Random Nonsense #16

The Crisis cook book, now available

Do tell us what you’re buying your nearest and dearest for Christmas, particularly if your ideas are eco-friendly, ethical and socially-responsible.

The best things I’ve seen are flip-flops made from recycled tyres, drinks coasters made of vinyl inserts (definitely something to google) and a fruit-powered clock (no, really). Not to mention the myriad alternative gifts – truly gifts for life.

Which leads me to an important note.

David’s Management would like it to be known that the sending of cards and gifts is to be politely discouraged this year. Many of you have been kind enough to send these in the past. However, please note that they will no longer be passed on, so please don’t go to the trouble or expense of arranging anything.

On behalf of David and Polly, thank you for everything you’ve given previously, and thank you especially for the extremely generous donations made to Crisis on more than one occasion. Please don’t be put off from supporting this worthy charity in David’s name, as you have done.

Thank you.

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’.

55 thoughts on “Random Nonsense #16”

  1. [David’s Management would like it to be known that the sending of cards and gifts is to be politely discouraged this year. – FEd]

    Bah Humbucker…

    (Actually I completely understand Fed but I just couldn’t resist the pun!)

    Have a great weekend!

    [The same to you. – FEd]

  2. David was on the sending list, but hey, what’s the point in sending if it’s only going to be tossed in the bin anyway?

    [I’m assured that nothing has been tossed in the bin. – FEd]

  3. Hello all,

    I have to second FEd’s recommendation of the drink coaster labels made from old vinyl. They are fun, recycled and you do get an amusing selection of albums. Mine included Guantanamera by The Sandpipers and The Dream Weaver by Gary Wright.

    My favorite gifts are homemade or handmade by the giver. Baked goods, bird houses, knit scarves or a mix CD – I love all that sort of thing. I also have a few standing charitable organizations that I encourage people to support, including the one that I volunteer for.

    This year when I’ve been asked what I would like by my family and friends I told them that I want their “desert island album”. I thought it would be a fun way to share something together that has some deeper meaning to it.

    So you mean there’s nowhere for me to send this 14# fruitcake for David?!

  4. Never really done xmas for each other. Occasionally we might see something for each other.

    I mean the children always got presents when young, and they still do, but even they don’t really need a lot nowadays.

    Always concentrated more on the family/friends gatherings. We do have a good few ‘knees ups’ during that week. Games, Karaoke etc. Although even those seem to change the older you get. Always seems to be someone missing from the last one if you get my drift. The kids still enjoy it all though.

    Now xmas cards that you buy from shops, don’t get me going on that one. Don’t see the point.

    So, not content with being an old cynic I am an old Scrooge as well.

    [There’s certainly a lot of unnecessary expense and waste at this time of year. – FEd]

  5. Hey Fed,

    As an extremely sensible Canadian, I bought the missis a new winter parka and she bought one for me. As the temperature high for next Thursday is projected to be -12C I think we made a sound investment.

    Cheers, Howard

  6. There is plenty of time, so I still haven’t bought anything. 😉

    In any case there are some books on my list.

    Best regards,

  7. I think I am going to get all the things needed for my wife to get back into Stain Glass making for she really enjoys it and hasn’t been able to do it for a while.

    Fed, if you don’t mind if I ask, what are you getting for your loved ones?

    Take care,

    [Well, the next thing to cross off my list is Michael McIntyre’s DVD (because I want to see it). – FEd]

  8. This has been an exhausting year for my wife and I. I’ll forego the details.

    I’ve decided to book a few days away after Xmas to Niagara Falls. Never been there in the winter yet, but worthy of the experience.

    On Mar.6th,7th. We are planning a getaway to the Mexican Riviera with our daughter and 3 grandchildren to celebrate life and my wife’s birthday. I’ll toast David’s birthday there also.

    Have a great weekend All and Fed!

  9. So David doesn’t want me to send him my famous holiday meatloaf 2nd class air from Chicago?

    I’ve never been so offended in my whole life!

  10. My kids and I are sponsoring a family through the “Angel Tree” program here, we will buy a ham or turkey and all of the “fixings” for Christmas dinner. It’s a great program and it’s really hurting this year, more families and fewer sponsors.

    As for my near and dear, I am splurging a little and upgrading their guitars. An Epiphone Les Paul for Stuart (his primary instrument is bass and he IDOLIZES Guy Pratt) and an Ovation for Natalie.

    Christmas isn’t my favorite time of year these days but I am really looking forward to this surprise.

