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  1. wobbly Jelly on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    I assume “random” TdF riders were based on groupsets – Shimano v’s Campag etc? not many on Sturmey Archer.

    15 July 2019

  2. Mickey Roberts on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    No Thomas De Gendt ! … what a let down.

    15 July 2019

  3. GORDON BURNS on Sylvian and Fripp discuss whippetsGo »

    The other demo tune on that Casio was un upbeat version of Jingle Bells. Car journeys just flew by with these two on repeat.

    15 July 2019

  4. Huddersfield's very own Steve malkmus on WiggoGo »

    Born in Ghent (q.v.). Seems to keep quiet about it though.

    14 July 2019

  5. Gipton Teenager on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    You mean we’re all on the top deck of the bus heading for Bridge Street?

    13 July 2019

  6. Lord leominster on BilkoGo »

    I remember, hopefully correctly, an episode where world famous singing star Elvin Pelvin has the dubious fortune to be drafted into the US army under the guidance and care of Sgt B. I also remember an episode where the Sarg and the platoon are trying to breed mink with a view to turning into coats. The code name for the mink (or is the plural minks?) was Mr and Mrs Cavenaugh. I’m not sure why that particular detail sticks with me. All marvellous stuff.

    13 July 2019

  7. Gipton Teenager on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Sorry CtSO, I’m not trying to make multiple votes, just making sure I’ve voted in every round. (I imagine you at the centre of a giant spiderweb of technological gubbins, alert to the tiniest fluttering of suspicious activity.)

    (I’m touched by your sadly misplaced faith that I have much idea what I’m doing – CtSO)

    13 July 2019

  8. ken-ted moult on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    That’s the thinking Chris, like hoping for Manchester Utd to beat Man City so that Prescot Cables have a clear run at the cup.

    13 July 2019

  9. dickhead in quicksand on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    That’s my civic duty done. Every tie was clearcut; except for #1, which went to sudden-death extra time and penalties, and was only resolved when the last taker did a Diana Ross.

    13 July 2019

  10. Chris The Siteowner on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    I’m trying to imagine the circumstances in which you’d want to. Maybe voting against the big guns in the hope that a sensitive outsider sneaking through may have a better chance? It’d be interesting.

    13 July 2019

  11. ken-Ted Moult on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Is tactical voting permitted? (asking for a friend)

    13 July 2019

  12. johnny kwanGo on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    CTSO… might be a glitch in the system. I was meddling… looks like I can repeat vote in ties 1-8.

    (Thanks for the report – I don’t think there’s an issue, I’m not seeing obvious clues that’s happening, so I’m guessing any ‘duplicate votes’ are not being recorded – CtSO)

    12 July 2019

  13. paul f on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Really tough batch this lot. Where they’ve been a toss up for me, I’ve tended to go with the one I suspect is the underdog.

    12 July 2019

  14. Chris The Siteowner on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Another four matches open for voting. While I’m here, thinking ahead to the draws for future rounds, my favourite ever draw was this one in 2011. Sadly, eight years on, the guest officials who made the draw are now at university so I can’t re-create it. But if anyone thinks they might have the components to record something similar (small children, smartphone, YouTube account), do get in touch.

    12 July 2019

  15. cream cheese and chives on iPodGo »

    I can confirm that they don’t work if you put them through the washing machine. Watching its illuminated face through the washing machine door did, however, put me in mind of some sort of 90s pop video.

    12 July 2019

  16. transit full of keith on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    The Ogwen Valley derby (Match 3). The superior elevation of the Glyder boulders in relation to the lake is a fair prediction of the outcome I’d say.

    (Great spot – CtSO)

    12 July 2019

  17. One of Cornell's men on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Baguette Dilemma Round – ResultsGo »

    Was Michel Platini involved here?

    12 July 2019

  18. Edward Ian L'Ampoon on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Fortunately, having a good i pod coupled with a shite job, I have plenty of opportunity to listen to and evaluate the options. Always difficult to factor in songs which in their recorded version are not on the same level as their live incarnations, (such as AOR), but that’s just my lowly opinion. Incidentally band I slightly misquoted in last post was The Stranglers “Ugly”.

