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[media]http://www.mediamax.com/wombat_harness/Hosted/womabtty.mp3[/media] Perhaps you would like to listen to one of the Wombat_Harness GodSpace signature tunes? (Large file, circa 3 mb but worth it..)
[media]http://www.mediamax.com/wombat_harness/Hosted/thompso.mp3[/media] or, perhaps, another...? (Much smaller file, circa 500k.. nice though, hell listen to 'em both I say!)

Hmmm... ah... hmm, well bit new to all this malarkey (I posted elsewhere that my life bores the arse off me so I daresay it's of no interest to anyone else!)

Turns out I've had 3 buddy requests waiting and I didn't even know! I don't check this bit very much.

Anyway, some of this 'stuff I like' cack.

Firstly, I must confess that I have always had a guilty but enormous crush on Belinda Carlisle. Yes, I love her voice (I liked it before I knew what she looked like!) and back in the late 80s/mid 90s she was my poster girl of choice. I got her Playboy picture set (strictly for scientific purposes you understand) which she posed for in her early 40s and dang but she looked good!

The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien -=- The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien -=- Ash - A Secret History - Mary Gentle
The Winter King -=- Enemy of God -=- Excalibur - Bernard Cornwell - The Warlord Chronicles - (King Arthur but done in an excellent Dark Ages style, quite simply three of the best books I've ever read)
-=- The Horse Lord -=- The Demon Lord -=-The Dragon Lord -=- The Warlord's Domain -=- Prince Ivan -=- Firebird -=- Peter Morwood

Well you know about Belinda

but there's also...

Christina Scabbia - who sings like an angel (from the band Lacuna Coil)

British actress and singer Amy Nuttall - I have her first album, it's good.

Jan Anderson a lovely Welsh actress who you don't see enough of these days.. (in every sense!)

Actress, presenter, expert kickboxer and all round babe Emily Booth.
I'm also developing a bit of a thing for Eva Green - apparently her surname is pronounced Gren (rhymes with Wren) as her father's Swedish. She was good in Kingdom of Heaven (I thought she looked a bit vampiric at times, in a good way) but was excellent as Vesper in Casino Royale. The scene where she has no make-up was stunning... I'm waffling!

Did I mention Belinda....?

Ripping off Taking a leaf out of d3n's excellent Godspace here's the video for the song which is perpetually playing in my head!

Another 'stuck in my brain' tune of the minute, the lovely Nelly Furtado's Say It Right.

Alice in Chains - Them Bones - again, an all-time-favourite of mine though the late, great Layne Staley looks a bit like Freddy Krueger in it!

