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I was thinking this morning, 'You remember Bib, the band? You're probably the only one, mate. Their EP from 2007 was brilliant. But then they just gave up. They finished early. They never really let anyone care about them. Why do bands do this?' Then I realised that I've done exactly the same thing with my career.
It's not my place to give Bib's records away, but I can say that all five tracks off 'The EP CD' (note incredible name) are free downloads at tourdates.co.uk if you do the annoying thing and sign up.
Thanks! I like Donald Duck! But if I were Mr Duck, I would have named my son 'Raymond.' Yeah. Or 'Stephen.'
Harry Campbell (a Cambrian, oddly, not a Caledonian) gave it this way in Whatever Happened to Tanganyika?:
'The terms "South-Brittains" and "North-Brittains" for the English and the Scots had already been coined at the time of the Union of the Crowns in 1603, when the kingdoms of England and Scotland were united under James "the Sixth of Scotland and the First of England" as "King of Great Britain". It seems fair to say that "South Briton" never exactly caught on.
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'[But] according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term "North Britain" is "still in occasional (chiefly postal) use". Well, perhaps when those words were being drafted, nearly a century ago. The term seems to have been dimly remembered as late as the 1930s, to judge by an anecdote retailed by one H Teeling Smith, who sent a Christmas card from London to an address in Fife. Someone added the initials "N. B." to the envelope, and when the card eventually arrived—via Canada—it bore the words "Try Scotland". It had ended up in New Brunswick. In the time-honoured way, Mr Teeling Smith wrote a letter to The Times about it: "Let this be a reminder to us all," he thundered, "that the British postal authorities many years ago issued instructions that the letters N. B. must not be used as an abbreviation for North Britain!"'