    12 July 2019

  19. The harbinger of nothing on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Baguette Dilemma Round – ResultsGo »

    @FTVP Steve:

    I too love Godcore. My favourite live HMHB recording is also from that time. Fear My Wraith and Faithlift would feature strongly in my last 32. I even love Song For Europe. It certainly wouldn’t be the bottom non-instrumental on my list.

    P.S. Yep, you can call me HON. If a tyrannical loon ever tries to blast us all to probable bits and you were concerned about my wellbeing (or if I just lose the plot), you could ask the immortal question: “You OK, HON?”

    11 July 2019

  20. Gipton Teenager on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Ooh that was difficult, especially tie 7. I’ve made myself a playlist so I can play the ties in my car. It’s just like being on the terraces, but a bit drier.

    11 July 2019

  21. Pirx The Purist on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Well, I’m pretty sure of my votes on these (and I intend only to vote once for each tie; I mean, what would be the point of multiple voting now?), but Tie 13 is a proper sod. A classic of the early period (especially in its Peel Session version) against a new classic. I’ll go for DDE mostly out of sentiment, as it may have been the first HMHB track I ever heard in 1986 (again, the Peel Session version).

    11 July 2019

  22. Paul f on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    I hope refereeing of these games will be more impartial than for tonight’s game at Prenton Park. Mike Dean himself officiates.

    11 July 2019

  23. Two fat feet on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Not so much of the anal please

    11 July 2019

  24. Chris The Siteowner on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    The Analyst Has Spoken.

    11 July 2019

  25. TWO FAT FEET on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Selections then :

    TUCOLO, Tending, Restless, Westward Hooooooo, Chatteris, Anchorman, Light, Vagaries, NSD, Trumpton, DPAK, Damnation, Bell, Eno, ACP, 24H

    Predictions :

    TUCOLO 51%
    Tending 51%
    Swing 69%
    AOR 78%
    Chatteris 63%
    Bad Wools 57%
    Light 67%
    Vagaries *
    NSD 78%
    Trad Arr 57%
    DPAK 56%
    JDOG 68% (sob!)
    Bell *
    Terminus *
    ACP *
    24H 67%

    The inevitable asterisk is for those songs where at least one has no past performance to gauge it by so I’ve just gone by gut feeling as to the winner.

    11 July 2019

  26. Chris The Siteowner on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    @Parsfan: You’re right, a knockout tournament after a completely fair league does seem daft, but try telling that to the organisers of the Cricket World Cup, the EFL, etc etc. You’re also right that it’ll be fishy if we get 1700 votes in any knockout stage matches (indeed, probably 700). I don’t think we will. The system can be beaten by voting from different places, but nobody’s likely to be able to vote from dozens of different ones and have a significant impact. So I think it’ll be pretty fair and we won’t get the nonsense we had in the last quarter final where (I suspect) a rather sad spoilsport organised a mailing list somewhere to vote against a particular song, or spent hours with some sort of VPN to spoof IP addresses. It’s all a bit of fun and I hope everyone will treat it as such!

    11 July 2019

  27. Cresta! on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Can confirm it works. Super-speedy corrective action.

    11 July 2019

  28. Cresta! on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Hi Chris, I can’t vote in Match 1 it defaults to Match 2. Perhaps one of the vagaries…

    Thanks to everyone who pointed this out. Now sorted – CtSO

    11 July 2019

  29. SERA69 on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Oh come on! Matches 7 & 9 are the definition of hung parliament.

    11 July 2019

  30. Boo Weekley on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Predictably tough draw for the The Unfortunate Gwatkin who has National Shite Day to deal with. Unlucky.

