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We're back!

Posted By Jodi on the 18th August 2014
We're back!

We're all back in the office now after our 2-week break!
I spent my time off mostly cleaning, visiting the tip and flat packing as i redecorated our flat! I also managed to fit in a couple of trips to London, a few trips to the pub and cinema, and a 5k run while being splattered with paint when the Colour Run came to Birmingham! (see picture) Fun times!
 

Summer Shutdown

Posted By Jodi on the 1st August 2014
Summer Shutdown

Today is our last day in the office before our two week shutdown.  We will be back on the 18th August.

Emergency contact can be made with us via info@musicshipping.co.uk (we will reply as soon as possible) Otherwise, enjoy the summer (rainy as it may be), and we will see you in a couple of weeks!

Holidays Are Coming!

Posted By MSC on the 28th July 2014
Holidays Are Coming!

We are on our final week countdown before our annual summer closure!

 We have some great offers available to our trade customers, so check out the dealer section of our web site and stock your shelves with top brand products such as Aquarian, Shaw, Groove Juice and many more! 

Happy Birthday Prince George

Posted By Karen on the 22nd July 2014
Happy Birthday Prince George

 Prince George celebrates his first birthday today, with his parents insisting they do not want him showered with gifts.  He has received some strange ones from around the world, including a fattened bull & goat, the bull will be used to start a new "royal herd" in Kenya.

My favourites are from Dudley Zoo here in the West Midlands,  three meerkats named, George, Alexander & Louis!

1 down, 5 to go!

Posted By Jodi on the 21st July 2014
1 down, 5 to go!

Myself, Craig and Jack had a rather amusing time watching Monty Python Live (almost) at the cinema last night.  100,000 people across the UK, and many more across the whole world, all watched the Pythons show live from the O2!

And yes, it was full of the Pythons forgetting their lines, and was primarily a rather amazing troupe of dancers turning silly little ditties into full on musical productions, but i thought it was awesome! Legends of comedy, and really glad i got to see it!

Birthday Boy!

Posted By MSC on the 17th July 2014
Birthday Boy!

Today is our Key Accounts Manager, Dave's birthday!

Hope you have a great day Dave and get to enjoy a pint or two of Guiness, don't forget the cakes on your next visit to MSC HQ!

Happy Birthday wishes from all at MSC.

 

Bostin - Black County Day!

Posted By Karen on the 14th July 2014
Bostin - Black County Day!

Today marks the first ever Black County Day, celebrating Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall & Sandwell boroughs.

 Credited as the home of heavy metal music & the birthplace of the industrial revolution July 14th was chosen as it is the anniversary of the invention of the world's first steam engine, the Newcomen Engine which was built in the Black County in 1712.

To celebrate the day a special flag has been designed and a song has been written,  bostin! 

 

Ape Fury

Posted By Karen on the 11th July 2014
Ape Fury

Viewers were not best pleased with ITV on Wednesday night, a trailer for the new Planet of the Apes movie was aired during the half time break of the semi final World Cup game.  The graphic scene showed a computer animated chimp viciously shooting a man with a machine gun and was shown after the 9pm watershed, but upset viewers said they had let youngsters stay up for the football & thought the advert was "inappropriate"

I was more concerned at first that the chimp was real!

ps, the boss man has his ticket booked for the film!

USA 4th July

Posted By Craig on the 4th July 2014
USA 4th July

A big day for the USA - Happy 4th of July to all of our American friends. The four F's for everyone - Family, Friends, Fireworks and Food!

You seem to be doing OK since you went solo in 1776 but that's not that long really (in UK terms) so we are still keeping an eye on you...

Have a great time everyone who is celebrating - all over the world.

 

 

 

 

Cheeky Dress!

Posted By Karen on the 2nd July 2014
Cheeky Dress!

The little white tennis number, from the world famous Athena tennis picture is going under the hammer in the Midlands. The cheeky shot, taken on a court at the University of Birmingham in 1976 has sold two million copies across the world.The dress was made by Carol Knotts, who played tennis at her local club in Stourbridge and lent the dress to her friend,  Fiona Walker, the poster's star!The dress, racquet & two posters are estimated to fetch £1,000 to £2,000 at Fieldings Auctioneers in Stourbridge when the sale is held on Wimbledon ladies' finals day!

UPDATE! The dress sold for £15,500!

 

Glastonbury 2014

Posted By Karen on the 27th June 2014
Glastonbury 2014

Well we could have predicated that the sunshine would come to an end and the rain would fall....it's Glastonbury Festival.

More than 175,000 festival goers will descend on Worthy Farm over the next few days to watch hundreds of acts.  Despite spending thousands of pounds on flooding prevention over the past few years, the farm is likely to be awash with mud by Saturday morning.

Personally, I'm more than happy to watch from the comfort of my home, looking forward to the divine Dolly Parton!

Happy Birthday!

Posted By MSC on the 26th June 2014
Happy Birthday!

Big Happy Birthday wishes to the new Mrs Millership!

Yes our lovely Jodi celebrates her birthday today, good news for the rest of us as we get to eat cake. mmmmm....we like cake!

Have a great day Jodi, you're exempt from tea making duties for one day only. 

Shake Your Power!

Posted By Jodi on the 25th June 2014
Shake Your Power!

 Our friend Sudha (of Faithless fame) has a great Kickstart project on the go.  She (along with a very good team) has developed a prototype instument - a percussion shaker - that converts the energy from playing it into electricity!

Cool as this is in itself, in places like Kenya, where 75% of the population live without access to electricity, it would be revolutionary! For more information, and to donate, see the website:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/726552172/shakeyourpower

Freedom of Walsall!

Posted By Karen on the 24th June 2014
Freedom of Walsall!

 Former Slade star, Noddy Holder is to be given the freedom of Walsall today. 

Noddy said he was "really, really chuffed, it's a great honour, hopefully it will give Walsall a bigger profile around the country".

Noddy made his singing debut aged seven on stage at Walsall Labour Working Men's Club, he still thinks of Walsall as 'home' and regularly returns for a "decent curry".

 

World Cup Football!

Posted By Karen on the 12th June 2014
World Cup Football!

Well, hard luck if you are not a football fan! Brazil 2014 kicks off tonight with the first of many matches in the World Cup tournament.

Host nation, Brazil, play Croatia, and we will then have up to four games a day,  with round the clock coverage of every kick, flick, tackle & tantrum!

Lucky for me I shall miss the first weeks games as I shall be sunning myself in Spain....

D Day Anniversary

Posted By Karen on the 6th June 2014
D Day Anniversary

On the 6th June 1944 British, US & Canadian forces invaded the northern coast of France, the landings were the first stage of Operation Overlord - the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe, an event that would eventually help bring an end to World War Two.

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, and world leaders are joining hundreds of veterans in Normandy to commemorate this special occasion.

Our world today would be very different if not for the sacrifices made by many thousands of young men and they should always be remembered.

Home Sweet Home

Posted By Mrs Millership on the 27th May 2014
Home Sweet Home

I'm back! With a new name and a new suntan!

Had a wonderful wedding and a fantastic honeymoon in Mexico - all back to reality now though.  Back to the rain and washing up, no more all inclusive relaxation in the sunshine. oh well, was nice while it lasted.

Actually quite nice to be back at work though, looking forward to getting stuck back in!

The South - Not so Beautiful

Posted By Karen on the 19th May 2014
The South - Not so Beautiful

 Saturday night my husband & myself were singing & dancing along to The South, featuring ex-members of The Beautiful South.

David Anderson, the drummer, who is a Shaw & Aquarian endorsee very kindly invited us along.

The band played to a sell out crowd who, by the end of the night were all on their feet. The band are currently touring across the UK & definitely worth seeing!

www.thesouth.co.uk/

Buddha Day

Posted By Craig on the 14th May 2014
Buddha Day

Thousands of devotees are celebrating the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha today. Primarily today mark the recognised birthday in India as other countries celebrate different dates based on differing calenders and Moon positions Buddha Jayanti falls on the full-moon day of Vaisakh (April - May). Millions of people take part in prayer ceremonies in the memory of the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Lord Buddha over 25 centuries ago.

On this day not only the Buddhists but people from other religions too, gather in monasteries and temples and pray for peace.

Mr & Mrs Millership

Posted By Karen on the 12th May 2014
Mr & Mrs Millership

 Well we all had an amazing time on Saturday at Jodi & Stuart's wedding.  It was a wonderful occasion, the couple have worked so hard to make their day that extra bit special and it paid off.

Jodi made a stunning bride, and the groom didn't look too bad!

They will start their married life together on a luxury honeymoon in Mexico.

Wedding!

Posted By Karen on the 9th May 2014
Wedding!

Excitement is building here at MSC HQ with Jodi's wedding taking place tomorrow.   

We are all looking forward to the celebrations, and wish her and Stuart a long and very happy life together!

 

 

Bride To Be!

Posted By Karen & Helen on the 6th May 2014
Bride To Be!

MSC HQ is full of bunting, balloons, & confetti today as we celebrate Jodi's forthcoming wedding!

We've dressed her up in a veil, head dress, banner & L plates, and she looks beautiful.  We are all looking forward to seeing her on Saturday when we know she will look even more beautiful!

Wedding photo's will follow next week.  

Bluebells

Posted By Karen on the 29th April 2014
Bluebells

The countryside is very pretty at this time of the year, fields are full of bright yellow rape seed and bluebells are springing up along the verges.

"The Blue bell is the sweetest flower, that waves is summer air;

Its blossoms have the mightiest power to soothe my spirit's care."

 

Kate

Posted By Craig on the 21st April 2014
Kate

As many of you know my wife and co-founder of The Music Shipping Company Kate has been fighting a very serious illness for some time. Sadly she lost her battle last week, at home, peacefully, with her family at her side. This has been a very difficult time for us all at MSC, as we are truly a family business, encompassing everyone who works here. I would like to thank you all for your messages of support and offers of help, which have all been sincerely appreciated.

Kate's funeral will be on Thursday 24th April at 4.00 pm, followed by a Gathering to remember Kate afterwards.  All of our friends in the music industry are very welcome to be with us for the funeral and for drinks afterwards at the hotel.

Our offices will be closed on the 24th and 25th April.  We will re-open on the 28th April.

Kate

Posted By Karen and Helen on the 17th April 2014
Kate

Today we are both deeply deeply sad as we have lost a wonderful friend and lovely lady. Kate Fenney (co-founder of The Music Shipping Company) passed away peacefully yesterday morning.

Our memories of Kate are all warm and sometimes a little amusing, we've never met anyone who knew so much about so many obscure things! Kate was a lady who always wanted to do the best for everyone and if ever a shoulder was needed Kate was always there.  

We're both now sure that Kate is resting,  catching up on all those books she hasn't read and listening to all of the Archers episodes that she loved.  

You'll be sorely missed Kate by everyone and all of our thoughts are with Craig, Jodi and Jack whose loss is much much greater than ours.

 

Weddings!

Posted By Karen on the 9th April 2014
Weddings!

The MSC office is full of wedding chat at the moment, only  4 weeks & 3 days before our Miss Fenney becomes Mrs Millership!  So a recent article on the cost of weddings caught my eye, with the average wedding costing around £21,939! 

Although, couples are proving that you can get married in style and on a budget with some weddings costing only £1000

www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2600240/Which-bride-spent-1-000-big-day-75-000.html

April Fools....

Posted By Karen on the 1st April 2014
April Fools....

 Have you been caught out today?  There has been some great stories in the press, from chickens laying square eggs and the Queen drilling for oil in the back garden of Buckingham Palace!

My favourite is from Burger King who took out a full page ad announcing their new Left-Handed Whopper!  

Amazing what some people will believe.

Spring Forward!

Posted By Karen on the 28th March 2014
Spring Forward!

The weather forecast is looking pretty good for the weekend, just in time for British Summer Time.

Yes, it's that time of year when we lose an hour of our beauty sleep, so don't forget to put your clocks forward.

It does mean we get to spend an extra hour with our very special mum's as it is Mothers Day on Sunday.

Enjoy your weekend!

Hen Times

Posted By Jodi on the 25th March 2014
Hen Times

 I am finally recovering from my Hen weekend....yesterday i barely had a voice so apologies to anyone i tried to speak to on the phone.

I was spoiled with a fun packed and surprise weekend in Bath - games, cocktails, a trip to a Spa, afternoon tea, more cocktails, Steak dinner and dancing.  Wonderful stuff! 

Unfortunately my husband to be is not recovering from his Stag as quickly...as long as he is better in 6 weeks for the wedding!

Michael Bublé!

Posted By Karen on the 13th March 2014
Michael Bublé!

Last night my daughter and I went to see Michael Bublé in concert at the NIA Birmingham.  I have only one word to say AMAZING!

Completely blown away by the whole production, fabulous set, his band were awesome, and the warm up act Naturally 7, an american A capella style band, have to be seen and heard to be believed.

One very happy lady!  

More Birthday Times!

Posted By Jodi on the 11th March 2014
More Birthday Times!

And another birthday! The lovely Kate celebrates her birthday today.

She is currently off work at the moment, but we hope she enjoys her day - and gets to savour a bit of this lovely sunshine!  Quite a nice novelty for someone with a March birthday!

March madness of birthdays are over now for MSC i think...

Birthday!

Posted By Jodi on the 10th March 2014
Birthday!

 A happy belated birthday to our wonderful directer boss-man Craig Fenney and our lovely office manager Karen Pawley!

This is a picture of them enjoying themselves at a previous event, but hopefully they both also had a lovely celebratory weekend - complete with bonus sunshine!

March is a busy birthday time in the office...

Bandanas for Brain Tumours!

Posted By Jodi on the 7th March 2014
Bandanas for Brain Tumours!

 Today is 'Bandanas for Brain Tumours' Day!  As many of our customers will know, the brain tumour charity is very close to our hearts so we have made a bit of an effort this year in honour of our wonderful company director Kate (this is a picture of her in her bandana!)

Check out our Facebook page later today for some pictures of our efforts!

Today is also our other wonderful directors birthday, but more of that later...

Pancakes!

Posted By Jodi on the 4th March 2014
Pancakes!

 Happy Pancake Day everybody!  Weather you are a crepe or an american-style fan, pancakes rock. (and the ones in this picture rock more than most!)  Enjoy your pancakes tonight!

That also means Lent starts tomorrow.  I had plans to give up a lot of things, and am normally pretty good at it, but struggling to find the motivation this year (even with my wedding in 9 1/2 weeks!) We'll see how that one goes...

Music Awards

Posted By K on the 19th February 2014
Music Awards

The UK equivalent of the Grammys, the BRIT Awards 2014 take place tonight.  The awards are famous for iconic performances and controversial moments! I'm sure we won't be disappointed tonight.   Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars to name just a few will all perform.

Pop music not your thing? Then tune into BBC Radio 2 and listen to the Folk Awards.

All in all a good night for music lovers.

Happy Valentines!

Posted By Jodi on the 14th February 2014
Happy Valentines!

Happy Valentines Day all.  Normally not a fan of this corporate holiday, but i seem to have been a little swept up in it this year! Might be partly to do with the awesome Back to the Future themed (handmade!) card that i received this morning - my Fiance rocks :-)

If you forgot, or just don't want to spend any money but still spread the love, Google is today giving us the opportunity to send a box of custom virtual chocolates to your loved one.  Random, and a little but unsatisfying but nice all the same.  Personally, I prefer my chocolates to be ones i can actually stuff my face with thanks!

Safer Internet Day

Posted By Karen on the 11th February 2014
Safer Internet Day

 Today is Safer Internet Day (SID) organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre each February to promote safer and more responsible use of on-line technology and mobile phones for children and young people.

'Let's create a better internet together' www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2014/

2014 Winter Olympics

Posted By Karen on the 7th February 2014
2014 Winter Olympics

 The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games, are being held in Sochi, Russia with the opening ceremony taking place later today.

The 56 strong Team GB are regarded as one of the strongest winter teams ever assembled, including Elise Christie & Eve Muirhead & team, the current Women's Curling World Champions, as well as a host of former European & World Championship medallists across several other sports.

Facebook Birthday

Posted By Jodi on the 5th February 2014
Facebook Birthday

So Facebook is 10 years old (Well i think it was yesterday but i'm close)

So my news feed is filled with people's videos (i'm not annoyed by them, i actually think they are quite a nice touch!)  I have been a facebook member since 2007, and  my video documents a lot of university parties, travelling around the world and planning my wedding (apparently wedding related posts are the only ones any of my friends have liked - i must be pretty dull!)

If you like Facebook and drumming (which is likely if you are reading this post) then our Drummer Like tshirt is perfect for you! http://musicshipping.co.uk/shop.php?sec=prod&prod=250 (shameless plug!)

London Sound Survey

Posted By Jodi on the 30th January 2014
London Sound Survey

I have recently been directed to the 'London Sound Survey' by a friend from a London-Resident friend.  It is a rather interesting collective of the 'unique sounds of London'.

Sound really can transport you - close your eyes while listening to some of these and you really can image what is going on around you.  A real find for London-lovers, and an interesting insight for no-London-lovers (like me!), especially one with an interest in history - stuff like this is a great time capsule!

Hear it all at  http://www.soundsurvey.org.uk/

National Puzzle Day

Posted By Karen on the 29th January 2014
National Puzzle Day

Today is National Puzzle Day, with the advent of digital entertainment, the common puzzle may be falling by the wayside.

Puzzle Day is a chance to go to basics; do a jigsaw, solve a crossword, suduko, or buy a Rubik's Cube and frustrate your friends!

Now where is my crossword...

 

Fourth Round FA Cup.

Posted By Karen on the 15th January 2014
Fourth Round FA Cup.

Kidderminster is well & truly on the map at the moment, with our local football team, Kidderminster Harriers getting through to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Tuesday night seen the Conference side beat League One team Peterborough 2 -3.

Kidderminster Harriers are the only non-league team now left in the competition and will now play Premier League club Sunderland.

Well done the Harriers!

 

No Clapping!

Posted By Jodi on the 9th January 2014
No Clapping!

 Neil Young apparently told people off at a recent Carnegie Hall gig.

He berated the audience for being off beat as they clapped along to "ohio", and also paused his harmonica playing to chastise members of the audience for talking.

Someone was a bit moody it seems!  But he  does have a point.  Never been overly bothered by people talking at gigs (maybe i just go to really loud gigs...) but it drives me MAD when people clap along out of time - there is just no need for clapping at all in my opinion - the drummer can keep time perfectly well thanks! (well, mostly...!)

2013 - The Worst Year For Music?

Posted By Karen on the 7th January 2014
2013 - The Worst Year For Music?

 Well it is official: 2013 was a dire year for the music industry.  New statistics released by the UK's Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) show that out of the top 20 Entertainment releases of the year, which include film releases, games, & album sales, only two of the entrants were music albums, & they were Now That's What I Call Music compilations!

While some blame poor album sales on the popularity of online music streaming websites, the ERA has attributed the disappointing numbers to the lack of genuine blockbuster album releases.

Hopefully, 2014 will be an exciting time in the music business with new & exciting musical acts playing instruments, just itching to release albums! 

Welcome to 2014!

Posted By Jodi on the 2nd January 2014
Welcome to 2014!

We are back in the office, and ready for a new year! Hope you all had a great christmas and New Year break.  I had a wonderful time, involving 3 Christmas's (a lot of family visits!), a lot of mince pies and mulled wine (and the rest) and a rather lovely amount or pressies.

I always feel like i need another holiday after all these festivities.  At least it is only a 2 day week!

Merry Christmas

Posted By MSC Staff on the 20th December 2013
Merry Christmas

 We are now closed until 2nd Jan 2014.  We hope all our valued customers, suppliers and friends have a very Merry Christmas.  We look forward to a successful and prosperous 2014, and to doing business with you all!

We are off to eat too many mince pies, mulled wine, pigs in blankets, turkey, christmas pudding, chocolates, whisky, cheese, yule log, roast potatoes, sprouts, cake and candy canes! Let the indigestion commence!

Christmas Jumpers!

Posted By Jodi on the 13th December 2013
Christmas Jumpers!

Today is wear your Christmas Jumper to work day! Started in aid of Save the Children, people all over the country will be wearing their Christmas Jumpers - us included!

Another very comfy idea - and we have never been so warm and cosy in the office! Also, i love my Christmas jumper.  It is hideously wonderful and I will be wearing it whenever possible over the next few weeks!

Christmas Time!

Posted By Jodi on the 10th December 2013
Christmas Time!

It's official.  With a little over 2 weeks to go, I am now in full Christmas mode!

MSC's Christmas mascot (pictured) is out and ready to play his Christmas Bongos at regular intervals! Craig and Kate also did some secret Christmas decorating in the office over the weekend, so we are feeling very festive!

In fact, i have nearly wrapped all my presents and written all my christmas cards! (smug) And just wait till you see our Christmas jumpers on Friday...

Small Shop Saturday

Posted By Craig on the 3rd December 2013
Small Shop Saturday

This weekend is not only set to be the biggest pre-christmas retail sales day - it is also Small Shop Saturday in the UK.

No better time to support your local drum shop - why not call in and see what you have been missing if you haven't done that lately? Even better why not support UK manufacture by purchasing a new (UK printed) T shirt or some of the many items Shaw and a handful of other British makers are producing in the UK. New UK made Drum Mat anyone- now available in Red for our Royal customers :)

St. Andrews Day

Posted By Craig on the 30th November 2013
St. Andrews Day

Happy St. Andrew's Day to all our Scottish Friends! Là Naomh Aindrea is an official Scotland national day. In 2006 the Scottish Parliament designated St Andrew's Day as an official bank holiday and it's also a national holiday in Romania. As well as Scotland and Romania, Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Cyprus and of course Saint Andrews, Barbados!

Our thoughts are with all of Scotland and especially Glasgow of course, after yesterdays  helicopter tragedy. Closer still to our hearts as the accident involved innocent  people watching and supporting live music at the time.

NB: Apologies to the Robbie Williams fan out there for demoting him from the front page of our website...

Swing is No1

Posted By Jodi on the 26th November 2013
Swing is No1

 This weekend saw the 1000th number 1 album.  And it went to Robbie Williams (something Craig will be non too thrilled about - he isn't a big fan!)

Robbie's album is a big band production, with lots of guest vocals, called 'Swings both ways'.  The first ever No1 album was Frank Sinatra's 'Songs For Swingin' Lovers' back in 1956 - seems Swing albums are still no1!

Band Shirts!

Posted By Jodi on the 22nd November 2013
Band Shirts!

It's getting to be a bit 'fancy dress' Friday here! Today is 'Wear you old band tshirt to work' day (BBC Radio 6 Music's invention)

So we are rocking some old (and slightly musty) band tshirts!  I must admit, the one i am wearing is not my own (in fact it is older than me!)

Bonus points if any one can spot the secret link between these 3 shirts...

Scottish Drum Fair

Posted By Jodi on the 21st November 2013
Scottish Drum Fair

The Scottish Drum Fair is this weekend! www.scottishdrumfair.co.uk

It looks set to be a great event, featuring loads of live performances from high profile drummers, and some great products for sale.  These include Shaw, Cympad, Tuner Fish and our tshirts we are please to announce! Should be some great deals, and it is always a fantastic show.

 

If you are in the area, we recommend you check it out! Tickers will be available on the door, but if you want to avoid the queue you can still pre-order your ticket from the website and collect them on the door.

PJs for Children in Need

Posted By Comfy Jodi on the 15th November 2013
PJs for Children in Need

Tonight is "Children in Need" and all over the country, people are doing things in the name of raising money.  Here at MSC, we have embraced the "wear your PJs to work" day.  And we are loving it!  On a cold miserable day, we are snuggled up in our dressing gowns.  I think i might get myself a permanent work dressing gown. :-)

There will be a whole lot of telly on tonight.  Some awful, some amusing, but it is all for a good cause!(and telly is pretty rubbish with no excuse most of the time!)  You can make a donation here.

Christmas Race!

Posted By Karen on the 13th November 2013
Christmas Race!

The race is on for the Christmas number one spot  and the annual Facebook campaign to ensure the as yet unannounced X Factor winner doesn't bag it.

Likely candidates include Lily Allen,  an 11 year old choirboy, Jack Topping, a rendition of Wizzard's ' I Wish It Could be Christmas Everyday' performed by members of Blue, 5ive, Atomic Kitten, 911, Liberty X & B*witched, and the Facebook favourite, AC/DC with their classic hit 'Highway To Hell'....very seasonal some would say...

Place your bets!

Lest We Forget

Posted By Karen on the 11th November 2013
Lest We Forget

Today is Remembrance Day.  The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month was when World War I officially ended in 1918. At this time every year, a 2 minute silence is held for all those who have died in any war.  We will of course be honoring it, so nobody call at that time.

 They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

New Tshirt

Posted By Jodi on the 1st November 2013
New Tshirt

 We've had a new arrival of a very cool tshirt from Shaw.  A black tshirt with 'Like most musicians, you are following a drummer' written on the back.  Puts everyone in their place ;-)

We love it, and are also rather excited about ANOTHER tshirt arriving next week.  All in time to put on your Christmas list!  We have a wide range of tshirts available from your local drum store, or from this website.

Mercury Prize

Posted By Jodi on the 30th October 2013
Mercury Prize

The Award Ceremony for the Mercury Prize 2013 is tonight.
Nominees are David Bowie, Foals, Laura Mvula, Villagers, Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Laura Marling, John Hopkins, Savages, Rudimental and James Blake.

Interestingly, David Bowie would be the oldest ever winner, and Jake Bugg would be the youngest.

I actually have 4 of these albums (which is rare for me, i'm normally a bit behind the times!)

DrumOff.TV

Posted By Jodi on the 24th October 2013
DrumOff.TV

Our friends at DrumOff.tv have their recording day this Sunday.

DrumOff is a competition where drummers submit 30 second drumming video on a minimal kit - it's all about the beats!  At the end of each month, the video with the most votes wins, and at the end of the year there is a showcase of the winners at Metropolis studios - that's this Sunday!

This years kit will have Aquarian Heads, and drummers will be using Shaw sticks.  Crew will also be sporting some funky branded tshirts.  And we're very glad we could help. :-)

More details on their website  Get your entries prepared for next year!

Chocolate and Baking

Posted By Jodi on the 15th October 2013
Chocolate and Baking

This week is both Chocolate Week, and National Baking Week.  As someone who is quite a big fan of both those things, this makes me extremely excited! (my wedding diet is not so keen but I'm ignoring that!)

I particularly like these little concoctions, complete with tiny chocolate drumsticks.  If any one would like to bake me some chocolate cakes (or any cakes...or chocolate...I'm not too fussy) I would be very grateful.  Hint Hint, other staff/generous customers/suppliers :-)

Ikea or Death?

Posted By Jodi on the 11th October 2013
Ikea or Death?

 Today's fun activity is available at http://ikeaordeath.com/

Are these names pieces of Ikea furniture, or are they death metal bands?!

I did not do that well...in fact got the majority wrong (except for the small table - i have one of those in my lounge - £5 bargain!)

Hug A Drummer Day

Posted By Karen on the 10th October 2013
Hug A Drummer Day

 Today, 10th October, is HUG A DRUMMER DAY. 

Stuck up the back of a stage, working harder than anyone else in the band, the drummer is often heard but rarely seen. They need our love.

So show the drummers in your life some love, appreciation and give them a hug!

Chilly Chickens!

Posted By Karen on the 4th October 2013
Chilly Chickens!

Well, I think I have now seen it all, made to measure jackets for chickens!  Although, they are for ex battery hens who often struggle in the cold, as they have spent their lives never leaving their cages or seeing the outside world.

My five free range chickens don't seem to mind the cold, but they are not keen on the rain or snow, perhaps I should design little chicken macintosh's.

Have a great weekend folks!

National Poetry Day

Posted By Karen on the 3rd October 2013
National Poetry Day

The torrential downpour that we are experiencing here at MSC HQ certainly fits with this years National Poetry Day theme; ' Water, water, everywhere'

For the last 20 years, today, the first Thursday in October has been National Poetry Day, with the aim of celebrating poetry in all of its diverse forms, and in doing so attracting new readers.

 

 

Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted By Karen on the 1st October 2013
Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, with lots of fundraising events going on through the month to raise money and educate people about this disease.

Only today,singer Anastacia has revealed that she has undergone a double mastectomy after being diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer.

Even our local "Floozie in the Jacuzzi" is showing her support by wearing a pink bra!

 

Clever Musicians!

Posted By Jodi on the 27th September 2013
Clever Musicians!

So, it is official.  Musicians have sharper minds!  A new study has shown that playing an instrument can help prevent against mental decline.

Playing an instrument improves the ability to correct errors and adjust responses more effectively, quickly and accurately.  Playing can also slow down or even reverse age or illness related mental decline.

Time to feel smug about all those jamming sessions when you should have been studying...

Animal Print Ban!

Posted By Leopard Print Lover on the 25th September 2013
Animal Print Ban!

It is no secret here at MSC HQ that I have passion for all things leopard in the world of fashion.  Well it seems I best not pay a visit to Chessington Zoo.

Visitors have been banned from wearing animal print clothing after the zoo keepers noticed animals were trying to communicate with the wearer or running away in fear! 

Animal Print Bouncers have been hired to identify anyone wearing leggings, coats, tops, dresses or hats which flout the regulations and will be handed a grey boiler suit to wear whilst in the park.

Bottle Openers!

Posted By Jodi on the 16th September 2013
Bottle Openers!

We are all very exited about the new Shaw Drumstick Bottle Openers that have arrived at MSC HQ! It's a tiny little drumstick - that opens beer! What more can a girl want?!

One seems to have found its way into my handbag...better test it out tonight with a nice cold beer.  Just in the interest of research...should probably try 2 or 3 actually to be sure...the things i do for this job eh?!

Web and Email

Posted By Craig on the 12th September 2013
Web and Email

Our apologies to everyone who had difficulty contacting us yesterday after the 'routine' server maintenance issue that was supposed to be completed before we opened, took until afternoon to complete! Our thanks to Clever Cherry who did oversee this and I'm sure got it running as quickly as was possible.

I am afraid if we did not answer your emails anyone - it was because we never received it, so please contact us again. 

NIGHTMARE...

 

 

Web and Email Maintenance

Posted By Craig on the 10th September 2013
Web and Email Maintenance

We have just found out that our Website and Email will be unavailable between 6.00am and 9.00am UK time tomorrow,11th September, due to necessary maintenance work.

Sorry for any inconvenience - mainly to other than UK visitors who should all be tucked up in bed anyway at that time. 

 

 

 

Jimmy and the Ocean

Posted By Jodi on the 6th September 2013
Jimmy and the Ocean

Went to an see the wonderful Jimmy Eat World last night in Birmingham, supported by We are the Ocean, who were also amazing!

This was a birthday treat (belated, but i got the tickets on my Birthday!) and, as I am old now, my Fiance treated me to privilege balcony seats.  And it was awesome! As I am only a little over 5 foot, i have never before really seen a gig.  Sure, you get the atmosphere form behind the rugby player who always stands in front of me, but to actually see the performers is pretty special! Seen Jimmy Eat World many times before, and they are always great, but We are the Ocean are a new find for me! Off to buy the album...

Welsh Rarebit Day

Posted By Karen on the 3rd September 2013
Welsh Rarebit Day

 Famous all over Europe, Welsh Rarebit is a distant cousin to cheese on toast, made with a cheese and ale sauce, and today, 3rd September is Welsh Rarebit Day!

The term Welsh Rabbit was first used in 1725. It may be an ironic name that was used in the days when the Welsh were poor, only rich people could afford butcher's meat, and while in England rabbit was the poor man's meat, in Wales the poor man's meal was cheese.

Whatever the origin it's a very tasty meal!

 

Rude Hand Gestures!

Posted By Jodi on the 28th August 2013
Rude Hand Gestures!

 And no, i don't mean the ones we are used to.  It is becoming more common to have a 'festival' holiday.  More and more people are travelling abroad to attend foreign festivals - often featuring high profile acts at a fraction of the UK festival cost (weather is probably better too!)

Unfortunately, our British hand gestures are causing offence.  The 'Metal horns' so many festival goers brandish is actually quite an offensive gesture in Spain, France and Italy.  An extended arm with 5 fingers outstretched is also an offensive gesture in Greece Africa and Pakistan.  So, unless you are looking for controversy, be careful with your hands on your festival holidays!

PS If you are looking to offend, here is a list of useful gestures!

National Dog day

Posted By Craig on the 26th August 2013
National Dog day

Today is National Dog Day. I do not have a dog because I do not want to collect poop in a blue bag and carry it around. 

However this is probably the only excuse I can get Brian and a Martini onto the blog in one shot. No other reason. I like Brian and I like a nice Martini.

Comparing a Universe

Posted By Kate on the 23rd August 2013
Comparing a Universe

Whilst watching the Science Club last night I saw this feature.

As the botttom bar is moved the visions either grow or lessen. Who knew that California and Italy are about the same size?

Blue Moon

Posted By Karen on the 21st August 2013
Blue Moon

A rare blue moon is expected to light up the skies tonight. It will be a full moon which will be at its fullest at around 9.45pm.

There are two definitions of blue moons. Tonight's blue moon is an extra summer moon, which is the third moon of four in the season that started on the June solstice. A blue moon is also defined as the second of two full moons within a calendar month & is a rare occurrence, hence the phrase "once in a blue moon!"

Blue moon ...you saw me standing alone...without a dream in my heart .... 

Jon Brookes

Posted By Craig on the 14th August 2013
Jon Brookes

 Very sad news that after a brave battle with a brain tumour, Jon Brookes from the Charlatans died yesterday aged just 44. Jon leaves a wife and 3 daughters, who our thoughts are with at this devastating time. Jon genuinely was a lovely man who always understated his ability,when in fact he was a great drummer. 

Please try and support research into brain tumours, it is a very neglected area of research. Check out thebraintumourcharity.org for more details

Pirate Booty!

Posted By Jodi on the 12th August 2013
Pirate Booty!

 We are now back in the office!  And what a very busy return we have had - seems you have all missed us! :-)

Just time to share this little story about this amazing Pirate Ship tree house, which ironically had it's booty stolen!  Theives snuck in and stole the 'treasures' that the creator had left for his granddaughter, including knives, swords, a 1953 Japanese 1,000 yen paper bill and an Egyptian necklace....Unusual choices for children's toys i thought...and slightly irresponsible leaving it all unattended.  Shame none the less!

Our Summer Holiday

Posted By Jodi on the 26th July 2013
Our Summer Holiday

Today is our last day in the office before our two week break.  The office will be closed and we will be unable to ship during this period.

Any queries or questions, please email us on info@musicshipping.co.uk
This address will be checked periodically and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

I don't think any of us are actually going abroad this year - let's hope for a relapse of this heatwave so we can enjoy some British Sunshine!  Either way, have a good few weeks - we are back in the office on Mon 12th August.
 

Awkward Snaps!

Posted By Karen on the 25th July 2013
Awkward Snaps!

With the summer holiday season well upon us the good people at Awkward Family Photos have gathered together a hilarious new collection that shows the family vacation at its very best!

Common themes run throughout - dad's shameful dispaly of garish Hawaiian prints and dodgy sandals to families who never miss the opportunity for humiliation.

So that cringe worthy snap could win you a prize awkwardfamilyphotos.com/contests/awkward-vacation-photo-contest/

 

 

Royal Baby

Posted By Jodi on the 23rd July 2013
Royal Baby

 So, no blog is complete today without a mention of the new Prince.

