Posted 2 days ago

'VIEWS FROM THE EDGE' - 21st April 2014

Sex Pistols / Holidays In The Sun

Chvrches / We Sink

Blondie / Sreaming Skin

Anthrax / Antisocial

Hawkwind / Silver Machine (live)

The Electric Sunkings / Edge Of Time

Wara / Somewhereland

Lisbee Stainton/ Madron’s Well

Tuff Love / Sweet Discontent

The Burns Unit / Send Them Kids To War

Lyndsey Stirling / Crystallize

Chloe Howl / Rumour

Bombskare / Panic Button

JOANovARC / Peace Of Mind

Vostok Lake / For My Sister

Feral Conservatives / Wait For Me

Ollie Banks / Back To You

The Surfaris / Wipe Out

The Courtesans / Dirty Killer

Nena / Wir Sind Wahr

Gloria Garcia / Sin Amor

Camille / Canards Sauvages

Dania / El Hilwa Di

HER / E Tutti Cosi

Angelique Kidjo / Batonga

Posted 3 days ago

morsemordred:

Lisbee Stainton is literally one of the nicest people ever! I mean, never before have I seen anyone who actually reply to pretty much all of their fans. I know she’s not like super famous, but she should be, just for being nice!

I have to fully agree!

Posted 6 days ago

'VIEWS FROM THE EDGE' - 17th April 2014

Bill Conti & Natalie Wilde / Gonna Fly Now Now (John X Remix)

EMF / Unbelievable

Tiger Lilly / Walk A Mile

Billie Holliday / Strange Fruit

Fereshta / Global Nation

Laura Cheadle / Change (It’s All Right)

Trading Voices / Take Cover

Paloma Faith / Can’t Rely On You

Healthy Junkies / Manifesto

Massive Attack / Unfinished Sympathy

London Grammar / Hey Now

Sandi Thom / Flesh & Blood

Zoe Ann / Better Than Revenge

Electribe 101 / Talking With Myself

Leftfield / Phat Planet

Wishbone Ash / No Easy Road

Paramore / Brick By Boring Brick

Eleanore & the Lost / The Key

The Courtesans / Dirty Killer

Kenelis / Jealous

Nuyorican Soul / I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun

Eleanore & the Lost / My True Nature Revisited

The Stagger Rats / Fuzzy Fuzzy

Throbbing Gristle / Hot On The Heels Of Love

Kleenex / Ain’t You

Posted 6 days ago

MILESTONE FOR SCOTTISH BORDERS LGBT COMMUNITY

I have been informed that the original Scottish Borders Gay Group was established thirty years ago in April 1984.  I am keen to identify anybody involved either with that original group or who has subsequently been involved with the Borders LGBT community who would consider providing reminiscences, observations or hopes for the future that could be used to help compile a celebratory radio documentary to mark this 30th anniversary milestone.  What would be most welcome would be anybody who would be willing to provide audio input.

Please feel free to contact me via dstrachan@btinternet.com with regard to this project and I would be happy to discuss possible involvement further.  Any initial response to this exploratory contact would absolutely not be seen as a definite commitment.

I thanks you for taking the time to read this. 

Donald Strachan

Posted 6 days ago

'LUNCHTIME REVIEW' - 17th April 2014

Zoe Ann / Better Than Revenge

Electribe 101 / Talking With Myself

Tuff Love / Sweet Discontent

Wishbone Ash / No Easy Road

Fereshta / Global Nation

Kenelis / Jealous

Lisbee Stainton / Madron’s Well

The Electric Sunkings / Edge Of Time

The Courtesans / Dirty Killer

Steel Pulse / Babylon Makes The Rules

Barbara Pennington / Twenty Four Hours A Day

Stooshe / Slip (Kat Krazy Remix)

Scosha / Let Go

Eleanore & the Lost / The Key

Becca Fox / Pride

Gaptooth / Plans, Friends & Records

Frances Nero / Out On The Floor

Bastille feat. Ella / No Angels

Esther Phillips / Home Is Where The Hatred Is

Orchards / We Are Lost

Posted 1 week ago

feralconservatives:

Captivated for this Sunday.

