Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Last night was one of the funnest nights in SF history! We went to the Padres v. Giants game and that ish was off the chain! We had all kinds of drama. First off I wasn't going to go to the game, but Scooch came thru with 3 extra tickets. So, I got the girls to come with me, Stianne and Neece (her sister).
We had Iron horse drama waiting for trains and trying to get there. I was in Cole Valley waiting for the N judah and the girls were in the Outer Sunset on an N train on the way to meet yours truly. Prior to the I getting on the train some loco cat was trying to snap photos of my girls on the train! Stianne was miffed and not too stoked. So we are on our way to the game and we meet up with B, Scooch, and Bee Feezey. We find out that Bee is going to Brazil! Not only going, he is going to Maracana for the WCQ Ecuador v. Brasil! We find out the Phillies lose and now the game is that much more important. We pound some Bud Leezeys before the game and start making our way in. We see this huge rat scurry across our way, on some foreshadowing ish. So I needed to get money so we go to the ATM and we are followed closely by some homeless dude that is freaking the girls out, but nuthin happend. Got loot and went thru the entire stadium looking for our seats. We got an ill spot in the left field bleachers, which are really close actually. There were DRUNK a$$ fools in our section, I mean faded. So much ish talking. So the Giants had a great 2nd inn and the SD hating started getting out of hand. My girl was keeping me at bay, but soon the drama erupted. The Giants Mascot Lou Seal was taking photos with the fans and Fox started some "HGH" chants and was shmack talking. Lou Seal the mascot was all Gigantes pride and got in Bee, Scooch, and My face. He pointed to the scoreboard and it was 0-4 Giants and taunted Billy. Billy didn't take that and pushed Lou Seal. Then Lou Seal flipped off Bee's SD visor in a gesture of lack of respect. Then Bee went at him. We were surrounded by Giants fans and they were pointing all their hate at Fox and talking madd crap. Calling him out his name in every which way. I turned around and madd dawged two of those ish talkers, and they immediately were like, I quote, "Hey buddy what's going on?" ALL SCURRED. I was at the gym that morning lifting so I felt diesel, and I guess they could see I wasn't takin' any BS. So they are chanting "Kick him out!" and Scooch, and I are all chill out rats, why you hating? Cuz we beat up your mascot? So the security comes crushing thru our section, and the KRON 4 news camera is all in our grills. The girls were getting food and B went to pee while me and Scooch were in the melee. This security lady comes thru and kicks over my FULL beer! This is what happened
"What the f---! You just kicked over my beer!"
"Watch it! Don't cuss at me."
"Naw, you just knocked over a full beer, what the f!"
"You're next, you're next"
Power trippin'! I call Stianne and she sees Fox getting taken outside by the popo. The full moon started to wreak havoc. Giants fans were harrassing Hairston. Crap talking all day. Then we homered. Then it got madd strange. This one dude was yelling his butt off at every and anything. He started a "We want Barry!" and another Giants fan cussed him out big time. The two fools were beasting on each other for 5 mins and were about to scrap. Meanwhile the Pads are making a come back and then the wave started. This Giants fans got pissed. He was old and was fuming. "We don't do the wave here!" and B started egging him on. Making the wave go round and round the stadium he was red! So at this time it is the 9th inning and the Pads are bout to lose. Scooch has the rally cap in full effect and the stadium is rawkus. 2 outs and 2 on and B. Giles is on strike two, with a sad AB so far. But then, JAH light shone on us and he creamed that pitch. It was like slow motion. I never seen a ball fly so high. B. was watching the right fielder sprint for it then just stop. Stianne and her sister were speechless and gazing. And then total erruption. My girl said the stadium was DEAD quiet, but the Bonita Boys...We were raging! Chest bumps, dap, hi 5's, dancing. Sun, we were in full celebration mode calling out every and anybody wearing anything Giants. WHOOOOOOOOOO! The other SD fans were running thru the stands we, were huggin it was so tight. Then this one fool behind us starts trying to talk major. I mean major, calling us fa**ots, and I was two seconds from lighting his whole world up. My girl and her sister actually had pepper spray ready to spray that cat. But B and I just turned around and pointed to the scoreboard. I started doing the Hoagan hand to the ear for 5 minutes, doing Rick Flare WHOO's. That punk was lucky. Immeadiately after the game he came to his senses and went to me and Scooch and apologized profusely, like on some don't beat me up ish. On our way to Gordon B for celebration ales he found us and apologized again, cuz he knew I was bout to go dumb on him. Out loud while he was shmack talking I said in full stereo, "I WISH a n*gga would try and talk more, I DARE you to say one more thing, especially after that bomb we just hit, I WISH you'd say something else, DO IT". That was enuff to quench that fools flame. We all had ales and were merry at Gordon even bought some mugs.
Best game ever.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Ho Ho Hold UP!!!

