*well, THIS actually.


yup, the third installment of Rock And Roll Lounge’s alldayers is happening on saturday.
this time we take over the Jam Bar in Birkenhead. from 3pm to 3am.
we’ve already been booked for two more. Good Friday back at The Frog And Parrot in Sheffield, then to Cord Bar in the northern quarter in Manchester.
good times.



i’ve been reading a lot about theoretical physics.
i’ve almost decided that i want to BE a theoretical physicist.
i mean, fancy getting paid for ‘thinking’.
as a lifelong fan of H2G2* it’d be like being Vroomfondel or Majikthise!
but seriously.
Einstien was a thinker.
i read something in the new scientist magazine the other day, an article about light. the discussion about whether it is a wave form or particles. turns out that its both. but this wasn’t discovered until an experiment was run FOURTY THREE years after einstien suggested it. thats right, 43 years.
now that may seem a long time, but thats the thing. these physicists are thinking about things that no-one has the answers to. and it takes many years for science ‘fact’ to catch up to science ‘fiction’. theory over practice.
how great is that?
i’m gonna sit here and think about stuff, then tell you all about it.
“so prove it” shout the masses.
and theres the rub. you don’t have to. and you probably can’t. not with current technology/understanding. so you sit back for years, sometimes decades, and watch other folks try and do so. if they do, they will probably name the findings after you. if they don’t, then hey….. you’re only a THINKER!

*Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy’s two greatest thinkers.


some of you may remember THIS post from 2009 when Dinners and myself went to see the specials.

well last night it was time for the boy’s first ever gig, and who better for him to see than The Specials?


up, washed and dressed, and ready to go.


some a bit more eager than his dad. if that was possible.


managed to get to notts arena, sort the boy out with a t and a badge, sort his dad out with a pint (or three) and hang about for the rest of the #sfrcollective.


looked nice those hot dogs. tasted nice too.


nearly as big as the boy himself! told the boy i would try and snaffle him one of those posters, but every time i tried a member of security came past. and after they’d all already gone. grrr…


turned out the rest of rent a mob were already inside the gig, so it seemed the chance to meet them had passed. oh well, into the arena we go then. second support band, By The Rivers were on. not overly fussed. Ben told me later that Stone Foundation were very good. i always manage to miss the good supports. 

“it’s loud!” said the boy.

“you aint heard nowt yet fella” was the reply…..



they finished, the lights came up, and after some furious tweeting along wandered Ben, Carl and Fiona! 3 twitter friends finally made flesh. and like the complete set of arses we are, not one of us took a photo!

as they were setting the stage up, someone must have caught a bass string cos there was a ‘kerdung’ and a thundering through the floor. “what was that?” asked the boy. “THAT, well, i told you it was going to get loud yes? well, that was the bass guitar”. he seemed to get even happier!


thirsty stuff this gig going. pint of Liffy Water? the apple doesn’t fall far.


time to show off purchases. HIS choice of T-shirt. i’d have gone for a “date” one, but hey, his decision.


gotta have a badge too. (i got nowt. wasn’t about me last night)


and then…. AND THEN! THE SPECIALS hit the stage!

“why must you record my phone calls?”



happy much?




just when you think things can’t get any better, some random bloke walks past and hands the boy a sheet of paper. “here you go young man”ah, ANOTHER flyer for some after show party or what not…




i tried my damndest at Leeds to get one of those! and at most gigs i have been to. he gets one at his first?

ben & carl seem to be enjoying it. (white glasses, red shirt)


ah, thats a better one. just


more Specials?






i have to admit, my facade of manliness left me completely as they played Monkey Man. this is a song the boy grew to love as a toddler in the days of the old analogue Sky channel P-Rock. firstly the Reel Big Fish version, but as he grew older, he admitted The Specials version was his favourite. so to be skanking and singing along to it, with him, at his very first gig, well, dad kinda lost it for a moment!







all good things come to an end though, and that was true of last night. a rousing version of You’re Wondering Now and lights up. quick wave and shout to the #sfrcollective and we’re out of there.

a safe and steady journey home, calling at some services to empty the tank, then up to the enemy’s mums to collect the hound, then a Maccy D’s and home to bed.

up this morning and ooh, wonder what the boy might put on? ha ha, bingo.


and what does he want to listen to? yup. ah, my boy!


the only question yet to answer from last night….

