Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Jack Vettriano Homecoming

The "Days of Wine and Roses" exhibit came to Kirkcaldy this weekend, the 27th of March, and will be here until the 2nd of May...Wicked! :D. Me and my family being of course admirers to Jack Vettriano's work we headed to the museum to see his new work first hand. His new material is excellent and it was brilliant to see a massive turnout at my local museum & art gallery however saying this, the que was so bloody long! Like almost at the train station entrance, luckily i was fortinate enough to be in line at the library entrance. When the doors opened at 2 the line moved quite rapidly which was not that bad, despite the pouring rain. We went purposly on the Sunday for the appearance of Jack himself doing a book signing but when approaching the entrance we were told that he suffered from a migraine and unfortinately he could not attend his own shingdig. I have to say honestly i was gutted that i couldnt see one of my influences at the exhibition, that was mostly why i went, but migraines are a bitch, i have suffered from a couple in my lifetime so far and they hurt so bad so i would of definately done the same and just try and recover at home. However with his absence the exhibition was still amazing, i had a great time just pondering and admiring his work. I was also thrilled that the exhibition came here to Kirkcaldy first and not London, i mean what pride to have it here first, this just shows that Jack has not forgotten his roots despite his huge success, and for that i say thanks to him, to a fellow Langtorian to an other. Overall...just excellent to have here in Kirkcaldy.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Possibly the biggest debate in scotland...youth and booze, christ...

Here in Scotland an old issue has been raging for aages upon ages...no its not independence from the old enemy, nor is it the control of major decisions such as what Westminister manages...such as the extermination of the ASBO chavvy gits (thats a pun, not seriousness) But no the biggest raging yawn upon yawn ranting debate is *drumroll* ALCOHOL!!!
Yes alcohol beats the likes of independence and discussions of getting more power in the debating chambers. Fair play it is an important subject and yes not just Scotland thats discussing about it, basically the whole of Britain is the european union's "town drunk" However saying this the amount of times that the government has tried to tackle this widespread issue and showing little effect is not really a suprise. For so long now some of the youth young as the age of 10 are starting to hit the hard stuff and getting wasted and as a 17 year old myself i do find this extremly tragic and horrifying. To be honest if i was a middle aged parent of a 10 year old i would certainly not let he or she out with their mates who i dont trust (you know like one of those odd, perculiour ones who are bound to get in trouble) and go out at 10 at night getting leathered.
I suppose parents can be the blame for not keeping an eye on their spouces, but saying this its not right to put 'all' the blame on the parents. I mean you have to think of the advertising of alcohol. On the television adverts for alcohol seem to glamorise drinking, like "DRINK ME, IM AWSOME" and the people who are drinking the alcoholic beveridges are enjoying it, smiling and having a thrill of a time. Its like its giving a message that the only way to really enjoy yourself is downing alcohol. As well as adverts, you have the commercialism of it, which is probably the epicenter of this disaster. Cornorshops, bars and clubs, they all do it. 2 for 1, 3 for 1, this was £15.00 now a £Fiver!!! Stuff like that. They bombard the casual cosumer with these bargains and offers of booze and for the greedy shop owners and fat cats of clubs and bars they get filthy stinking rich by the binge drinkers, ravers, the youth and the children buying the poison.
A story two years ago actually made me splatter my morning cup of tea. To read about a primary seven pupil of a Kirkcaldy Primary school (oh god the shame and embarrassment) who mixed alcohal with juice is just ashtonishing and shocking. Mean this is what Judy Hamilton the Labour councillor for Kirkcaldy had to say, "I think it's worrying that she's been able to get hold of this alcohol." Well erm...no s**t, of course its bloody worrying, look around you fool, we are unfortinately a drinking nation where you can go and get booze for as less as £2.something and you ever tried to walk in Cornorshops? Deary me...
In a nutshell this is an disaster, an epidemic where the youth are relying on booze to have a great time where in the great outdoors there is many facilities for the youth to have fun and take part of something they are interested in such as football, music or even just socialising. Alcohol is still going to ranted about in parliament, how this disaster can be resolved...but they dont the realise that while their ranting the kids are drinking away and harming themselves. Something has to be done...unfortinately im obviously not the being to end it but someone out there must have some grant idea of tackling this problem for good...theres just got to be.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Lochgelly getting a makeover...about time?