  11. I haven’t given out Christmas cards, apart from to one of my friends, for a few years, they really are such a waste of paper. And, the card I gave to my friend has been, literally, the same card for the past 8 years.

    He liked the card so much all those years ago, that every year, whooever currently has the card scores the names out, swaps them around then gives the card to the other. It’s my turn this year! 🙂

    Strange I know, but heck, it’s saving on buying new ones every year!

    Off topic FEd, did you see that Mr. Dylan is paying us a visit in May? Santa got me tickets last night. 🙂

    [I did, Davie. I couldn’t rely on Santa (not after he failed to deliver a Fiat 500 last year), but I have my tickets. Looking forward to it. – FEd]

  12. I’m not thinking about Christmas yet. It gets so blown out of all proportion. I’ll make a start next week.

    I’ll be giving my usual mix of Fair Trade, Organic and Eco friendly gifts. If you are after a place on the UK high street to get some ‘worthy’ gifts, try Oxfam! They don’t just sell second hand clothes you know. 🙂

    Off topic but I heard this was coming up last week…

    Click my name to hear Robert Wyatt talking to Guardian Music’s Rosie Swash.

    CAUTION: Contains profanity!

  13. An elderly man I used to work with was complaining about the amount that kids get at Christmas. He told me: “When I was a boy my father made me a wooden gun and he would paint it a different colour each Christmas.”

    And if he was really good, he got an Orange as well.

    [We don’t know how fortunate we are, do we? – FEd]

  14. This is a good topic:

    I live on a disability pension and therefore do not have much to spend on gifts, so I recycle presents.

    I buy used books online for the children, I give the teens some of my good jewellery. (Especially those pieces from the sixties and early seventies, that they all desire these days.) In the past I have also given pieces of my Grandmother’s crystal to my brothers and their wives, to keep things in the family.

    Instead of gift bags, I use cloth Green bags which can be bought at the local supermarket at a lower price than you would normally pay for Christmas bags to encourage recycling.

    I know that this not much but every little bit helps and I get to share books, and other things that I have cherished over my life with the younger generation.

    I also think that donating money and time to the charities that David and Polly support is much better than sending gifts to the family and I applaud you for encouraging it.

    Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

    [Good for you, Sharon. Thanks for sharing. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours. – FEd]

  15. We try as best we can to be aware of our Carbon Footprint. We walk when we can. Bicycle, etc. etc. Warm blankets in Winter time and try not to run the furnace unless it is bitterly cold.

    Thanks David and Polly for all you do.

    Tony Wilson
    Guitarist (Cedartown, Georgia)

  16. Hi Ho All,

    10 to 15 years ago our family (the whole family that is) stopped giving gifts as it was simply a waste of time and money … when all we really wanted to do was be with each other. So we now spend a fraction of the amount on food and drink, and the time spent shopping you could say sees us together for three days instead.

    As for “presents”. My present to the family is to supply the meat … as a primary co-producer of it, I do my bit by cutting out the commercial transport and shops, and it costs about $6 (Aus) a kg to produce.

    The best of the Solstice Season to all.


  17. Well I’m getting my daughter an English Springer Spaniel puppy for Christmas. Lauren lost her beloved pet Beagle Holly last month from an epileptic fit from which she never recovered.

    Just looking forward to the toilet training and chewed slippers!!

    [Oh, it’ll be great, Tom. Sorry to hear about Holly. – FEd]

  18. Just wondered if David has any Hagstrom guitars in his collection. Is there anyone who knows?

    [I don’t, but I can find out. – FEd]

  19. How sad, why on earth would anyone send a card or gift to David anyway? I mean he doesn’t know them and he isn’t the most fan friendly artist either. I haven’t once even known him to leave a personal message on his website. He never even leaves a single message at Xmas.

    Wake up people. David Gilmour does not like you and he doesn’t like fans FULL STOP. Don’t waste your time and money and get a life.

    [The only fair comment among all that, Rod, is that David hasn’t left a personal message here before. The rest is very unfair. There are other reasons for asking you to save your time and money, just as there are reasons for not wanting to write. David reads what you have to say, you’re welcome to leave a Christmas greeting here if you wish, just as you’re welcome to leave any message here. But to say what you’ve just said is an insult to David and his fans. – FEd]

  20. Recycled Corona Beer tumblers would be perfect for you (click my name).

    Maybe you would prefer recycled Carlsberg goblets, but they are hideous (really). 😉


    [It’s what you put inside them that counts. No, wait, it’s the thought that counts. That’s it. – FEd]

  21. Hello. This is an 18 year old Portuguese guy writing.

    While watching to Gdansk concert on national television among with a friend, last night, we realised that Mr. Gilmour is better then ever! I cant really explain what I fell while listen to that guitar sounding the most brilliant and meaningful I ever experienced.

