Willow Foundation

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A guitar signed by David will be auctioned in aid of the Willow Foundation at its gala ball on Saturday 3 March.

The charity funds and organises special days for seriously ill adults living with conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and organ failure.

The guitar in question is a Taylor T5 Spruce Top (in Cherry Sunburst).

Please click here for a better look at the guitar and further details on the auction.

Everyone at DavidGilmour.com hopes that its sale will raise lots of money to assist this special charity with their crucial work.

Unfortunately, I still don’t have any news on the ‘Arnold Layne’ contest, but will let you know the moment I hear anything. Please continue to be patient. The prize is certainly worth waiting for.

I’ll have more DVD details for you next week. Until then, have a good weekend.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

153 thoughts on “Willow Foundation”

  1. Good Luck to David on sunday with the nomination for best instrumental performance & i hope he wins his Grandma, it was careless of him to lose her in the first place.

    Have a good week end everyone & stay warm, or cool depending on where you are.

  2. Excuse me, but I believe the cat is now out of the bag, for as the link you provided states,

    “Rock legend David Gilmour took a break from a recent recording session at his South West London studio to sign a guitar for the charity….”

    (eye twitches) I’m okay. I’m fine, really…. (takes an absent-minded wide-eyed sip from a paint cup)

    [Now, come on. You know that you’d all be recording just for the hell of it if you had the equipment. – Features Editor]

  3. CAPTION:

    As our hero gets stuck into his advanced dance class he notices that the Michael Jackson shoulder shuffle is some what trickier than the moonwalk.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

  4. So now my thoughts about the foundation, that’s a very noble cause. Ironically, I just found out a colleague I have known and worked with for 15 years has a wife with MS….I never knew and was touched by her/their plight.

    As for the guitar itself, it’s an interesting guitar. I’ve never played one but now, of course, I’m curious.

    I’m partial to sunburst….

  5. Keep us posted on the funds raised for this very important charity. My friend’s two yr old boy was just diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. Absolutely sad.

    On a lighter note, I cannot wait to hear the captions for this pic 🙂

    Tara

  6. *Caption*

    David hopes that with some of the extra proceeds obtained from his guitar auction he can both help out a worthy cause and get his ceilings heightened, just a bit, as well…

  7. Great,Mr Gilmour…you’re surely a nice person.

    I have a friend who lives sice two years with a cancer,thanks for him too.

    emi

  8. *caption*

    In his best Robert DeNiro with a British accent: “You talking to me?”

    Andrew

  9. Is that a promise? Do you promise to have DVD news next week?…lol

    [Honest. – Features Editor]

  10. We admire David Gilmour for his continuous efforts in charity endeavors.

    We are excited about the new DVD and the Bloggerpalooza. Can’t wait to hear more updates next week.

    Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend you all!

  11. *caption*

    “Are you going to pay for that Sir, or do I have to call the Police?” asks the guitar shop owner.

  12. “Rock legend David Gilmour took a break from a recent recording session at his South West London studio to sign a guitar for the charity….”

    not much sneaks past Me Ortiz!!!

    *caption*

    (Glasgow accent) See you Jimmy *head butt*

  13. [David has been recording? I do hope this news is Wright…err, I mean correct 🙂 – Posted by: Matt at February 9, 2007 02:30 PM]

    Hmmm? Waters unknown mason I mean Matt son.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

  14. David has said in the recent past that he has lots of new ideas that he would like to record. That, and the great musical snippets that regularly appear on this site, are like a signal that he’s got new music in the works.

    But I know that David doesn’t rush his creative process and, really, that’s a good thing. It means that we get his best efforts, every time. It also means that we are not likely to get anything new this year.

    Knowing all of this gets me very excited (because new music is coming) but not to the point of checking the record store shelves every couple weeks (because any new music will take time to arrive).

  15. Caption 2 is good Angelo, funny. I noticed Fed, that the news article mentioned above says Dave Gilmour! Tsk, tsk, to the editor. Beautiful guitar by the way.

    Caption: The guitar shop owner says ” Are you crazy, you can’t sign that instument, who do you think you are?

  16. CAPTION 2:

    David fields his last Floyd rumor before revealing his secret mutant occular laser power….

  17. Yesterday I was in a used CD shop and saw a disc by Harper. I got all excited and bought the item. When I got home I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t see any reference to Gilmour on the disc. I went back to the Collaborations entry and did a search.

    Only then did I realize my mistake, the collaboration was with Roy Harper not Ben Harper.

    Damn…but the review for this disc look pretty good too so I’ll have to check it out.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  18. [“I am a nice person, and don’t call me ‘Shirley’…..”]

    Don’t you mean surly? (I keed, I keed!)

  19. [“Rock legend David Gilmour took a break from a recent recording session at his South West London studio to sign a guitar for the charity….”]

    People…c’mon now.

    Recording is his job, his career. At this point I only read this as David went to work and took an extended lunch.

    I’m sure he has hours and hours of recordings that will never see the light of day.

    Why speculate so much and help feed fodder for the fansites?

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  20. Andrew,

    I dont think that fans want to speculate. I think that fans want the thing that you want: a new Pink Floyd album from Mr. Roger Waters, Mr. David Gilmour, Mr. Richard Wright and Mr. Nick Mason.

    And then a tour. This is what we want and hope. And every little thing for this dream is for us another day of hope that this dream could become true.

    Aldo

    [Roger is back in Pink Floyd? When did that happen? I must have missed it when I was wondering why the Beatles haven’t put out anything new in a while. Never stop dreaming. – Features Editor]

  21. Angelo – I just nearly choked on my crisps reading your Caption 3 !

    Very good !

    Martin.

  22. I think Mr. Gilmour deserves a nice Award for all his charitable work he does.

    If it were up to me, I’d nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize =)

  23. Its great that David uses his legend status to support all the different causes he supports. Keep in mind everyone can make a little difference.

    Someone somewhere said “Shame on the man who did nothing becuase he could do little”.

    So, lets follow Davids example and do as little or as much as we can to give a hand.

    Thats my tree hugging comment for the day, but I do mean it.

    Thanks everyone for your continued support with the contest!

  24. That’s a noble cause indeed, and most of us are within that age range and we can well understand what it means. When in comfort we take every good day for granted, and we don’t understand anymore how life is worth and such a gift.

    Now of course we want to know what he’s recroding, maybe some upcoming collaborations with other artists.

    Is the guitar coming from his collection or is it just a new guitar?

    [It’s a brand new one, I believe. – Features Editor]

  25. That is a nice looking guitar. I’d guess it goes for at least £30,000. Now if I only had that sum lying around..

    Given the windows in the photo, that looks more like a practice room than a recording studio. Of course just out of camera is Rick working on his new album 😉

    Have a good weekend all.

