Category Archives: Cool links and Fun things!

The Old Border music video ‘All Over’ (Filmed in our flat).

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The Old Border music video ‘All Over’ (Filmed in our flat).

I know, just when you think I could not get any cooler, a band goes and shoots a music video in our flat.

Let me introduce The Old Border, a lovely bunch of lads who formed their own band. Their song ‘All Over’ is on the following link on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOldBorder

You can also find them on their Facebook page on the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/TheOldBorder?fref=ts

The whole day was amazing fun. The flat had never been tidier, the actors were charming and the video was shot by Gauri’s (she is my gal in case ya don’t know) brother Amar and his fellow university course students. I was doing the final draft of a play and Gauri and I did the read through in a room stuffed with everything from our flat that needed to be moved out of the front room or bedroom to make room for the cameras. The final cherry on the cake that it is annoyed the neighbours I don’t like. They actually told me off for laughing. Swines.

Take care buddies,

David.

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Music that I think deserves more notice.

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Music that I think deserves more notice.

I wrote earlier about the desire to make it as a success. I also get bothered by people I think are really good that are not getting the coverage I think they deserve. So, in my own little way, I am going to try and alter that. I present to you bands and music that I have listened to this year that I really like and that I hope you like too. If you do like any of them, please take a moment to like Facebook pages, youtube channels, their own websites etc. Most of all, if you like something then pass it on. Word of mouth is still the best way to promote people. So, if you can, please do. They all have stuff out there, so I encourage you to go and do a musical treasure hunt and discover more about them for yourselves.

(In no particular order).

Mark Davidson (aka The Almighty Spit).

I love this guy. I am way too English to be able to rap in a kick ass way, so I love it when I find someone that can. Below is a link to a song called ‘Never Again’. You can also find a track on youtube called ‘March with the Devil’ which starts at 2.34 on a link from a podcast.

Dale J. Gordon.

A friend once said to me ‘I want to be cool. Like American cool. English people don’t do cool.’ I want to be cool like Dale. He has dreads for goodness sake. Also, he is a unique sound and I love things that are different, but good different. Below is a link to a song called ‘Ghost Candy’.

Mann Friday.

These guys have been going for ten years and considering some of the shit I hear on the radio, it baffles me how they are not bigger. There are so many good songs that I don’t know which one to pick. So, i will go with…

‘Sunrise Everyday’

Ryan Koriya.

Ryan is the bassist from Mann Friday and a singer/songwriter in his own right. Ryan is for the mellow mood days when I want to chill. I have added a link to ‘Ghost Rider’ which is a great song with an amazing video.

Lux Lisbon. 

I have only got into this band recently, but I know for sure they are keepers. I love their music and one of their songs is currently more than stuck in my head. I have added a link to a song called ‘Get Some Scars’ which is my favourite track of theirs.

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.

Deep down and dirty blues. God I love this. I really wish I was American sometimes so I could get into this scene and not look like a 30 something English guy trying to be cool and failing. They have a washboard and a guitar made out of a cigar box. Need I say more?

The song is called ‘Dirt’.

If you have any music that you would like to share in the comments, then please do. I am always interested in new things.

Take care buddies,

David.

Cool Links and Fun Things – Lux Lisbon.

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Cool Links and Fun Things – Lux Lisbon.

I think I started following a band called Lux Lisbon through a friend on Twitter. I am not sure, but it doesn’t really matter. I am super glad I did follow them. Stu from the band messaged me on Twitter to ask if it would be ok to send me a link for a free download of their EP? As you might have guessed, they are an English band. Who else would be so polite to ask if it is ok to send me something free? So, me being the freebie loving chap I am, I downloaded their EP ‘Get Some Scars’, listened and loved it. Seriously, these guys and gals are good. I don’t know if it is ok for me to share the link as it is not mine to do so. However, I have included the link to their Facebook page below.

https://www.facebook.com/luxlisbonmusic?fref=ts

Or, if you prefer the medium of Twitter, you can follow them on

https://twitter.com/LUXLISBONmusic

They are very friendly so I am sure they won’t mind you saying hi.

As always, if you could spare the time to like, share, tweet at Lux Lisbon, then please do so. Oh, and if you like their music please tell people about them. Word of mouth is still the best way of promoting people.

Take care buddies,

David.

Cool Links and Fun Things – Dale J.Gordon’s Monster Bum Series Volume 2 on The Chris Brake Show.

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Cool Links and Fun Things – Dale J.Gordon’s Monster Bum Series Volume 2 on The Chris Brake Show.

Dale J. Gordon has put out volume 2 of his ‘Monster Bum’ series on The Chris Brake Show. Fear not my English compatriots, the show is about Dale living homeless in Tennessee and not a terrifying badonkadonk. if you don’t know, badonkadonk is another word for bottom. How about that? Publicity and education in one post. I am the complete package.

Please check the show out.

While you are at it, please check out what I think of as the ‘parent show’ The Chris Brake podcast. They have grown to 3000 followers. You can check out their latest show on the link below. It has Coolio on it! Need I say more?

http://radiofubar.com/chris-brake-show-56-coolio-interview/

Take care buddies,

David.

Cool links and Fun Things – Dragonbride Blog Tour.

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Cool links and Fun Things – Dragonbride Blog Tour.

