Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Bloody Nasty People, followed by some bloody nice people

News of a police raid on the houses of two men in North-west England has recently reached me via word-of-mouth on the internet. The police found "the largest amount of chemical explosives of its type ever found in the country," plus "rocket launchers" and "a nuclear biological suit." Were these potential bomb-makers your usual disaffected young Muslims, second-/third-generation Asians, planning on making jihad against the Western society they felt alienated from? Nope: they're both middle-aged white men, one of whom used to be a candidate for the BNP (British Nationalist Party - nicknamed the British Nazi Party and the Bloody Nasty People).
Considering the stuff they found in this raid, you'd think that it would be national front page news. Look at how many people talk about terrorism all the time, everyone is worried about bombs nowadays, aren't they? But no, hardly anyone has heard about this case. It made it into the area's local papers (the sources i am using - see links above), but has been only mentioned in small "Other news" columns near the back of a couple of national papers, and it doesn't seem to have been on national TV either. Strange, that.
Moving onto something completely different, although it could also have the acronym BNP (in this case a bloody nice party with some bloody nice people!) - I spent last Saturday night in at what you could describle as our "housewarming" party. We invited old friends and strange people from other flats in our block, so we could get to know each others' friends and our new neighbours. We laid on loads of cheap booze from Iceland (the shop, not the country) and snacks from Poundland, and flatmate Pete played videos on his computer and our makeshift cinema screen (my bedsheet + his projector), including various music videos, a SNL spoof of Harry Potter, the famously innuendo-filled episode of Rainbow (I used to love that show!), and a couple of videos that were edited versions of another two of my favourite early childhood TV programmes: Postman Pat and Fireman Sam. Postman Pat was dubbed to sound rude (he ended up as a some sort of drug dealer!) and Fireman Sam was reversed to become Arson Sam. Ruining some classic childhood memories, possibly, but bloody funny and got everyone in the room laughing out loud, so i guess it's okay then!
Met some other nice people on Wednesday this week too: I went to see the band Johnny Panic, and met a couple of old friends there too. The gig was really good and it is a shame that the crowd wasn't bigger or noisier, but i think it's because JP aren't very well known. Their typical style is uptempo rock with shades of pop and punk, like a combination of Alkaline Trio, Green Day and the Manics. Or The Clash meet Cheap Trick. With a touch of the Buzzcocks. Anyway... They're dead catchy, they're good live, and they're not bad-looking either... why aren't they big yet? They seemed like nice people too - me and my mates and lots of other people hung out with them at the bar after the show.
They played quite a few tracks from their excellent debut album The Violent Dazzling including the ballad "Coming Up Roses" (cigarette-lighter-waving stuff without being too OTT or soppy), pop-punk singalongs "Automatic Healer" and "Chemical Girlfriend" and the slightly heavier "Minority Of One," "Free Winona," "Warn You" and "Burn Your Youth" (the latter was particularly good, as the second half of the studio version isn't as good as the first half, but when they played it live i thought both halves sounded great), as well as their new, non-album single "I Live For" (another typical JP song: makes you want to sing along and bounce around). Good stuff, then.
Honourable mentions must also be made to the support band who had to cope with people mistaking them for Johnny Panic and asking them questions and stuff (I suppose that's what happens when neither the support act nor the main act are well-known) and to the people partying at the Cavern while dressed as pirates for some sports society's themed "social" (one of them looked exactly like Captain Jack Sparrow!).
Now trying to study and think up a solution to my current cash crisis...


Blogger The Wisdom of Wislon said...

Will keep an eye out for JP in HMV!!

Sounds like you're having a good time- ingenius use of a white sheet! :>)

thanks for dropping by my way

9:16 am  
Blogger FreeThinker said...

Cash crisis?

Just sneak into the clubs and smuggle in your own booze!

3:06 am  
Blogger Huw said...

I recently came across the full length version of the Rainbow theme tune by some hippy band or other. Worth checking out.

10:20 pm  

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