Posted 1 week ago

HAIM @ Coachella 2014

(Source: daniellehaims)

Posted 1 week ago

Reach // Michael Whelan

(Source: translucentmind)

Posted 1 week ago

'VIEWS FROM THE EDGE' - 10th April 2014

Nina Simone / Ain’t Got No-I Got Life - Do What You Gotta Do

Lindisfarne / Run For Home

Rachel Unthank & the Winterset / Fareweel Regality

Lowemotor Corporation / The Fyin’ G

Pink Narcissus / Disinfectant

Tegan & Sara / Closer

Tiger Lilly / Affair

Paulo Nutini / Pencil Full Of Lead

Sly & the Family Stone / Family Affair

Beatnik Horrors / Storm In A Teacup

Sophie Ellis-Bextor / Music Gets The Best Of Me (Flip & Fill Remix)

Skunk Anansie / I Hope You Get To Meet Your Hero

Lykke Li / Get Some

Isaac Hayes / One Woman

Le Woodsmen / Keep On Running

Chakra Bleu / Imaginary Lines

Supertramp / School

Grace Jones / Crying My Mother’s Tears

The Courtesans / Dirty Killer

Warpaint / Undertow

Girls Aloud / Theme From St. Trinians

Stooshe / Slip (Kat Krazy Remix)

Highasakite / In And Out Of Weeks

Laurie Anderson / Smoke Rings

Posted 2 weeks ago

BRIGHTON MARATHON – RAISING FUNDS FOR WWF

I can now report that I completed Sunday’s Brighton Marathon as part of WWF’s ‘Team Panda’ on 6th April 2014. I wasn’t out to break any records and crossed the finish line 6 hours 41mins. We were taking part to help raise funds for www.wwf.org.uk

As part of my fundraising I produced a sheet of 50 anagrams from the more than 10,700 endangered species currently listed. I now post these for your interest, along with the answers at the bottom.

My JustGiving page remains open for donations should you feel that you would like to support this great charity.

www.justgiving.com/Donald-Strachan1

1/ Abe’s nasal dream (10) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

2/ African pine gun (7) _ _ _ _ _ _ _

3/ Black rich sooner (10) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

4/ Bornean groan a nut (9) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

5/ California a crabby ape (3,3,4)_ _ _ / _ _ _ / _ _ _ _

6/ Cuban cool cried (9) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

7/ Danube west centred (7,4) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _

8/ Delaware fancy havoc security (6,4,8) _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

9/ East African shhh I wrangled (8,5) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _

10/ European becalmed patrol (7,7) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _

11/ Florida primary fish (5,6) _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _

12/ Florida sho marvel (5,4) _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _

13/ Galapagos refusal (3,4) _ _ _ / _ _ _ _

14/ Guadeloupe powder coke(10) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

15/ Hawaiian ask lemon (4,4) _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _

16/ Hong Kong raw twenty (5,4) _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _

17/ Iberian dear razed mill (7,6) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _

18/ Iberian few mad idiot (7,4) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _

19/ Jamaican bald brick(9) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

20/ Japanese it describes (7,4) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _

21/ La Plata her livid porn (5,7) _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _

22/ Lake Victoria defecate sharp wit (9,7) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _

23/ Mississippi tidy show off rascal (9,8) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

24/ Namaqua drew far dad (5,5) _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _

25/ New Ireland yellower git (6,5) _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _

26/ North Atlantic hi leg wrath(5,5) _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _

27/ Oaxacan saner cloak (5,5) _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _

28/ Orange-fringed braver mire (5,5) _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _

29/ Peruvian i’m ignoble scum (8,5) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _

30/ Phillipine upper icon (9) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

31/ Pygmy I pompous path (12) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

32/ Queensland arrogant oak (3-8) _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

33/ Rainforest forging n run (7,4) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _

34/ Ryukyu nasty rip (5,3) _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _

35/ Sangihe ignorant graph (7,6) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _

36/ Sumatran ok occur on dug (6,6) _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _
37/ Sydney flaky grand who (4,9) _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

