All entries for October 2005

October 26, 2005

I quite like this song aswell

I quite like this song aswell, sounds a bit different from my normal style but it plays well. It has good lyrics aswell.

Rooster
Come Get Some

Baby it Dont Matter,
Anyone Can See The Signs,
I caught you looking over, with just a little bit of a smile,
You tell him that you love him, while im running through your mind.
Cos i know, that you know,
your cover will blow it's only a matter of time.

It's Not My Style, to try an cheat and lie,
why do you santify something that already died.
I've got something that i realise.

I aint gonna shout it from the rooftops honey,
Tell me i'm the only one,
Kick em to the curb and baby dont stop running,
Tell me how you gonna come get some.

Did you ever ask yourself the question'
Where the hell did i go wrong?'
Cos you know when it's true,
I'll be waiting for you,
So tell me how you gonna come, come
Come Get Some.

All those words your wasting,
Trying to tell yourself you need more time,
But whats the point in faking,
When you know your'll never make it right.
You say your head is blurry but i cant get you out of mine.
I don't mean to cause pressure,
but i just cant let ya,
go on while your living this lie.

It's not my style,
To let this pass me by,
Why do you santify something thats already died.

I've got something that i realise,
I aint gonna shout it from the rooftops honey,
Tell me i'm the only one,
Kick em to the curb and baby dont stop running,
Tell me how you gonna come get some.

Did you ever ask yourself the question'
Where the hell did i go wrong?'
Cos you know when it's true,
I'll be waiting for you,
So tell me how you gonna come, come
Come Get Some.

Pushed out and waiting,
Blackedout and fading,
Flaked out and shaking,
Just breaking for you [x2]
Freaked out and pacing,
I just cant go on like this forever.

I aint gonna shout it from the rooftops honey,
Tell me i'm the only one,
Kick em to the curb and baby dont stop running,
Tell me how you gonna come get some.

Did you ever ask yourself the question'
Where the hell did i go wrong?'
Cos you know when it's true,
I'll be waiting for you,
So tell me how you gonna come, come
Come Get Some.


October 25, 2005

Legendary sounding track

I came accross a song on the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos compilation and the guitar and whole sound of it sounds great. It's an 8min 22sec beast with a steady rhythm and excellent electric guitar. It's my song of the moment. I recommend you take a listen if you can! It doesn't have many lyrics for a song of its length thanks to the beautiful guitar solos.

Ted Nugent
Stranglehold

Here I come again now baby
Like a dog in heat
Tell it's me by the clamor now baby
I like to tear up the street
And I been smokin' for so long
Ya know I'm here to stay
Got you in a strangle hold baby
You best get outta the way

Road I cruise is a bitch now baby
But no you cant turn me round
And if a house gets in my way baby
Ya know I'm tearing it down
You ran the night that you left me
You put me in my place
I got you in a stranglehold baby
You gonna cross your face

Yeah
Sometimes you wanna start higher
And sometimes you gotta start low
Some people think they gonna die someday
I got news ya never got to go

C'mon c'mon up, c'mon c'mon up
C'mon c'mon up, c'mon c'mon up
C'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon baby
C'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon up
C'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon baby
C'mon c'mon c'mon

Road I cruise is a bitch now
Ya know ya cant turn me round
And if a house gets in my way
Ya know I'm burnin' it down
Ya ran the night that you left me
You put me in my place
I got you in a stranglehold baby
You gonna cross your face


October 10, 2005

Fire on Southend Pier – The longest pleasure pier on the planet

Writing about web page http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/jarvism/slideshow/southend_pier/

At 10:40pm on Sunday 9th October, Southend Pier suffered its fourth fire in 50 years. Most of the entertainment area at the end including a pub, restaurant, fish & chip shop, ice cream & refreshments outlet, souvenier kiosks, arcade, and train station have been burned down and collapsed into the Thames Eastuary taking alot of the floor of the pier with them. The pier has been devastated.

The pier on fire on during the night of Sunday 9th to Monday 10th October.

The fire was said to be up to 40ft high and could be seen for miles around as 75 firefighters battled with the blaze and got it under control by 4am on monday. They apparently encountered problems with lighting and visibility at night with the smoke and also with water supply at that distance out into the Thames Eastuary while the tide was out and fire hydrants damaged by the blaze. Hovercrafts were used to help control the inferno.