Fancy a bit of medieval Cornish? No? Have a watch/listen to this, not the best sound quality but this is another of my favourite tracks, the hauntingly beautiful Temptasyon by the hauntingly beautiful Mediaeval Baebes..
The Chemical Brothers and Michel Gondry's excellent Let Forever Be.. a classic and clever video.. I just wish it was 'what' does it feel like rather than 'how' - but you can't have it all I suppose!
Editors, a good band, and this is my favourite track by them: Munich.
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xRVm-JX5Rk[/media] Blood by the same band also a particular favourite of mine.
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETxDA9Vq3XQ[/media] as is Two More Years by Bloc Party
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC25rvSFxIk[/media] Well you know Christina Scabbia looks like an angel, now you can hear her too - Our Truth by Lacuna Coil.
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBvhplJS3KY[/media] which segues nicely on to Slipknot (she's dating James Root from the band, lucky bastard) and Before I Forget.. probably my favourite track by them...
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34vbO5QWkns[/media] A blast from the past here.. Sumerland by Fields of the Nephilim. These were my favourite band when I was in my teens, gothtastic! Not my favourite song by them but one of their better videos (which are quite hard to find!)
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DWvmFquqeE[/media] Nine Inch Nails - The Hand that Feeds. I tend to like their (his!) earlier stuff but of the later crop, this one I really like.
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk7SKP4PJ2w[/media] Ah.... just listening to the intro on this takes me back to 1992 and another life.. the opening track on the seminal Badmotorfinger this is Rusty Cage by Soundgarden (which was also covered by Johnny Cash in a totally awesome way.)
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u00z0yDEGsU[/media] As we're on Soundgarden here's another song in my head of the moment, Chris Cornell's You Know My Name a great song from a great film, Casino Royale.
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7j93Bf-EyI[/media] While we're still on a Grunge theme here's Pearl Jam's Even Flow, another track that transports me to a different time/place. When life was better.. or at least simpler.. (but that's another story).
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjk-KbUUSWM[/media] Oh ah! Amy Nuttal's Scarborough Fair. Notice the way her nose twitches when she speaks/sings? I'm always a sucker for that with girls (I'm a sad man, it's true.) Anyway, Scarborough Fair is one of those songs that fills me with reverie.. it makes me think of ages past, battles fought, sunlight on the hair of maidens and castles all now in the dust.. Greensleeves does that too.. a strange mix of sadness and admiration at the beauty and loss of it all.. (I'm a sad man, it's true..) Anyway, here's the vid..
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov4bO7kfUhE[/media] Found it! Johnny Cash's cover of Rusty Cage. Listen to the original first if you're not familiar and I defy you tell me that this is anything other than a cover version of genius!
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vb5jUj5MpQ[/media] Stone Temple Pilots - Plush. Another track that takes me back to better days. Inspired by this thread the vocalist Scott Weilland has such a brilliant and distinctive voice and he and the rest of the band never got the critical acclaim they deserved, I feel. He still actually looks healthy in this video. Remember kids, heroin is bad!!!! Anyway, enough of my pseudo NME writing, here's the vid!
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlPZ_melZ70[/media] STP - Sex Type Thing - this is cool, I've owned the songs and listened to them for years and never seen the damn videos!
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_M3gO-NRVM[/media] STP - Sour Girl - apparently Weiland was obsessed with Buffy the show and Buffy the person at the time of the video. Particularly ironic because his own marriage was breaking down at the time and the song is about it.
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egaKPKhpFC0[/media] OooooOOOOooh! Belinda.. yes with Circle in the Sand.. this is the song that got me into her voice.. and the video that got me into her looks! I think I fell in love about 1 minute 30 seconds into this video (when she's leaning on a rope and her face is in close up). I don't think she's ever looked more beautiful or sounded better.. anyway..
Ministry - Jesus Built My Hotrod - oooh yeah!!!
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RBKTo5K14M[/media] Primus - Wynona's Big Brown Beaver. Bass-slapping, mushroom-chomping goodness, complete with plastic cowboys! Does it get any better than this??
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CetPq_pkHc[/media] Fishbone - Swim.. it's... different! ("Swim, motherf*cka swim!")
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUf7IECXtSc[/media] Faith No More - Evidence. I like this track a lot!
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFYU0m3617E[/media] Peeping Tom - Mojo. Same singer (Mike Patton)
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pcvBFFflEc[/media] Coheed and Cambria - The Suffering. I think my favourite song by them would be Bye, Bye Beautiful. I'm always mesmerised by Claudio Sanchez's big hair whenever they perform!

Some new stuff.. well, not altogether true. This is new though.. New Young Pony Club with The Bomb - I've put a new video on, even though it gets cut off a bit at the end it's much better sound. Apparently, they're a British band! I would've sworn they were New Yorkers by the looks and sound of them.
They reminded me a bit of Luscious Jackson, so here they are with Naked Eye!
Thin Lizzy - Dancing in the Moonlight. I was going to put the Boys Are Back In Town but went for this one as it's less obvious and is a cracking track. Phil Lynott was once asked how it felt to be black and Irish and he replied "Like a pint of Guinness." RIP, big fella.

Inspired by the post here (commenting on how Beyonce and Shakira were a bit similar) here they are together in Beautiful Liar.. yum! Good song too!

Guilty Pleasures...

Well seeing as I've already admitted to the whole Belinda thing I thought perhaps I'd include this section.. videos of songs from earlier times which have had a big effect on me for various reasons. In no particularly order!

