so we kind of hit the big time ……….

Its been such a long time since my last blog, hope I can remember how to Blog. So i sign in to my blog, and i see that word press has changed, it looks a lot easier,

Maybe I can get back to blogging, I guess only time will tell,any how, things are good in the oldmanleslie house, I still haven’t found better coffee any where than here IMAG0783

I have tried to cut down on the junk food, so no more bad service from KFC or subway  I guess that’s one way to ensure you don’t get bad service , to stop using something

Still Proud of my family and the way they make me smile ,Still working for the same company   and still drumming withsamba guy www.celebrationsamba.co.uk/ and looking  forward to a Busy  summer……

Oh by the way , did i mention that  This  Sunday coming, Worthings Samba Band  are playing  and leading a procession into the Amex Stadium In Brightonamex-stadium-1 (1). to and audience  of 10000+ people. All out to support something in support of a new bishop. you can find details  from #festival50 on the usual channels .

So why do i choose to blog this . Simply for the reason that if you see something that you think looks good, try it , do it because you enjoy it , and do it to the best ofestival-50-landscape-finalf your ability …. I had no idea that when i heard a  little samba band at my local carnival  2 + years ago that i would one day be playing with them  to 10000+ people , least of all looking forward to it

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I saw it, i asked about it and it gives me a smile every time I go

So as we approach Christmas 2016

Not to sure if I should use the text above for this  as it’s really a review of  what has been a great  year for me   ( band wise  )  and  there are still events to come this year . I have the pleasure of performing with  Celebration Samba, a band based in   West Sussex . The band has been around for a while, in fact next year will be our 14th year   and  it seems to get better  every year . So I wanted to tell some key people  about it , and a blog seemed to be the best idea.

We play most weekends  between palm Sunday  & Christmas,  we are sometimes  at more than one event in a day  ( what it is to be popular )  and  generally all the drummers have a great time.  sometimes its a cultural event, sometimes its a carnival , a party , a summer fair , a Christmas celebration, we turn up and drum.

Its my involvement with the band that has taken me to so many places, dressed me up in fancy dress, made me smile, and  really enjoy something that other people seem to enjoy me doing .  So why blog about it, well, the band has shown me that  it’s not just the ” big & shiny ” events that are fun,

And in a couple of weeks we get to support  the ladies that are behind the  sea of lights . this is a community event that  Logohas become a regular event, great for kids , families and those who like a traditional  ” feel good ” day .They  even have the #adursol2016 

This year  we hope to have some dancers with us at this event  from the MSDC ( MartaScottDanceCompany )

Then we have the Christmas celebrations in Littlehampton  to ” bring in  to the town “.

We Provided the music and lessons for around 400 Guides as part of the Olympics this year

But don’t think  that it’s just small gigs,  this year has also seen oldmanleslie, don his pirate  wig, use his best AAAAARRRRRRRand attend Hastings Pirate day 2016.

We also lead out the Worthing carnival Again in the summer , what an excellent day that was

a bit of an insight into Me......

a bit of an insight into Me……

So I guess the main point of the blog, is that  if like me you are at a carnival procession ( big or small)and you see something that looks like fun, it’s always  good to ask, because speaking from experience, if I hadn’t asked, I wouldn’t have found out about celebration samba,and I couldn’t have told you about all the wonderful  free to attend events going on in this part of the world

If you fancy Joining the band, have a look at their www and see if you can get along to rehearsals , full details and a Little history  are here and if you think it’s just ” 40 somethings like oldmanleslie “. 10616680_10152272119731962_9041637334396140655_nno we have all ages  in the band. Mums,dads,grannies,granddads,father & sons, Generally people just having a good time entertaining people

As my involvement with  the band  has cost me to buy kit and rehearse, it has also shown me that there  are so many carnivals and free events that are typically  English around the country, its still a good  ( and noisy if you are drumming ) place to be

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“so come and see the band, join in the fun ” littlehampton carnival 2014

the band  will be there to  lead the party, so if you are based in the south of the Uk why not come on down to the seaside for the day

Come and meet  ” Hampton ”  the towns hedgehog . . say hi to the carnival ” royalty ” 

But  most importantly come down to the seaside and have a great day out  and help to celebrate the  towns carnival in Littlehampton

CELEBRATION SAMBAwill be there to bring a ” Brazilian beat ” to the proceedings.along with all sorts of entertainment & things to do on the day 

 

Date & times as below , and on the official website 

Littlehampton Carnival & Summer Fete:

Saturday July 12th 2014 from 10 – 6 in the Town Centre (High Street, Littlehampton) with lots of stalls, Free entertainment, DJ etc. Hampton the Hedgehog plus the  Spectacular 40th Anniversary evening procession.