Congratulations to Kate and Will and Uncle Charles of course.  Now just awaiting the name...i'm guessing it will be fairly traditional, my bet is James.  Or George.   Although there have been some good alternative suggestions such as Kong (eventually King Kong) & Charming (Prince Charming)

Either way, i think we need a slightly more modern monarch, so i reckon a drummer prince would be a good start!

Summer Holidays

Posted By Karen on the 22nd July 2013
Summer Holidays

 It's all hands on deck this week at MSC HQ. Our warehouse is busy fulfilling orders to all our retailers keeping the shops stocked up on all those drummer essentials.

We close on Friday 26th July for our annual two week summer closure, normal service will resume on Monday 12th August when we will return bright eyed & busy tailed!

So don't dilly dally....get your orders in this week!

 

Soapbox Race!

Posted By Jodi on the 15th July 2013
Soapbox Race!

 This weekend saw the Red Bull Soapbox Race in London.  Amateur drivers race homemade soapbox vehicles which are hand made and powered by nothing but sheer courage and gravity!

Some particularly eye catching vehicles this year included a royal baby carriage, a giant tortilla wrap, a Usain Bolt-mobile and a brilliant Lego car complete with lego men! (see picture)

They are all mental!

Go Shopping

Posted By Craig on the 8th July 2013
Go Shopping

In this fantastic UK and Northern European weather that we finally have, shopping is probably not the first thing that you feel like doing. BUT there is no greater time to support your local music stores. There are great in-store events featuring some well known players and even some lesser known guys who are rising stars, so a great time to catch them.

I know 'use it or lose it' is a bit of a cliché but its a sad fact; so get in there and and take advantage of the knowledge base not just the free show room aspect. You might be pleased how good it is to talk to people face to face without a book in that phrase :)   

 

4th of July

Posted By Craig on the 4th July 2013
4th of July

Happy 4th of July to all our USA friends. Part of the Declaration of Independance is: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

George Orwell based the ultimate law in Animal Farm on this with a slight alteration all men are created equal, but some are more equal than others. Mr. Orwell was a very clever chap... He also predicted the internet in his book 1984 - written in 1948.

Welcome to philosophy 101 :) Now back to drums...

 

Glastonbury

Posted By Craig on the 1st July 2013
Glastonbury

Some very happy festival fans at Glastonbury this weekend I think. Very good line-up and great to see the grand old men of rock 'The Rolling Stones' getting a gig there finally... especially as they were old enough to be the Grandfathers of most of the other bands. Nice to see them gaining in popularity.

Great to see Andy Gangadeen with Chase & Status, Chic were especially fine as well. I was tempted to get in the spirit of it by only eating burgers and drinking warm lager and then walking to bed via the garden every night. Not quite that tempted enough to actually go to a festival though. 

Now all of you lot go home and get a shower... 

 

Lemmy...

Posted By Craig on the 27th June 2013
Lemmy...

Very sad to hear that Ian Fraser 'Lemmy' Kilmister is unwell with a haematoma.

The founding and sole constant member of Motorhead as well as a former member of Hawkwind is a true Rock Legend and we hope he makes a full and speedy recovery.

I have had the pleasure of meeting Lemmy a few times. The first time was at a Kerrang Party. Its a great story but too long to tell here of course...  

Happy Birthday Jodi

Posted By Craig on the 26th June 2013
Happy Birthday Jodi

Today is Jodi's birthday so we will mostly be eating cake...

Jodi, as some of you know, is in charge of *doing the internet* and all that entails although this week she is also Karen (who is on holiday in Spain) We will be sending Karen a photo of some cake later. 

Happy birthday Jodi 

 PS She is also getting married next year... so more cake! 

Busy busy...

Posted By Jodi on the 25th June 2013
Busy busy...

Busy busy here at MSC.  Not only is the lovely Karen off on holiday (and apparently she works really hard because i'm struggling to cover her work!) but we have lots of deliveries arriving this week!

New Drum Mats, VCD's back in and it is sticks central! Nice to have stocked shelves!

We also have a nice little new product on the way.  More details coming soon!

Drum Supergroup...

Posted By Craig on the 19th June 2013
Drum Supergroup...

A Drum Supergroup has been formed by Janet Weiss (Wild Flag) Zach Hill (Death Grips), and Matt Cameron of Soundgarden (pictured).The three have come together dubbing their upcoming album, Drumgasm.

"Three people, three drum kits, some microphones and a reel of tape – that's it: pure spontaneity," says a member of the trio. "There's nothing out there that's comparable to this – maybe the Voodoo drum ritual music of the Drummers of the Societe Absolument Guinin, is all I can think of, though admittedly even that is a pretty far cry."

Possibly not to everyone's taste but interesting. Available August 27th on Jackpot Records.

Father's Day

Posted By Jodi on the 17th June 2013
Father's Day

A Happy Belated Fathers Day to all you wonderful dads! Hope that you were all spoiled by your doting children!

Particular love to Craig here at MSC, Father of the business, and wonderful father to 2 of our staff (including me!)  We were able to enjoy a rare family evening together yesterday away from the office with no work talk - lovely stuff!

Cheers Dad! x

These Boots Were Made For Dancing!

Posted By Karen on the 14th June 2013
These Boots Were Made For Dancing!

 The latest trend hitting this summer's festivals are musical Wellington boots.

The 'Bloom Boots' come with a built-in sound system that connects to any Bluetooth-enabled device and can play music wire-lessly wherever you are. The bright yellow wellies also feature a waterproof pocket in the right boot that keeps your phone safe & dry, & a larger pocket in the left boot for other festival essentials, such as money, tissues or a torch.

The rechargeable speakers can be used to play music stored on any connected device & only £60 a pair - bargain!

Attraction

Posted By Jodi on the 10th June 2013
Attraction

While i do have my issues with X-Factor style shows and "stars" that are making a mockery of real, hardworking musicians, i am sometimes surprised, and you can't fault the winners of this year's Britain's Got Talent.

Attraction are a really different and beautiful act that wouldn't have otherwise had much of a chance to show their talents.  Particularly fond of their first audition.  Check it out here. Just a shame they aren't actually British, and that last years winner was a dancing dog (who was British. Makes you proud...)

Doughnut Day

Posted By Jodi on the 7th June 2013
Doughnut Day

Today is National Doughnut Day (possibly only in America but i feel it is still worth embracing!) Doughnuts have apparently become much more popular in the UK in recent years (the glazed, and creme filled american style ones) Krispy Kreme stores are much more common now.  And no complaints from me!.  Dunkin donuts have also bought out a doughnut bacon sandwich...can't say i fancy that one!

We sometime have Friday cakes (usually bought in by Craig) but we haven't today. We are now all craving doughuts.  If any one fancies sending us some that would be great.  We like Jam ones and glazed ones and chocolate ones.  Actually, who am i kidding, we like them all! Thanks!

Craig Blundell

Posted By Craig on the 4th June 2013
Craig Blundell

Great to see Aquarian artist Craig Blundell creating music for network TV show 'The Gadget Show' We hear a little rumour that Craig has some other TV projects in progress at the moment as well. Looking forward to his first Hollywood movie score in the not too distant future 

Aquarian UK Artist News

Posted By Craig on the 31st May 2013
Aquarian UK Artist News

Some great things happening for UK Aquarian Artists. Bovine (Damon Cox) have announced that they will be on the bill at Download this year - well deserved too!.   

Newcomer to the Aquarian family, George Cook with British sensation Moya, who is tipped by Fearne Cotton, and also by Perez Hilton – who predicted Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Adele and Amy Winehouse were all going to be huge stars. Moya and her band will be supporting Rod Stewart as well as performing headline shows.

Our friend Darren Costin is now back with his original band Wang Chung who, after a fantastic first show in London, are preparing for a US tour

Ed Shaughnessy

Posted By Craig on the 28th May 2013
Ed Shaughnessy

Ed Shaughnessy, who played drums with the USA Tonight Show band for nearly 30 years, died on Friday at the age of 84. An article in the Los Angeles Times reports that the drummer had suffered a heart attack at his home in California. Shaughnessy joined the band for Johnny Carson's Tonight Show in 1963, after working for years as a CBS TV staff musician on the Steve Allen and Garry Moore shows.

He remained with the Tonight Show band until 1992. Another huge influence on contemporary drumming, he will be greatly missed.

Long Weekend

Posted By Karen on the 24th May 2013
Long Weekend

Well we have had a busy day here at MSC HQ getting stock out to all our lovely retailers in readiness for the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Let's hope the weather improves and we all enjoy some sunshine, and whatever your plans, be it cheese rolling or morris dancing, hope you all have a great Whitsun Holiday.

MSC will reopen 9.30 sharp on Tuesday!

 

The Cat's Whiskers!

Posted By Karen on the 22nd May 2013
The Cat's Whiskers!

 The latest internet craze is definitely the cat's whiskers! Bearding involves holding a hapless moggie in front on one's face to give the impression of a glorious, luxuriant beard.

The craze got off to a slow start with the first recorded picture of bearding uploaded to tumblr in 2011, but has gathered momentum following the creation of a dedicated website cat-beard.com/ 

Bearding follows earlier cat-based themes, 'breading' (taking pictures of cats with their heads stuck through slices of bread) & 'cats that look like Hitler'........whatever next!

Karens New Car

Posted By Craig on the 17th May 2013
Karens New Car

 There has been some conjecture about our office manager (the lovely Karen) coming to work 'with her top down' on Facebook... I can now reveal a sneaky picture of her new car. 

I can add nothing but 'have a lovely weekend everyone'

 

The Wireless!

Posted By Karen on the 16th May 2013
The Wireless!

 Chris Evans and BBC Radio 2 have both recorded their highest ever audience figures, with the station now reaching over 15 million listeners. 

9.8 million of us now wake up to Mr Evans, while Radio 1's breakfast show with Nick Grimshaw has seen a drop in listeners, down to 5.7 million.

I must admit to being of fan of Radio 2, but I do have to wait for a certain Mr F to leave the office before tuning in to listen to what he affectionately calls, "listening to the wireless"

Mammoth Milk Shake!

Posted By Karen on the 14th May 2013
Mammoth Milk Shake!

Fancy a milk shake with a little more sustenance?  Then you need to pay a visit to Johnny Rockets Fast Food Diner.

Only in America could you order a milk shake that contains a whole slice of apple pie! The pie is hand blended with vanilla ice cream, and served with both straws and a spoon!

Containing 1200 calories and 38g of saturated fat it is certainly a belt buster!

 

Cheese Rolling!

Posted By Jodi on the 7th May 2013
Cheese Rolling!

What a lovely sunny bank holiday Monday we had!  I spend it watching Cheese Rolling in the village of Stilton! My Fiance is a cameraman who was hired to cover the event, so i decided to accompany him.  It was extremely sunny and rather funny to watch. Basically, they were just rolling a piece of wood down a hill (it would originally have been cheese!) There were all in fancy dress and everyone had definitely had a few beers to help the proceedings along!  More info here (the eagled eyed will actually see me sitting amongst the children bottom left in pic 4)

He has now been hired to cover the Gloucestershire one next bank holiday so i may tag along again. Just call me a cheese rolling connoisseur!

Jeff Hanneman

Posted By Craig on the 3rd May 2013
Jeff Hanneman

Founding member of pioneering thrash metal band Jeff Hanneman has died of liver failure just over two years after contracting a rare skin tissue disease, probably from a spider bite. Slayer made the news public, announcing that the band "is devastated" and calling Hanneman, who was 49, their bandmate and brother.

Social media networks quickly filled with messages from fans and fellow musicians, Jeff Hanneman was a major influence on the metal scene but has been unable to appear with Slayer since contracting a flesh eating disease, after the spider bite.

Now That's What I Call A Comeback!

Posted By Karen on the 29th April 2013
Now That's What I Call A Comeback!

 Sales of compilation albums have soared to more than 20 million as music-lovers look to save money on buying individual tracks form iTunes.

They cost between £10-£12 & contain up to 40 songs which is the equivalent to paying 28.5p per track - a third of the price of downloading individual songs at around 99p

Purchases increased by an incredible 7.2 % to 20.6 million, with Now That's What I Call Music! 84 being the fastest selling album so far this year!

St George's Day

Posted By Karen on the 23rd April 2013
St George's Day

 Happy St George's Day! Even Google are celebrating with a Doodle.

The illustration shows the armour-clad patron saint, lancing a fearsome green dragon, shielding a princess from the monster's clutches. In the mock medieval scene, complete with adorned lettering reminiscent of the Bayeux Tapestry, the knight wears a red & white cape that would later become the St George's Cross - or English flag.

Despite him being England's patron saint & St George's Day being celebrated on the 23rd April every year, St George has no direct relationship with England, he was a Greek officer in the Roman army.

Record Store Day

Posted By Jodi on the 19th April 2013
Record Store Day

Record Store Day came into being in 2007 when over 700 independent stores in the USA came together to celebrate their unique culture. The UK followed suit and 2013 will see the sixth celebration of the UK's unique independent sector. This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, meet & greets with artists, DJ's, in store quizzes and many other events.

So find your local record store and get involved! www.recordstoreday.co.uk

 

National Gardening Week

Posted By Karen on the 18th April 2013
National Gardening Week

As part of National Gardening Week - 15 - 21 April,  we are all being encouraged to plant wild flowers. 

Over the past 50 years there has been a huge reduction in wild flowers in the countryside, which play a vital part in biodiversity & creating a habitat for pollinating insects.

We can all do our bit to help, from planting mini meadows in plant pots to transforming spaces in gardens. Let's hope the sunshine continues & we can get out in the potting shed over the weekend!

 

Hearing Loss

Posted By Karen on the 16th April 2013
Hearing Loss

Hearing loss after going to a noisy concert is not a sign of damage, but that the ears are protecting themselves, according to new research. Scientists at the University of New South Wales in Australia believe that short term hearing loss after being exposed to loud noise may be the body's way of coping.

However, they warn that this defence mechanism cannot help against a sustained high frequency assault on the ears - such as that caused by listening to loud music through headphones!

Still, we would recommend  using hearing protection...available from MSC!

 

Natural Intellectuals

Posted By Karen on the 11th April 2013
Natural Intellectuals

 Drummers are better known for their beats than their brain power, but research has suggested that they might actually be natural intellectuals. 

Scientists who asked volunteers to keep time with a drumstick before taking intelligence tests discovered that those with the best sense of rhythm also scored highest in the mental assessments!

The study concluded that there was a link between intelligence, good timing & the part of the brain used for problem-solving.

1 billion downloads!

Posted By Jodi on the 10th April 2013
1 billion downloads!

 Last night, the billionth digital single was legally downloaded in the UK.

The online chart and legal digital downloads being a part of this, was established in 2004.  Since then, sales of digital music have increased every year.

The most downloaded song ever in the UK is Adele's 'Someone LIke You'.  Second is Marron 5's 'Move Like Jagger' and Third Goyte's 'Somebody that I used to Know'.  More than 16 new tracks have sold a million digital copies have in this period though - downloading really is the way forward!

I find it reassuring that sales are increasing - great that people are willing to legally purchase music although it is a shame that the art of single and album covers is decreasing!

Musikmesse 2013

Posted By Jodi on the 9th April 2013
Musikmesse 2013

The Musickmesse Trade Fair in Frankfurt opens tomorrow.  And Craig is on his way there now!

If anyone is there and would like to catch up with him, let us know in the office and we'll arrange it!

The Musikmesse fair is a huuuuge international fair covering the whole music industry (i've been before and it really is massive - very tired feet at the end of each day!)  If you are lucky enough to be going, many of our brands also have stands there.  Great opportunity to see new products and meet the people behind the brands (and a fair few famous folks wandering around too!)

Shadow Appeal

Posted By Karen on the 5th April 2013
Shadow Appeal

Shadow, a four year old lurcher is the longest staying resident of Battersea Cats & Dogs Home. He was brought in last July by his owners as they could no longer care for him. The average dog stays at the home for 35 days, but poor Shadow has been there for more than 260 days!

As much as the staff love Shadow they are desperate to find him a forever home.Shadow is a sweet & loving boy who adores people & cuddles on the sofa. He is looking for owners who are around for most of the day and would rather be the only pet in his new house.

 

Your town is...

Posted By Jodi on the 3rd April 2013
Your town is...

Ever wondered what the world and Google think of your town? A new internet game can tell you!

Just type 'your town' is into Google and see what comes up!

For example, according to Google, our town of Kidderminster is "a good place to live" and our county of Worcestershire is "famous for sauce".  However Birmingham is "a dump".

For those of you in London, this article shows what people think of your area. Try it!

Happy Easter

Posted By Karen on the 28th March 2013
Happy Easter

We have had a busy day here at MSC HQ getting orders out before our long weekend. 

Lets hope the sun puts in an appearance for Easter now that it is officially Spring, it would be lovely to spend some time in the garden!

Whatever your plans hope you all enjoy the bank holiday weekend & Happy Easter to you all from MSC. 

Normal service will resume on Tuesday.

1963BC Creme Egg

Posted By Easter Bunny on the 27th March 2013
1963BC Creme Egg

The world's only surviving original Creme Egg has been unearthed & gone on display for the first  time - although eggsperts admit they don't know what it tastes like.

Chocolate company Fry's launched the Creme Egg in 1963 before it was later rebranded by Cadbury when they took over the company in 1971.

The egg has not been unwrapped since rolling off the production line 50 years ago! It is currently on display in an exhibition called Chocolate! at the M Shed in Bristol.

 

Lets Get Ready To Rumble!

Posted By Karen on the 25th March 2013
Lets Get Ready To Rumble!

Ant & Dec may have a chart comeback on their hands after following a stint as P J & Duncan on Saturday Night Takeaway. 

Their 1994 hit, 'Let's Get Ready To Rumble' originally peaked at number 9 in the pop charts, but after Saturdays performance the track is already top of the iTunes chart. 

Can it reach a new peak in this weeks official charts?

 

 

 

Madness at the BBC

Posted By Jodi on the 22nd March 2013
Madness at the BBC

Madness will perform live in front of the BBC Television Centre tonight, as part of an evening of entertainment bidding farewell to the iconic building.

The programme is on tonight on BBC 4, nine days before the TV centre closes its doors.

The BBCs new Lonodon home is the central New Broadcasting House.  It has been in its current home since the 1960s and has been home to Top of the Pops, Blue Peter and a whole host of musicians!  It will now be turned into hotels, flats, a cinema and offices.

So check out Woody on the drums tonight (who just happens to be a Shaw endorsee) as Madness celebrate the iconic buildings final days!

New Shirts...

Posted By Craig on the 19th March 2013
New Shirts...

It's been busy in the MSC fashion design world and we will be launching 3 new T shirts in a couple of weeks. No clues for you yet but we think they are very cool. 

Look out for what the best dressed drummer will be wearing in our new Spring collection - available from a drum store near you

Red Nose Day

Posted By Jodi on the 15th March 2013
Red Nose Day

Today is the 25th Red Nose Day.  When we are all encouraged to 'Do Something Funny for Money".

In music related Red Nose News, a Radio 6 DJ was waxed, Jesse J is having her head shaved, Rhianna has posed nearly naked (for a change) and One Direction have butchered a Blondie classic...but it is all for a very good cause so i will allow it all!  £600 million pounds raised over the 25 years - not too shabby!

I also saw a large amount of bizzarre hair styles this morning but apparently a local school are having a 'crazy hair' day so that clears that one up - thought i was just getting old and out of touch!

RIP Clive Burr

Posted By Craig on the 14th March 2013
RIP Clive Burr

Sad news that Clive Burr, the former drummer of Iron Maiden, who had been suffering from multiple sclerosis, died  yesterday.

Born on March 8th, 1957 in London, Burr was a member of Samson, before joining Maiden in 1979. As one of the leaders of the new wave of British Heavy Metal bands, Burr's monster drumming was a major ingredient on such early Maiden classics as their 1980's self-titled debut, 1981's Killers and 1982's The Number of the Beast - with rock anthems such as Running Free and Run to the Hills.

In December 1982, Burr left the group – just as they were about to become a global stadium headline act. Burr was eventually diagnosed with MS, and his former Maiden band-mates came to his aid by performing charity concerts and helping to form the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund. 

Recycling...

Posted By Craig on the 13th March 2013
Recycling...

I know these are not actually drum related but they are really cool - with a great inverted s***t style jack socket. Top marks for innovative recycling.

I wonder what we can re-cycle in the drum world..?

 

Happy Birthday Kate!

Posted By Jodi on the 11th March 2013
Happy Birthday Kate!

And for the 3rd birthday in a week - today is Kate's Birthday! Busy week here...

Lovely to see her this morning, and she's left us cake! (hoorah! i do like a birthday!)

Hope she has a lovely day and we get to see her fully back at work soon. xxx

Happy Birthday Karen!

Posted By Jodi on the 9th March 2013
Happy Birthday Karen!

March is a birthday-filled month at MSC, and today is the lovely Karen's!

We hope she is having a wonderful Birthday weekend - although i think there is something fabulous planned every weekend, for this, her birthday month! I know she has some lovely family and friends looking to spoil her rotten!

It is a significant birthday, but i shall say no more than that! 

Love you lots Karen! from all of us at MSC x

 

Happy Birthday Craig!

Posted By Jodi on the 7th March 2013
Happy Birthday Craig!

Happy Birthday to the lovely Boss-man of MSC, Craig!

He bought us cake this morning so he is even more popular than usual.  :-)

We have now sent him off to do some odd jobs and have a nice lunch out with his wife - much deserved leisure time fr him!

This is our birthday week at MSC, with two more to follow.  I shall be so fat and full of cake!

Pie Week!

Posted By Karen on the 6th March 2013
Pie Week!

Hurrah for National Pie Week..

It can't be disputed that the pie is a staple in some of the best British food we have. On a cold winters night there is nothing better than tucking into a lovely chicken & leek pie followed by apple & rhubarb pie mmmmm

So I hope you all enjoy a good pie at least once this week, and if it's not home made, buy from your local independent baker, butcher or farm shop!

Bandanas!

Posted By Jodi on the 1st March 2013
Bandanas!

It's Bandana's for Brain Tumour's Day in aid of Brain Tumour UK.

We all have our Bandana's on, although unfortunately our official Charity ones haven't arrived so it has been a little improvised!

I quite like it...might wear scarves more often...

More Pictures of us (along with lots of other good stuff) on our Facebook Page

Bandanas for Brain Tumours!

Posted By Jodi on the 25th February 2013
Bandanas for Brain Tumours!

This Friday is Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day!

This is a day organised by 'Brain Tumour UK' (soon to be known as 'The Brain Tumour Charity') and involves wearing a bandana to work and contributing a pound to this Brain Tumor Charity, which funds world-class research, support and awareness.  This kicks off Brain Tumour Awareness Month.

As many of you know, this a cause which is very important to us at MSC. We will be donning our special bandanas (any bandana will do though) - hope you will too! (pics will be published as proof!)

Giant Egg Hunt

Posted By Karen on the 21st February 2013
Giant Egg Hunt

As part of the world's biggest Easter Egg hunt more than 100 giant eggs have arrived in Birmingham city centre for the half term break.

 The two & a half foot high fibreglass eggs are an eclectic mix of artistic designs, from the weird & wonderful, to simple decorations that feature some of the UK's best loved children's characters. 

The eggs spent last week in London before rolling into the Midlands. After remaining in Birmingham for 7 days the collection will move to Liverpool, followed by Manchester, Glasgow then back to London's Covent Garden for Easter.

Brit Awards 2013

Posted By Karen on the 20th February 2013
Brit Awards 2013

The Brit Awards take place tonight, with Alt-J, Mumford & Sons & Muse all up for multiple gongs, while Amy Winehouse is surprise contender for best British female award. Amy allegedly once caused £3,000 worth of damage to her hotel suite after playing at the Brits!

Possibly one of the Brit's most famous moments came in 1998 when Chumbawamba tipped a bucket of water over John Prescott's head!

I wonder what sort of outrageous behaviour we will see tonight...I for one will be watching!

Happy Valentine's Day

Posted By A Hopeless Romantic! on the 14th February 2013
Happy Valentine's Day

 If you're looking for the perfect film to snuggle up to tonight......then the clue is in the title.

Love Actually has topped a poll of the most romantic films, with more than a fifth of those surveyed saying it was the movie most likely to put them in the mood for love. Always a favourite with the ladies of MSC.

Surprisingly, Disney Pixar film, WALL-E, the tale of a clean up robot who falls for search robot Eve came third in the poll!. 

 

12 Hours to Please Me

Posted By Jodi on the 12th February 2013
12 Hours to Please Me

 Yesterday, BBC Radio 2 organised a re-recording of the Beatles first LP 'Please Please Me', 50 years to the day, in the same studio at Abbey Road.

Artists included Stereophonics, Joss Stone, Ian Broudie, Beverley Knight, Graham Coxon, Gabrille Aplin and Paul Carrack (amongst others!)

Apparently it went quite well, and there is a special programme about it on BBC Four this Fri night, which might be worth a look!

Rolling in The Awards!

Posted By Karen on the 11th February 2013
Rolling in The Awards!

Well Adele has done it again.....earning her ninth Golden Grammy award for Best Solo Performance for Set Fire to the Rain, beating off competition from Katy Perry & Rihanna.

Adele has admitted to being nervous about singing  at the Oscars later this month, where she is nominated for the Bond song, Skyfall.

English folk rock band Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year with Babel and also performed at the ceremony.

Bluebell Wood

Posted By Karen on the 7th February 2013
Bluebell Wood

We are all fans of BBC Radio 6 Music here at MSC HQ and I particularly liked the story behind today's Headphones Moment on the Lauren Laverne show.  The track played was the work of Theo Madden, who is only 9 years old. 

On his last birthday he requested that his friends buy his album, Tiny Dinosaur,  instead of a present, with all the cash raised going to a local childrens' hospice, Bluebell Wood. In total 130 copies of the album - released under the name Theo Supernaise - have been bought.  Could be a name to look out for in the future!

Future Supergroup?

Posted By Karen on the 6th February 2013
Future Supergroup?

Couldn't resist sharing this with you all.  The latest television advert from Cow & Gate, showing that our future musicians are starting early!

I guarantee this will make you smile and brighten your day!

www.youtube.com/watch

 

Kitten Covers

Posted By Jodi on the 30th January 2013
Kitten Covers

Odd find of the week goes to this website called 'The Kitten Covers'

Iconic album covers recreated with Cats.  Obviously.

Some of them are actually quite good.  Some people do have too much time on their hands though...

Church Music News!

Posted By Jodi on the 29th January 2013
Church Music News!

I actually stumbled across two separate Church Music related news stories today.

Firstly is this story about Karaoke style hymn singing (think Songs of Praise but actually in Church)
Can't sound worse than the organ surely...

Secondly, a Church in Sussex have released an album called 'The Sound of Silence'.  It is literally the sound of the empty Church. And people are buying it?!  apparently, the church has a 'wonderful quality of silence' Hmm....amazing...Read more here (perhaps if you fancy snapping up a copy!)

100 Best Songs

Posted By Karen on the 25th January 2013
100 Best Songs

To celebrate its 10th Anniversary Radio 6 has compiled their top 100 Greatest Hits. All the tracks have been released between March 2002 and the end of 2012.

The 100 songs have been short listed by the staff & presenters of Radio 6, including Steve Lamacq, Cerys Matthews, Mark Riley & Mark Radcliffe. 

Listeners have until 7.00pm today to vote for the one track you believe to be the pinnacle achievement in this period. The results will be aired Friday 1st February on 6 Music.

To help you decide check out the playlist at www.youtube.com/playlist

Keith The Seal

Posted By Karen on the 21st January 2013
Keith The Seal

We have something of  a celebrity residing in our local river, Keith the seal has thought to have got lost and swum inland after travelling up The River Severn from the Irish Sea. She has been spotted in Worcester, Upton on Severn & Bewdley and her fan base is growing. Yes she is actually a female.

A petition to save Keith has been launched after the Angling Trust called for Keith to be shot, claiming the seal was a threat to local wildlife and fish stocks! 

Keith has made the national papers and now has her own Facebook page  www.facebook.com/savetheseal

 

Snow Day!

Posted By Jodi (at home) on the 18th January 2013
Snow Day!

We have had to close today due to the bad weather.  Stupid snow!

It does look very pretty though, and as i have been forced to have the day off, i may even attempt to replicate this rather lovely snowman drummer (probably not, i'll probably have a duvet day with some hot chocolate and a bad film!)

Hope you can enjoy the snow if you have any and be safe if you're driving!

His Master's Voice

Posted By Jodi on the 15th January 2013
His Master's Voice

So it seems it might be the end for HMV.  Pretty much the only major music store still on the high street.

They have today announced they will be appointing an administrator.  If no-one steps up to buy it, all the stores may well close.

There just doesn't seem to be a market any more for people to go and browse in music shops and purchase CDs.  I used to do this in my teens, but must admit i don't anymore either.

Sucks for all those with Christmas gift vouchers still unspent - apparently they are no longer being accepted!

Blue Monday

Posted By Jodi on the 14th January 2013
Blue Monday

Today is Blue Monday - statistically the most depressing day of the year!

Christmas fun is over, days are short and cold (reeeeeally cold today!), loads of illnesses around, and all the usual economic misery.

Must be honest, not feeling all that cheery today - you should probably call up and place an order to cheer us up! :-)

Alternatively, experts recommend getting lots of sunlight and exercise.  I'm looking forward to hot chocolate and a blanket in front of the telly tonight though!

Brit (Smartie) Awards

Posted By Jodi on the 10th January 2013
Brit (Smartie) Awards

 The Brit award nominees are announced tonight, and today this years statue trophy was revealed.

The Statues this year have been designed by Damien Hirst.  He really went all out with the effort - making something white with coloured spots...just like all his art!

I guess it is iconic though, and looks reasonably attractive, if not a little like a toy or tube of smarties!

Elvis

Posted By Craig uhuh - thankyouverymuch on the 8th January 2013
Elvis

Happy Birthday Elvis Aaron Presley  born January 8, 1935, in Tupelo.

Without him & the plastic drumhead, electric guitars and electric basses, there would have been no Rock and Roll. So there would have been no Jimi Hendrix, no AC/DC etc.     

But I bet there would not have been Simon Cowell though... which makes you think

Siberian Ice Drummers

Posted By Jodi on the 2nd January 2013
Siberian Ice Drummers

A group of Siberian percussionists have become an internet hit with their ice drumming on the frozen Lake Baikal.

The -20C temperature created one metre thick ice, which created a distinctive haunting sound when played like an instrument!

See the video here!

Merry Christmas!

Posted By All at MSC on the 20th December 2012
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from everyone at Music Shipping!

We are all looking forward to some family time and festive cheer over the holidays.

We hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

We will be closed for business until the 2nd January 2013. 

Orders

Posted By Jodi on the 19th December 2012
Orders

We are still shipping Trade orders in time for Christmas - Dealers get in touch if you need any thing for those last minute shoppers!

We will be taking Trade orders until 3pm Thursday, although we will be in Friday morning if you just want a chat! :-)  And then we are back in the office on the 2nd Jan!

Some final Christmas preparations for me after work today - lots of wrapping and a small amount of crafting still to be done (i make myself a lot of work!)  Plus i haven't written a single Christmas card yet - oops!  Hope you are all more prepared than me!

The Hobbit

Posted By Jodi - Converted! on the 17th December 2012
The Hobbit

I went to see the Hobbit last night.  In it's opening week, at the iMax, in 3D. Which either sounds amazing, or a nightmare, depending on your feelings towards the Shire and it's inhabitants.

I didn't like Lord of the Rings. (an opinion that most people are horrified by)  Saying that, i thought The Hobbit was awesome! More lighthearted and funny, which is what i thought was missing from the LOTR.  The group of friends i was with (who are big fans and are the ones that are horrified by me) also loved it though, so a crowd pleaser all round!

Go see it! (although be warned, it is 3 hours long, and the first part of another trilogy!)

Soundcheck Day!

Posted By Jodi on the 12th December 2012
Soundcheck Day!

Today is Soundcheck day! And by that i mean 1-2, 1-2, 1-2 (or 12/12/12!)

At 12 minutes and 12 seconds past noon it will actually be 12:12:12 12/12/12

These 'special' dates don't come round all that often.  In fact there won't be another similar for another 100 years (01:01:01 01/01/01)  Although i think 12 minutes past 8 next Thursday evening has its own charm (20:12 20/12/2012)

Apparently there are a huge amount of weddings happening today with people opting for a memorable date. 

Ranulph Fiennes

Posted By Craig on the 9th December 2012
Ranulph Fiennes

No-one has ever attempted to cross the Antarctic by foot during the southern hemisphere's perpetually dark winter. Temperatures routinely plunge to -70C, and have been recorded as low as -92C by Russinas - who know about cold.

Ranulph Fiennes and his five-man team are giving themselves six months to complete the almost unimaginably arduous 2,000-mile trek. Propelling him forward, he said this week, is the thought that if he doesn't do it, the Norwegians just might.

What a bloke - he takes over from the late Patrick Moore as the quintessential English eccentric legend in my book!

Dave Brubeck

Posted By Craig on the 6th December 2012
Dave Brubeck

Legendary pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who was the master of rhythm and style sadly died yesterday of heart failure at the age of 91 just a day before his 92nd birthday, Brubeck died at hospital in Norwalk,

Brubeck's career spanned more than six decades. He was still playing as recently as last year. I'm sure everyone knows the quintessential track 'Take Five' but he had many other numbers that drummers especially should check out.

 

Snickers.....

Posted By Karen on the 30th November 2012
Snickers.....

Just in time for Christmas, a foot long Snickers bar goes on sale as a 2,000 calorie treat. The super-duper-sized bar is eight times heavier than normal and costs £20.00!

The 'slice n'share' snack are meant for families to share and is equivalent to a woman's recommended daily calorie intake!

Don't fancy chocolate? Well you could also share a giant gummy bear that weighs 2kg

 

Singing In The Rain!

Posted By Karen on the 26th November 2012
Singing In The Rain!

A house located in Neustadt Kunsthofpassage, an area of Dresden in Germany is part of an arts project called the Courtyard of Elements. An intricate system of drains and funnels is attached to the outside of the colourful house and when it rains the entire building becomes an instrument.

We could have a whole ensemble of instruments playing in our current weather!

www.youtube.com/watch

Pushkar Fair

Posted By Karen on the 23rd November 2012
Pushkar Fair

 Hundreds of herders descend upon Pushkar in Rajashan for the 5 day annual camel & livestock fair. The epic spectacle, attracts 300,00 people & 20,000 camels, cattle & horses, and has become a major tourist attraction in recent years.

A camel race starts off the festival followed by music performances, & tough competitions such as the 'matka phod' meaning the 'longest moustache'.... maybe some of our Movember men could compete!

 

Movember

Posted By Jodi on the 19th November 2012
Movember

We are well into November now, which can only mean that there are some ridiculous moustaches developing, all thanks to 'Movember'.

Anyone who has missed this event, each November, men are encouraged to grow a moustache (the more ridiculous the better) in return for sponsorship, all to raise money for men's health charities.

This year even British Airways planes have got in on the act. The Movember website has some very good examples of Movember Mo's.  Admire them here!

Evacuated!

Posted By Jodi (at home) on the 16th November 2012
Evacuated!

Apologies if you can't get through to us today, but we have been evacuated!  Close to us is a rocket fuel factory (yes, that's right) which unfortunately caught fire this morning and is apparently releasing some toxic fumes.  We were hoping to be back at work this afternoon but the police (pictured) won't even let us near and this looks to be the way for the rest of the afternoon.

