A musical term. A stroke in drumming where the stick is whipped down hard on the rim of the snare drum to give a resounding smack.
Man have you heard Cozy Powell play. Nobody can do a rim shot like him.
A union of four nations, England, Scotland, wales and Northern Ireland. Former world super power. But thanks to largely friendly links with it's former colonies still can hold a lot of clout over international opinion.
With in these nations there is a very rich cultural, historical and enthic diversity that attracts over 35 million visitors a year.
Sadly it's population are now mainly disillusioned with its internal political system and as a result we have a very pro Bush government ruling a very anti bush population. However the British people have their own way of dealing with their rogue leaders.
2.5 million people marched through London against Britains involvement in Gulf war 2 and other marches the same day involved another 4 million people. There wishes were ignored. A price Blair is now paying at the ballot box.
A failing system of government, which like communism works in principle but fails in practice.
ALL democracies end up serving the needs of rich interest groups and detach themselves from the populous. which inturn results in the majority of the people being governed by a minority.
The current UK and US governments are both cases where a minority vote has put a leader into power against the wishes of the majority.
Scots english for church.
"Och it's the sabbath morn, better get ourselves off to kirk"
Music slang. Origin obscure, but has been in use since the 1970's
A person who blag
s their way into parties, or back stage at music events just to get free food and drinks, and to bore their friends stupid with stories of 'how they met David Coverdale,' or 'hung out with members of Led Zeppelin.
"I went back stage at the recent Deep Purple gig, but didn't meet the band cos there was 200 other liggers in the way"
Blind patriotism, a my country right or wrong attitude towards other nations and ideologies. Prevelent in certain sections of US and UK society
'jingoism is the bind of real democracy and a grave threat to the peace and stability of the world'
(Peter Boulton - 1997)
A very potent type of rough cider. Normally associated with South West England, although the county of Kent also produces some good stuff. A good scrumpy normally has an alcohol content of atleast 7% by volume, be full of semi liquid apple pulp and taste like appley vinegar. It is suprisingly refreshing and can be consumed in vast quantities; providing the drinker does not want to use his legs for the next five hours. Was often given to wurzel
s in lieu of payment by landowners in an attempt to keep the works complient.
"Arrrrgghhhr yoouzzsh moi bessshhtisss mate yoush are." (a phrase often heard from the lips of scrumpy drinkers.)