No new blog post today — my CPAP machine leaked last night, and I was so unwell I had to come home from work at lunchtime and spend most of the afternoon in bed — so you get links.
Brian Wilson is touring the UK with fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin in September, in what may well be his last ever tour (sadly in arena venues with support, rather than his normal theatre venues with no support acts). Presale tickets are here (I’m going to Manchester, Liverpool, and Leeds).
If the Lib Dems are in government after the election, British embassies will be given the power to perform same-sex marriages abroad, even if one partner is not a British subject. Great work there from Lynne Featherstone and Tim Farron, two of my favourite Lib Dem MPs.
Andrew Rilstone pays tribute to Leonard Nimoy
Sarah Brown’s way of dealing with annoying people on Twitter is fantastic
On Bede, Pagan Kings, Rival Churches, and the Great Anglo-British Miracle-Off
How porn and lust have changed since the 70s — an interview with the (female) former editor of several porn magazines. Not safe for work, obviously. (Link was through a Facebook friend who currently works for one, and says her experience of the men who write in is similar).
Jon Hunt on why the Archies matter
And a prosecutor who sent an innocent man to death row apologises and calls for an end to the death penalty
Yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised if Brian stops touring soon. He’s visibly gotten quite a bit older in recent years, and his health isn’t great (lots of aches and pains). I suspect he’ll keep recording for a while more though, as long as he’s able to.
He’s said several times in interviews “this might be my last tour”. I suspect there’ll be *something* next year to mark Pet Sounds’ fiftieth anniversary, but then I doubt he’ll continue…
He could still do one-off shows though. For special occasions and such. And I suspect he’ll keep recording for a while too, as long as he’s able.
The link on ‘I gave my child autism’ is mildly borked – seems to be sticking an ‘andrewhickey.info’ before the link itself so ends up on a 404.
Gah. I’d somehow not pasted the http://, so WP thought it was a relative link. Fixed, thanks.