This means we cannot answer the phone or emails, or send any orders today.  Very sorry but totally out of our control! We will be back to normal on Monday!

Giraffe Man

Posted By Kate on the 15th November 2012
Giraffe Man

I hav'n't been feeling well for a few days but this made me laugh out loud.

I read a story about a do-gooder in disguise.  see the story here.

Please read the article.  This man is brilliant! He deserves an award for his good deeds and for trying to make this country a better place to live in (and for making me feel better)

Drummer Top Tips

Posted By Craig on the 13th November 2012
Drummer Top Tips

Not so much a blog today - more a *Top Tip* for the busy Christmas Gigging season - hopefully all drummers out there are going to be busy anyway?

Check this out - well worth having this stuff with you - thanks to DRUM magazine in USA for the reminder Drummers 7 essentials. 

Get into your local stores and stock up on these essentials.

 

Twitter....

Posted By Orville on the 10th November 2012
Twitter....

In case you are not getting enough information on The Music Shipping company and it's assorted products - you can 'ahem' .... follow us on Twitter

We are @musicshipping and we post different stuff on Twitter than on the website - so if you don't follow us you will not know what you are missing

 

This is a public service announcement!

 

Twin Atlantic!

Posted By Jodi on the 5th November 2012
Twin Atlantic!

Had a brilliant time at Birmingham's O2 Academy watching Twin Atlantic on Saturday night.  Brilliant set, and so great to see so many adoring and supportive fans - the place was packed!  I was stupidly stood near the merch stand as well, and nearly got mowed down as the set finished and the fans stampeded to grab a tshirt! Good job lads!

Not only are they a great band, but Craig Kneale on drums is a very wise man and uses Aquarian heads.  Very proud to have him as an endorsee!

Top Toys

Posted By Karen on the 1st November 2012
Top Toys

 Forget the Christmas Wii .... experts at the Toy Retailers Association have compiled a short list of products they reckon will top children's wish list for Santa.

They include a few old favourites, including Lego, Spiderman, Furbies and Twister ...... all with a modern 'twist' of course!

The UK toy market is the biggest in Europe, with parents spending on average £280 on toys for their little darlings .... wish we could say the same about the UK Music Industry!

 

 

Pumpkin art

Posted By Jodi on the 30th October 2012
Pumpkin art

It's Halloween tomorrow - a 'holiday' that is becoming ever more celebrated in the UK!  I have even seen decorated houses, and I am expecting kids knocking at my door again trick or treating!

I was particularly impressed with these pumpkin carvings by Ray VIllafane and Andy Bergholtz

Puts any attempt i've ever made to shame!  V Clever!

Fall Back

Posted By Karen on the 26th October 2012
Fall Back

We are all going to get an extra hour's sleep this weekend, but we should enjoy it while it lasts.

Scientists say the effect of the clock change wears off very quickly. The warning follows a survey of more than 3,000 British adults which revealed that quality of sleep leaps as the clocks change in October, however it is short lived, with many of us sleeping worse than before. This is because as the nights get longer we are tempted to go to bed earlier & get up later.

What we should be doing is getting up earlier to make the most of the daylight! 

 

 

Frog Blog

Posted By Craig on the 24th October 2012
Frog Blog

We spent 10 minutes last night steering a frog (or possibly toad - I'm not an expert) out of our warehouse. I blame climate change... 

So now I can add 'frog wrangler' to my CV. Other duties have included bird, moth and spider wrangling from the warehouse..

Actually moths are justifiable homicide not wrangling but no other creatures are injured in our 'order fullfilment' process.

Thank you   

Bye Bye Ceefax

Posted By Karen on the 23rd October 2012
Bye Bye Ceefax

BBC Ceefax, the world's first teletext service, is set for a final bow as the UK's digital switch over is completed today.

Olympic champion Dame Mary Peters will turn off the last analogue TV signal from Northern Ireland a 23.30 BST. Should you check Ceefax this evening you will see a special graphics countdown on page 100, marking the end of 38 years on the BBC.

Ever wondered how it got its name? Simply because viewers would be able to quickly "see the facts" of any story of that day!.

 

Strange Merch

Posted By Jodi on the 19th October 2012
Strange Merch

 There is some very strange band merchandise out there.  Check out this unusual selection the Guardian have put together.

Odd Merchandise Gallery

ACDC wine, One direction toothpaste, the officia Keane baking apron, and an Owl City onesie.

Some bands don't seem to care if there is any relevance to their music!

I once saw an Ozzy Osbourne frisbee which i though was weird enough - wholesome outdoor healthy activities not exactly the obvious choice for the Prince of Darkness!

Mini DJ

Posted By Jodi on the 18th October 2012
Mini DJ

Amber Jacobs, age 6 is set to become the youngest DJ on the airwaves.

DJ AJ, as she is know, has had a regular slot for the last 6 months with her father Steve on internet station TBFM Online.  She will be hosting her on show on the 28th October at the Swan Inn in Evesham.  She lives in Pershore, Worcestershire, which is pretty close to us at MSC.

And don't expect Justin Bieber, she prefers heavy metal - particularly Rob Zombie and Ozzy Osbourne!  She says 'I play rock music - I like it way more than anything on the X Factor'  She also like Sponge Bob Square Pants.  Sound choices all round!

 

 

Skydiving from Space!

Posted By Jodi on the 15th October 2012
Skydiving from Space!

Yesterday, Felix Baumgartner became the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound, reaching a top speed of 833.9mph when he jumped from the edge of space!

The 43-year-old jumped out of a balloon 128,100ft above New Mexico, breaking the record for the highest ever freefall.

And i watched it live. Awesome stuff - and pretty scary when he started spinning wildly! Really puts the 15,000ft skydive i did a few years back into perspective!

If you missed it you can watch it here. 

Stickers on the Central Line

Posted By Jodi on the 12th October 2012
Stickers on the Central Line

Stickers have been appearing on trains on the Central Line which are amusing and possibly confusing travellers!

The cheeky stickers have replaced information signs on underground stations.  And i think they're brilliant!  'Priority Seating' is now a 'Royal Seat' (for the Majesty's bottom), a 'Drinking Seat' or even a 'Sorting seat' (think Harry Potter).  Station names have also been replaced with destinations now including 'Shepherd's Pie' (not Bush), and some new ones have been created such as 'The End' and 'The Tardis' that leads to '1984', as well as some decorative touches!

Check out some of the stickers and join the 'underground revolution' on their Facebook Page Here

World Mental Health Day

Posted By Karen on the 10th October 2012
World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day, a yearly event created by the World Health Organisation to raise awareness of mental health issues.

It is estimated that around 154 million people worldwide suffer from depression, so its quite likely that you or someone you know will be affected by mental illness during your lifetime.

So to quote my daughter, a Registered Mental Health Nurse, "Think twice about how you perceive & treat others, mental health conditions cant be physically seen so you don't always know what people are going through."

Living Scarecrow

Posted By Worzel on the 8th October 2012
Living Scarecrow

A music graduate from Bangor University has found himself a rather unusual job, he is working as a real life Worzel Gummidge.

Jamie Fox spends his days in a field of oilseed rape in Norfolk, and leaps into action when birds begin to circle, scaring them off with his bright orange coat & making a racket with his accordion & cow bell.

Jamie, who reaps a reward of £250 a week,  also plays a ukulele, but that doesn't seem to have any effect on the birds!

 

I Am The Song

Posted By Karen on the 4th October 2012
I Am The Song

London's Piccadilly Lights are being emblazoned with lines of poetry in a first for the world famous landmark.

I Am The Song, by the late Cornish writer Charles Causley, will be flashed up today to mark National Poetry Day, now in its 18th year.

Poetry readings and celebrations will be taking place around the country, with this years theme being stars.

 

The Floozie Covers Up

Posted By Karen on the 2nd October 2012
The Floozie Covers Up

 One of Birmingham's most famous ladies who has flaunted her assets in Victoria Square for almost 20 years has finally covered up!

The much loved 'Floozie in the Jacuzzi' has been fitted with a huge pink bra to mark the launch of a £1 million campaign to buy a mammogram trailer - vital for the early detection of breast cancer.

The giant garment was made for the Birmingham based Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer charity in just three days by a local seamstress, the two front panels are 2ft 6 ins triangles and 30ft of ribbon was used for the straps.

Live Music Act

Posted By Craig on the 1st October 2012
Live Music Act

Venues with a capacity of  up to 200 people no longer need a licence for live music. 'UK Music' estimates that the Live Music Act could enable 13,000 more venues to start holding live music events.However Lisa Lavia from the Noise Abatement Society said there will be a "dramatic rise" in noise complaints that will "set residents at odds with local businesses". So this is my message for her...

Dear Lisa, Perhaps you would like to focus on the people who live by me who seem to have a secret rota that means one of them is always mowing their lawn when the meagre sun that we get is shining!  Do something useful instead of trying to prevent musicians, venue staff etc. making a living. Not to mention people enjoying themselves on a night out. 

The picture is not Lisa having a bit of a sing of course, save any confusion. 

 

Skydiving

Posted By Kate on the 27th September 2012
Skydiving

100 Skydivers in wingsuits jumped from five planes above Perris Valley in Southern California.The suits enable divers to glide and stay in the air for much longer.

The team made a diamond formation at 3960 metres to set a Guiness world record.

Neat!

Dancing Colours

Posted By Jodi on the 24th September 2012
Dancing Colours

Photographer Fabian Oefner has made artistic photographs that capture sonic waves!  He has made sound waves visible by putting brightly coloured piles of rock salt onto speakers and then using a high speed camera to capture these 'dancing' colours, which are invisible to the naked eye!

Very pretty - see the photos here

Ahoy, me hearties!

Posted By Cap'n Faith Jellybones on the 19th September 2012
Ahoy, me hearties!

 Shiver me timbers ... it's International Talk Like A Pirate Day!   Falling annually on September 19th it is one of the most spirited internet-based days, with 2012 being it's 10th anniversary.

So I expect all you urchins to be swaggering about like Cap'n Jack Sparrow, enjoying a grog, slapping your thigh and shouting Aye Aye Cap'n...... if not you will be labelled a lubber!

 

 

Worst ever request

Posted By Artist Liaison Department on the 18th September 2012
Worst ever request

We receive many requests for 'Artist Support' This one from today is my special favourite:  

"can i have a endorsment i play for the georgia state choir and i need sticks bad"

No name other than an obscure email one, no CV and no Biog.

No Endorsement deal either I'm afraid, but thanks for your email...

So long Moyles

Posted By Jodi on the 14th September 2012
So long Moyles

 This morning was Chris Moyles last ever Radio One show.  And my god, aren't people going on about it.  You'd think someone had died!
I did occasionally listen to his show over the last 8 years but the self title 'Saviour of Radio One' was generally rude, arrogant and a bit of a tool actually.  Some of his team were alright, although i couldn't help feeling a little left out as a listener as they were pretty self indulgent in their air time.

He is being replaced by Nick Grimshaw, who i find less annoying so may give it a go again.
Generally, I am definitely more of a 6 music girl, although today with Craig out the office i have lost the battle with the other girls and it seems to be Radio 2 day.  Hmm...retro!

 

New Words

Posted By Jodi on the 12th September 2012
New Words

Language is ever evolving and a whole host of new words have been added to the Collin's dictionary.  'Totes', 'Amazeballs' and 'Bang Tidy' show how slang can become real language,  while 'Cyberstalking, 'Twittersphere' and 'BBM' bring us up to date with new technology.

'Crowdfunding' is now a legitimate word too - i have heard of lots of organisations, particularly bands using this method of asking loads of people to contribute a small amount to fund something - such as a new album! Worth bearing mind!

I thought i didn't use any of these new words.  Then i found 'Oojamaflip', 'faff' and 'shabby-chic' and realised i did.  So maybe we should all take a look and expand our vocabulary!

Beatles for Breakfast

Posted By Jodi on the 10th September 2012
Beatles for Breakfast

In a bizarre promotional campaign, the Beefeater Grill has commissioned food sculptor Paul Baker to create a mosaic of the cover of the Beatles album Abbey Road with a range of its breakfast ingredients. In keeping with his preference for vegetarian food, Paul McCartney was recreated by the sculptor exclusively with mushrooms. Of course.

Beefeater Grill spokesman Sam Vaughan said: "After a 'Hard Day's Night' a hearty breakfast is the best way to start the day and we hope that the variety we offer at Beefeater Grill will keep our customers coming back for more."  oh dear...

You can read more here

 

Rich Drummers!

Posted By Jodi on the 6th September 2012
Rich Drummers!

So apparently, there are some pretty rich drummers out there - there is hope for all of us yet then!

Check out the 'drummer rich list' here

Top 3 are Ringo Starr, Phil Collins and Dave Grohl...which unfortunately causes me to doubt how rich drumming can really make you - pretty sure Phil Collins and Dave Grohl have made a fair chunk of their money as another member of their bands!  Ah well!

Bruce Willis Bites Apple

Posted By Craig on the 3rd September 2012
Bruce Willis Bites Apple

Bruce Willis usually seen escaping from explosions and battling terrorists is said to be considering legal action against Apple over his wish to leave his digital music collection to his daughters.

If you bother to read the iTunes terms and conditions (yeah like we all do...) you agree that you don't actually own the tracks you purchase when you download them, you 'borrow' them under licence.

Bruce has apparently spent thousands of dollars downloading music on to many, many iPods and he wants the ownership left in his will. What a hero - best of luck fighting Apple though.

I however, still buy CD's... 

Hitch Hiker

Posted By Karen on the 29th August 2012
Hitch Hiker

A group of canoeists on Australia's Gold Coast were surprised over the weekend to see a koala swimming near the bank of a river, and even more shocked when it crawled into one of their canoes and hitched a ride.

Although is not unknown for the marsupials to take to the water, experts believe the animal might have felt trapped on a tidal bank in Tallebudgera Creek and decided the canoe was the best way to escape!

See the swimming koala www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-19399774

The World's Lowest Voice!

Posted By Jodi on the 24th August 2012
The World's Lowest Voice!

A US man who has a voice that can go so deep that the human ear cannot hear it has been chosen to sing on a album put together by the composer of last year's Royal wedding music.

American singer Tim Storms has a vocal range of 10 octaves, and holds the Guinness world record for having the widest vocal range and hitting the lowest note, G -7 (0.189 Hz) - that's 8 octaves lower than the lowest G on a standard piano!

Crazy stuff!

Mud!!!

Posted By Jodi on the 21st August 2012
Mud!!!

I spent my two week break in Spain this year.  Aside from the excitement of getting engaged (!!!!!) I also did lots of other fun things. :-)
It was absolutely boiling (42C in the shade!) so on one of the last days we headed to Lu Pagan Mud Flats.  Here we coated ourselves in mud, and baked till it was dry before washing it off in the super salty water - you can float in it like the dead sea!  There was a very helpful old man who was happy to help coat the ladies in mud, or in fact, help rinse it off...i avoided him!

It was all pretty fun actually, and my skin is still super smooth because of it.  If you are able to, go do it - and i promise, the sulphur smell does go eventually! Very amusing to watch everyone walking around caked in mud.

Love Is In The Air

Posted By Karen on the 16th August 2012
Love Is In The Air

 Wonderful news here at MSC HQ, Jodi, our Creative Marketing & Web Design manager, returned from her holidays not only with a lovely sun-tan, but wearing a beautiful sparkling diamond ring on the third finger of her left hand! 

Her boyfriend, Stuart - now her fiancee, sprung a surprise proposal on her whilst they were away!

We are all extremely happy for the two of them, & Jodi's excitement & happiness is very infectious here in the office!

Olympic Fever

Posted By Craig on the 13th August 2012
Olympic Fever

What an awesome result for team GB. Fantastic to see some good news all over the papers and TV etc. Hopefully the 'legacy' will be felt throughout the whole of the UK and help dispel some of the doom and gloom now... 

I especially enjoyed the Spice Girls contribution - obviously the 'Taxi'drivers were having a bit of a laugh trying to shake them all off the top of the cabs. Poor old 'Posh' looked terrified. Maybe the drivers were music fans :)

 

Ring a Ding Ding!

Posted By MSC's Solitary Bell Ringer on the 27th July 2012
Ring a Ding Ding!

 Well,  were you one of the thousands of people from around the world who rang a bell to signal the first day of the London 2012 Olympic Games?  Big Ben rang for more than 40 times for three minutes at 8.12am today.

The celebratory ringing of bells was the idea of artist Martin Creed, entitled: Work No.1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly & as loudly as possible  - the project hoped to set a new world record for the largest number of bells being rung simultaneously.

Church bells, doorbells, bicycle bells, & myself with a small glass bell in my garden, all joined in with the performance!

#savethesurprise!

Posted By Jodi on the 24th July 2012
#savethesurprise!

There is no avoiding it, the Olympics are about to begin!  And it begins with a rather lavish opening ceremony on Friday.

The rehearsal for this happened last night, and all 60,000 spectators were asked to not reveal any details and save the surprise! Despite this, last night #savethesurprise was trending on Twitter as people raved about it.  Not many details have actually come out as yet though. All we know is that it has cost £27 million, and will transform the stadium into British countryside, complete with animals. Nothing like a bit of eccentric Britishness i guess.

It's on at 9pm on Friday anyway if you fancy watching it.

Fake-Loaf

Posted By Jodi on the 19th July 2012
Fake-Loaf

A Meatloaf tribute act is being sued by Meatloaf himself.  He is accused of being a "cybersquatter and online imposter" because he uses the domain name www.meatloaf.org and has artwork from Meatloaf albums on his van and as part of his stage decoration.

The impersonator was a huge Meatloaf fan - but since all this started he's got a bit fed up and has decided to go back to his old job....impersonating Elton John! Especially as he has now lost weight so doesn't look as much like Meatloaf as he used to.  Lets hope he isn't so litigious...

Bob Babbitt

Posted By Craig on the 18th July 2012
Bob Babbitt

Motown studio musician and member of The Funk Brothers Bob Babbitt died earlier this week in Nashville of complications from brain cancer.

Bob Babbitt played bass on the Temptations'  "Ball of Confusion," Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me" and "Inner City Blues", Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," along with "The Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and Edwin Starr's "War." In all, he played on more than 200 top 40 hits.

Like many studio musicians of the era, Babbitt wasn't always publicly acknowledged for his work. He gained wider public recognition through the 2002 film about the Funk Brothers, "Standing in the Shadows of Motown."

Pop Master!

Posted By Karen on the 16th July 2012
Pop Master!

Listeners to BBC Radio 2 will notice new jingles being played today.  Aquarian endorsee, Craig Blundell, has recorded a huge percentage of them.

Craig worked along side The BBC Concert Orchestra, Paul Jones,Beverley Knight, Huey Morgan and the London Community Gospel Choir, recording new jingles for the news, travel, etc, & the legendary Pop Master!

Here is a short video of the recording www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00w1vs1

Giethoorn

Posted By Karen on the 13th July 2012
Giethoorn

Known as  the Venice of The Netherlands, Giethoorn is an idylic village in the province of Overijssel, with four miles of canals and farmhouses with thatched roofs dating back to the 18th century.

The village has no roads, and the only access is by water or on foot over its arched wooden bridges. The locals use punts to get around and cars have to remain outside the village.

We may soon have similar villages here with the amount of rain we are getting!

www.zwaantje.nl/uk.index.html

Royal Visit

Posted By Karen on the 11th July 2012
Royal Visit

We have a couple of royal visitors on our doorstep today - The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be in Worcester City Centre as part of her regional tour for the Diamond Jubilee.

The visit will include officially opening the county's new £60 million library and history centre, The Hive. Crowds will get their opportunity to meet the Queen when she and the Duke have a walkabout in the High Street before attending a special concert at  Worcester  Cathederal.

Stick it to MS

Posted By Craig on the 10th July 2012
Stick it to MS

This Sunday 15th July will be an attempt on the world record for co-ordinated drumming. Yeaaah there are loads of jokes that everyone knows, so you can add your own, but this is a fantastic event which also does bring great awareness to a wonderful charity

Good luck to everyone involved and get sponsoring someone, if you are not playing yourself :)

Happy Birthday

Posted By Craig on the 6th July 2012
Happy Birthday

Today is the birthday of the Dalai Lama. The Spiritual Leader of Tibet with some awesome quotes:

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it - then there is no need to worry. If it's not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.”

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” Dalai Lama XIV

Scott Johnson

Posted By MSC on the 5th July 2012
Scott Johnson

Our thoughts are with the family and close friends of Scott Johnson today.

It was a great privilege to spend what now of course seems far too little time with Scott. It was always a delight to work with him in his professional role – and he always made sure that when we did meet or talk, that we had time to catch up as well.

Scott was tragically killed doing a job that he both loved and excelled at.

We’ll miss you Scott and so will everyone who was lucky enough to know you.

4th July

Posted By Craig on the 4th July 2012
4th July

Happy 4th of July to all our American Friends.

Traditionally Independance day celebrations take place outdoors - probably not worth trying to do much in the current gloomy weather in the UK then

The 4th celebrates the day that The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress. Sounds lik a good enough reason for a few beers and some fireworks to us though


Kermit on Tour!

Posted By Jodi on the 2nd July 2012
Kermit on Tour!

Check out this website Kermit On Tour!

I love it!  Markus Morgenroth is a huge Kermit Fan, and has been taking him along on his travels for years now.  This website catalogues Kermit on his travels - and i think it's wonderful!

He has now been all over the world, with many more trips planned, and there are also lots of nice snaps of him at home. hehe!

Cake...

Posted By Craig on the 27th June 2012
Cake...

Today is NOT Jodi's birthday - however I thought if we post another picture of her she might bring more cake to the office...

I have had some great phone calls and messages about 'The Last Word', that I have contributed to in the next issue of MI Pro magazine. If you have not already received a copy, I'm sure you will soon. Thanks for those messages of support - I was really pleased how positive the comments were. Times are tough we know but there is still business around. And remember - if we give up now, the dangerous alternative is that we all have to get proper jobs! 

 

 

Happy Birthday Jodi

Posted By Everyone else at MSC on the 26th June 2012
Happy Birthday Jodi

Today is Jodi's Birthday, who has to be at work - but we'll all be extra nice to her! So if you speak to her on the 'phone today remember to wish her a Happy Birthday. The sneaky photograph was a *few* years ago but seems especially suitable for the current weather. She must have known from an early age that this would be useful in a blog in the future... Such planning - and her list making is legendary. She probably has a list of her lists somewhere we think

Happy Birthday Jodi xxx

Big Noise Orchestra

Posted By Kate on the 21st June 2012
Big Noise Orchestra

There is a concert tonight in Raplock Sterling. It features a youth orchestra in collaberation with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. This scheme started in Venezuela and has extended to Scotland,attempting to change the lives of underprivileged children through immersion in classical music. Good luck to them we hope it goes well.

This event opens the London 2012 festival.Since when has  Raplach been  in London??

Come On England!

Posted By Karen on the 19th June 2012
Come On England!

Well our England football team seem to have surprised us all so far, a draw against France last week and a win against Switzerland on Friday!

We now have high hopes for tonights game against the hosts Ukraine, especially  with Rooney playing after his recent ban.

Football blog over - that's about as much as I can say about it - but I do understand the off-side rule!

Free EP from 65 Days of Static

Posted By Jodi on the 18th June 2012
Free EP from 65 Days of Static

The lovely 65 Days Of Static boys have made a FREE downloadable EP available. The Last Dance is available from the links below. What a lovely start to a Monday!

http://soundcloud.com/65daysofstatic/sets/the-last-dance
http://t.co/plZju3LI

They are also doing some festival gigs over the summer - check them out if you can!

Prometheus

Posted By Craig on the 14th June 2012
Prometheus

I went to see the new Ridley Scott film - Prometheus. Great movie and almost as good as Iron Sky. Bit of a Science Fiction Spectacular really, what with the entire country in danger of looking like Waterworld (which was good but not in the same league as Prometheus) Iron Sky is noteable for being a bizarre idea for a film and because it cost about the same money to make as the catering budget for a regular Hollywood Movie 

Iron Sky Trailer

Ok Thats the end of Movie Watch I'll get back to work now.

 

Drum Umbrella!

Posted By Jodi on the 8th June 2012
Drum Umbrella!

Designer Dong Min Park has come up with his 'Rain Drum' - an innovative umbrella that features 'drums' with various kinds of sound outputs, making the most interesting amusement for user during rainy days. When playing a drum, the hi-hat, crash and tom-tom needs a high frequency of drumstick play to make the range bigger, whereas, the bass and snare requires a lower frequency for a smaller range of sound. To meet these requirements, the shade of the umbrella contains five wax cloth made shades with different elasticity that makes different sounds with the fall of every raindrop.

Well, definitely makes walking in the rain sound more appealing! awesome!

Jubilee Weekend

Posted By Jodi on the 6th June 2012
Jubilee Weekend

Well, that was a very busy and long Jubilee Weekend! I think it's pretty wonderful that we all got sucked in to the Patriotism.  I was somewhat indifferent to the monarchy as a whole, but i found myself waving a flag and looking on with pride along with everyone else this weekend!

I was very proud of Queen Liz, standing in the rain and wind watching all those boats, and i was impressed with the concert (the lineup was surprisingly good even if the quality of singing was dubious at times) Madness singing 'Our House, in the Middle of One's Street' with that amazing projection display on Buckingham Palace was a particular highlight - as well as Grace Jones and that Hula Hoop!

So God Save the Queen and Rule Britannia and all that.  Now back to work!

Jubilee!

Posted By Jodi on the 1st June 2012
Jubilee!

This weekend is the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  So we all get a 4-Day weekend and a chance to drink in the streets (assuming there is a street party near you!)  I will be attending 2 jubilee garden parties - one on Sunday and one on Tuesday! (any excuse)

I reckon Queen Liz loves a bit of drumming (check out the picture!)

And in honour of the Jubilee, we have a special offer for you- valid until midnight on Tuesday.
Buy anything from our little shop and enter the code JUBILEE at checkout to receive 20% off your order!
Plus spend £60 or more and we'll also send you a 'Keep Calm and Play Drums' Tshirt absolutely FREE!  Aren't we nice?! :-)

Happy Birthday John Bonham

Posted By Craig on the 31st May 2012
Happy Birthday John Bonham

Today would have been John Henry Bonhams 64th Birthday. A huge influence on drummers around the world but sadly dead at just 32 years old.

My favourite John Bonham quote was from 1975; "I'd like to have it publicised that I came in after Karen Carpenter in the Playboy drummer poll! She couldn't last ten minutes with a Zeppelin number." I think he was being polite really - I don't think she would have lasted through an intro.

John Bonham's grave is close by to MSC in Worcestershire and is still a regular pilgrimage place for Zeppelin fans from all over the world.

Jubilee Madness!

Posted By Jodi on the 28th May 2012
Jubilee Madness!

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee is approaching this weekend and there seems to be a whole lot of jubilee madness going on! Everything is red white and blue, or in vintage packaging, or featuring the Queen!

This slideshow of unusual portraits of the Queen shows some of the more interesting and unusual attempts at being patriotic!  I particularly like the cupcakes one, and the one made of loads of photographs.  One of the more unusual is a Jaffa Cake portrait...hmm...

Olympic Torch

Posted By Karen on the 24th May 2012
Olympic Torch

Some of the staff here at MSC HQ will have an early finish today in order to see the Olympic Torch being carried through Kidderminster!

The Torch will arrive at 4.35pm on the Severn Valley Railway, travelling on a specially commissioned locomotive from Bewdley with a stop at the West Midland Safari Park elephant enclosure.

The local council have been busy cleaning roads, cutting grass verges and erecting bunting! With the sun shining it should be something of a carnival atmosphere!

Early cut off for orders - get them in by 1.00pm for delivery tomorrow.

Mooggoogledoodle

Posted By Jodi on the 23rd May 2012
Mooggoogledoodle

Robert Moog, the music innovator, who would have celebrated his 78th birthday today, and has been commemorated with an animated Google doodle.

Moog is credited with transforming musical synthesisers in the 1960s by making a synth with a small keyboard which was easy to use.

Today's Google logo has been incorporated into an electronic synthesiser which can be ‘played’ by clicking on its keys using a mouse cursor. Check it out.

Donna Summer

Posted By Jodi on the 18th May 2012
Donna Summer

Disco Queen Donna Summer has died from lung cancer aged 63.

She is best known for her string of 70's hits, including 'I Fell Love' 'Last Dance' and 'Bad Girls'.  She was a 5-time Grammy Award winner and the first to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard Chart.  She was also the first female artist with 4 number-1 single in a 13-month period amongst many other records and achievements!!

Heavily influential in the music world, and sadly missed! RIP Donna

Golden Oldies

Posted By Karen on the 15th May 2012
Golden Oldies

Beryl & Betty - 86 & 90 respectively - probably the oldest ladies on radio, and last night at the Sony Radio Awards beat off the younger competition to win one of the most prestigious awards in radio - Best Entertainment programme.The pair banter with co host David Reeves about matters such as fashion & sex, cackle to seaside postcard humour and play easy listening music. Their show airs every Saturday evening on BBC Radio Humberside.

Radio 6, a favourite here in the office, was named UK Station of the Year!

Champions!

Posted By Blue Jodi on the 14th May 2012
Champions!

So i won't harp on about it, as not everyone is into football, but yesterday saw pretty much the most exciting game of football ever.  Especially so as i am the long-suffering girlfriend of an ENORMOUS Manchester City Fan.

They may be doing fantastically now (Top of the League for the first time in 44 years!) but they haven't exactly done it easily.  Climbing their way up gradually from much lower leagues.  And they didn't even get the title easily, with 2 extra time goals sealing the deal!

There was a fair amount of champagne and celebrating going on in my household last night! (when the boy finally got back from the stadium) Blue Mooooooon..... Done now, no more football talk - promise!

2Day

Posted By Karen on the 10th May 2012
2Day

Today is 2Day! All of BBC Radio 2 in one day. 

Things will sound a bit different to normal as all of Radio 2's presenters take to the air across the day, along with special guests and artists.

You will be able to watch live video from the Radio 2 studios during the day, and by pressing the red button on your digital TV, from 6.00pm you'll be able to see Chris Evans & guests live from the 100 Club in London.

With the boss out of the office at MSC HQ we may get to have a listen!

Drum Talent!

Posted By Jodi on the 9th May 2012
Drum Talent!

Percussionists seem to be making quite an impression on the 'Got Talent' programmes.  This year sees:

'Fish on Percussion' on 'Britain's Got Talent' See his audition

and 'Jagger the Kid Drummer' on 'Australia's Got Talent' See his audition

The Australian Kid is super cute :-)  The kit is bigger than him!  Maybe we will have a whole new wave of percussionists inspired by them!

 

Vocal Covers

Posted By Jodi on the 8th May 2012
Vocal Covers

Check out this guys music on youtube.

He has done A Capella versions of tv and movie themes, as well as a few other songs. Its wonderfully geeky!  He does all the different layers and then lays them over the top of each other.  Insane amount of work as a hobby but each to their own!

The Simpsons one actually featured on the end credits of a recent episode.

May the Fourth be with you!

Posted By Jodi Skywalker on the 4th May 2012
May the Fourth be with you!

Today is Star Wars Day! (May the Fourth be with you! hehe!)

I think a Friday night in with a Star Wars Marathon and some beers is in order to celebrate!

While this is a play on words of the famous quote 'May the Force be with you' it wasn't actually Star Wars fans that first used the phrase on May 4th. When Margaret Thatcher was elected Britain's first female Prime Minister on May 4, 1979, her party placed an advertisement in the newspaper that said "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations."

So there you go!

Record Sales

Posted By Karen on the 3rd May 2012
Record Sales

Regular readers of our blog will know that here at MSC HQ we are all big fans of Adele, and her success just keeps on growing.

Sales figures from the Official Charts Company show the singer's second album,21, has sold 4,274,300 copies, 500 more than Michaels Jackson's album, selling an average of 20,000 per week.

The UK's best selling albums of all time are: Queen - Greatest Hits, The Beatles - St Peppers Lonely Hearts Club, Abba - Greatest Hits Gold, Oasis - What's the Story Morning Glory & Adele -21.

 

London 2012 Concert

Posted By Karen on the 1st May 2012
London 2012 Concert

Aquarian endorsee, Roger Taylor & the rest of Duran Duran will headline a concert in Hyde Park in July to mark the opening of London 2012 Olympics.

The gig will feature acts from all of  the four nations: Paolo Nutini will represent Scotland, Snow Patrol Ireland and Stereophonics Wales.

The concert on July 27 will coincide with the Olympics opening ceremony, which will be broadcast on big screens in the park between performances.

Drought

Posted By Craig on the 30th April 2012
Drought

I know it sounds a bit simplistic but during this time of imposition of hosepipe bans and threat of UK wide drought, has anyone noticed it's been raining... for ever now! To be even more specific - this is a current weather alert:

Flood Warning Monday 30th April

There are flood warnings in force currently in the following areas: ANGLIAN (7), NORTHEAST (2), SOUTHWEST (21), MIDLANDS (7).

Am I missing something here..?

Jubilee Beanz!

Posted By Jodi on the 24th April 2012
Jubilee Beanz!

Heinz have introduced Jubilee Baked Beans in honour of the Queen's 60th year on the throne.

Fortnum and Mason are stocking Heinz Beans in vintage look cans - the way they would have looked when the queen came to the throne!  Not this dissimilar to be honest, but nice try! If you are a fan, you might also want to consider our Back beats shirt (shameless plug!)

With the Jubilee and the Olympics this year, there is a whole lot of patriotic stuff going on.  I also particularly like the Ma'amite and i'm sure there is much more to come!

St Georges Day

Posted By Craig on the 23rd April 2012
St Georges Day

Today is St. Georges day...

I was going to wear my Scout uniform to the office as I seem to remember doing when I was a Scout - quite a time ago now actually... Not a glittering career, not struck on camping and/or porridge...

Anyway it is 1709 years today since he died in a mystery dragon accident, whilst a young lady looked on wisely, in most pictures.

 

Bert Weedon

Posted By Craig on the 21st April 2012
Bert Weedon

Bert Weedon, the guitarist who inspired millions of young Britons to pick up the instrument, died yesterday at the age of 91.

My favourite quote about Bert was from Bill Nelson  "I bought the 'Play in a Day' book and strummed my very first guitar with a Bert Weedon plectrum."  So did I Bert.

I was fortunate enough to meet him at a music trade show quite a few years ago and he was charming and totally self effacing - even introducing himself by saying " Hello my name's Bert Weedon - I play guitar" He then played a guitar from a range that we were selling. I never did sell that one... still got it in my house.

Levon Helm

Posted By Craig on the 20th April 2012
Levon Helm

The sad loss of a great musician Levon Helm. Everyone knows what he has acheived I am sure.

The message on his website says it all

May 26, 1940 ~ April 19, 2012

Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon. He was surrounded by family, friends and band mates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul.

Olympic Sandcastle!

Posted By Karen on the 19th April 2012
Olympic Sandcastle!

A thirteen foot high castle has been sculptured in sand on in beach in Weymouth, Dorset, to mark the 100 day countdown to the Olympics, with Weymouth hosting the sailing events.

The castle was built over four days by sand sculptor, Mark Anderson, at a cost of £5,000 funded by, The London Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games.

Shame it was knocked down as soon as the official photographs were taken - due to elf 'n' safety!  Organisers claimed 24 hour security was needed - in case it toppled over and injured someone!

Good to know Olympic money is being spent wisely.....

