They didn’t mess about with band names in the 80s.

They didn’t go for something like The Apt at Delivering Effective Rock’n’Roll Music

or The Quite Enjoyable Band.

Not even The Pretty Shaggin Good If You Ask me.

No. The Stunning. It had to be the Stunning.

I wasn’t stunned last night. Neither did I expect to be. I saw a band most apt at delivering effective rock’n’roll music.

They were more than quite enjoyable. The were pretty shaggin good, if you ask me.

And the other ’40-somethings’ around me were lapping it up.


At least they didn’t call themselves The Hilarious Biscuits. 

Or The Subterranean Monologues. 



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The Stunning – Button Factory – 30 January 2016



So tempting.
So off-limits.

One twist open.
Enriched with IRON and vitamin C.

Forbidden Fruit flavour.

I resisted.

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A milk called Mandy


Hovering between deffo and pretty shaggin high…




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Chances of rain?



The last couple of days of relatively clement weather have kind of lulled us into a false sense of meteorological stability.
But not the Green Nan, oh no.
The is no lulling her.
Quite unlullable she is.
You see, she didn’t come down with the last shower. Or the one before that.
She came down 723,452 showers ago.

Hanging on to the hood, feet firmly planted in position, she looks the gale in the eye (of the storm).
‘Is that all you’ve got, buddy?’

See, Nan finds an anticyclone anticlimactic. Nothing more depressing than a weak depression.

She’s more than able for the soft weather.

The Green Nan is hard as shaggin nails.

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Soft weather

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High time


For you to get your first watch Luca.
We’ve left it a bit late, but hey, it was good for you to be pretty oblivious to time.
Well, the one measured by the adults anyway.
I am not sure if it’s a great gift for someone with an obsessive nature, and I doubt that it is as useful as memorising the age rating for hundreds of films in IMDB.
But millions of people around you live by what their little bracelets with the pair of hands tell them to do.
And next year in secondary school you will have to learn that too.
I really hope that I am not slowing down for you some of the already long hours.
Time will tell.
That omnipresent master.
You’ll find that a lot of the rest of your life will be about racing against it.
Without a chance of winning.

It catches up with you.



You reckon that I won’t eat the tip of that marker pen after I have redecorated your table?
You try me pal!

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You what?