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Clouds by Zach Sobiech

The other day, I stumbled across this song and I was blown away. The story is explained in the video.

 

Not only is the song amazing, the way it’s performed and the smile on Zach’s face absolutely made my day, which is why I wanted to cover it. I don’t normally do covers but I just loved this… Here’s my version:

 

 

Many people since have asked for the chords etc… so here are the lyrics/chords. Apologies if I have made any mistakes.

Chords:

D, F#m, Bm, G All the way through…

Bridge: F#m, BM, G, F#m, Bm, G, A.

Those are the notes played, however it is advised to play with a Capo on the 2nd fret and play these chord shapes:

C, Em, Am, Fmaj7 (003210).

Bridge: Em, Am, Fmaj7, Em, Am, Fmaj7, G.

 

I fell down down down to this dark and lonely hole,

And there was no one there to care about me, anymore.

I needed a way, to finally grab a hold,

Of that edge you were sitting and, holding a rope.

 

And we’ll go up up up but I’ll fly a little higher,

Go up, in the clouds because the view’s a little nicer.

Up here… my..dear… it won’t be long now

It won’t be long now.

 

And when we get back on land,

Well I’ll never get my chance.

Be ready to live and It’ll be ripped right out my hands.

And maybe some day, we’ll take a little ride,

And go up up up and everything will be just fine.

 

And we’ll go up up up but I’ll fly a little higher

Go up, in the clouds because the view’s a little nicer.

Up here… my..dear… it won’t be long now,

It won’t be long now.

 

BRIDGE

If only…

I had a little bit more time.

If only…

I had a little bit more time, with you…

We could go…

up up up and take that little ride.

We’ll sit there holding hands and everything will be just right.

And maybe some day, I’ll see you again.

We’ll float into the clouds and then we’ll never see the end.

 

And we’ll go up up up but I’ll fly a little higher

Go up, in the clouds because the view’s a little nicer.

 

Up here… my..dear… it won’t be long now

It won’t be long now.

 

Enjoy playing the great song and Many Thanks to Zach. Big love to you!

A Town Called Hangshaw – by Jody Neil Ruth

Before we start, this is a book review… well, a short story review, which is in a book.

 

I haven’t reviewed a book on here before, or indeed a short story, and I’m not going to be making this a regular feature. Mostly because you can’t make regular features out of managing to finish one book in every so often. I’ve turned into quite a lazy reader. It’s honestly not my fault.

 

By the way, so that this isn’t my first ever book review, I’ll tell you I’ve just finished Charlotte Street by the absolutely lovely Danny Wallace. Go read it, it’s good… if I was a teacher I’d say: Charlotte Street by the absolutely lovely Danny Wallace is good, go read it. (You’ll get that if you read the book.)

 

Anyway, I’m not here to talk about Danny Wallace, I’m here to talk about Jody Neil Ruth. Why? I presume some of you probably aren’t asking but I’ll answer anyway. Well, I like Jody Ruth and I really liked his short story – simple.

 

Hangshaw is a Wild West themed zombie short story. Apart from The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl, oh and my own, I don’t think I’ve ever read many short stories. On that note, I’ve also never read a zombie story or a wild west one. This one though, was excellent. Despite the main character making me hungry every time I read his name, Bergervin (Burger Van…. anyone….? anyone…? Bueller?), he is well explained and well introduced in a short period of time, which helps, being a short story.

 

As I said in the start of this little demi-review, I’m not a reviewer of books, or short stories, or children’s toys. I didn’t add that, but I’m not. All I’ll say is, A Town Called Hangshaw, taken from a collection of wild west horror stories called, cleverly, A Fistful of Horrors, is awesome. It takes the length of a Wightlink Catamaran journey to read (tried and tested…) and is fun, funny, interesting and original. So yea, go read it – buy it on kindle or something.

 

I hope this has been helpful, although I will imagine, probably not.

Halloween

I intend to celebrate Halloween today in the same way we used to 20 years ago… by not celebrating it at all.

We seem to have fallen right into Hallmark/Clinton’s etc… traps and become a society obsessed with this so called ‘holiday’. Just remember, it stems from satanic rituals and some very dark origins. Granted, I celebrate christmas yet I’m not christian… however christmas celebrates family and love and being together.

Don’t spend a fortune on wasting pumpkins, tacky plastic crap and costumes; spend that money on something nice or give it to those who really need it.