    11 July 2019

  31. brumbiscuit on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Baguette Dilemma Round – ResultsGo »

    …Throws toys out of pram because A Lilac Harry Quinn didn’t manage to scrape through, harrumph…

    11 July 2019

  32. GOK WAN ACOLYTE on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Just worked out that I’m going to be on holiday during the next round. Are there any options for postal votes?

    11 July 2019

  33. Lord leominster on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Baguette Dilemma Round – ResultsGo »

    #54 Irk

    I am very fond of last placed Slight Reprise. I know that I voted for it more than once. Gubba Lookalikes is one of my favourite songs, anyway, but I like songs that have a ‘proper’ ending. A fade-out always feels like a cop-out to me. So to hear a few more bars of that wonderful riff followed by the true ending feels like free bonus to me. If that’s HMHB’s worst it says an awful lot about the entire catalogue.

    11 July 2019

  34. IRK THE PURISTS on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Baguette Dilemma Round – ResultsGo »

    By the way I mentioned to repeat, Brilliant work Chris (and I mean it).

    11 July 2019

  35. Irk The Purists on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Baguette Dilemma Round – ResultsGo »

    I am actually very pleased that one of my personal favourites came in at #204 “Visitor for Mr Edmonds” i.e. second to last.

    I know that it’s instrumental (sort of) but it is one of their out right funniest songs. Guess it takes all sorts.

    Less happy that “Irk The Purists” just got beaten out – another of my all time favourites.

    Just plain surprised that “Dead Men Don’t Need Season Tickets” isn’t higher.

    Oh well!

    11 July 2019

  36. Lord leominster on Bunner the ChandlerGo »

    I forgot to mention that Bunner’s currently have a special offer running on rat poison. Not surprisingly, the best prices offered are for the largest, industrial, quantities. I wish I’d taken note of the details as there were several types of poison on offer bearing names that put me in mind of real ale. Bother. I need to go back now to confirm the details.Watch this space…

    11 July 2019

  37. Parsfan on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    @Chris, thanks, that’s good to hear. From your stats it sounds like if there’s more than 1,000 votes (less, I’d say) being cast then there’s probably something afoot.

    @Exxo that just makes me wonder if we need the KO stages at all. You could use the results from the baguette round, assuming they’ve played each other. Or the same format with just the 32.

    Not that I’m advocating that, just pished on holiday with the rain on the tent drowning out my thoughts.

    10 July 2019

  38. Lord leominster on Bunner the ChandlerGo »

    I had the very great pleasure of visiting Montgomery today. I started at St Nicholas Church where I took the liberty of turning the Bible on the lectern to the 46th Psalm. In the churchyard I came across a headstone that alludes to a most poignant and tragic tale (of particular interest, no doubt, to the local historian). It reads “LOVED AND REMEMBERED MARY GLADYS BUNNER DIED 28th DECEMBER 2013, AGED 101 YEARS. ROBERT ALLAN BUNNER DIED 23rd FEBRUARY 1953, AGED 44 YEARS. THEIR TWIN DAUGHTERS DOREEN MARGARET DIED 26th MARCH 1947, AGED 6. ELIZABETH JEAN DIED AT BIRTH 10th MAY 1940”. (My guess as to the link to Bunner the chandler was confirmed upon reading the first comment in this thread.)

    Then onto Bunner’s itself. There’s not much to say that isn’t conveyed by the song. I was hoping to buy a special jigsaw or set of Allen keys but settled for a mug bearing WW2 aircraft. At £16 something it wasn’t cheap but I wanted a good souvenir.

    On returning to the main square, Broad Street, I noticed a small, understated plaque on the wall of a building. It reads “In mediaeval times, the town sewer (an open ditch) ran downhill through these gardens, flushed by a brook which passed under Broad Street from the hills above. Surviving documents from the 13th and 14th century name it the Schitebrok.”

    I couldn’t imagine a better way to end to my visit: with a Permanent Biscuit Reference to NSD.

    10 July 2019

  39. The Donkey Centre Half on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Glad I have a couple of days to think about tie 10. Riots is a seminal HMHB track but then again, Trad Arr has always been a real live favourite of mine.