  26. [Roger is back in Pink Floyd? When did that happen? I must have missed it when I was wondering why the Beatles haven’t put out anything new in a while. Never stop dreaming. – Features Editor]

    You make me die laughing! Always caustic, teaser and dreamsbreaker…but you really make me die laughing! Enjoy your weekend mate!

    [The same to you. – Features Editor]

  27. FEd, Irregulars,

    I know it probably sounded silly when I proposed The Blog Irregulars to join the auction for the PF eyeballs, taking into account the amounts these auctions typically generate.

    But yet again, I would propose we – as The Blog & Irregulars – symbolically join the auction.

    I do not know about the practicalities but I was thinking along the lines of those of us wishing to contribute, donate whatever amount you feel appropriate to a centralised account.

    Irrespective of the outcome of the auction, the money collected would be donated to the Willow Foundation. I would think that would be a nice gesture in gratitude of what David, Polly and the band did for us last year.

    Is that something that

    1. makes sense
    2. would be feasible
    3. you FEd or someone at OneFifteen would be willing to assist in ?

    Enjoy the weekend and good luck David on Sunday,
    Ralph

    [We aren’t willing to handle anyone’s money, simply because doing so could cause too many unnecessary problems, but I’d gladly help in any other way. – Features Editor]

  28. CAPTION: RECORDING…. WHAT RECORDING

    “You ain’t seen me right!”

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

  29. Please Aldo, I never said that I want a PF reunion. I’m not saying that it doesn’t interest me but I’m certainly not losing any sleep if they do or they don’t.

    I’m very pleased with the catalog of music that is out there right now and whatever else comes along so be it.

    I can’t imagine the pressure and stress it must be at times for David. I guess this what you would call the perils of success. It gives you a perspective as to why Kurt Cobain did what he did.

    And think about this for a minute. What are you going to say if PF does release another album and it turns out that it really sucks?? Hey it could happen. Some aren’t happy with OAI. Some don’t like any of Roger’s solo stuff. Some don’t like any PF prior to DSOTM.

    Let’s hang it up already on the constant nagging for a PF reunion.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  30. Hello Fed,

    I was wondering if you had any knowledge of either David playing, or the band coming together, to play for the Global Warming concert that will be this summer- similar to Live 8, this I believe will be called SOS. I did not know if you had any knowledge of David perhaps playing for this as I know he is largely in favor of educating people on global warming.

    Shine on!
    Matt in Maine

    [I do, and the answer is ‘no’. David will not be playing at this concert. – Features Editor]

  31. CAPTION 3:

    David looks up into a haunched over FEd and asks, “You okay mate, you’ve got salt crust on your lips? Here’s some banana and ice….”

    [Banana and ice… Lovely. Ask LG for her banana, mango, papaya and almond smoothie recipe the next time you get a chance. It’s gorgeous. – Features Editor]

  32. [(eye twitches) I’m okay. I’m fine, really…. (takes an absent-minded wide-eyed sip from a paint cup) – Angelo]

    Yeah, that happened to me too! Andrew, you may say we’re dreamers, but we’re not the only ones 😉 At least we aren’t chanting for a PF reunion.

    Great captions everyone.

    Caption: After one too many all-nighters at the studio, Polly calls in the hypnotist to try and get David a decent night’s sleep. ‘David, you are getting sleepy’

    [Now, come on. You know that you’d all be recording just for the hell of it if you had the equipment. – Features Editor]

    Damn it, FEd, why do you have to go and make sense like that.

    I’d, also, like to wish David luck this weekend. Is David actually going to the Grammy’s, FEd?

    Have a great weekend all!

    ~Erin

    [I don’t know, but you are the 101st person to have asked. Congratulations. – Features Editor]

  33. I think that instead of going to the Grammy’s, David should spend his time On An Island….

    Andrew

  34. Howdy FEd,

    I missed the chatroom this week, bummer. Lot’s of school stuff and such.

    I think it is so commendable the way that David Gilmour gives of himself to such things. I live with all sorts of medical conditions. I truly appreciate his time and effort and in some cases funding.

    David Gilmour is a hell of a humanitarian and an outstanding individual.

    Have a grand weekend!

    Penny

  35. A Taylor filmed by Gilmour… would be a nice item to have, though… I’m saving for the Fender David Gilmour strat coming in 2008, right Fed? Actually I’m taking a shot in here, but probably there will be a general production of those and a 25 custom special guitars which generally have each scratch and dent the original David’s guitar has. I’m aiming to get one of each! If I can, trust me I’ll be the happiest guy on earth! 😛

    Guys, quit boring our dear Fed… yeah sure, David was on the studio recording… I’d think he probably was making sure the DVD turns out to be amazing! And for me… it sounded like a marketing thing… like “aw, we just got David Gilmour out of his recording studio so that he could come and sign this guitar… wara wara” At least, that’s my personal opinion!

    Have a nice weekend guys!

    Shine on we hopefully guitar owners!

  36. [I don’t know, but you are the 101st person to have asked. Congratulations. – Features Editor]

    Should we go to a different site to inquire? I thought this was the official site for accurate information.

    Erin is a loyal fan and contributor to this page and does not deserve a curt and smug reply. These folks are inquiring because they are fans of David and more than likely are willing to sacrifice an evening they otherwise wouldn’t to watch to see if he wins. The Grammy’s are almost intolerable nowadays so David’s attendance would be paramount to a viewing decision.

    If she is indeed the 101st person to ask without getting an accurate answer to this more than reasonable question then someone isn’t doing their job. Congratulations.

    (That someone isnt necessarily you F*Ed)

    I’m gonna regret hitting the “Post” button I know it….but here goes…

    [Maybe we’d rather not say one way or another because we wouldn’t want any fans showing up and embarrassing themselves – or David – as happened at JFK airport back in April. Don’t be so sensitive. I think you’ve made the odd quip before, haven’t you, Matt? On a regular basis? I’ve given the only answer I can give (several times) and if it’s not good enough… – Features Editor]

  37. FEd, this is a question thats been bothering me for a while perhaps you can answer:

    What makes somebody an “Irregular” on this blog?

    [My understanding is that anyone who contributes regularly is an ‘Irregular’. – Features Editor]

  38. re: Grammy Awards

    Bonne chance, David!

    Becky

    PS–Now playing: Island Jam. SO beautiful.

    PSS-Hi, FEd!

  39. Caption-

    David regularly practised the art of Fencing, especially on pesky cameramen.

    Hey gang, I’ve had a shit day, but I just wanna wish all the luck in my heart to David’s ‘hopeful’ Grammy win. If he goes to the event, the lucky swine will not only see a performance from The Police, but also that lovely latina, Ms. Shakira….(In the style of Borat, Waa Waa Wee Wa!!!)

    All the best Peeps, and Fed,
    Simon J

  40. [I must have missed it when I was wondering why the Beatles haven’t put out anything new in a while. Never stop dreaming.]

