual taste, just as my impulse to try to share this indescribable, almost profound (for lack of a more accurate word) appreciation for that which I believe to be awesome, is lost to the ether.  It’s not a desire to draw attention to myself, or the books/band (although they heartily deserve it), but a sincere wish to share the enjoyment (another inadequate word) I get from thinking over these things.  These are the things that I cling to, as they mean a lot to me.  They are precious and beautiful.  A wasted effort on those who are unable/unwilling to perceive what is being offered, for the most part, I suppose.  It is a shame.

There are so many overlapping thoughts, themes and resonances running through so much of what I am reading and listening to at the moment, it’s quite wonderful.  I want to share it. That’s all.

I’m sure there are many who would read all kinds of cynical pseudo-psychological analysis-type opinions into such things.  To them I would say listen to 2112, really listen to it.

Food is fuel

Posted in Uncategorized on 05/01/2014 by Jen Healey

Hearthside Ramblings

What with the festive season over now, many people are feeling bloated from the odd tradition that has evolved within our culture of stuffing ourselves stupid with food and alcohol, so they look to improve their diets in order to lose weight. Fine. But is it enough to change what you put into your mouth/body? I would rather inspire a change of perspective, which would most likely last a little longer than those (very well-intentioned) New Years resolutions that barely make it past February.

As my day job is a checkout operator for a large supermarket, I have been witness to the spending/shopping habits that we indulge in at Christmas time. It is staggering how we blow our budgets every year on this one day of feasting and gift-giving.
Goodness I do sound like a Grinch!
But this year, what with the current economic climate, focus being very much on…

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