Last night Razzi and I were in Liverpool visiting a friend down by the river. It was quite a nice evening and as we looked back across the Mersey we could see the lights of Birkenhead shining brightly. Suddenly Razzi asked me what the clouds above the Wallasey and New Brighton area were. It was quite puzzling because they were too low to be clouds and yet didn’t seem quite right. Finally we realised that it was smoke rising from the ground. Just what was going on we were unsure of because the smoke was not rising from one isolated area as if a fire was burning but was climbing into the sky from multiple areas. What could be going on?
Last week we posted a tribute here on Jammy Toast to the artist Storm Thorgerson who had sadly died – if you missed it you can see it here. As part of that tribute we thought it would be great to show off his Pink Floyd album covers as an example of some of his work. We didn’t want to just fill the page with large graphic files and neither did we want to fill it with thumbnails for people to click on to see the larger image. We have done this before with Egginanno’s work and it’s not the most elegant of solutions. We wanted something sophisticated and stylish which we could use for our Storm tribute and then re-use it in the future.
Well this has been a most eventful weekend here at Jammy Toast with the arrival of our new hound dog, Rico. It all started bright and early yesterday morning when we went off to the Dog’s Trust over in Huyton, Liverpool. There was a little confusion at first when Razzi and I walked in and they mistakenly thought we had come to hand Razzi in at the kennels. Although he didn’t admit it at the time he was most offended but, with hindsight, I suppose it was an easy mistake for them to make. It’s not every day a teddy bear turns up to take a dog home.
We haven’t had a chat night yet this month so we thought we would rectify that problem tonight. Also tomorrow we are picking Rico up and if he proves to be a little bit of handful on his first day at Jammy Toast we may not have the time to post anything tomorrow either. So, while we wait for normal service to be resumed, I thought that best thing to do would be to have one of our infamous Open Nights or, as we like to call them, our “It’s Good To Talk” night’s. In case you have been living down a hole for a number of years or you have not come across one before an Open Night is when literally anything goes. Confused? Okay, let me explain…
Each Day, Razzi and I drive around Birkenhead and Liverpool as part of our job and pass some of the most spectacular buildings, sights, ships in the world – you name it, we see it. Indeed, both Liverpool and Birkenhead have a long and colourful history stretching back many centuries. So from time to time, when the mood takes us or if we have seen something worth a mention, we highlight some of the things we see around Liverpool and Birkenhead…
Something has been missing around Jammy Toast for well over a year now. Back in October 2011 our beloved Bob, our German shepherd who loved us, looked after us and kept us safe in our beds passed away. She had not been well for a little while and although it was a blessing that she was not suffering it was still very distressing for us all that she had passed away. She had a great life and was never ill right until the end. We took a decision then not to get another dog because everyone gets too attached and upset when they eventually pass away. However, we have now met Rico.
It is not really my turn to write on here tonight but I just felt like I had something to share. Something so important that I just couldn’t help but be quite forceful in my quest. It is not very often that I get this feeling and when I do, I think that I should be made a top priority around here. This is essential stuff we are talking about. I am going to share with you something which could very well improve the life of many of you. Some people might argue that I have already had a Razzi Writes column this month and I should wait until next month before writing again. However, all I can say is that I was unaware of this information when I wrote my column and now I am aware I just have to share it.
As a special tribute to artist Storm Thorgerson who died last week we have dedicated today’s post to our favourite album covers which he designed. I don’t think how many people realise how big a part he played in the overall experience which was Pink Floyd. Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has described him as “an inseparable part of our work,” which drummer Nick Mason added; “Two days before he passed away, and by then completely exhausted, he was still demanding approval for artwork and haranguing his loyal assistants.”
Saturday night is Movie Night here at Jammy Toast. Each week we will show a movie through the Jammy Toast Cinema for our friends who have registered prior to each event. We only have a certain amount of bandwidth and so, unfortunately, we cannot make these movies available to anyone who just happens to pop by. Any Friend of The Bears is eligible to watch each week’s movie by applying in the usual way. Those of you who have registered to watch this week’s movie will have received an email containing a password. If you click on the Media menu above, then click on Jammy Toast Cinema you will gain entry to the Bear Screen.
For many generations of music fans the album cover was just as important as the music on the disc. From Andy Warhol’s banana on the front of the first Velvet Underground record to the underwater baby on the cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind – album art has spawned many iconic images. Storm Thorgerson, the artist who dreamed up all the designs for the Pink Floyd LPs along with others for Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse over a 40 year career, has died peacefully at home following a battle with cancer.