Updated Weather Forecast

Did you enjoy the early cold blast?  Want another one?

I cannot say I did as I am still working out how long these stupid storage heaters in my flat have to be on for, I was pretty damn cold the other night.  Now I reckon I will need to open the windows tomorrow!

We are going to get a more westerly flow over the next couple of days, so less settled but less cold.

Another chilly night tonight but we should escape a frost (it was -1.4’c last night!).
Friday should be dry, quite windy perhaps with rain overnight, 12’C during the day and not cold overnight.

Saturday the low pressure will still be nearby (there is a big blocking high pressure to our east so not so easy for weather systems to cross us), so expect some showery rain at times, and a cooler feel as the wind swings to the north again, 11’C – a chilly night.
Sunday will eventually see the low pressure move away but drag down more Arctic air so expect a cold day, 8’C or so which will feel unpleasant in the wind.  There might be a shower or two.  The wind will die down overnight leading to a frost, maybe below zero again.
Monday sees high pressure building from the north-west, so it should be sunny but still pretty cold, 8’C, chilly overnight but probably not a frost as the breeze will pick up.

Tuesday should be dry but with rain in the evening/overnight, 12’C during the day so feeling better.

From then on, I see a pattern of an unsettled but mild day or so followed by a settled but cooler day or so, taking us into the first part of November.  Wind and rain, then sun and frost.

No sign of the late October storm I was expecting in my long-range forecast.  But I don’t rule it out yet.

I think from the early to mid part of November onwards it will be dry and cold with high pressure establishing itself over us.

Winter I am thinking either colder or snowier than last year.  I am preferring the colder but dry outcome at the moment.

Spring I am thinking dry too.  Next summer average temperatures at best.

Not sure about 2012 yet.

Things I Would Like To Cut

Things I Would Cut:
1. Wayne Rooney’s manhood, like you would a rabid dog.
2. Jimmy Bullard’s contract length and value. And hair.
3. John Terry. From life.
4. X-Factor. Death to X-Factor. Stop ruining my social life and what is left of decency in society at large.
5. All soap operas but starting with Eastenders first. I might keep Hollyoaks but cut most of the sound out unless there are any lesbian noises.
6. All prisoners. Or cut them from this country anyway – outsource them to a Chinese prison.
7. Electro-house.
8. The price of beer.
9. The length of skirts on all good-looking women.
10. Margaret Thatcher’s age – get her back into power.
11. The BBC license fee – scrap the illegal tax. I should be allowed to choose if I want TV, not be forced it upon me.
12. The amount I pay in rent and bills.
13. The distance I have to travel to go to a decent nightclub. Someone bloody needs to build a decent nightclub in Reading with underground music.
14. The cutting of sandwiches for men.  Do not cut a man’s sandwich.  Unless he is gay.
15. My hair. But without me having to pay for it.

I’m sure I could think of more but this is a starter. I will send to George-y boy later.

Dirty Warehouses and Mammoth Sleeps

I didn’t make it to either fabric or Mango on Sunday or Saturday respectively – but I’m not so fussed as I had true disco satisfaction after an excellent night at the Warehouse Project on Friday night!
The night takes place in a car park underneath the train station, and is very basic and rather dirty – musically and well, it is in dirty Manchester. I say it was basic as it was simply a couple of thousand people there for the music and a damn good party – no messing around, no poncing around, no leaving early.
The star was Richie Hawtin though perhaps because that was the only person I managed to see reasonably close after eventually squeezing a bit of disco space. Magda may well have been good but at this point we were running around after each other, trying to find a decent spot. Saw some of Marc Houle play live who was also really good.
Only slight gripes was how over-filled it was, and not having the same sound quality as fabric, but they cannot really be classed as gripes, just a tiny lack of perfection. And as it was sold-out before we got our tickets, one cannot really complain about being let in!
Thoroughly recommend it…though I think most nights are sold out now.
When I finally arrived back in Reading on Saturday afternoon, I decided upon a sleep. I was rather surprised to awake at 11 to see the sun still shining – then I realised that it was Sunday morning and I had slept for a record 21 hours! I guess I was still catching up as I wasn’t 100% fit on Friday.
I am struggling slightly with a lack of inspiration today. Looking forward to some kind of gravy-based meal tonight and that will probably be the only highlight of my day. Unless I discover a hot new tune but I have listened to nothing but turd so far.

Updated Weather Forecast

I’m sure by now you are feeling the impending doom of the cold season starting to make its effects.

I don’t really have too much confidence in exact weather predictions at the moment, it is a little all over the place.

Tuesday should start sunny but will cloud over to an extent, maybe with a shower, around 11’C – it will be chilly overnight as the Arctic blast I forecasted digs in for Wednesday, where you will feel the cold with temperatures perhaps down to 7’C.

There may be some rain overnight on Wednesday but I think most of the rain will have died out.

High pressure is then trying to build from the south-west, but low pressure is trying to come in from the north-west, I am not sure of the outcome at the moment, but I would expect an unsettled weekend.

Thursday will be less cold at about 10’C and Friday might even be back up to 13’C.

It is possible that the low pressure for the weekend might suck down more Arctic air on Sunday, making it colder.

Apologies that I cannot be more descriptive, I’m waiting to see how it pans out.  Remember – Wednesday = cold.

Weekend Excitement!

Tonight I am going to make my first ever visit to the Warehouse Project in Manchester, to see Magda, who is the DJ I most want to see that I have never seen (closely followed by Jamie Jones) and also Richie Hawtin.