Big Country - The Teacher. The late, great Stuart Adamson's voice always takes me back to my youth. I tried to find the song they did with Kate Bush called The Seer which is really good but I was unable to find it.. this is a good track by them, though!
Speaking of Kate Bush - Babooshka - this video had a big effect on me as a very young Wombat. For the record, I still would.
Kate Bush again, sorry for the crappy sound quality, best I could do. This is Running Up That Hill, another takes me back to a time and place song.
Adam and the Ants - Kings of the Wild Frontier. The first album I ever bought. I still listen to it! They may've been a bunch of overdressed, pouting ponces but when those double drums get going, so does my pulse! I did have most of their videos on collection and of particular note is the transformation over each video of guitarist Marco Pironi into Harry Grout from Porridge. Quite uncanny.
King - Love and Pride. A deeply underrated singer in my view. I met him in 1985 and what a top bloke he was. Now a presenter on MTV with much shorter and greyer hair. Still a cracking song, though!
Within Temptation - What Have You Done? I don't know much about this lot except that I think they're Dutch. A friend of mine (she's really into them and Nightwish of whom, see below) loaned me an album and it's pretty good.
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFbqmKcXq84[/media] Clumsy lyrics, stumbling English, diva behaviour, big (poodle) hair and more cheese than a Dairylea factory. Nevertheless, I like this vid and Tarja (whatever her name is!) Nightwish - Nemo.
The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star. Trevor Horn's classic track was the first single I ever bought. I'm only slightly ashamed of this!
Anthemic, stadium-friendly Scottish power pop from Jim Kerr and mates. Simple Minds - Alive and Kicking
The Mission - Wasteland. Lipsticked, flowing-haired pop-friendly Goth. I loved this band, I once saw them live in a tiny pub in Hereford and their lead singer Wayne Hussey lived not too far away. For some reason this song always makes me think of Warwick the Kingmaker in the Wars of the Roses.
Dire Straits - Ladywriter. Probably a bit well naff now but I used to love 'em!
Madonna - Borderline. Not much to say, I had a huge crush on her as a teenaged Wombat.
All About Eve - Road To Your Soul. Julianne Regan was another big teenage crush. A voice like smoke and honey. Lovely!
The Cult - Rain. One of the bands I was in as a youth did a cover of this!
Clannad - Robin (The Hooded Man). Brilliant music from a brilliant tv series (Robin of Sherwood). There are rumours of a 2 hour remake in the near future, apparently...
Ooh my! Away by The Bolshoi! Literally no expense video (first time I've ever seen them!) but a great track that brings back a lot of memories.
Rain in the Summertime - The Alarm. Great track, sorry about the quality, the original promo video has been removed. Classic track by a much underrated band. Good health to Mike Peters, keep fighting big fella.
Gorillaz - Dare. Featuring Sean Ryder (ah, God bless you sir). Great tune and video from an interesting 'virtual' band - though I'm not a fan of Damon Albarn.
Speaking of Sean Ryder (ah, God bless you sir) this is Kinky Afro by The Happy Mondays. Possibly produced during the period when all of them were off their faces on crack but I think it's his finest tune!
Hmm, well not sure this is a guilty pleasure really. A beautiful song by Sarah McLachlan called Sweet Surrender. I've never seen the video and I haven't listened to the song in years because I couldn't (too much emotional baggage tied to it) but it was an important song at a very bad time in my life so here it is!

Some new tunes... not my usual 'cup of tea' but I like 'em..

Borderline - Michael Gray. Not really my genre of music at all but hey a good tune is a good tune. I like this one and I really like the video too - mainly because I think it's an important artistic work which offers a critique of modern British culture! Vocals by Shelly Poole, who used to be in Alisha's Attic and is married to the guitarist from Texas. Anyway, enough wittering, here are the scantily clad ladies gyrating on top of a London office block (and critiquing modern British culture, too!)

Booty Luv - Shine. Again, really not my sphere of interest in music either but I like this track. I think these two ladies were (or are) in Big Brothaz.
Manic Street Preachers - Your Love Alone. Not a huge manics fan but I like this track very much (even if it does unleash Nicky Wire on vocals a couple of times!) Also featuring (I think) that bird from The Cardigans (Nina?)
Lilly Allen/Mark Ronson - Oh My God. Excellent cover version of The Kaiser Chief's original.
Ali Love - Secret Sunday Lover.
Again, crackingly good tune in my opinion. Seriously cheesy vid (which I'm guessing is deliberate!) but all in the best possible taste!
Reverend and the Makers - Heavyweight Champion of the World
Great song (the guy seems to remind me of a number of people all at once - one of them being my mate Max who none of you will know - apparently he (the Rev, not Max) has scary, mad eyes on stage!) about the lost chances and inevitable decline of ambitions in life (probably!) Great cheeky bassline on this.
Ida Corr vs Fedde le Grand: Let Me Think About It - I really like this tune and the video!

Cherry Ghost - People, Help The People. Great track.

Feist - 1 2 3 4. Annoyingly catchy tune used in an iPod advert. Once you listen to it, it gets stuck in your head.

