Monthly Archives: October 2015

Rush ‘Time stand still’?

Late in 1979 My school friend Dave lent me a cassette recording of the Rush album ‘A Farewell to Kings’ I can still recall the layout of my bedroom at the time of first listening. People of our age will recall the type of cassette player with piano type keys and a very sad off white plastic ear plug that contained a thin piece of metal that was to vibrate and give the listener an audio experience in one ear only that bore little resemblance to that which the artist had actually recorded. However by the time Geddy rattled into my right ear the line ‘ Invisible to telescopic eye, Infinity the star that would not die’ I was already a fan.

Today is the 34th anniversary of the time I first saw Rush. Unfortunately I had missed the Permanent waves tour of the previous year because I was studiously revising for exams! That tour was to be the last in the UK playing smaller venues and this year they had stepped up to the cattle market sized venues just short of Arenas. We had queued for hours outside Piccadilly Records in Manchester for tickets for the gig at Deeside leisure centre ( a boarded over ice rink) near Chester.

Dave his brother Simon another school friend Stu and my brother were on this trip. Stu’s sister drove us to and from the gig. A great time was had by all.

The tour shirt I bought was worn to the point of destruction. When the arms fell off I had them sewn back on again and continued to wear it for special occasions. It is now so fragile the threads creak when it is handled.

The Signals tour shirt of two years later has never suffered the perils of the washing machine and was only ever worn on very special occasions ie gigs.

The Presto shirt from a show in Vancouver was worn to a point of transparency.

The lyrics below are compiled in chronological order from songs that have meant a lot to me over the years.

The photos clearly show that time has indeed stood still………..

Time stand still

Time stand still

As I look back on all the thoughts I’ve had

They reflect just what I’m learning

From the golden light of coming dawn

Till the twilight when the sun is gone

We treasure every season

And every passing day

Living one long sunrise

For to me all things are new

I’ve never watched the sky grow pale

Or strolled through fields of dew

Wearing the 'Moving pictures' tour shirt

Wearing the ‘Moving pictures’ tour shirt

You don’t get something for nothing

You don’t get freedom for free

You don’t get wise

With the sleep still in your eyes

No matter what your dream might be

Can’t we raise our eyes

And make a start

Can’t we find the minds

To lead us closer to the heart

You need only trust your feelings

Only love can steer you right

Wearing the 'Signals' tour shirt

Wearing the ‘Signals’ tour shirt

Each of us

A cell of awareness

Imperfect and incomplete

Genetic blends with uncertain ends

On a fortune hunt

That’s far too fleet

I feel the sense of possibilities

I feel the wrench of hard realities

Sadder still to watch it die

Than never to have known it

I learned your love for life

I feel the way you would

I feel your presence

I remember

I feel the way you would

Wearing the 'Presto' tour shirt

Wearing the ‘Presto’ tour shirt

Dreams flow across the heartland

Feeding on the fires

Dreams transport desires

Drive you when you’re down

I’m not looking back

But I want to look around me now

See more of the people

And the places that surround me now

Freeze this moment a little bit longer

Make each impression a little bit stronger

Chase the sun around the world

I want to look at life

In the available light

Time stand still?

Time stand still?

Like a million little doorways

All the choices we made

All the stages we passed through

All the roles we played

The future disappears into memory

With only a moment between

Forever dwells in that moment

Hope is what remains to be seen

Lyrics mostly Neil Peart, the first couple of lines from the first album Geddy Lee.






Fallen    Click link for audio.

In the months ahead of our wedding Jane had wanted to record a version of the Ron Sexsmith song ‘Fallen’. I had chanced upon on the K.D.Lang album ‘Hymns of the 49th parallel’ in a secondhand CD store in Dorset called Big Brother, despite not being familiar with Ron’s work at that time he has since gone on to become something of a favourite. The plan was that the recording would be played in the place normally occupied by the anthem I only know as ‘Here comes the Bride’. Time as usual was beginning to run away but with a fortuitous  trip North the week before the wedding, my brother was up for an overnight stay. Armed with his iPhone and Garage band app and the usual  accompanying vino. Janes guitar and vocals were laid down. Chris added the bass and finished the mix later in the week with the addition of the strings. It all went perfectly. I even managed to get my request played during the signing of the registar ….The Flaming Lips ‘My cosmic Autumn rebellion’. Someone had said they thought they had heared the organist Nora ( a seventy something ) jamming along.









A Dragon’s Tale …..

Recently our friends Helen and Terry followed a dream, took the plunge and bought a pub in Hardraw, in the Yorkshire Dales. Lots of hard work ahead, but the old Quality and Risk team got together and we met up at The Green Dragon. Reminisced a lot, ate a lot (and the food was exceptional) and drank a lot !

Team reunion at The Green Dragon, Hardraw near Hawes, Yorkshire Dales

Team reunion at The Green Dragon, Hardraw near Hawes, Yorkshire Dales

On Saturday we walked along part of the Pennine Way into Hawes and mooched around the antique shops. We visited the Creamery, where we sampled and bought some fabulous Wensleydale cheeses. We sat in the sunshine and enjoyed a beer, then found a dog friendly tea room (Laburnum House) and had a lovely lunch before a bit more mooching and ambled home across the fields. Dinner in the pub was superb.

We later had a pleasant amble to Hardraw Force which is a waterfall on the Hardraw Beck in Hardraw Scar, a wooded ravine.  The Pennine Way long distance footpath passes close by. Public viewing of Hardraw Force is rather unusual, as the visitor has to go through the bar of the Green Dragon Inn !


Comprising a single drop of 100 feet from a rocky overhang, Hardraw Force is claimed to be England’s highest unbroken waterfall – at least discounting underground falls. (The underground waterfall inside nearby Gaping Gill on the western flank of Ingleborough has an unbroken fall of over 300 feet.) Geologically, the bed of the river and plunge pool is shale; on top of that is sandstone and the top layer is carboniferous limestone.

Prominent safety signage clearly displayed ...

Prominent safety signage clearly displayed …

The path was very slippery so we risk assessed ! Two Risk Managers and a dog decided to turn back and take the bridge to the other side. However, despite one of our party taking a slide in the mud, the others pressed on with blatant disregard for the signage …..

Strictly prohibited !

Strictly prohibited !

They made it, unscathed !

They made it, unscathed ….almost ! 

The church is just next door to the Green Dragon and it was decorated with beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables for the Harvest festival. In the churchyard the local crochet circle had decorated an old bike with crocheted woodland animals and flowers.





We had a fabulous time (thank you Helen) and are looking forward to our next Team Meeting.