Weather woes and valve distortion

It has been said that the weather runs the show all the time. Certainly in this offshore construction malarkey it does. The one wott allatsea’s involved in at this moment is no exception. The weather’s running the show and the show’s no go!! Blimey, it’s going on and on this WOW (waiting on weather), on and on and on and on and on and on.

The remnants of Bertha are to blame  currently. The depleted low is just sitting in the Northern North Sea causing frustration out here west of Shetland. Northerly air streams and water wott is too big to do wott they need to do. Great gnashing of teeth yet again.

Dear old Robin Williams is dead. Sad news indeed. A bit of a comedy hero in the Towers household and a fine actor to boot. A loss to this dreary old  world.

On the home front memsahib seems to be holding up well. Deserted by her husband for the duration of 2014’s summer she’s not letting that stand in her way. Bless. I’m reminded of that old cockney classic ‘Fings ain’t what they used to be’. I never recognise the house initially when I return to the Towers after an extended trip offshore. For a start it’s tidy and well ordered. Free of the constant clutter and detritus present when a certain fatbastard is in residence. It can take days to fill it up with trip hazards and internet bargains again.

Is anyone out there in blog-reader land familiar with Blackheart guitar amplifiers? Have they gone out of production? Can’t find any stockists in the UK. The Whitstable amplifier company ‘Cornford’ produced arguably the finest hard wired, valve driven guitar amplifiers in the world. The great and the good of the music world adored them and (expensive) stock flew off the shelves as fast as they could make it, yet they went bankrupt a couple of years ago!!! How can this be? Very sad. Allatsea was going to buy one in 2010 but he, as usual, prevaricated and bought a cheap solid state modelling amp from Line 6. Stupid boy!! Not that the Line 6 Spider is kakk, it’s not. It’s wonderful at what it does but it’s not a Cornford. Sigh!!!!! That said, nephew Tom Allatsea, who is a real musician in a real band reckons it’s Randall gear that cuts the mustard and nowt else. Noted Tom, but that said, you are ‘death metaller’ and that genre does require certain characteristics from its gear that perhaps a bedroom chord basher doesn’t.

Turn the knob to eleven and rock on.

Lobito 2005, warranty surveying at its best.

Lobito 2005, warranty surveying at its best.

About allatsea

Sixty year old master-mariner. Absolutely gorgeous. Well wedged.....when compared to a Nairobi street urchin. Sorted, in that I haven't been in court recently. Hopelessly optimistic, terminally disappointed. Good with cats and other fluffy things. No musical talent. Generous to a fault provided it's someone else's round. Political centreist with far right and left viewpoints. A green activist from the hydrocarbon position with nuclear leanings. Averse to avarice but always happy to receive lottery wins, gifts, windfalls, legacies, prizes and wet sloppy kisses.
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