WTF??! This is not acceptable. It isn't even October yet, but at Macy's San Francisco it is Christmas, oh I mean XMas, or we just want you to get your ultra-spending on. What happened? I used to look forward to Christmas Day, but now, I dread it. Don't get it twisted, I LOVE to be at my crib with my fam watching the youngest open boxes, but the actual "Holiday Season", f dat. Especially when I used to work retail. My gewdness! It was super dooper wack. People are either "It's the most wonderful time of the year" or they are "Bah humbug!" There are no in betweeners. It is like you hate Christmas or you love it. Me I hate the fakeness of it. Christmas is one of the hugest Christian holidays, but now it is on some other ish I really don't dig this. I almost wanted to kick down the trees. As cliche as this sounds there is a reason for the season. I don't even care if you are Christian or not, but the Truth and Rights is that Christmas is about Jesus. If it ain't about Jesus then what is it about? You tell me. Consumerassbullsh...

Friday, September 21, 2007

Just In Case You Didn't Know...

A year ago in Thailand there was a bloodless coup of the Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

"It was a textbook putsch, carried out without shedding a drop of blood, as Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was preparing to deliver his address to the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.

And such was the intractability of the crisis surrounding his leadership, pitting his populist, rural-based party against a royalist, city-based elite, that many people simply accepted the military's intervention with a sigh of relief.

They came out with flowers and food to greet the troops, who were gone from the streets within a few days.

A year later, and the public mood has soured."

Damn right the mood has soured. The military in place of the government. When that happens, minus, democratic elections, the mood of a population will sour. This is the fuel for revolutionary activity. A polarised nation, a military government, economic setbacks and a sour public sentiment. Just in case you didn't know, Thailand is on the verge of a blow-out. Let's hope that the elections in December make the situation better. Be easy out there Guko!

Why am I writing about this? Thaksin is the owner of Manchester City! Football is the people's game and can be intertwined into all aspects of life. Weird right?

Wake Up Show Prolific Flow

In the beginning there was none other than the original people
Skin blackened from the sun
But somewhere along the line, I broke the laws of the divine
And I closed this place on this soul of mine
Pale became the color of my face
Feeling out of place amongst the people of my race
Filled with hate, I moved to a colder climate
Intercourse with animals and raw flesh was ate
Feel their disease, sub zero degrees
And Satan's blood in my veins didn't freeze
This hatred that I have for you, it runs deeper than your skin
I hate the one who put me in this position that I'm in
Until, I realized the powers of evil
Anything I have to do I will
I steal, kill, and destroy
Went home to Africa looking for slaves to employ
Blue eyes, lies and a smile was my only decoy
Snatch you up from your roots
What good is a spirit when I have this new invention that shoots?
Brought you here then deceived you
I changed and rearranged everything that you have ever believed true
My soul is cold as ice is
I sold you for prices
You were hung from trees for sacrifices
But through the blood, sweat, tears, and pain,
God spirit in ya'll still remains
Which is actually more than I got
But I have a mansion and a yacht
The plot is making you think that it's about what it's not
With precision I tell you lies through television
Distort your religion, wrap you up in materialism
How could you kill your own?
Don't you see, you're learning to act just like me
But be more aware, ha
That the truth is there
I tell you all the time but you n*gg*s don't care
But not all of you
There are a few that get into themselves and books on shelves
And learn something knew
And once they know, they become so powerful
But many don't have the means nor the inspiration to go
To school and I know they hate it
But you can't get a decent job unless your properly educated
But educated about what?
It seems to me that thus far
You've only learned about who we are
Isn't that funny, you'll give a school all your money
For what you think you need, but it's never guaranteed
The misled mislead you
Your faith has been broken provoking you to do whatever will feed you
Well I'll front you some cooked cocaine in plain plastic sacks
To sell to your fellow blacks
But while the foundation of your people cracks
You try to resist
But I won't stop until you n*gg*s don't exist!
You n*gg*s strong though,
I give you that
But you must be stupid as hell to be that strong
and still be where you at
And you still don't have a clue,
I am who I am because of n*gg*s like you!

