The best thing about this January is George Bush standing down, still without apology or taking responsibility for his awful mistakes. Glad to see the back of him. I wish President Obama well taking over the mess Mr Bush has caused by his ill-informed judgement and illegal war on Iraq. I see he has given his old croney Tony Bliar a big gong for assisting him in his stupidity. I wish Mr Bliar would disappear into obscurity and quietly enjoy the rest of his life without doing us any further harm. I wish Gordon Brown would do the right thing and call an election here. I wish the UK was not being run by Lady Mandy of Montenegro. I wish we had a political party and a leader worth voting for. I wish for a change for the better in the world.
I was busy at the end of last month so I did not celebrate my birthday until a few days later. My first ‘do’ was an all-party political event with my son Jack. I was invited to the House of Commons to meet and lobby MP’s of various persuasions about the second reading of (SNP) Peter Wishart’s Copyright in Sound Recordings and Performers’ Rights (Term Extension) 2008 bill. Doesn’t sound very sexy does it? Politics isn’t. It’s money and glamour that rocks most people’s boats! But Peter, as good fortune would have it, happens to be an ex-musician. The law on recording copyright ownership as it stands is mind-bogglingly unfair to UK performers. In fact is so unjust and inhumane that I have been considering taking our case to the European Courts for Human Rights.
I have put another video up on home page to keep you amused. My birthday, Jack’s birthday and Valentine’s Day are on this month. I am going to France to do some forestry to clear my head....
Did you like the Home Page video in January? This month there is another Smiths/Sandie collaboration video to watch.
Hope everyone is recovering from the shock of the first signs of Western economic recession! They say this is the beginning of the downfall of the Capitalist Empire. I say there is opportunity in all change. Now we are starting to experience our world as a global community, the impact of our actions on others is becoming more and more apparent. I wonder what the world will be like in 50 years time…
Closer to home, I am wondering what the website will look like this year.
We are already putting some changes into action. The most exciting for me is the prospect of having a multi-lingual facility. I know that foreign visitors would love to be able to browse around in their mother tongue.
The Discography section is also having a make over and tweak. So if you have any sleeves or information that is not already up please let us know.
The Fans Lounge area is still under discussion. I would prefer the content to be more user- generated, but not quite sure if this is viable after that ‘Forum experience’. Stephen had to be heavily sedated with large quantities of Sancerre with all the stress. Anyone out there got any Memorabilia to put up? If so, please send a jpeg.
The uptake on the download tracks facility in The Store has been great so I will be making more tracks available later in the year. So, quite a lot of work going on behind the scenes.
Meanwhile I have just undertaken an exercise training regime. My feet are better now and I want to be fit so I can keep on dancing until the end! I’ve just returned after my first fitness assessment and I just want to go to bed…..
Are you ready for change? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjXyqcx-mYY