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Matchbox Twenty returns

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I first discovered Matchbox Twenty when Jac called me up and told me that his ears were glowing from listening to their song “Long Day“. Since that moment, I’ve been a firm fan. They’re mainstream pop/rock, have never really been promoted over here and are sometimes derided over in America, where they’re sometimes seen as a bit bland. No matter though – they’ve sold 39 million albums so far and their lead singer Rob Thomas has written for the Rolling Stones, Santana and Chris Daughtry among others, so they can’t be all bad!
In fact they’re not bad in any way. And after a year long break (while Rob Thomas released his own album) they’re back with a corking song How Far We’ve Come. Here it is (there’s more below the video):
And, thanks to Youtube, there’s always someone doing their own cover. Here’s one which is a tad special – not least because he’s managed to work out the lyrics and guitar tabs himself…

A subject a day keeps the apple away

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Learning is, frankly, awesome. I cannot stop it – I wake up and around 6.30 every morning and immediately wonder what’s on the news, in the papers, and appearing ont he internet. Andy, a friend from college, tries to learn a word a day from the English dictionary, for example. He must be up to the D’s by now, I reckon.

Me? I’ve decided to try going one better, and you can join me. Get the “Wikipedia Article of the day” by email, and you can learn a subject a day. If that’s not enough (and unemployed?), then reach for the article “Learn Something New Every Day“. It’ll fill your boots with pleasure. And, of course, knowledge.

Line Rider – a masterpiece

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A while ago, lonely and bored in a hotel room in Switzerland, I found Line Rider, a free online skiing game. To play it, you have to draw lines which a miniature skier will ski down, and the aim is to not make him fall over. So far, so boring, I hear you say. Stuck in a hotel room, it’s actually very addictive, I’m sad to report. I thought after 20 minutes of playing that I wasn’t bad at all. Until tonight, when I found this annoyingly brilliant site. It’s a ruddy masterpiece – although whoever did it has surely got a lot of spare time on their hands…
P.S. I’m well aware I’ve sometimes got an unusual taste in music, but I quite like the backing track on this one. It’s called “I’ll Be Yours”, by Ilse de Lange.

Drunk

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World Drinking Record – a drunk in Latvia was picked up with almost double the fatal alcohol limit in his gullet. A spokesman commented “He won’t remember a thing when he comes to.”


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