If there is one thing we love here at Jammy Toast, it is an animal story with a happy ending. We love watching Supervet and other animal programmes as long as they have happy endings and we can all have a smile on our faces. Such was the case today when we heard about the story of Phoenix the kitten. Phoenix – dubbed the luckiest cat in Britain – is recovering after being rescued from a garden fire. The kitten had severe burns to her face and body after being spotted trapped under blazing rubble in Sunderland last month.
Yesterday we told you the story of our Saturday afternoons back in the 1970s. As explained, this was inspired by Rickie Lee Jones’ song; On Saturday Afternoons In 1963. Today we have searched high and low to try and find a video of Rickie singing the song but alas this was not forthcoming. It is a great song and we wanted to share it with you today, so we settled for just posting the song instead. It is taken from Rickie’s debut album entitled Rickie Lee Jones. After arriving in California in the mid-1970s, Rickie started taking song-writing more seriously, and by 1977 had met singer-songwriters Chuck E. Weiss (of Chuck E’s In Love fame) and Tom Waits (Rickie consequently became romantically involved with Waits).
One of our favourite Rickie Lee Jones songs is “On Saturday Afternoons In 1963”. It is a beautiful song; an evocation of her childhood weekend memories. I think it basically tells the story of how – as you grow older – time travels ever faster. Weeks and years rush by as adults, caught in their repetitive cycles, in a way that’s simply not true for children. The song reminds us of how fresh the world once seemed, and how a child’s inquisitive spirit makes everything seem fresh and new and memorable – in a way more real. Davidd and I were too young to remember 1963 but we did used to have fun on Saturday afternoons in 1973. Today, I thought I would share these memories with you.
Today we are going to ask everyone who visits Jammy Toast to just “Talk Shit” for the day. We ask that anyone who visits Jammy Toast leaves a comment on just about any subject they choose. Funny or sad, true or false, real or fake; we don’t give a shit as long as it is entertaining and doesn’t really hurt anyone. We ask you to do this because we are too busy to think of anything else to post – hopefully everyone will like the freedom to whine and bitch. The rules are pretty simple to explain – basically, anything goes!
Most episodes of Star Trek begin with members of the Enterprise beaming down to the surface of a planet and having that week’s adventure. Then the programme ends when the crew beams back to the Enterprise and travels off into space at the speed of light ready for next week’s exploits. A great way of travelling this beaming up and down – it sure beats getting the bus. However, Chinese scientists say they have now “teleported” a photon particle from the ground to a satellite orbiting nearly a thousand miles away. So the big question is: is a world which was previously confined to science fiction now becoming reality?
Here at Jammy Toast we have invented a new word for you all to mull over – shrinkflation. Manufacturers, instead of putting their prices up, are reducing the size of the items they sell. Many people wonder have their hands grown or has their favourite chocolate bar shrunk since they were children? News released on Monday proved what many have suspected: thousands of supermarket items have been getting smaller because manufacturers are reducing the size of a product while keeping the price the same.
Wirral Council have been told to do one by Central Government if they expect any government money to help clean up after the New Ferry explosion. The government will not provide funds to help people affected by the explosion on Merseyside either, officials have said. Two people were seriously hurt, 31 injured and many buildings destroyed in the blast in New Ferry, Wirral. The cost of recovering from an incident of this “size and impact” should be covered by “local resources”, the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse said in a letter to Wirral Council.
Back in 1975, Radio City employed a then unheard of – at least by us – DJ by the name of Phil Easton. He started an evening radio show at 6:30 each week day called The Great Easton Express. On this show he featured all the news and sounds in rock music and it became essential listening each evening. The show ran for twelve years culminating each year with a Battle of The Bands competition at the Liverpool Empire Theatre. In 1988, with the popularity of rock music in decline, he moved on to other things and finally ended up presenting the City Talk Breakfast Show every day. He died in 2009 at the age of 59 after suffering a suspected brain haemorrhage at his home. In his memory, here at Jammy Toast, we have decided to resurrect one of our favourite features from his show where he would select a favourite album and then feature his three favourite tracks from that album. Today we are starting the ball rolling with…
One of our favourite films of the 1980s has to be Blade Runner. The film is based on the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick. It tells the story of a dystopian LA of 2019 in which genetically engineered replicants, which are visually indistinguishable from adult humans, are manufactured by the powerful Tyrell Corporation to work on other planets instead of humans having to do the work. Some of these replicants escape and return to Earth and are hunted down and “retired” by special policemen known as Blade Runners. The story focuses on burnt-out expert Blade Runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment to hunt down a group of recently escaped replicants led by Roy Batty (a young Rutger Hauer). During his investigations, the film begins to question is Deckard human or is he also a replicant?
You probably didn’t notice it this past week but support for Windows Phone 8.1 finished – and I wouldn’t bet too much that Windows 10 Mobile will soon go the same way. This is a sad end to what I thought was a great phone platform which worked for me. Take a photo out on the road, come home and there it is on your desktop computer – thanks to the Microsoft Cloud. Have an MP3 file on your phone and want to use it as a ringtone then do it, there is no need to pay for a different version of the same file like with other phone providers.