38/ Taiwan ugh sparkler (6,5) _ _ _ _ _ _ /_ _ _ _ _

39/ Thailand fanatic sight (5,7) _ _ _ _ _ /_ _ _ _ _ _ _
40/ Uluguru fang on arab (6,4) _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _

41/ Usambara grrr to often (7,4) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _

42/ Venezuelan if a shattering (4-6,3) _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _

43/ Vietnam now electric do (9,4) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _

44/ Waterfall forget cork (6,4) _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _
45/ Western dope fatso (9) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

46/ Xantus’s term rule (8) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

47/ Yanbaru this drab week (9,3) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _
48/ Yunnan chat hunt(8) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

49/ Zetides swill to a law (11) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
50/ Zululand pickle able mild (5,9) _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

ANSWERS:

1/ Abe’s nasal dream SALAMANDER

2/ African pine gun PENGUIN

3/ Black rich sooner RHINOCEROS

4/ Bornean groan a nut ORANGUTAN

5/ California a crabby ape BAY PEA CRAB

6/ Cuban cool cried CROCODILE

7/ Danube west centred CRESTED NEWT

8/ Delaware fancy havoc security COUNTY CAVE CRAYFISH

9/ East African shhh I wrangled HIGHLAND SHREW

10/ European becalmed patrol MARBLED POLECAT

11/ Florida primary fish FAIRY SHRIMP

12/ Florida sho marvel MARSH VOLE

13/ Galapagos refusal FUR SEAL

14/ Guadeloupe powder cokeWOODPECKER

15/ Hawaiian ask lemon MONK SEAL

16/ Hong Kong raw twenty WARTY NEWT

17/ Iberian dear razed mill EMERALD LIZARD

18/ Iberian few mad idiot MIDWIFE TOAD

19/ Jamaican bald brickBLACKBIRD

20/ Japanese it describes CRESTED IBIS

21/ La Plata her livid porn RIVER DOLPHIN

22/ Lake Victoria defecate sharp wit DEEPWATER CATFISH

23/ Mississippi tidy show off rascal FLATWOODS CRAYFISH

24/ Namaqua drew far dad DWARF ADDER

25/ New Ireland yellower git YELLOW TIGER

26/ North Atlantic hi leg wrath RIGHT WHALE

27/ Oaxacan saner cloak CORAL SNAKE

28/ Orange-fringed braver mire RIVER BREAM

29/ Peruvian i’m ignoble scum CLIMBING MOUSE

30/ Phillipine upper icon PORCUPINE

31/ Pygmy I pompous path HIPPOPOTAMUS

32/ Queensland arrogant oak RAT-KANGAROO

33/ Rainforest forging n run RUNNING FROG

34/ Ryukyu nasty rip SPINY RAT

35/ Sangihe ignorant graph HANGING PARROT

36/ Sumatran ok occur on dug GROUND CUCKOO
37/ Sydney flaky grand who HAWK DRAGONFLY

38/ Taiwan ugh sparkler GULPER SHARK

39/ Thailand fanatic sight GIANT CATFISH
40/ Uluguru fang on arab BANANA FROG

41/ Usambara grrr to often TORRENT FROG

42/ Venezuelan if a shattering FISH-EATING RAT

43/ Vietnam now electric do CROCODILE NEWT

44/ Waterfall forget cork ROCKET FROG
45/ Western dope fatso SPADEFOOT

46/ Xantus’s term rule MURRELET

47/ Yanbaru this drab week WHISKERED BAT
48/ Yunnan chat huntNUTHATCH

49/ Zetides swill to a law SWALLOWTAIL
50/ Zululand pickle able mild BLACK MILLIPEDE

BACKGROUND: To help ‘celebrate’ my 50th birthday I treated myself to a place in the 2005 Edinburgh Marathon, running in aid of Penumbra, I had initially thought that that would be my only marathon attempt – latterly I had been considering the possibility of attempting a second to co-incide with my 60th. When my daughter Stacey secured a place in the 2014 Brighton Marathon I thought that this would be a good reason to bring forward my planned second marathon attempt, from 2015, to enable me to take part alongside her. I had no problem in applying for another place in ‘TEAM PANDA’, as I am fully behind the work of WWF.

Donald Strachan 8th April 2014