 

Bula Quo!

Posted By Karen on the 17th April 2012
Bula Quo!

Veteran rockers, Status Quo, are swapping gold discs for the silver screen - by launching a movie career.The rock act are shooting their first ever film - a 90 minute action caper in Fiji due to be released next year.

The group will play themselves in the movie and the cast includes Eastenders actor Craig Fairbrass and Jon Lovitz who appeared in the Wedding Singer. Bula Quo, which takes its name from a traditional Fijian greeting will include 12 of the bands songs.

Quo whose hits include Caroline and Down Under made a cameo appearance in Coronation St in 2005, as Quo fans know - expect the unexpected!

Grand National

Posted By Karen on the 13th April 2012
Grand National

Saturday 14th April sees one of the most popular events in the horse racing calendar, The John Smith's Grand National at Aintree, often called the worlds most famous steeplechase!

The course is two and a quarter miles long with 16 unique fences, including Beechers Brook and is a test of endurance for the horses who have to compete almost two circuits of the course and jump 30 fences, before the final 494 yard run, which has been the downfall of many in the past.

Whatever the outcome, it is always an exciting race to watch, and I shall certainly be having a flutter or two!

 


Rolling in the Dosh!

Posted By Karen on the 12th April 2012
Rolling in the Dosh!

Adele has topped the charts again - as Britain's richest young musician! Her fortune has tripled in the past year to £20 million after the huge success of her album, 21. (which is the biggest selling album of 2012 - so far)

The Sunday Times list has seen Adele leapfrog Cheryl Cole, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua, & Joss Stone as the richest musician under the age of 30.

Harry Potter actor, Daniel Radcliffe, 22,  tops the Sunday Times list overall for youngsters, with a fortune of £54 million!

The full list will be published in this weeks Sunday Times.

Easter Fun

Posted By Jodi on the 10th April 2012
Easter Fun

I hope everyone had a good Easter weekend - despite the horrible weather! Rubbish as it was, the temperature and rain is apparently average for the time of year - i think we are just thrown off by the occasional summer-like intervals we are getting!

After doing Lent for 6 weeks, i did go a little over the top this weekend.  Still feel a bit sick after the chocolates, sweets and hot cross buns i gorged on!

Over this weekend, the record was also set for he largest hot cross bun which weighed 26 stone and measured a gigantic 7ft 10ins when completed.  Yum!

Jim Marshall OBE 1923 - 2012

Posted By Craig on the 5th April 2012
Jim Marshall OBE 1923 - 2012

A very sad loss to the world of Rock & Roll. Jim Marshall, as most people know, was a drummer at heart and it was for me personally, a great achievement to help him realise a very fitting final industry innovation, working with him on the launch of the Natal Drum Range.

He took huge interest in this as it was his instrument of course, and was also always a great host.

His name will live on in the history of Music as a hugely influential name for guitarists and now drummers as well.

Clever Logos

Posted By Jodi (the design geek) on the 3rd April 2012
Clever Logos

Nice article here about clever logos with hidden meanings

I an a design geek so i'm particularly appreciative of this - but everyone should check it out to see just how much thought goes into really good logos.  They are quite clever and amusing - and not always for the big flash companies.

I should keep this to hand next time someone wants me to 'knock them up a good logo'.

Sgt. Pepper 2012

Posted By Karen on the 2nd April 2012
Sgt. Pepper 2012

Forty five years after the release of the Beatles album, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart Club, the album cover has had a revamp to mark the 80th birthday of Sir Peter Blake, known as the Godfather of Pop Art.

He has produced an updated and patriotic version of his most famous creation, British artists, film directors, musicians, writers, fashion designers and chefs are all represented ...... how many can you name?

The original cover was made by cutting pieces of cardboard and  then colouring them by hand, the new version has been computer generated.

Learn to Play Day

Posted By Jodi on the 29th March 2012
Learn to Play Day

This Saturday (31st March) is the first official National "Learn to Play Day".

Musical Instrument Shops all over the country will be offering free instrument "taster" lessons, as well as advice, guidance and a whole host of other activities an competitions.

If you or a friend/child/loved one have ever thought about playing an instrument (particularly drums!), or want to get back into playing, pop along to your local store.

Absolute Music in Poole are doing a great event - with loads of classes, competitions and even a bouncy castle! :-)

British Design

Posted By Karen on the 28th March 2012
British Design

An upcoming exhibition at the London V & A Museum, British Design 1948 -2012: Innovation in the Modern Age, celebrates the best of British post-war art & design from the 1948 'Austerity Games' to the summer of 2012.

Over 300 British design objects highlight significant moments in the history of British Design. The exhibition opens on 31st March and runs till 12th August.

The eagle eyed among you will notice that the home town of MSC is shown on the advertising poster!

More info can be found here www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-british-design/

Any Excuse To Eat Chocolate!

Posted By A Secret Chocoholic on the 27th March 2012
Any Excuse To Eat Chocolate!

For us chocolate lovers feeling guilty about our indulgence this is the best news - eating MORE can help keep you THINNER!

The ingredients in chocolate appear to make your metabolism work harder, which means they offset the fat that might otherwise have clung onto our hips! This makes chocolate a good slimming food because it is calorie-neutral. Other studies have found that the benefits of chocolate can include a drop in the risk of heart disease & strokes, a reduction in blood pressure and a cut in the risk of diabetes.

Everything in moderation - a little of what you fancy can do you good!

Spring Forward

Posted By Karen on the 23rd March 2012
Spring Forward

Well if we trust the weather predications, we are in for a very pleasant spring weekend, with some areas of the country expecting temperatures higher than the med!

This will of course make losing an hour in bed easier to bear, nothing like waking up to a blue sky and warm temperatures to make you jump out of bed and make the most of the day...... I predict lots of gardening, car washing and maybe the first BBQ of the year!

Whatever your plans, have a great weekend and don't forget the clocks go forward!

 

De-Clutter

Posted By Mrs Mopp! on the 22nd March 2012
De-Clutter

Britain is a nation of hoarders with the typical house filled with £3540 worth of unused clutter, a new study has found. The biggest space wasters are clothes (often unworn) DVDs and VHS videos!

Most of us dislike the amount of junk in our homes, but we are loathe to get rid of stuff for fear that we may need it one day,  or we attach sentimental value to items, but the average home has enough to fill a bathroom!

Maybe it's time for a clear out and head off to the local car boot sale!

Budget Facts

Posted By Karen on the 21st March 2012
Budget Facts

We are all waiting to hear what Chancellor George Osbourne has in his budget .. but I have found a few interesting facts about the budget (you wouldn't think it possible!)

  • In a quirky piece of history, Chancellors are allowed to lubricate their vocal chords with alcholic drinks during the speech, no other member may do this.
  • One of the best Budget lines goes to Derick Heathcoat-Amery: "There are three things not worth running for - a bus, a woman or a new economic panacea. If you wait a bit, another one will come along."
  • The longest Budget speech was delivered by William Gladston on 13 April 1853 and lasted four hours and forty five minutes.
  • Benjamin Disraeli is said to hold the record for the shortest speech, at 45 minutes in 1867

Then and Now

Posted By Jodi on the 19th March 2012
Then and Now

Russian amateur photographer and history buff Sergey Larenkov has created some amazing pictures, showing images from history, merged with the present day.

Most of the old images are from World War II.  Larenkov has painstakingly travelled the country to take the modern day equivalent images and then overlayed sections to show the changes.  I think its fascinating - amazing to put these images into a modern perspective, and to see how everything has been rebuilt and recovered.

His site is obviously in Russian, but there are a selection of images in this article and on this website

BBC 6 Music

Posted By Jodi on the 15th March 2012
BBC 6 Music

This week marks 10 years of BBC 6 Music.  This is our station of choice in the office (particularly Radcliffe and Maconie in the afternoons)  Its great to have a station that plays music just because its good! (and it has improved my musical education greatly!)

To mark the event, they have had a 'Birthday Week' with live lounge performances from the Maida Vale Studios.  De La Soul yesterday were brilliant!

Tomorrow there is a special concert at Southbank Centre in London.  Along with some other great performances, Graham Coxon (previously of Blur) will be performing tracks from his new album - beautifully accompanied by Aquarian artist Stephen Gilchrist.  Listen live from 8.30 Friday!

Place Your Bets!

Posted By Karen on the 13th March 2012
Place Your Bets!

Today sees the start of the Cheltenham Festival, one of the most prestigious meetings in the National Hunt calendar, and has race prize money second only to the Grand National. The festival takes place annually in mid March, and usually coincides with St Patricks day, so attracting a lot of irish visitors.

26 Races are held over 4 days, culminating with the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday, with hundreds of millions of pounds being gambled over the 4 days. Cheltenham is noted for its atmosphere, most notably the "Cheltenham Roar" which refers to the amount of noise the crowd generates as the starter raises the starter tape for the first race.

Good luck if you plan on having a wager!

 

Kate's Birthday!

Posted By Jodi on the 12th March 2012
Kate's Birthday!

Yesterday was Kate's Birthday.This ends our mad week of MSC Birthdays!  March is busy time - and very difficult for me to keep on track with my lent diet - the place is full of cakes! aaagh!

Kate had a family meal at a very nice restaurant on Saturday night, and apparently spent the day gardening in the sunshine yesterday (as long as she enjoyed herself!)

Back to normal for everybody now (until my birthday in June!)

11th March 2012

Posted By Craig on the 11th March 2012
11th March 2012

The 11th March 2012 is the 1st anniversary of the of the devastating earthquake and tsunami which struck the north-eastern coast of Japan, leaving 20,000 dead or missing.

Japan is still dealing with the economic and political fallout of the disaster. Japan's prime minister at the time of the disaster, Naoto Kan, resigned months later.

The nuclear crisis revealed serious flaws in the nuclear industry's regulatory systems and safety standards. Although much of the debris has been cleared, survivors from the devastated north-east have complained about slow recovery efforts. The Japanese authorities believe the reconstruction will cost more than 23 trillion yen (£181bn) over a decade.

Happy Birthday Karen

Posted By Jodi on the 9th March 2012
Happy Birthday Karen

It's Birthday week here at MSC and today is Karen's turn!

She has actually had the day off from work, and is spending some quality time with her daughter and mom i believe.

We all hope our leopard print loving, glamorous dancing queen has a lovely day and weekend and is spoiled by her friends and family!

Happy Birthday Karen! x

Women's Day

Posted By Jodi on the 8th March 2012
Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day.

Craig is in an office surrounded by women, and as it was his Birthday yesterday i think he can repay us for how nice we were to him yesterday by looking after us all day! (i have a feeling he may spend a fair bit of time in the more male orientated warehouse to avoid this!)

I am also particularly in need of TLC today as a yoghurt EXPLODED in my handbag on my walk to work.  Everything is quite soggy and smells quite horrifically of raspberry now. Boo!

Happy Birthday Craig!

Posted By Jodi on the 7th March 2012
Happy Birthday Craig!

Happy Birthday to Craig!

It's a shame to be stuck at work on your birthday - so give him some love if you call us up today! :-)

He has already received a tshirt, some chocolates and wine from us though, so the day isn't a total right off (and not everyone is in work yet!)

Hope you have a good day and do some celebrating later xxx

Spiders Web Violin Strings

Posted By Jodi on the 6th March 2012
Spiders Web Violin Strings

A Japanese scientist has created resistant violin strings with spider web.
In the study, the scientist Shigeyoshi Osaki, of the Medical University of Nara, Japan, employed 300 females of Nephila maculata, one of a species known as golden silk spider, which produce complex spider webs.
To construct the fibers he used between three and five thousand silk threads twisted together.
Although the spider web had less resistance to tension before breaking compared to those made of guts, it was stronger than those of nylon and aluminum.
Also a detailed study with an electronic microscope showed that the strings were completely round and the threads fit without any space between them.

Clever eh?  Any chance they could make violin strings that sound better when kids practice...?!

Musical Robots

Posted By Jodi on the 2nd March 2012
Musical Robots

Students at Penn University have made a video of 'Robot Quadrotors' performing the James Bond theme tune.

These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans are not controlling them; rather they are controlled by a computer programed with instructions to play the instruments

Pretty cool!

See the video here

St Davids Day

Posted By Craig on the 1st March 2012
St Davids Day

Happy St David's Day to everyone or Dydd Gŵyl Dewi hapus i bawb (I hope) Saint David's Day is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls this day each year.

Tradition holds that he died on that day in 589.on the 1st March, and the date was declared a national day of celebration within Wales in the 18th century.

We could all celebrate with Welsh Rarebit, or caws pobi (Welsh for toasted cheese). This was known to be a Welsh delicacy as early as 1542; and no-one else dares to say otherwise.

Google Street View

Posted By Jodi on the 28th February 2012
Google Street View

A Canadian artist, Jon Rafman, has published a book which contains some of the most bizarre and beautiful sites captured and published as part of Google Street view.

There are car accidents, crime scenes, loose wild animals, people mid fall, or even duplicated as they walk along a road - as well as some beautiful and unusual sites around the world.

Check out a selection on his website

Nice try...

Posted By Craig on the 26th February 2012
Nice try...

Dangerous Gas cookers bearing fake iPhone labels were on sale a few days ago in China. Officials of Wuhan Administration for Industry and Commerce seized many low-quality gas cookers bearing Apple's logo, the website of the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

Of course if an iHob actually was launched at the Apple shops in the West, people would have been waiting all night to get the first ones.

Yes; you know you would.

Ash Wednesday

Posted By Craig on the 23rd February 2012
Ash Wednesday

For the uninitiated here's a very basic definition: Yesterday was Ash Wednesday or the kickoff of Lent, and more and more people will be "giving something up" for 6 weeks, not always as part of a religious tradition.

I shall not be drinking alcohol betweem Monday and Thursday. Not much of a commitment I know, but I do plan to be healthier this year and this is my first step.

The Frankfurt Music show is of course exempt from this. My Lent = my rules

Adele's finger!

Posted By Jodi on the 22nd February 2012
Adele's finger!

First of all, congratulations to Adele for not only winning a record 6 Grammy's, but also winning two Brit awards last night, for Best Female Artist and Best Album.  Couldn't agree more, i think she is fantastic!  And from everything else i hear, she is also a very nice girl!

And yet, when her speech was cut short last night, she "flung the middle finger" at the crowd.  I think it was just a lapse in judgement, she apologised later saying that the finger was for the suits, not her fans.  And i think it was pretty outrageous of the suits!  She got the biggest award of the night, and was giving a really nice speech before they cut her short to make way for a pretty long and frankly pretty poor set by Blur!  Go Adele!

Pancake Day!

Posted By Jodi on the 21st February 2012
Pancake Day!

Today is Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day!).  I love a day that allows me to eat lots!

My boyfriend makes the BEST american style pancakes so i will be breaking with tradition and having a stack of vanilla pancakes with maple syrup, fruit and creme fraiche this evening! nom nom!  That's actually all i might have for my dinner...

Unfortunately, that does mean the start of lent when i do my annual detox/health kick.  So no treats for me for 6 weeks after this! boooo!

Kindness Day

Posted By Karen on the 17th February 2012
Kindness Day

Today, February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day , so you know what to do .................... perform a few random acts of kindness.

Almost any kind deed will do & we recommend you perform kind acts on as many people as you can!

Showing a little kindness to others is an easy & fun thing to do - try smiling at strangers, taking your neighbours bin in for them ... or making your boss a cup of tea.... I'm off to put the kettle on!

Whimsical Street Art

Posted By Karen on the 16th February 2012
Whimsical Street Art

Browsing the internet I came across this street artist, Nomerz.

With a double dose of wit and colour Nomerz transforms derelict buildings, towers, and crumbling urban spaces into whimsical, quirky faces in locations around Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

Check out his paintings and more here www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/02/the-whimsical-street-art-of-nomerz/

Whitney

Posted By Jodi on the 13th February 2012
Whitney

Whitney Houston was found dead in her Los Angeles hotel room on Saturday afternoon at the age of 48.  While the style of music may not be to everyone's taste she was without doubt an extremely talented singer and legend of the music industry.  In recent years, her decline has been obvious - such a shame for talent like hers to go to waste.

What i will never understand is the desperate rush for 'devastated' fans to buy the deceased albums just after they die.  Surely fans would have these albums anyway!  how very supportive to buy their album when they aren't around to receive any profits or glory.  Record companies have more than doubled prices for Whitney albums on itunes.  Don't blame them at all!  Hmm, Dolly Parton will be doing well out of those 'I will always love you' sales as well!

 

Adele

Posted By Craig on the 9th February 2012
Adele

The Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld came under fire this week after he wrote in the New York Metro - which he was editing apparently - "The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice."

Why is it that everyone has to make snide comments all the time? Lets all just be positive - the fat thing was his first comment and he then justifies it with a couple of 'nice' comments. I would never mention his bizzare collars, the 'driving gloves' to cover up the veiny map of the underground on his hands or that guest editing a newspaper makes sense for an elderly chap who designs a few frocks.

Adele said: "I've never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that."

Who's Queen?

Posted By Jodi on the 6th February 2012
Who's Queen?

Today marks 60 years since the Queen came to the throne.  It will be officially celebrated in the summer (a nice long weekend off work for all of us!)

Must remember, that this is also the 60th anniversary of her father's death - so surely a bit of a sad day for Queen Liz every year.  Nevertheless, a fair achievement for the 85 year old.  And no rush to step down from the throne - i think the magic of the monarchy really will be lost with King Charles!

Queen Victoria is the only other British monarch to reach her Diamond Jubilee.

Giraffe Bread

Posted By Jodi on the 2nd February 2012
Giraffe Bread

Nice little story in the news about Sainsbury's.  A 3 year old girl sent a letter suggesting that their 'tiger bread' looked more like 'giraffe bread'.  A very nice (and very clever) reply from a manager at Sainsbury's has gone viral - and has resulted in them actually changing the name!

I don't really care if it's an advertising ploy - it's a good one and is a sweet little story.

Full Story Here

Car Parking!

Posted By Penelope Pitstop on the 31st January 2012
Car Parking!

A recent study makes the controversial claim that women are actually better at parking the car than men!

Us ladies may take a little longer to park than a man, but we are more proficient at finding a space and positioning the car centrally within it.

The survey of 2500 drivers rated them on different aspects of parking, with a score out of 20, women averaged 13.4 against 12.3 for the men!

Bubble Wrap!

Posted By Jodi *pop pop pop* on the 30th January 2012
Bubble Wrap!

Today is bubble wrap appreciation day!

As well as using Bubble wrap in our warehouse, we also have a somewhat unhealthy appreciation of it in the office - occasionally we get hold of some and all you can hear is pop-pop-popping....

And if you don't have any of the real stuff, why not play this online game

Homer Gluehead

Posted By Jodi on the 27th January 2012
Homer Gluehead

There is a rather ridiculous auction going on on ebay.  Yesterday, i saw a news story about a blob of glue that was selling for £2,000.  I didn't think much of it.  Today, the same blob of glue is selling for £148,000 so i have bothered to have a look now.  Have a look yourself

I don't get it.  It doesn't look like Homer Simpson.  I guess there must be some fake bids going on.  I feel sorry for the bloke selling it if it does turn out to be fake bidding.  I quite like that he put it up as a joke and it turned out really successful, plus that he had never used ebay before - i want him to make some money!

Top of The Pops!

Posted By Karen on the 26th January 2012
Top of The Pops!

Six years after it was axed from our screens, Top of The Pops is making a comeback - but on the internet rather than the TV in the hope that it will entice more young listeners to the show. 

Radio 1 is set to revamp the Official Chart Show from February 26 with a new online version, featuring videos, live performances & interviews, it is being seen as a Top of The Pops for the 21st century.

Top of The Pops was the longest running pop show in the history of television, first being broadcast on new years day 1964, with Sir Jimmy Saville as the host, it was on our screens every week for 42 years!  It was certainly compulsory viewing for me every Thursday night.

Year of the Dragon

Posted By Jodi on the 23rd January 2012
Year of the Dragon

Today is the Chinese New Year.  The year of the rabbit is over, and the year of the Dragon begins (much cooler if you ask me!)  The Dragon has also made for some spectacular parades and displays.

Children born in the year of the dragon are destined to be successful and wealthy as well as lively, intellectual, energetic and excitable.   A baby boom is expected in China - just as happened 12 years ago the last time the year of the dragon came around.

I was born in the year of the Ox which means i am persistent, simple, honest, and straightforward. Find your Chinese Year here!

Sooo Funny

Posted By Jodi (still giggling) on the 19th January 2012
Sooo Funny

We had a small breakdown yesterday lunchtime as the whole office was howling with laughter.

I felt it was only fair that i shared it with you all to cheer you up!  Check out this website. This guy is a genius

I recommend 'Missing Missy', 'Overdue Account' and 'Strata Agreement', as well as the 10 Formal complaints, although its all worth a look!

Some of it is a bit rude and un-PC but it is so funny and clearly tongue in cheek. love it!  He also has a book.  This is now on my wishlist!

NAMM show

Posted By Jodi on the 18th January 2012
NAMM show

The NAMM show starts tomorrow.  Craig is over in California now,and at the moment catching up on some sleep before it all begins!

For those of you that don't know, NAMM is a huge music trade show.  I'm sure there will be lots of exciting new products and announcements.  Craig will be reporting back so we will pass on what we can in our news and video sections, and on our Facebook Page.

Craig will also be enjoying some considerably nicer weather.  It's a hard life!

Blue Monday

Posted By Jodi on the 16th January 2012
Blue Monday

Today is Blue Monday - apparently the most depressing day of the year!

The 3rd Monday of January is when we are all most miserable, due to thing such as weather conditions, debt level, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action

Personally i am quite cheery.  But don't worry if you are fed up.  It's normal and will pass.  and hopefully this cute picture of a sad puppy will cheer you up.

Rubber Duckie!

Posted By Jodi on the 13th January 2012
Rubber Duckie!

Today is National Rubber Duckie Day (seriously, where do they get some of these things from!)

Its a happier thing to mention than all the Friday 13th stuff that's everywhere today though!

So here is a picture of a rather creepy rubber duck drummer.  And here is a link to the Rubber Duckie Song lyrics and video (as featured in Sesame Street and the single charts in 1970!)

So make sure you enjoy a bath with your rubbie duckie tonight.

Legoland Star Wars

Posted By Jodi on the 12th January 2012
Legoland Star Wars

Legoland in Windsor is opening a new Star Wars section in March 2012.  I love legoland, and now its just got even cooler!

There will be seven famous star wars scenes depicted, made from 1.5 million Lego bricks, and 1:20 to scale.  I'm looking forward to going to check it out!

I also got Lego Star Wars for the Xbox for Christmas.  Hmm...turns out i'm a bit of a geek!

Feet First!

Posted By Jodi on the 11th January 2012
Feet First!

Check out this gallery of photographs

I love unusual ways of capturing memories like this.  It reminded me of a picture i took while travelling (which is the picture you can see here!)  This was Surfer's Paradise in Australia (i think!)

I love the commitment to carry it on for 6 years - and super cute how they have included the baby towards the end.

Pants!

Posted By Karen on the 9th January 2012
Pants!

Thousands of people today headed to the London Underground and subways across the world to take part in the No Trousers Tube Ride - 'No Pants Day' overseas.

The annual event organised by Improv Everywhere began in New York in 2001 and has now spread to 60 cities including Madrid, Toronto, and Mexico City.

Luckily,  here at MSC HQ, we have no need to use the underground - so we are all wearing our trousers!

I'll have a P please Bob

Posted By Jodi on the 6th January 2012
I'll have a P please Bob

Sad news that Bob Holness has died today.  Age 83, he had a tv career spanning 60 years!

He is most well known for presenting Blockbusters.  A program i LOVED!
No idea why really, i don't think i could answer many of the questions at the time but for some reason it was very appealing!  It had always been a small dream of mine to go on the show, but it wouldn't be the same without Bob!

RIP Bob the legend.

Woolly Winner

Posted By Karen on the 5th January 2012
Woolly Winner

Former television presenter Selena Scott has withdrawn a naked photograph of Michael Winner from the website that promotes socks she makes from the hair of rescued goats, finding it 'bad for business.'

Mr Winner sent Ms Scott the snap of himself, sitting cross-legged, saying,  "Dear Selena I wear nothing but your socks"

Customers found the photo so horrific they begged Selena to remove it, since doing so business has boomed!

 

And we're back!

Posted By Jodi on the 3rd January 2012
And we're back!

Happy New Year everyone! We are now back in the office and raring to go for 2012!

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year.  I ended up having 3 Christmas in a row! (me and my boyfriend have 3 parental households to visit between us!) Tiring but rather lovely.

All back to reality now though! Hope this year is great for everyone. :-)

Merry Christmas!

Posted By Jodi Claus on the 22nd December 2011
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from everyone at MSC!

We are finishing for Christmas at lunchtime today.   There is some very exciting looking party food being prepared for lunch, and we have just received a bag of goodies from the Big Boss's - Thanks Kate and Craig! :-)

Hope Santa brings you everything you want for Christmas and you eat and drink yourself silly over the festive season.  Yay Christmas!

Christmas No.1

Posted By Jodi on the 21st December 2011
Christmas No.1

Christmas No.1 this year is likely to NOT be X-Factor. woop!  Not that i'm that against X-Factor, i just don't understand why they need to get Christmas number 1 with their winner's single - it would be great for them any time of the year!

This year is looking very likely to be the Military Wives Single "Wherever You Are".  It's a very emotive and a really rather good single (as long as you like Choral Music!) It is also raising money for The Royal British Legion and the SSAFA (Solidiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).

It just seems more in the Christmas spirit than the X-Factor rubbish of the last few years, and the comedy singles of the past.  So go buy it!

Mc-Double!

Posted By Karen on the 20th December 2011
Mc-Double!

Just weeks after his bandmate, Dougie Poynter was crowned king of the jungle, McFly drummer Harry Judd has been voted king of the dance floor.  The 9th, & most popular series of Strictly Come Dancing, ended on Saturday night with the live final from Blackpool Tower. Harry & his dance partner, Aliona Vilani, performed 4 dances, the American Smooth, a Show Dance, a very sexy Argentine Tango & an energetic jive ending with Harry back behind the drums!

After being announced as the winners,the McFly boys stormed the stage to congratulate Harry, they had earlier promised to strip & post a nude picture to twitter should Harry win .............. hmmm now how do I go about opening a twitter account ???

Jools Holland Orchestra

Posted By Craig on the 18th December 2011
Jools Holland Orchestra

Very enjoyable gig last night watching Aquarian endorsee Gilson Lavis with Jools Holland at the NIA in Birmingham

The whole band were on top form. Anyone who can play a blistering drum solo wearing a three piece suit with his tie still fastened, is a bit of a drumming legend I think!'

Really good to see to my old friend Dave Swift on Bass too - fantastic performance plus he's a mean trombonist!

Sounds like the New Years Eve gig on TV will be worth seeing as well, from what they said.

 

 

Busy busy!

Posted By Jodi on the 15th December 2011
Busy busy!

We have been particularly rubbish at blogging this week, very sorry.  But we have been super busy!

Our final deliveries have arrived and are now flying off the shelves to all the lovely drum shops around the country in time for Christmas.

It is exhausting work though - with all hands on deck! to keep us chipper we are mostly listening to a variety of Christmas music.  The most played Christmas Song this year is apparently Fairytale of New York, which ironically i don't think we have on any of the CD's we are working through!  Full top 20 played Christmas song list is here if you are interested.

Poster Pictures

Posted By Jodi on the 12th December 2011
Poster Pictures

We want to see those posters!

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been sending posters to shops featuring our Christmas Carol for drummers - the 12 Days of Christmas.

And we want to see them in action - if you spot one in your local shop, or if you work in a shop where you have put one up, send us a picture! (email it to us, or post it on our Facebook page)

There will be a prize for the best one....

Christmas!

Posted By Jodi Claus on the 9th December 2011
Christmas!

Christmas is only 17 days away and i feel i am allowed to get excited now.  I freakin' love Christmas.  I put my decorations up last night (complete with paper snowflakes covering every window i could find!

Also drank a wee bit too much mulled wine for a school night. i assumed it was low alcohol like bucks fizz...apparently not. Slept well though! :-)  So tonight and this weekend, i shall be wrapping presents, singing Christmas songs and eating my weight in Mince Pies (plus more mulled wine of course)

Check out our Facebook Page for our 12 days of Christmas Song (for our last 12 days at work!)

Dave Brubeck

Posted By Craig on the 6th December 2011
Dave Brubeck

If your birthday falls on 6th December, then you share it with legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, famed in the '50s and '60s for his experiments with unusual rhythms and quirky time signatures Amongst masterworks such as Blue Rondo he is best known for Take Five. An awesome version of this was Recorded at Sachal Studios, Lahore, Pakistan

Check out the tabla player...

Video here

King of The Jungle!

Posted By Karen on the 5th December 2011
King of The Jungle!

Two members of pop boy band Mcfly have recently become household names, drummer Harry Judd is enjoying success on Strictly Come Dancing, getting through to the semi final this week, while bassist Dougie Poynter was crowned king of the jungle on Saturday night in I'm A Celebrity ....... Get Me Out Of Hear!

I'm convinced Harry will be crowned king of the dancefloor in a couple of weeks, good excuse to blog & post a picture of him!!

Between them they have certainly raised the bands profile!

Band Tshirts

Posted By Jodi the Punk-Rocker on the 2nd December 2011
Band Tshirts

BBC Radio 6 have creates 'Wear your Old Band Tshirt to Work Day'.  And as Radio 6 Music Listeners, we have obliged!

Karen is sporting an 'Animal' Tshirt (well he is in the Muppets Band!), Craig has a 65 Days of Static Shirt on (Bit of a cop out i feel, he wears that anyway...) and i have fished out an old MxPx tshirt! (look them up - i was quite the punk rocker in the early 2000's!)

Christmas countdown

Posted By Ho Ho Ho Craig on the 1st December 2011
Christmas countdown

According to MSC rules (apparently) as it is now officially December, it is mandatory to play Christmas songs in the office and warehouse.

So from now until we close to eat our own body weight in turkey, and those little sausages with bacon round them - a personal favourite but I digress, everyone who phones can look forward to some bloke called Micky Bubble in the background. He is from the wireless and apparentlry he is popular with 'The Ladies' However we also have Bootsy Collins and numerousr other Artistes as well including, the now legendary Porky Pig version of Blue Christmas which I am sure will be available on our site at some point in the Festive Season.

We have paid our PRS License as well so you can listen to it without us going to prison.

 

Marmite!

Posted By Jodi (loves marmite) on the 29th November 2011
Marmite!

There has been a marmite spillage on the M1! Tragedy - all that wasted yummy marmite.  My boyfriend would not agree - he hates the stuff - i have to eat it in secret and away from him because of the smell!

The accident did spark some great quotes and tweets.
Well it does make a difference to jam on the M1. The lorry was toast. It was on the Yeast bound carriageway. Better spread the news etc...

Bhaddum cchhh!

Marmite is love it or hate it (i love it, i assume all london motorists now hate it!!)

Brazilian Christmas tree

Posted By Craig on the 27th November 2011
Brazilian Christmas tree

This is for all the people who think they can't be surpassed on their Christmas decorations.

A hundred thousand people flocked to see the offical switch-on of a metal tree floating in Rio's lagoon. It weighs 542 tonnes has 3.3 million light bulbs and was was the centrepiece of an eight minute fireworks show, which has become one of the city's biggest tourist attractions. More than a million people are expected to come to see the tree. The Guinness Book of Records lists it as the world's largest floating Christmas tree. How many floating trees are there though?

Just a small point - it's still November... Bah Humbug  

Macey's Parade

Posted By Craig on the 25th November 2011
Macey's Parade

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a high point of Thanksgiving for Americans since 1924 when employees from the department store marched in costume from Harlem to Macy's flagship store on 34th Street.

The parade was suspended from 1942 to 1944 because rubber and helium were needed for World War II, making this parade the 85th.

The spectacle this year included 11 marching bands, 800 clowns, 1,600 cheerleaders, dancers and singers, crews manning 27 floats and 59 balloons.

 

Thanksgiving

Posted By Jodi on the 24th November 2011
Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American Friends!

Hope they enjoy their Turkey, Pumpkin Pie, Parades and Football (American Style) games.  I think we should adopt it in the UK, i know technically we don't have the original reason of getting safely to the New World and all that, but a day off work and thinking of what you are thankful of has got to brighten up a miserable Thursday in November!

So...I am thankful for my lovely friends and family and that i can always see the best in a situation....can i have some Turkey and pie now? i'm thankful for nice food too...!

Paul Motian1931 - 2011

Posted By Craig on the 23rd November 2011
Paul Motian1931 - 2011

Jazz drummer Paul Motian, who died yesterday aged 80, first began playing the drums at age 12, he became a pro. musician in 1954, and briefly played with pianist Thelonious Monk. He became well known as the drummer in pianist Bill Evans's trio (1959–64) Subsequently he played with pianists Paul Bley (1963-4) and Keith Jarrett (1967–76). He also performed briefly with Woodie Guthrie in 1968-69, and performed with the singer at Woodstock.

In the 1980s he led a trio featuring guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Joe Lovano, in addition to playing Motian's compositions, the group recorded tributes to Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans, and a series of Paul Motian on Broadway albums, featuring original interpretations of jazz standards.

He was also an original ‘sunglasses in the dark’ Muzo, who just may have started the fashion.

Game and Puzzle Week!

Posted By Jodi 'Hates To Lose' on the 22nd November 2011
Game and Puzzle Week!

This week is National Game and Puzzle Week!
Sad as it is, I am a big fan of games and puzzles.  As long as i win.  I am also a really bad loser, although i am trying to keep that under control!

If you fancy joining in from your computer why not check out these little drumming games!

How about Testing your Rhythm, or maybe a Drumhead Jigsaw Puzzle?

Or see if you can be the World's Fastest Drummer!

Even i'm allowed to play these as there is no-one to beat but myself! Enjoy!

USA in 5 mins

Posted By Jodi on the 21st November 2011
USA in 5 mins

Drivelapse USA documents a 12,225 mile cross country road-trip around the USA from August 2011 - October 2011 compressed into 5 minutes.  The photographer took a photo every 5 seconds while he was driving and then pieced it together to make a film.

See the video here

Its like traveling without leaving your chair! Brilliant!

Children in Need

Posted By Pudsey Jodi on the 18th November 2011
Children in Need

It's Children in Need and last night saw an all star concert live on BBC 1.  I didn't actually watch it but i have  heard it was pretty good!  Lady GaGa is always a good performer (and a very skimpy leotard was rather popular as well i believe!) and Michael Buble is always a winner (with me and Karen anyway)

Nice that they have done something a bit more interesting and cool for Children in Need (well done Gary Barlow).  It's a brilliant charity but not exactly the most rock'n'roll up until now,

This year has also seen some rather cool Pudsey Bear's, created by famous fashion designers and auctioned on ebay!  I particularly like Giles Deacons silver bear!

World Records!

Posted By Jodi on the 17th November 2011
World Records!

Today is 'Guinness World Record Day'.  Drumming Records Include:
Longest Individual Drum Roll (5hrs 20 min)
Longest Group Drum Roll (27hr 23 sec)
Largest Group Drum Roll (1,682)
Most Expensive Drum Kit Sold at Auction (Keith Moon's, $252,487)
Largest Drum (18'2" diameter and 19'6" tall)
Largest Drum Crescendo (70 drum kits)

And of course, 'Largest full drum kit ensemble', which we were a part of breaking at "Stick it MS" in 2009 with 582 drummers!

