Monday, 13 July 2009

Spotify, The Twelfth and all

So today is the 13th of July 2009 but technically it is the 12th if you live in Northern Ireland. If you don't live in N.I, don't worry it is not situated in some Hawkins-esq worm hole disrupting space-time, but merely a once every seven years occurrence. The twelfth of July is synonymous with Northern Ireland as it was the date King William of Orange invaded Ireland and claimed the North of the country as Britain, a subsequent feud began and fighting over who owns what has continued ever since. There you go a complete overview of the history of Ireland in 42 words (take that Mrs Smyth, my secondary school history teacher). Not really obviously, if you care you can click here to find out a little more.

To celebrate this momentous occasion -everyone loves a good invasion, don't they- men, women and children take to the streets dressed in orange aprons, bang drums and wave Union Jacks, just to remind everyone that "This is England", I mean "Britain", I mean "Ireland..." no wait "Northern Ireland" that's it" Presumably the fact that we all hold British passports, use British currency and are governed by British law isn't enough of a reminder that technically N.Ireland is Britain, thank goodness for all that red white and blue. So anyway, the 12th July fell on a Sunday this year meaning that the flag waving and apron wearing had to be put on hold, resulting in the paradox of the 12th of July being held on the 13th, today. As you may have guessed I do not partake in the British awareness rally's myself, not for any religious or political reason, it's just I look awful in orange. Instead I am sitting in my room drowning out the repetitive drum beat with Modeselektor, an excellent electronica outfit specialising in filth.

I have been using Spotify to stream their tracks and I have to say it is a truly amazing piece of software. Download it, type what ever you want to listen to and viola. If it wasn't for the random advertisements (which are relatively infrequent) this would be the single greatest advancement of the 21 century.. well maybe not but it's bloody good.

Ok I am off to watch Bruno, lets hope it's not the bag of shit I am anticipating.

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