“I’m going down in a blaze of glory”…

fire

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Hands tied and bound…

Tight behind his back…

He never saw it coming…

Such a stealthy attack…

They came out of nowhere…

Taking him by surprise…

Now they simply stand there…

Accusing him of lies…

He’s tied on to a post…

Built upon branches from trees…

And the scent filling his nose…

Is petroleum on the breeze…

Coming under interrogation…

In this kangaroo court…

There is no judge or jury…

There’ll be no afterthought…

Each refusal to answer…

Brings the ending nearer…

He’s trying to be strong…

Yet inside he’s full of fear…

As the baying pack mentality…

Want his blood to be spilled…

And a swift conclusion…

That will see him killed…

Sending out a message…

To their perceived enemies…

That they are in charge…

In order that nobody sees…

Any chink of weakness…

Within their armoury…

Because swift retribution…

Is what this will be…

But he stands strong…

In the face of their hatred…

Knowing that his life…

Will soon be terminated…

And his soul will ascend…

Wearing a fallen heroes crown…

As the strike of just one match…

Begins the final countdown…

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amazing art by http://severeene.deviantart.com/art/Burnt-at-the-stake-28763854

“We may lose and we may win”…

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So, in the midst of a busy week that has thrown up more questions than answers on a personal matter, this blog was nominated for an award. Nominated twice actually, which really made me smile and was quite humbling.

It is not the first time; you may remember that previously, the lovely Nina from http://wordsthatflowlikewater.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/inspiring-the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/  Nominated this blog for the “Very Inspiring Blog” award – which was really nice of her.

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This achievement has now been followed up by both Richard from http://richardankerswrites.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/the-versatile-blogger-award/ and Christine from http://crissyb315.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/the-versatile-blogger-award/ nominating this blog for the “Versatile blogger award”.  Which again, is really nice and I am truly humbled.

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Both these awards come with things that need to be done and I have to admit, I am pretty poor at these – however, the fact that these awards come from wordpress peers does mean a lot and whilst I have little of interest about myself to do any sort of list, I do feel the need to spread the word of others blogs.

The below are 10 blogs that I read and follow – and I would encourage you to try them out for size – these are just a snapshot as I follow a huge amount – so if your blog isn’t below, it is not reflection on you – more an opportunity.

Please leave a comment and let people know where they can find you – this could be an opportunity for all of us to build up our wordpress base? Not sure if this will even work, but don’t be shy – we all want to be read – even if we do not think what we produce is worth reading!

So, here is a snapshot in addition to the 3 above and in no order:

http://stevehi312.wordpress.com/

http://helenvalentina.com/

http://shakeyourtailfeathers.wordpress.com/

http://busymindthinking.com/

http://kwicksand.wordpress.com/

http://apurvakj.wordpress.com/

http://sagedoyle.wordpress.com/

http://thedrugstorenotebook.co/

http://randomblurting.wordpress.com

https://morganlefaysblog.wordpress.com/

So, a song to leave this ramble – I watched an Eagles documentary last night and really enjoyed it, so have a few tunes floating round in my head – this one is a message for the weekend – “Take it easy” – no more words needed – well, unless you wish to comment!

Enjoy

” I just want to live while I’m alive”…

Bon Jovi – Manchester

Well, you couldn’t get more of contrast in gigs if you tried. From the tiny and intimate church venue of Ed Harcourt – to the massive football stadium in Manchester for Mr. Jon Bon Jovi. Now you may have been surprised that this was on my list, but you shouldn’t be.

This was my 3rd venture to see the all American walking ad for toothpaste in 5 years and therein lies a problem – I will come to that soon – but I caught him in the same venue around 2008, then London in 2010. Both times I was impressed to a point.

The venue has been host to many gigs since opening and you would think that, by now, they would know what they are doing. Sadly that wasn’t the case on many levels – from the opening of the doors delayed by a full hour – no fun in the baking sunshine – to the amazingly inept stewards, it was all going on.

However, I will focus on the music rather than rant at that. The support came from Band A – no idea who as they didn’t bother to introduce themselves – not too disappointing as they were pretty poor anyway. A nicer surprise was support Band B – Starsailor – who seemed genuinely chuffed to be there.

They engaged with the crowd and succeeded in keeping most of their attention – not a bad feat considering by now, most were pissed and desperate to see Mr Jovi. By the time they did amble onto stage, the crowd was really ready to be rocked and Bon Jovi began a 2 and a half hour trek through new and old stuff.

Here is where I had my issue -petty I know –  you cannot fault the work ethic, you cannot fault the enthusiasm of a man who I swear looks younger and more handsome every time I see him – much to my annoyance – but it’s not just his looks that are in some time warp.

Sure, the set list differs slightly and yeah, we go for the karaoke element – but Mr JB’s shows are now beginning to look a tad jaded. Same routine, same banter with the crowd, same pouting, and same arms thrown around to the same drum beats. Albeit lacking a certain Richie Sambora

There was really no element of surprise, other than he failed to connect with a cover of Robbie Williams “Let me entertain you” – a fact he openly admitted later on. And as the new stuff kept coming and the crowd chatter got louder, only 2 further covers (The Doors and Status Quo) really got things back into the groove.

The hits were all there and really, thats why a good 2 thirds were there and the show ended with “Living on a prayer” – but whilst his new stuff hasn’t been too shabby on CD, his stage show is really “living on past glories” – which is a shame. I would not like to be one of the “Gold circle” repeat concert attendees to spend fortunes and witness it time after time – even if he did take time out to thank them.

So all in all, it was a bit of disappointment – the Pink concert knocked spots of this and if you read this Mr Jovi – I really do like you, but time to rip apart the setlist and the live set up – strip it back – get into arenas or smaller venues for a couple of nights and remind yourself what makes you special – because as much as people take the piss out of Bon Jovi at times, he is and their music was the soundtrack to a generation.

But hey, what do I know! Next up is KT Tunstall in Leeds on Monday – really interested to hear her new stuff as the last I heard of her, she was working with Mr Neil Finn on the 7 Worlds Collide part 2 project.

Anyway, here endth this ramble and here be Mr Bon Jovi with “It’s my life” – which is frankly fucking excellent.

Enjoy