    C’mon, Fed. You know damn well that Paul is going through a lot right now. I’m sure after all that passes, this could be possible. 😉

    Tara

  41. Caption (in honor of photos I took last night out of a sense of boredom and because Adriano asked to see what my newer Jedi costume looked like):

    You will bid on this guitar.

    You /will/ bid on this guitar.
    (end Jedi mind trick)

    Ahem, anyway. There are plenty of worthy causes out there, and I’m wickedly pleased that someone like David who doesn’t /have/ to contribute to such things… does. An inspiration to us in more than one way.

    And in other news… I hope if any of our bloggers are in the Oswego or Mexico, NY areas, that they’re keeping safe and healthy. One /hundred/ inches of snow in a week? Holy hand grenade of Antioch.

    Everyone have a smashingly good weekend. May your sports teams do well, especially if their name rhymes with ‘Liverpool’.

    Off to decide which David song to play tonight,
    ‘Nix.

  42. I almost bought one of those T5’s when they came out. I think it’s one of the finest Taylor makes.

  43. Hi

    I was very drawn by the idea that the Blog fraternity could donate to a central fund and then that fund be used to bid on the guitar. I would be very happy to arrange such a thing and it is relatively easy to set-up a PayPal account to receive people’s contributions. However there are some problems …

    a) you don’t know who the heck I am and I could be a thief (I’m not, I’m a actually a nurse but I could be)

    b) how would you track all of the donations and how would you know that I was collecting the money honestly?

    c) if we collected enough and then won the auction what would we do with the guitar and who would actually own it? I guess we could raffle it through the blog and make even more money?

    It’s a great idea but it is fraught with complications and I can see why F’Ed was backing away at a rate of knots!

    I’d love to help though if someone can crack the problems above. It’d be such a cool thing to do.

  44. One thing that no one has commented on yet is the fact that the auction is for a Taylor guitar.

    We’re talking about a really nice guitar here aside from the fact that David autographed it. This is not some Fender Squire or Gibson Epiphone that you typically see as signed charity items.

    This one is in the range of $1,500 to $2,500 without his autograph as opposed to the $100 axes mentioned above.

    So the winner wins in three ways:

    They help out a charity.
    They get David’s autograph.
    They get David’s autograph on a really nice item.

    Good luck.

    Andrew

  45. [I think you’ve made the odd quip before, haven’t you, Matt? On a regular basis? I’ve given the only answer I can give and if it’s not good enough… – Features Editor]

    I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments. ~ Jim Morrison

    Just standing up for a lady’s honor sir…

    [In that case, it’s good of you to do so. – Features Editor]

  46. Isn’t it the weekend YET???

    David in the studio recording??? Yes I have to admit if I had the equipment (and the slightest knowledge of how to play an instrument) I’d be recording for the hell of it all the time.

    A new album by David??? Come on people- I think he has enough to think about getting the DVD ready to go. I personally would love to have new DG music… but then if I had MY way- he’d make a new album every WEEK! Though I would absolutely love to see the little snippets from the web site see the light of day as a release some day.

    Speaking of the snippets… hey Fed- what about a link to the snippets like you have a link to old blog entries? I don’t often have access to a computer with speakers. It would be great to access the snippets any old time. Something to think about eh?

    Tim

    [Definitely. I have enquired about the possibility of doing something similar. – Features Editor]

  47. [Maybe we’d rather not say one way or another because we wouldn’t want any fans showing up and embarrassing themselves – Features Editor]

    First off, I did say that in wasn’t necessarily you.

    Second off, The “Irregulars” would never show up and do that.

    Third off, there’s gonna be a thousand other folks out there anyway. Some that have never heard of this Blog for all the other nominee’s. They’re gonna bum rush anyone with tiara or tux.

    Fourth off, I already stated that I would regret this.

    Fifth off, Have a good weekend.

    [The same to you, mate. Have a good one. – Features Editor]

  48. No winner yet? No problem I’m at home now. Sorry I was late, now you can call. My bag is ready, serveral people are eager to carry my guitar. (one of them was roadie on the last PF Tour in germany)

    We are only two people, easy to handle at Abbey Road. Not too much equipment, just two Guitars, my Crate Amp and two VG-8 of my teammate Frank. That’s all. Just plug in, and ready to record.

    Unfortunately it’s impossible to log in again on the contest page. Don’t know why. Password don’t work. The Link “forgot password” doesn’t work too. So I take the chance here to thank all voters.

    Thank you very much!

  49. It’s a great looking guitar and who ever gets it will be a proud owner. David and Polly really do care and really love to help others.So thank you David and Polly for love and care for others.

    Fed, I hope you have a good weekend and I hope to see you and all the irregulars in the chat room next week.

    Take Care,
    Thomas

  50. Come on Fed…. I heard from a VERY reliable fan site that Paul McCartney is PERSONALLY going to resurrect John Lennon to make a new Beatles album!

    And as far as biting remarks from the Fed- hey we’ve all been here long enough to know the kind of responses Fed can give (especially to a repeated question). We should have pretty thick skin if we call ourselves Irregulars. I’ve not myself born the brunt of such comments, but I think I’d survive if I did.

    I did get my copy of Supertramp “Brother where you bound”. I gotta say the song with David is not all that good… but Davids’ guitar work definitely saves the day and makes the song.

    Now who is familiar with All About Eve and David’s work with them? Any good?

    Tim

  51. David you are simply the best; U think always for the others and in particular for the poor people, and it is the best quality for a man.

    FED, I can’t wait to know the others details of the DVD, it’s not easy to wait!

    Ciao FED (I will tell U the first game of Ronaldo with AC Milan) and Bloggers!

    The best weekend to all!

    Claudio from Ravenna

  52. [But I know that David doesn’t rush his creative process and, really, that’s a good thing. It means that we get his best efforts, every time. It also means that we are not likely to get anything new this year. Knowing all of this gets me very excited (because new music is coming) but not to the point of checking the record store shelves every couple weeks (because any new music will take time to arrive).]

    HUH??????? i got news for you bro., you might want to settle down quite a bit. We will be lucky if we have anything new in 10 yrs and I can pretty much guarantee we wont have anything in at least 3 and probably more like 5 years (past history as a barometer)

    D.G is SLOW!!! He is self-admittedly lazy and he records in his studio often. there is a big difference between recording some snippets and mounting an album/tour. These snippets we are hearing are from OAI…you can obviously tell that. i mean this is tongue and cheek but i sure would’nt get your panties in a wod over his declaration that he has been recording…well duh. he’s always recording. that is what he does!

  53. Quick thought: Imagine what could have been achieved if all the money, energy and effort spent on warfare and space research went into curing diseases and environmental destruction.

    $4 billion – 363 tons of cash – simply vanished in Iraq. Imagine the difference that amount would have made to the cause. 12 billion was that actual figure.

    We should all be questioning the motives of the people running our planet – the ruling class. Not that it would really matter – the decision has been made.