For those who dont have a foggiest what or where Lochgelly is...its a small town in Fife with a estimated population of 6,834 and as most parts of Fife it was a mining town until the industry died away in the 60's...becoming now what we call, a common crudd hole. Lochgelly is not exactly Park Lane, theres that sense of fear when walking around its dyer streets, aswell as this theres a strong minky musk that just makes you want to have a shower after returning back home out of Lochgelly.
Now i havent been through to Lochgelly in a long, long time but the last time i was there all i saw was chavs, chavs, more intimidating chavs, OAPS, ASBOS and chavvy trashy parents. Heck probs the best car that rolls on the streets in Lochgelly would probably be a...Vauxhall Nova?
I would rate Lochgelly as one of the worst towns in Fife (Glenrothes being the other) and if i saw Lochgelly and Glenrothes in a fistfight i would think they would both fall down in a drunken heap.
However, i've heard some news about Lochgelly getting a major...MAJOR makeover by some yank who created "the seaside" in Florida and is going to give the "good o US of A" treatment in Lochgelly...good luck with that Robert Davis *facepalm
In all seriousness im hoping this will bring a excellent outcome, making Lochgelly a prosperous and superiour town in the later years to come. Lochgelly is in extreme desperation for a major facelift and this will be a very long process but with patience, trust, will and determination...the wait will pay off, significantly.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

NME Awards 2010...possibly the best ever?

I love everything about NME and the annual awards show is always a treat to watch...but this years one (the first of this decade) was brilliant telly. I would have to say that this years one was certainly up there as the best. You had Jarvis Cocker presenting, The Specials recieving outstanding contribution and Paul Weller awarded the godlike genious award. When you thought that it just cant get any better than that, you then had Kasabian peforming with Noel Fielding being "Vlad" parading around in comical style, The Specials also peforming ^^, Biffy then The Big Pink...then Hole ¬ ¬. I loved seeing cringe herself Lady GaGa awarded best&worst dressed, creased like, then JLS for worst band (BLOODY CLASS!!) then Jonas Brothers again! awarded the worst album second year in a row. For the Phillip Hall Radar Award i congrat The Drums for achieving the award, they are a brilliant band...give "let's go surfing" a listen ^^
Unlike the bloody Brits i did feel that all of the NME awards went to those who truelly deserved it and unlike the bloody Brits it was just so entertaining. The brits was truelly a fail (it always is) and thank fuck we have NME, and NME delivering such a good telly program.
Overall it was sheer quality, loved every min of it...what a music award show should be :)

Its "officially" spring!!!

Its now official...its spring time! From yesterday spring made a long anticipated return to our lives and yesterday here in Fife there was a slightly better contrast of weather as well as being a bright blue sky. The sun was shining bright yet we did still have that cold breeze but i didnt care, i was just happy that it was March and its starting to get warmer! The sky last night was really immaculate also, full moon, no clouds and bright stars...perfect start for spring.
But i didnt really know that spring started at this month, i always thought it was April, but after research yeah its this month it officially starts. Spring is like the decent season in the year. We get warmer, coldness fades away, bright blue skys, bright sunshine, much lighter at evenings and everybody is happy peoples. Like winter is a bollock...who actually likes winter? Apart from if your birthday is in winter, if your a fan of snow, and christmas ^^. But put them aside and you just get cold, damp, numbness, colds, flu, bugs, darkness...basically winter is just the depressing season, the emo of the year.
Its bloody brilliant spring is here! After a drabb winter (again) we can look forward to the brilliant weather we're going to have in weeks to come.

P.s 28th of March...change the bloody clocks an hour forward...we have to ;)