Mobility Scooter Song

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Just a quick one. So, I’m doing some website design and promotion work for a local business that provides mobility scooter hire, repairs and sales services and it brings to mind a song by North West comedy folk group, The Lancashire Hotpots.

As the promotion work for the business is relatively serious, a comedy song featuring mobility scooters is probably not appropriate for use.

Well, as I haven’t posted on here for a while, I thought I’d stick it here instead.

Shopmobility Scooter by The Lancashire Hotpots

If you’ve never heard of them, you should really look them up. Enjoy!

This is one of their slower numbers though, so don’t judge them by it. Check out the fantastic “Chippy Tea”, “Bitter Lager Cider Ale Stout” and “He’s Turned Emo” as well.

And if you ever get the chance to see them live, get the’sen along sunshine!

Alternative Uses For Scaffolding

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Scaffolding in various forms has been around ever since man first starting building large structures that created the need for it. From simple frames with wood tied at right angles through to the complicated precision engineered system scaffolding in use today.

But it isn’t only employed in the construction and repair of buildings.

Due to its versatility, scaffolding is used in hundreds of other applications from a self-employed plasterer trying to reach a 12ft celing through to stage rigging and seating platforms.

Spot The Scaffolding

The following are a couple of examples spotted on my travels around the UK this year.

How about being used as a frame to hold the set for the Great Hall at Hogwarts as witnessed at the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour.

Or as a platform on the moving rigging used to animate the giant uncle in a Sea Odyssey as witnessed on the streets of Liverpool earlier this year?

Very impressive, eh?

Temporary Structures

One of the more common alternative uses for scaffolding in the scaffolding industry is for temporary structures.

Examples of such include:

  • Temporary Roofing – A weather proof covering that helps to keep new works or an existing structure dry whilst work is completed, perhaps during an extension or following fire damage.
  • Virtual Buildings – A temporary roof and saffolding walls covered by sheeting that can be used to create a temporary waterproof indoor work or storage area.

More Scaffolding

For more insights into the fascinating world of scaffolding, take a look at my previous posts: Does that scaffolding meet EU regulations? / Holiday Scaffolding II

Now that’s a big tree!!

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Not been on for a while, so this is just a quick one. Pause. Wonders how many blog (and real life diary) entries worldwide start with such a line. If I had a pound…

Just got back from a holiday to Vegas and California and thought I’d post a photo from my travels.

Sequoia National Park

The photo in question is of trees, but not just any trees, bloody big trees! Giant Sequoias in fact. Now, these aren’t the biggest in the world, but they’re quite close to ol’ General Sherman himself within Sequoia National Park.

Need a reference for size? The tiny dot waving from the bottom of the middle tree is my wife who is 5′ 10″ tall.

You’d always be able to find your way home drunk with one of those at the end of your driveway. Would certainly put arguments over leylandii into perspective.

And there we go, short but sweet…

Songs with the word ‘drive’ in the title…

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So we’ve tried writing serious and interesting blog articles (particularly proud of This time next year Rodders, I DON’T want to be a millionaire…), but the ones that seem to be most popular are the throwaway fun ones.

So, as Rock (mostly) songs with the word ‘fire’ in the title… enjoys a top 10 Google ranking, let’s have another go with ‘Drive’.

The Songs

Enjoy folks:

  • (You Drive Me) Crazy – Sugarcoma
  • Baby Can’t Drive – Slash
  • Baby Driver – Simon and Garfunkel
  • Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away) – The Deftones
  • Cemetery Drive – My Chemical Romance
  • Concrete Driveways – Northern Cobblestone
  • Devil Gate Drive – Suzi Quatro
  • Don’t Drive My Car – Status Quo
  • Drive – R.E.M.
  • Drive – Incubus
  • Drive – The Cars
  • Drive All Night – Bruce Springsteen
  • Drive By – Body Count
  • Drive My Car – The Beatles
  • Drive-In – The Beach Boys
  • Drive In Show – Eddie Cochran
  • Five State Drive – Less Than Jake
  • I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hagar
  • Interstellar Overdrive – Pink Floyd
  • Jerry Was A Racecar Driver – Primus
  • Midnight Drive – Mary J. Blige
  • Moonlight Drive – The Doors
  • Mr Cab Driver – Lenny Kravitz
  • Ocean Drive – The Lighthouse Family
  • Piledriver Waltz – Arctic Monkeys
  • She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals
  • She Drives Me Wild – Michael Jackson
  • Shut Up And Drive – Rihanna
  • Venus in Overdrive – Rick Springfield
  • You Drive Me Crazy – Shakin’ Stevens
  • You Drive Me Nervous – Alice Cooper

Did you spot the fake?