(From Brotha Smartness)

Did you see this?

"Good thing this was a white dude, cuz if it was a nigga, he'da got FUUUUUUUUUUUCKED UP!"

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

DOOM absent

Last night was a very bitter disappointment. The MF DOOM show scheduled for 9/18/07 at the Independent on Divisidero in San Francisco was cancelled AGAIN. I do not have any further explanation at the reason why MF didn't show up. What I can tell you is that I was let down. Although he is the Supervillian, I didn't think that he'd pull capers on the Super Faithful fans of the City. I've seen DOOM kill shit in Hollywood and in San Francisco. Each show was an instant classic. I was at the DNA lounge 8/15/2004 when he recorded the Live From Planet X album. That was his greatest performance. He was peaking toward some classical hiphop material at that point. Right now, I am not very fond of artists not showing up to shows. Nas, Kanye, now DOOM. That is wack. Yo MF? No love for San Fran?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Source of the Sound

You see, we need (hip hop); we've always needed a music- our own.
We have nothing else.
Our writers write like (commercial cats), our painters paint like them, our philosophers think like them.
Only our true hip hop heads don't play like the (commercial cats).
So we created a music for ourselves.
When we had it- the old type of hip hop- the (commercial cats) came, and they liked it and imitated it.
Pretty soon it was no longer our music...
You see, as soon as we have a music, the (commercial cats)come and imitate it.
We've now had hip hop for longer than 20 years, and in all those years there has been not a single (commercial cat), perhaps leaving aside Kanye West, who has had an idea. Only the underground hip hop heads have ideas.
But if you see who's got the famous names, they're all (commercial cats).
What can we do?
We must go on inventing something new all the time. When we have it, the (commercial cats) will take it from us, and we have to start all over again.
It is as though we are being hunted.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Consciousness of Kung Fu

The Thorny Rose
Why should a peaceful nation have military forces and arms? Why should a polite police officer carry a pistol? Why should a friendly neighbor study the martial arts? And even more... Why should a priest learn Kung Fu?


Pain Can Help
If a man wishes to experience the joys and depths of life, he must not isolate himself on an island, emotional or otherwise. Nevertheless, if he associates with people and has relationships with people, he eventually will encounter someone who causes him pain. But he should not retaliate. he should not feel hate or seek revenge. Instead, he should feel greatful for the experience because without bad people and bad relationships how can he appreciate fully the good ones in the future?

Seek In Others

Friday, September 14, 2007


The NBA number 1 draft pick. DONE FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON. Microfracture knee surgery. The Portland Trailblazers are pretty much done. The good thing is that they will be able to get ANOTHER high draft pick next season! Patience, patience Portland. You can't stink forever. Guess he'll be able to do more "dancing" in the offseason.

"I'm riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiich biiiiyaaaaaaaaaatch!"

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Consciousness of the Communist

It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but, on the contrary, their social existence determines their consciousness. At a certain stage of their development, the material forces of production in society come into conflict with the existing relations of production, or - what is but a legal expression for the same thing - with the property relations within which they had been at work before. From forms of development of the forces of production these relations turn into their fetters. Then comes the period of social revolution. With the change of the economic foundation the entire immense superstructure is more of less rapidly transformed. In considering such transformations, the distinction should always be made between the material transformation of the economic conditions of production which can be determined with the precision of natural science, and the legal, political, religious, aesthetic, or philosophic - in short ideological forms in which men become conscious of the conflict and fight it out.

-Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels, The German Ideology

Friday, September 7, 2007

The Dirty South

Last fall in Jena, Louisiana, the day after two Black high school students sat beneath the "white tree" on their campus, nooses were hung from the tree. When the superintendent dismissed the nooses as a "prank," more Black students sat under the tree in protest. The District Attorney then came to the school accompanied by the town's police and demanded that the students end their protest, telling them, "I can be your best friend or your worst enemy... I can take away your lives with a stroke of my pen."1

A series of white-on-black incidents of violence followed, and the DA did nothing. But when a white student was beaten up in a schoolyard fight, the DA responded by charging six black students with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

It's a story that reads like one from the Jim Crow era, when judges, lawyers and all-white juries used the justice system to keep blacks in "their place"--but it's happening today. The families of these young men are fighting back, but the odds are stacked against them. Together, we can make sure their story is told, that this becomes an issue for the Governor of Louisiana, and that justice is provided for the Jena 6. It starts now. Please add your voice:

The noose-hanging incident and the DA's visit to the school set the stage for everything that followed. Racial tension escalated over the next couple of months, and on November 30, the main academic building of Jena High School was burned down in an unsolved fire. Later the same weekend, a black student was beaten up by white students at a party. The next day, black students at a convenience store were threatened by a young white man with a shotgun. They wrestled the gun from him and ran away. While no charges were filed against the white man, the students were arrested for the theft of the gun.2

That Monday at school, a white student, who had been a vocal supporter of the students who hung the nooses, taunted the black student who was beaten up at the off-campus party and allegedly called several black students "nigger." After lunch, he was knocked down, punched and kicked by black students. He was taken to the hospital but was released and was well enough to go to a social event that evening.3

Six Black Jena High students, Robert Bailey (17), Theo Shaw (17), Carwin Jones (18), Bryant Purvis (17), Mychal Bell (16) and an unidentified minor, were expelled from school, arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder. Bail was set so high -- between $70,000 and $138,000 -- that the boys were left in prison for months as families went deep into debt to release them.4

The first trial ended last month, and Mychal Bell, who has been in prison since December, was convicted of aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery (both felonies) by an all-white jury in a trial where his public defender called no witnesses. During his trial, Mychal's parents were ordered not to speak to the media and the court prohibited protests from taking place near the courtroom or where the judge could see them.

Mychal is scheduled to be sentenced on July 31st, and could go to jail for 22 years.5 Theo Shaw's trial is next. He will finally make bail this week.

The Jena Six are lucky to have parents and loved ones who are fighting tooth and nail to free them. They have been threatened but they are standing strong. We know that if the families have to go it alone, their sons will be a long time coming home. They will lose precious years to Jena's outrageous attempt to maintain a racist status quo. But if we act now, we can make a difference.

Please add your voice to the voices of these families in Jena, and help bring Mychal, Theo, Robert, Carwin, and Bryant home. By clicking below, you can demand that Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco get involved to make sure that justice is served for Mychal Bell, and that DA Reed Walters drop the charges against the 5 boys who have not yet gone to trial.

Thank You and Peace,
Truth And Rights

-- James, Van, Gabriel, Clarissa, and the rest of the team
July 17th, 2007


1. "Injustice in Jena as Nooses Hang From the ‘White Tree,'" truthout, July 3, 2007

2. "Racial demons rear heads," Chicago Tribune, May 20, 2007

3. See reference #1.

4. See reference #1.

5. "'Jena Six' defendant convicted," Town Talk, June 29, 2007

Other resources:

NPR: Searching for Justice in Jena 6 Case (streaming audio)

Democracy Now! - The case of the Jena Six ...

Too Sense: Free The Jena Six Now

While Seated: Jena Six

Nooses, attacks and jail for black students in Jena Louisiana

Justice In Jena, by Jordan Flaherty§ionID=30

The Perpetrator becomes the Prosecutor (and other related entries)

'Stealth racism' stalks deep South

First Lady of OM

What happened to good dance music? Good question. Here is the answer, ready? NOTHING! "Club bangers", how many times have you heard hip hop heads call their tracks this? Well I am sick of the "Club bangers" and the new kids with the weak dance that accompanies every new banger. It is like they are trying to program us how to dance, talk, dress, and all that. Fuggeduhboutit!
Allow me to introduce to you Colette. The First Lady of Om Records. She is a house dj and songstress, with an amazing voice. Check out her website. Check out Om Records website :
As one who likes to get his dance on, this new album of hers PUSH gives me visions of Oakland warehouse parties, or a random night in the Mission, at some dark dancehall where people aren't giving a damn about anything but the music. Colette can sing, and the music she sings to makes you want to dance, period. It is true house music, the kind of music that you put on and turn the volume up. Also for those of you who drive long distances at night, put this on after 11pm and crank it while driving fast (and safe).