Also, don’t encourage your kids to knock on the doors of perfect strangers asking for sweets or risk getting ‘tricked’. This is something I would hope you actively discourage your children from doing every other day of the year. Developing minds can’t cope with mixed signals; that’s just bad parenting.That could be the next Jimmy Savile’s door.

Enjoy your wednesday people. x

Gareth Icke – Remember Who You Are (Wembley Arena 2012) – A short film by tippers

So on Saturday October 27th, I was lucky enough to perform at a packed out 6,500 crowd at Wembley Arena with over 4,000 people watching online. Firstly, a massive thank you to David Icke for asking Gareth to play, and a massive thanks to everyone involved. I’ve been playing with G for a long time now and it was awesome to take it to a stage like that.

 

We went down really well so thank you all!

 

I kept a video diary of events – here it is….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1n5_2X4yhM

 

Have a look on NDL Photo’s Facebook Page for some pics of the event. If you have a video or photos, please get in touch!

RIP Neil Armstrong

I LOVE Astronauts. I can’t think of anything cooler than BEING in Space… Actually being in Space… that’s mental.

I would have loved to have been alive, or been old enough to appreciate the days when we, as the human race, where conquering space; not just putting men into orbit but landing them on other planets and safely bringing them home. It must have been an incredible time.

I can’t think of anything that will be a bigger step for us as mankind than that first step on the moon… Mars maybe, but it won’t be that first magic step on truly foreign grounds. I will be watching intently if and when we do however and I promise you that that man or woman will then enter my own personal hall of fame.

Today, however, we mourn the loss of the greatest of all the astronauts. The first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

In the grand scheme of things, this is one small loss of (a) man, one giant loss for mankind.

RIP Neil… Legends never die.

 

An Open Letter to Parents

An open letter to parents…

Now that the Olympics are over, I urge you to take a look at your children’s heroes. Over the last two weeks, we have pulled together as a country to support our nations athletes. Prior to that we lined the streets to watch good, decent and often brave and courageous people of all ages run with the Olympic flame.

We have all sat with our hearts in our mouths as Mo Farrah won the gold in the 10,000, Jessica Ennis completed an incredible victory in the Heptathlon or young Laura Trott won TWO Olympic Gold Medals at only 20. I would imagine you have seen your kids cheering them on, hopefully having an invigorated love of sports.

Now think about what you’ll be watching over the next two weeks. Will it be Big Brother? Will it be soaps or programs about celebrity wannabes with no real value to add to society? Kids are very impressionable. It takes one moment in a child’s life to see something or someone and say, “Yes, that’s who I want to be!”

Which of the following people do you think is more aspirational and more suitable for you child to grow up idolising and trying to emulate?

Amy Childs

Born 1990
Appeared in The Only Way is Essex
Came Fourth in Celebrity Big Brother
At time of writing dating a contestant from Take Me Out
Featured on many magazine covers including ‘Lads Mags’ Loaded and FHM and Gossip Magazines such as New! (Discussing her new fake breasts) and OK!Extra (Free with The Daily Star, discussing one of many heartbreaks)
Left school with 4 GCSEs
Has a Level Two and Three Diploma in Beauty Specialised Techniques

Jessica Ennis

Born 1986
Commonwealth Games 2006 – Heptathlon Bronze
Summer Universiade 2005 – Heptathlon Bronze
European Championships 2010 – Heptathlon Gold
World Indoor Championships 2010 – Pentathlon Gold
World Indoor Championships 2012 – Pentathlon Silver
World Championships 2009 – Heptathlon Gold
World Championships 2011 – Heptathlon Silver
Olympic Games 2012 – Heptathlon Gold
Current British National record holder for the Heptathlon, the indoor Pentathlon, the High Jump and the 100m Hurdles
Engaged to long term partner
Patron of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital charity and a Sports Foundation
Ambassador for the Jaguar Academy of Sport
She writes a column for the Times Newspaper
She has been features on magazine covers such as Cosmopolitan (On Fighting for her dream) and Time Magazine.
Jessica completed her GCSES, gained 3 A Levels and a Degree in Psychology.

 

I only speak for myself… but I know that if and when I have a daughter, I know who I would rather she turn out like. We shape our children’s future, we shape the future generation, we shape the future. I could do a similar comparison for any number of the boys/men as well but you get my point.

Now is your turn parents… inspire a generation; inspire YOUR generation, inspire the next generation.

Don’t let Great Britain become one big episode of Jeremy Kyle or Booze Britain in the next 20 years. Turn off the trash TV, don’t buy the trash mag, take your kids to the park. You might just enjoy it too!

I welcome your thoughts on this!

Peace and love,

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