Cliff is banned

Posted By Jodi on the 16th November 2011
Cliff is banned

Cliff Richard has been barred from the playlist of new digital service, Absolute Radio 60s. And he's not happy about it.  He has accused programme bosses of ‘lying to the public’ by erasing him from history.  But apparently his songs don't fit the cool sound of the swinging sixties they are trying to create.

Cliff says "What they're doing is they're lying to themselves, and more importantly they're lying to the public.You cannot count me out. I sold more singles in the UK than The Beatles did, and more singles than any other artist on the planet, in Britain"

ooOOooh! having a little strop there Cliff?!

Invisible Man

Posted By Jodi on the 14th November 2011
Invisible Man

Its the invisible man!! Well, sort of.  Liu Bolin makes amazing camouflage artwork.

Check out this gallery of some of his work. Brilliantly detailed and accurate.  I actually couldn't see him on the one with the digger!

Pointless but amusing.  And that's all you can ask for on a Monday morning.

 

Remembrance Day

Posted By Jodi on the 11th November 2011
Remembrance Day

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Today is Remembrance Day.  The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month was when World War I officially ended in 1918. At this time every year, a 2 minute silence is held for all those who have died in any war.  We will of course be honoring it, so nobody call at that time!

Mr Saville

Posted By Craig on the 9th November 2011
Mr Saville

Jimmy Saville will be buried in his beloved Scarborough, where he also had a flat. His gold coffin, which was suprisingly more tasteful than it sounds, will be interred at a 45 degree angle - so he can look out to sea.

Sir Jimmy's cortege drove past a number of places in Leeds that were important to him including Leeds General Infirmary where he worked as a porter and donated millions of pounds for research.

Now then, now then.... His epitaph will read "It was good while it lasted" Can't fault that really

Streetmap History

Posted By Karen on the 7th November 2011
Streetmap History

A new website has taken the notion of  the 'Now and Then' photo to another level with their Google 'street map of history' which allows people to see what a British street looked like 10, 20 or even 100 years ago.

Like a photographic trip down memory lane, the site allows users to 'pin' photos to places on the map, meaning you can see how the world has changed since the photo was taken, and read stories behind the area.

Check it out www.historypin.com/

Remember Remember...

Posted By Jodi Fawkes on the 4th November 2011
Remember Remember...

...the 5th November!

This weekend is Bonfire Night! Hopefully you can dodge the rain to enjoy a bonfire and some fireworks.  I am rather lucky and from my top floor flat (on top of a hill) i get a pretty good view of all the local fireworks from the comfort of my own living room!

This morning i came across this fire drum kit on t'internet.  A fire troop in America use it as part of their act - it is apparently a complete, tuned drum kit with cymbals and kick pedal that also creates towers of fire with every strike! Awesome! Please note - do not set fire to your normal drum kit, however festive you are feeling!

Mo-Vember

Posted By Mo Sista Jodi on the 1st November 2011
Mo-Vember

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

On Movember 1st, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face and then for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way to fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

We know the boys at GAK are taking part - let us know if you are too!  Hope you all raise lots of money, and we want to see those 'tash's!

Halloween Zombies

Posted By Franken-Jodi on the 31st October 2011
Halloween Zombies

Today is Halloween! woooOOooh! (that was a ghost noise...)

Hope everyone enjoyed some Halloween fun and fancy dress over the weekend.

Apparently the most popular fancy dress this year is Zombies. (well it is easy to do - you can be a zombie anything with some makeup and fake blood! See Zombie drummer picture)

This ties in with the growing popularity of "Zombie walks".  Fairly popular in America, the trend has spread to the UK, with hundreds and even thousands of participants dressing up and walking (slowly, they are zombies after all) through the streets - just for fun mostly, although in August there was a protest in parliament square campaigning for the "rights of the undead, because zombies are people too." Of course.

Keep Dancing!

Posted By Karen on the 28th October 2011
Keep Dancing!

Strictly Come Dancing is back on our tv screens on a Saturday evening, with a new line up of celebrities teamed with professional dancers.

A favourite to win the competition is self taught drummer, Harry Judd, who plays with chart topping pop band McFly.

Harry can also play the trumpet and piano, and almost played cricket for England but chose to focus on his drumming skills instead. He can now add ballroom and latin dancing to his repertoire, he scored the first ten of the series last week with his partner Aliona Vilani.

I'm sure this won't be the last blog about Harry! I'm quite smitten!!

Halloween!

Posted By Jodi aka"Dracula" on the 25th October 2011
Halloween!

It's nearly Halloween and MSC are getting into the spirit of it!

Beginning with a rather lovely Halloween Monster Rap video starring us!

Check it out here

I somewhat drew the short straw as Dracula - but at least i'm not as green as Craig :)

Trade customers, keep an eye out for some Halloween Tricks and Treats...

Can't Google This!

Posted By Karen on the 24th October 2011
Can't Google This!

90's Rapper MC Hammer, has revealed his plans to launch a new search engine.

The project called, WireDoo, (could be mistaken for wierdo) has been 2 years in the making, Hammer (real name Stanley Burrell) said that what will make his search tool better than Google will be its "deep search" ability.  A search would render not just direct results, but also information on possibly related subjects, the tag-line being, "Search once and see whats related"

Lets wait and see....

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes!

Posted By Karen on the 20th October 2011
Shoes, Shoes, Shoes!

Fancy a new pair of shoes? Freelance designer, Kobi Levi specialises in footwear design and development, and has created some rather unusual and humerous shoes!

His creations are described as "wearable sculptures that are alive with or without the foot"

All of his pieces are handmade at his studio in Israel.

Check them out kobilevidesign.blogspot.com/

Relaxed?

Posted By Jodi on the 19th October 2011
Relaxed?

Marconi Union, a musical trio from Manchester have created 'The most relaxing song ever' . 

That is the verdict of the boffins who say that its sustaining rhythm, the harmonic intervals, the absence of a repeated melody and the use of “whooshing sounds and hums” all combine to make the perfect aural narcoleptic. It is so effective that drivers are being warned not to put it on the car stereo!

It is exclusively downloadable from Radox's Facebook page, but i have found it on youtube if you want to check it out without answering a questionnaire!

Personally i find it a bit annoying, but maybe that's because i'm not trying to get to sleep...

London Drum Show 2011

Posted By Craig on the 17th October 2011
London Drum Show 2011

Nearly recovered (apart from my hearing!) from a very busy London Drum Show at Olympia, put on by Drummer magazine. Too many people to mention, but it was great to see everybody there. Thanks to Absolute Music for showing Aquarian, Groove Juice, Bigdog, Shaw and Futz products, and for making Hearos Earplugs available - they were very popular!

Bobby Arechiga did a fantastic job demonstrating his awesome and unique Gatton Kit - fully equipped with Aquarian heads and Bigdog hardware. Helped by one of the best drum techs we know - 'French Freddy'

MSC will be back there in 2012 I'm sure!


OMIGOD YOU GUYS!

Posted By Karen on the 14th October 2011
OMIGOD YOU GUYS!

Kate, Jodi, myself & my daughter had a ladies night out at the theatre last night. 

One of our Aquarian endorsees, Ryan Martin, is working in the touring stage production of Legally Blonde The Musical, and he very kindly invited us along to the show at the Alexander Theatre in Birmingham.

It is an all singing, all dancing, feel good musical comedy, which we all enjoyed, pity Craig was unable to make it.

Us ladies will never look at the UPS man in same light!

Big thanks to Mr Martin!

 

 

Blackpool

Posted By Kate on the 12th October 2011
Blackpool

The comedian Ken Dodd unveiled a 'comedy carpet' in Blackpool - made of granite and concrete. It features catchphrases and jokes from hundreds of famous comedians, including Dodd, Frankie Howerd, Tommy Cooper and Morecambe and Wise.

Underneath Blackpool Tower, the larger catchphrases can be seen from the top of the tower that looms over it. There are 160,000 individually cut letters spelling out the famous one liners. The £4m project has taken five years from conception to installation. Some of the catchphrases and jokes include: "I had a ploughman's lunch the other day. He wasn't half mad." Although I believe there are some funny ones too,,,

As Ken Dodd unveiled the carpet, he exclaimed: "By jove missus, what a beautiful day!"

Curry Flavour

Posted By Karen on the 10th October 2011
Curry Flavour

National Curry Week, 9th - 15th October 2011, was started in 1998 to promote the cuisine and raise funds for charities concentrating on hunger and poverty.

During the week curry lovers can get out and visit their local curry houses, some of which will be hosting special events and fun challenges.

An overwhelming 73% of adults enjoy a curry, making indian food the nations favourite cuisine, with a 'medium' heat being the most popular.

Personally I like my curries hot & spicy, whatever your favourite I hope you all enjoy a good curry this week!

Steve Jobs

Posted By Jodi on the 6th October 2011
Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer.  While people have differing opinions on the Apple empire, there is no denying that Steve Jobs was an extremely clever man - and a visionary!  iTunes and iPods have revolutionised the music industry, not to mention all his software which is now industry standard.  He even changed our language with his infamous "i"!

He also had a bit of a way with words:  "Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."  RIP Steve Jobs.

 

Balloons!

Posted By Jodi on the 5th October 2011
Balloons!

Today is "Balloons around the World Day"

Apparently giving people balloons makes people happy.  Scientists said it so it must be true.

So here is a balloon drum kit.

Have a nice day!

FIRE!

Posted By Craig on the 2nd October 2011
FIRE!

Big news for Kiddermimster...

More than 70 firefighters tackled a major blaze in Kidderminster Sunday - 2nd October. Starting at the British Heart Foundation store and spreading to a large furniiture store, engulfing the sky with black smoke which could be seen for miles.

No wonder it went cloudy at lunchtime - and I just thought it had gone back to winter

The really amazing thing is that the fire has got it's own Facebook page already. I hope it 'likes' the MSC one

 

 

Queen Extravaganza

Posted By Jodi on the 29th September 2011
Queen Extravaganza

Roger Taylor, the drummer from Queen is launching his own Queen tribute band.  He is recruiting "great-looking guys" for Queen Extravaganza, a touring retrospective that will combine archive footage, celebrity cameos, and faithful renditions of the band's best-known songs.

The remaining original members of Queen are (in Taylor's words) a bit long in the tooth for touring now.  This competition is supposedly to give unknown great musicians a chance, but it sounds to me like a genius idea to get the money from a tour without leaving the house!

Check out the details at the official website

Eye Candy

Posted By Karen on the 28th September 2011
Eye Candy

Most men would have been more than happy to have pop star Rihanna stripping off in their back garden, not so for Irish farmer Alan Graham who ordered the singer and her film crew to stop filming as he was not impressed with what he considered her 'inappropriate behaviour'

Rihanna had been filming the video for her latest single, We Found Love with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris in Ireland, when Mr Graham spotted her stripping down to her bikini.

No picture of Rihanna - but a lovely one of Irish heart-throb Colin Farrell!

Pigs Do Fly!

Posted By Karen on the 27th September 2011
Pigs Do Fly!

Pink Floyd's iconic flying pig made a comeback yesterday - 35 years after it caused chaos by escaping into the skies over London.

A new 30ft helium filled balloon floated high above Battersea Power Station to mark the reissue of the bands 14 studio albums.

Unlike its famous predecessor, this porker remained firmly tethered to the ground!

Jurassic Park

Posted By Jodi on the 26th September 2011
Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park has been re-released at the cinema for 2 weeks! It has all been re-done and made lovely and HD.  I went on Saturday to see it.

It has stood the test of time fairly well to be honest - considering it was made in 1993, the dinosaurs are fairly real looking and apart from the 'high-tech' computer systems and the somewhat tenuous explanations of genetics (i was convinced of the plausibility the first time i saw it, but i was 8!) it is still a very good film!

I did feel sorry for some rather scared children sat by me in the cinema though.  It was rated PG (as it was in 93) but i think kids were tougher back then and it would certainly be a 12A now!

Hand Painting

Posted By Jodi on the 23rd September 2011
Hand Painting

Check out these incredible Hand paintings!

Italian artist Guido Daniele has done hundreds of amazing hand-paintings (and body painting actually) as both works of art and as great advertisements for AT&T, WWE and other companies.

Have a look through, some of them are pretty amazing - you would barely know they were paintings, let alone on people's hands!

Unclaimed baggage

Posted By Kate on the 22nd September 2011
Unclaimed baggage

I love this feature about stuff left at airports.How can people not go back for these things? Or do they secretly only want the insurance money.Planes are scary!

Street Graffiti?

Posted By Karen on the 21st September 2011
Street Graffiti?

Promotional posters for the forthcoming Lou Reed/Metallica album, Lulu, out  November 1st, have been banned by Transport of London, the body that oversees the London Underground, because they look too much like street graffiti!

While niether Lou Reed or Metallica are strangers to controversy, they certainly didn't intend or expect the promo posters to stir up a scandal. When asked about the ban, Reed responded to Rolling Stone with a question of his own "What would Andy Warhol or Jean Michel Basquiat say of this type of frivolous censorship?"

As for the album itself, at least two members of Metallica have claimed that Reed's lyrics moved them to tears....

Jimi Hendrix

Posted By Craig on the 18th September 2011
Jimi Hendrix

Today is the anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix. Another one of the 27 club if you believe the hype!

Everything has already been said about him, but maybe listen to at least one of tracks today - just as a reminder of his talent

And then remember that he did it all first.

Goodbye Nelleh

Posted By Jodi (sad lady) on the 16th September 2011
Goodbye Nelleh

Today is Nelleh's last day at the Music Shipping Co.  He has been a rather wonderful Warehouse Manager and a lovely bloke all round as well.

He has lovingly picked and packed pretty much every order any of you have received in the last 18 months (and has kept the Warehouse the tidiest and most organised it has ever been!)

Needless to say, we are VERY sad to see him go, but we hope he has a wonderful time in Australia!  I have been good friends with Nelleh for about 7 years so i shall be missing him on the weekends too!

We are off to the pub after work to buy him some well deserved beers, and i shall be at his nautical themed leaving party tomorrow! Love you Nell!

 

Day to Night

Posted By Jodi - having an arty moment on the 14th September 2011
Day to Night

I was sent a link to some rather lovely photography this morning.

The New York, Day to Night series by Stephen Wilkes are photographs of areas of New York depicting an entire day in one shot.

The effect was achieved by shooting photographs continuously for 15 hours and then blending together some of the shots to create these impressive images.

Check out a slide show here

Roald Dahl Day

Posted By Jodi on the 13th September 2011
Roald Dahl Day

Today is Roald Dahl Day, on what would have been the storyteller's birthday.

This year is also the 50th anniversary of James and the Giant Peach.  I grew up with Roald Dahl books.  Didn't actually like that one though. I was all about Charlie and the chocolate factory and Fantastic Mr Fox. :)

In the news at the moment, there is a campaign by the Dahl family to raise money to preserve the hut that Roald Dahl wrote all his stories in.  Controversial to some, who believe his estate should pay for it. Either way, Mr Dahl is a bit of British History that should be preserved and his lovely stories shared!

Nelleh's last week

Posted By Jealous Jodi on the 12th September 2011
Nelleh's last week

This is Nelleh's last week working for us at MSC.

He is heading off to Australia for a year or so, then taking the long way home with some round the world travel.  I did something similar a couple of years ago (although only for 4 months).  And it was amazing!

I am v jealous, and also rather sad as we will all miss him lots.  And not that I want him to get a big head but he's been the best warehouse manager we've ever had! :)

Enjoy your last week Nell!

McFly 2015!

Posted By Jodi McFly on the 9th September 2011
McFly 2015!

Oh my goodness! Nike have released a limited edition run of the Nike Mag shoes worn in Back to the Future by Marty McFly (when he visits the future - ie 2015)

There are 1500 pairs available, auction only.  As they are currently at about $4000 a pair and the auctioning only started today i may be out of the running.  But they are ridiculously cool! they light up and everything! Unfortunately they don't lace themselves like the original though...

If you have more spare cash then me, you can buy them here

All proceeds are going to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.  Good stuff.

Mercury Prize

Posted By Karen on the 7th September 2011
Mercury Prize

PJ Harvey last night become the first artist to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize twice, after first winning it the day after the 9/11 attacks a decade ago.

Harvey - the initials stand for Polly Jean - acknowledged that the events of 9/11 had informed her most recent album, Let England Shake, which drew on the horrors of war.

The Mercury prize is the most coveted award in UK music industry, chosen by critics & experts on the merits of the music alone, rather than units shifted or hype.  A win can boost an artist's record sales & profile, though the "Mercury effect" does not always work - the little known Speech Debelle won in 2009 but  barely sold 13,000 copies of her album Speech Therapy.

Freddie Mercury Day

Posted By Jodi on the 5th September 2011
Freddie Mercury Day

Today is Freddie Mercury Day.  This would have been Freddie's 65th Birthday and to celebrate his life, Google have done possibly their most elaborated Google Doodle ever - a 90 second animated tribute!

Further celebrations of Mercury include Queen's legendary 1986 concert at Wembley Stadium streamed constantly on youtube for two days.

People has also been encouraged to be 'Freddie for a Day', being sponsored to dress as Freddie Mercury for a day (perhaps sporting his moustache), all raising money for Mercury Phoenix Trust which was set up in his honour in 1992.

Boingy Drummer

Posted By Craig on the 4th September 2011
Boingy Drummer

Got to be one of the more unusual drummers at the monment *Boingy* is definitely worth a look... it even makes me want to join a country band.

The 'Boingy Boingy Rock Band' are from Canada, and Charlie Rose is their drummer. They seem to play mostly rock covers (clues in the name I guess). I just like him with this Country band who probably should have been featured in 'Deliverance'. Sadly, even in his regular band Charlie is the only bouncer.

Thanks to Brett Biggs for finding this one. I'll be looking to Bigdog to produce a version for the UK.

 

 

 

 

Helen

Posted By Craig on the 1st September 2011
Helen

Yesterday was Helens Birthday. To avoid buying cakes she's on holiday at the moment...   but we still love her.

Helen is a vital part of Music Shipping (as of course everyone else is) and we also worked togther at another company (a lifetime ago) where she did all the work and I swanned about doing travel and dinners (thanks for that one) so hope you had a groovy day H.

PS If you don't buy cakes I'll email all the shops and tell them your secret middle name :)

 

David Honeyboy Edwards RIP

Posted By Craig on the 31st August 2011
David Honeyboy Edwards RIP
David Honeyboy Edwards, the last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen has sadly died - just before his 96th birthday, Honeyboy played his last gig in Clarksdale, Mississippi as recently as April 17th, 2011. He lived his whole life in a very tough part of the Southside of Chicago

Honeyboy's life was intertwined with almost every major blues legend, including Robert Johnson, Big Joe Williams, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins and many more. He was also a great influence for many other guitarists, including Keith Richards. He was with Robert Johnson the night the drank whiskey laced with Strychnine, leading to his untimely death a few days later aged just 27.

Bank Holiday

Posted By Jodi on the 30th August 2011
Bank Holiday

Well that's the last Bank Holiday before Christmas over.  Boo!

Hope everyone had a good weekend.  I went to stay with some old University friends - well, eventually.  First my car broke down on the motorway.  Head Gasket blown, rush hour on a Bank Holiday Friday, in the rain.  Perfect!

I left work at 3.30pm, and at 9.30pm the car was dropped off back at work (which is next to a garage) by the very nice AA man in a tow truck, ready for us to set off again, this time in my boyfriend's car, finally arriving at 11pm.  I think it's a new record - a 7 hour trip from Kidderminster to Burton!

Great weekend apart from that though!

Sad day for Apple...

Posted By Craig on the 25th August 2011
Sad day for Apple...

Sad news that Steve Jobs has had to give up his post at Apple because of failing health..He did an amazing job of creating products that no-one needed but everyone wanted. Impressive. Best headline was from the Guardian this morning:

iResign

And on a similar theme, the joke voted best at the Edinburgh fringe: " I needed a password that was 8 characters long - so I chose Snow White and the Seven Dwarves"

The days starting well (only 9.15am yet though so plenty of time to change that)

He did it!

Posted By Jodi on the 24th August 2011
He did it!

Congratulations to our IT technician (and very good friend) Tim Bailey on completing a 1100 mile 10 day epic bike ride from Barcelona all the way back to Stourbridge!

We were there on the finish line last night to greet him and his co-cyclists - and captured this picture of a rather tired-looking Tim!

It was a fantastic effort and they have raised loads of money.  They still deserve a bit more though so if anyone can spare a few pennies pop along to their Just Giving page.  Its all in aid of Brain Tumour UK.

AC/DC Wine

Posted By Jodi on the 23rd August 2011
AC/DC Wine

AC/DC have released a range of wines in Australia.

The wines are named after some of their big hits: Back In Black Shiraz, Highway To Hell Cabernet Sauvignon, You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato and Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc.

Apparently Kiss, Motorhead and Whitesnake are among other bands to release wine collections.

How very rock and roll!

Tim on a bike!

Posted By Jodi on the 22nd August 2011
Tim on a bike!

Our lovely IT Technician Tim is on the final stretch of an epic bike ride from Barcelona to Birmingham! He and his friends are now on Day 9 of the journey, averaging at 110 miles a day, in up to 39C heat!

They will be arriving back at 5.30 tomorrow - for those in the Midlands they will be live on Central news crossing the finish line!

Tim and his friends have funded the trip themselves, so all sponsorship goes direct to the charity Brain Tumour UK.


Visit www.barca2brum.org for more info or to donate some pennies!

Ginger Baker

Posted By Jodi on the 19th August 2011
Ginger Baker

Happy Birthday to Ginger Baker!  72 today.

Mr Baker was the drummer for 'Cream', as well as 'Blind Faith' and 'Ginger Baker's Air Force'.

In 1991 he had his hand-prints immortalised in the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame (pictured)

Check out the man himself in this video

Ginger's son, Kofi Baker is also a successful drummer, and an Aquarian endorsee!

Christmas...

Posted By Ho Ho Ho Craig on the 17th August 2011
Christmas...

Finally caught up with the emails etc. now after our 2 week summer break. Thank you to all our stores who didn't moan because we weren't offering our usual next day deliveries. All back to normal now... 

During the fortnight of rest and recuperation we had a Family Summer Christmas. Based on the theory that if Christmas dinner is so good, why do we only have it once a year. I'm still a bit full - it was lovely. We even had presents. The neighbours were probably confused about the decorations we had up outside - but they are too polite to mention it!

 

Staff BBQ

Posted By Jodi on the 16th August 2011
Staff BBQ

As i briefly mentioned yesterday, we had a staff get-together on Sunday.  Craig and Kate hosted a barbeque at their house. Picture (l-r) Karen, Kate, Craig and Kevin (Karen's husband!)

We were totally spoilt with food choice - homemade chilli, bolognese and curry, baked potatoes, rice, salads and loads of meats - including fancy french sausages and ostrich burgers!  Plus plenty of wine and beer! So thank you very much to them!

Diet is definitely back on this week.  I went to a fair few lovely barbeques....and took a fair few trips to the pub...!!!

We're Back!

Posted By Jodi on the 15th August 2011
We're Back!

We are now back in the office! Did you miss us?!

I'm sure everyone has a few tales to tell regarding their weeks off (including a staff get-together, camping trip, summer Christmas dinner, weddings and redecorating to name a few that have already been mentioned this morning!)  I'll get everyone blogging over the next few days.

While we were off, the office has also been beautifully redecorated.  We have come back today to fresh paint, carpet, desks and chairs - and even new lamps and flowers on everyone's desk.

Now busy busy while we get back on track!

Redecorating!

Posted By Jodi on the 29th July 2011
Redecorating!

As all our Trade Customers will know, we are closing after today for two weeks for our annual summer break.

This year, we are redecorating, rewiring and reorganising the office.  So while we continue to process a few last minute orders, we are also emptying out many years worth of office clutter and packing everything away so that the new carpet can be laid and the walls can be painted!

So, before my computer is packed away from beneath my fingers, i will wish you all a nice few weeks! We will be back in the office on the 15th August.  See you then!

Chap Olympiad

Posted By Kate on the 28th July 2011
Chap Olympiad

When Karen was in London at the weekend she could have stopped off at the Chap Olympiad organised by Chap magazine.The event was a 'celebration of athletic ineptitude and immaculate trouser creases'.

I love the events, which include,cucumber sandwich discus,quill throwing,and butler baiting. There was also sauntering and a contest in which gentlemen try to make ladies swoon 'by any means possible'.

The picture features jousting on bicycles with umbrellas whilst wearing bowler hats.

A true glorification of English eccentricity ( The good bits)

 

 

Harry Potter

Posted By Jodi on the 27th July 2011
Harry Potter

I got to see the final Harry Potter film last night.  It was AWESOME!

Great effect, and for once, really did do the book some justice. And with lots of rather exciting fighting.  Was actually a bit dark and menacing at times - some of the little kids in the cinema were a bit scared - as well as rather emotional!

The books are still tonnes better (as with pretty much every book made into a film) but i think they finally got the film transaction right with this one!

The Wizard of Oz

Posted By Karen on the 26th July 2011
The Wizard of Oz

I had a girly weekend in London, where, amongst the shopping & sightseeing, we had a trip to the Palladium Theatre to see the  Andrew Lloyd Webber production of The Wizard of Oz, which was very entertaining.

The role of Dorothy was played by Danniel Hope, who won the part after appearing in the BBC talent show Somewhere Over The Rainbow. Michael Crawford played the Great Wizard of Oz, both stars took time when leaving the theatre, (by the front entrance not the stage door)  to sign autographs & have photos taken with their fans!

27 Club

Posted By Jodi on the 25th July 2011
27 Club

Amy Whinehouse died on Saturday, age 27.

Her troubled life has been well publicised, and her drug and alcohol abuse reached a height in recent years, resulting in her being unable to perform - booed off stage for forgetting the words and spitting at her fans.

Nevertheless, her music was very influental, and now that she has joined the '27 club' it is likely she will live on as a legend!

Other '27 club' members are Kurt Cobain, Janice Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Brian Jones.

Shock...

Posted By Craig on the 22nd July 2011
Shock...

I haven't had a rant for a long time... I filled my car up yesterday - it was nearly empty so i just watched the world go by till the pump clicked offf. It was £103.76 Thats about $180 US or approx €12 (or it will be soon since the Greeks had that bit of a loan yesterday). I think I might start buying a cheap car with 1 x weeks mot but some fuel in it - EVERY WEEK... It works out cheaper.    

Hope you have a nice weekend - don't drive anywhere though. 

 

Mercury Music Prize

Posted By Jodi on the 20th July 2011
Mercury Music Prize

The Mercury Prize 2011 nominees were announced yesterday.  They are:

Adele, Anna Calvi, Elbow, Everything Everything, Ghostpoet, Gwilym Simcock, James Blake, Katy B, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Metronomy, P J Harvey and Tinie Tempah.

Quite a lot of controversy about who 'deserves' to win.  Should the prize only be for currently 'unsuccessful' groups? and does it even help to win it?

I will be having a listen to some of the ones i'm not familiar with - so i guess it works to promote lesser known artists whether they win or not. The winner is announced on 6th Sept.

Eric Delaney

Posted By Craig on the 18th July 2011
Eric Delaney

Sadly Eric Delaney has died at the age of 87 (22 May 1924 – 15 July 2011)

Eric was Britain's major pre-rock drumming star. His first hit 'Oranges and lemons' thrust him into the limelight in 1954. Ever since he's fronted his own band, playing tuned percussion, timps, bits of wood and all sorts of percussion including drums with flashing lights.

He was made a  Freeman of the city of London, and recently the Honorary President of the National Drum Fair.

One of the true forerunners of the 'star' drummer

 

Feeling Good

Posted By Karen on the 15th July 2011
Feeling Good

Residents of a retirement community in Michigan have become the first senior citizens to make their own lip-sync video.

In the clip up to 100 pensioners don fun costumes as they mime to Michael Buble's rendition of Nina Simone's song Feeling Good. The highly original idea was created by students from a nearby university. As the video pans around the retirement home residents are seen in various guises mouthing the words to the well known hit. There is even a cheeky 'hidden' scene at the end featuring the heads of the university and the home caught kissing in a store  cupboard.

Even Mr Buble himself has posted the video on his facebook page.

check it out /www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ7-n930zJo

 

Geeks!

Posted By Jodi on the 13th July 2011
Geeks!

Happy 'Embrace your Geekiness Day'.  Yes, apparently that is a thing.

Funnily enough, i am going to a 'Geek' fancy dress party this weekend.  I have my thick framed glasses on order and socks and sandals at the ready!

Being thought of as a geek at school was about the worst thing ever - but it seems to be getting quite cool now! (i am aware of the irony - the definition of Geek is 'uncool')  Everyone now seems to be obsessed with Technology. Sci Fi and Comic Books, and TV shows such as 'The Big Bang Theory' have definitely improved the Geek image.  Plus 'Geek Chic' is now the fashion!

So embrace your Geekiness today.

Ozzy...

Posted By Craig on the 12th July 2011
Ozzy...

According to the Onion (www.theonion.com) the Cambridge, MA company Knome began mapping the complete DNA sequence for heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne. Here are some of the discoveries;

  • Subliminal genes that must be unraveled backwards
  • Shares a close genetic link with no other living creature
  • Enough musical ability to get very lucky
  • Increased probability of creating, developing, and headlining Ozzfest
  • Sharon Marker: Predisposed to shuffle about shouting "Sharon!" The fact that subject is married to a person of this name is a statistically improbable coincidence

Harry Potter

Posted By Kate on the 8th July 2011
Harry Potter

Last night marked the end of an era. The last of the Harry Potter films was premiered in London.

Right from the start I had to be one of the first to read these books, so that I could be included in conversations with our children, their friends and my Rainbows. It was quite amusing to find that one little girl had never come across the name Hermione and always referred to her as Herman.

Maybe it's just me but I was fascinated to find that Ralph Feinnes wears stockings under his cloak, instead of tights as the gusset was uncomfortable. Next stop Rocky Horror Show

Dear Photograph

Posted By Jodi on the 6th July 2011
Dear Photograph

There is a lovely website called DearPhotograph.com that is definitely worth a look.

People take pictures of a picture in its original setting to sort of give a 'window to the past'.  Hard to explain but definitely worth a flick through.  Very clever and some are very moving.

Tricky for me to take any pictures using childhood photographs from home, as we moved a fair few times! Lovely idea though.

Hardlywork.in

Posted By Karen on the 5th July 2011
Hardlywork.in

It can be a constant battle at work -  how to keep up with your friends on Facebook without your boss walking past and catching you slacking, but a recently developed website is set to change all that for the good - or bad depending on what side of the office you are sitting!

The ingenious site, named, Hardlywork.in automatically converts your Facebook news feed into an excell spreadsheet. Users can instantly see what their friends are doing with updates appearing as new spreadsheet rows. The page,with its intentionally corporate look, is slyly titled 'daily cash reconcillation'  and is proving to be a hit........... so keep a close eye on what your employees appear to be doing .....

JJR Best Live!

Posted By Jodi on the 1st July 2011
JJR Best Live!

The Jim Jones Review have been nominated for this year's Mojo Magazine Honours List in their 'Best Live' category.

Well done guys! The drummer Nick Jones is one of our lovely Aquarian endorsees and a very nice bloke too.


If you agree they should win, follow this link and cast a vote!
(but please only vote once, multiple voters are disqualified!)

The Green Album

Posted By Jodi on the 30th June 2011
The Green Album

A new album has been made featuring covers of muppet songs! (yes, that is the right way round!)

Titled ‘The Green Album’, this record will be released on August 23. The new album will be released ahead of ‘The Muppets’ film, which is due for UK release in early 2012.

The unlikely covers include tracks by Alkaline Trio, OK Go, Weezer, Paramore and Good Charlotte and covers all the classics including The Muppet Theme Tune and Bein' Green!

I am particularly looking forward to 'Mahna Mahna' by The Fray, 'Halfway Down The Stairs' by Amy Lee from Evanesence and 'Wishing Song' by The Airborne Toxic Event

Brilliant!

Super-slow-mo Cymbal

Posted By Jodi on the 29th June 2011
Super-slow-mo Cymbal

Check out this super slow-mo video of a cymbal being struck.

It is 1000 frames per second and was created by the Fluke corporation.

There is a lot you don't see with the naked eye - check out the wobble in this!

See the video here 

Festival Crasher

Posted By Jodi on the 28th June 2011
Festival Crasher

I read in the news today about a man who stole a Police woman's uniform to sneak into the isle of Wight Festival.  He convinced all the security and staff to let him in, and then actually proceeded to carry out official duties - breaking up a fight and helping deal with injured and lost festival-goers!

And all because he wanted to see Kasabian.  What gets me is he stole a WOMAN's outfit - did that not give anyone a clue - the guy has a beard?!

Apparently, because of the good work he did, he received a lesser criminal sentence.

Happy Birthday Jodi!

Posted By Karen on the 27th June 2011
Happy Birthday Jodi!

Our lovely Marketing & Graphics Designer, Jodi, celebrated her birthday on Sunday.  The fun started on Friday with fresh cream cakes for us all at work.

Saturday saw her enjoying a night out with friends, and then the sun shone for our little princess on her special day so she could relax in the garden and appreciate it!

Happy Birthday Jodi from all at MSC.

 

The Green Lantern

Posted By Craig on the 24th June 2011
The Green Lantern

This week has mostly been spent at the cinema, well apart from working of course. Tuesday it was Senna, a documentary about F1 legend Ayrton Senna and Wednesday was Green Lantern   - Full of cliches - loads of green (not Senna, the Green Lantern) with a wholly predictable cast AND story.

I loved it

Planet of the Apes is still on it's way :)

 

 

Ci The Scared Sheepdog

Posted By Karen on the 23rd June 2011
Ci The Scared Sheepdog

Ci the Border Collie, who lives on Manor Farm, Langridge, Bath, could possibly  be the worst sheepdog after developing ovinophobia. His owner says he has a strange split personality where his instinct is to chase the sheep in order to round them up, however when he gets close to the flock - or they turn to face him - his fear kicks in & he backs off.

With the sheep given a rare feeling of superiority Ci is more likely to be chased off by them than the other way round!

Check out the video here:

 

Glastonbury 2011

Posted By Karen on the 22nd June 2011
Glastonbury 2011

Wellies & winter coats will be the order of the day as the gates opened at 900 acre  Worthy Farm for the Glastonbury Festival.

Heavy rain & soft marshy ground did little to dampen the spirits of thousands of revellers battling through the elements to set up camp. More than 177,000 people are expected at this years event to see the likes of U2, Coldplay, &  Beyonce.

I'd love to go if someone is willing to spend £1,500 for  luxury camping with double beds, decking, hot showers & valet parking! You know my number .....

Summer Solstice

Posted By Karen on the 21st June 2011
Summer Solstice

Thousands of revellers gathered at Stonehenge for an all night party to celebrate the longest day of the year this morning - despite grey clouds that obscured sun rise in the early hours.

The event is significant to druids,who were joined by hippies, pagans, & tourists. The solstice is one of the few times access is granted inside the stone circle. Stonehenge's origins remain a mystery, but theories suggest the grounds were part of a huge astronomical calendar.

Today is the longest day and officially the first day of summer!

The Alarm

Posted By Jodi on the 20th June 2011
The Alarm

We have received a copy of The Alarm's new CD.  Thanks Guys!

We are particularly taken by the CD itself - which is the top of a snare drum featuring an Aquarian head! lovely!

