Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) will release a compilation of songs through his label 30th Century later this week. Dubbed 30th Century Records Compilation Volume I, the record will include artists signed to Burton’s label, although there is one notable outlier who makes an appearance on the collection of songs, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and his latest side-project, The Arcs.The Arcs will contribute a song called “Fools Gold.” Auerbach tells Rolling Stone, “Generally, fool’s gold is made of iron or copper pyrites that are often mistaken for gold. It has the same thrilling discovery, the same shiny luster and perceived weight as gold, but it isn’t gold and when all is said and done, it has the same value as a hunk of s—. It’s always been so easy to be a fool.”Take a listen to the new single below:
THE ACRIMONIOUS dispute between Baltic Rail Services, the majority shareholder in Eesti Raudtee, and the Estonian government has escalated to the highest level, with Prime Minister Andrus Ansip being asked last month to answer questions on the subject in Parliament.BRS is seeking damages from the government, accusing it of breaking agreements to which it had signed up when the Estonian railways were privatised in 2001. The trouble began in 2003 and grew into a serious row last year (RG 8.05 p470). It centred on access issues, first over a change in the law obliging EVR to make 100% of line capacity available to third-party operators, other than that needed for passenger services. This was followed a year ago by the Estonian Railway Inspectorate cutting access charges to a level which EVR said would not allow it to cover its costs. The charges applied to third-party operators competing directly with EVR.BRS was next accused of failing to meet its investment obligations, leading to the Finance Ministry imposing a 15m kroon fine. BRS resolved to fight this, in the courts if necessary.BRS decided to review its options, and discussions began last year about a possible sale of its stake back to the state, or to the state-owned Port of Tallinn. No agreement could be reached on an acceptable price, and the talks went nowhere. Since then speculation has surfaced about other purchasers – Germany’s Railion, VR in Finland and Russian investment company PromInvestors in partnership with consultants Transcare have all been mentioned.Lurking behind all this is an apparent attempt by the Russian Severstaltrans Group, which has a transport subsidiary in Estonia called Spacecom, to secure lower charges for shipping freight through to Estonian ports. The group has invested heavily in Estonia and is reported to have close links with Russian President Putin. BRS Chairman Ed Burkhardt said last month that Andrei Filatov, Director-General of Severstaltrans, had tried to persuade BRS to sell its 66% stake back to the state, but Burkhardt had responded that the price on offer was too low, noting that it was ‘interesting’ that Spacecom was not interested in buying shares in EVR.Allegations that the Russian company has high-level support in the Estonian government appear well founded. In early March Filatov had met Economics Minister Edgar Savisaar, who was fiercely opposed to privatisation of the railway even before he was appointed Economics Minister in April 2005. And a consultancy that had earlier partnered with Severstaltrans had been used to advise the government on purchase of shares in EVR.What had started out as a serious attempt to bring modern management and efficient operations to a railway in the former Soviet empire has been holed on the rocks of political dogma. Whatever happens, you can be sure that the BRS ship will not go down without a fight.
JAPAN: Thanking railwaymen and women from around the world for their messages of condolence and encouragement, on March 14 East Japan Railway Vice-Chairman Yoshio Ishida and President & CEO Satoshi Seino gave an update on the effects of the disastrous March 11 earthquake and tsunami.JR East understands that no customers or employees were casualties of the disaster. Three regional trains were washed off the track, but the passengers had been successfully evacuated. However there are fears that off-duty staff and their families may not have survived. Following checks, JR East was ready to resume normal services in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area on the morning of March 14, but several nuclear and thermal power plants were heavily damaged and the resulting power shortages led to the reduction or suspension of services. It is not known when the shortages will be over, but JR East has a thermal and a hydro power plant of its own, and through careful management of power requirements expects to be able to increase the number of services operated. Train services have mostly resumed in the western part of northern Japan, however there is ‘absolutely no way’ for JR East to predict when Shinkansen and conventional services will be able to be resumed on the Pacific Coast which bore the brunt of the damage. Destruction of the Senseki line has forced JR East to put on hold its plans to switch the route to the ATACS moving block signalling system which was described in the March 2011 issue of Railway Gazette International.
Here’s your easy guide for what to expect if you’re heading to BS3.ORDER OF EVENTS10:00am – Coffee Shop & Bristol Sport store open10:00am – Matchday Ticket Office open (phone lines 10am-1pm)11:00am – Sports Bar open12:00pm – Fan Village open1:30pm – Turnstiles open2:00pm – Team announcements3:00pm – Kick-offSTADIUMThe Lansdown Stand lower tier, South Stand and Dolman Stands are open for the game. The Atyeo Stand is closed. The fixture is included in your 2019/20 season card.TICKETSBristol Sport Ticketing phone lines will be open from 10am – 1pm on matchday, while pay on the day is available.BUY TICKETSPROGRAMMESBristol Bears matchday programmes are available from each of the concession stands inside the stadium.Fan radios are also available from the Bristol Sport Store, costing £10.FOOD & DRINKSupporters can enjoy a revamped matchday experience at Ashton Gate this season, with a number of new additions to the stadium’s offering.The Jolly Hog have opened a concession, as well as a Mexican kiosk opening and Chicago Town Pizza being served in the Lansdown concourse.For those fans who are planning on getting to the Stadium early, make the most of our £4 a pint offering. These offers are available between 1:30pm – 2:00pm.FAN VILLAGEThe external matchday Fan Village has a new and improved food and beverage offering which includes Fish & Chips, Burgers and Spanish cuisine from Los Hermanos as well as including a new bar, Boots and Balls, which will be fitted with a new state of the art speed pour system. The Fan Village will be in operation from 12pm, with a raft of food and drink on offer, with the drinks concessions offering a fully cashless option.CLUBHOUSEThe clubhouse will be open for supporters after full-time, with live music and Q&As with players and coaches.GETTING HERESupporters are urged to get to the Gate early, and information regarding travel can be found here.