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Here it comes…


Sorry I’m late tonight. I should have posted before we went out. Please enjoy this crappy cellphone photo of Steeleye Span. The white blob in the middle is Maddy Prior. We have decided this enjoyable gig will officially kickoff Christmas 2017.

Tree and lights tomorrow. We haven’t done it yet. Also, I haven’t decided how much time to take off.

Oh, yes — I’m calling the Dead Pool for Carl. He won with Max Clifford using the Carl Gambit. I’ve lost track of his body count; I hope he’s putting notches on the side of his monitor.

So, back here tomorrow for DEAD POOL ROUND BLAH BLAH BLAH. I forget which. Hunnert and something. I’ll look it up tomorrow. Night, folks!


Comment from dissent
Time: December 14, 2017, 11:06 pm

OMG! Somebody died!

Comment from Anonymous
Time: December 15, 2017, 12:14 am

Steeleye Span? Wow, didn’t know they were still around.

Hope you didn’t jinx them, posting that pic juxtaposed with a new Dead Pool.

Oh, what the heck, Maddy Prior. Hope like hell I don’t win.

Comment from Carl
Time: December 15, 2017, 1:03 am

I didn’t realise Steeleye Span were still active either. Like me, they must be quite ancient now. I saw them in concert in Reading, Berkshire in about 1972.

I’ve lost count of the number of Dead Pool wins. My selection gambit has, perhaps, been a bit too successful and I should give it a rest. Otherwise, it spoils it for other people.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: December 15, 2017, 1:08 am

Dammit Carl, I believed in your powers!
Think of the good we could have done!

I had plans!

One of which was making sure you never knew my true identity.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 15, 2017, 1:11 am

@Carl – Your approach certainly doesn’t spoil the Dead Pool as far as I’m concerned. In fact, there are two beneficial effects. First, your wins mean more Pools, and that’s a Good Thing. Second, it gives all of us opportunities to pick a variety of candidates, and I like that as well.

I’ve had the honor of being a DP winner, and that was very nice indeed, but I enjoy the whole thing whether I win or not.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: December 15, 2017, 1:17 am

Has anyone lost a spotted cow?

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: December 15, 2017, 1:45 am

I knew they were active still, because I am on their email list. You have our envy.

Long ago, when the world was new, Maddy Prior was touring in the US and we found out that she was going to appear in Boulder, Colorado. We live in Southern Colorado, at the time on a ranch in the back country. This was before kids, so on the spur of the moment my wife and I decided that we would go. The 55 mph speed limit got severely broken. It was maybe 150 miles, and we did it in about 1 1/2 hrs. Got there early enough to get front row center.

Comment from Jim Collins
Time: December 15, 2017, 2:28 am

The Span are Terry Pratchett fans too!

Comment from p2
Time: December 15, 2017, 4:13 am

im startin to think sweas & carl got a kickback thing goin….. and thats ok!

just press right on, carl! all’s fair in love, war and the dead pool….

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 15, 2017, 8:30 am

Not surprisingly, Maddy’s lost a bit of her top range, but still going strong. I think she’s the only original, original member, but four of the other six were old dudes. Two youngsters, including a really good young lady fiddle player we saw with them last year.

The crowd was old, old, old.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 15, 2017, 8:32 am

To clarify, Maddy is not playing the bass. The bass player — a local duffer — is standing behind her wearing light color. She’s in front of him wearing a black sparkly jacket.

Yes, she still dances throughout the gig. It’s a bit stiffer.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: December 15, 2017, 11:41 am

The fact she still dances is probably WHY she still CAN dance.

Inactive old people stop getting old. If only Hillary would sit still.

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: December 15, 2017, 1:41 pm

Steeleye Span, what a treat. We loved their version of “All Around My Hat”.

We saw Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna (and Jefferson Airplane) fame recently, with bass player Jack Casady. Jorma (who is pushing 77) explained to the crowd “how much better it is to be seen than to be viewed”.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 15, 2017, 5:19 pm

They did “All Around My Hat” as the encore. They did a fine, rollicking version of it, but introduced it in the way that says, “We know this is what you want, but we’ve been singing this damn song for fifty years and we’re kind of over it…”

We loved it.

Comment from Carl
Time: December 15, 2017, 6:20 pm

Thanks for the vote of support. Unless Swease decides to ban me, I’ll carry on.

Comment from AliceH
Time: December 16, 2017, 7:38 pm

If Carl wins another, does he then qualify as a celebrity? Just wondering out loud here..

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