Carnival Theme: Lets Party.

 

Bit of a 1 hit wonder…..But what a wonder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZmiiemR6Hk&list=FLvMd162cT7j8WV2kNNXtjEw&index=24

So all the good plans to blog a few things that have happened over the last few days, and things that the oldmanleslie clan are looking forward to ….go right out of the window when I realise, I love the tunes, and whilst they don’t sound as good, And I have it on vinyl some where …..you tube is great for memories and instant access

happy ” dancing like a loon “

So this one makes me sad….

as reported on www.bbc.co.uk/news  I think this  is a wrong choice by the BBC, Charts should be based on sales, where s  the fun in clinically clicking a button for your music, maybe I’m too ” old ” Oldmanleslie.

it was fun buying vinyl, it felt good. it still sounds better and it looks good ( only my opinion)

but here’s the rational argument. For example, one of my old faves. I have this  behind me on a cd, and somewhere on an old vinyl. bought in shops, so I assume I have paid my fees to the artist. And therefore I can listen to it on some service for free.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBUT0cxtHlgBastille

but if all I pay is to stream the track and listen when I want, I don’t own a copy out right. so if this is the thin end of the wedge, will there one day only be streamed music available ..

rant over , let me know what you though of the old classic

 

I cant claim any credit for this one….but as a starwars NUT ……

I will admit to being a star-wars nut, i HOPE Disney do the Brand Justice, I will be somewhere in the queue  for early tickets

 

About  the  genius that  created this

“Michael Heilemann, an interface director at Squarespace, has undertaken a vast project to document the inspirations that fed into the original Star Wars film. The analysis, according to Heilemann, covers “everything from [George] Lucas’ earliest student films, European cinema of the time, westerns (American and Italian), samurai films, war films, comic books, artists, composers, and so on and so forth, up to and including the release of the film that changed the world.” Heilemann’s e-book, Kitbashed, is a work in progress—although it’s quite far along—but he recently released an annotated cut of Star Wars that draws from his extensive research. The video includes the whole film intercut with relevant scenes from film and TV that inspired Lucas’ work.

 

I cant get the link  direct, so  ” http://io9.com/an-amazing-version-of-star-wars-made-from-everything-th-1583992204?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

To welcome the world CUP ….its finally here

Those that know me , kind of know that I’m not a footy fan, I’m not sure why, I guess i never really got into it … However, when the world cup comes around  each time, Like all the people in England, i just hope  that maybe some how, with a fair  wind and a  bit of luck we might win it. Just think how positive that  would make everyone for the summer…..

So this year, as it in Brazil, The band I play in have  been asked to “welcome the start of the  world cup”  at  one of the best  Grill/ Pubs in the area.

On the evening of 12-6-2014  we will be at the Mulberry Pub, in Goring On Sea  ( near Worthing )

Come and see us, Have  some food,
enjoy what should be the Party atmosphere,

If you like the drumming, then  come and say Hi , we are a Worthing based band and  we are playing

a lot over the summer , you don’t have to be a musician to join the band, you just need a good sense of fun

If you want to find out about special offers the Pub is running , check out their FB page

You may want to book the band for your own Party / Gig this summer

Whether you want to book us for an event, find out more about what we do or you want to join and start drumming too.  It’s easy to get in touch!

 

 

so much to blog from this week…so lets do individual blogs this time

Once again , Here comes Eurovision…….

a chance for a bit of escapism and fun, everyone in the UK  knows that whilst  the result  isn’t fixed, there are certain ” givens ” in the voting  that mean we probably wont be hosting next year here.. still, good luck to our entrant ” Molly “    I guess it’s all in good spirit, and  at least it does throw up the occasional  classic tune that gets well and truly in your head , and stays there .