  54. Just checked in to see if there was any AL result yet!

    I am up in Bristol without my laptop and no internet access! How do I post this you may ask? Seems the blog works very well in my mobile’s browser! Blogging on the move 🙂

    Anyone else got a problem viewing this blog from the UK who are using Virgin as their ISP? It seems that the site is cached and doesn’t update as quick as it should, both with the posts and the comments? Weird… I will investigate…

    I dont see that there is any point is clubbing together to get the guitar as it would be too complicated, just go to the site in question and donate if you want.

    Have a good weekend FEd and everyone else too!

  55. Many thanks to David for constantly helping charity, and in a so nice way ! he is not only our guitar hero but a great man too in life ! Total respect !

    Et comment va ce mal de gorge, Fed ?

    Bon repos !

    Michèle

    [C’est bon maintenant, merci. – Features Editor]

  56. alright it’s andrew 8 matt 7…who will win? we know who loses…fed

    and i am all about a reunion…no problem aldo. very valid wish which i can FULLY appreciate… im not going to beg or lose any sleep but i would be there a dozen times. and the album would not suck!!!

    “C’mon, Fed. You know damn well that Paul is going through a lot right now. I’m sure after all that passes, this could be possible. ;)”

    Fed, is she serious????

    and my best friend works for fender and he has no knowledge of a D.G. Strat…he said it has been discussed but he is oblivious…another reason to love the FED. he is on it and has info. the most heralded fender reps don’t even know about.

    and i blog on here all the time and am still not sure if i’m an irregular axpx88…or whatever the hell. (sorry so long but i have been away…and there was some silly crap on here this time!)

  57. [And as far as biting remarks from the Fed- hey we’ve all been here long enough to know the kind of responses Fed can give (especially to a repeated question). We should have pretty thick skin if we call ourselves Irregulars. I’ve not myself born the brunt of such comments, but I think I’d survive if I did. – Tim]

    Exactly. I believe from Erin’s posts in the past that she can stand up for herself quite well.

    Some very very funny captions! Thank you, you creative bunch of irregulars. Ends the week on a smile. Matt, your comment about the ceiling in particular sure made me laugh.

    It seems like alot of ‘stars’ give to charities, but it feels like something they do because it ‘looks good’. Mr. Gilmour is one of those rare exceptions who apparently ‘Walks the Walk’ as they say. He sets an example.

    Couldn’t we contribute to the organization, even if we just purchase the amount of cheque that we can spare and mention on the form that we are David Gilmour blog site irregulars? If the organization sees these, won’t they put two and two together. Or would someone visit a bank in London that could set up an account to receive our contributions? Do they charge for the service if it is a charity? Just some ideas. We can’t split a guitar, but still the charity wins.

    Here’s hoping that David wins the grammy Sunday eve. I’ve got the champagne ready. If not, I’ll break it open anyway just for the nomination. That is an honor in itself. And works for me as I am one of those who really love On An Island. My favorite albums anyway are OAI, The Division Bell and A Momentary Lapse. (I think the title explains what happens to my mind once in a while, too)

    Everyone have a great weekend.
    Jan

  58. Have a great weekend everyone, and good luck David on Sunday.

    Ralph, that’s a good idea. Perhaps if people would wish to donate, Fed, could you arrange an address/email on this site to go direct and eliminate the middle man so to speak. I know I and most of us can’t afford to bid, however, if we donate? Give out a prize from a random draw. More donations to his and Polly’s cause.

    I’ll take the T-shirt with David’s autograph. LOL.

    [It would have to be discussed in some detail before I could make any promises. – Features Editor]

  59. I think Ralph`s idea is a good one, but I also agree with Rick, that it is frought with problems.

    So my question is this, could there be a way us `irregulars` could make donations `collectivley` and still be recognised as `us` supporting David`s chosen charity work?

    Please don`t get me wrong, I just think as we are all David`s fans, we should do our bit to help him. And I would be happy to help!

    Have a good weekend all.

  60. Hi Fed,

    Sounds like David is doing yet another selfless deed. Cool. By the way, Cherry Sunburst is a very pretty color.

    Caption-

    David’s audition for the lead role in Good Night Good Luck would have went better if he had the cigarette…

    Have a great weekend, all
    Mike

  61. 🙂 I teared up when I seen the article above and was taken back a bit when i seen how fast the recording session suddenly became the focus. I don’t believe it was a cat out of the bag, if i had half the gear and equipment DG has I too would dive right in. Plus, DG suprises give me the same high as gift opening.

    Speaking of gear and equipment… I read a post on my way down regarding the 2008 signature series from fender and I seen an ad in the May 2006 Guitar World magazine for a DG signature series HIWATT amp. I’m wondering if there are any other signature series gear/equipment DG related out or due for arrival.

    I’ll be watching Sunday (so is he going? just kidding fed)

    Have a good weekend everyone.

    -CN

  62. Wooooo, it’s been a while!

    I hope everyone has been doing well. School work has held me back, but it’s the weekend now and Im enjoying every single bit of it.

    As for this auction for the foundation and everything, thats so awesome. Id bid on that guitar if I had the money. I love guitars <3 But Im sure whoever gets it will enjoy it and the money is going to a good cause. Thats always great.

    Heh, I caught up a little on the bashers that came on a few blogs back. What losers. Not to bring it up, hope it’s alright. I just wish I would have been there. If what Fed was saying to them didn’t help, I sure coulda. Im glad all the ‘Irregulars” stuck up for the place, I woulda if I would have known. This place is a great site for people who enjoy David and Pink Floyd to talk about various things other then just the music itself. The competitions arent silly, their a great way for people to be interactive with the blog.

    So, considering Im 15 — Its kinda sad that people supposedly much older then I am can’t realize that, and I can. What would be a word for that, Oh, Um yeah. Pathetic. Seriously, if they don’t like the blog and think it is dumb, why bother even mentioning about it? Or spending their time typing up these huge comments about how -silly- it is? If its so silly, why would they want to waste their time on it? Theres that word again, pathetic.

    So yeah, for a slight update. Ive been listening to “High Hopes” “Keep Talking” and believe it or not..”Bike” for the last week or so! I love the first two. But after hearing Bike on Echo’s Ive fallen in love with it. Its just such a fun song!

    Yes, so any way. Im hoping to be more active, like I said I had a crazy week with school work so Im hopinh to be on more often then I have been. Have a great week-end everyone!

    -Heather H.
    -Playing(Music): Bike By Pink Floyd

  63. I did give some thought to the recording studio thing, but there was something that was nagging at me more than that. The date of that auction was March 3rd….now just what the hell was it about that date anyway…. O well, what the hell, no one else noticed it…probably just my imagination.

  64. Is it just me? If you look outside of this photo, it seems to me spring ,or summer. Could it be somewhere else? Or is it from a year ago.

    This is wierd to say the least, unless it’s friggin blooming in England or I’m halucinating.

    I still want to believe it’s Astoria for some reason. That’s the only thing that makes sense somehow. Never been there. But would like to.

