Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Friday, 21 October 2011

Tallinn is Lovely

Estonian wins the competition for obscure variations of the vowel o
with "Õ"

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Friday, 30 September 2011

Solferino Gets Patchy Review Shock

Dancing Mice – Solferinohttp://regenmag.com/reviews/dancing-mice-solferino/

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Dancing Mice - Solferino
Dancing Mice
Category: Electro / Experimental / Pop
Album: Solferino
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: An all-over-the-map electronic experiment, with mixed results.

This offering from Scottish electronic act Dancing Mice has the feel of musicians who have just discovered all the different sounds a synthesizer can make. As a result, they try to fit in every possible sound they can in what sounds like an experiment in the possibilities of electronica.

Most of the resulting sounds from this trial range from the nondescript “Blue Screen,” the horns at the beginning of this track giving the impression of an ‘80s pop ballad, adding to the innocuous sound, to “Poison,” an interesting electro-tango that features so many different pieces of melodies that it can’t seem to find its own groove. Several tracks feature high-pitched, tinny electronic loops that fight with, rather than complement, the core rhythm, like on “Nunc Dimittis,” where the strong guitar and haunting chanted vocals are overpowered by distracting sound effects, and “Roger’s World,” where rattling effects at the end ruin the palpable mournful atmosphere.

However, there are spots where the experiment pays off and the sounds come together in more satisfying ways. On “(We Were) Always On Our Own,” while the background is too busy and again interrupted by high-pitched sound effects, the compellingly airy main melody and emotional lyrics – “How could all these days have ended / One last look into your eyes before you go” – make it worth multiple listens. Here, as on the album’s strongest tracks, the focus is on the content of the song, not as much on the various audio tricks available. “Jerusalem’s Home,” though it drags near the end with a repetitive melody, begins with a heavy bass sound combined with sea-chantey style vocals, a combination that by all logic should not sound as good as it does. The highlight of the album is “Gone Girl,” an electronic take on the rockabilly ballad The melody is infectious, the sound effects are kept to a minimum, and singer Ian Deary provides an appropriately wistful vocal for the melancholy lyrics – “His life was filled with stories only he believed.”

Solferino illustrates the gamut of possible results of experimenting with sound. Sometimes the combination of sounds doesn’t work, resulting in a mess, as on most of the album. But the few bright spots are all the brighter because of the musical risks taken, creating a memorable, engaging and truly unique sound.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Bumped into my Barber

In Bonnyrigg, he is thinking of opening another branch, which would be handy.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Big in Michigan Again

Gavin noted a fair bit of Dancing Mice play at WCBN in last three months – including “Busman's Holiday”

See http://www.wcbn.org/ryan-playlist/searchplaylist.php

and do an advanced search.

Thursday, 1 September 2011


I completely share your frustration and anger at what's happened to this project over recent years.

But I can only ask you look at all the background reports on the options that were before us at the last Council meeting - the risks associated with pressing on to St. Andrew Square (just now) were monumental and would have seen the Council's debt levels rise to over £1.5billion, requiring over 11% of our annual revenue budget to service that in interest payments alone every year. In addition, cancelling the project would cost the Council hundreds of millions.

Frankly, in the current economic climate, we simply could not support the St. Andrew Square option. It would have meant £15.3million of Council-Tax Payers money being spent on tram interest payments every year for 30-years, instead of on Education, Social Work, Parks, Libraries and all the other services the Council delivers.

We thus considered the Haymarket option was preferable. It was the lesser of several evils that were before us.

We have received a very high level of representations urging that the project budget 'not be extended' simply by dependence on the Council Tax Payer, and at the expense of other Council Services.

We will look at what has changed at the meeting on Friday and base our decision on the information that we are presented with.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Angela Blacklock

Leith Walk Ward – Labour

Mr Moffoot
I note your preference for a cancellation of the project but will be honest and say that I cannot support a cancellation at this stage, after so much has been spent. I would prefer to spend some more and have something to show for it, rather than cancel the project and still have to find more than £100M to cover all the cancellation costs and refunds of developer contributions. I know that prudential borrowing would commit the council to significant repayments for around 30 years but we would then have a tram line running into the city centre and I hope this will make plans for the extension to the original Newhaven destination all the more possible.
As you rightly point out, I have received a significant number of emails from people still wishing to cancel the project at this stage, but I can honestly say this is closely matched by the emails I receive supporting the St Andrews Square option. Those people are either supporters of the project and accept this as step 1 towards the full line to Newhaven, or are from people who are not particular fans of the scheme but would rather see something for the £700M than nothing.
Would I have started the project knowing what I know now? Perhaps not, but I do have to make a judgement based on where we are today, and as I did with residents who contacted me prior to the June Council meeting, I have been honest in saying I just cannot agree with the rationale behind cancellation at this stage.
When there are different views it is not always easy to reach a decision and whichever way I (and the group) go, some will be satisfied and some will not. I appreciate my response is not necessarily what you want, but I want to be honest about where I stand on this with you, and give a direct reply.
Cllr Louise Lang
Liberal Democrat for Leith Walk ward
Vice-convenor, Regulatory Committee

