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      Welcome to the forum!   09/17/2017

      Please come in from the rain and sit by the fire! We're happy you found us and hope you will feel at home here.  

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  2. Banned from two gay forums for spam!

    I'm not sure you do either, given you posted this twice
  3. Banned from two gay forums for spam!

    Apparently Admins don't know the difference between a spammer and someone who is being funny!
  4. Banned from two gay forums for spam!

    Apparently Admins don't know the difference between a spammer and someone who is being funny!
  5. Last week
  6. Here are details of my favourite jazz albums. Some may think this is a misnomer as almost all of them are fusion albums but all were led by respected jazz artists. I am not a critic or an especially informed music analyst so I don’t claim these are the greatest jazz albums of all time or something similar – these are just personal opinions. I always like reading or hearing about what people like or dislike. Whether we agree or disagree with their judgements it can provoke thought and further enquiry. These are not listed any particular order of merit but simply alphabetically. Chick Corea (1972) Return To Forever An excellent fusion album with great work in particular from saxophonist / flautist Joe Farrell and bassist Stanley Clarke. Chick later formed a group of the same name which went in a more rock / Latin direction which didn’t particularly appeal to me. Miles Davis (1970) Bitches Brew A hugely important and well-known jazz rock album and deservedly so. Miles is really the man to whom we owe the jazz rock genre. The original six track album is excellent but the expanded version including many out-takes and material from related sessions is also splendid. It includes my favourite track of his - “Lonely Fire” - which includes Indian instruments among the rock and jazz elements. I am a big fan of Eastern (especially Indian) influences on jazz as will be seen below. Herbie Hancock (1971) Mwandishi Herbie had just done an excellent album called “Fat Albert Rotunda” within the soul-jazz genre but then switched to this remarkably experimental sound. The follow-up album Crossings is just about as good but this gets the edge for being first and for having a wonderfully-stark cover. Joe Henderson (1973) The Elements Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson worked here with Alice Coltrane. She was very influenced by Indian music and it is to the fore on this brilliant album. Quincy Jones (1970) Gula Matari Quincy is probably best known today for his work as soul / funk producer, most notably with Michael Jackson, as well as his 1950s and 1960s work as a band leader and soundtrack writer. However he did a couple of fusion albums in 1969 and 1970 – Walking in Space and Gula Matari. Both are first class but this just has the edge for me, most notably its stunning gospel-influenced version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Hubert Laws (1971) Afro-Classic An outstanding linking of jazz rock with classical influences. Right from the first track – a cover of James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” – it demands attention. Another highlight is the cover of “Theme From Love Story” which takes a nice but rather sentimental tune and gives it a darker edge. Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin (1973) Love-Devotion-Surrender I’m not normally a fan of the rockier guitar sound within jazz but this is very much an exception. Two outstanding guitarists collaborating superbly. Tony Scott (1959) Music For Zen Meditation and Other Joys Many may not regard this as jazz at all and I understand why, although Tony Scott is an acclaimed jazz clarinettist. On this album he works with Japanese musicians to create some extraordinary sounds. A few years later he did a similar fine album – “Music for Yoga Meditation” – with a more Indian influence but the earlier one is the best for me. Ben Webster (1959) Meets Oscar Peterson The only “straight” jazz album among my favourites but I could have picked many others by Ben and other tenor players. Oscar Peterson is probably the better-known performer but I think his work here as a side-man contributes to some wonderful sounds. I'd be interested of other people's favourites, whether it's just a single album or a larger number.

    I took to studying faces when watching films or just being observant. One of my friends seems to have a prolonged and wide smile as she works, if she's happy. The others may look serious at intervals but smile during chatter. Or if something pleases them. I also noticed how actors use expressions or gestures in a way you can sort of see through it if you watch carefully. I would say normal people definitely have much more expression than autists. Even their eyes are expressive.
  8. Pink Floyd after Roger Waters?