Foo Fighters - Pretender. I've always quite liked the Foos but feel they're missing a certain something for me. However, this track is really cracking and Dave Grohl seems to be one of the finest all round human beings going.
Palladium - High 5 - I wasn't really taken by this song when I heard it but it's definitely grown on me. It's fairly different to most things around at the moment. Album out in early 2008 apparently.
Adele - Chasing Pavements. Cracking tune.
Kylie - Wow. Wow indeed, never thought I'd like a Kylie song but I like this one!
Timbaland - Nicole Shchchchchcchchchchchcchertzenwertzenarztenwarzenegger and Keri Hilson. How hot does Ms Hilson look? Very!
Gallows and Lethal Bizzle - Staring at the Rude Boys/Bois.
Robyn - Be Mine. An alternative version to the current video. I really like this song.
Kelly Rowland - Work (Freemasons' Mix.)

Gabriella Cilmi - Sweet About Me. Australian, very young but a brilliant voice and damned sexy to boot!

Sam Sparro - Black & Gold
Kasabian - Processed Beats
Fleet Foxes - Mykonos. Sorry it's not got a proper video but I love this song, I have it on repeat a lot.
More of this stuff and nonsense when I have the time/can be arsed!
But for those of you who (for some unknown reason) might be interested, this is me, at a surprise 35th birthday bash on New Year's Eve, 2006.

Courtesy of dAmeoc I bring the genius that is, sexy wombats! Many thanks to mynameis for a media player friendly link!

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7:04 am 28/08/2013


The phone just rang, my great uncle died at around 5:20 this morning.
He was 91, he looked like a short, wiry and Welsh version of Sean Connery. He'd been diagnosed with vascular dementia, then a form or leukaemia. He was a tough chap, though he had a heart of gold and one of the filthiest and finest senses of humour I've ever come across. One of my relatives spotted him (when he, my great-uncle, was in his late eighties) sorting out a young chap who'd been pushing and slapping his girlfriend around in the street. That was the young chap's girlfriend, I should add, not my great uncle who lasted exactly a week after his sixty-fifth wedding anniversary and is survived by his widow.

He was one of my heroes and I don't have many of those. He was a Chindit, one of the early special forces of World War Two and he nursed a special hatred for anything Japanese. He rarely spoke about his experiences and when he did it was only in the most general terms of what happened to him but we know he did a lot of fighting, was briefly a P.O.W. and made an escape through the jungle, losing a number of friends in the process. Whenever he spoke about the war, his wife said his sleep for the next couple of days was disturbed, filled with dreams which set him twitching or waking suddenly with a gasp. It was never far from his mind and in his final days you could see his hand clench and his trigger finger pull whilst he was sleeping or in a delirium.

He went off to war weighing twelve stones. When he came back, after his escape, he weighed six stones. He once told me how he came back to the train station at Hereford and saw his parents walking up and down the platform, looking for him. They passed him several times until he was one of the few people remaining and his father (my great-grandfather) came over and said "Excuse me mate, do you know [I won't put his name]? He's supposed to be on this train." My great uncle replied "It's me, dad." He said his father burst into tears and it was the only time he ever saw him cry.

So, rest in peace great man. We won't see your like again.

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12:25 am 16/06/2012

I would just like to say that:

I've drunk several bottles of pretty good, red wine, I've been in a fire station all evening (it's a long story but it raised a lot of money for a good cause) and I really don't like football or footballers but I watched the England vs Sweden match and I was very, very annoyed to see Ibrahimović giving England's Joe Hart a right, arrogant mouthful after scoring. It's a shame the referee didn't see it, the cameras did though, Zlatan. So, the afore-mentioned, 'I would just like to say that:' should read as follows:

(clears throat) 

"Ahahahahahahahahaah - up yours, Ibrahimović you ugly, unsporting pillock. Go and get your girl's haircut seen to as well whilst you're at it. Hahahahahahahahah."

England beat them 3-2, in case you didn't know. Normally, I wouldn't give a tinker's cuss but his behaviour really, really annoyed me.

Thank you, that is all.

Edit, here it is, 

He should have been carded. Knob.

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11:10 am 18/02/2012

I woke up with this song playing in my head


Cracking tune by a cracking band.

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11:06 am 10/01/2012

To whom should I complain?

Since September it's been mild, overcast, occasionally wet and occasionally windy. It's boring. The seasons have merged into one grey blandness. We didn't have an autumn and now we're not having a winter.