“who we going to see next dad?”


ttfn folks.

barnsley sime.


you’ve seen my random posts from Luke Surl, xkcd, Left Handed Toons,Invisible Bread & Lead Paint Comics well add another to that list! i have just spent the greater part of the night reading Edmund Finney’s Quest To Find The meaning Of Life.




it’s taken so long because it was started in 2009 and i have read it from the start. unlike the others which aren’t (or don’t seem to be) sequential and/or contain a strict story line, the tale of Edmund does.  i can’t say much about it, other than it does what it says in the title. the best thing to do, if you have the time is to go to the link above and read it yourselves. from the start. all the way to the latest. it’ll take a while, but you’ll thank me for it. here’s a couple of single frame entries to give you a taste.




please go take a look.




WELL YES. and why not?



i  will never get sick of this lady or this song.

i was listening to it on the train into work and i had tears in my eyes. it’s the third verse, it strikes a chord within me and means so much personally.


“all of my friends who think that I’m blessed

They don’t know my head is a mess

No, they don’t know who I really am

And they don’t know what I’ve been through like you do”


sums up everything i felt after returning to work after my smash. 12 months off with a mangled ankle that has changed my life in so many ways, it was hard to go back and be the same old “happy, smiley, laughs at owt” sime that left that morning of June 13th 2002.

i try folks. genuinely i do. it’s hard. i try to keep it inside, not to let other people see how shitty i feel a lot of the time. doesn’t help me any, but doesn’t help them either.

back to the music…..


this time i will let you see the version recorded with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, have a listen to the full album here on Spotify. if you don’t have Spotify, drop me your e-mail address i shall mail an invite. for me it is the definitive version, the strings just take it over the edge from superb to sublime.


The Story Lyrics
Artist(Band):Brandi Carlile

All of these lines across my face

Tell you the story of who I am

So many stories of where I’ve been

And how I got to where I am

But these stories don’t mean anything

When you’ve got no one to tell them to

It’s true…I was made for you


I climbed across the mountain tops

Swam all across the ocean blue

I crossed all the lines and I broke all the rules

And baby I broke them all for you

Oh because even when I was flat broke

You made me feel like a million bucks

You do and I was made for you


You see the smile that’s on my mouth

It’s hiding the words that don’t come out

And all of my friends who think that I’m blessed

They don’t know my head is a mess

No, they don’t know who I really am

And they don’t know what I’ve been through like you do

And I was made for you…


All of these lines across my face

Tell you the story of who I am

So many stories of where I’ve been

And how I got to where I am

Oh but these stories don’t mean anything

When you’ve got no one to tell them to

It’s true…I was made for you

Oh yeah and its true, that I was made for you


stunning lady, stunning voice, stunning song. listening to it AGAIN while i write this. the whole album is so worth a listen.



and yes, my eyes are dewy. so shoot me!




and i suppose while i am here……


as of this week, not only can you find our radio shows on the SFR site and the mixlr site, but also here:

yes, that’s right, as soon as possible after a show finishing, it will be available on iTunes! every show.

all of dj’s shows will still be available on their personal pages for about 4 weeks*, but the last two weeks of all shows will be on the “SHOWS” page & iTunes. so if you click to subscribe via iTunes, you’ll never miss another and they’ll download to your account automatically.

download iTunes 10 HERE

SFR on iTunes HERE

either click on the show to listen, or click to download. they’re free. please also feel free to rate us or write a review. be kind, good reviews and ratings kick us up their charts!

cheers folks, and happy listening.

barnsley sime.

*anyone wanting a show that is no longer available on THIS site, get in touch as i have them on file.