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29 October 2012

Sharkfin Ukulele - Pattern

It's been a while since I posted any progress on my Sharkfin Ukulele build. That's because I haven't done a great deal with it. I've been waiting for parts and busying myself in other ways. Now it's starting to get cold, I'm going to find it increasingly hard to motivate myself. Will this be a mad rush to beat the snow?

Danger! Electric Uke! 

When I last posted, I'd knocked together a Mark 1 of the pattern and speculated that the tuning pegs would be key to getting everything sweet. How right I was!

28 October 2012

Just Enough Education to Perform (2001)

This week I have mostly been listening to...

The Stereophonics

I've been a fan of Welsh rockers Stereophonics for a long time. I remember them winning the Best Breakthrough Act award at the BRIT awards in 98 and Kelly Jones saying something along the lines of "about f*cking time!" as he snatched the trophy. It was a landmark moment and they've gone from success to success.

"Thank you" -

Into My Arms

Here's another outing for the Kingcaster Electric Ukulele. This time I butcher the fantastic Into My Arms by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. I bought the CD single earlier in the week and I've been loving it ever since. It's a love song plain and simple... and a beautiful one at that.

"König Uke"
Here's some art-work by Thiago Medeiros
Thanks Thiago for letting me share this
You can see some of my own attempts below...

25 October 2012

Ukulele Porn

DISCLAIMER: Those of you with a delicate stomach should stop reading now... you have been warned!

I realise that this post might be deemed to be a little controversial, but having thought about it for five minutes, I'm going to do it anyway...

This all started about a week ago when I got messaged by one of my colleagues on Electric Ukulele Land. I was sent a link to an item on ebay with words along the lines of BUY IT! To be honest, I wasn't that sure what I was going to do with it once I'd bought it, but I duly obliged. Yes... I am easily lead. The item in question was a postcard-sized print of this...

Is this ukulele porn?


24 October 2012

RoboGeisha (2009)

I've just finished watching RoboGeisha and you know what... it wasn't half as bad as I was expecting it to be! I think I'm starting to get a bit of a taste for Japanese films!

Plucking Hell! RoboGeisha!
RoboGeisha, Cine Asia Extreme 2009

21 October 2012

A Taste of Barnard Castle

I took a quick break this weekend up to the beautiful lands of Barnard Castle and surrounds. Got some great snaps that I'm going to share with you now. There is a real mixture... and that's just the way I like it! All photos were taken on my phone.

Advert for Lucile Ltd circa 1912
23, Hanover Square, London. W.

14 October 2012

A Taste of Bristol - The Stag!

Yep... I've been to Bristol again. This time it was in the name of impending marriage. Not mine, but that of a very good friend who I just don't see enough of. I think I must have visited every pub in the centre, but I'm not going to share any of those photos with you. Instead, here are a few of the more abstract snaps I took this weekend. All photos were taken on my phone...

Chilling in the lobby, checking the angles

Waghorn Guitars

You might remember my trip to Bristol a couple of months ago. One of the places I'd spotted last time as I walked along the river front was a guitar shop by the name of Waghorn. Peering through the windows I could see a workshop, but even though I was desperate to have a look inside, I just didn't have the time. Oh no! I thought I'd missed my chance!

By some freakish coincidence, I found myself visiting Bristol again this weekend. Better still, it turned out that my hotel was a short stroll from Waghorn! Can you guess what happened next?

Waghorn Guitars - 1 Mill Avenue, Bristol. BS1 4AJ

8 October 2012


That's it! I'm moving!

Well actually, the song is called Moving and the band is none other than the Von Ukes!

This is me and my kids belting out one of my all-time favourite Supergrass tunes. Don't expect this sort of thing to happen ever again... I'm surprised that they entertained the idea at all. It's not without mistakes or camera glitches. We made it to the end and that is enough.

If you couldn't tell, there's only one instrument: a soprano ukulele... this one in fact.

I'll stick you up the chords I'm playing later. What a way to start a Monday morning! Come on! Get moving...

6 October 2012

Ode to Uke (2012)

I came across an interesting little read this week by the name of Ode to Uke. It's a ukulele instruction manual, but not like any instruction manual you might have read before. Actually, Ode to Uke is marketed as a ukulele novelty book... and a love story! What on earth can it be about? Let me tell you...

"Ode to Uke"

It's about ukuleles! :-D

Sharkfin Ukulele - And we're off!

The second hardest part of any project is starting.

(In case you're wondering... The hardest part is finishing.)

King Uke's Sharkfin Ukulele

I'm happy to say that I have now officially started my Sharkfin Ukulele build. Today it was all about wood. I started with a big bit and ended up with two small bits. Here's how I did it...

4 October 2012

Who Goes There? (1938)

Given the small size of my latest read, it’s surprising how long it's taken me to get through it. Who Goes There? is a novella by John W Campbell Jr and was the story that inspired John Carpenter’s The Thing. Aha! I mentioned that I might get hold of this quite recently... and I've only gone and done it!

Who Goes There?

1 October 2012

[•REC]2 (2009)

It’s a poorly kept secret that I quite liked REC. The Spanish zombie film has a lot going for it. There’s tension, gore, horror, terror and an ending to literally die for. As soon as I’d finished watching it I tooled up and went out hunting for its sequel. REC2 promised to pick up where REC left off. Surely writers/directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza had lost their minds if they really thought they could possibly hope to top their first film? I just had to find out for myself.

If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?
REC2,  Castelao Productions 2009