One of My personal Favorites  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2N740Je8I0   and you will have to click to find out

Happy Eurovision weekend  everyone

2 good things happened today

So following on from my Horrible day yesterday £40.00 to travel 100 miles on public transport in horrible cramped conditions, I was out there again today in the big wide world, ironically about the same mileage, but under my own steam. I actually got 48 MPG from the car and that was mostly Town  driving , so in direct cost £13.00 of fuel covered it . and I could talk  to people ( hands free of course , as it came as standard )  without the fear of someone in the carriage listening to me  so the Difference was I enjoyed every single mile , which put me in a better frame of mind for each meeting….. this must be what they term ” advancement through technology

My car, My radio , and one of my favourites of ALL time played. enjoyed it so much, had to come home, you tube it and find 9.00 minutes plus of sheer indulgence

all in all , I had a great day so if there is ” karma” I Hope you have had a great day too

Enjoy the tune,

What a perfect friday ” Noise ” Happy valentines day

the perfect antidote to al the valentine’s day commercialism,
Topless people, Cracking Tune, No mention of love, roses, chocolates or other stuff associated to Valentines day ….

Just a brilliant track, from Pendulum

I would so love to be able to Mix ……

I admire those that can, it’s just something i never got around to learning. I don’t know if this guy is good, or bad on a technical level, But what Seminal tunes he mixes…… from the old skool we would say ” No fillers ” The mix isn’t mine, all credit to the DJ though ,

And to the Prodigy for the tunes……….Thank you

So How Many Music formats do you span…

at the time , one of my favourite tracks on the first album that my girlfriend at the time ( Now “mrs Oldmanleslie” for a long time bought me ) ….. It was played to almost breaking in the car at the time , and i think finally the cassette player managed to chew it up , I couldn’t even repair it with a Bic Biro.
It just made me realise, i have a vinyl collection 7,12 inch and albums that sound great , a stack of CD’s and still a few tapes that i can no longer play , Various hard drives of MP3 tracks , and little Micro SD cards in the car ….
And of course like the link at the top , i can tap into non existent music that is streamed…..  But i never had any 8 tracks

So whats the next format do we think

still sounds good, to me any way ” boss drum ”

used to be on of my old fave raves ……..

 

and then it was just 3 clicks away to   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIUoV7ZP-ag  I wonder if i was always destined to find solice in a drum 

 

Just Get this one out far and wide

Just think, if everyone that saw this, told everyone they knew , and re blogged it  to everyone they knew, and they all donated  even a £1.00     How many Million users are there on this  site…

PLEASE RE BLOG it . you can even donate via paypal

https://paypal.dec.org.uk/philippines_typhoon_appeal

So its less than 50 days to Christmas…….. what are the most popular toys

So Every November we all start looking for ward to the festive season, For some its the religious aspect, for some kids it’s that they get the Hot present of the year . For Mums and dads it all about the family and having a bit of Down time to relax.
Music wise we will all no doubt hear the usual songs over the coming weeks , I hope you enjoy this one i was made aware of a few years ago …..
For the purposes of any one thinking of ” double meanings ” i am listing this as a song about presents .

And just in case you need to get a little ” cheesier ” i am guessing you wont know this one either  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7izlmp1OeA

Now the important stuff :

The John lewis Most popular toys for christmas 2013   I Know John lewis  John Lewismight not be deemed as the  best toyshop in the world, But they have that certain something that gives a feel of Quality  to their service

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And it was GOOD , Mind you so was the lady dressed as a witch that served me

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Been off this week , so got a few Sneaky ” non weekend ” latte’s in there. and as i was waiting to have by car fixed, i thought i would give in to the corporate  brand  and try …….

A CHOCOLATE & ORANGE MOCHA LATTE

OMG , it was gorgeous,  with all the trimmings. Couldn’t Fault it, drank every last drop

On a separate issue, why is it that as i get older, i find witches  and all things Halloween  weirdly  attractive , could it be early exposure to Elvira

Happy Halloween Boys & girls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0thH3qnHTbI

After a long night Blogging …a little help

http://www.sleepphones.com/mp3/free-mp3-downloads

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Lou Reed is reported Dead

I so hope this isn’t one of those cruel  www hoaxes,  If it’s as reported, then its NOT a perfect day

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/10407726/Lou-Reed-dies-aged-71.html

Lou Reed dies aged 71

Hopefully http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJpQJWpVJds will be re released along side his original

& his finest hour , in my opinion  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wNknGIKkoA

RIP Lou reed . A musical genius

B* Witched

hey hey hey , i’ll huff…………….

so is it bad to blog about a tune that pops up that you had forgotten, all i was doing was a shuffle whilst blogging.