    Good Luck David and the AL contestants this weekend.This has been a fun week.

    Hope you are rested Fed and are still. Peace.

  65. [hey we’ve all been here long enough to know the kind of responses Fed can give (especially to a repeated question). We should have pretty thick skin if we call ourselves Irregulars. – Tim]

    Exactly right. I’m never surprised by anything FEd says anymore. I have pretty thick skin because, I too, tend to dish it out a bit harsh sometimes. In any case, I thank you Sir Matt for coming to my rescue. And although a true Irregular wouldn’t bum-rush David at the airport, there are a LOT of others who read this and would.

    [I don’t know, but you are the 101st person to have asked. Congratulations. – Features Editor]

    After reading this, I think I might have been like the 43rd person to have asked too. So sorry, FEd, I have MML

    ~Erin

    [The other 58 must have asked in the chatroom, then. No problem and point taken. – Features Editor]

  66. [Roger is back in Pink Floyd? When did that happen? I must have missed it when I was wondering why the Beatles haven’t put out anything new in a while. Never stop dreaming. – Features Editor]

    Maybe he’s been trying to Mapquest the directions back to Pink Floyd;-)

  67. **Caption**

    David performs the first guitarectomy with the scalpel he received from Santa in his brand new doctors bag.

    Happy Weekend All!

  68. [Roger is back in Pink Floyd? When did that happen? I must have missed it when I was wondering why the Beatles haven’t put out anything new in a while. Never stop dreaming. – Features Editor]

    Wait, wait… Roger has joined The Beatles!? This is HUGE, big news! Why hasn’t this been reported on CNN? I always knew it was smart to come here first!

    Oh, how things would have been different if Roger had been in The Beatles. “All you need is love, but God wants war.” ‘Nuff said.

    It’s a joke. Please don’t come after me with those pointy sticks!

  69. [It was in aid of a RADA benefit, When Love Speaks, at London’s Old Vic theatre in February 2002. Various sonnets were put to music and a CD was also released (just in time for Valentine’s Day, funnily enough. – Features Editor]

    Wow ! Impressive ! I wonder, is there anything you don’t know about David ? You are a true well of knowledge ! (Do you say that in English, “un véritable puits de connaissance” ?)

    Donc, ce CD, please, how is it called ? is it still available ? Thank you.

    Michèle

    [A font of knowledge, that’s me. The CD, also called ‘When Love Speaks’, is still available, but I don’t think that David is included on it (I turn my water supply off at weekends). Perhaps somebody can comment further on this. – Features Editor]

  70. [We should all be questioning the motives of the people running our planet – the ruling class. Not that it would really matter – the decision has been made. Posted by: Hysteron proteron at February 9, 2007 10:09 PM]

    “You better watch out! There maybe Dogs about…”

    We’re not Pigs. We’re not Dogs…so we must be Sheep….

    I’d rather be a pain in the ass and keep poking away with my tiny stick…futility be damned.

    Good deeds…

  71. [Quick thought: Imagine what could have been achieved if all the money, energy and effort spent on warfare and space research went into curing diseases and environmental destruction.]

    HP – when are you starting the clock on this ? – if you go back far enough society simply wouldn’t have evolved without warfare. I don’t see your point. You might as well just say “imagine everything is lovely”.

    It isn’t I’m afraid.

  72. [Roger is back in Pink Floyd? When did that happen? I must have missed it when I was wondering why the Beatles haven’t put out anything new in a while. Never stop dreaming. – Features Editor]

    I watched Waters and Gilmour in the last year, and there is only one thing that makes this reunion impossible. Not the music, bcz they r both great professionals, not the musicians around, all are the best possible (Carin, Snowy White, Dick …) , not the organisation and light show, all i saw was great in the both guys… the only problem is the modesty …

    In his concert David behaves always with modesty, with in famous TY ENDEED, and only smiling and surprised to be so deeply loved…. on his side Waters always behaves like the boss, gives orders, the other musicians don’t smile bcz they are under control and “dictature”, the atmosphere is really different between the band members …

    I really understand David when he said that he dt want to come back to this atmosphere under pressure . Even if Waters made a lot for the PINK FLOYD, for the lyrics and music, he should understand that he is only the 1/4 of the band, like Mason, Wright or Gilmour. take care

  73. [We should all be questioning the motives of the people running our planet – the ruling class. Not that it would really matter – the decision has been made.] – HP

    Keep an eye out for a book entitled ‘One World’ which should be released later this year. Their motives might surprise everyone.

  74. [A font of knowledge, that’s me. The CD, also called ‘When Love Speaks’, is still available, but I don’t think that David is included on it (I turn my water supply off at weekends). Perhaps somebody can comment further on this. – Features Editor]

    According to the track listing on Amazon, the CD only features the RADA crew, so actors and such reading the sonnets. It’s still a lovely disc… anything with Alan Rickman on it is good stuff. 🙂

    ‘Nix (In da salt mines, yay for having to work on Saturdays).

  75. And now for something completely different:

    Who mixed this new (2006 / 2007?) version of “Another brick in the wall PT2”? Who gave permission publishing this track? It’s absolutely terrible!

    How does David feel about this? And you FeD???

    Ernest

    [I haven’t heard it, actually. I have no wish to hear it anytime soon. – Features Editor]

  76. [Oh, how things would have been different if Roger had been in The Beatles. “All you need is love, but God wants war.”]

    Damn, my breakfast cereal came up through my nose!

  77. This photo of Gilmour was actually him hanging up the phone from talking to Roger, confirming studio time for the next Floyd record.

    Course it was made to look like he was “signing a guitar” anyhow.

    Cheers.

  78. **Caption**

    Voice from out of shot:

    “I’m sorry Mr. Gilmour, you’re a nice bloke and everything but you can’t keep just coming into the shop and writing your name on things and then walking off with them saying they’re yours. You do actually have to pay for them like everyone else …”

  79. I love David’s work with Shakespeare’s Sonnet #18….simply heart-melting vocals here. *siiigh*

    LG
    XO

  80. I had never purchased a David Gilmour solo album until OAI was released. I loved it!!!

    I bought tickets to the first Oakland show right away cause I had to see him in the flesh… He did Dominoes that night which really made the night for me. I love the album and the show was excellent. Eventually I will purchase the rest of his works…

    I did not realize until now that. During Pink Floyd’s quiet spells, David Gilmour has amused himself as a producer and even concert sound engineer, for a wide variety of acts including former bandmate Syd Barrett, Kate Bush, Grace Jones, Tom Jones, Elton John, B.B. King, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Sam Brown, Jools Holland, Bob Dylan, Pete Townshend, The Who, Supertramp, Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Alan Parsons, various charity “supergroups” and many more. What an ace…?

    If we all could help those in need with a signature, I’m sure we would… Or maybe we could, if we really wanted to? I guess it depends on how much you think your worth?

