On this day 30 years ago, 12th July, 1986, Queen took to the stage at Webmley Stadium for what I feel is probably their best performance. The concert, part of the Magic Tour, was recorded and the album was released on 26 May 1992, with a DVD released in June 2003.
I first saw this Queen concert in 1989 when The Tube, an ITV program, broadcast sections of the show late one Sunday evening.
It is certainly one of my favourite live concerts and I regularly put it on and with my piano and guitar turned to 11 (spinal tap reference), I jam away to it. The first 2 tracks kick the concert off with a bang, ‘One Vision’ and ‘Tie your Mother Down’. Other excellent tracks in the performance include Queen hitls like ‘A Kind of Magic’, ‘I want to Break Free’, ‘Love of My Life’ (with the audience joining in) and a poignant ‘Who Wants to Live forever’ where Freddie says “we’re gonna stay together until we fucking well die, I’m sure of it.” Apparently the band knew of his illness at that stage.
If you haven’t seen the concert it is certainly worth taking a look at, as Queen pump out hit after hit.
“One Vision” – 5:50 “Tie Your Mother Down” – 3:52 “In the Lap of the Gods… Revisited” – 2:44 “Seven Seas of Rhye” – 1:19 “Tear It Up” – 2:12 “A Kind of Magic” – 8:41 “Under Pressure” – 3:41 “Another One Bites the Dust” – 4:54 “Who Wants to Live Forever” – 5:16 “I Want to Break Free” – 3:34 “Impromptu” – 2:55 “Brighton Rock Solo” – 9:11 “Now I’m Here” – 6:19 “Love of My Life” – 4:47 “Is This the World We Created…?” – 2:59 “(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care” – 1:34 “Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)” – 1:24 “Tutti Frutti” ( – 3:23 “Gimme Some Lovin'” – 0:55 “Bohemian Rhapsody” – 5:50 “Hammer to Fall” – 5:36 “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – 6:27 “Big Spender” – 1:07 “Radio Ga Ga” – 5:57 “We Will Rock You” – 2:46 “Friends Will Be Friends” – 2:08 “We Are the Champions” – 4:05 “God Save the Queen” – 1:27
As we know, Daniel Craig has turned town a huge multimillion dollar sum to stay on and do another James Bond film. The previous film Spectre, was a wonderful action film but as a Bond film, in my eyes left a lot to be desired. There may be a new twist, a female 007. Actress, Gillian Anderson has created a storm within the Bond world by tweeting her approval of the concept of a female 007 character – I presume at this stage, and according to the fan trailer, Jane Bond would be the front runner.
The male actors which are rumoured to take over from Daniel Craig in the Bond franchise include Idris Elba (who starred in Thor and the Jungle Book), Damian Lewis (who was in the 2012 version of the Sweeney) and Tom Hiddleston (who you may know from the Avengers and Thor movies).
Someone in the online James Bond fan community has even created a female James Bond trailer featuring Gillian Anderson. The video itself is compiled from many Gillian Anderson clips including recent drama which was set in Northern Ireland, ‘The Fall’. (see below)
What do you think of having a female 007? Is it time? Would it work?
This dramatic crash of a Boeing-747 cargo jet was captured as it took off from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on April 29.
The boeing 747 was a cargo jet and was operated by National Air Cargo. The 747 was en-route from Bagram to Dubai.
The take off starts smoothly and then something happens and the aircraft looks like it is struggling, stall-like, and then the aircraft enters an unrecoverable attitude and loses altitude crashing moments later.
An investigation is underway into the crash which occurred shortly after take-off, with observers on the ground saying that a shift in the cargo load of five military vehicles appeared to have taken place.
All 7 onboard the 747 are believed to have died in the crash.
When I heard this story I thought I was after traveling back in time to the 1850’s!
Apparently it is being reported that the Government is to trying to hide the fact that next year is 2013 and that they are set to bring in a new licence-plate system next year. This is because there are ““fears”“ that a “13” (unlucky for some) registration number would negatively impact on car sales.