” im a wolf today ” love it

happy Sunday

 

Lots Of Thanks on this one….

some times something pops up on facebook that ” hits the spot ” and you  may want to  look a little deeper into it to see if you can help out.

Last  time i had  it happen to me ended up in me making a donation to  www.teamhoyt.com ( have a look at their web if you want, it is truely inspiring )

This time,I saw through a FB share  from  my friend keren ( dont worry, i wont link to your FB page )  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201448811200716

Emilia's Wish

There are a few things that spring to mind

Who ever ends up with the Magnificent car, might hopefully have a look at  https://www.raysofsunshine.org.uk/donation/ and  help them out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIB2qDiX4lI&list=FLvMd162cT7j8WV2kNNXtjEw

So Whats in a title, well  quite often , not a lot, but in this one, well there is a link to a piece of music that is so seminal to me , its up there on the list  for  tunes to be carried out in a box to ….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIB2qDiX4lI&list=FLvMd162cT7j8WV2kNNXtjEw

I know the  purists out there wont like this, but  for me…..it just does the trick

 

 

 

almost 90 million Hits, Cant be bad

If you have seen my posts today, you’ll see Im in a reflective , sort of quiet mood. before the hassles that come tomorrow ….
The internet first introduced me to this track, i keep coming back to it, i’ve shown my kids, i’ve sung it to one of them ( scary thought )

any how 90 000000 hits almost and its not Psy / Bieber/ Britney spears/ 1D
if you like it, enjoy

just think at the time how ” A list ” was Ali……5 minutes wait is nothing for the look on his face

Not sure how many are going to see this one, would welcome your comments.

Its before PC, it has to be worth a look

Music is important to me , but comedy this good gets it every time

 

Ladies that live in this part of the world ( Felpham West Sussex ) , Be on your guard

Taken straight from the WWW.

This is serious 

POLICE are urging women to be vigilant after a 33-year-old was grabbed from behind by a man in Felpham.

The victim was walking through Longbrook Park when she was approached by a man from behind between 4pm and 4.45pm on September 24.

The man indecently assaulted the woman but fled after the woman hit him with her handbag.

Officers are considering the possibility that the incident could be linked to an incident in Flansham Lane on September 18 when a man grabbed a woman but then ran off.

Detective sergeant Sally Arbuckle said: “We are considering the possibility that the same man is responsible for both incidents.

“Neither victim has been seriously hurt but both are understandably upset at what happened to them.

“I am keen to speak to anyone who was in Longbrook Park at the time on September 24 and could have seen what happened.

“I would urge women walking in the area to stay vigilant.

“There is nothing to suggest that this man poses a physical threat to anyone but it is still important that women stay alert and contact us if they are concerned about the behaviour of any men they see acting suspiciously.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 543 of September 25 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Showtek Booyah

So there was me , a forty something, respectable father of 2, driving back to base…. just thought i would give BBC radio 1 a listen… “OMG i believe is the expression” i loved it …and i managed to hold the speed down during the ” loud Bit ”

Better mix here ( in my opinion )

 

 

 

Just so i can type in ” shut your mouth and look at my wad ” as it seems so wrong

For those that remember the last time we were out of recession, and how the good times rolled….. the news papers tell us we are clear of recession in the UK , but some how it doesn’t feel as good as it did then …..

 

If you want the full version with the lovely line at the start 

Ellice – No Passengers……. but I’m a little Biased on the video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL4JD_v5mf0&feature=share

So yes, it’s a catchy tune. Not X Factor based, Nice singer, but most important i want to tell the world about it as it was Directed by James Atkinson. Filmed by James Atkinson. Assisted by Leo Atkinson.  Filmed on location and The Jailhouse, Hereford.

Performed by Ellice.

So why is all this Important i hear you ask, Well, its  a pride thing, Because James is one of my cousins boys.  Running his own  media organisation, this isn’t the  first music video he has done. He always does a good Job, and  this could be one of those  that in the future people refer to as his ” early work ” before he became famous…

Any how, thats enough from Me. James  & JDA Media are easy  to get hold of. Based in the UK in Worcestershire

Thanks for your time