Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Yes - it's a big plug. If you like good music then all go here - the first from Roberta Swipe (wayward schizophrenic sister of Bob). She's stolen all Bob's records and taken them to LA. She's really famous and plays golf with Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson although I think he only caddied yesterday as he was a bit upset about his divorce. Anyway - check it out pop-pickers - it's lumming good.

Here are ten things I've been meaning to blog about but didn't because I got too caught up commenting and amassing a huge pile of detritus to put up on yawnbay.

1. Charlie Drake finally popping his clogs.

He was in the same Twickenham nursing home as Fluff and Norman Wisdom. An absolute unique living gem of a bygone era. At least they are now all together chortling away in poptastic comedy special heaven.

2. My shock and horror having to witness Amy Winehouse massacring Monkey Man on Jools Holland at New Year. That part of the show should be aired in all schools to show children the first-hand and immediate effects of drugs and drink.
It was a shocker. And why did she keep hitching up her dress like a music hall scrubber? Although......her Don't Go To Strangers duet with dodgy-haired Weller at the end was a peach.
Before and after eating disorder etc is a bit rough isn't it? Let's hope she gets better soon.

3. The Apple i-phone is here.
I hate being seduced so easily by technology but it really does look good on the site. Cafe Del Nightmare has a good piece on it here. I'll probably only get round to getting one when my Nokia packs up - I hate all this must get the latest phone nonsense.

4. US airstrikes on Somalia - don't get me started!

Can someone just kill Bush - it would be so much easier.
I took this photo in Hackney last year. Dismop are a punk band by the way.

5. The fact that both Barbera (of Hanna Barbera) and Iwao Takamoto (legendary animator of Scooby Doo, Flintstones et al) died within a month of each other.
Their output and artistry was phenomenal. My photo doesn't really do it justice what with the double-take homo-erotic theme I seemed to catch on the fly. Oh well. There was a subtext to Scooby after all. If it wasn't for those pesky snoopin' kids.

6. And panicking slightly
as my Dad is starting a blog - it's called wet paint. I'll link to it when it's up and running.

7. David Bowie is 60. Happy Birthday Dave.

You are still bloody cool. This is Steven Spratt - he's a top Bowie lookalike just in case you were wondering.

8. I got mildly excited as I thought Little Chef might be history or left to rack and ruin like this one in Norfolk.

but it's been saved at last knock-ins. If they could do one thing - I wish they could stop all of their food tasting like heavily fried bread and your clothes smelling of heavily fried bread after having nipped in to use the loo!

9. Currently listening to Gasoline Alley by Rod Stewart. Lovely.

10. Planning a new podcast. Watch this space.

Ok off back to photograph the huge mound of detritus I'm selling on ebay. Can't stand it - people ask you such annoying questions. Would it fit in my car? Can you put in a cab to Withenshawe? Would my blind niece like it? Aaaarrrrggghhhh!


Blogger Robert A. Swipe said...

What can I say after such a generous and warm hearted plug from my chief rival in pod? How about, give me all your listeners and get off the scene laydee and leave it to the New Queen of Pod???

(I should have warned you all, I'm worse than Bob when it comes to saying the wrong thing to the wrong person at the wrong time and getting into cat fights...)

But seriously, thank you, thank you, thank you. And thank you again.

It was the other Marilyn who caddied, btw. Manson's swing is *definitely* improving, but Alice is still the one to beat. We've challenged the cast of Curb to a 36 hole Sensibly Named Stars versus Jews in Televison charity match. I'd better get back to my putting...

Speak soon,



p.s. Bob and I grew up just aroiund the corner from Brinsworth House. Glad it's still there - I can't see myself getting old and senile in LA....

12:34 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

We'll all end up in Brinsworth House sooner than we think at this rate Berta - what with your heavy-duty Qualude habit. Haven't you kicked it yet dear? I blame Bob - he was the wayward one - I hear he's become best friends with Heidi Fleiss and is into crystal meth now? Please tell me it's not true.

1:14 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Steven Spratt he eats no fat...

1:40 pm  
Blogger St. Anthony said...

Ahh ... Charlie Drake, gone but never to be forgotten.

Barbera and Takamoto shuffling off so close to each other ... coincidence or conspiracy?

2:32 pm  
Blogger dh said...