    10 July 2019

  40. Chris The Siteowner on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    OK… the first four matches are live for voting. Let me know if there are any problems with the service we’re using! I plan to put four more live each day until they’re done, each set having a six-day voting lifespan.

    10 July 2019

  41. Gipton Teenager on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    @Exxo I do vaguely remember Your prophecy about Harsh Times. With regard to objective truth over art I went to the Bridget Riley exhibition in Edinburgh last week. Some people see dots and lines whereas my flabber has never been so gasted

    10 July 2019

  42. EXXO on DundalkGo »

    Biscuit derby this evening as Irish Champions Dundalk stand poised to entertain Riga in the rain, second leg accompanied by heavy drinking in the Riga thread next week …. alas, the winners go to Azerbaijan or Albania rather than Kazakhstan, so you’ll be relieved to hear (etc etc) …

    10 July 2019

  43. Lux inferior on Jeunesse D’EschGo »

    ‘New men run a creche’, translated into Kazakh, then reverse translated using an online translator, somehow comes up with ‘Heroes only what manage washtubs children’.

    Google translate, however, gives us ‘New men manage magic’.

    You’re welcome.

    10 July 2019

  44. EXXO on Jeunesse D’EschGo »

    Their first Europa match for 3 years just finished 0-0 at home to the mighty Tobol. Their first ever game against Kazakhstani opposition, so second leg to be concluded in the Kazakhstan thread next week. But alas the winners will then get knocked out by a useful Portuguese outfit, so you’ll be relieved that we won’t be following someone’s progress from A-Z entry to A-Z entry à la ‘Road to Wembley’

    10 July 2019

  45. Transit full of keith on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    @Exxo, not gnashing my teeth really. At any rate, buoyed by the vocal support for the song on here, I have cancelled plans to picket Junction gig-goers in September in a ‘Justice for Umberstone’ T-shirt.

    10 July 2019

  46. Two fat feet on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Thorough scientific analysis of the ties and, where possible, their previous performance in this arena indicates two photo-finishes and two landslides (70% or more of the votes). Any ties involving tracks from Creative Hub are therefore impossible to calculate at this point but I’ll predict them anyway. However I anticipate only getting 9/16 of my choices through.

    10 July 2019

  47. EXXO on Pre-Gig Chat (2019 gigs)Go »

    Half-heard on the wireless before that Jarvis Cocker, who did an Arse gig of his own last year (is his current record, with its troglodyte scenes, inspired thereby?), is doing a programme on the wireless on 11 August about wandering the Peaks, the mass trespass, his ‘art trail’ and that. Can’t remember what station they said, and can’t find it on the web yet, but it can only be R4 or 6Music really, and it’ll be a nice taster before the Castleton trip. So I’ll put this to this’ll remind me to find out when it’s on, nearer the time.

    Leave it as it is:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-48844018

    10 July 2019

  48. EXXO on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Dunno. Which band are you quoting?

    I hasten to add of course that despite my cynicism about internet polls, this preliminary round, especially if given even-ish numbers of votes between voters, is actually not too far off the most reliable internet polling system I’ve ever heard of, and the results should be fairly reliable within a % or two, so @Paul Parsfan, if you want a fairly reliable result then just look at the 1-205 when it’s published. If you have a massive league with 400,000 matches, it won’t be as exciting as a knock-out cup with 31 matches, but it will be more reliable in establishing where your team finishes (hmm, just realised why you might prefer the cup Paul!)

    10 July 2019

  49. Edward Ian L'Ampoon on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    Don’t tell me that aesthetics are subjective. You know the truth, whatever it is, or maybe I’m quoting the wrong band.

    10 July 2019

  50. EXXO on The Lux Familiar Cup 2019: Round of 32 – Draw and VotingGo »

    “work-ethic-ist-sounding” was how I meant to neologise there.

    I first typed “Tebbit-sounding.”

    If god had meant for us to work …

    10 July 2019