    Tbh not alot if anything ... Dark side of the moon (which people used to rave on about) never grabbed me in the slightest... the older stuff had an instant grab factor ... maybe its attention span related .... I get off put by long rock solos too these days. Back in the day I would listen to music for hours every day + study guitar for hours daily. These days I don't really have any listening sessions at all ... maybe I should look at that again as I could do with some focused some relaxation time.
  9. Take a deep breath and calm down. You cannot change what you did, but you can reflect on it and decide how you will move forward. I think it is a good idea to look at mistakes as learning opportunities, and reflect upon how you could have responded differently. From my experience, it is always easier to think of an appropriate response after than during a spontaneous situation. It is frustrating to not be able to correct it but it does no good to ruminate on it and make yourself crazy. Here is some wisdom for the future, however hard it can be, sometimes it is better to ignore someone if they say something that offends you. Just walk away if you need to. From my experience, it gets easier to not care about other's opinions with age and experience. I hope you are okay. Just remember, deep breaths, calming music, maybe a bubble bath or read a nice book, enjoy a hot beverage, take a nap... relax.
  10. Pink Floyd after Roger Waters?

    Out of curiosity, what have you heard from the post-Syd era?
  11. Yes, and I did make a write something about Romanian. But I don't learn by using these 'conversation techniques'. I don't have anything to add right now.
  12. Today a crazed bitch told me how, "Your a bitch and should go live with your crazy dad!" I grabbed her by her shirt and told if she said again I would kill her. Now I feel like committing suicide for having done something so stupid!
  13. Thanks for all the tips! I'll check into the drops and tea. I want to avoid feeling high at all costs, it sounds like hemp might be an option for me. Thanks again!
  14. I have tried CBD from a few suppliers for 3 months after a cancer scare and to deal with extreme anxiety. Results seem to vary greatly amongst different people. There are facebook groups (CBD users UK is one) that can be used to glean info. I did find it helped melt anxiety for a while. I've not had it a few months now ... maybe should try it again. My preferred supplier was CBD brothers. My preferred items being blue edition oil (few drops under tongue) and blue edition capsules 100mg (which also reduce pain). I believe the guideline is less is more. Some people use CBD vapes but I have never tried that. My partner has tried fiddlers elbow grease for a damaged knee ... thats a CBD balm that reduces pain. You can also buy hemp tea from amazon or ebay ... nice with honey and lemon or if a smoker you can smoke it. Though stigmatised by association (with marijuana) , none of these products get you high or contain sufficient THC to be illegal. Personally I found it worthwhile, (great for bike rides as legs don't tire). I believe it can seem to stop working after a while - so a short break is sometimes required to resensitise
  15. But you know Romanian, so you would know the conversion techniques for Romanian.
  16. I don't know. Perhaps no one else is interested, people don't have anything more to add, people don't know Latin languages, people aren't visiting the forum very often.
  17. Still looking for a natural approach to my anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue. Has anyone here tried CBD and/or Hemp Oil? Does it work or is it a waste of money?
  18. Well, why is no one else contributing to the list?
  19. I like this, but I don't think that it's prog rock.
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  21. Al Stewart... He is progressive right?

    Might be his later stuff like Russians and Americans.
  22. North Country counting jargon

    And then there is giggot, the highest number in this system before "many".
  23. Am I a psychopath detector

    Trump is very good at hiding. From stupid people that is!
  24. North Country counting jargon

    Is that 'bumfit' or 'bunfit'? Yan-a-bumfit, tan-a-bumfit, tetherabumfit, metherabumfit.
  25. Benefits ?

    That should have read due to having made insufficient NI contributions or due to not having made sufficient NI contributions, whichever sounds better.
  26. What do you do?

    I didn't get the private-sector energy supplier job. Pity, seeing as it was more in line with my environmental interests (and better paid too). What was especially galling is that when I told my mum about this interview all she said was "Oh, I would have thought education [the civil service job being in that government department] would be far more interesting than energy". Does she not know me? Whereas I didn't manage to tell my dad about the interview at all, as when I spoke to him the conversation ended up being all about my latest need for a cash transfer, as most of our conversations are due to my ineligibility for benefits (long story).
  27. Which site says that he is a 'progressive rocker'? (Google is just a search engine and can't 'tell' us that, but websites can). I like a lot of his music, but wouldn't describe him as progressive, at least not the albums that I heard. 'Year of the Cat' is a good album.
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