I'm listening to some old live recordings of the STICK MEN, while dipping into the TOUR OF TURKEY cycle race with the sound down (seems I can only get it online with Turkish commentary!). The ambient improv bit in "SLOWGLIDE" goes rather nicely with some helicopter shots of the LYCIAN ROCK TOMBS at Dalyan...On my WINDOZE desktop, CYBERFOX remains as my DEFAULT BROWSER. As I see it, it has all the advantages of a stable FIREFOX, but for some reason, it is a LOT quicker to load than 'the real thing'. But whenever a new version of 'the real thing' gets a general release, I always give it a fair trial, in the hope that they've improved its notorious sluggishness once and for all. When version 56 arrived, I was delighted to find that many of the problems I'd had with earlier 64-bit variants had been cured. It's a LOT quicker, in fact it's pretty much caught up with its 'FORKED OFF' little sister. I was on the verge of making 'the real Firefox' my DEFAULT again after all these years. But then I found that I couldn't log into TWITTER on the new beast.
Now Twitter doesn't really like you using PRIVATE BROWSING. It especially doesn't like it when you use any sort of TRACKING PREVENTION. That is why I get daily email notifications telling me that there has been an 'UNKNOWN LOG-IN' to my account. The poor little twitbots just can't recognise you as a real person! I get so many of those in a day that they are forwarded straight to the bin now! Naturally, when I try out a 'new' browser, I immediately tweak all the 'SECURITY & PRIVACY' settings, so that I know nobody is looking over my shoulder all the time and that any 'HISTORY' will get flushed away when I close the window. My ideal internet browser would be a Windows or Linux version of Android's FIREFOX FOCUS, which does all that for you at the click of a single button.
1. Sir David Attenborough and the BBC Natural History Unit are alone worth the licence fee.Having tried the new FIREFOX for a while and determined that "IT'S NOT QUITE THERE YET", I'm back on CYBERFOX. But the problem still stands that TWITTER has got very sluggish on the latest flavours of 'Fox. Something has changed. Considering how fast Foxy has become at handling EVERYTHING ELSE, I suspect that it is Twitter itself.
2. Sea creatures are amazing and human beings are c**ts.
3. We cried over the ickle baby walrus, breathed a sigh of relief as it turned out the dolphins and whales were mates after all.
4. Anyone who is still watching "The X Factor" while this is on needs to take a long hard look at their lives.
5. Transgender fish? Climate change? Daily Mail readers are going to be apoplectic about the 'liberal BBC agenda' (again!)
I made myself available for duty as a HAIRDRESSER'S DUMMY and got me an overdue 'NEW BARNET'... I suddenly received some printing work from our friendly neighbourhood insurance consultants... I need to get one or two preparatory things sorted before FRIDAY, because that is when we venture out to darkest Surrey for the "JAZZ 'ROUND AT GOD'S GAFF" event with SOFT MACHINE...STOP PRESS (Yes, I know I'm banging on about this stuff, but it's important, dammit!)
Having done all that and found a solution that 'WORKS', I received an e-mail newsletter telling me that there is a completely NEW version of FIREFOX (itself) arriving.
It's called FIREFOX QUANTUM and it makes great claims to be "FASTER THAN CHROME". I'm guessing they probably do their benchmark tests on the latest quadcore Win10 machine with a state-of-the-art fibre-optic broadband, rather than running Windoze7 on a five-year-old Novatech 'build-it-yourself' with a woefully unreliable BT copper-wire, so I shan't be holding my breath in anticipation of any MAJOR improvement in speed... but, who knows?
I'm trying it in 'BETA' and I must say that, so far, it's ruddy marvelous! It really does OPEN a lot quicker and it doesn't hog the memory like previous versions. The comprehensive new home screen means that I no longer have to use up valuable toolbar real estate with all those shortcuts.
'Out of the box' it's a bit too Windoze10 for my aesthetic tastes (all those flat, texture-less, Lego-brick colours that everyone ELSE seems to like these days), but I can fix that!
As far as my favourite plug-in tools are concerned, there ARE one or two changes. A number of what they now call 'LEGACY' extensions are no longer compatible with this version, so I had to find alternatives. I've switched to their 'recommended' AD-BLOCKER. I now have to think of "STYLISH" as "STYLUS" instead (same only better!). But I no longer need my third-party COLO[U]R PICKER, because there's now one built into the 'developer tools' section! In fact, there's a lot of tools in that department that look interesting... Watch this space!
Week from Monday 6th November 2017Soft Machine - St John's Church, Farncombe, 03/11/17 *****
Well, at our age, given the choice between listening to a favourite pop combo while seated on a wooden church pew, or having to stand for a couple of hours in some grotty midtown drinking establishment, I'd say "Gimme dat ol' time religium!" every time! This is a refreshing place to hear music - I'd come here again! (even though we - typically - got lost trying to find the place!)
Only the second(?) show of this year's UK tour, but "The Artists Formerly Known As Legacy" were on top form tonight, with quite a few fresh additions to the repertoire, including some Softsongs that I've not heard this line-up play before ("The Man Who Waved At Trains", "Out-Bloody-Rageous" and others). Plenty from "Bundles" and "Softs", needless to say, but the set covered a lot of ground from "Third" onwards.
My personal highlight was "Facelift", which once again became the jumping-off point for some glorious improvised space-music, particularly effective given the setting. And I'll probably be 'earworming' "Song Of Aeolus" all week!
The sound quality was pretty good, with none of the reverberative problems you might expect from playing in a church. Everything was clearly audible but, it has to be said, John Marshall's drum sound wasn't that great. (They decided to rely on a couple of overhead mikes to pick up the 'acoustic' sound instead of properly close-miking the kit. His solo feature sounded a blurry mess as a consequence. But that's jazz, I suppose...) Roy Babbington's bass still bubbles along in fine fashion and John Etheridge's guitar playing is astonishingly diverse in style yet always distinctive. Theo Travis was my 'star of the show' once again, not only for his peerless sax and flute work, but for his increasing armoury of electronics... Great show, great venue, great atmosphere! (Setlist will hopefully follow soon!)
First SetThere! The London Jazz News piece also included this quote from JOHN ETHERIDGE, which I can certainly relate to:- "Maybe it's a jazz thing... I play a lot of tunes where I've never heard the original. Some would say that's disrespectful, you should go to the original and check out what the artist originally intended and then, perhaps, put your own spin on it. But I don't do that..." (Just for the record, I am currently working up a version of THELONIOUS MONK's "Straight No Chaser" for a possible NET PROPHET project, without first listening to any previous recordings of same. Not to mention the "STRANGE DAZE" project of some years ago, when we Filth-O-Boppers covered an entire DOORS album without once sounding anything like the original...)
>> Land of the Bag Snake
In The Back Room
Chloe and the Pirates
Voyage Beyond Seven
Song of Aeolus
The Tale of Taliesin
The Man Who Waved At Trains
>> The Last Day
Out of Season
The Relegation of Pluto
>> Two Down
>> Pump Room
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