Monday, 4 February 2013

News, Views and Music Issue 181 (Intro)

February 6th:

Dear all, have we finally seen sense from this Government at last? Have they really agreed to finally put back some of the descriptive indicators back into the disability assessments because under the planned new guidelines no one would have been able to pass the new tests at all (judging the blind on whether they could work with an imaginary guide dog or a wheelchair where the patient can’t afford one). Let’s not breath too many sighs of reliefs yet though – the planned changes in April are ludicrous and will lead to thousands more unnecessary deaths unless we keep changing things. Keep it up though, if we fight hard signing petitions (especially the ‘W.O.W. one) we’ll get through to them all somehow. Incidentally, it seems to have gone unreported but David Cameron ran out of so many arguments the other day that he actually swore under his breath at an SNP MP as can be seen in this video. Has he been made to apologise, explain himself or say why he ran out of erudite arguments and had to turn to expletives to get his point across? No, of course not. As ever in our British democratic system, he’s untouchable because he’s in charge and can get away with more or less what he wants. …

In the meantime our site has slipped back a bit from its peak of 200 hits a day at the beginning of January but is still well above last year’s average. At the moment our DVD special has now risen to first place, just above our two most recent Kinks articles. New in at no 4 is ‘The Who Sell Out’ (the only one of our ‘core’ album reviews in the top 10), no 5 is Wings’ Wildlife’, no 6 is our top 10 of AAA songs exclusive to live LPs, no 7 is our special on AAA books, no 8 is our review of Martin Kitcher’s ‘ATOS’ song, no 9 is our review of Denny Laine’s ‘Reborn’ and finally no 10 is our review of Cat Stevens’ ‘Foreigner’ from three issues back. What an eclectic mixture I have to say – I can’t work out what sort of articles are particularly popular at all from that little lot! We seem to have suddenly done rather well in Slovenia and Australia too – so hello to all of you new members who might be reading this! Thankyou for all your comments too, even the ones I don’t for the life of me understand (especially the lengthy piece about tax credits) – suffice to say I do read them all and reply where I can! Remember this site may have my name on it but it’s for all of you as well and without your input I’d just be talking to myself for page after page so thankyou again!

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