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25 November 2012

Enzo e il Cattivo Tempo

It seems that I'm fast becoming an ambassador for great Italian music. I recently hooked up with a gentleman by the name of Enzo Azzara who hails from Ragusa, Sicily. Enzo fronts a duo called Enzo e il Cattivo Tempo (Enzo and Bad Weather) with Peppe Mazzei. The band formed two years ago, but Enzo tells me that he and Peppe have been playing together for fifteen years. I must say... it shows.

"Never bring a moustache to a beard fight"
Here's a quick update on my contribution to movember with
expert adjudication by Enzo

24 November 2012

Sharkfin Ukulele - Fitting the Frets (Take 2)

Time for another update on my Sharkfin Ukulele build. In my last post I was quite literally fretting over frets. I was tired and had foolishly rushed ahead with gay abandon. My head told me to take things slowly and make sure that I was getting things right. My heart told me to bang 'em in and thunder on. Unfortunately, my heart won out and things didn't go according to plan. I'm sure there is a lesson to be learnt here somewhere.

When you know it's wrong, but you do it anyway...
Photo courtesy of aintitcool

19 November 2012

The Electric Chair Podcast

Some of the more observant amongst you may have noticed that there are a few recurring themes that run through this blog of mine. One of them is zombies. Yep... the Living Dead. They can be sprinters, shamblers, dead, infected... it really doesn’t matter. Stick them in a bleak apocalyptic setting and I'm in my element. Dub it in Japanese, Spanish or Norwegian and I’ll buy you a pint. There really are no limits to how much shit I’ll wade through to find that little nugget of zombie goodness.

The Electric Chair Podcast

18 November 2012

Sharkfin Ukulele - Bloody Frets!

It was too nice a day not to do a little bit more on my Sharkfin Ukulele build. Despite the troubles of yesterday, I was still on a high... Things seemed to be starting to take shape!

Burn baby, burn!

17 November 2012

Sharkfin Ukulele - 3 is the magic number

I have a quick post for you.  Here's what I've been up to today with my Skarkfin Ukulele build. My last post talked about some shaping I was doing to the neck. Guess what? I picked up where I left off...

The 3 Morphs!

14 November 2012


I know it's the 14th of Movember... I did mean to do this post earlier, but I just couldn't find the time for it! I want to raise awareness and what better way than to dig through 'the crate' to find sheet music with some great vintage examples of Mos on the cover. You'll find these pictures further down this post.

Daniel Craig - a natural!

12 November 2012

Walking the Dead (2010)

"Everyone here is dead...
Every man, woman and child in this village is dead..."
What a load of tosh!

Hey butcher-boy! Are you dead?
Walking the Dead, Viewtop Pictures 2010

Imagine a small out-of-the-way town in China where the dead are resurrected by "walkers" whose job is to lead them to be buried. What would happen if one of these walkers started killing people instead? Yeah... it makes no sense at all.

11 November 2012

Sharkfin Ukulele - Shaping the Body

I spent a bit more time on the Sharkfin Ukulele build today. In my last post on this subject I prepared a blank for the body. Now I wanted to start shaping it. I almost came a cropper, but thanks to the power of Progressive Metal... I managed to pull through!

Progressive Metal Uke
It's the future!

Turturro Turnover

This is a little bit unusual, but I just have to capture this odd little sync whilst it's fresh in my mind...

Turturro Mando-uke
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10 November 2012


I have been touched by the icy cold finger of Progressive Metal. You may remember a post I did earlier on this week where I marveled at the wonder that is Hologram Earth. I didn't mention it at the time, but as good as the boys are, I did feel that they were missing a trick not adding in the devilish roar of electric ukulele.

9 November 2012

Dixie Banjo Ukulele

In this post I show you a quick glimpse of another instrument in my possession. I know that this will be of interest to Thiago Medeiros. It's a Dixie! I bet you've not seen one of these before!

8 November 2012

Alvin Keech Banjulele

This post is for my pal Daniel Hulbert who is busy restoring a banjulele. A couple of years ago I was going through a crazy mad banjo uke phase. Truth be told, I think that I might have been a little bit obsessed. :-)

7 November 2012

Hologram Earth

The wonderful thing about having my own blog is that I can write about whatever I want! One week it can be Disco, the next, the merits of having a zombie survival plan. Today I'm going to share with you a few thoughts on Progressive Metal.

Hologram Earth

4 November 2012

Sharkfin Ukulele - Jiggery-Pokery

Here's a very quick update on my adventures in making my Sharkfin Ukulele. I've been experimenting with a technique for cutting the blank for the body. Today's post is all about width...

Movember is here again! This year I shall be attempting a "Motorhead"
as chosen by my colleagues at work. Please support Movember and
if you do nothing else this month... go for your yearly checkup!
If you do it, then I promise I will...

3 November 2012

The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Last night I dug out The Magnificent Seven thinking that it would be right up my son's street. What with cowboys and shooting, how could it fail to please? J-Uke took one look at the opening credits and said: "Oh yeah... The Magnificent Seven... I've seen this... They all die at the end..."


Count these...
The Magnificent Seven, MGM 1960

2 November 2012

El Pancho & Los Dorados - Appunti di Viaggio (2012)

The wonderful thing about ukulele is that it can be turned to a wide range of musical styles, and despite its small stature and unassuming nature, you don't need much else by way of accompaniment to put a song together.

Well, I have something for you...

El Pancho & Los Dorados - Appunti di Viaggio