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This news artical was on the BBC news the other night, ‘Changing the face of Formula One’
I mean ‘wow!’ a ‘Black’ F1 driver… shock horror, whatever next…. MOBO awards?! ha ha!

I for one am sick of hearing stories like this, why does this country make a point of hailing a black F1 driver or award ceremony such as the MOBO’s, just because the colour of their skin is something other than white?

The F1 driver for instance, he’s quite obviously a human, all his bodily organs work the same, he lives his life a person of the human race and, lucky for him, he does a job which he enjoys.

So… where exactly does the importance about being black come from?

Good, Bad, Beautiful, Ugly, Rich, Poor, Straight, Gay…. we are all still human.

I am fed up with this, somewhat, self- segregation  that has probably formed due to the ‘Politically Correct’ society we live in. Its rather sad really.

The Urban Dictionary meaning for Politically Correct Racism

I’d like to see the word ‘Racism’ removed from common language, only to be used in extreme circumstances.

Tell me I’m wrong if you like, state your opinion, this is what I think and its my rant 😉

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ROLAND MC 303 GROOVEBOX

It comes complete with power supply, manual, Midi leads, Jack leads, Official Roland Dust cover, and a Custom made Aluminum Rack Tray for use on angled 19″ Desktop rack.
This unit has had the Free Roland Upgrade of the main chip, which apparently smoothed out the bugs in the earlier versions and gave better midi implementation.
Never Gigged, just home acid tweaking!!!!

This is how Roland described it:
The MC-303 is an exciting new product that presents new creative approaches to dance music. Dance music, especially techno music, can now be approached creatively by anyone using the MC-303.
All that’s required is just to combine any preset sounds and patterns from the huge selection offered, including sounds from vintage analog synthesizers.
Realtime performance capability is emphasized, such as realtime Cutoff and Resonance controls to vary the sound as well as Arpeggio and Groove Quantize for adding a special feel or groove to the song.
The self-contained MC-303 can offer a level of performance which has been only available with huge set-ups including turntable, mixer, and various instruments.
The MC-303’s integrated features provide advanced DJs with another innovative way of creating techno music.

With its 120 Preset Patterns and an awesome 448 Tones and 12 Drum Sets, the MC-303 has everything to get you up and grooving within seconds.The Preset Patterns and Tones cover various facets of modern dance music, from Techno, Jungle, Trance to House, Acid Jazz and Hip-Hop.

The MC-303 comes loaded a selection of vintage analogue sounds that are so typical of dance music: TB303 basses, SH-101 basses and solo sounds, Juno and Jupiter sounds, synth pianos, etc., and of course scratch noises, orchestra hits, white noise, TR-909 and TR-808. Techno and Jungle drum sets are also included.

The Preset Patterns can either be used ‘as is’ or customized by muting some parts (the chord backing, for example) and then stored to one of the 300 Variation memories. Original Patterns can be created either by modifying existing Preset Patterns or by programming them in real-time or step time. The MC-303 provides 50 User Pattern memories. Pattern sequences can either be programmed in real-time or as Songs for repeated use.

The MC-303 is essentially a real-time performance tool, providing four large knobs for recordable sound parameter editing (filter, LFO, envelope, resonance, etc.), Real-time Phrase Sequencing (RPS), and advanced arpeggiator with more than 30 styles, and sophisticated Quantize functions (Grid Quantize, Shuffle Quantize, and Groove Quantize).
The MC-303 also features a Low Boost knob allowing you to dial in as much low-end as it takes to create powerful Kick or bass sounds so that anyone can ‘feel’ the groove.
The BPM rate can be specified down to the first decimal place for precise synchronization with external sound sources or by using the Tap Tempo function.

The MC-303 also sports a MIDI IN and a MIDI OUT connector to interface with external MIDI compatible equipment.

Well after my first growing season with Chillies I have collected the seed from the ones that fruited and swapped some seed with the guys at www.chillisgalore.co.uk and bought some see on eBay and sdcf so next years plants should consist of a range of the following:

  • Thai Bangkok Upright ………(from this years crop)
  • Purple Tiger ……………….……(from this years crop)
  • Cayenne …………………………..(from this years crop)
  • Cayenne Thick ………………...(seed swap from www.chillisgalore.co.uk)
  • Rocoto Orange ………………...(from this years crop)
  • Ring of Fire ……………….……..(seed from bought pods sdcf)
  • Pimientos de Padrón ………..(seed from bought pods sdcf)
  • Apache ……………….……………(seed swap from www.chillisgalore.co.uk)
  • Jalapeno ……………….………….(B&Q)
  • Santa Fe Grande ………………(seed bought on eBay)
  • Anaheim ……………….………….(seed bought on eBay)
  • Tabasco ……………….…………..(seed bought on eBay)
  • Scotch Bonnet Yellow ……….(seed bought on eBay)
  • Habanero Orange ……………..(seed bought on eBay)
  • Aji Rojo ……………………………..(seed bought on eBay)
  • Sweet Banana ……………………(seed bought on eBay)
  • Tepin……………….………………..(seed bought on eBay)

Not a bad little list if I do say so, the Plan is to start things off in a Propagator first so I have more chance of the seeds germinating. The Chillies I’m most interested in are Santa Fe Grande, Rocoto Orange, Sweet Banana, and the Pimientos de Padrón…. though I just want to grow all I can really! I’ll be happy with one good plant of each 🙂 And not forgetting the Tomatillo seeds (seed swap from www.chillisgalore.co.uk) 😀

And a late update to the list due to ‘unconcerned’ of the ChillisGalore forum www.thechileman.org who was totally great and sent me the following seed:

  • Pepperoncini
  • Orange Thai
  • Purple Jalapeno
  • Santa Fe Grande
  • Naga Jolokia Purple

🙂

I’m selling my first digital camera after a few years of use, its a great little camera for anyone interested in getting into Photography and learning how the manual functions work on a ‘real’ camera 😀 Auction Due to Start at 18:00 today 11th November 2006.

Go check it Sony Cybershot DCS-F717

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NCLUDED: Camera Camera strap Lens cap. Original Memory stick (32mb) 2-off 128meg Memory Sticks and 4 off 2-off 256meg Memory Stick Pro’s. Sony Li-ion battery & another Spare Battery. Sony camera charger USB sync cable A/V connection cable Operating Instructions CD with software Original Box, Genuine Sony Leather ever-ready case. Filters included are ‘Skylight’ on the camera, a Radial Poloriser, and Neutral Density (ND4) filter. Lens optics are spotless as it has always been protected with the Skylight Filter. *allthough not shown in the Pictures, the USB cable is included* Item is well packaged. Totally great deal, happy bidding.


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