20150117 If Randy California's estate beats Led Zeppelin, then the last 250 years of music is up for grabs.

Stairway to Heaven has, reports say, earn USD659 million in royalties for the band that wrote it, England's Led Zeppelin.

But someone says he wrote it, and his heirs are suing Zep for at least a chunk of the money.

But here's the thing: it's not a rip-off, it's not a copy, it's not even an homage. For sure, Randy California's "Taurus" which he recorded with his then band Spirit, which was Led Zeppelin's support band has some similarity to Stairway to Heaven but it's not close enough, surely.


20150213 Big Bang ( not Theory ) - To The Mountain

I've had to delete series 3 of Lillyhammer from my PVR; I kept watching it not because it was brilliant (it was, of course) but because, especially in the last episode, 8, the music was outstanding.


20150209 When someone dies...

A very close friend recently had a bereavement: his mother died.

She was a wonderful woman: I know everyone always says this because of the convention that we not only don't speak ill of the dead but should actively say good things. We airbrush out the bad things in life and, sometimes, we paint in imaginary good bits. But in her case, it's absolutely true.

20150202 Despite what The Guardian says, tax avoidance is not "illicit"

Today, UK newspaper "The Guardian" published an article by Mark Anderson headlined "Africa losing billions from fraud and tax avoidance."

The article drew from a report jointly produced by the UN's Economic Commission for Africa and The African Union Commission which, in its summary of the report, refers to "illicit financial outflows." The "high level panel" is chaired by Thabo Meki.

The report is at the UN ECA website, here

20150131 Never going to see this at The Louvre

Here's art of the most surprising sort.

This chap pours molten aluminium into ants nests and comes up with surprising - and beautiful - results.


20150130 : Free live at the Isle of Wight - Mr Big

This is amazingly high quality footage given the circumstances - and the sound is good, too. 1970.

Koss doing his stuff - it's enough to bring a tear to the eye. Check it out from 2:45 - A Gibson Les Paul and Marshall Amp Stack. Where would we be without them?