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Gig 37

Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh 20/8/11
Setlist: A Physical Husband, Death Makes You Feel Like A Man, (We Were) Always On Our Own, Watching Waters Rise, The g Factor, Four Times On The Floor, Cool, It's Abnormal, Selling The Party, Blue Screen
Sound: Leonora. Great soundcheck but worst ever on stage when playing. Good front of house though.
Reception: Warm, relaxed.
Featured the first Dancing Mice Pub Quiz viz:
Q 1. By what name is Lieutenant George Lee Sheridan better known? A. ‘Phones’: the Stingray co-pilot.
Q 2. In which city is the oldest copy of the Koran housed?
A. Tashkent.
Q 3. In which annual event do Isis and Goldie compete? A. The Oxford and Cambridge boat race reserve crews’ competition.
Q 4. What is the collective noun for a group of crows.
A. A ‘murder’.
Q 5. Who was the first famous woman to wear a white wedding dress? A. Mary Queen of Scots.
Q 6. What is the cinema called in Springfield (the Simpsons’ town)?
A. Googolplex.
Q 7. If something is described as zygal, what does it look like?
A. H-shaped.
Q 8. Who shot and killed Robert F. Kennedy (John F. Kennedy’s younger brother)?
A. Sirhan Sirhan.
Q 9. How many soldiers was a centurion in charge of?
A. 83
Q 10. According to the Reimann hypothesis the non-trivial zeros of the Reimann zeta function lie on which line?
A. z = ½ + iy

Monday, 15 August 2011

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Harrogate BAP 2011


24- 27th July 2022 .Good fun with Ian Reid, Bill Riddle and Douglas Patience. Included a visit to Menston.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Ivy Gone


The ivy at the back of the house exploded out of control, had to go.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Difficult Lessons

So far, The Dance of the Black Mouse, Four Times on the Floor, The Man In the Island, Scarred By Love, Arizona, Cool, Thrills, Land and Sea, Assembly, Time Alone

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

DM Financial Report

Dear fellow shareholders,

Today I announce the interim financial results of Dancing Mice PLC.

Financial results for the year so far (for ever actually) show an income of 2 cents ($0.02) to the Spotify account. Further breakdown of the financial results reveal the bulk of the income(all of it!) is related to the “Eroded” account.

Detailed breakdown: I think this may mean they have actually taken in ($5.02) from Eroded as they keep the first 5 dollars from each release each year.

We may get a few more cents as Spotify is stopping free users (of which it had very many), therefore paying users result in income from advertisers if people actually play your stuff. I don’t know if the income is due to me playing our tracks a lot which is now stopping as I was a free user?



Sunday, 22 May 2011

Wasp’s Nest

2011-05-21 18.35.44

Scary, but interesting. “Raid” spray and a broom handle sorted it.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Monday, 18 April 2011

Sun and Moon on the A1

Driving at sunset on the A1 near Dunbar this evening, the sun was setting ahead of me and directly behind me on the horizon was the rising full moon. Eerie magic.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Gartloch Distillery Cottages




Woodilee Hospital, Lenzie where I started training. To the left of the tower on the first floor was the residency complete with monster cockroaches.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Gig 36

Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh 18/3/11
First public appearance of 3D films.
Setlist: A Physical Husband, Death Makes You Feel Like A Man, (We Were) Always On Our Own, Watching Waters Rise, Agenda For Change, It's Abnormal, Cool, Mouse In Love, Dungeness, Selling The Party.
Sound: Leonora. Fraught soundcheck but great when playing
Reception: Warm, relaxed. 3D much appreciated.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Dancing Mice in 3D

Dancing Mice in 3D - Gig at Henry's Cellar Bar Edinburgh Friday 18th March 2011 10.p.m.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Car Back

In the repair shop from 4/2/11. Definitely going to reduce my excess.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Eenty-Teenty Helligalum

Eenty-teenty Helligalum
Pitching totties doon the lum
Wha's There?
Johnnie Bear
What d'ya want?
A pint of beer
Whaur's yer money?
In my pocket
Whaur's yer pocket
I forgot it!
Get doon those stairs you stupid blockhead!

Mary's 62nd

Strange rhyme courtesy of Gerry:

"Aunt Jemima, what's for dinner?

Pigeon's milk and nanny-goat's vinegar

Aunt Jemima's what's for dinner........?

Pussy's laid an egg!"

Sung to the tune of Men of Harlech

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

J is for Jigsaw


J is for jigsaw, a pastime so gentle

Although it looks simple, it near drove me mental

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

New Songs

Final guitar and sax laid down for new "French" song, very exciting all of a sudden. We need a gig however.