Strewth you've been busy. You may choose not to believe this but I downloaded that exact same picture of Olive thinking I might work it into a post somewhere someday but you beat me to it.

And I just downloaded Roberta's latest opus for later. When I'm in the mood like.

5:12 pm  
Blogger JDA said...

Bloody 'ell! RoMo...for days there's no posts from you then all of a sudden you write a small novel!

Will get round to listening to Roberta's new latest T.V pod?

Good Charlie Drake pic....the only woman I recognize is Valerie Leon..Oh Yeah!

There was talk on the radio this morning whilst driving home from work about the new Apple ipod etc, don't need one so I think I'll pass, but I can see the lure that will make them popular. There was a clip from a demo where the demonstrator was saying "It works just like magic"......I hear they come with their own wand?

'Gasoline Alley'..................... now let me search my memory...ah yes I have that somewhere in my album fact the album is the name of the song!

5:25 pm  
Blogger Arabella said...

Does appalling taste in evening gowns lead inevitably to anorexia?

5:32 pm  
Blogger JDA said...

Hmm....that's an interesting point.

5:39 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Dick - well - I didn't intend to do such a visual post but it just happened. Didn't take me long - I'm a very fast typer.

Jif - ditto above - meant to just write a list of ten things but the obssessive in me couldn't let it lie and I had to illustrate everything becasue I thought it wouldn't really make sense otherwise. Oh yeaaaahHHH!

6:38 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Arabella - god only knows but there is something very wrong going on in her head.

6:38 pm  
Blogger Annie said...

those photos of Amy Winehouse make me want to cry - she was so feisty and talented and had it all going on for her, what went wrong?

6:53 pm  
Blogger Istvanski said...

I never knew Norman Wisdom had died.
I'm shocked.
And stunned.

7:32 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Annie - yes I know - you should have seen her on Hootenanny - it was awful until the end where she somehow pulled it all together.

Ister - shit - I think he died - maybe I thought he did but he didn't? Maybe he is going to now because I've said it. Aaagh - I have to go and check. I'm sure he died....

9:24 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Whooopsy! He's not dead - he got admitted to hospital and had a pacemaker fitted recently. He is currently 'resting'. Sorry Mr Grimsdale!

9:28 pm  
Blogger Pod said...

i was later for 'an appointment ' today coz i got stuck reading your blog, and all day long i kept singing 'little chef' by frazier chorus. you have a lot to answer for young lady!

3:44 am  
Anonymous The Happy Little Chef Eater said...

Didjoo know that Bowie went to Bromley Technical School (probably, because all the biogs tell you that)? If I'd failed my 11-plus I'd have been at the same school at the same time!!! Trouble is I'm a swot and went to Bromley Grammar. Oh well. (By the way, that's a good one for your next codpast - "Oh Well", Meetwood Flac - from when they were reeeeally good.

PS, it's me by the way, the dreaded "what shall I call myself this time" bloke.

1:15 pm  
Blogger SimonHolyHoses said...

I rather like earlier Rod Stewart, RoMo.

When did Charlie Drake pop his cloggs? I didn't know. The world marches on.

5:32 pm  
Blogger surly girl said...

does anyone else think skinny (before? after? which?!)winehouse looks rather a lot like david walliams?

9:09 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Pod - glad you got stuck reading my blog - I hope it was worth it!

Wavy Chef Gravy - swat or swot? there's a difference you know! ;-)
Fleep Mac - I don't know much of their stuff - just the hits and some salacious tittle tattle about the blousy singer whatshername

Holyhoses - Drake's boomerang didn't come back around end Dec - sad.
Early Rod rocks!

Surly - hello! where've you been? Ha - I just looked agian at the old boiler Winebucket and you are SOOO right! Never noticed before.

10:03 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Pod - glad you got stuck reading my blog - I hope it was worth it!

Wavy Chef Gravy - swat or swot? there's a difference you know! ;-)
Fleep Mac - I don't know much of their stuff - just the hits and some salacious tittle tattle about the blousy singer whatshername

Holyhoses - Drake's boomerang didn't come back around end Dec - sad.
Early Rod rocks!

Surly - hello! where've you been? Ha - I just looked agian at the old boiler Winebucket and you are SOOO right! Never noticed before.

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