    Cheers to another genius and an exemplary creative mind… Your legacy is greatly appreciated Mr, Gilmour…

  81. Hi Fed and all

    will the guitar be auctioned on the www? i would like to place a bid but as you know im moving around alot at the moment.

    Im in bangkok at the moment. i have been speaking alot to the locals and they are telling me no one is coming to thailand since the sunami. They want people to come as their livelihood depends on tourism, so get yourselves over here. great place, lovely people.

    Damian

  82. Bless you, David, for your continuous and kind support to various causes. It’s truly commendable.

    And good luck tonight at the Grammy’s!

    with love,
    -ayako

    PS. Hi, FEd and everyone! Hope you’re all doing well!

  83. Thanks Heather, good luck in school and keep going girl.

    Personally, I have the feeling David won’t be in at the Grammy’s tonight. Rightfully so, if OAI isn’t nominated for album of the year. Would you? Should be fun to watch anyway.

  84. Hey there peeps. I’m a little bit shackles/hammered/ drunk as a skunk/bladdered as I write this. Sorry about that.

    Someone came up to me earlier and asked me if I always drink my whisky neat. So I replied, “Well actually no, most of the time I have my shirt hanging out!”

    The scots beat us in rugby. I was well gutted. Wales played with no conviction ‘mon’, It was worse than watching my arse, seriously.

    Anyhow, I wanted to come here and mention my extreme happiness that ‘The Who’ are playing in the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, and I cannot wait. I’ll be there!

    Hope you’re happy days Fed, and Dim Ots I Cymru!

    All the best,
    Happy Days,
    Simon J

  85. Re: Live from Abbey Road

    “Both DVDs and CDs will be available in early summer 2007, they will include unseen tracks and a lot more of the interviews.”

    [Good news. Thanks for letting us know, Lorraine. – Features Editor]

  86. [“C’mon, Fed. You know damn well that Paul is going through a lot right now. I’m sure after all that passes, this could be possible. ;)]

    [Fed, is she serious????]

    Blake from Nashville, what do you think?

    Tara

  87. Hi FEd and Irregular friends!

    There seem to be many who are interested in joining forces to make a bid on the beautiful guitar to be auctioned by the Willow Foundation. It’s a noble gesture but may not necessarily be as effective as each of those interested in giving making an individual donation to the foundation via their website. That is, of course, unless the intention is to make a donation large enough to actually be in the running to win the auction and thereby win the guitar.

    Another thought might be for those not in the UK to donate to a similar charitable foundation in their home country/region or to make a donation to one of the many organizations that work on ‘the global picture’ … Save Darfur, the One Campaign, OxFam, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, etc.

    Unfortunately, it’s not too difficult to find many worthy causes that need donations of money, goods, or time. And every little bit helps — if every one of us gave the monetary equivalent of, let’s say, our daily Starbucks fix or a lunch out, a seemingly small amount of money would be enough to make an actual impact! I know that Renee B. is doing a ‘walk’ to raise money to help those suffering from MS. Adriano had written an emotional, heart-breaking and eye-opening account of the tragedy of those who have been impacted by violent crime which is apparently an all-too-common occurrence in his city.

    Of course giving this way is usually anonymous and you won’t necessarily win an autographed guitar, but at least you can go to sleep at night knowing that you’d done something that will make a positive change for someone, somewhere …

    Just putting in my two cents for what it’s worth.

    Peace and love to you all!
    Gabrielle
    Washington State

  88. FEd, are you spiffing up the Lobby today? I tried to break in but, alas, to no avail!

    I’m hoping the voters get it right and David wins in his category tonight! And Bob Dylan too! It’s disheartening to see the pressed-out-of-a-mold, just-add-water ‘celebrity’ types win over quality singer / songwriter / musicians year after year.

    I hope you’ll have the Lobby and Barn open and available for use this week. I’d expect that you’ll keep those doors locked until EMI finally announces a winner so you won’t have to keep consoling distraught and anxious musicians worldwide! Maybe tomorrow? Hope so!

    Peace,
    Gabrielle
    Washington State

    [You know me too well, I fear. There’ll be a chat sometime on Tuesday or Wednesday. The chatroom was only open for testing tonight. – Features Editor]

  89. C’est une belle cause,David, bravo pour ce geste.J’aimerai bien acheter cette guitare, si je pouvais!!! J’espère que tu referas des concerts en France.J’ai adorer ton concert a Vienne.”A un de ces jours” (je n’ai pas oublié).

    Thomas

  90. Would just like to thank this place (and pulse and OAI etc) for motivating me into getting back into guitar playing. Wrote my first song this week in over 10 years . . .

  91. Just read on the Grammy site that David didn’t win the award for best Rock Instrumental….

    Well, he’s a winner to us.

    I’m getting on the road right now to Washington, D.C. for a meeting tomorrow. Anybody in the area wanna grab a drink at the end of the day?

    Just checking….

  92. [I love David’s work with Shakespeare’s Sonnet #18….simply heart-melting vocals here. *siiigh*
    Posted by: LG]

    Not much more to add to this LG.. other than it brings me to tears everytime I give it a listen..and very few songs can affect me in that way.

  93. Hey FEd! No wonder the contest hasnt ended. I opened up the days paper to find a picture of David in Mexico City!

    I cant believe he was here and I didnt know! Next time call ahead David, you guys can crash at my place 🙂

  94. Hi all,

    Just popping in to remind music lovers in London that there’s a guitar exhibition at Harrods at the moment with LOADS of classic guitars and more than enough guitar eye candy to keep even Mr Gilmour happy 🙂

    The exhibition is absolutely free (unlike everything else in Harrods!) and really worth it.

    Hope everyone is well…I don’t spend enough time here these days but I’m full steam ahead analysing and writing up….will try to pop into the chat room this week….

    Best,
    N

  95. [Who mixed this new (2006 / 2007?) version of “Another brick in the wall PT2”? Who gave permission publishing this track? It’s absolutely terrible!]

    This was actually released in 2006. What was interesting is the artists who were involved: most notably Fee Waybill (from The Tubes) and Ronnie Montrose aside from a number of studio musicians.

    I actually have it, and it is quite awful. I have no problem with other artists such as Les Claypool or Foo Fighters performing Floyd but this is blasphemy. It is basically electronic rave music interpretation.

    Andrew

  96. Hello all, everyone say a prayer tonight for David to play in the states one more time. I HAVE to see him in concert at least once in my life. I’ll never forgive myself for missing him in Chicago.

  97. Hi all –

    Sorry it’s been a while – lot’s going on both professionally and personally and it’s been difficult getting to chat.

    BarnFest sounds like a great idea. Too bad I won’t be able to make it in Aug – we’re going to be in the US in Mar-Apr and don’t think the finances will allow for a second transatlantic trip this year.

    Love the captions Angelo – I see your creative muse is back.

    Adriano – hope you are feeling a better – I read your post and just reached over hugged my little boy.