    Me and my friend also came to the conclusion that our lives could never be really accomplished without listening to Mr. Gilmour live in concert at least once (and this is not bullshit, we really feel that!)

    The fact is we have not enough money to go to one of the concert’s around Europe. So, can Mr. Gilmour please come to Portugal? It really would be one of the greatest things in my life.

    Sorry for the this really shit thing, but I had to try!


    [I hope you both get a chance to see David in concert one day, Rúben. Thanks for writing. – FEd]

  22. Hi Guys,

    Don’t send Christmas cards, tell your friends you are donating the money to a charity. Christmas cards are a waste of time. Your money is needed more by charities.

    May be a good idea for charities to sell badges each year with this in mind so people will know you have donated – just a thought!

    Everyone is entitled to an opinion………

  23. More seriously, I think that a nice gift would be:

    ‘Offrir un stage écologiquement responsable’, that means something like offering a course to become more ecologically responsible (click my name).

    There are plenty of ideas (many different prices), like ‘How to find water, how to preserve it’ – ‘How to use woodfire for cooking and baking’ – ‘How to grow ‘bio’ vegetables and fruits without water’ – ‘Randonner et se débrouiller uniquement avec ce que la nature nous offre ‘ – etc…

    Not a nice idea?

    I am tempted by that Crisis cook book too…


    [A very nice idea. – FEd]

  24. [David’s Management would like it to be known that the sending of cards and gifts is to be politely discouraged this year… note that they will no longer be passed on… – FEd]

    Maybe it’s just me (and no, I never thought of sending David anything), but I have to say that I find David’s Management very rude and pretentious. A total lack of tact.

    Would they (Management) only be interested in sales, statistics, awards, in doing only what leads them to tranquillity?

    Hey you! David’s Management, do you sometimes read the blog? Do you realise, for ex, that many fans have not yet been able to find the LIG Longbox? A little more humility, please.

    I’m happy that you are not part of David’s Management, FEd. You, you care about fans.


    [Although it may not be immediately obvious, the idea behind this notice is, in part, to spare the fans from spending their time and money on unnecessary gifts. – FEd]

  25. I can understand Rod’s “rage” about the sending of cards/gifts to the Gilmour’s situation, but I can also both see and greatly respect their public declining of such things.

    Are Mr. and Mrs. Gilmour not showing perhaps more respect for their fans by admitting that they are so busy with their daily lives that there simply is not enough time to go through thousands of cards presented by people, most of whom they’ve never met?

    I would much rather know the truth, that the card that I may have hand selected and written the most careful, gracious of words in would most likely go unnoticed. As strange as this sounds, we should thank them for saving us both the time and money. It takes a great deal of courage to publicly admit such a thing.

    I suppose I’ll be returning the following to various stores…

    1 partridge in a pear tree
    2 turtle doves
    3 French hens
    4 calling birds
    5 golden rings
    6 geese a-laying
    7 swans a-swimming
    8 maids a-milking
    9 ladies dancing
    10 lords a-leaping
    11 pipers piping
    12 drummers drumming

    Not to mention the huge ferret I was going to post for his children.

  26. In reply to Rod’s message. He must be new here.

    When I got the chance to go see him in London was a once in a lifetime experience. It was David that made that possible (and FED). He does care about his fans, and I know I’m not the only one that feels that way.

    Furthermore, he wouldn’t have this website for us to chat about him on if he didn’t care.

    Fed, I wish you could take that pointy stick of yours and just swat him for me!

  27. [I haven’t once even known him to leave a personal message on his website. – Rod]

    … then you missed his very personal message on September 15th.

    BTW: There is nothing wrong if an artist prefers to live privately and does not disclose everything.


  28. Hi folks

    I totally agree that we do waste too much time and money on Christmas. That’s not bah humbug but a concern for how much we invest and how little we get out of it!

    I’d much rather wish David and family seasons greetings on this blog than send a card.

    Oh and Merry Christmas to Rod – who may have a life but probably not many friends.



  29. Hi Fed,

    That message left by Rod was a bit strange. it wasnt sent by Rod-ger by any chance! Just kidding.