So that's what we will be mostly listening to this morning.

The Alarm's Website

RIP Clarence Clemons

Posted By Craig on the 19th June 2011
RIP Clarence Clemons

Many musicians have been paying tribute to E Street Band saxophone player Clarence Clemons, who died yesterday (June 18th).

The longtime Bruce Springsteen collaborator had been in hospital since suffering a stroke at his Florida home last weekend

Some icon riffs with his long time friend Springsteen and a founder member of his E Street Band  - he was the first name in 'rock' sax playing

 

Happy Birthday Nelleh!

Posted By Jodi on the 17th June 2011
Happy Birthday Nelleh!

Happy Birthday to Nelleh! He is 28 today!

We will try not to work him too hard today - and I will buy him beer later so hopefully not too bad a day :)

We left Nelleh a little welcome note this morning on his whiteboard (see pic)

I like Birthday days - there is cake! and a fine selection has been bought in by Nelleh today.  Thank yooouuu! :D

Eclipse of the Moon!

Posted By Jodi on the 16th June 2011
Eclipse of the Moon!

Last night there was a total Lunar Eclipse.  Unfortunately it was only visible from eastern Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Western Australia but it did look rather breathtaking.

The moon appeared blood red as it happened - apparently the colour was enhanced by volcanic dust from Chile.

There are some pictures here

It won't happen again until 2018.  Hopefully visible on our side of the world!

3D Kylie

Posted By Jodi on the 15th June 2011
3D Kylie

I have been informed that Kylie's Aphrodite tour is going to be broadcast on Sky1 HD and Sky 3D this Sunday 19th June at 7pm.

I don't actually have access to these channels but if anyone does i have been told it's well worth a viewing - it was rather spectacular!

Also featuring the lovely Tom Meadows who did the tour with Kylie!

Sizing

Posted By Kate on the 13th June 2011
Sizing

To prevent prices from rising, manufacturers are resorting to cutting pack sizes. Imperial Leather soap is now 100g instead of 120g and Cadbury's Dairy Milk is down from 140g to 120g. Toblerone has lost a whole triangle, mainly so that Poundland can still sell them.

Wagon Wheels used to to be enormous, now they are the size of biscuits.....or is it me that got bigger?

Philip at 90

Posted By Jodi on the 10th June 2011
Philip at 90

Prince Philip turns 90 today.  Famous, aside from being married to the Queen, for 'putting his foot in it' and coming out with some brilliant quotes.

Personally, i am thoroughly amused by him and think he actually says a lot of this stuff in jest, or as ice-breakers.  I think we are all a bit over Politically Correct and careful about what we say now - and at least he is 'rude' to everyone equally!

Check out some classic quotes in this article.

Happy Birthday Philip!

Les Paul

Posted By Jodi on the 9th June 2011
Les Paul

Lester William Polsfuss (better known as Les Paul) was born on this day in 1915.  He was a guitarist, songwriter and inventor (as i'm sure everyone is aware)

He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible".  The Gibson Les Paul is still one of the most famous and most popular electric guitars.

Google have honoured Les Paul with an interactive Google Doodle.  Check it out!

Planking!

Posted By Jodi on the 8th June 2011
Planking!

It's the craze sweeping the world (or Facebook at least) - planking!

Planking is basically lying face down like a plank (the more improbable the surroundings the better), taking a photo and sharing it on Facebook.

Generally a harmless bit of fun, there was a planking-related death last month when a man fell off railings from a 7th storey balcony.  Nevertheless popularity is continuing to grow!

Check out this slideshow for some examples - celebrity plankers including the New Zealand president, the two most followed plankers "The Pujie Girls" and, my favourite, the frankly inspired air cabin plank! Brilliant!

New Planet of the Apes Film

Posted By Craig on the 6th June 2011
New Planet of the Apes Film

I might be the only one excited about this...

 

The Trailer...

 

And before that - there's The Green Lantern. Will I never grow up?

Happy Birthday Charlie Watts

Posted By Craig on the 2nd June 2011
Happy Birthday Charlie Watts

Today is Charllie Watts birthday - still holding a bit of a gig down with an R & B band. The most famous anecdote from the mid-1980's (just in case anyone has not heard it) is when a very drunk Mick Jagger phoned Watts' hotel room in the middle of the night on tour, asking "Where's my drummer boy?". Watts apparently got up, shaved, dressed in a suit, put on a tie and descended the stairs to the bar, and punched Jagger in the face, saying: "Don't ever call me your drummer again. You're my f***ing singer!"

Ahhhh Singers eh..!

 

Dancing Clothes!

Posted By Jodi on the 1st June 2011
Dancing Clothes!

Currently, Cadbury's are running an advert where clothes in a charity shop 'come to life'.  It's part of their 'Glass and a half' productions campaign.

I must admit, i was a bit freaked out by it to be honest - and i didn't really get it.  I also assumed it was some sort of CG. I must have seen it 4 or 5 times (in its various versions of songs etc) before someone pointed out the feet...they are actually giant clothes with numerous people inside bringing them to life!

I know think its a brilliant advert! check it out in our video section

Geoffrey

Posted By Karen on the 31st May 2011
Geoffrey

Last week was RAW, Rabbit Awareness Week,  educating people on how to look after their pet rabbits. A rabbit show was held in our town hall on Saturday, and my daughter and myself took one of our two rabbits along, Geoffrey.

This was a free show, not for breeders, with vets and experts from a local rabbit charity, offering advice on caring for your rabbit. We entered Geoffrey in three categories, and he won first prize in the junior section!  I don't think he will be too impressed with his prize - a free injection!

Traffic News

Posted By Craig on the 30th May 2011
Traffic News

History has just been made in Venezuela - a bus driver has become the first person to have his drivers licence suspended. A law allowing authorities to suspend licences was introduced in 2008 but had not been used until now. Killing someone can trigger a maximum suspension of five years.

Motorways resemble Mad Max with vehicles racing around potholes ignoring oncoming traffic but police decided to make an example of the driver of the bus, which was going too fast, was overloaded with passengers and had one of its six wheels missing. One reason Venezuela is so full of dodgy vehicles is the petrol subsidy - it costs 1.4p per litre, which works out at about 70p to fill the tank of an average car. People often give more money than the cost of the fulel as a tip to the pump attendant. Drink driving is very common but breathalysers are almost unknown.

Bank Holiday

Posted By Jodi on the 27th May 2011
Bank Holiday

Hope everyone enjoys the long weekend!

Make the most of it - this is the last Bank Holiday until August! (Boo!)

I have a busy old weekend with relatives coming to stay, a 60th Birthday party and a BBQ (looking like the weather won't hold out for that though!)

Happy Spring! (if that's what this Bank Holiday is about...!?)

Forward Planning

Posted By Craig on the 26th May 2011
Forward Planning

I know it was a couple of days ago but it's still funny... The worlds leading super power with a cutting edge, state of the art, bomb-proof car... and all 'the bad guys' will have to do is to build a speed bump and game over!

I wonder if the Prez got out and helped them push it?

Check out the embarassment

 

 

Pirates!

Posted By Jodi on the 25th May 2011
Pirates!

I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean last night. I've heard some bad reviews but i really don't understand why.  I'm not sure what other people were looking for in a Fourth Disney Pirate film but it ticked all the boxes for me!

Its an extremely silly, exciting, piratey, swashbuckling adventure.  Also including Johnny Depp.
And not including Kiera Knightley who had started to annoy me in the last films. Winner!  Go see it :)

 

PS, This blog is mostly a poorly masked excuse to include a picture of Johnny Depp in pirate get up!

Noise Action Week

Posted By Jodi on the 24th May 2011
Noise Action Week

This week is Noise Action Week!  As well as highlighting noise pollution and problems, this week is also aimed to make people aware of the impact of noise.

This is very relevant to musicians - particularly drummers - and something we take very seriously at MSC.  As a result, we encourage ALL musicians to wear hearing protection while playing.  The right hearing protection doesn't impair your hearing, but does protect you so you can enjoy playing and hearing for years to come!

We have a wide range of hearing protection - including earplug and drummers headphones.
So shops - get them in stock and educate your customers about their advantages!
And drummers, ask at your local store, or check out our shop.

Rapture!

Posted By Jodi on the 23rd May 2011
Rapture!

Well, can you believe it, the rapture never happened?  Saturday night, 6pm, i was sat there waiting and it passed without incident (well, apart from the gale force winds!)

89 year old Christian evangelical broadcaster Harold Camping was "absolutely certain" that earthquakes would happen all over the world at 6pm on Sat, and that by Sunday all non-believers would be dead.

Scarily, there were quite a large amount of people who believed him.

He hasn't actually been seen since since Saturday to explain what happened - or maybe it was just an extremely localised rapture?!

Useless item of the week

Posted By Craig on the 20th May 2011
Useless item of the week

Created by a a Long Beach textile artist called FunkieFresh, this set of handmade covers ties around each of the four Drum Hero drums and helps the noise of them down to much a less irritating racket - apparently.

As an added bonus, each pad is crocheted using colours that properly match the original drum hues, so if have a toy drumkit  - yes you guessed it I'm not a fan - you can order a set from the Artist for just $40 .

Not something that MSC will be selling though - although I happen to know that some of the MSC team can crochet, so maybe we should. If we can find anyoone daft enough to buy them.

Skatalites Drummer RIP

Posted By Craig on the 18th May 2011
Skatalites Drummer RIP

Lloyd Knibb, the veteran drummer who was a founding member of the Skatalites, died recently at his family home in Kingston. He was 80. Highly influential band (ask the Specials!)

Lloyd had a long and succesful life and career, which goes against the Spinal Tap imagery of mysterious drummer deaths, on the other hand Jeff Porcaro died in a bizarre accident at the age of 38. This highly regarded session drummer and founder member of Toto actually did fall prey to the Spinal Tap ' Mystery Gardening Accident'. He was using a pesticide in his garden that it turned out he was allergic to which triggered a heart attack.

Strange but true...

And thats why I don't do gardening.

Graham the Leopard Gecko

Posted By Karen on the 17th May 2011
Graham the Leopard Gecko

We have a new resident in the Pawley household. My son has recently purchased a Leopard Gecko, who has been named Graham!

He is quite cute and lives in a tank in his bedroom, along with a box full of live crickets. I was very brave last night and fed Graham his tea of 2 live crickets! I'm not scared of Graham, as a child I lived in Australia and spent many a happy hour collecting lizards and keeping them in a margarine tub, I found it fascinating that their tails would fall off  & regrow if I cought them by it!

So we are building up quite a menagerie, 5 chickens - Spike, Branston, Pickle,Thelma & Louise,  2 rabbits - Tinkbell & Peter Pan, and now Graham.

Friday the 13th

Posted By Kate on the 13th May 2011
Music Shipping Logo

Its that date again. Many people are wary of Friday the 13th and will take the day off .....just in case.

Although the date is difficult to avoid. It occurs once every year and sometimes three times. Many streets do not have a number 13 and many airlines miss out this row.

Many Christians believe it is linked to Friday being the crucifiction day and thirteen people attending the last supper. But as noone was superstitious before the 19th century it could be that this explaination  is made to fit  for convenience

The official name is friggatriskaidekaphobia.

p.s. This is also the title of 12 films

Secret things....

Posted By Craig on the 11th May 2011
Secret things....

A lot of secret things happening at MSC at the moment. We are just about to announce another product range that we are delighted to be distributing in the UK. Plus we are very close to unveiling yet another new Shaw product - again made in the UK.

We are also looking forward to the summer launch of Aquarians new inHead - the ground breaking electronic trigger head.

Busy busy...

Walk to Work

Posted By Jodi on the 10th May 2011
Walk to Work

This week is National Walk to Work Week.  I can feel quite smug, as since March, i have been doing this anyway!  Admittedly, the fact that i live just under 2 miles from work makes it much more do-able than those that travel 30 miles, but still...

According to the Government, walking at least a mile a day can "help to shift excess body fat, tone up, enjoy more fresh air and lift the spirits."  And i must say i agree.  I often start my walk with dread, and yet arrive at work in a very good mood and raring to go for the day!

An odd and rather scary statistic is that 25% of the UK population only walk for 20 minutes every 12 months! (i guess that's vigorous walking - surely you walk for that long around the supermarket?!)  So get walking!

Winetasting

Posted By Kate on the 9th May 2011
Winetasting

Went to a winetasting evening recently at a local vineyard.

Unfortunately only white wine as we are too far north for grapes to ripen enough for red wine. (As you can see it was very educational).

We bought a couple of bottles-but as we only drink red our guests will have to tell us how good it is!

Design Geek

Posted By Jodi on the 4th May 2011
Design Geek

I am having a design geek moment and came across some rather lovely logos.  All extremely clever and very simple to boot.

They are worth a browse (especially if you have any geeky design tendencies like me!)  Some of them take a little double take...

Check them out here

What a Stinker!

Posted By Karen on the 3rd May 2011
What a Stinker!

For botanists it doesn't get more exciting than this - after 75 years, the Titam Arum plant has unfurled its leaves and is in full bloom.  For curious crowds who gathered,they perhaps realised that once in a lifetime look is enough - thanks to its pungent odour of rotting flesh.

The flower, nicknamed 'Corpse Flower' recently bloomed at The University of Basel, Switzerland.

The eight foot plant is indeginous to Sumatra's rainforests in Indonesia has the largest unbranched shoot in the world. On average they bloom once in a decade. Its distinctive smell can be detected from half a mile away, & is usually strongest at night to attract pollinators such as carrion beetles & flesh flies.

I'd rather smell the beautiful bluebells in bloom at the moment.

MORE Bank Holiday

Posted By Jodi on the 28th April 2011
MORE Bank Holiday

So, we are very quickly at the end of another week!  I could get used to this 3 day week...

I believe there is a wedding going on as well... however you feel about the Royal Family at least there is something positive dominating the news for once.  And although its costing us millions in security etc at least tourism will pick up - London seems to be full of Americans at the moment!

Too many people being bitter about it all, I say just go with the flow and enjoy the festivities. I'm off to an old school street party.  Brilliant!

Enjoy your weekend! And Congrats to Will and Kate :)

National Music Store Week

Posted By Jodi on the 27th April 2011
National Music Store Week

2nd-8th May is 'National Music Store Week' in the US.  No reason why we shouldn't also embrace that in the UK though!

This article gives the Top 10 Reasons to Love (and Visit!) Your Local Music Store.

Apparently, 85% of Americans who don't currently play a musical instrument wish that they did.  Probably about right for the UK too - so lets all go visit our local stores and get back into playing instruments (preferably drums from our point of view, but any instrument is good...!)

Royal Wedding Fever

Posted By Jodi on the 26th April 2011
Royal Wedding Fever

Apart from the weather, it seems that the Royal Wedding is all anyone can talk about this week.

I am actually quite in favour of it all, although it is monopolising every TV Channel every night!

Of all the wedding related programmes and videos available the T-Mobile viral ad has to be my favourite. Check it out on our news page.  How i wish it would really happen like that!

I will be watching the wedding at a street party (how traditional!)  Quite looking forward to it, even if it is mostly because of the beer, barbecue and cakes on a Friday lunchtime! :)

 

Long Weekend

Posted By Karen on the 21st April 2011
Long Weekend

After a busy week here at MSC HQ we are all looking forward to the extended weekend. 

Lets hope the sunshine can hold out, and we can spend some time pottering in the garden, or in Craig's case relaxing in the garden with a glass of vino!

We shall be back in on Tuesday, for a three day week.  Happy Easter to you all, go easy on the chocolate, you know what they say, a moment on the lips a life time on the hips!

 

Drummer Ads

Posted By Jodi on the 20th April 2011
Drummer Ads

Not sure if it's because i'm looking for them, but there seem to be loads of drum-related adverts around at the moment.

The most recent to heavily feature drums is a new Lucozade advert featuring Travis Barker and Tinie Tempah.  It's actually rather good! Check it out on in our video section.

Also archived in our video section are a heap of other drum adverts - mostly for cars strangely! All good to build up the profile of drumming though!

London Marathon

Posted By Jodi on the 18th April 2011
London Marathon

Congratulations to all those that ran the London Marathon yesterday!
It's something i can't image completing myself - long distance running is not my strength - but i have much respect for those that do!  Well done to my friend Chris Barnett who completed the race this year, raising money for Juvenile Diabetes in memory of his brother.

There were also plenty of fun-runners as usual.  This year included a few William and Kates, and one man wearing a washing machine! I believe there is also a guy in a snail costume crawling the race - i think he might still be going...

Bootsy made me late

Posted By Craig on the 14th April 2011
Bootsy made me late

Bootsy Collins made me late this morning - well listening to him on the radio really. What a lovely man and a powerful force in funk.His first gig was with James Brown, not a bad start to a career really. He also made one of the best 'cheesy' Christmas albums ever! Buy his new album out on April 25th and catch him on Jools Hollands show (with my other favourite Bassist Dave Swift who has held Jools Hollands band together since he was a child!!!) Of course Jools drummer is Aquarian Artiste Gilson Lavis, so how could the band fail!

Quite a day of nice and highly talented musicians then - how refreshing!

The Gadget Show Live

Posted By Jodi on the 12th April 2011
The Gadget Show Live

Craig and I spent the morning at 'The Gadget Show Live'. It was the Trade day, so slightly less flashy (and thankfully less busy) than i imagine the rest of the show will be!

Some very cool tech around though.  Mostly tablets, smartphones and 3D everything! Had a nice play on a Nintendo 3DS and Arkham Asylum on 3 3D PC Screens, saw many 3D TV's and even 3D sound speakers!

Got a few nice techy promotion ideas for the future, and went to a very interesting talk about the future of smartphones and augmented reality.  (i feel like quite a gadget geek!)

Musikmesse Videos

Posted By Jodi on the 11th April 2011
Musikmesse Videos

Craig is now back from Musikmesse, and with lots of video clips for me to go through!

Check our news section or youtube channel for a few video clips.  Some drum related, and some just interesting clips! (The Reactable is awesome!)

The show was apparently very positive, if not a little quiet (but what else do we expect in these times?!) Some new developments coming soon from us!

Up Up and Away .......

Posted By Karen on the 7th April 2011
Up Up and Away .......

A world record breaking attempt began today for the largest number of hot air balloons to cross the English Channel. A total of 51 balloonists took off from Lydenn Hill Race Circuit in Kent at 7.00am this morning for the estimated 4 hour flight to France.

It marks the first time the Guiness World Records bid has been made for the largest group of hot air balloons to make the Channel crossing, and competitiors have come across from Europe to take part. Among the fleet was a 61ft  dragon shaped balloon, deemed to be the only one of its kind and the only UK hot air balloon with a glass bottomed basket.

Watch them take off here:www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12995362

 

Record Breaker

Posted By Karen on the 5th April 2011
Record Breaker

To mark T.G.I Fridays 25th birthday in the UK last week, 101 bartenders took part in a simultaneous record breaking 'flair'

The amazing routine, lasted more than 2 minutes, and the professionals managed to pull it off first time without spilling a drop.

Guiness Record Breaker chiefs were on hand to verify the event and hand out one of their coveted certificates afterwards.

The event took place last Friday at Covent Garden. Check out the routine on our video page.

Hitler House

Posted By Jodi on the 4th April 2011
Hitler House

Bit of last week's news really but couldn't resist!

This image was massive on twitter and blogs last week - viewed by thousands!

It's an end of terrace house in Swansea - with an uncanny resemblance to Hitler!

The poor man that lives there was a little overwhelmed by the popularity - and confused as to what everyone meant.  He really can't see it!?

Hehe! I am amused...

Beyonce Shock

Posted By Craig (for a change) on the 1st April 2011
Beyonce Shock

Today sees the shock announcement that Beyonce's real Father was actually Roy Castle the legendary trumpet playing celebrity.

She has decided not to use his surname though..

 

April Fool! Good though :)

LegoLand

Posted By Karen on the 31st March 2011
LegoLand

Continuing with the Royal Wedding theme, visitors to Windsor from Friday  onwards will get a sneak preview. 

No the bride & groom are not practicing in the gardens of Windsor Castle, but Legoland has anticipated the scene - in minature - brick by brick.

Celebrities included in the display are a heavily pregnant Victoria Beckham and Sir Elton John with David Furnish and their young son.

Legoland's lopical latest display marks its 15th birthday.

iDrum Mag

Posted By Jodi on the 30th March 2011
iDrum Mag

Check out the new digital iDrum magazine!

www.idrummag.com

It features a couple of Aquarian products, and a v nice MSC advert!

All amongst some other great drum news and articles.

We like it! Make sure you subscribe to get the latest issue.

Royal Wedding

Posted By Jodi on the 29th March 2011
Royal Wedding

Well, the Royal wedding is a month today.  Is everyone excited?!...no, me neither.  But i am amused by the Royal memorabilia (particularly the rubbish ones!)

This slide show presents some of the finest tat around!

Among my favourites are the ridiculously expensive fridge, hideous nail art and 'commemorative condoms'.  Classy!

This mug has to be the best though.  Can you spot the minor photographic error?
 

Kylie

Posted By Craig on the 28th March 2011
Kylie

MSC trip to Cardiff to see Kylie Minogue with Aquarian Artist Tom Meadows on drums last Saturday. What an awesome show -  fountains, dancers, Cirque de Soleil Acrobats and of course all held perfectly in time by Tom!

I may post the picture of Karen in her Kylie poncho soon ... (although she looks nice in that  as always) - yes we were in the splash zone, how posh is that, Thanks to Tom and everyne else who looked after us all. 

Twitter's Birthday!

Posted By Jodi on the 25th March 2011
Twitter's Birthday!

Twitter celebrated its 5th Anniversary this year.

In the first 3 years, there were over a billion tweets. There are now a billion a week!

Twitter has 200 million members, who post 'what's happening' updates. Other's follow them.  SImple really! The most followed 'Tweeters' are currently Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.

Its about time we got into this, so we are entering the Twitter world!

Follow us at http://twitter.com/MusicShipping#

Supermarket Scrabble!

Posted By Karen on the 23rd March 2011
Supermarket Scrabble!

It's a shelf stackers worst nightmare.

Facebook users have been re-arranging spices on supermarket shelves to spell out rude words. The game drives store staff mad as they have to hurriedly re-arrange the letters to remove the rude words.

The group, dubbed Supermarket Scrabble encourages its members to make shopping more fun by moving items around to make amusing or even rude words,images or sculptures, then posting the pictures on Facebook.

Harmless enough, and does make a trip to the supermarket a little less boring!

Dennis at 60

Posted By Jodi on the 22nd March 2011
Dennis at 60
Dennis the Menace is 60 years old!

In 1951, Dennis was created on the back of a cigarette packet, as a response to the Beano editor's request for a character to go with the music hall song featuring the chorus 'Dennis the Menace from Venice'!

In 1968 his faithful companion Gnasher was added, and his naughty boy antics have continued to today! He now even has a TV series. Although he has apparently had to be toned down now - political correctness and anti-bullying and all that .

By 1988 his fanclub had over a million members, and has continued to increase. (i was one of them!)

Super Moon!

Posted By Jodi on the 21st March 2011
Super Moon!

Hope everyone caught the 'Supermoon' over the weekend.  It was the biggest and brightest moon for 18 years.  Saturday's full moon appeared 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than the smallest full moons Earth sees.

Something to do with a perfectly aligned orbit, making it the closest the moon ever gets to Earth.

It was very bright and pretty anyway!  And no lunar disaster claims came true.  So that's nice.

Red Nose Day!

Posted By Jodi on the 18th March 2011
Red Nose Day!

Today is Comic Relief 2011 (or Red Nose Day)  We haven't actually done anything for Red Nose Day at MSC, so here is a picture of what we Kate, myself and Karen would look like wearing red noses! :D

There are events going on all over the country, and have been all week, with people doing 'something funny for money'.  The money is used to help people in the UK and abroad.

Chris Moyles of Radio 1 has just finished a 52 hour stint on the radio.  I'm certainly not a big fan (in fact i have had to turn off Radio 1 for the full 52 hours!).  However, he has raised a very impressive £2.4 million pounds (and still rising), so he must have fans somewhere!

The main televised Comic Relief is on from 7pm tonight.

St Patrick's Day!

Posted By Jodi on the 17th March 2011
St Patrick's Day!

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Check out this rather fetching video of the staff enjoying a beverage, in true Irish style!

St Patricks Day is observed on the 17th March because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland.  It also usually involves much drinking of Guinness. :)

 

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Posted By Karen on the 16th March 2011
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

New York singer-songwriter Neil Diamond was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame on Monday, crooning his signature mellow rock songs in stark contrast  to fellow inductee, heavy metal band Alice Cooper.

Diamond and Cooper were honored alongside Tom Waites, Darlene Love and Dr John at a black tie event at New York's Wardof Astoria Hotel, with Cooper performing in a typically theatrical fake  blood-splattered shirt and eye make up, while thanking the crowd with a live snake writhing around his neck.

Artists are elegible for the Hall of Fame 25 years after their first record.

Little Miss Princess

Posted By Jodi on the 15th March 2011
Little Miss Princess

The Hargreaves have created a new Mr Men Character - Little Miss Princess.  This is the first official new character since 2003 when Little Miss Whoops was published.

Although it is very nicely timed with the Royal Wedding, apparently it had been in production for a while.  Nice coincidence!  Still, better than a lot of the other other Royal Wedding paraphernalia that is starting to circulate!

I think there's an error though.  I'm pretty sure Mr Drum, Little Miss Drum and Mr Rock have all been introduced recently... ;)

Joe Morello

Posted By Craig on the 14th March 2011
Joe Morello

Joe Morello died March 12  aged 82. Joe began his music career at the age of 6 on violin . At nine he was appearing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Joe changed to drums when he was 15.

He joined The Dave Brubeck quartet in '56 and turned down many other bands for the next 12 years, until Brubeck finally  disbanded the quartet. With Brubeck,piano, Paul Desmond, alto sax, Eugene Wright, bass & Morello on drums, The album Time Out  which included Take Five with Morello's memorable solo and Blue Rondo a la Turk, became one of the most popular jazz albums ever. “Time Out” was the first jazz album to sell over one million copies.

During his career Morello recorded over 120 albums, 60 of these with Brubeck. After leaving Brubeck, Morello turned to writing and teaching with the occasional performance. 

Kate's Birthday!

Posted By Jodi on the 11th March 2011
Kate's Birthday!

Today is Kate's birthday, completing our week of MSC Birthday celebrations!

She also went to France last weekend to celebrate (with Craig - they are married!) and family meals are in order for this weekend!

Kate is the one that looks after us all and steps in to do the jobs no-one else wants, so i think its only right that today at least she should be looked after!  I have even come prepared to step in with warehouse duties in case that is required (usually her job!)

So Happy Birthday Kate! love all at MSC! x

Lent!

Posted By Jodi on the 10th March 2011
Lent!

Well, Lent began yesterday.  This is traditionally the time when Christians give up rich foods for 40 days and 40 nights.  Well, Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday, which is actually 46 days.  Go figure! I think its something to do with not including Sundays which seems like a bit of a cop out to me!

I give stuff up every year.  This year i am using it as a diet and detox period so as well as giving up the normal chocolate sweets and crisps etc, i am also seriously cutting down on drinking (eek!) and taking up exercise (double eek!)

Wish me luck! I'll be the grumpy, tired one in the corner...

Happy Birthday Karen!

Posted By Jodi on the 9th March 2011
Happy Birthday Karen!

Today is the lovely Karen's Birthday!

Our Ceroc Dancing,Leopard-Print Loving, Glamorous Office Manager deserves some special treatment today so everyone who calls up give her some love!

She is normally first to make the tea as well so i am under strict instructions to beat her to it today! It'll keep me fit running to the tea making area anyway!

Happy Birthday Karen! Have a lovely day! Love all at MSC xxx

Shrove Tuesday

Posted By Karen on the 8th March 2011
Shrove Tuesday

Couldn't let the day pass without mentioning that it's PANCAKE Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, when people cook up a storm because it is the last day before Lent when Christians traditionally give up rich food for 40 days.

Pancakes are gobbled up today because the ingredients - fat, butter and eggs - are all forbidden during Lent. Shrove Tuesday is always 47 days before Easter Sunday so the date changes every year.

Have a flippin good time making your pancakes!

Happy Birthday Craig!

Posted By Jodi on the 7th March 2011
Happy Birthday Craig!

It's Craig's Birthday today! Happy Birthday to him!
He has just come back from a weekend in France (rather cold but full of wine i believe)
Hope he has a good day and celebrated well!

This starts Birthday week at MSC (3 birthdays in one week!)
We want you to join in the celebrations!  All this week, If you say "Happy Birthday" when you phone or email us to place an order, or write it in the comments box of an online order, we will send you a little extra something with your order! Easy eh? (Trade Customers Only, sorry!)

 

Herman Ernest III

Posted By Craig on the 7th March 2011
Herman Ernest III

Sad news that Herman Ernest III aka Roscoe, the drummer and musical director for Dr. John, lost his two year battle with cancer yesterday.

He described his style as Diesel Funk & will be very sadly missed. Go out and get the Dr. John album 'Duke Elegant' to hear him together with percussionist Cyro Baptista It's an awesome tribute to Duke Ellington. I was introduced to the album by Russ Gilbrook when it first came out. and  I still listen to it now.

 

 

Facebook

Posted By Karen on the 4th March 2011
Facebook

Facebook is now used by 30 million people in the UK, approximately half the population according to recent reports.

Globally, Facebook has more than 500 million registered users, a milestone it hit last summer. Facebook, the brainchild of Mark Zuckerberg, launched in February 2004. The pace of its global growth has accelerated rapidly - Facebook had only 150 million registered users in January 2009.

One third of women aged 18 to 34 check Facebook when they first wake up, before even going to the toilet, twenty-one per cent check Facebook in the middle of the night, while 42 per cent of the same group think it is fine to post drunken photos of themselves onto the social network!

Don't forget to check out our Facebook page and become a fan.

Cliff Railway

Posted By Karen on the 3rd March 2011
Cliff Railway

A Shropshire cliffside railway which first operated in 1892 has been put up for sale. Bridgnorth Cliff Railway is the last remaining inland funicular in England.

The railway transports people up and down the 111ft sandstone cliffs that seperate high town and low town , and the River Severn.The sale includes the grade II listed buildings at the top and the bottom of the cliff  which are currently being used as tea rooms and a guest house. Bridgnorth is only 20mins from Kidderminster, and was a popular day out when my children were younger!

If you fancy a new business venture it is being sold as a going concern for between £700,000 and £800,000.

 

 

RoboThespian

Posted By Karen on the 2nd March 2011
RoboThespian

RoboThespian, a lifesize robot that recites Shakespeare, entertained crowds yesterday at CeBIT, the worlds largest digital IT Fair.

RoboThespian was loudly applauded as it gave a perfect rendition of the famous Hamlet 'to be or not to be' soliloquy, complete with over-the-top actions and voices. The gleaming white robot which can sing, dance, speak 20 languages,and mimic C-3PO of Star Wars was one of the star turns at the CeBIT Exhibition in Hannover, Germany. He can also recreate a scene from RoboCop, thankfully without shooting anyone!

www.youtube.com/watch

Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus!

Posted By Karen on the 1st March 2011
Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus!

St David's Day  falls every year on the 1st March, this was the date the patron saint of Wales, St David died in 589. It wasn't until the 18th century though that St David's Day was declared a national day of celebration.

Parades will take place across Wales, with food festivals, concerts and street parties being held in the bigger cities.

Disneyland Paris will join the celebrations with a St David's Welsh Festival Week, with Mickey and Minnie turning welsh!

Happy St David's Day.

The Kings Speech

Posted By Karen on the 28th February 2011
The Kings Speech

For once Oscars night belonged to a small budget, independent movie, that was a labour of love.

The Kings Speech and its star, Colin Firth were the toast of Hollywood last night, winning best film, best actor, best director and best original screenplay.

Few in the UK wanted to back the Kings Speech, but a band of producers and film makers slashed their usual rates to get it made.

With Film 4 & BBC Films both refusing funding, the UK Film Council put up a large part of the money, along with London-based Momentum Pictures and Harvey Weinsteins's Weinstein film company.

Lexus Drumming Advert

Posted By Jodi on the 23rd February 2011
Lexus Drumming Advert

From today, there is a very cool new Lexus advert airing on your TV screens.

It features a whole lot of drumming, as well as the ever lovely Kylie (and something about a very quiet hybrid luxury car too)

You can check out the advert on our News and Video Page

Look out for a couple of familiar faces in the "Great Park Drum Off' section.  Led by our good friend Grand Master Ash Sheehan and also featuring Young Drummer of the Year 2010 Richard Rayner.

There's a more in depth 'making of' video of that too.  See it here.  Well worth a look!

Fish & Chips ....

Posted By Karen on the 22nd February 2011
Fish & Chips ....

Chips taste better when you eat them using your fingers – and at the seaside, claim psychologists.

Along with the touch, look, smell and taste of the fries, experts have discovered the right “ambient sound”, like waves crashing on to the shore, can make all the difference.

The Oxford University study showed how the brain can match up sounds and tastes. Professor Charles Spence said: “Given the association between fish and chips and the seaside, it’s likely that listening to the sea will make them a gastronomic experience.”

The findings mark the start of National Chip Week, ­celebrating our favourite dish, of which we eat two million tons a year.

Adele Makes Chart History!

Posted By Jodi on the 21st February 2011
Adele Makes Chart History!

The lovely Adele (we are rather big fans of hers in the office) has made Chart History this week!

She is number one in both the single and album charts (achievement enough!) but ALSO has an additional single and album at number 4 in both charts.

Adele is the first living artist to achieve the feat of two top five hits in both charts at the same time since The Beatles!

Her new tour also sold out ridiculously quickly, much to Karen's disappointment who was trying to get tickets. It's looking like a big year for Adele!

World's Hottest Chilli...

Posted By Jodi on the 18th February 2011
World's Hottest Chilli...

...straight from Grantham!

A new world record has been set for the World's Hottest Chilli.  By a 39 year old gardener from Grantham in Lincolnishire!  And apparantly the 'Infinity Chilli' was grown by accident due to cross breeding in his greenhouse.  It beats the previous record holding Chili, the Bhut Jolokia, from India.

Measuring 1.17 million on the Scoville Scale - an official measure of spicy heat - the Infinity chilli is so hot that it carries a health warning.

Mmm..spicy!

Inky & Perky

Posted By Karen on the 17th February 2011
Inky & Perky

Pigs can expect to be branded, but one farm has turned the process into an art form, decorating them from head to toe with tattoos.
Crowds are flocking to Art Farm China in Yang Zhen, Beijing, where Belgian artist Wim Delvoye displays his colourful sows and boars. The animals are still on display to farm visitors while they are anaesthetised and decorated with designs by Wim and his co-artists.

Animal rights campaigners complain that the pigs are suffering unnecessarily and are being abused for improper commercial gain, pictures, however, seemingly show the pigs enjoying the high life at the farm as they roll in mud and snuffle in the undergrowth in the woods.

Snow-Strop

Posted By Karen on the 16th February 2011
Snow-Strop

We might be edging towards the joys of spring but this rare variety of snowdrop prefers to look rather glum.

The 'Grumpy' snowdrop - or snow-strop as it has been dubbed - is proving such a big hit with galanthophiles, snowdrop collectors, that they are willing to pay a staggering £100 for a single bulb.When the snowdrop  comes in to flower, two green eyes and a mouth turned down at the edges naturally appear on on of its petals.