A drum roll if you please. Raani York is kicking off her blog tour of her new book ‘Dragonbride’ and I am very excited to be able to share this for her. Please check out the post and the links on it. I am sure she would not mind if anyone wanted to reblog this to promote her new book. So, without further ado, over to Ranni.

DRAGONBRIDE Blog Tour Start

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Dragonbride

(The Dragon Chronicles, Book #1)

Shalima, “Daughter of the Light”, was born under special circumstances. She was raised by her aunts instead of her mother because she needed to be prepared to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Scriptures, which told that she was the only Magician on Earth.

 

Her aunts carefully prepared her for her obligations and her sacred duty. She will have to get married to the Holy Golden Dragon, the King of the Dragons, a huge Earth Dragon with magical talents. She cannot believe that she is the “Chosen One”, who has to protect the Dragon Species, all of Nature and finally the Earth. But when she turned into a teenager it seemed that the Old Scriptures were right.

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Buy the Book:

on Smashwords: https://smashwords.com/books/view/479647

As an Ebook for following formats: epub, mobi, pd,f rtf, lrf ,pdb, txt, html

The Paperback version on Amazon will be released very soon! More buyer’s links will be available within the next week.

DRAGONBRIDE [e-book format]

 

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F_3784Author Bio

 

Raani York has been a high volume writer for years. She has published articles, letters, short stories, poems, continuation stories and descriptions of all kind. She also writes novels, some of which can found on her website.

 

Raani has been educated in Switzerland and in the U.S. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She also obtained diplomas in Graphic Design, Color Studies and won a prize as a Logo Designer. She speaks four languages and several dialects.

 

Raani York works and lives in Switzerland and the U.S. and travels often.

 

Next to her writing and her cats, Raani likes reading, blogging, Martial Arts, skiing, horseback riding, sky diving and enjoys playing the classical piano.

 

Contact:

Website: http://www.raaniyork.com

Blog: http://www.raaniyork.wordpress.com

Email: raaniyorkca@aol.com

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The mountains possessed a dark but seductive beauty, and they lay in wait for the ones who came through the Fire Hell. The powdered white peaks of the sparkling black mountain-world watched for them with longing.

The Diamond Mountains gave the illusion of being much closer than they really were, and many a pilgrim had been lured to his death by the promise of riches hidden on their slopes. These mountains were so named because of the rough gems strewn about the black volcanic soil. When the sun shone overhead the gems made the mountains sparkle and shimmer brightly, and at night they made the moonlit mountains glow with a soft silver light.

People, blinded by both their greed and the tantalizing glittering of the sunlit earth, imagined that there was immeasurable wealth lying there on the ground, just waiting to be picked. However, the mountains never betrayed the secrets they held. None who had ever walked those slopes could find the diamonds hidden within the black soil, for the mountains protected themselves.

Although healthy forest still grew in the foothills, the undergrowth became sparser just a few hundred feet up, and then the treeline ended. Where stunted trees would normally grow the forest just stopped, as if some unseen hand had cut it short. All that remained were dangerously sharp, dry rocks. Just below the snowline, the rocks disappeared, and the glittering black soil took their place.

Moreover, at the summit it seemed as if the Creator of All Things had dusted the peaks of the fissured mountain range with powdered sugar, for they were covered with a deceptively soft-looking, yet extremely sharp-edged eternal snow.

The mountains never betrayed their secrets…

And if a wanderer were to climb those peaks, going up to the Fire Hell and searching to quench his thirst at a splashing mountain spring, he would find no cool, refreshing water. Instead, these living mountains would seek to frighten him by shrouding the ground with a mysterious fog that made it impossible to see where he was putting his feet. Pilgrims sometimes drowned in the sulfurous pools of water hidden within the hellish rocks when the fog appeared, and if they left the main trails, they would know true fear, for they would be led down treacherous sidepaths that seemed to take them somewhere, yet actually led them nowhere but to their doom.

The mountains never betrayed their secrets…

Though many thought they would find the cool relief of the shadows by early evening, the ascent would continue for another three torturous days. During those three days, their throats would scream for water, and their eyes would tear up in the swirling sand. Blown up by the hot desert winds, the sand burned as it fell upon a traveler’s face and skin. Eventually their limbs would become heavy, and they would barely be able to move; thus, the wanderers would be forced to crawl on, farther and farther, until sheer luck eventually brought them to civilization… to people.

In a canyon between two hills below the mountain range there was a village. It had no official name, but the people living there called it Alpcateçu, which meant Oasis of the Mountains. Anyone who wanted to climb the mountains had to pass through the village. A few taverns and inns surrounded the village fountain, where a market was sometimes held.

Some houses and huts had been built in the wide hills and even at the edge of the forest… and in one such place, hidden within the woods, almost four hundred feet past the deepest thicket and connected to the village only by a sidepath lay the place in which I had been born.

Cool Links and Fun Things – Me!

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Cool Links and Fun Things – Me!

I sometimes forget that I should promote myself as well as other people. So, today it is all me, me, me.

I am going Richard Branson’s 70’s themed party that he holds each year for his staff. 2000 people will be there with food, music and drink. I am going as Gauri’s plus one.

Stay tuned for increasingly squiffy comments and photos. I will have face paint on later.

Peace out brothers and starts,

David.