Eccentric toilet, Love Me Butch, Burgerkill… the names of the bands on the CD that accompanies siblings John and Lena Resborn's underground-music journey through Southeast Asia might sound juvenilely abstruse– but the bands themselves are deadly serious.
It would be gratifying if the bookmakers were made to regret a rather snooty response to what looked a perfectly legitimate trial for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Huntingdon. For they would certainly have shown greater respect had any among his victims, hailing from more fashionable yards, happened to win the 32Red Chatteris Fen Hurdle in the same style as Chris Pea Green. As it was, they appear to have decided that he was merely exploiting a collective failure to run to form, and still offer 33-1 for Cheltenham next month.
Golden-age over as financial pressures force many smaller events to cancel
Having gained overdue reward in the Champion Hurdle last month, one of the most respected veterans on the circuit has now been given the chance to complete his fulfilment in the John Smith's Grand National itself. If Noel Fehily happens to win on State Of Play at Aintree on Saturday week, however, it would be no less a triumph of patience for the owners and trainer of his mount.
For a band that’s managed to turn the world of heavy rock on its head, it would be foolish to dismiss Japanese trio Boris as mere noise goblins. That they create a cacophony of ferocious, volatile sounds that is the aural equivalent of drowning in white light is true enough. Track "Laser Beam" with its classicgrunge blueprint speed up to gabba proportions proves as much. But there’s still great subtlety to be found here. "Flower Sun Rain" is melancholic and resplendent, romantic almost, while "My Neighbor Satan", although caustic in places, is equally as thoughtful. ‘Smile’ may burst your eardrums but it’s worth the mild tinnitus.