The Shed has proper Shed business to report, following a deep-sea fishing trip, but that will make a blog on its own, so meanwhile we are zipping through Any Other Business in the interest of clearing out our overalls pockets …
Talking tools …
What is the best multi-tool for a coming-of-age present? The Shed has loved and lost a couple of Leathermans. Gerber is a serious competitor, by all accounts, although it has irritated Shed Man by doing a joint branding with Bear Grylls, and Victorinox, the Swiss knife specialist, does some neat bundles. A nice tool-review site called wirecutter.com has a 14-page essay which plumps for the Leatherman New Wave, but in The Shed’s view the Wave is trying a bit too hard and the Leatherman Skeletool, about £55 through Amazon, looks like a better buy. It meets the essential requirement that the blades and tools lock in use – making it theoretically illegal to carry, without good reason, but much more useful.
Wirecutter.com is worth another look, along with a companion site for household goods, thesweethome.com
The Shed was interested in Ross Clark’s observations on weather forecasting in The Times 29.10.2014, which amounted to the old Shed community advice: “If you want to know about the weather, look out the window.”
He reckoned the Met Office’s new £100m computer was a bit of kidology “because forecasting the weather more than a couple of days ahead is an impossible science”.
He said: “The Met Office is helped hugely by the weather tending to come in spells. If it is cold and wet today the chances are it will be cold and wet tomorrow. You will be right most of the time in using today’s report as tomorrow’s forecast.
“John Thornes at Birmingham University listened to 65 forecasts for the following day and concluded they were 85.5 percent accurate – a little better than the 76-6 percent that could have been achieved by saying tomorrow’s weather will be the same as today’s. On the occasions the weather changed, the accuracy fell to just 38 percent.”
On lists for Spotify and so on
Sean O’Hagan in Observer 26.10.14 mentioned a new book of interviews with Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now, and argued she was one of the most sophisticated songwriters ever. He recommended going back to her albums Blue and The Hissing Of Summer Lawns.
Robert Wyatt, crazy rocker and subject of a new biography called Different Every Time, made us resolve to look up Every Day I Have The Blues, by Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams, with Count Basie (1956).
Stella magazine, the interestingly varied women’s section of the Sunday Telegraph, reminds us to check out Sheryl Crow’s new album, Feels Like Home.
The Shed has commissioned more research on a new Hank Williams biopic, I Saw The Light, starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank and Elizabeth Olsen, of Mad Men, as Audrey.
Somebody has heard a recommendation for Hozier, first album by Irish singer of the same name. Somebody else has been to see one of his best ever live shows, by Old Crow Medicine Show, and picked up a recommendation at the bar for The Tallest Man On Earth. We have a crumpled note to check an album called Larkin Pie, possibly by Jesse Finkin, another for New Creation by The Pierces and another recording a thumbs-up for the track Weary Heart, by Delia Bell. It is recorded that Greil Marcus has offered a starter list of greatest doowop songs, all by Lieber & Stoller: “The Penguins’ rough inspiring Earth Angel; Arthur Lee Maye and The Crowns’ complex and surging Gloria; the Robins’ comic opera Framed; and Riot In Cell Block Number 9.”
Jude Rogers had a nice list in The Observer – 10 Best Drumming Moments …
On cowboys and indians
The Shed Book Club is considering a recommendation for the Winnetou The Apache novels written by German author Karl May (1842-1912) and the Film Club wants to see an Aussie western called Mystery Road.
The Shed has been looking for good rivers maps and is bookmarking the Google Maps Gallery for further investigation ….
The Filofacts on House & Home
The Shed has decided it is Just Gay Enough to want to include a link to 50 Best Interiors Shops in Stella Mag of Telegraph:
On quotes for occasions …
Andrew Anthony, Observer, quoted David Attenborough on offspring: “The next best thing to immortality.”
The Shed has long been planning a pin-ups corner and the above-praised Stella mag pointed us to a nice collection of portraits of veteran burlesque acts, including Satan’s Angel, Big Fannie Annie and Candy Baby Caramelo, by New York photographer Stephanie Diani …
Meanwhile, The Shed has already pinned up the following superb pic of Chrissie Hynde, by Dean Chalkley …