Friday, December 24, 2004

Half Man Half Biscuit

LP Discography

Back In The D.H.S.S. (1985)
Back Again In The D.H.S.S. (1987)
ACD (1988)
McIntyre, Treadmore And Davitt (1991)
This Leaden Pall (1993)
Some Call It Godcore (1995)
Voyage To The Bottom Of The Road (1997)
Four Lads Who Shook The Wirral (1998)
Trouble Over Bridgwater (2000)
Cammell Laird Social Club (2002)

Friday, September 24, 2004


Buy an Organ
Google l33t
Elvis Costello
Julian Cope presents...
I Saw Sasquatch

Elliott Smith Posted by Hello

Dylan Live 66 Posted by Hello

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Radio 4 Live Islington Posted by Hello

Radio 4 - Live in Islington

"...tonight, ennui seems to be the word of the hour. After a decent start with an energetic "Calling All Enthusiasts" and "Our Town", recent single "Party Crashers", while greeted with enthusiasm, marks the beginning of a downturn in tonight's events when it manages the rarity of actually sounding less interesting live than on record. A handful of kids shake their limbs in a frenzy at the front of the Academy as if they were at the centre of the world's most hardcore club but, ultimately, the sound just doesn't seem to fill the venue."

Taken from You're So Old Street

Monday, September 20, 2004

I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one...

God bless Brian Clough.
Always outspoken, never wrong.
King amongst men.

Brian Clough
21st March - 20 September 2004

"I want no epitaphs of profound history and all that type of thing. I contributed - I would hope they would say that, and I would hope somebody liked me"

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Conformity: A Mini Essay

Conformity can be defined as adjusting your behaviour or thinking to match those of other people or a group standard. This can be due to a desire to fit in or be accepted - ‘normative influence’ and believing the knowledge of others is superior – ‘informational influence’.

Previous research into conformity has been conducted by Sherif (1935), Asch (1951,1956).

Sherif tested conformity using the ‘auto kinetic effect’: when looking at a stationary spot of light in the dark, small eye movements make the light appear to move. Participants were tested first as individuals and asked to estimate how far they thought the light had moved. They were then put into groups and asked to again estimate how far they thought the light had moved. Results showed when tested individually, all the participants had very different estimates, but group results showed that estimates had amalgamated to form a group norm. Sherif believed that he had shown the existence of conformity. The participants had experienced informational influence. Asch (1951,1956), however was critical of Sherif’s study, claiming the task was ambiguous and therefore meant it was hard to draw full conclusions on conformity. People are likely to rely on the potential knowledge of others if they are not sure about the answer themselves. Asch went on to improve on Sherif’s study. His aim was to study ‘social and personal conditions that induce individuals to resist or yield to group pressures’. He designed a task which involved four lines on a display – A, B, C and D. Participants, in groups of seven, were asked to say which line, B, C or D, was the same length as line A. The first six participants were confederates and gave the same wrong answer leaving the real participant to give his or her opinion last. The results were compared to a second group with no confederates. The results were that the real participant gave the incorrect answer on 37% of the trials with confederates compared with 0.7% of the participants giving the incorrect answer in the control group. Asch believed he had shown the existence of informational influence. However, there are a couple of limitations regarding this study. Firstly, the study took place in 1950’s America, where conformity was more socially acceptable, and therefore may not be relevant to today’s culture. Secondly, the study could be said to lack ecological validity, that is the task set is not relevant to everyday situations – we are not often asked to choose which two lines are the same – and therefore the results may not be relevant to everyday life.

copyright - rory magurran 2004

Saturday, September 18, 2004

I'm So Bored With You(sa)

Yankee soldier
He wanna shoot some skag
He met it in Cambodia
But now he can't afford a bag

Yankee dollar talk
To the dictators of the world
In fact it's giving orders
An' they can't afford to miss a word

I'm so bored with the U...S...A...
But what can I do?

Yankee detectives
Are always on the TV
'Cos killers in America
Work seven days a week

Never mind the stars and stripes
Let's print the Watergate Tapes
I'll salute the New Wave
And I hope nobody escapes

I'm so bored with the U...S...A...
But what can I do?

Move up Starsky
For the C.I.A.
Suck on Kojak
For the USA

(The cure for boredom is curiosity)

copyright - m.jones 1970 something

Friday, September 17, 2004

Street Poetry

Street Poetry. What a waste of time. It's just an excuse for ANYONE who cannot write anything to do so. By saying it is 'street poetry' it is then somehow considered legitimate and worthwhile. For example, is this the worst piece of predictable, bland and useless piece of 'literature'. Ever.

The tormenting flames
Rage within my soul
Rapid waves
The screams of the children
Tortured beyond repair
Walls surrounding them
No-where to go
Trapped. Breathless
The pain grows bigger
Holding in every part of their being
It gets colder
They are lost
The snow freezes them
Movement is impossible
No help will come now
They are trapped like a big weight
Crushing their body
Death is the only option

The struggle to wake them from
This death will be their survival
And a start to their new life
Full of happiness, not dread
Free from that death within
That they’ve carried around for so long
Just like a ball and chain
Life is there if they want it
But they must strive to succeed.

Dont sue me.

When I get fit and grow bionic arms
The whole world’s gonna wish it weren’t born