Or will you cut and paste it for your own list without checking? I’ll be Googling later to find out…

And the best?

A couple of good ones in there, but not as many rock songs as you might expect considering rock music is always used on ‘Driving Music‘ albums.

So let’s go for a glam rock classic from the very sexy (but slightly manic) Suzi Quatro:

In Conclusion

Serious posts to follow at a later date with no obligation to watch. Just click that Stumble button and off you go…

A tax on you know what?!?

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Its getting near the time of year when small businesses like myself turn their minds to financial matters and go in search of accounting and bookkeeping services to submit their annual tax returns.

So, following on from my Accountancy vs Lion Taming post, I’d thought I’d share another Monty Python sketch, this time devoted to matters of taxation.

Taxation?

Yes, and not just any form of taxation, but the ultimate in taxation.  Enjoy!

I included the longer version as it leads nicely into the sketch in a typical Terry Gilliam / Python-esque manner.

That couldn’t happen… …could it?

Well, to be fair it is unlikely, but daft taxes are not unheard of. For example, window tax which was tried several times in the British Isles and elsewhere, leading to the owners of a considerable number of larger buildings bricking over perfectly good windows to save money.

And the Catholic faith has managed to hold sway over the unmentioned act for many years!

Less tax policies = more tax revenue

For an interesting reflection on tax, take a look at the following short article: Why Income Tax and Other Daft Ideas?

Accountants I’ve spoken to have said very similar things, but of course, were the ideas in the article to be put into practice, they’d all be out of a job!

And then what would comedians write about?

Top 22 songs with the word window(s) in the title

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Tricky one this. Surprisingly for such a common word, there really aren’t that many songs out there with the word windows in the title.

True enough, if you do a search on any lyrics site, you’ll get quite a few, but they’re from some pretty obscure groups and artists.

Windows Songs

In alphabetical order then:

  • Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window – Bob Dylan
  • Cars Hiss By My Window – The Doors
  • From A Window – The Beatles
  • Girl In The Window – Bruno Mars
  • How Much is That Doggie in the Window – Patti Page
  • I Threw A Brick Through A Window – U2
  • Keep Passing The Open Windows – Queen
  • Lookin’ Through The Windows – The Jackson 5
  • Flowers In The Window – Travis
  • Mr Wu’s A Window Cleaner Now – George Formby
  • Open Your Window – Reverend and the Makers
  • Our Window – Noah and The Whale
  • She Came In Through the Bathroom Window – The Beatles
  • Steamy Windows – Tina Turner
  • The Window Song – The Kooks
  • When I’m Cleanin’ Windows – George Formby
  • Window In The Skies – U2
  • Window Licker – Aphex Twin
  • Window Shopper – 50 Cent
  • Window Song – Finger Eleven
  • Window To The Soul – The Kooks
  • Windows To The Soul – Steve Vai

The Best Windows Song?

Hmm.. Trying to pick the best from a bad bunch isn’t easy. I’m tempted by George Formby in honour of my childhood memories.

However, I think I’ll plump for some classic early U2, from the days before Bono disappeared up his own rear end:

Not Those Windows

Now then, most people will have guessed that the windows in question are the double glazing kind, rather than the well-known operating software provided by Bill Gates and chums.

You might be surprised though to know that a search on YouTube for windows songs reveals dozens of the following:

Keep watching. It gets better about halfway through!

A Bit Of Analysis

Well, like I said, there’s not many of them out there and most of those listed above were not actaully released as singles.

What is more unusual though is that groups and artists who have released one song with windows in the title, then often seem to go on to release another…

How’s that for brief?

Funny Garage Door Videos

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And the challenges just keep on coming… Last month accountancy and now this month I’ve got a customer who installs garage doors.

Ooh, now there’s an interesting subject to discuss. NOT!!

You’d think I’d be in real trouble wouldn’t you? Thankfully though, YouTube to the rescue…

The Budget Garage Door Solution

I’m not going to ruin this video with any intro, but just to say that some members of the fairer sex may not approve of this particular garage door solution. Hilarious though!

The Classic Just For Laughs Clip

You can always rely on Just For Laughs for funny clips involving the public. This one’s not bad, but it doesn’t feature as many funny reactions as they normally do. Although I do like the guy who tries to run up and stop the garage door with his hands.

The Specsavers Kid Garage Door Advert

One of a number of great adverts done by Specsavers featuring their advertising slogan, “Should’ve gone to Specsavers”. The basic premise of each advert is a funny situation where the protagonist mistakes one thing for another because they can’t see properly, hence they “Should’ve gone to Specsavers”!

In Conclusion?

Challenge accepted. Give me an awful subject matter and I’ll cover it.

Bring it on!!

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