Those that know me will know that I am not the hugest fan of track-destroying and sound-diminishing DJ software like Traktor, but looking at the videos of Richie Hawtin closing Amnesia, one has to admit that he does manage to do something pretty special and ultimately enjoyable and I am looking forward to seeing and hearing what he has to offer.

This link has a review of Amnesia’s closing party, and the Richie Hawtin videos are very well worth watching.

Then on Sunday, hopefully I shall be visiting fabric for the 11th birthday party celebrations which should be a very special day – doors open at 11pm on Saturday night and close at 5am on Monday. I have been to the last two birthdays and both were very special nights so I hope this will continue.

I have been watching Ricardo Villalobos at Exit Festival, a whole hour long set, and it is so enjoyable, and of course I love watching the strange, ultra-camp/ultra-wasted dancing and posing of Ricardo, well worth an hour of your time. Though seeing him live at fabric on Sunday would be much better!

I might even go to Mango on Saturday.

So finally, I get to go clubbing. Happy days – very happy days! I might even do a review assuming I survive.

James Upsets America

Well well well, I always said that my blog would get me into trouble as I am not one to stick to convention, and, it appears that it has.  Though not this blog, my sister blog James Winfields Top Tunes blog seems to have got me into trouble.

There I am, thinking that all of these tunes I love, that I discover, should be shared with everyone; suddenly I receive such e-mail:


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My response being:

Dear Sir

I would like to reply to this accusation.

I am simply trying to promote, both artists and re-mixers that I feel my friends should be aware of. I expect that they will then consider those artists in their future purchasing of concerts, festivals, albums merchandising, etc of said artists. I receive nothing. There is no money to be made in my blog. I simple admire this track and am trying to promote it.

What is wrong with that?

Please explain.

Kind regards
James Winfield


The track in question is the Carl Craig remix of Hot Chip’s track called “One Night Stand”

So who is the bad guy?

I’m not sure, so therefore my conclusion, sadly, should be that you listen to music that you are allowed to.

I will continue to provide links to good music that I am allowed to. I just want to promote artists. Enjoy.

Updated Weather Forecast

Firstly I have to bring you very sad news, in that possibly the only really good weather presenter on the BBC, Rob McElwee, is no longer going to be providing forecasts on the BBC, in part of the BBC’s left-wing dumbing down agenda. This is the only forecaster I truly admire, for he will actually dare use words such as “isobars” and “jet-stream”, and hint of future weather, as opposed to saying things like “splishes and splashes of rain around about” and tell you nothing, as many of the other presenters do.

The Met Office provides the BBC this service. Both are government departments which should be privatised as they are no longer providing a quality service.

Off my soapbox, onto the weather.

It should stay dry over the weekend, but nights will get chillier as we lose some of the cloud gradually.

Then we will have a northerly flow digging in, as I suggested previously.

So this weekend may seem chilly, with temperatures of 11’C-14’C at day, and between 3’C and 7’C at night but just wait until next week when the Arctic air blasts in, Monday onwards, ho ho ho!

Snow, snow snow? Way too early for it to snow. But it might just.

And Russia is preparing for a once in a thousand year winter. Ouch.

By next Wednesday you should really be feeling the chill, temperatures down to perhaps 5’C to 7’C. And maybe some wintry showers, we shall see.

But it won’t be cold for too long. This time around anyway.

Wednesday Evening Thoughts

OK I should have posted this much earlier but I seem to have been struck down with something which my immune system has not been able to cope with, hence I didn’t wake up until 4pm and have only just started to have any kind of physical energy.

Firstly I have some thoughts on the football from yesterday.  Montenegro are a good team.  They were a good team before they won their first three games and are still a good team.  They could well do just as Greece did in 2004  – an unspectacular team but with the spirit and togetherness to see them through.  I cannot understand the tsunami of criticism for the England players or managers.  England drawing against Montenegro is like Chelsea drawing against Aston Villa.  It happens.  It is football, get over it, you cannot win every game.  We know Chelsea are better than Aston Villa and we know England are better than Montenegro.  Not every result goes to the favourite.  It was tricky, we got a draw, it is an ok result.  We have no divine right to beat decent teams.

I still suspect Fabio Capello is a man on a huge contract, smoking his Italian cigar with a diminishing sense of pride, and that he does not have what it takes to be England manager.  But name me someone who does?  The job of England manager is almost impossible.  You have to control a group of young men, many of whom who have lost all sense of morals, though some of whom will be very moralistic, players from very different areas of the country that tend to generally loath each other.  Then you have to cope with the demands of premiership club managers, who all have huge amounts of pressure upon them with regards to their star players who are going to foreign countries not under their control.  And then the fans, who expect to win every single game, and win comfortably.  Give the guy a chance, let him fail or, perhaps, just perhaps, succeed.  There is no point in getting anyone else to do it, because as soon as they fail to slightly meet an expectation, they are no good again.

Secondly, I am somewhat perturbed by the seemingly continuous footage of 33 miners trapped underground in Chile coming to the surface, when there are other news stories to report.  I don’t want to diminish the exceptionalness of the story of the miners, but I do not need to know which miners have a wife and a mistress who met each other for the first time whilst said miner was trapped.  Especially given that the miners are from a country that very few of the people in the UK have anything to do with.  Although I am special in this case, as the revered Ricardo Villalobos is from said country.  Anyway, surely Sky News could report a little more on our own good news story, that of the privatisation of the Royal Mail?  Excellent news which will affect us all, and most of us in a good way by finally having a modernised postal service that we can again be proud of.

And finally, a happy 85th birthday to Margaret Thatcher.  I doubt our country’s standing or prosperity would be as it is now, were it not for her.  I would expect us to be more like Italy.

Goodnight, I hope to be posting in a better state of body tomorrow, loving the world!