Guess what? She is coming to the City next month as well.
San Francisco, CA
Date/Time Sun 10/14/07 @ 10:00 PM
Venue Kelly's Mission Rock-2nd Sunday

1. About Us
This is the featured single. She is telling us "something that we need to know". This is a track you'll definitely hear when she performs live. Can't write, just groovin'.

2. Call It Out
If you really mean it, call it out! This is a track dedicated to haters and gossipy gossipers. If it is Truth and Rights, fear not, call that shit out.

3. If
Misanga, that is a saying that my pops always told me. Rough translation, open your eyes! Trust me, the words to this song are words that you want somebody to sing to you. The thing about dance music is that it sets a tone, a mood. The mood that this song sets is one of a cinematic scene between the two main characters. It is as if you can see the lights and feel the smoke machine behind you. It builds up, and builds up. It is the penultimate song to put on while mixing at the house party, club, or senior prom.

4. Funny featuring Black Spade
The opening to this track is as if you are just finished waiting for your drink order. The beat drops, and it is like you just caught the eye of that person you've been eyeing. When she starts singing it is the moment you walk up to that person and ask to dance. Then she starts hitting those notes, kid. This is for the true, true dancers out there. The pace isn't too fast, but not to slow. The perfect track to dance to with your special person, after a fight, or before make-up lovin'. You pick, but this is the best track on the album in my opinion.

5. Get You Over
This track has a sort of Janet Jackson "Rhythm Nation" vibe. She isn't crooning on this one, but hitting the notes on this one percussion style, in a staccato style. The voice effects are pretty tight, def one for the live spot. A track that compels you to clap your hands at some points.

6. Think You Want It
You are in the heart of the album right now. If you aren't a house fan you are asking yourself if you like this album. But then, this song comes on and you wonder why this wasn't playing all summer at your boogie down spot? Summer 2007 wasn't really laden with hits, but this is a late entry and came at the right time. She is even spittin' game in this one too.

7. Running Around
If you mix wax, you'll like this one. You can get your mix on with this one. And the way the beat hits you can drop out and fade in and sound all pro with it. A cresendo into her saying "make me feel" would be pretty ill. Try it at home first and see what I mean. (AV I'm talking to you!) She freaks the vocals near the end.

8. Tonight
Turn it up. Louder, louder, there you go. Just let this one bump.

9. Touch & Go (Interlude)

10. Dance With You
She is singing on this one, and singing well. "Will you open your trust in me?" It has been a minute since I heard house music like this. I guess I was slippin' on the whole scene because it is not like she just came out yesterday. Big ups to Om Records and to my man AV who let me in on this secret. House ain't dead, you've just been caught up in a mind matrix. Loosen up. Stop actin' so hard, and dance. It'll get you more ladies, fellas, trust me. My girl loves the fact that I can move in a coordinated fashion. I am no Usher, but hey, I got soul.

11. About Us (Chuck Love Rework)
It is hard to critique a remix. If you are feeling the orig, then you are feeling this one too. The remix seems more laid back, but at the same time it seems harder. Weird for me to say that but, that is just how I am feeling about it. You listen and let me know what you think.

12. Every Word (Funny Reprise)
New rule, you can't play this song before midnight, or after 4 am. Strictly on the late night. Strictly in low to no light. I wonder if she'll do this on live. That would be pretty hard. "It's funny how the time was fast with you." Damn, one more song. I kind of lost myself in my own world here. I think my friend Danielle would like this song, it reminds me of her for some reason.

13. Think You Want It (Fabulous Fab Mix)
She ends this album with a remix. This is a sexy song, and that is all I am going to say about that one.