    Feb’s promise is to make it at least once to chat..hope everyone had a good weekend.

    Nisha

  98. Man, what a bad weekend!!! Both Liverpool and Feyenoord lost their football matches, and Mr. Gilmour didnt win the Grammy he deserved. pfffffffff, hopefully the week will improve after this, although its pouring outside here……..

  99. [Now, come on. You know that you’d all be recording just for the hell of it if you had the equipment. – Features Editor]

    You deserve 10 points for a nice try, Fed!!

  100. Happy Monday,

    Not sure if it has been mentioned but the Willow Foundation was, I believe, started by Bob Wilson (an ex Arsenal goalkeeper – and a very good one at that) after his own personal loss. Some people seem to have an inner strength that is awesome. The story behind this charity is very inspirational.

    Pete – Coventry

  101. So, Best Rock Instrumental Performance (49th Grammy awards) = The Flaming Lips with “The Wizard Turns On” !

    I have listened to it, …aucune émotion ! aucune comparaison possible avec Castellorizon !

    Mais quels sont donc leurs critères de choix ? On ne devrait jamais rien espérer de ce genre d'”Awards” !

    De toutes façons, ça n’a aucune importance, n’est-ce pas ?, ça fait partie de ces perpétuelles inepties relatives à l’industrie musicale …

    Triste quand même …

    Michèle

  102. But, very happy for you for the two awards won by Bob Dylan! hmm…its not a nonsense, this time!

    Michèle

  103. Nice captions 🙂

    I still think an auction with a guitar from David’s collection would be earthshaking though!

    Washington D.C. chocolate city…. oooohh yeah… I wish I was there Angelo 🙂

  104. Pete – Coventry

    You are correct regarding the Willow foundation. I have heard Bob Wilson many times on the radio explaining about the foundation & the courage his daughter displayed during her illness & the fact that her courage gave him an inner strength to carry on. some people are very special.

  105. [I love David’s work with Shakespeare’s Sonnet #18….simply heart-melting vocals here. *siiigh*]

    ….It’s a good thing that we don’t all like the same stuff. I find that particular clip on the DG Live DVD to be overly-sentimental and, unfortunately, I cringe whenever I watch it. I really wanted to like this clip, but repeated viewings only made things worse.

    In complete contrast, I think the Je Crois Entendre Encore and Hushabye Mountain pieces are absolutely superb.

  106. No grammy for David but Dylan picked up two. Loved The Police performance.

    Also, scanning through the Grammy website of the nominees and winners I didn’t see one mention of Radiohead. Why do you think that is?? O, that’s right the Grammy’s is a MUSIC award.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  107. Well… So David “lost” it?

    Thank God! David is many steps ahead them. There´s no comparison. Besides, it´s all a matter of marketing and sales.

    David doesn´t have to prove anything to anyone for a very long time now…But you know that 😉

    FEd, what´s happening with your team??? If things keep going like that, you´ll begin to stay too far behind at the 3rd place… WAKE UP REDS!

    [I know, I know. One week they’re great, the next you’d think they’re kicking a giant beach ball around on a blustery day wearing platform boots. It’s very frustrating. – Features Editor]

  108. Noo,sorry for the Grammy…Flaming Lips…mah…at the end really don’t care about it, but for David was in a certain sense a ‘longtime’ award. At the next album…hope will be soon.

    love
    emi

  109. I heard there was robbery last night regarding David’s Grammy. It was so blatant that even The Police showed up…

  110. I hope that Fender 57 and 001 he will not sell. Though that can be more dear than the help in human life if it would be desirable that she was safe.
    Carefully .

    So it seems that David still listens each song . Songs so much. He can will write own opinion to each group concerning quality songs. And as it will be pleasant that David given the large attention with respect .

  111. [….It’s a good thing that we don’t all like the same stuff. I find that particular clip on the DG Live DVD to be overly-sentimental and, unfortunately, I cringe whenever I watch it. I really wanted to like this clip, but repeated viewings only made things worse. –IMcK]

    Really, IMcK? I’ve actually never viewed it but have only listened to a well-mixed audio recording. So I’m clueless there, but I AM partial to Shakespeare, and David’s fluid voice only makes the subject matter that much better for me actually. His little bit of recording work here was quite a lovely left turn from what I’ve personally been used to hearing from the man over my years.

    Nothing more romantic than setting Shakespeare to song, especially with a voice like David’s…….can I get a witness out there, sisters?!

    Cheers, IMcK!

    An early Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!
    LG
    XOXO

  112. [they’re kicking a giant beach ball around on a blustery day wearing platform boots]

    I had a pair of platform shoes once. They were black with purple stars on them. My mum knitted me a tank top to match.

    Should I really be admitting all this.

    Pete – Coventry

  113. [I haven’t heard it, actually. I have no wish to hear it anytime soon. – Features Editor]

    Dear F.Ed

    I’m not the only person to think this track is simply atrocius, and i listened many times, unfortunately!

    Anyway, many thanks again to David Gilmour for his talent and nobility of his soul.

    Every humanitarian deed is only a drop, but many drops make a sea.

    Ciao / take care / bye Elisabetta

  114. [I had a pair of platform shoes once. They were black with purple stars on them. My mum knitted me a tank top to match.~ Pete – Coventry]

    “I remember when rock was young…”

    Your Mum’s cool 🙂

  115. Angelo, speak for yourself. I don’t subscribe to your Orwellian ideology. Life isn’t a Pink Floyd song. Nothing is futile — everything serves a purpose.

    Hysteron proteron

  116. Tim C, that would depend on your definition of advanced and lovely. I don’t agree with your assertion that warfare is/was an essential component of societies development. Have you any idea the pollution, misery, destruction and pure hatred, generated by the defence industry and the system that supports it? They bank on it.

    The users, the manufacturers, the end users – their families etc. It makes me nauseous to think of all the needless death, destruction, hatred and misery created as a direct consequence of war and it’s proponents. Past, present, and most certainly, future. There is no need for any of it. War is a tool perpetuated by the ruling class — through the manipulation of society.

    Greed has placed many countries in the position of defending that greed. The weapons cartels are a tool of that very system — the shareholders are dependent on the money, so on and so forth. The big wheel.

    Government and the arms manufacturers are engaged in a symbiotic relationship — using death and destruction as the messenger when the psychology fails. These people exploit the human races creativity for their own ends — power and the ability to enslave people with their warped self-serving ideologies — lust for dominance and power.

    There is nothing good about war; nothing. Just talk to the people that have served in war zones etc. You won’t find many sane people exulting the virtues of war. You would be hard pressed to find a single person that could say that it served any purpose — other than to advance the agendas of the few at the expense of all.

    THEY – the power class – start the wars. WE – the workers – fight them. History is littered with these events.

    No, you can’t sell me the idea that war has ever aided in societies development, Tim. I would suggest that it has achieved the diametric opposite. It has retarded and depleted the human race.

