heard on the wire

The alcohol loves you while turning you blue


Ten months ago I wrote, “And then there was one. Which, as you all know, is the most important number in the history of rock ’n’ pop music.” And now there is two, which as anyone who’s ever been to a sound check will know is the second most important.

For the commercially minded, number two may conjure up memories of those records that famously and narrowly failed to reach the top of the charts. Most famously of course was Vienna, the Ultravox single recently voted as the best number two of all-time.

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Let’s run away and join the circus


This photo was inspired by my good cyber friend, Bitrot, aka @pigonwheels, with a nod to Andreas Gursky. It reminds me of summer evenings in Switzerland, staring at the blue sky, watching the birds and waiting for the spectacular storms to circle in from the north and west, but could have been taken almost anywhere.

I’m glad that I didn’t title the picture; somehow IMG_0009 seems apt. It’s a name that hangs on doubtless tens of thousands of digital pics, as anonymous and ubiquitous as the image itself.

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