Damn it, I want frost and I want snow. I want seasons.

Wombat Towers is uncomfortably stuffy - despite the cannon ball holes in the west wing. Of course, the flywheels and furnaces are running but that's for a very necessary project (the items Hobbes procured from the village won't stay fresh indefinitely) and we'll need the power should another pitchfork-and-torch-wielding mob try to force one of the drawbridges and portcullises again.

So, where do I submit my complaint form? It's just not good enough.

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10:37 am 07/01/2012

Weekend = sorted


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2:52 pm 23/12/2011

From Wombat Towers to you.

The meat is minced for the pies (at least, I assume so, as the screaming and pleas for mercy from the cellars stopped about ten minutes ago) and from the kitchen block wafts the warm, homely fumes of ketamine as it mulls gently on the range.

Snares and gin traps have been laid in all of the chimneys and hearths and here I rest, in my curule, in the velveteen study of the north tower, sipping a brandy, puffing on my crack pipe and warming my Hello Kitty slippers beside the fire. Boughs of holly and curtseys of ivy bedeck the wood panelling and carven lintels, tinsel and lametta, festively strewn from the skulls of my favourite poacher collection, glint merrily in the firelight.

Bing Crosby is on the gramophone (though he's beginning to smell a little) and my smoking jacket adds a chestnut-scented fog to the room. As I glance out of the lattice windows, bejewelled by raindrops like the tears of fallen angels or shamed televangelists, far over the dense pine forested hills below and beyond my humble abode, my thoughts turn, inevitably, to festive matters.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all you, wherever you may be and whatever you may be doing (and whomsoever you are doing it with!) a very happy, splendid and largely law-enforcement-free Christmas, 2011. May your days be merry and bright and all that jazz.

To help with your festive happiness, I offer this happy tune, which is very popular in these here parts.

Happy Christmas, Teotiland.

The Hon. Major-General (Retd.) Lord St John Crispin Wombat of Harness.


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3:53 pm 21/09/2011

I am...

sitting in a fancy hotel room (well the lounge part of the room) and typing this on my MacBook Air, looking out over the balcony, over a huge golf course and rolling miles of English countryside... and I haven't paid a penny.

How swanky/spongerish do I feel?


This is the life....

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1:08 pm 07/09/2011

Thought for the day: Captain Jack

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11:42 pm 03/09/2011

I have just..

finished a pint of gin & tonic - in a pint glass with ice. It was lovely.

I recommend trying it, if you haven't already. A mate of mine now has his JD & coke in pint form too after I inspired him. I've yet to try it in that configuration but I feel it is just a matter of time.

Now I'm going to bed. I wish you all as splendid as possible Saturday night & Sunday.

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3:36 pm 30/08/2011

I am the Wombat; goo goo g'joob

Dear Teotians,

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you a photograph. This records a solemn moment in time of which I am extremely proud. The three young ladies in the picture are old friends and were meeting up for the first time in many moons and they wanted a photograph to record the event.

Using my leet ninja skills, I inserted myself into the rear and exfiltrated again, completely undetected. Ooh missus, etc. etc. The photographs were taken on a disposable film camera and so were a lovely surprise upon development. I still have a framed copy at home.

The lady in the middle is now my fiancée, so they weren't really too upset.

Spoilng photographs - or photobombing as the young people like to refer to it, I believe -  has become a worthwhile and rewarding hobby; one which I continue to enjoy. I urge you to consider taking an interest in this rewarding, cost-effective and engrossing pastime.

I thank you.

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12:45 am 23/11/2009

Wombat_Harness's blog post - 23/11/2009

Ahh, yes...

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9:45 pm 28/10/2009

Wombat_Harness's blog post - 28/10/2009

Urge to kill rising. Rising.. Rising.

That is all.

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7:12 pm 05/06/2009


God I am bored.

Bored, bored, boredy bored bored bored bored.

Yup... bored....


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9:03 am 04/03/2009


disappointed and disillusioned (with something)

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10:02 am 06/02/2009

More snow...

As I've just journalled here I was surprised to wake up this morning and find a fresh fall of snow. I've just watched - with curious detachment - a 4x4 skidding and faffing around outside. Living where I do (up a dirty great hill in the sticks) the roads can get tricky.

I'm on another snow day, unless work needs me, in which case an ATV or dog-sled team will be despatched. Mahvullus.

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