The striking specimen was first discovered and then bred by galanthophile Joe Sharman in a Cambridge garden in 1990. It is now among the national collection at the 70 acre Cambo estate in Fife, Scotland.

100 Converse Club

Posted By Craig on the 15th February 2011
100 Converse Club

Apparently the legendary 100 club in Oxford Street, London has been saved from extinction by Converse. I suggest free entry to anyone who owns more than 10 pairs of converse shoes...  and free drinks for anyone who owns more that 50 pairs.
Woohoo free drinks for someone I know then!  
 

Valentines Bleugh

Posted By Jodi on the 14th February 2011
Valentines Bleugh

OK, i'm putting it out there.  I hate Valentine's Day.  And that seems to be the general consensus in the office.  And not because we're single and bitter.  In fact, everyone in the office is married or in long term relationships.  We just resent spending ridiculous amounts on pink and red slushy rubbish just because its a day we've been told is the right day to say we love someone.

I suppose it has more relevance for single people as a day to declare your love.  Although most of my single friends just find it depressing.  And couples should do lovely things every day (or at least any random day) without being forced.

So Happy Anti-Valentines day,  I'll get off my soapbox and on with some work!

Muppets at the Grammys!

Posted By Jodi on the 11th February 2011
Muppets at the Grammys!

A Chorus of Muppets are set to back the singer Cee-Lo Green when he performs at the Grammys this Sunday!

Now that has to be worth a watch!  Here's hoping the muppets band, including Animal is also there to add a rock edge to the "Soul Machine"

Hmm...that probably means he will be doing the radio edit "forget you" instead of his slightly more risque album version...

On a side note, i stumbled across muppet Wiki!  For all your Muppet related questions...Crazy!

Yell.com

Posted By Karen on the 10th February 2011
Yell.com

Nearly three decades after television viewers were introduced to J R Hartley, the charming old gent who used the Yellow Pages to track down a copy of his own book, the iconic advert has been given a digital-age makeover.The much-loved advert has been remade with the main character replaced with a DJ hunting for a dance track.

The remake of the 1983 original follows the former DJ on the hunt for his lost 90s dance record using Yell, the service that Yellow Pages has transformed into online.

The paper-based Yellow Pages telephone directories have been rendered largely redundant by the internet, and it is hoped that this new advert will show that Yell is still relevant in the modern age.


 

FAB-U-LOUS!

Posted By Karen on the 8th February 2011
FAB-U-LOUS!

On Sunday afternoon, along with thousands of other Strictly fans, I enjoyed the 2 hour extravaganza that is Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour.

The show is dazling, colourful, noisy, tuneful, and full of fabulous dancing! Glitter balls, sparkley dresses, chandeliers, sequins and spray tans a plenty.

As a huge Strictly fan it really doesn't get much better!

Fabulous darlings!

Music Legends

Posted By Jodi on the 7th February 2011
Music Legends

Sad to lose two music legends this week.

Last week, composer John Barry (pictured) died aged 77.  His iconic music included the music from Born Free, Out of Africa and 11 Bond films! A sad loss who's legend will live on.

And then, this weekend, Thin Lizzy Guitarist Gary Moore also sadly died. As well as his time with Thin Lizzy, he also had a solo career and was a big influence on many current musicians.

Chinese New Year

Posted By Karen on the 4th February 2011
Chinese New Year

If you want colour, noise and good food, this is just about the best weekend of the year to indulge all your senses.

Chinese New Year was yesterday but most of the celebrations to welcome in the Year of the Rabbit are taking place on Sunday.

Celebrations for New Year, also known by the Chinese as Spring Festival, are famously colourful and loud. Firecrackers bring luck and banish evil spirits. The dotting of the dragon’s eyes ceremony is believed to ward off bad spirits and welcome a year of prosperity.

People born in the Year of the Rabbit, who include Jamie Oliver and David Beckham, are ­supposedly considerate, friendly and stylish.

 

Humuhumunukunukuapua

Posted By Karen on the 3rd February 2011
Humuhumunukunukuapua

Experts at the Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium in East Sussex, have  just welcomed a new addition to their collection,  but the staff are struggling to pronounce the name, Humuhumunukunukuapua.

The Humuhumunukunukuapua’a is the Hawaii state fish and the name means “triggerfish with a snout like a pig” in Hawaiian. It’s commonly found throughout the reefs in Hawaii and is often said that “the name is much longer than the fish.”

Conflict Kitcen

Posted By Craig on the 2nd February 2011
Conflict Kitcen

Conflict Kitchen is a Pittsburgh take-out restaurant that serves food from countries that the United States is at war with. The cuisine changes every four months to highlight another country. 

Through the food and specially printed wrappers, featuring quotes form people who live ion these 'War Zones' plus daily interactions with customers, Conflict Kitchen creates a platform for discussion of international conflict, culture, and politics with people who probably just fancied a sandwich.Future changes in the food will focus on North Korea, Venezuela, and whoever else the US take action against..

Interesting..

Hong Kong At dusk

Posted By Karen on the 31st January 2011
Hong Kong At dusk

I have no idea how this works, but it amazes me!

Place your cursor at the top of the photo, you will notice it is 6.10pm, bring the mouse down slowly over the photo, do not right or left click your mouse.

Night time appears, the lights come on, and at 7.40pm its dark!

I think this is photo technology at its best

61226.com/share/hk.swf

Happy Birthday Eeyore

Posted By Karen on the 28th January 2011
Happy Birthday Eeyore

Like his famous namesake, he's been around for donkey's years - but at the age of 54, Eeyore is being hailed as the oldest living donkey in the world.

Believed to be born in 1957, he is now a Guinness World Record contender for oldest donkey in the world.

Eeyore has outlived other donkeys whose lifespan is normally 25-30 years.

He celebrated with his favourite diet of hay and carrots.


 

The Sheep Show

Posted By Karen on the 27th January 2011
The Sheep Show

Appearing at over 100 shows a year and in front of an estimated audience of 2.5 million people, this unique show has captured the hearts of many.The New Zealand style team of presenters educate and entertain , with their fantastic sheep all over the country.
Nobby the Norfolk Horn stands centre stage while others are introduced to their podiums. We learn about each breeds attributes and how wool from the sheep's back becomes a jumper to wear. The shearing demonstration is well commentated and has the audience captivated.

The 30 minute show is cleverly devised and is highly entertaining and extremely informative, a rare combination. The highlight of the show is the “The sheep show Hustle . Dancing sheep!!

www.thesheepshow.co.uk/the_sheep_show.html

Australia Day

Posted By Jodi on the 26th January 2011
Australia Day

aah, a trip down memory lane for me today! It's Australia Day.  2 years ago (can't believe its been that long?!) i was on my travels and celebrating Australia day in Cairnes.

I celebrated by doing my first ever Bunjy jump! (but not my last) and then got over that with drinks and games around the pool. (yes that is me in the very small picture)

Bit different to today then when i had to dodge the painters redecorating the hallway to my flat and then drive to work in the drizzle. ho hum!

Burns Night

Posted By Karen on the 25th January 2011
Burns Night

 Robert Burns, born on 25 January 1759, rose from humble beginnings to become 'Scotland's favourite son', and his work is celebrated worldwide. The Burns supper is a celebration of his life and works.

Guests normally stand to welcome the dinners star attraction, the 'Haggis' which should be delivered on a silver platter by a procession comprising of the chef, the piper, and the person who will address the haggis. The haggis is then served with neeps & tatties. The evenings entertainment includes recitals of his works.

Robin was a rovin' boy, Rantin, rovin, rantin, rovin, Robin was a rovin' boy, Rantin, rovin' Robin!


 

Redditch- home of the good idea

Posted By Craig on the 24th January 2011
Redditch- home of the good idea

 Apparently Redditch Borough Council wants to use the excess heat generated during cremations to warm the local swimming pool water, saving £14,500-a-year on heating bills... Currently, heat from the incinerators, which reach 800 degrees C (1,472F), is lost into the atmosphere.

The council says the idea for the Abbey Stadium Sports Centre is an environmentally friendly way to save money but critics say it is ‘eerie’.

If its plan is approved, Redditch Borough Council will become the first authority in the country to use a crem­atorium to heat a swimming pool. Well there's a shock then - just a chance that no-one else thinks it's a good idea maybe?

Rude Road Trip

Posted By Jodi on the 21st January 2011
Rude Road Trip

I have spent much of the day laughing rather childishly at 'The Inbetweeners' boys' 'Rude Road Trip'.  They visited over 50 rude-sounding places in the UK, over a 50 hour period, all in the name of Comic Relief.

They have already raised over £50,000 so it was all worthwhile!

I'm still giggling at the fact i live close to North Piddle, Bell End and Minge Lane. hehehe...

Namm 2011

Posted By Craig on the 19th January 2011
Namm 2011

Just back from NAMM - very busy show, a great new product from Aquarian which will be available in the Spring. Also Aquarian heads will be fitted as standard on the new Natal Drum Sets (which were the talk of the show)

MSC picked up a few new accessory lines (more information on those soon) All in all this was one of the most positive shows I have been too.

I did actually go and see Megadeath... but I prefer not to discuss that. A bit 'Hello Cleveland' for me...

 

Sad Day?

Posted By Jodi on the 18th January 2011
Sad Day?

Apparently, yesterday was the most depressing day of the year.  Nothing to do with the events of the day, just a statistic.  So did everyone feel depressed?

Can't say I did, and the sunny (if not chilly) weather outside is cheering me even more today!
You also might be interested in a video Craig sent me from LA.  Neil Pert's Drum Kit (from Rush), which was on display at NAMM 2011.  See it here

Little Miss Matt

Posted By Jodi (the Big Bully that I am) on the 14th January 2011
Little Miss Matt

We love our new Little Miss Drum design tshirt!  And here is the picture proof - we even got Matt to model one! hehe! (see our facebook page for a better image)

NAMM Update

Posted By Jodi (with a message from Craig!) on the 13th January 2011
NAMM Update

I have received my first NAMM 2011 update from Craig.

Natal (which is now owned by Marshall) launched their new Ash Series Drums today, which exclusively use Aquarian Drumheads.  A great partnership and great drums that have taken NAMM by storm!

There is a short video clip on our news and video page.

There will be more information on the launch, and other NAMM news at www.mikedolbear.com later today.

Ahhhh

Posted By Matt the pussycat! on the 11th January 2011
Ahhhh

I am enjoying a couple of days at MSC HQ this week, whilst Craig is away at the NAMM show, and I couldn't wait to show the ladies this really cute video I found. 

Ahhh, you can't say I'm not in touch with my feminine side!

Watch and enjoy ....

www.youtube.com/watch

 

 

 

 

NAMM

Posted By Jodi on the 10th January 2011
NAMM

The NAMM Show starts on Thursday, so we have lost Craig to the glitz and glamour of LA!

Well, not exactly.  To be fair, he isn't going to have any time off this year - but the weather in Anaheim has to be better than here!  That's got to make work more fun!

I have been promised regular updates from him when the show opens, so i will be passing on any news/gossip as it comes in.  Through the wonders of modern technology i should even have some video clips...fingers crossed...!

 

Cricket

Posted By Kate on the 7th January 2011
Cricket

As no-one else here knows anything about cricket it is left to me to congratulate the England Cricket team on their epic triumph.Not only winning the ashes trophy but the series 3-1.With an innings to spare in each victory.This is their first win in Australia for 24 years (and sadly I remember that time). Alastair Cook was only just born,and I make no excuses at all for choosing a picture of the good looking one! As they say in Oz "good on yer"

Beard Heads!

Posted By Jodi on the 6th January 2011
Beard Heads!

Just after Christmas I find the perfect present that i should have bought everyone i know!

Bearded and moustached balaclavas.

And there's even an add on alternative moustache available. Genius.

Lots of good stuff on this website actually.

Check it out here

FlashMob

Posted By Karen on the 5th January 2011
FlashMob

Happy New Year To you All!

Unlike a lot of people I did not spend new years day shopping for bargins or even nursing a hangover, I took part in a Flash Mob!

This was organised by my local Ceroc class, with around 80 dancers taking part. The event took place at The Merry Hill Centre, and was a great success.

Click here to see

2011

Posted By Jodi on the 4th January 2011
2011

Happy New Year from MSC!
Let's hope its a good one!

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year
We are back to work and reality today (as most of the country is now)

Hopefully we have some good things to come in 2011!

Christmas Break

Posted By Jodi on the 23rd December 2010
Christmas Break

As of lunchtime today, MSC are finished for Christmas! Hoorah!

We hope everyone has a very Messy (oops, Merry!) Christmas and New Year.

We will back in the office on the 4th of January to start what will hopefully be a very prosperous 2011 for all of us!

Now, to the pub!

Merry Christmas! xxxx

S'now Joke

Posted By Jodi on the 22nd December 2010
S'now Joke

Just when we thought it was thawing, we have had a small blizzard overnight.  Was v excited by the snow at first but that is wearing off now.  I live on the top of a hill and getting home has been rather tricky - not sure if i'll actually make it back tonight!  Tomorrow's Christmas Party is also in jeopardy!
On a lighter note, this is our last full day of work so it is now officially nearly Christmas! and as long as i can get to visit all my family, then snow at Christmas is v festive.

Always best to end on a joke...so...
Why did the snowman go to the middle of the lake?
Because snowman is an island!

'arf 'arf! (joke totally stolen from Craig but i don't care!)

Captain BeefHeart 1941 to 2010

Posted By Craig on the 20th December 2010
Captain BeefHeart  1941 to 2010

The legendary avant-garde rocker and cult hero Captain Beefheart has died, just short of his 70th birthday after a 20 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis, The Californian  whose real name was Don Van Vliet released over 12 albums with his 'Magic Band' between 1967 and 1982.

Captain Beefheart is credited with influencing bands such as Nirvana, Beck, Pixies and The White Stripes.

He had an original vocal style and dominated the musical output of the band. Check out his work such as Trout mask Replica. And remember it was  40 years ago... 

 

Blue Christmas

Posted By Jodi on the 16th December 2010
Blue Christmas

The Greatest Christmas Song Ever is currently available in the video section of our website.

Controversial statement i know, but listen to it and you will agree.

It's brilliant, and every time it's played Karen can't stop giggling!

Christmas No.1

Posted By Jodi on the 15th December 2010
Christmas No.1

Another Battle for Christmas Number 1 is underway!

Main contendors are:
X Factor Winner Matt Cardle with 'When we Collide' (Biffy Clyro Cover)
and
The Trashmen's 'Surfing Bird' (of Family Guy fame!)

While i actually quite like Matt Cardle, and love that song (thankfully it hasn't been ruined too badly) its got to be Surfin' Bird for number one...i mean, the bird IS the word, haven't you heard?!

Buy it this week!

Christmas

Posted By Craig Ho Ho Ho on the 13th December 2010
Christmas

The start of a very busy week at MSC getting as many orders shipped to the UK's best drum shops as we can, in time for the final weekend before Christmas. Our delivery couriers are telling us that they are expecting more delays later this week due to even more predicted snow. So please get your Christmas orders in to the drum stores as soon as you can, in order not to miss out.

And remember- a drum kit is for life not just for Christmas, or maybe that was a dog..? Still it works as well for everything we sell (in my opinion)

Happy Shopping

 

 

Disco Christmas

Posted By Jodi on the 8th December 2010
Disco Christmas

And just when Matt and Helen thought they were safe... I have included them in the new:

MSC Disco Christmas video!

Matt in particular is sporting some rather good moves (i've seen him do some of those before i'm sure...)

Merry Christmas!

Hartington

Posted By Karen on the 7th December 2010
Hartington

I had a lovely family weekend in the Peak District, a group of 18 of us met up at the Manifold Inn, a 200 year old coaching house, in the picturesque village of Hartington.

We enjoyed long walks in the knee deep snow, with lots of photos being taken, snowball fights, snow angels, and that was the adults!  The log fire, local ales and 4* food was very welcoming on our return.

Christmas Market

Posted By Jodi on the 6th December 2010
Christmas Market

I went to the German Christmas Market in Birmingham yesterday.  I did get rather numb fingers and toes in the cold but lovely all the same!

It was extremely Christmassy with craft and gift stalls and lots of food and drink stalls.  Nothing says Christmas like a pint of German Beer and a doughnut! (mulled wine and sausages also available!)  There was even a sprinkling of snow!

The Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas market has been running for 10 years and is now the biggest Uk Christmas Market.  Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

MSC Band!

Posted By Jodi on the 3rd December 2010
MSC Band!

Some of the MSC Staff have made a Rock 'n' Roll Chrismas Song! (well sort of...)

Click here to see it! (Featuring Craig, Karen, Kate, Nelleh and Me!)

We are quite possible the most serene and smiley rock and roll band ever.  And I must say, i never thought Karen's voice would sound like that.

Look out for more of these...i have more staff to include in the next one...

Penguins

Posted By Karen on the 2nd December 2010
Penguins

The severe weather conditions may not be popular with most of us, with travel disruptions and school closures, but the penguins at Edinburgh Zoo are thoroughly enjoying the snow, and have become an internet hit, attracting thousands of viewers of their web cam

http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/EZPenguinCam.html

 

 

 

St Andrews Day

Posted By Karen on the 30th November 2010
St Andrews Day

Happy St Andrews Day to all our Scottish readers, who will be celebrating their patron saint with general scottishness, traditional food, & music, especially bagpipes!

St Andrew is also the patron saint of Greece and Russia.

Google are also celebrating with a google doodle.

The logo's usual bold colours have been swapped for tartan, with the Saltire - the Scottish flag of St Andrew with a white cross on a blue background - is flying.

 

 

 

 
 

Leslie Neilsen

Posted By Jodi on the 29th November 2010
Leslie Neilsen

Leslie Neilsen died yesterday, aged 84.

Sad to lose such a great comedian - although at least he made it to a reasonable old age.

Best known for his roles in Naked Gun, Police Squad and Airplane he was an all round family favourite whos legend will live on!

RIP Mr Neilsen (don't call him Shirley)

Spoonful Of Brainpower

Posted By Karen on the 26th November 2010
Spoonful Of Brainpower

A cup of coffee is what millions of us rely on to kick-start the day.

But new research shows that the morning pick-me-up has a much more potent effect on the brain if it is taken with sugar.

Scientists at the University of Barcelona in Spain found taking caffeine and sugar at the same time boosted the brain’s performance more than taking them on their own.

Researchers now believe each one boosts the effect of the other on brain functions such as attention span and working memory.

So one lump or two?

Thanksgiving

Posted By Jodi on the 25th November 2010
Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American followers!

Hope everyone enjoys their turkey, yams and pumpkin pies!  Sounds quite tempting actually.

I think we need more UK holidays that involve nice dinners.  Roll on Christmas so i can have a 'Turkey Day'!

The Deathly Hallows

Posted By kate on the 24th November 2010
The Deathly Hallows

Jodi and I went to see Harry Potter last night. It was brilliant!  Helena Bonham Carter deserves an oscar.I think that because I remember her starting out as little miss prim in Merchant Ivory films, she is all the more scary as a thoroughly evil Bellatrix Lastrange. All the other baddies shrink into insignificance.Can't wait for part 2. Might have to read all the books again before July.

Mr Drum on Youtube

Posted By Jodi on the 23rd November 2010
Mr Drum on Youtube

My friend very kindly sent me a link to a video he came across on YouTube.

While it is pretty cool in itself (quite a variety of interesting instruments!) the main attraction for me is the Mr Drum t-shirt one of the guys is wearing!

Nice to see my designs out there!  Check out the video on our news and video page.

If anyone has any other t-shirt spots, please let me know!

 

Water Spectacular

Posted By Craig on the 22nd November 2010
Water Spectacular

As part of my ongoing *work* in Bangkok I visited a water park (for lunch) with the most awesome replacement for a water ski speed boat - ever!!!

Basically the boat is replaced by a sort of 'ski slope' idea of a continually running conveyor that   ropes are attatched to - so if you fall over you just catch the next one. No noise (for the spectators eating their own body weight in seafood...)  and Its brilliant... and I may build one in a lake by you - so don't tell everyone about it. So this may have been the most innapropriate blog ever - curse you Jack Daniels!

 

 

Loy Krathong

Posted By Craig on the 21st November 2010
Loy Krathong

Arrived in Bangkok on the day of the celebration of Loy Krathong. This is over 700 years old and is on the night of the full moon of the 12th Lunar Month

It's a buddhist celebration to honour the water spirits by floating a 'Krathong' with a lighted candle onto waterways. I floated mine and the candle stayed lit (I think - although I was a bit jetlagged so that might have been someone elses I saw!)

It's nice and warm though (sorry England!)
More travel news later...

PS Yes I know I'm supposed to be working but it's Sunday!

 

Children In Need 2010

Posted By Karen on the 19th November 2010
Children In Need 2010

Well it's that time of year again where perfectly sane, normal people volunteer to take part in some strange and crazy activities .......... yes it is CHILDREN IN NEED DAY!!

Thousands of pounds are raised each year to help disadvantaged children and young people here in the UK.

A record breaking £39 million was raised last year which will take some beating so hope you all give generously, and enjoy the evenings entertainment.

 

 

 

Awesome Batmobile

Posted By Craig on the 18th November 2010
Awesome Batmobile

OK so top of my christmas list is a new car... now the latest Batman movies have had some great vehicles but this is Old School Adam West. Holy worth buying (geddit?)

Available mow from Firebox.com for a mere £120,000

What recession...?

 

 

A Royal Wedding

Posted By Jodi on the 17th November 2010
A Royal Wedding

So there is to be Royal Wedding next year.  I doubt this is news to anyone as it was just about the only thing on the news yesterday!

I am actually quite pleased for them though.  Kate seems like a nice girl and William isn't too bad either.  Might be quite nice to have Royal representatives who have lived in the real world (at least a little bit!)

Plus a Royal Wedding means an extra day off next summer.  Woop Woop! Oops,  I mean "Hurrah" (said in Posh sensible voice in honour of the Royals)

Holiday's are coming...

Posted By Jodi on the 15th November 2010
Holiday's are coming...

It is now officially nearing Christmas - i saw the Coca Cola advert last night!

I usually whinge that the Christmas excitement starts far too early but this year i'm feeling it.  It's cold and miserable and i need something to look forward to!  And it is only 40 days until the big day :)

Guess i better start my Christmas shopping then! :S

Remembrance Day

Posted By Jodi on the 11th November 2010
Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day.  A day of memorial for members of the armed forces that have died.

Although officially to mark the end of World War I, it is still very relevant in more recent years, with current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan etc.

It has been observed since 1919 and I hope everyone takes a moment to remember at 11am today.

COD!

Posted By Karen on the 10th November 2010
COD!
The hotly-anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops video game  went on sale at midnight on Monday at hundreds of stores across the country, with eager gamers queuing overnight in the wintery weather to get their hands on a copy.
 
The 18-rated commando game in which players take the role of special forces agents in places like Russia and Vietnam, is expected to become the fastest and biggest-selling title in history with well over one million sales in the first week alone.
 
I must say "cod" "cod" "cod" is all I have been hearing about recently, and now that is out I have seen very little of my son!

LTG

Posted By Jodi on the 8th November 2010
LTG

I went to see Less Than Jake at the weekend (one of my favourite bands ever!)
They were supported by Zebrahead which was also pretty cool.
Nothing like a bit of Ska to put you in a good mood :)

I thought i might be one of the oldest ones there (seems to be happening a lot when i go to gigs recently!) but Less Than Jake apparently spans the ages - i was fairly average!

They did do an annoying amount of TV themes.  Quite amusing but i paid to see songs they had written! they have about 8 albums, its not hard to get a set together! Animaniacs and Scooby Doo did work well though...

Bone-fire

Posted By Jodi on the 5th November 2010
Bone-fire

Remember remember the 5th November!

Today is Bonfire night! Unfortunately, i don't have a bonfire to go to.  But i do live in a top floor flat on top of a hill so i have already seen lots of nice fireworks and hoping for more later!

Interestingly, the term bonfire actually comes from 'Banefire' a 15th Century word which meant 'bone-fire', literally a fire in which the bones of slaughtered animals were burned, allegedly a Gaelic tradition of the slaughter season in autumn.  Ties in quite nicely with the season - although the 5th November is obviously all to do with Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot!

Drum Intros

Posted By Jodi on the 4th November 2010
Drum Intros

I came across a little drum quiz - Match the drum intros to the songs!

Unfortunately for me, they are all songs from the late 60's so i didn't know all that many.

Maybe you'll have more luck?

Let There Be Drums Quiz

$1 house!

Posted By Jodi on the 3rd November 2010
$1 house!

The Australian town of Trundle (great name) is looking to expand its population (currently about 380) by offering properties that have been empty for year at the bargain price of $1 a week!

It is, apparently, the perfect place for a "tree change" (Aussie speak for a move to the outback!)

It's tempting, it would be nice and warm there...

Read the full story

iphone alarms

Posted By Jodi on the 2nd November 2010
iphone alarms

Tee hee, looks like there was a bit of a problem for all those people with lovely new iphones yesterday.

Although the clocks changed at the weekend, apple forgot to change the alarm settings along with the time.  So everyone's alarm went off an hour late!

Now don't get me wrong, i love Apple products (i am typing on a mac right now) but it does make me feel better about not having an iphone! :)

Halloween

Posted By Spooky Craig on the 1st November 2010
Halloween

I cooked for Halloween... which is scary enough I suppose!

It was Meatloaf in the shape of a mummy (the bacon *bandages* were popular) The *maggots* are made from rice died (sic) red...

Anyone want a leg??

 

The Bear

Posted By Craig on the 27th October 2010
The Bear

Best inter-web advertisement for a typewriter correction fluid ever - check it out

Brilliant

Click

Moving!

Posted By Jodi on the 26th October 2010
Moving!

I am back to work today after a very long weekend moving house.

This is my first non-student/non-parent owned home so rather exciting.  I didn't think we had that much stuff until we tried to move it.  It's also a second story flat with no lift! bad times!

We are mostly sorted now though and it is very pretty, if not a little sparsely furnished! It won't be for long though.  Much flat-pack construction is ahead for me after a couple of trips to IKEA and Argos!

Rock and Roll History

Posted By Craig on the 22nd October 2010
Rock and Roll History

Bit of Rock and Roll memorabilia one of our more affluent readers might be interested in..

Sadly I will not be amongst the potential purchasers

www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-31479236.html

Danny Farrant Tuition

Posted By Jodi on the 20th October 2010
Danny Farrant Tuition

Danny Farrant, of the Buzzcocks, has posted the first of a series of HD tuition videos on YouTube.

The teaching style is clear and simple with an innovative form of notation.  Its about learning to play, not showing off.  The animated notation is "a much more intuitive way of expressing beats visually than crotchets and quavers".  It is reminiscent of Guitar Hero, but Danny is quick to point out that it is about getting people to play REAL instruments.

Personally, i think this could bridge the gap between the 'hero' games and real playing! Genius!

Check it out in our news and video section.  Well done Danny!

Elton John

Posted By Craig on the 19th October 2010
Elton John

Elton John has had a bit of a rant about TV *Talent* shows. As he has sold more than 250 million records in a career spanning five decades, his claim that singers expect instant fame and were unable to deal with the demands of the industry at least has a bit of credibility. I've been saying it since the first ghastly shows, but nobody was listening to me. Eltons further point was “There have been some good acts but the only way to sustain a career is to pay your dues in small clubs. I was in a band at 17, became a songwriter with Bernie Taupin and wasn’t successful until we’d had six years of hard graft and disappointment, as well as great times". He's right!

I never thought I'd be sticking up for Elton (he's the one on the right of the photo - I think...)

Made in Dagenham

Posted By Karen on the 18th October 2010
Made in Dagenham

On Saturday night I went to the cinema to see Made In Dagenham.

The film is a dramatisation of the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike at the Ford Dagenham assembly plant, where femail workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination and the desire for equal pay. The walkout was instrumental in the Equal Pay Act 1970.

The theme song is sung by Sandie Shaw, a former Dagenham worker.

Chocolate Week

Posted By Jodi on the 14th October 2010
Chocolate Week

Somehow, I have only just realised it is National Chocolate week this week!

Why was I not informed?! All this lost chocolate-scoffing time!  Quick, someone fetch me a slab now!
Although I did make a chocolate cake at the weekend for my brother's 21st birthday - I probably had a weeks worth of chocolate then!

There is even an official website detailing events all over the country.
www.chocolate-week.co.uk

Mmm...chocolate....

Miners

Posted By Jodi on the 13th October 2010
Miners

A good bit of news to wake up to this morning.

Its finally happening - the Miners in Chile are being rescued.
It's been an enormous task and has taken months to set up.It will take more than another day to get them all out.

Despite the time they have been underground, the first few to be rescued were amazingly cheery and well looking.  Not all are in such good shape, but I can hardly imagine what they have been through.

Good luck to everyone!

MoneyBart

Posted By Karen on the 11th October 2010
MoneyBart

Celebrated street artist, Banksy, has turned his talents to The Simpsons, creating an opening sequence featuring a sweatshop.

The minute-long opening sequence begins almost as usual, but with Banksy's tag being sprayed across Springfield monuments, and a masked Bart writing "I must not write all over the walls" over the walls of his schoolroom.

It is the first time an artist has been involved in the opening credits of the show, credited with being the most succesfull television branding of all time.

The episode airs in the UK on October 21st.

John Lennon

Posted By Jodi on the 8th October 2010
John Lennon

70 years ago, John Lennon was born, on the 9th October 1940.

If anyone has been living under a rock forever, he rose to massive fame through the Beatles as a singer/songwriter.

He was tragically killed in 1980, but would have been 70 tomorrow were he still alive.

Kate was and still is a rather big fan of John.  She married Craig (who has, at times, born a strong resemblance to Mr Lennon) and her son was even born on the 9th October (he is 21 tomorrow)
Taking a teenage crush a bit far i think.... :)

Hunk Of The Day!

Posted By Karen on the 6th October 2010
Hunk Of The Day!

It seems that you do look at the contact page of our web site, this is where you will find personal info on all the MSC staff along with photos! I am pictured on the telephone talking to a customer. This prompted one our dealers to send in a photograph of himself talking to us!

Could this possibly be the start of a new feature perhaps? All depends on how many of you e mail us your photos!

This is the lovely Josh from PMT Birmingham,

Glastonbury

Posted By Craig on the 4th October 2010
Glastonbury

All Glastonbury tickets for 2011 sold out just over four hours after going on-sale yesterday (Sunday) apparently, which is awesome considering no-one knows who is actually on  yet.

The photo from one of the previous years could well have been in my garden yesterday though.

I don't seem to get the whole Festival thing really - I've done a few - but never in the audience, but it was lovely of them all to turn up. I don't even remember many wet ones either (luckily)

Maybe I'll go to Glastonbury this year ..Oh wait no tickest left, maybe 2012 then :)

 

New Planet

Posted By Craig on the 2nd October 2010
New Planet

Apparently experts say a newly discovered Earth-like planet has the conditions needed for life to exist.

It is not like any of the nearly 500 other planets astronomers have found outside our solar system.The discovery has led scientists to think that habitable planets are far more common than was previously thought.

The planet is said to be neither too far from its star nor too close, it could contain liquid water and it is only 120 trillion miles away.I wonder if they have any drum shops there?

Tony Curtis

Posted By Jodi on the 1st October 2010
Tony Curtis

On Wednesday, Tony Curtis sadly died of a heart attack.

He starred in over 140 films, had 6 children and 6 wives! A pretty busy life!

He had some pretty legendary roles,  Pictured is Curtis as Josephine and Marilyn Monroe as Sugar Kane in the 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot.  (if i didn't do it, Craig would have!)

YabadabaDooo!

Posted By Karen on the 30th September 2010
YabadabaDooo!

September 30th 1960 was the day The Flintstones first aired on American television, the show ran for 6 years and was a hit with children & adults.

The show followed the lives of caveman Fred Flintstone & his best buddy Barney Rubble in the fictional, stone age  town of Bedrock. Fred was a loveable accident prone quarry worker.

The theme tune was one of the most recognised childrens TV theme tunes among British adults according to a recent survey.

Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones. They're the modern stone age family.
From the town of Bedrock,They're a page right out of history.

Scarecrow Weekend

Posted By Jodi on the 27th September 2010
Scarecrow Weekend

This weekend, I went to a local village for their Scarecrow weekend.

Belbroughton holds the event in the last weekend of September.  Residents create scarecrows and display them in their front gardens, and the village becomes a tourist attraction with a fair, craft stalls and food.

This, the 13th annual festival was sports themed (loosely based on sports at least).  Pictured is one of my favourites, a rather nice 'Stig-Crow'.

Talking

Posted By Karen on the 23rd September 2010
Talking

Talking to yourself may be dubbed as the first sign of madness - but new research shows it may actually be good for you.

The study revealed that people who chat to themselves are good at exercising self control in stressful situations. Using your "inner voice" plays an important role in controlling impulsive behaviour.

So, my MSC colleagues, I am not going mad when you hear me muttering away at my desk!!

Drum Fair

Posted By Craig (wearing an anorak) on the 22nd September 2010
Drum Fair

The first drum set originated in the 1800s - basically just after the invention of the bass drum pedal! This invention made it possible for one person to play several drums (snare, bass etc.) at the same time. So even then people were being made redundant to save costs!  The kit developed further as it was used by jazz musicians in 1920s New Orleans. The next leap was the invention of the synthetic drum head in the late '50s.

This weekend is the National Drum Fair in Birmingham  www.ukdrumfair.com Worth a visit for a bit more of a history lesson!

nelehelen

Posted By Jodi on the 21st September 2010
nelehelen

I have just got confused with names in the office and realised something...

Our lovely warehouse boy Nelleh has the same name as our lovely Credit Controller Helen, but backwards (well nearly...) 

I think one of them may actually be the other's Evil twin...not sure which yet....

To make it easier i shall just start referring to them both as a palindrome... Nelehelen...or Heleneleh...

Mr. J M Hendrix

Posted By Craig on the 18th September 2010
Mr. J M Hendrix

It's actuall 40 years ago today that James Marshall Hendrix (what was the chance of having Marhsall as a middle name!!!) sadly died.

In a story from the Observer recently, writer Keith Altham remembered Cream bringing Hendrix onstage to jam on a song at a gig. Clapton stormed off stage in the middle of the number and was met backstage by Chas Chandler, Hendrix's manager who brought him to England and to fame;

"You never told me he was that ****ing good," said Clapton .

Sweet....

Printed Heads

Posted By Jodi on the 15th September 2010
Printed Heads

Phil Martin, of the Down 'n' Outs sent over a picture of him with his printed Aquarian head.

We can do these lovely printed heads for anyone!  We can design artwork or adapt your existing designs.  Full colour digital prints mean we can do any image, logo or even a photograph!

Contact your local store for more information (or us to find a local store!)

Marilyn Monroe Day

Posted By Craig on the 13th September 2010
Marilyn Monroe Day

This famous picture of Marilyn Monroe, laughing as her skirt is blown up by the blast from a subway vent, was shot on 15th September  1954 for the film The Seven Year Itch. There was a huge crowd to see this filmed, although it was not publicised (incredible - without Facebook etc.)

Monroe, born Norma Jean Mortensen, had a tragic childhood. Her mother, a negative cutter at several film studios, was mentally unstable and institutionalized when Norma Jean was five.

This is what happens when I take turns at the MSC Blog - be back to normal soon :)

Eastenders Brother

Posted By Craig on the 10th September 2010
Eastenders Brother

Apparently Big Brother finishes today for ever... If I can just avoid seeing any of it tonight (which is fairly easy...) I will have missed every fun packed episode completely. RESULT!!!!

