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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2005 9:45 am
by howard male
Whilst I have no solution to the complex and often silly workings of the EU, I do have a possible solution to your tomato problem, Dave. Try cherry tomatoes - the more organic the better, but they are all generally sweeter than the useless big ones. The ones my mother grows are almost like eating grapes.

Now I shall spend the rest of the day trying to figure out how we got from a free Amadou and Mariam beach mat, to watery tomatoes.

beach mats and tomatoes....

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:15 am
by David Godwin
apologies, Howard. I need to take evening classes in thread discipline. Maybe the Open University does a course. Coming back from holidays in a fascinating and wonderful country like Turkey, I often think (semi-seriously, and hope not sounding too snobbishly) that the true vice of "the West" is the unremitting drive to seemingly brainwashed banality. Easy listening in its widest sense rules the day. Maybe that is the connection between beach mats and watery tomatoes.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:41 am
by antonija
howard male wrote:
Now I shall spend the rest of the day trying to figure out how we got from a free Amadou and Mariam beach mat, to watery tomatoes.


Isn't that obvious Howard?
Tasteless GMO tomatoes = beach mat as promo tool for artists.
Organic home grown tomatoes= music itself (regardless of fancy promotional tools).
Best consumed in the country of origin, i.e. live concerts.
;-)

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2005 1:12 pm
by Martin_Edney
howard male wrote:I think there is something wrong with us all (world music fans included) when we have to rush to get something which will be part of the material universe for the rest of our lives. What's the rush?


Personally when I hear something I want to buy, I set up a search for it on eBay. Then when someone is selling it (often many months after I first heard it) I get sent an e-mail. That way I get the music I want at bargain prices without having to spend hours searching through remainder bins (and there is the pleasure of rediscovering something I liked a while ago).

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2005 9:29 pm
by ritchie
so much to do ....so little time or as leila K once said 'got to get and get again and again and I'll get you got so you remain the same, got to get and get again and again I am what i am and I'm playing my game'

PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 10:20 am
by howard male
Maybe the beach mat has finally worked on me after all!

I've just filed a belated but very positive review with WORD of 'Dimanche a Bamako' to accompany a track from the album on their next free CD.

But seriously, the album is really pretty good, and coming back to it after a few months has made me hear it a fresh. And I could hardly give it one of my hard-to-please reviews given the fact this was a rare opportunity to wake up a few WORD readers to something other than drearily sensitive acoustic pop and laboured art rock.