Posts Tagged ‘music’

Visions of Gideon

March 6, 2018

Visions of Gideon, very moving song by Jewelia, from original song of same name by Sufjan Stevens.

Very French.

Footage from short films by Joseph Cornell: Gnir Rednow (1955), Nymphlight (1957) and Angel (1957).


Vital Nature

February 3, 2018

Do not deal with this company, once they have credit/debit card details, will bill for goods not ordered. Credit/debit card will be used for fraudulent attacks on bank account.

Daily nuisance phone calls.  Many in a day, a male and female take it in turns to call, often several silent phone calls.

This is harassment, should be reported to police, trading standards, local media and bank. Ask bank to block Vital Nature, their fraud department to flag Vital Nature as fraud, and to be vigilant to any fraudulent attack on the account.


Nuisance phone calls. Classed as harassment.

Foreign accent, possibly Indian.

Possibly linked to credit card fraud.

The number is possibly faked, as no response when called, does not appear to exist.

There is also an associated number.


Female, foreign, French accent or similar.

The number, second number, may also be faked, when called back, does not exist.

Both numbers are associated with a company in France called Vital Nature.


The scam take several forms.

They take credit/debit card details, then keep billing for goods not ordered, supply goods not ordered, goods ordered do not arrive, demand payment for shipping costs.

The goods they supply, the pills and potions and health foods, are what can be bought in Holland and Barrett at a fraction of the price.

The pills and potions are of dubious provenance, may not be what they say they are, are putting your health at risk.

One when analysed, was found to contain lead.

Vitamin D, a fat soluble vitamin, the dosage if taken was several hundred times the recommended daily dose.

They also claim, won a prize, or a cheque with your name is waiting, but to secure, only have to place an order, and it is guaranteed yours.

Once they have credit/debit card details, fraudulent attacks on bank account using account details.

If have any problems report to bank, trading standards and police.

It also important to warn friends and family.

If foolish enough to order from this company, instruct bank to block any transactions, also to be vigilant for fraudulent attack.

Vital Nature make many calls during the day, including silent calls which are illegal.

Why is Vital Nature still in business? The Office for Fair Trading warned in 2007 about a catalogue company behind the Vital Beauty, Vital Nature and Phyderma brands.

Why is HSBC refusing to flag in their fraud department?

Gourmet Moments

Gourmet Moments appears to be a sister company operates from the same address in France, operates the same scam, including the nuisance phone calls claiming money is owed for bogus orders or shipping costs.


PhyDerma, another sister company of Vital Nature, offering the same dodgy pills and potions.

The day after a bumper load of rubbish from Vital Nature, two identical mailshots from PhyDerma. Have won £150,000. The winning numbers different. Implies a sequence of these winning numbers.

Delivered by Royal Mail. Begs the questions why is Royal Mail aiding and abetting a known fraudster? Other than they are making money off the back of fraud.

Nuisance phone calls, same spiel as Vital Nature, you owe for delivery of goods not even aware had been ordered.

Parcel from Vital Nature

Parcel from Vital Nature, kindly delivered by Royal Mail.

At least half a dozens bottles of pills and potions? No, one box of cream.

Packed inside more offers, including another scam linked to Vital Nature, my Shopping Centre.


Vital Nature is the tip of a very nasty iceberg. Once caught in the net, details are passed on to other scammers.

One victim received seven letters in the post from one scammer, and that was one day and not the only scam post from scammers that day.

Catalogues, order goods, receive free gift. Then more catalogues arrive seemingly selling the same goods, same scam only a different name.

Mints offering must have commemorative coins. Once order one, they then ship coins which have not been ordered, for which they bill for if not sent back.

Long lost relative surfaces in Australia, would love to see family in UK, only lacks the air fare.

Another long lost relative has left money to you, all you have to do is pay an administrative fee.

You have won the Australian Lottery, to release your winnings it is necessary to pay an administrative fee.

Dodgy builders knock at the door.  Amazing how much work you did not know needed doing. The roof needs a special spray to make it waterproof, your lucky day they just happen to be running a special offer.

Dodgy builder takes note did you need to unlock the door when opening, did you check who was at the door first, was there a security chain across the door? All useful information to be passed to his mate the opportunist burglar.

Nottingham Knockers, a doorstep criminal gang selling cheap rubbish can buy at Poundland, operating out of a  warehouse in Nottingham, sob story forced to sell door-to-door to avoid being on the Dole. Details of house security will be passed to their mates the opportunist burglar.

The cost to the economy in the UK is estimated at several billion pounds a year, and that is thought to be an underestimate.


You are making the life of fraudster so much easier when you put all your personal information on Facebook, name of dog, where you went to school, where you work, name of partner.

