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Review: Chav Punk Hobbit – The Quest to The End Of The World – by Jason Phillips

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Jason is a Welsh Musician, and in this short book, he details his most recent Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage experience. He takes the Camino Portugués from Porto, a follow up to his previous encounter with the more traditional, and more widely known and popular, Camino Frances. We find Jason alone in his hotel room in Porto in a dusky predawn, a crazed band post-gig, having departed, and left the protagonist with little money and equipment and a pipe dream to escape yet again on pilgrimage to Santiago. This book is a modern pilgrimage, a journey to self. We are not sharing the voyage of a medieval religious monk, we share our modern chav hobbit’s punk desires. He needs not mass, blood wine and body bread, but wifi, bocadillos and plastic auberge mattresses. Our modern day pilgrim needs not God’s guidance, but is savouring the beauty and tranquility of a rustic, muddy countryside, as his mind ventures into the pilgrim spirit and devours itself in questions of self-exploration. A host of characters is met and through the hero’s transcript of muttered profanities as he describes the lurid animals he meets en route we make friends with a myriad of personalities from dotted around the globe. Most notably, German astronomer-theologian Thomaas and later, Irish reveller and journeyman Eoin. Interspersed with Spanish natives and kind Portuguese innkeepers and waiters, our bubbly hero sounds off his thoughts and shares in the rich tapestry of life of his fellow men, all the time progressing his own mind’s journey and in a self-revelatory manner, touching our soul with more profound deeper and wise philosophy. Jason loves his woman in Wales. He never quite transcends and escapes his homeland of Wales. From the murky sacred Ulla river reminding him of his hometown, Newport, to thinking of his absent grandfather having disappeared to Australia on his journey’s End, nostalgia is always a containing force to Jason, preventing him from moving on and getting the success and desires he so craves from life. Is it money he seeks? He answers and affirmative no and sees it as a means to an end in life’s great journey. He does seek Broadband and Wifi, yet after we lose communications and move out of the realm of technological contact with the outside world, our hero is not lost but finds himself again and can let his hair down properly in…

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Shuffle Show – XPress Radio – Week 2 – 09.11.14

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  The Shuffle Show with Wez G – WEEK 2 – 09.11.14 – XPress Radio This week’s Shuffle Show on Xpress Radio begins with some laidback chilled sounds before special guest Flapsandwich (from Cardiff band Sicknote) beefs things up with his minimix after his interview with host Wez G. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Foxbase Beta Mix) [Heavenly] 2. Spiller – Cry Baby (Röyksopp’s Malselves Memorabilia Mix) [Positiva] 3. Sebastien Tellier – La Ritournelle [Lucky Number] 4. Flapsandwich – XPress Radio Interview – PART 1 5. Ninjah – Ready Me Ready [White] 6. Massive Attack – Safe From Harm [Virgin] 7. Flapsandwich – XPress Radio Interview – PART 2 8. Flapsandwich – SHUFFLE XPRESS MINIMIX 9. Ninjah -raw (Flapsandwich Remix) [WHITE] 10. The Lovely Wars – Oh! What Lovely War (Flapsandwich Remix) [WHITE] 11. The Doors -Break On Through (Flapsandwich Remix) [WHITE] 12. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole vs Flapsandwich – You Make Me Wet [WHITE] 13. Sex Pistols vs Flapsandwich – Dirty Fucker [WHITE] 14. Megman – Guitar Ditty [WHITE] The Shuffle Show is broadcast every Saturday Night / Sunday Morning from Midnight to 1am on Xpress Radio, Cardiff University’s award-winning student radio station http://xpressradio.co.uk MORE FLAPSANDWICH: http://flapsandwich.com Shuffle Show – XPress Radio – WEEK 2 – 09.11.14 – Flapsandwich (Sicknote) by Wez G on Mixcloud SHUFFLE SHOW ARCHIVE