Southend Pier

By morning, the pier was still smoldering. The fire has cremated a good 130ft section of the pier which is virtually all of the entertainment area. Luckily the brand new (2001) Lifeboat station survived, although it is now without pumped water, electricity, cabled communication and is effectively cut off from the mainland.

The cause of the fire is as of yet unknown but it is being treated as suspicious. This is standard procedure untill more is known.

Southend Pier was opened in 1889 and has had extensions added in 1898, 1908 and 1929 bringing it to 1.34Miles (2.16km) which is its length today, the longest pleasure pier in the world.

As I said at the start, this is the 4th fire the pier has suffered in 40 years.
  1. The first was in 1959 where a serious fire destroyed the large Pier Pavilion at the shore end of the pier. This was replaced by a 10 pin bowling alley in 1962.
  2. The second fire was in 1976 which destroyed most of the head end which was opened in 1908 to be destroyed. This was made safe but never restored fully and the fire damaged area is still visible for tourists. In 1918 the MV Kingsabbey boat collided with the pier between the old and new pier heads severing the lifeboat slipway and permanently damaging the boathouse, although a new RNLI lifeboat station was built in 2001.
  3. The third fire was of that bowling alley at the shore side which burned down in 1995 (I remember it personally) and the structure was repaired and a simple open floor area was put there without buildings.
  4. The fourth fire, as you have read, has devestated the only other functional part of the pier that hasnt been damaged aside from the walkway itself. There is already hope that this will be restored.

As for restoration, the borough council leader Ms Anna Waite has already said

“We will be looking to restore it to its former glory. It’s a very sad day and the pier will cost millions of pounds to rebuild”

The former MP for Southend, Sir Teddy Taylor has also said

“It’s sad because it’s one of the great assets we’ve got in Southend. It’s a great place to walk down, it’s a great opportunity for people to enjoy themselves. But sadly it looks as though we’re in for a horrible bussiness again.”

A significant part of the Southend coast line underwent a major renovation a few years ago including dredgers pumping billions of tons of sand onto over 5 miles of beach to battle erosion and raise the beach level by several tens of feet. A renovation of “The Kursaal” and improvements to “Adventure Island” and the arcades along the seafront and the opening of a Casino have all helped to remake Southend-On-Sea as huge tourist resort. There has also be significant rebuilding of Pier Hill and cliff face involving large scale earth movement to give the whole area at the foot of the pier an entire new look, including a viewing tower, elevators, and new paths and steps to link the sea front to the high street several tens of feet above up a steep slope. The pier bridge which links this new developement area to the pier was also rebuilt. In the past 5 years, £8-9million was spent just on the pier alone.

All of this significant construction and investment was aimed at improving the area for the tourism, one of Southend’s already strong points. Southend-on-Sea has said to be Essex’s answer to Brighton in Sussex, and with a long south facing beach, pier attraction, arcades and other seaside entertainment, its a very decent attempt.

A view of the new Lifeboat station at the angled end of Southend Pier with a boat close by.

Clearly after all this work going into Southend, the pier fire devestation is a significant blow, but given time, Southend will recover. It takes more than a fire to stop Southend being one of the top tourist resorts in the South East.

Southend Pier before the fire from a helicopter.

For more photographs of the ruins, see the Southend Pier Gallery.
Images and content from BBC, Reuters and Wikipedia.


October 02, 2005

Group Project

AAAAAAAAAHHH!

Ok, so we decided to take 2 suggested fields from our mentor and merge them…. Electronics is so yesterday, the future is Photonics and Spintronics. Well, Optoelectronics / Optical Interconnects, and electron Spin magnetic semiconductors and all that shit.

One downfall of doing 2 thing like this is now its as if we are doing twice the work as a group. Or more work for ourselves individually. Me and Erin are going to get into the optical shit, even tho neither of us really know much about it, less so Erin. Alistair and Eugenia are hitting the Spin stuff, Vicky is hammering the basic theory and history to introduce and Rubens is going to bring the two together and draw it all to a close. Thats the rough plan. This does however kind of mean that me and erin, and Ali and Eugy kinda have a project each, and Rubens and Vicky kinda have to fit around the 2.

Hopefully it will all work out ok tho. Me and Erin need to read up alot of whats going on on our section. For me at least, as you would expect, once I know more about the subject I should be more confident in where to take it and how to present it. Seems a bit daunting right now tho.


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