The solution according to the Wrath Fearing Triskaidekaphobic boffins, is to MASK the 13 with an extra 1 so you get “131”. This is a fear that has no bearing on anything.
I would gladly but a car in 2013 and it could be 13 W 1313 and I still wouldn’t care. Accidents are caused not by numbers but by speed, carelessness, drink, drugs, failure to drive in line with the road conditions and lack of observation …. not by your number-plate.
How many people were killed on Irish Roads between 2000 and 2012 because of their number-plate?
With the state of the country’s economic situation – this is what our money is being spent on!
Some future plans by the government include ;
A ban on all ladders greater than 4.5 feet incase people walk under them
Every Irish Citizen must carry a spare ‘pocket’ Magpie, just in case there is only one in front of them
All Mirrors sold in Ireland must be Unbreakable …. just in case
A Ban on using the number 13 in all Bingo Halls Nationwide and on the National Lottery
Despite penalty points being increased and the number of offenses being also added to on a yearly basis, bad driving practices still exist.
In the past week I have observed numerous instances of stupid driving behavior which, if there was a police presence in the area, would have been allocated penalty points.
I see this every day, mostly it’s just 10-15 MPH above the limit, nobody seems to bat a eyelid. Even when you are going the correct speed, those behind you seem to think that the 60mph limit does not apply to them and therefore proceed to flash lights to get you to move in. Lack of enforcement is the issue here and although the speed vans are around, this I feel is not as much of a deterrent as the UK model – i.e. hundreds of static speed cameras plus police enforcement.
Only last week I saw a guy pass me doing about 160 kmh on the M9 and luckily for those on the road the Garda car spotted him at Mullinavat and eventually stopped him when he reached the M9 junction at Waterford.
I can’t believe how often I have seen this during the week, people driving down the road and then deciding to put-on seat belts while the car is moving. If you look out for this you will be alarmed at how often people are doing this.
Mobile Phone Usage while Driving
Again another one which should be enforced better, I see this all the time, commercial vehicles, taxis, and private car owners, driving and using a mobile phone. I even saw a guy at the M9 Knocktopher junction driving at 120 kmh using an iPad on the steering wheel. Should there be an offense for using a tablet (not technically a mobile phone) while driving?
Anyway, this madness continues despite Operation Slow Down which started on Friday – during which I saw no police enforcement during a 100km drive on Friday, maybe they were elsewhere.
Until Irish drivers get some cop-on our detail toll on the roads will continue to be in the news.
As a recent Mac convert (having used PC’s for the past 21 years) this story was of interest to me. I was under the impression that Macs were very resilient even impervious to viruses and trojans but it seems this is not the case.
What is the Malware which infects Apple Macs?
The Mac has been promoted as being safer than PCs when it comes to viruses, trojans and other Malware and the Mac continues to grow it’s market share, however this now means that hackers and virus writers are now trying to target Macs in an effort to create larger series of botnets on PCs and Macs. This latest ‘Attack on the Mac’ is the face Flash installer called the Flashback Trojan. The Flashback Trojan is a nasty piece of work , malware, designed to steal personal information by pretending to be the Flash browser plug-ins. A Russian antivirus company called Dr.web estimated that over 600,000 Macs are now infected with the Flashback Trojan Malware as a result of unwitting Mac owners installing the software, all the time thinking it was the Flash plug-in for their browser. Apple haven’t bundled Flash with their mac product for a while now so many people, estimated to be about 6,500 infected macs in Ireland alone.
What happens if I have the Flashback Trojan?
ckily there are ways you can find out if you have the Flashback Trojan infecting your machine. There is also much more information on this malware on CNet which is where I first heard of this. I have tested my Mac and I’m clean thankfully. I still think the Mac blasts the PC out of the water for performance and usability, so I’m undeterred by this increase in targeted Mac viruses and I’m sure Apple will soon release a fix for this via their Software Update program me.