    Well chrimbo is always a bit sweet and sour for me. Kat goes home to Ireland, and I stay here and have xmas dinner with my brother and his lovely family and my 2 two lovely nieces. But this year I have time off work and I fly out to Dublin on Boxing Day. Then Kat and I bring in the New Year in York.

    I apologise for my carbon footprint but I make up by riding a motorbike, and that’s only cause I keep failing my driving test.


    [Have a good one, Damian. – FEd]

  30. Hello everyone!

    That looks like quite an interesting cook book!

    This year my Christmas shopping is being done online at handmade e-commerce venues (dunno if one can name them here). Lots or recycled and upcycled articles made with the own hands of an artisan somewhere in the world. Unique! I’m trying to support the small man.

    And also books. Books, books. People need to read more. 🙂

    Hope everyone here is doing OK.

    [So true, Marian. We all need more books. – FEd]

  31. I’m actually considering the Crisis cook book for my mother. Haven’t really decided yet. Is it as good as the Amazon page says?

    For my father I’m planning to give away an electric metronom/tuner, so he can stop using mine all the time. It’s really annoying never knowing where it may be.

    For my girlfriend, I just ordered some CDs she wanted. 🙂

  32. My 3 kids inherited my passion for music and they are all in university right now. So ‘music & money’ will be under the tree this year.

    Hope you get as good a show as I did at Bob Dylan, FEd. What a wait though…May. It will be a long winter. You must find a way to distract yourself as to not think about it.

    [Thanks, John. Football is the ideal distraction, the season ending in May, so I’ll survive. – FEd]

  33. i don’t know that it’s eco friendly but my son loves tigers. they are endangered so he has one for a year..they write, tell him how she is doing etc.

    his favorite animal is lizards but cant adopt these.

    it seemed cool for a 15yr old..he got normal teen tech stuff but money seems not go far these days, and they get more and more the older they get..but think will be happy with his adopted sister.

    got charity cards but think if gave him a fruit powered clock he would call the guys in white jackets (you serious? never heard of these..do they decay after a while??)

    The cat got his treats in a stocking so household will be happy this year.


  34. [Wake up people. David Gilmour does not like you and he doesn’t like fans FULL STOP. Don’t waste your time and money and get a life. – Rod]

    That’s just pitiful, Rod.

  35. I love to make home made candy. Fudge, caramel pecan, potato candy and Martha Washington, just to name a few. I start a few days before Christmas and make a different candy each night and put them in tins or on trays for family and friends. I also give home made jelly that we make in the summer from fruit that we have here on our property. Blueberry, apple, peach and grape. I’ve done this for years due to everyone having so much already, what new is there to purchase without being wasteful?

    It takes some time but it is worth the effort I think. Any way, I enjoy making all the goodies that my Mother taught me to do many years ago.

    If I could, I would send some your way FEd over the internet. I’ve been told my potato candy is the best!

    Have a good week!

    Barbara P

    [Thank you for the thought, Barbara. – FEd]

  36. Dear all,

    My wish is that everyone who writes to this blog and reads this has got an access to computer. So please do not send a traditional card but use an electronic card which does not require physical resources to make or distribute. Many cards can be personalized.

    When buying gifts avoid new shopping bags and please buy a genuine Christmas tree.

    A quote from Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas song:

    “And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy
    Throw your arms around the world at Christmas time.”

    Kind regards,

  37. I have recycled my old black Tokai 57 Stratocaster copy, by putting a black scratchplate on it, and hey presto, a guitar to go with the book I have bought my children to give to me at Christmas!

    I have been playing a Strat since 1973, and Dave is my hero! And not just for his music. I am a doctor (so the music has had to come second), but I can only help one person at a time. He and Polly have the potential to help us all.

  38. Hi there Mr Gilmour.

    I know this is probably not the right place to post this but it does say random and this is random.

    I have recently noticed a few references to an unreleased Pink Floyd album called Kenya, could you enlighten on this as I have never heard of it before and I would like to know if it is a legitimate album or whether it is just someone goofing around.

    Your help would be greatly appreciated.


    [I’ve never heard of it, sorry. – FEd]

  39. Hi all – been a while (again!)

    Excellent idea regarding Christmas Cards – we are doing the same thing here at work and instead donating the money we would have spent to the School Charity. And I’ll be making my now annual gift to Crisis as well….

    Should be back in before Chrimbo, but just in case I’m not, have a good one folks.