There also seems to be a crisis at something to do with Vic in Eastenders. I have always liked the way that they have an easily recognised theme tune so I know when to turn off the TV. Yes, I have missed every twist and turn of that as well. 

I am happy in my ignorance ( but then again so are the people on Big Brother I think...)

Grumpy old bloke - moi? Absolutely

Have a nice weekend

 

The London Drum Show

Posted By Craig - Hoarse from shouting ! on the 7th September 2010
The London Drum Show

Still recovering from the London Drum Show. Really good to see everyone there and well done everyone from Drummer Magazine for putting on such a great show. Pictured is Richard Rayner before he shed his Mohawk!!

We sold quite a few pairs of earplugs though... not sure what says about the show :)

Rockabilly!

Posted By Jodi on the 6th September 2010
Rockabilly!

On Friday night, i went to my first 'Rockabilly' evening!

It was a fairly small event at a pub near to where i live, but i have a feeling i may be following the circuit, along with their other fans (all in much better clothes than me - must work on the rockabilly look for the next one!)

Good music (guitar, double bass and drums is a winning combo for me), some fantastic cars (see pictured for one of the more extreme!) and rock and roll clothes with an edge....get me to the next event!

London Drum Show

Posted By Jodi on the 3rd September 2010
London Drum Show

We are at the London Drum Show this weekend.  Craig and Matt are heading off today.

Over the weekend, they will be on 'Rattle and Drum's' Stand (C10), with Bigdog Hardware and Aquarian Drumheads.  Look out for them there if you are heading down!

The London Drum Show is on September 4th-5th at the Olympia Conference Centre
The Show, in association with Drummer magazine features masterclasses, a live stage and performances, as well as one of the biggest drum product exhibitions around!

Tickets are priced at £12.50 per day in advance, or £15 on the door.
Check out the website for more information

Crazy Kits

Posted By Jodi on the 1st September 2010
Crazy Kits

Music Radar published an article today called "The most outrageous drum kits on the market' ( with a nice round number of the 'top 41' for some reason!)

While not all are useable or buyable, they are indeed some of the maddest kits around!  Kits made of cheese, paper, rubbish, cake and even ductape, as well as some enormous and frankly impracticle designs!

I am particularly fond of the drum bike as a concept - and the potted plant drum set would look rather good in my lounge!

See the article here

Reading and Leeds

Posted By Jodi on the 31st August 2010
Reading and Leeds

Reading festival was apparently a great success, despite the mud, rain and general sogginess.  I have been reliably informed that Blink 182 and Limp Bizkit were particularly good (but that recommendation did come from a group of my friends who were rather big fans of them back in the day anyway!)

I have to agree though, based on the clips i have watched.  Check out Travis Barker of Blink's Drum solo in our video section.  Awesome!

Bank Holiday

Posted By Karen on the 27th August 2010
Bank Holiday

Well it is the last Bank Holiday of the year, this weekend, so lets hope the sun comes out and we can all make the most of the great outdoors!

We have had a busy week here at MSC HQ this week, so we are all looking forward to a 3 day weekend.

Hope all our lovely traders have a busy couple of days and we'll look forward to receiving your calls Tuesday morning.

Whatever you are doing hope you all enjoy!

 

Festival Beats

Posted By Jodi on the 26th August 2010
Festival Beats

Well, despite the horrible weather, thousands of people are heading off to Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend.  This includes my boyfriend and friends, and Karen's son (who are all rather soggy already i believe).

Lets hope the weather clears up for them a bit and it isn't a mud-bath!

Meanwhile, take a look at Rhythm's guide to Reading and Leeds 'A Festival in Beats'

Best Joke

Posted By Jodi on the 25th August 2010
Best Joke

Last week was the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The TV channel Dave created an award for the best joke, which this year goes to Tim Vine for his one-liner: 'I've just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what, never again.'

Other one-liners from the top 10 include:
No5: Gary Delaney: As a kid I was made to walk the plank. We couldn't afford a dog.
No7: Bo Burnham
: What do you call a kid with no arms and an eyepatch? Names.

Actually, i was pretty fond of one of the '10 worst' from the same competition.
Dan Antopolski: How many Spaniards does it take to change a lightbulb? Juan.
Baddum-chhh! Its a classic!

JAM

Posted By Karen on the 24th August 2010
JAM

Have you been delayed recently due to traffic jams?

Well I'm sure you haven't  suffered a 62 mile tail back! That is what the poor people in China have been dealing with over the last nine days.  The traffic chaos is on the road between Jining in Inner Mongolia and Huai'an, north-west of Beijing, it is being blamed on road works, breakdowns, and heavy traffic!  May be worth avoiding the area unless your journey is absolutely necessary.

Of course people will always find a way of making money out of others misery, locals have set up stalls along the road side selling food and drinks.

Rained off!

Posted By Jodi on the 20th August 2010
Rained off!

Boo, stupid rain!

Nelleh and I were meant to be heading camping this weekend (with a large group of friends - not some kind of office romance!)

Not a chance with this weather though!  Guess we'll be singing campfire songs in the pub tonight instead.  All good!

Definitely makes me feel sorry for the people at V this weekend!

A-levels

Posted By Jodi on the 19th August 2010
A-levels

Good Luck to everyone collecting A-Level results today (or those with family members getting theirs!)

Apparently there are a record number of people applying to university this year so it seems we may be overrun by students soon.

Its like some kind of rubbish horror movie - attack of the students! Hide the beer and pot noodles!

Happy Birthday Ringo

Posted By Craig on the 18th August 2010
Happy Birthday Ringo

 

Ringo Starr celebrated his 70th birthday in New York last month - sorry we missed it Ringo - mind you he always forgets mine as well. There was a little help from his friends (sorry - couldn't resist it) at a huge party in Times Square.

The Beatles legend was joined by wife Barbara Bach, family and fans as he led the crowd in a special 'Peace and Love' salute. With no sign of any grey hair, and a seemingly infinite supply of energy, Ringo looked decades younger than his actual age.

Happy Birthday Ringo



Aquarian Artist Jack Parnell

Posted By Craig on the 17th August 2010
Aquarian Artist Jack Parnell

Another sad loss to the drumming world, Jack Parnell passed away (6 August 1923 – 8 August 2010) Jack was an Aquarian endorsee since 2005. He had used the same make and model heads since the 60's and was amazed at the progress that these 'New Boys' had made in design and manufacture. A true Gentleman who played behind the biggest names in music.  

Richie Hayward

Posted By Craig on the 16th August 2010
Richie Hayward

There was some sad news while we were away from the office that Richie Hayward died aged 64 after a long battle against liver cancer. He formed Little Feat in 1969 with the guitarist, singer and songwriter Lowell George, keyboardist Billy Payne and bassist Roy Estrada. He remained a member through its various incarnation until his health stopped him performing. Richie Hayward is the drummers drummer and will be sadly missed.

Time to relax!

Posted By Jodi on the 30th July 2010
Time to relax!

We are on holiday from the end of today.

After a few busy weeks we are all looking forward to being lazy and living a life of leisure for a few weeks!  No holiday planned for me.  If only the sun would come out then I could have a UK holiday!

Any last minute trade orders, please get them in by 3pm today for delivery on Monday.

Otherwise, see you on Monday 16th August!

Tidy up!

Posted By Jodi on the 27th July 2010
Tidy up!

I'm in the wrong season for spring cleaning but I am all the same!
(although not quite as literally as the picture may suggest...that is also not me...)

While producing our new trade pricelist (available to dealers mid August), i have been inspired to have a small clearout!  I am working on some great offers to feature in a new 'clearance' section of the quarterly pricelists!  Music Stores, check out the dealer login section for a sneak preview...

Not to leave out the drummers that read our blog, we are also offering you QuickStick Stick Holders for the bargain price of £14.99 with FREE delivery!  Check it out here When they are gone, they are gone!

Dirty Dancing!

Posted By Karen on the 26th July 2010
Dirty Dancing!

I spent the weekend in London, with my daughter.

We had a great time doing all the touristy things, riding on an open top double decker bus and photographing all the landmarks. We also took a trip on the London Eye, well worth the 35 minutes queueing time, the views were amazing.

The highlight of the weekend was our Saturday night trip to the Aldwych Theatre to see Dirty Dancing the musical, we really did have the time of our lives!

Be nice to me...

Posted By Jodi on the 23rd July 2010
Be nice to me...

...i gave blood today! (well yesterday, but that's what my sticker says)

I gave my 13th blood donation yesterday (unlucky for some)

I am one of those annoying people who tries to make everyone go.  Nelleh went earlier in the week so i am very proud of him. :)

It is easy and quick and could quite literally save a life - so do something amazing and go give blood!

(Plus you get free tea and snacks and everyone has to be nice to you for the rest of the day - always good!)

You can find a local donation on this website.

Happy Birthday Matt

Posted By Karen on the 22nd July 2010
Happy Birthday Matt

Today is our sales manager, Matthew's birhday.

We are all missing out on cakes in the office as he is out and about visiting customers, but we won't let him off.  On his next visit to MSC HQ we will be expecting cream cakes!

Happy Birthday Matt from all the staff.

Mount Ipsario

Posted By Karen on the 21st July 2010
Mount Ipsario

I'm now back at my desk after my extended holiday, one week in Thassos and a week recovering from food poisoning! Apart from that I had a lovely time.

Whilst there we took a day trip to Mount Ipsario, the tallest mountain on the island at 1204 metres, the views from the top are quite breathtaking! Quite a journey to get to the top, no main road only narrow dirt tracks.

That's me enjoying the view.

 

 

 

Inception

Posted By Jodi on the 19th July 2010
Inception

I went to see Inception on Friday night.

It was absolutely fantastic! Awesome effects and a really interesting plot line.

I couldn't possible explain what happened, but at the same time i understood what was going on the entire way through.  If you see it you'll understand!

 

Can't recommend it enough!

Grants Zebra

Posted By Craig on the 18th July 2010
Grants Zebra

A newborn male Grant's Zebra next to its mother Wendy at the Rome Zoo.

Can't really come up with a reason to have it on the blog - I just like Zebras. The question is are they black with white stripes or white with black..

It's quite profound really.

 

Rain Rain Go Away

Posted By Jodi on the 15th July 2010
Rain Rain Go Away

Miserable weather again.  I was almost as soggy as when we had the flood when i arrived at work this morning!

And today is St Swithin's day so it doesn't look good for the next forty days! (if you believe all that stuff) Bad times!

*Shameless Sale Attempt Alert*
We have new stock of Hearos hearing protection, including the Water Protection Series - great for swimming.  The mutli-use silicone earplugs are also good! So stock up for torrential downpours (or more sensibly for your holidays!)

Mr Sandman.....bring me a dream

Posted By Matt on the 14th July 2010
Mr Sandman.....bring me a dream

This week I have been mostly sanding floors... and i can safely say you shouldn't try this at home!!

....Never again.....

ALSO, check, double check and triple check with your other half that she is completely happy with the colour before you re-stain/varnish the whole living room....      and relax.

 

 

Weekend!

Posted By Jodi on the 12th July 2010
Weekend!

Hope everyone I had a nice weekend!  I went to a Hawaiin themed party which was rather amusing (yes, that is me and my friends in hula getup complete with brightly coloured drag-queen style eyelashes!)

In other news, Karen came back off holiday but is unfortunately rather poorly so won't be back at work for a few days.  Also, Nelleh had a falling out with his beard and they parted company over the weekend.  He is a baby-faced cutie pie now! (which i'm sure he will apreciate me saying!)

Ho hum, back to work! At least the sun isn't out anymore, otherwise i' would be dead fed up to be back!

Paul the Psychic Octopus

Posted By Jodi on the 9th July 2010
Paul the Psychic Octopus

Paul the Psychic Octopus has predicted Spain to win the World Cup.
And he's been right every time so far...

The 'Psychic' Octopus, based in Sea World in Germany, has been in the news a fair bit over the last few weeks.
Two lunchboxes are put into his tank, and the one he chooses is his World Cup prediction!  He predicted all of Germany's games correctly and he has now moved on to predict the semi finals and final.

Read the full story here

World Cup

Posted By Craig on the 7th July 2010
World Cup

Well now I'm confused - I want Spain AND Holland to win the World Cup... I'll maybe go with what the octopus says.

Should be a good game though - last chance to get a few beers and the BBQ going,

After a bit of thought I want Spain to win...

 

Or maybe Holland...

 

Wicked

Posted By Jodi on the 6th July 2010
Wicked

I went to London this weekend to stay with a friend.
While i was there i went to see the Musical 'Wicked'.
It was brilliant!  Really funny and clever (in a 'Wizard of Oz' spin-off kind of way!)
Worth a trip if you get the chance.

I also had a lovely time at the Henley Regatta on Saturday.  Although the boat races were wasted on me.  It was sunny and i had Pimm's and a posh picnic so i was having a lovely time!
 

Holiday

Posted By Karen on the 2nd July 2010
Holiday

Last day of  work for me, I'm off on my holidays on Sunday. I shall be flying off to the Greek island of Thassos.

This is one of the most northly of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, with no airport, a ferry trip from the mainland.

I shall mostly be lying in the sunshine, swimming in the sea, and thinking of you all back here!

Speak to you all in a weeks time

Mr Meadows

Posted By Karen on the 1st July 2010
Mr Meadows

One of our Aquarian Endorsees, the lovely Tom Meadows, had the pleasure of performing with Kylie Minogue on Friday Night With Jonathon Ross.

Kylie is currently promoting her latest album, "Aphrodite" and according to Tom is 'possibly the nicest person ever'

Well we all love Tom here at MSC HQ, and wish him continued success.

Check out the video section of the site to see the performance.

 

Brum Solo

Posted By Karen on the 30th June 2010
Brum Solo

Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, has confirmed he would like a real life 'Brummie'  to play him in a new movie about his life.

According to Ozzy, Americans cannot do a Brummie accent,  the ex Black Sabbath singer may even hold X Factor style auditions for the part.

The film will chart the former plumber Ozzy's hell raising early life, including his heavy boozing and a spell in jail for burglary.

Football's Coming Home...

Posted By Jodi on the 28th June 2010
Football's Coming Home...

...well the England team are anyway!

As everyone is aware it was a rather shocking performance yesterday that saw England out of the world cup.  Not helped by the disallowed second Engalnd goal.  Madness!
Enough about that though, i could rant for a while.
I will just end with a joke:

"Why did the Chicken Cross the road?"
"According to FIFA, it didn't"

 

 

Happy Birthday Jodi

Posted By Karen on the 25th June 2010
Happy Birthday Jodi

We have another birthday here at MSC HQ, and hopefully more cake!  

The lovely Jodi, our graphic designer, will be celebrating her birthday tomorrow.  A family BBQ is planned, along with a night out with all her friends, which may include the odd tipple or two!

We all wish her a very happy birthday, and hope she has a lovely day.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JODI FROM ALL AT MSC  x x x x

Anyone For Tennis?

Posted By Karen on the 24th June 2010
Anyone For Tennis?

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut continue their record breaking first-round match today at Wimbledon. The game was locked at 59-59 in the final set after 10 hours of play when it was suspended because of bad light, the decision meant, incredibly,  it would go into its third day, it is already longer than any match played in Wimbledon history.

My son and hubby were lucky enough to have tickets yesterday, for court one, where Kim Clijsters, Lleyton Hewitt and the number 1 seed, Roger Federer all played their matches.

I was in the office, with Jodi and Matt, listening to the England game.

The phones were very quiet .............

Holiday

Posted By Craig on the 22nd June 2010
Holiday

Back in the office now after a week off - spent a healthy week doing plenty of exercise and keeping out of the sun... I also ate nothing but fruit and no alcohol

 

 

Yeah right!!!! Had a great time doing none of that

Happy Belated Birthday

Posted By Jodi on the 21st June 2010
Happy Belated Birthday

Happy Belated Birthday to Nelleh!

He celebrated his 27th Birthday last week.  He has just come back off holiday so we weren't able to celebrate on the actual day.

He made up for it over the weekend though!  Hope he had a lovely time.

I am now going to lock him (and perhaps Craig and Kate) in the warehouse and away from the sun because they are all far too tanned and making me look rather ghostly in comparison!

My Week at the Office

Posted By Matt on the 17th June 2010
My Week at the Office

Well I'm now nearing the end of my week in the office with the beautiful ladies of MSC.

{Autocue end}       ..only joking :)

It's been a fun week of home cooking and dancing!...really dancing!..with Karen and her other half at their Ceroc class. In-store demonstrations available on request (If you're order is big enough).

Apparently we've missed some really nice weather while we've been beavering away in the warehouse! Let's hope it lasts through the weekend!!

Matt's week in the Office

Posted By Matt on the 15th June 2010
Matt's week in the Office

Hello there friends of MSC,

I'm working in the office this week while Craig and Kate take a well earned break.Naturally, you may assume that I'd be sitting in the BIG seat, talking on the BIG phone...

I know my place..May I take your tea or coffee order?....  :)

As your orders arrive this week, please take a moment to admire the OCD tidyness of the way they are packed.  And if there are any mistakes, please see me!

Better get back to it.....    Toodle pip!

World Cup Fever!

Posted By Jodi on the 11th June 2010
World Cup Fever!

In case you have been living under a rock, let me inform you that the world cup starts today!

I'm not a massive football fan, but i think everyone is when it comes to England!
England's first match is tomorrow - fingers crossed!

On a related note, check out this video about World Cup drinking.
It is a slight shameless plug as my boyfriend was heavily involved in the production of it, but it is very interesting!

Have a great weekend! 

At the Dogs!

Posted By Jodi on the 10th June 2010
At the Dogs!

Finally, i have got my pictures up, so i can now blog about our trip to the dogs!
We had a rather lovely time! All the staff, plus partners piled into a mini bus and headed to Wolverhampton for the evening.  Our party pack deal included a bit of dinner, some free drinks and a couple of free bets which started the evening off nicely!
More drinks and bets obviously followed...!!

I was officially the biggest loser with a total of no wins the entire night! boo! I believe Craig and Kate where the big winners, but we don't mind as they were also very generous with trips to the bar!
It was great fun anyway, and highly recommended.

Flash Flood!

Posted By Jodi McSoggy-Feet on the 9th June 2010
Flash Flood!

We have had a flood!

It's all hands on deck today with mopping, sweeping and wringing things out after a minor flood overnight!

Not really any stock damage but still a whole lot of water and soggy boxes!

Please bear with us today!

By the way, that is a picture of the flash flood on the universal studio tours, but it is similar to what i imagine happened overnight. :)

Britain's Got Talent

Posted By Jodi on the 7th June 2010
Britain's Got Talent

Another talent search by Simon Cowell came to an end at the weekend with the finale of 2010 Britain's Got Talent. I generally am not interested in these shows but I have to admit, when you get to the final, it can be rather entertaining (the acts, not the ramblings of the judges)
his year, Spellbound won.  They are a rather fantastic gymnastics team.  Unfortunately, their best show was in the auditions as, after that, Health and Safety apparently put a veto on many of their stunts.

It was nice to see a Drummer in this year as well! Kieran Gaffney may not be the greatest drummer in the world but he isn't at all bad for his age and it can only be a good thing that drumming is being recognised as a talent!  His Semi-final performance with an air-born drum kit was pretty cool as a stage show as well.  You can check it out in our video section now!

MSC Outing!

Posted By Karen on the 4th June 2010
MSC Outing!

The Music Shipping staff are all being treated to a night out on Saturday.

Our lovely bosses are taking us to the dogs!!

Look out for the pictures next week, of us hopefully enjoying a winning streak at Monmore Green Race Track, Wolverhampton.

We are all looking forward to a great night of entertainment with the thrills and excitement of greyhound racing.

Hope you all have a busy & profitable weekend.

D'oh!

Posted By Karen on the 2nd June 2010
D'oh!

Homer Simpson has been named the greatest TV & Film character of the last 20 years, according to a recent Entertainment Weekly survey.

The fictional character and the rest of his family, Marge, Bart, Lisa, & Maggie,  first appeared on tv in  The Tracey Ullman Show in April 1987. The Simpson family got their own series in December 1989.

His catchphrase, the annoyed grunt of  "d'oh!" has been included in the New Oxford Dictionary of English since 1998.

Doughnuts. Is there anything they can't do?

 

Balloon Channel Crossing!

Posted By Jodi on the 1st June 2010
Balloon Channel Crossing!

Last week, the adventurer Jonathan Trappe crossed the English Channel with only helium to keep him afloat!

It was like a scene from the Disney Film 'Up' .  The balloons were equally colourful, even if the the scenery was a little less glamourous!

It took more than 4 hours to undertake the 22 mile trip, dangled in a wicker chair under 54 giant helium balloons!

Check out the full news story here

I kind of want a go....

Faithless!

Posted By Jodi on the 28th May 2010
Faithless!

A few of us were lucky enough to go and see Faithless at Wolverhampton Civic Hall last night.

It was a fantastic gig - they really are awesome to see live!  Great performers.

We particularly like the percussionist Sudha who puts on a brilliant display!

The picture is a photograph of her amongst her kit.  I took it on a very good camera phone which i have no clue how to use to its full potential...not bad though!

Its all over!

Posted By Jodi on the 27th May 2010
Its all over!

I finally got to watch the last episode of Lost.

It was a strange series - reality was definitely suspended for a lot of it. 

I won't spoil the ending but I'm very impressed they managed to tie pretty much everything up!  And I liked the ending...I think...still not entirely sure...

 

Slipknot Paul Gray

Posted By Craig on the 25th May 2010
Slipknot Paul Gray

More bad news for heavy metal fans still grieving for former Black Sabbath and Rainbow frontman Ronnie James Dio is news that the grim reaper had returned to claim another of his own:  Paul Gray, bassist with Slipknot, was found dead in a hotel room near his band's home town of Des Moines, Iowa, due to causes as yet unknown

You might not like Slipknot but they create an impressive stage show - which is mostly what metal is about after all...

 

Lovely Weather!

Posted By A slightly Crispy Jodi on the 24th May 2010
Lovely Weather!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend in the sun!

A bit of sunshine makes everything so much more enjoyable!  I did a bit of gardening, bit of shopping, bit of sunbathing and a bit of beer drinking in a pub garden on Saturday. perfect!

Had a lovely barbeque yesterday at a friend's house as well.  Overall a lovely weekend.

And i was very sensible and wore sun-cream, so i am only very slightly crispy instead of glowing red! Good times!

Guinness is Good For You

Posted By Karen on the 24th May 2010
Guinness is Good For You

The old advertising campaign "Guinness is Good for You" may be true after all, according to researchers.

A pint of the black stuff may work as well as a low dose asprin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks.

Guinness was told to stop using the slogan decades ago, and the firm still makes no health claims for the drink.

The UK is still the largest market in the world for the drink, although it doesn't feature in the UK's top ten beers according to the latest polls!

Welcome Nelleh!

Posted By Jodi "looking forward to the weekend" on the 21st May 2010
Welcome Nelleh!

We have a new member of Staff at MSC!

Nelleh joined us a couple of weeks ago.

He is working in the warehouse and is doing really rather well so far!
He is also fitting in very well with the staff.  He is particularly Smiley which is always nice.  And very helpful!

Nelleh likes Banks's Bitter, Playstations and his favourite music is of the heavy metal variety.

We hope he likes working here because we like having him! :)

 

Radio Amnesty

Posted By Karen on the 20th May 2010
Radio Amnesty

A "radio amnesty" is being launched to encourage listeners to switch from analogue to digital radios.

The move, modelled on the goverment's vehicle scrappage scheme, runs from Saturday to June 26th to coincide with the build-up of the football World Cup. Participating retailers will offer discounts of 10% -20% when people trade in their old analogue sets.

The old sets will be reconditioned and sent to Southern Africa to give young people access to radio programmes

Lady Hatherton

Posted By Karen on the 18th May 2010
Lady Hatherton

The historic canal inspection boat, Lady Hatherton, was at Stouport on Severn Basin, as part of a Heritage Weekend. Launched on the 20th September 1898, Lady Hatherton was the Committee Boat of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal Company, she was used for inspections for 50 years.

Now privately owned, Lady Hatherton is one of two remaining "inspection" or committee boats, and the only one with narrowboat type build.

And to top off her prestige, the lovely boat had the honour of having me standing on her on Sunday afternoon, what more could she want!

 

Ronnie James Dio RIP

Posted By Craig on the 16th May 2010
Ronnie James Dio RIP

Sad news for rock fans - the legendary heavy metal singer, Ronnie James Dio, has died at the age of 67. He had been suffering from stomach cancer for some time

Dio was best known for fronting Black Sabbath after the departure of Ozzy Osbourne, but he also fronted Rainbow, Heaven & Hell and Dio during a career stretching over 53 years.

 

 

Awkward Photos!

Posted By Karen on the 12th May 2010
Awkward Photos!

Awkward Family Photos, the website that allows readers to share embarrassing family images, became an overnight success when it was recently launched.

The creators of the site have now signed a book deal and are looking for awkward or embarrassing photos from British families. We all have one or two in the albums, but are we brave enough to share them with the world..??

Check out    www.awkwardfamilyphotos.com

 

Election Humour

Posted By Jodi "sick of boring politics" on the 11th May 2010
Election Humour

Politics is really starting to bore me now.

Nevertheless, I found a rather amusing picture gallery of interesting campaign stunts on the Telegraph website which is worth a look at.

Check it out here

I particularly like the Meerkats and the Fake Banksy, as well as the Lego scene.  The Pizza's are surprisingly detailed in their ingredients...although not sure I fancy any of them...pretty accurate representations of the election campaign then actually?!

Bluebells

Posted By Kate on the 10th May 2010
Bluebells

As the weather was pants we went to look at the bluebells this weekend.

This particular wood is supposed to be one of the sites where St.  Augustine met with Celtic Bishops in AD601(?) to try and pursuade them to join with Rome.  In fact some of the ancient oak trees date back to that time, although this picture is of beech trees.

Either way the bluebells (all English and rare) were very pretty.

China

Posted By Craig on the 7th May 2010
China

As regular readers know (and I am sure there's at least 3!) I have just been visiting suppliers and factories in Asia. This is a picture from outside my (actually rather lovely if disorganised) hotel, The foggy effect is smog. It hung over everywhere all the time I was there, which apparently is perfectly normal...

I now have a hopefully temporary cough like a 60 a day smoker... is it just possible that the 2 things are connected slightly? I shall spend the weekend in the relatively fresh air where I live, but then possible catch pneumonia from the UK climate

You can't win really - bet my weekend is not as depressing as Gordon Browns though :)

 

Election Again

Posted By Craig on the 6th May 2010
Election Again

If you don't vote you can't complain about the Government (my rules) so please vote - I shall drag my poor sick body back to where I lived last year and make my mark. However if I can't park easily or I am otherwise made grumpy, I might vote for some real weird local councilors (because I don't live there any more!!)

Not really...

 

Be 'patient' with me

Posted By Craig 'grumpy with some serious illness' on the 5th May 2010
Be 'patient' with me

I'm not well... so if you ring today be extra nice to me. 

I shall build up my strength though to go and vote tomorrow.

That's all I can manage as a Blog

Thank you

Craig (green is to denote sickness)

May the Fourth...

Posted By Jodi on the 4th May 2010
May the Fourth...

Geeky Star Wars joke alert....

Today is May the Fourth...as in May the Fourth (Force) be with you!

Oh dear, I told you it was geeky....

Hope everyone had a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend, shame the sun has only come out from behind the rain clouds today!

Jeff Beck

Posted By Craig on the 30th April 2010
Jeff Beck

New album from Mr. Beck - quite mellow and a couple of weird choice tracks, but he is God so it's not a problem. Popping up to Jobeky drum show on Sunday to say hello to a few people and then hopefully HAVING A DAY OFF on Monday woo hoo!!!

This is actually turning in to a *proper* Blog if I am not careful so I shall stop.

have a great extended weekend (if you are in UK of course) I don't think Mayday is a US, European or Asian holiday???

 

 

Election

Posted By Craig 'grumpy with Jetlag' on the 29th April 2010
Election

Apparently there is going to be a General Election... Happily for me I was away for the first 2 weeks of the TV/Radio/Newspaper barrage so it's not driving me mad... yet.

Whoever gets in it's going to be tough on the UK and they'll blame everyone else but themselves for everything.

Fans of Family Guy will recognise the Evil Monkey who lives in Chris's closet. I think the Monkey would possible make a good MP. At least he doesn't force a smile like a deluded psychotic when he does bad things.

Rant over :)

 

Britain's Talent

Posted By Jodi on the 26th April 2010
Britain's Talent

I don't normally watch Britain's Got Talent but I saw a Youtube video of these gymnasts and they really are rather good!

Much of the programme is filled with strange and delusional people but some good acts do turn up eventually!

Still not sure they top Diversity (last year's dance troup winners) but there is hope for the nation's talents!

Check out a video of them here

St George's Day

Posted By Jodi on the 23rd April 2010
St George's Day

It is St George's Day today.  We are the only country in the UK not to fully celebrate our Saint's Day, which is a little odd.

On the news this morning, i saw a piece about a company in Stafford who had closed for the day, and how many people believe it should be a bank holiday.  I suppose a day off is always good, but what exactly would we do to celebrate? The English aren't exactly famed for their extravagant celebrations.  And its not like we have a national drink like Guinness to help the proceedings along!

It does feel like it's some kind of holiday today - we have a skeleton staff (not literally, no bones or anything!) so bear with us!

Taipei

Posted By Craig on the 22nd April 2010
Taipei

Still in Bangkok at the moment but moving up the queue to get a flight home. Everyone else is doing my work, its 40 degrees here and the food is great so I can't really moan. Picture is from Taipei looking suspiciously like New York - on an unbeleivably quiet day

Thank you all at MSC - I'll be back eventually...

Vinyl Drum Kit

Posted By Jodi on the 20th April 2010
Vinyl Drum Kit

On our recent trip to Frankfurt Musikmesse, I came across some rather interesting artwork hidden away amongst the stands.

This "Vinyl Drum Kit" was just part of the interesting display of art.  Pretty Cool eh?

I was also pretty fond of the vinyl floor covering - I want that in my house!

Grr...ash clouds!

Posted By Jodi on the 19th April 2010
Grr...ash clouds!

Whoever knew we would be so interested in ash clouds?!

It is a bit of a nightmare for everyone trying to get home.  Included in that is our own Craig - currently in Taiwan.  He was meant to be traveling back in the next few days but is looking rather unlikely now.  Better to be safe than sorry though, although i do feel sorry for people now running out of money or without accommodation.

Also feeling quite sorry for the poor people in Iceland.  Easy to forget that they are having a rather extreme trauma right now!

Sweet Sweat

Posted By Craig on the 15th April 2010
Sweet Sweat

Currently I am in Taiwan or China visiting suppliers, having a very cool time eating and socialising. The picture is of a drink suitable for hangovers (if I had one of course) with a rather fetching name..!

 

Back next week - thank you to all MSC staff for doing my job while I am away. PS Could someone let me know what my job is actually.

Bunless Burger

Posted By Jodi on the 14th April 2010
Bunless Burger

KFC have bought out a new sandwich in America called the "Double Down."

This sandwich is concocted of bacon, two different kinds of melted cheese, the Colonel’s secret sauce and, instead of bread, it is all pinched in between two pieces of Original Recipe chicken fillets.

Apparently there are no plans to release it in the UK because it is too unhealthy.  Personally i can't see how its worse than a lot of the fast food sandwiches already on sale - if it had bread on it they probably wouldn't even have noticed it!

I'm not sure if i'm disgusted by it or if its making me very hungry...

Yikes!

Posted By Karen on the 9th April 2010
Yikes!

Robotic flying penguins, toys controlled by the mind, and microscopic mobile phones are attracting thousands of visitors to this years Gadget Show Live at the NEC in Birmingham this week.

Main attractions include the YikeBike, the worlds smallest and lightest folding electric bike.

Tipped to be a best seller, it weighs just 10kg, takes 20seconds to fold down and can go up to 25km an hour. The bike will cost £2995.00

The Gadget Show Live is a complete sell out so please don't go unless you have a ticket

Happy Easter

Posted By Craig on the 5th April 2010
Happy Easter

No-one is in the office today - we are all at home eating chocolate.

Normal service will be resumed tomorrow. Our web hosts are still working on a few things on the new MSC website, we think this will all be running smoothly within the next couple of days

Meanwhile Happy Easter to you all

New Website

Posted By Jodi on the 2nd April 2010
New Website

You may be seeing some changes on the website at the moment....more changes are happening soon and should make the website much more interesting and user-friendly!

Please bear with us if we have a few teething problems - and dealers, look out for a new and very much improved dealer login section coming soon!

This is what I am mostly working on at the moment...

I want one...

Posted By Craig on the 1st April 2010
I want one...

I want one of these! Check it out

Apart from that is seems William Shakespeare is actually French, the Government never do anything wrong and prices for musical instruments are going to get cheaper (OK the last one is an April Fool hoax - 'cause prices could not possibly be any cheaper unless the shops paid people to take things away..)!

Frankfurt Musikmesse

Posted By Jodi on the 29th March 2010
Frankfurt Musikmesse

Craig, Matt and myself are now back in the office after an extremely busy few days in Frankfurt!

This was my first trip to the show and I had a fantastic time.  Was great to put a face to some of those names - of both customers and our suppliers!

I was privileged to meet a few of the more high-profile members of the industry as well including Jim Marshall and Roy Burns of Aquarian. That's me and Craig with him in the picture.

Hope everyone got home safe who made the trip!

Spring Forward

Posted By Karen on the 26th March 2010
Spring Forward

Don't forget to set your clocks forward one hour  on Sunday 28th March, officially the start of British Summertime.

We may be losing an hour, but with extra daylight in the evenings and a long summer ahead there is lots to look forward to.

I certainly enjoying driving home in daylight and then enjoying a drink in the garden, got to make the most of the sunshine.

Musikmesse 2010

Posted By Karen on the 24th March 2010
Musikmesse 2010

The doors open today for Musikmesse 2010 - mission for music! This is the annual International Fair for Musical Instruments, Sheet Music, Music Production and Music Business Connections.

The show runs from today until Saturday 27th, where you will find a complete range of products with everything required for making music, innumerable workshops, concerts, demonstrations and discussion events.

Craig, Matt and Jodi are all visiting the show, but it is business as usual for the rest of the staff here at MSC headquarters.

Marathon Man

Posted By Karen on the 22nd March 2010
Marathon Man

The weekend saw one of the UK's biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief bringing the entire nation together, to get active, raise money and change lives.

Lots of celebrities have been doing their bit, swimming the channel, cycling from John O Groats to Lands End, water skiing across the channel, but one of the most inspiring must be Eddie Izzard running 43 marathons in 51 days!

  He has run at least 27 miles a day, 6 days a week, over 7 weeks covering the 1110 miles of England, Scotland, Wales,and Northern Ireland. Quite an achievement. You can watch his progress on BBC i Player.
 

St Patrick's Day

Posted By Jodi on the 17th March 2010
St Patrick's Day

Today is St Patrick's Day! Safe to say it is the most internationaly celebrated Saint's Day!
There are parades all over the world, and this year, national landmarks have also been lit up green as part of the celebrations!

I think a pint of Guinness is in order for everyone this evening. Well it is good for you!

I have quit drinking mid week but i could probably make an exception - its not the Irish way to stay sober now is it!

Top of the morning to you!