So this album gets 3 and a half Conquering Lions on the Truth And Rights scale of musical enjoyment. I don't want to give it too high of a rating then it'll get blown out, but I don't want you to sleep on this on either. Get your collection diversified. A wise man told me, "There is a time and a place for everything". The time is now for Colette, and the place is in the club. True dat!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Take The Power Back!

What does it mean to take the power back? This is what it means to take the power back. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

DR Congo Revokes Concessions for Richest Cobalt Deposits

East African Business Week (Kampala)

3 September 2007
Posted to the web 4 September 2007

The DR Congo has revoked mining concessions for the world's richest cobalt deposits.

The mining licences that have been revoked by the public prosecutor belong to CAMEC and Savannah Mining in the DRC's Katanga province.

The judicial decision has been taken to revoke and cancel the licences held for the area known as C19.

The current holders are Boss Mining (owned by CAMEC) and Mukondo Mining, itself owned by Savannah Mining and Boss Mining.

The cancellation of those licenses means the rights to mine the C19 area reverts to Gecamines, the state-owned mining company.

The Public Prosecutor's decision has been formally taken on a number of clear legal points, all of which relate to the serious irregularities in the original issuing of the licences.

They include improper issue of the licences, which put Gecamines in breach of the laws relating to the conduct of publicly owned companies and that the licences were never registered.

The licence certificates were issued without the fundamental articles of transfer, and without the required acceptance, by the licensees, of their obligations to the state.

"As such, they specifically do not comply with The Mining Code and the laws of the DRC. The allocation of the licences involved violation of the Mining Regulations 377 and 379," a press statement issued by the public prosecutors' office reads in part.

The background to the action is the DR Congo government's stated intention to review all mining licences held by foreign companies, to ensure that all are transparent, legally well-founded and based on international standards.

Independent legal and financial experts are reviewing each contract because many were arranged during the civil war and its aftermath, often in flagrant breach of procedures, regulations and laws.

"Such breaches cannot be allowed to continue," the statement said.

The government of President Joseph Kabila, who was elected in November last year, has expressed its determination to enforce internationally recognised standards of regulation and law, so as to attract and assist major international investors and operators in the DRC's mining sector.

Copyright © 2007 East African Business Week. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (

Monday, September 3, 2007

Enduring Images of Revolution

The General Ernesto Guevara. How many times have you seen this face? What does it mean to you? When he was assassinated, the killers thought that would be the end. How wrong are they? What was the price on his head? Talk about backfire. Now his face is everywhere and will not be forgotten. At his peak of militancy he was gunned down, fighting for freedom in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ernesto, we will never forget.

The Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba. Never has there been a Congolese man more outspoken against the atrocities of the Belgians, and colonialism as an instituion. For speaking truths and rights, Lumumba was also gunned down. And I believe he was gunned down by the same group that gunned down Ernesto. The DR Congo has been awaiting another Patrice. He was going to be the leader to keep the DR Congo, for the people. A man of the people for the people. That was too much for some to handle. Lumumba will forever be an inspiration to the children of the DR Congo. His image will not be tarnished, nor tainted. What was the price on his head? Our country has not recovered since his murder, but hope springs eternal. The DR Congo is easily the most wealthy source of natural resources in our world today, and due to that it has been and continues to be exploited by any and everybody who wants to downpress a nation. What the downpressors do not know is that we Congolese aren't and would not hide nor be miserly with the wealth. Congolese people want to lead proper lives and have a country to be proud of. We aren't aiming to take over the world, only to take back our land. And not to our benefit, we are very welcoming to outsiders, but this attitude continues today. Visitors are told to never go the the DR Congo? Why? To keep a nation down, to keep all the continual atrocites away from the public spotlight, to keep the corruption at an all time high. As long as I am here the DR Congo has hope, and our story will be told, without bias to the world.


Sunday, September 2, 2007

Alone In the Pub at 8:30am

It is confirmed. I am addicted to watching football matches. Alone in Kezar Pub with the bartenders. Alissa's first day was yesterday. I think she was astonished that I could be in the pub drinking Boddington's. She has no idea of the football watching culture. Needless to say, Manchester United got the win one to nil, over Sunderland. Twas a great day! No, I am not ashamed of being in the pub at 8:38am, and drinking ale. It's what you have to do sometimes just to get a match in.