About me

Thought I better update this. This is the random ramblings/diary of a sausage roll and Desperado addict. Now father of three girls. The aim is to raise a chuckle though I might go off on one at times. Twitter Faymondo73 and also dodgy local weatherman Liverpoolweath 

Peace

Fay

5 comments

  1. djchug · February 8, 2011

    very nice ‘blog’ layout matey.

  2. djchug · February 8, 2011

    really nice ‘blog’ format matey’

  3. pink panther · June 13, 2011

    Sorry to hear about your mam. brought a lump to my throat. Agrre with comment ans was glad to see the paper dismissed in hotel.

    My lawyers may be in touch over the defamation.

    Good trip…I can play an acceptable use of the C word.

  4. Jean Tierney · October 26, 2012

    Very good blog neil keep it up.. Love to hear your views on the world.
    Love to all the family…jean

  5. Malik & the OGs · September 1, 2013

    Press release: For immediate release
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    Malik & the OG’s 12.00-12.30pm Sefton Park stage: Mon 26th Aug 2013

    Liverpool poet and music producer Malik Al Nasir has teamed up with some heavy hitters in the music world, to showcase his poetry and songs at this years debut Liverpool International Music Festival, over the August bank holiday in Sefton Park.

    Launched by Mayor Joe Anderson on 3rd June 2013, the Festival brings together tribute bands, new home-grown talent, Liverpool legends and international stars, as well as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in a bank holiday weekend musical extravaganza that will replace the famous Mathew Street Festival.

    Malik’s work is reminiscent of his mentor and lifelong friend, the late great Gil Scott Heron, who mentored Malik ever since meeting him back stage at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool back in 1984.

    Malik spent years touring with Gil and also had the great privilege to write a song for him before he died. Gil recorded the song called ‘Black & Blue’ which features on Malik & the OG’s as yet unreleased album, entitled “Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol 1.”

    Malik’s repertoire with his band “The OG’s” features a tribute to Richie Havens, the black folk music legend, who opened Woodstock in 1969 with the song “Freedom – motherless Child”. The song has it’s roots in slavery, where it was regarded as a “cadence of sorrow” by those who sang it as they toiled in the cotton fields of Virginia; hoping one day to be free. More recently, Havens version has been included in the soundtrack to Tarrantino’s award wining blockbuster feature film “Django.”

    “Freedom – motherless Child” has been covered by Paul Robeson, Eric Clapton and more recently by John Legend, to name but a few, but ‘Malik & the OG’s’ take on it has a twist, blending spoken word verses (à la Gil Scott Heron), with the sweet vocals of Liverpool singer Paislie Reid and the hard hitting US Rap of Troublefunk’s “Shaza”.

    Malik described his work, as “A quiet revolution” saying, “Poetry and music can be a force for good and revolution is nothing but change that should bring benefits. So when you combine revolution and poetry and set it to music, you can make people think how to make a change that is beneficial.”

    “Malik & the OG’s” drummer is Washington DC’s “Rod Youngs”. Rod was described by Gil Scott Heron as “The Master of Disaster” and “The Backbone of the Rhythm Section” of Gil’s awesome band “The Amnesia Express”. For the more melodic elements of this line up, the bands Musical Director is none other than Jazz vibraphonist and classical composer “Orphy Robinson”. Orphy is know for everything from scoring a classical piece at the BBC Proms, to doing a duet with Jazz legend Don Cherry and more recently he conducted an orchestra of 200 saxophonists for Andy Sheppard’s “Saxophone Massive” at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

    Malik & the OG’s promises to be an innovative set, utilising an eclectic blend of musical and vocal elements, with a politically charged poetic polemic that we haven’t seen in the UK since Billy Bragg and John Cooper Clarke. So don’t miss it on the Sefton Park stage on Bank Holiday Monday.

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    Notes For Editors:

    Press and reviews;
    • Malik’s Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malik_Al_Nasir
    • Malik & the OG’s video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QVM5dz6gak
    • The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/jun/19/gil-scott-heron-saved-me
    • BBC World Service: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00hdpwv/Outlook_27_06_2011/
    • Liverpool Echo: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/flashback-how-meeting-gil-scott-3369705
    Agents;
    • Film & TV Agent: Lesley Thorne Aitken Alexander London – http://www.aitkenalexander.co.uk
    • Booking Agent: Walter Laurer GLP Vienna http://www.glp.at/acts.cfm?act=0&g=32&a_id=258&view=1
    • Literary Agent: Matthew Hamilton Aitken Alexander London – http://www.aitkenalexander.co.uk

    Prepared by:

    Fore-Word Press Ltd
    53 Rodney Street
    Liverpool
    L1 9ER
    England. UK.

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