    Think about it.

    Hysteron proteron

  117. George Maciver,

    One World; The Ethics of Globalization was released in 95….if my memory serves me. Peter Singer is a US bioethicist for Yale — he basically adds structure to much of the rhetoric used by the power class. Worth reading for the insight. His solutions are mostly out of date. A Darwinian Left; Politics, Evolution and Cooperation is also worth reading for the insight.

    No point getting bogged down with debate – we need to take action now for any real impact. There is too much talk and not enough meaningful action. We need to stop 98% of industry today if we want to make any real difference — even then we won’t halt global warming. Global warming is but one of the problems we are facing as a race.

    Fed, thanks for allowing me the space. I’ll get me boat.

    Sincerely,
    Hysteron proteron

  118. HP old chap – you put words in my mouth – I made no defence of warfare, it’s a simple reality.

    To imagine it isn’t is just pointless, that’s all.

  119. “Also, scanning through the Grammy website of the nominees and winners I didn’t see one mention of Radiohead. Why do you think that is?? O, that’s right the Grammy’s is a MUSIC award.”

    Andrew, you old rascal, I think you’ll be eating your words next year ….

  120. Dear Mr (Ms) Hysteron proteron

    Before you can attack a problem you must clearly understand its cause.

    Seeing the swirling black cloud of choking fumes with which we are surrounded and knowing someone is responsible for it is a start.

    With respect, we need to see clearly who this ‘ruling class’ really is and why it is they are producing these choking black clouds of fumes which are destroying us.

    Regards

  121. “No point getting bogged down with debate – we need to take action now for any real impact. There is too much talk and not enough meaningful action. We need to stop 98% of industry today if we want to make any real difference — even then we won’t halt global warming. Global warming is but one of the problems we are facing as a race.”

    We have met the enemy… and it is us.

    It could all be done in 12 months. Are you all ready?

    BTW, have you heard about the new contest to save the planet, courtesy of Richard Branson, Al Gore, James Lovelock, Tim Flannery, James Hansen and Crispin Tickell et al?

  122. “Before you can attack a problem you must clearly understand its cause. Seeing the swirling black cloud of choking fumes with which we are surrounded and knowing someone is responsible for it is a start. With respect, we need to see clearly who this ‘ruling class’ really is and why it is they are producing these choking black clouds of fumes which are destroying us.”

    You are confusing efficient with final causation. We can eliminate the former without ever knowing the latter.

    Pure hearts beat pure blood. 🙂

  123. We didn’t watch the Grammy. We watched David Gilmour in Concert instead. Our time was well spent and we enjoyed every second of it. To us, David Gilmour is a winner at all time.

    I am surprised that David Gilmour has not yet been given a Knighthood for his beautiful music as well as his contribution to charities; or was I wrong?

    [David was awarded a CBE for services to music, making him ‘Commander in The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’, in November 2003. Should he ever receive a Knighthood, then we could all call him ‘Sir’ David. – Features Editor]

  124. Tim C, I don’t think I put any words in your mouth. I wasn’t trying to suggest that you were pro-war. I just stated what I think in relation to your comments about warfare and the evolution of society.

    You stated that society simply wouldn’t have evolved without warfare. Organised warfare hasn’t had that much of an impact on an evolutionary scale. The history books are a matter of interpretation. The people who control the information, control the opinions of the world; our planets Feature Editors, so to speak.

    Natural events have had a much greater impact on human evolution, but that’s not very good entertainment. Glorifying the achievements of war is. You can’t compete with a ripping yarn. People have been conditioned by the power class to accept it like the wind — radio, movies, TV, literature, toys, Shakespeare etc.

    Best Wishes,
    Hysteron proteron

  125. George Maciver, the problems we face as a race are well beyond our control — the permutations and variables are far too great to calculate. We understand that reactions and consequences of these action occurring, but there are NO viable solutions for neutralising/reversing these reactions. We have started a runaway chemical reaction that is well advance and beyond repair. There is no magic formula. Sometimes understanding the problem isn’t enough to counter it.

    There isn’t a leaver big enough to return the balance. Especially when we are still in the process of contributing to the problem. There still haven’t been any meaningful reductions in emissions to this date. The problems we face have been drastically underestimated — the public aren’t being presented the facts.

    The perpetrators are well known; Government, the Fortune 500 companies, aviation, weapons, chemical manufacturers, heavy industry, mining etc. I’m not going to post a giant list. Most are on the web — not hard to find.

    Finding out the names of the people who actually rule our planet is another story — these people control the system we operate in — they may as well be invisible. Can’t help you there, sorry. I think I have given a pretty accurate account of the reasons why the ruling class are perpetrating the destruction of the human race in previous messages here.

    Best Wishes,
    Hysteron proteron

  126. I met George Gipe the other day outside Baltimore on the way back from Washington, D.C. We had a nice chat about work, music, Floyd, Gilmour; great to spend some time with you George, and thanks for hanging around for me after my nightmare D.C. traffic adventure…

    This corner of the web-iverse is most unusual, and I’m grateful for these opportunities to meet so many of you.

    Passing through this nation’s capital I caught a glimpse of the Capitol building. Seeing it has always inspired awe and sadness; the wonder of our human potential for good and our propensity for destruction embodied in one huge marble edifice.

    As much as it can be considered our responsibility to maintain a level of intellectual curiosity as to the nature of our condition, it is as important to take positive action whenever and wherever possible.

    For the sake of brevity I end here, but today, ignoring the commercialism for the time being, the spirit of a Valentine’s Day should be considered as the foundation for action. Whether it is the grand work of the Willow Foundation or just having a burger and a Miller Lite in Maryland with someone you’ve never met, may thoughtful kindness and positive actions define who you are….

    Wishing the best with tiny stick in one hand and compassion in the other,
    Angelo Ortiz

  127. CAPTION:

    These are the top 3??!! You’ve got to be kidding me??!! Give me the whole lot, you people obviously have no idea what you’re doing! If you want something done right, you must do it yourself!

    Hang in there all you AL contestants!

    ~Erin

  128. [I think that fans want the thing that you want: a new Pink Floyd album from … and then a tour. This is what we want and hope.]

    One last tour and DVD of the Dark side of the Moon played by Roger Waters and the Pink Floyd would be so appreciated, but until then the solo tours are fantastic! If fans are blessed with more years like 2006, that’s fine with me.

    I look forward to new music from Mr. Gilmour and maybe he will honor us with another tour in a few years.

    The only problem with the last tour was it was impossible to get tickets. How about a big venue tour Mr. Gilmour? Or maybe small venue surprise shows? Your fans would be so happy!

    [How about we just close this entry before you ask David for a pony and others start clamouring for a bloody reunion? I think many fans actually feel that it’s something of an insult to keep on and on about a Pink Floyd reunion, knowing that David reads these comments, when the man has made it very clear on so many occasions that he’s just not interested. – Features Editor]

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