Overwrite all personal information with fake information, then several days later, delete.

Never put live links on Facebook. If you visit somewhere, do not turn into into a live link.

Facebook is not a social media site. Facebook exists solely to collect personal information on you,  information which is then sold.


Surveys and questionnaires, do not fill them out.

These are scams to collect personal information, which is then sold.

Loyalty cards

No these cards are not to reward your loyalty with worthless points. They exist to monitor your shopping habits.

City of My Mind

November 9, 2017

City of My Mind, title track of forthcoming album of same name by Jewelia.

If familiar with her earlier work, this is very different.

Earlier work was like the young Kate Bush.  City of My Mind radically different, more mature, polished and complex. An Alice in Wonderland surreal quality, reminiscent of Jefferson Airplane, the video what would expect and come to expect from Imogen Heap.

The album is being crowdfunded on kickstarter.

Funds needed have been raised. Any additional funding raised will go to adding a couple of extra tracks.

Monsters  début  from Jewelia, released mid-August 2014.



August 23, 2017

Moving performance of John Lennon classic Imagine by Pentatonix.


Staycation Live 2017

August 6, 2017

Alighting at Godalming Station, every one else seemed to have the same idea, as most of the train disembarked and headed for Staycation Live.

I noticed yesterday and today the Parish Church was closed. Always open. I hope not a change of regime and no longer open.

Nothing on the main stage, the bandstand, either running late or previous act had finished early.

I had no idea who was playing in the cloisters.

This only serves to empathise what I raised yesterday, the need for a playlist at each of the stages and something saying who is currently playing.

I headed for Cafe Mila for lunch.  Excellent marrow stuffed with mince served with rice. It said curried mince, but did not seem to be. Curried it would have ruined the mince.

On heading back, I was able to suss who was playing on the bandstand, but not in the cloisters.

Sometimes it is easy, for example solo guitarist or folk or blues, but not always possible, unless you know them, hence the need for a playlist and who is currently playing.

Ice cream off Dylan’s ice cream. Strange, it tasted different to  The Village. It could be a different batch but I suspect it was colder.

I went for a walk along the river, then back to Cafe Mila for afternoon tea and cakes.

Lunchtime, Cafe Mila was quiet, late afternoon very busy.

On return, back to the hog roast then a beer.

I was shocked by the amount of litter. People were throwing their rubbish on the ground, or leaving on the tables to get knocked on the ground.

This was not a problem yesterday, nor has it been a problem previous years.

One of the problems Stayctaion Live now has is the same problem Ambient Picnic had which then destroyed it, becoming too popular.

Today, there was too many people, and it lacked the atmosphere of Saturday.

Unusual for me, I left early, late afternoon as the last act was only just coming on.

Dark clouds, it was turning cooler, although no rain forecast, I did not wish to be caught in the rain.

  • PHOTOS Staycation Live 2017 (to be added)

At Staycation there is always reggae, usually lots, this time none, or at least none I noticed.

Wish list for next year

  • Steve Lawson
  • Jewelia
  • Imogen Heap
  • Charlotte Church

Steve Lawson played Guildford earlier this year. sadly I missed him.

Jewelia has played Staycation in the past. She has gone from strength to strength. I am surprised she has never been invited back.

Charlotte Church impossible? Saturday night she played a free gig in Liverpool. She had been pulled from where she was playing, as running two hours late. Not wishing to disappoint, she offered to perform for free if  a venue could be found.

What of food and drink?

The Little Beer Co, as last year, did an excellent job. A pity they are not at The Village rather than an outlet selling the output of a chemical factory.

The Little Cafe Co are relocating to Brighton. Who will provide the coffee? Of those I have recommended in the past, one no longer appears to exist, another has said no, too far, which only leaves The Hobo Co, if available.

Bedda, two Sicilian guys serving pasta are a must.

Staycation Live is  a weekend event, Saturday and Sunday, first weekend in August.


Staycation Live 2017

August 5, 2017

I usually look forward to Staycation Live, but today in two minds whether to go or not.

Last couple of years it has not been up to its usual high standards and it was forecast rain.

I set off with warm jacket, then changed to a light jacket, as it was quite warm, though the forecast was cool, with two periods of heavy rain.

At Guildford, I noticed heavy rain, Godalming, very heavy rain. It also turned cool, the temperature had dropped by several degrees.

No choice than to wait at Godalming Station until the rain stopped.

The next train pulled in, then blue sky started to appear.

When I arrived at the park by the River Wey I was surprised at the number of people.  They must have got soaked.

It then turned warm.

A few drops of rain, until the next heavy downpour.

Hog roast off Milford Meat Roaster.  Quite generous portions, tasty.

