For War of the Worlds fans: I noticed a billboard on the way to work this morning advertising a guest appearance by Jeff Wayne, composer of the 70s musical version, at St. Paul’s Gallery in Birmingham tomorrow night.

It’s currently being re-released as a collector’s edition. Remastered, remixed, DVD etc, etc. A whole bunch of new ways to hear David Essex singing about a brave new world.

Take a look around you at the world we’ve come to know,
Does it seem to be much more than a crazy circus show?
But maybe from the madness something beautiful will grow,
In a brave new world,
With just a handful of men.
We’ll start, we’ll start all over again
All over again,
All over again,
All over again,
All over again.

Which, strangely, doesn’t appear to need the fairer sex to begin repopulating the planet. Just a handful of men? I’d like to see them try.

Scratch that. I wouldn’t like to see that at all.

links: Jeff Wayne’s site and