    [Merry Christmas, mate. – FEd]

  40. [got charity cards but think if gave him a fruit powered clock he would call the guys in white jackets (you serious? never heard of these..do they decay after a while??) – julia]

    Yep they do exist, you can actually run a clock from all kinds of fruit and veg, of course they have a finite life but then you just change the piece of fruit.

    Some clocks can run on water.

  41. Hi everybody,

    This year I haven’t found all my gifts, yet. I think I’ll buy books, movies and music CDs mostly, useful things in my opinion.

    My biggest gift (four people to buy it) will be a guitar for a friend who is going to start playing. I’m very anxious to give it to her!


  42. Who would have thought that even an entry where Gilmour Management gracefully requests to not send greetings or gifts would also stir controversy?

    Absolutely amazing….



  43. I would rather receive nothing than something I don’t want. Last year I received a box of second hand records bought from a charity shop; it was the best present I could have hoped for. No shrink-wrap or made in China to be found, but a whole decade of musical memories including some real gems.

    Our house has enough ornaments and toys, so this coming Saturday I am taking my son and my better half to London by train, where we will visit at least one of the museums and if time permits have afternoon tea.

    Hopefully the day will be sufficiently enjoyable to remain a collective memory for years to come.

    [I’m sure it will, Jeremy. Have fun. – FEd]

  44. Hi,

    Got no faintest idea what the X-mas gigs will be this year… I was hoping on tickets for eco-friendly gig with David Gilmour… or an album from our dearest Richard…

    Ah, so I suppose we ban the non eco-friendly fireworks too with the New Year?

    Take care.

  45. I just wish David would have recorded an awkward YouTube video where he declined gifts “with peace and love” like Ringo. That would have been hilarious.

    Honestly, I wish more people would do this. The endless chain of Christmas cards creates a lot of waste.

  46. Giving out to some of my family Hot Water Heater Insulation Blankets. Works with Electric or Gas Water Heaters.

    Also every year our family donates old Coats, Hats, Gloves, Socks, and Boots to the shelters in our city as it is very cold and snowy here in West Michigan and right now these items are just as important as Food.

    Hope everyone has a safe rest of the week,

  47. Merry Christmas (please substitute your preferred holiday of choice…) to all bloggers and F’Ed, and of course to David and Polly.

    Thanks to David for letting us know not to waste time or money on something that will not get the receipt intended. There is nothing wrong with being informed of this, and people like Rod who say such things, hey-Merry Christmas to you too. You sound like you need some love and holiday spirit, and I wish you to find it.

    I have made compilation CDs of my original music with personalized greetings and given them as gifts to family and friends. Also, my mother who does not have a lot of money, always gets things like rolls of quarters (for her laundry) sheets of postage stamps and pre-paid phone cards (she can talk to her friends afar for HOURS!!).

    Point is, to give things that are needed, you can’t imagine how happy my mom is to know she doesn’t have to worry about these things for a little while. God bless her.

  48. David Live in Gdansk for my new neighbors from England.

    And carefully chosen music for the family as well.

  49. Dear Santa,

    Can I have the Live In Gdansk album as an iPDF please? Just like the ‘Great Day for Freedom’ one.

    Harry the Horse

    [Nice hint, Harry. Keep trying. – FEd]

  50. My life, like most people’s I’m sure, has been full up to here with happiness and pain to the point where I can’t seem to find the bottom of my soul anymore. The more we give away, the more we find to give within ourselves. And through my short 46 years on this mudball, your music has been there to keep me wondering…

    Thank you so much…

  51. Dear F.Ed.,

    I fully agree with the invitation of David’s Management to avoid sending of cards and gifts through you, as we are living a very delicate moment by the fact that in these last months all global governments are facing a massive economic crisis, and it’s so important to save money also by sending donations to charities.

    Every year my husband and me, through our small company, provide to send the amount we can arrange to important associations like The National Cancer Research Foundation, and to missions, instead of giving the usual Christmas gift baskets to our customers.

    I’m very proud to tell you that I ‘m just back from my today’s act of charity, that is my 23rd donation of blood.

    Besides, here we can’t forget to have suffered together with you for the the terrible loss of Richard.

    I ‘ ll be back in the very next days for the wishes.

    Your music is always in my heart
    Bye/Ciao Elisabetta

  52. [Just wondered if David has any Hagstrom guitars in his collection. – Stefan]

    The answer is… No, he doesn’t.

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