A cappuccino off The Little Cafe Co. It was reasonable. At least not the awful coffee of last year. Based in Guildford, but intend to relocate to Brighton. They are in for a  rude awakening.

I was pleased to see The Little Beer Co as they did an excellent job last year organising the drinks. I wondered were they still around as no stall at the Guildford farmers market.

Various food stalls, including Thai, vegetation, and of course Dylan’s ice cream.

Later, after a visit to Cafe Mila to escape the rain, I had sweetcorn based snack off the vegetarian stall. A little bland. maybe add peas and chickpeas to the sweetcorn.

Violinist Mike Dennis was excellent, at least what little I saw. Looped violin for first number, then ruined it with rap. It was though impressive in the thunder and lightning.

It was then to Cafe Mila before I got soaked to the skin, which meant I missed the rest of his set.

A cappuccino. Not great.

Cafe Mila no longer use Bristo, catering supply coffee, which is a step in the right direction. Though Cupsmith is not much better. I tried a couple of weeks ago. Not good. It could have been the beans or or lack of a barista. They now have their barista back, today was his first day. Coffee still not great. Having got their barista back, they now need to buy in quality coffee beans.

On return I caught the last of a blues group  Mule Train in the Cloisters. They were good, the cloisters packed.

Last act on the main stage otherwise known as the bandstand La Inédita. Interesting fusion of Latin American, without the brass section,  vocals, or percussion, mixed with a little reggae.

I missed the end. It was catch a train, a couple of minutes to catch the next train, hope it was not late. But, at Guildford, for some perverse reason pulled up way down the platform. Had the next train not been late, I would have missed it.

Organisation good but at times leaves much to be desired. It is irritating little things, that could easily be put right. Lack of a running playlist at each of the stages, a sign saying who is on, lack of coordination between the two stages. It would be helpful if the programme said a little more on each of the bands, links to more information, a twitter address for example.

Usually I pick up loads of albums. I did not see anything on sale. That may be I was not in the right place at the right time.

Staycation Live is  a weekend event, Saturday and Sunday, first weekend in August.  On a Saturday it continues at various venues in Godalming.


Aldershot Live Music Day

July 29, 2017

If putting on a music festival, either do it properly or do not bother.

Aldershot Live Music Festival must rank as one of the worst music festivals in the country.

As always no advance publicity. They erect posters in the town on the day it happens. There had not even been any information at the bandstand, one of the venues.

Two stages, in the past three.

Why not one, as they cannot find the talent for even one stage, let alone two? Use only the bandstand.

By the bandstand, a handful of people, no one playing.

In the town, a small stage, an audience of zero, literally no one, a sole female singer playing a guitar, could not play, could not sing.

I cannot comment on the acts as I did no stay, but if anything like previous years, not worth staying for.

I saw better at a  garden party a few weeks ago in Farnham and at the Godalming Food Festival.

Why no concessions? I expected to find at least something to eat and drink. Charge £50 for stall by the bandstand. Though even if free, vendors would have lost money.

What is it for, other than to give the impression the council is doing something? It cannot be to bring people into the town, as would only find out if in the town on the day. And clearly it did not bring anyone in, as the streets were deserted.  I contrast with Guildford yesterday, town centre packed as though Christmas shopping.

The council needs to terminate this farce,  as an appalling waste of public money.

If there is money available, then hand it to the West End Centre and ask them to organise a music festival.

Let us hope decent weather for next weekend, Staycation Live in Goldaming.


Bartek Dabrowski

April 6, 2017

I came across Bartek Dabrowski playing in the High Street, just through The Stonebow.

I had seen him late morning setting up, as I walked past him on my way up the High Street, up The Strait, up Steep Hill, to Lincoln Castle, through the Castle to The Lawn, cappuccino at Makushi on my way back down.

He was exceptional.

I had a chat, bought a couple of CDS.

I suggested he be on bandcamp.

He asked where he should play, as he was new to the area.

I suggested walk to the top of Steep Hill and play in the square where it was quieter and people were more likely to linger and listen and where earlier, I had found a classical guitarist playing.


Satomi Morimoto

December 31, 2016

I had the pleasure of meeting Satomi Morimoto a couple of weeks ago.

I saw her at Teatro Timanfaya where she played jazz with ST Fusion, then a couple of days later when in a classical trio  OpenART Ensemble she played music from the film Amelie and the modern tango of Astor Piazzolla.

She is an amazing jazz and classical pianist, and has an incredible voice.

Film is at her house, then centre of La Laguna.



December 31, 2016

Berlin Live sessions, Dorian performed by Agnes Obel (piano),  with Anne Müller (cello) and Mika Posen (viola), from her album Aventine.