May 2008

I’ve been looking forward to the release of Rock Band since I heard about it last year sometime, but now the time has come for it to reach our shores I’m pretty disappointed.

Not by the game itself, but by the cost.

For those who don’t know the game, it involves playing instruments connected to your Wii, Xbox 360 or PS3.  The relevant notes appear onscreen and the object is to play along in time.

Other games have been produced in the past, most of which allowed you to play along with an electric guitar - or some allow you to sing along karaoke style with a microphone.

The last couple of races have got me thinking.

Over the last year or so, Lewis Hamilton has had some brilliant races, and some not so brilliant races where he made some pretty silly mistakes or bad choices.

Given the way last year ended, with those bad choices costing him the world title, it was important that he came out this year and made sure that history didn’t repeat itself.  Questions were raised about whether he was experienced and knowledgable enough to set the car up properly and make the difficult decisions that he would have to make if he were to win races and be the champion.


I normally hate the Monaco GP as it tends to be incredibly boring - despite it being hyped as the “best” race on the calendar - but today was superb.  If ever a circuit was the ideal place to install a sprinkler system to spice races up with a light dusting of rain then this is the place.

A wet track seems to sort the drivers out into two camps - those who have luck in abundance, and those who couldn’t buy a slice of good fortune with all the money in the world.

I was pretty proud to be Scottish on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the pre-match coverage of Rangers fans who had travelled down to Manchester to follow their team in the UEFA Cup Final.

The scenes on the news showed them behaving impeccably and while it must have been a bit of a pain for the locals to have so many extra people in their midst, I’m sure they pretty much welcomed them with open arms given their behaviour at that point.

By Thursday morning all that had changed.  I felt ashamed and I’m not even a Rangers fan.  How must the innocent fans feel?

For one reason or another I was reminded of this song today - it’s something we used to sing when I was a youngster and we were heading off on a schooltrip somewhere on a bus.

Haven’t a clue who wrote it or whether I’m infringing on some copyright issues by printing the lyrics here, but never mind…

It’s called Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny and is sung to the tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain :-

Oh ye cannae shove yer Granny aff a bus,
Oh ye cannae shove yer Granny aff a bus,
Ye cannae shove yer Granny
For she’s yer Mammie’s Mammie,
Ye canna shove yer Granny aff a bus.

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