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Wez G Sessions – Episode 13

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This week’s Wez G Sessions Episode 13 has a ‘Loft’ theme with several tracks that played a part in that nightclub’s history being featured. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. The Luna Project – I Wanna Be Free (The Higher Mix) [Black Label] 2. Amethystium – Arcane Voices [Neurodisc Records] 3. Röyksopp – The Girl And The Robot [Wall Of Sound] 4. Eddie Kendricks – Girl You Need A Change Of Mind [Tamla] 5. Bossacucanova feat. Marcos Valle – Queria [World Music Network] 6. Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own [Universal Records] 7. Man Friday – Love Honey, Love Heartache [Vinylmania] 8. Nino – Amor Amor [Out] 9. Sicknote – Death Before Employment [Tantrum] 10. Jody Wisternoff – Babylon Calling [Anjunadeep] 11. Atmosfear – Dancing In Outer Space [Elite] Wez G Sessions Episode 13 by Wez G on Mixcloud

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Surfing The Waves Of Creativity

Teahupo’o (Tahiti)… pronounced ‘cho-pu’, ..  I’ve been asked by my good friend, Johan Flapsandwich, to do a guest blog on his website http://flapsandwich.wordpress.com Flaps and I met 20 odd years ago and have grown up together as DJs and more recently, producers. We often get together for regular chitchats in Cardiff and have worked professionally together at various times in the music industry. In a recent drinking session, where I like to philosophize, Flappy heard me tell him a tale of New Zealand All Black rugby captain, Richie McCaw. McCaw is a flanker (wing-forward) and is widely regarded as one of the finest rugby players in the world today. He is an All Black legend and has amassed more international caps than any New Zealand player in history. The icing on the cake of his glistening career was lifting the Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup trophy on home soil in the 2011 World Cup. The All Blacks, if you are unfamiliar with the sport, are at the cutting edge of rugby – They are to the oval-shaped ball what Brasil are to its round cousin.  They determine the whole pace of the international game and are always innovating new styles. In effect they set the pace. McCaw, as an individual is one of the most highly talented sportsmen in the world. Why, you ask, is this relevant to an anarchic Welsh Music producer, most widely known for releasing the terror that is ‘Sicknote’ http://sicknote.tv onto the world?   I wanted to make a point to Flappy – that to reach the dizzying heights of ultimate success, there tends to be a formula. Those people who truly attain greatness in their chosen profession, have hidden secrets, that can be applied across the board. What is relevant to leading sportsmen, international political leaders, top businessmen, bestselling authors etc. can also apply to the world of music. Sure, we could find plenty of examples of success in the world of music itself… What makes Madonna tick? How do the Rolling Stones never cease to stop rolling? How does Brian Wilson imbibe from his muse? I wanted to keep it simple for Flappy and as I’d just read Richie McCaw’s cracking autobiography it was fresh in my mind.   Flaps probably hasn’t exercised since he left his caribou herd behind in the deepest Scandinavian Arctic and headed over to Wales in the first place….

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Mental Health Review Tribunal – Phone In Sick

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Sicknote are my mates – please support their great music! I’ve been up all night debating about whether or not to go to the Mental Health Review Tribunal Scheduled for tomorrow at 11am at Talygarn Ward, Griffithstown Hospital, Pontypool. I have an appeal against the Community Treatment Order (CTO) that I was placed on following my discharge from Section 3 of the Mental Health Act when I was detained a few months ago. When you are placed on a section order – whether it be for hospital detainment or one of these horrible new-fangled freedom-crushing CTOs – you get the right of appeal. Well – by law and the Mental Health Act itself you should get the right of appeal. I have been through entire sections without any appeal at all. What they claim at the Tribunal Office is that they are too busy, too snowed under to process the appeal. If you are lucky enough to have one scheduled, usually it comes very late on into the section. For a six month detention under section 3 you can expect to be waiting at least 4 months for your appeal hearing. After which time you are pretty much adjusted to the inner workings of the looney bin. Not that you should ever hold out any hope whatsoever of ever winning. The Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) service is there to make Mental Health look legal and just. It is a facade for public and media consumption. Yes – they’ll give you a sheet of paper when you are locked up as a patient, explaining your rights. If they say they do this it makes it a lot easier for all the politicians in Westminster or Cardiff, to vote in favour of more punitive conditions and laws for detainees as they (in the adept lying manner only politicans can really truly understand) can justify to themselves that they are acting justly and they can sleep at night. It’s all self-reassurance. Before you ever get a chance to read the slip of paper, they rip it back from you and get straight to the more pertinent and relevant to their work needle-jabbing process to drug and torture you. After several months of drowning in pools of your own drool and taking a break in your chainsmoking to slurp drool, while adopting a military like program of getting out of bed and getting…

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