the strange blue dreams

Lightbulbs & Bathtubs…The Eureka Moment, Glasgow!

Photographs from Rally & Broad: The Eureka Moment! at Stereo, Glasgow on Sunday 30 November 2014. All photos credited to Chris Scott – see his Flickr for the full set!

So. This month was all themed around Eureka moments, revelations, epiphanies and…er…lightbulbs. This meant the audience activity for this month (‘Come Learn With Rally & Broad!…’) asked folk to fill in a crossword about electricity, energy and so so […seriously? you guys are so very rock n’ roll…Ed.] and then…er…come up with a limerick. What we forgot to say was that you could then hand the poems in to get a shiny prize. So, no one handed them in. So, we thought we really had just bored the brains out of folk, and no could be arsed. We were so wrong. We found them all at the end. Yous really, REALLY put some work into this. You’re all damn fine people, and we are eejits. We will make amends. In the meantime…they’re printed below in all their glory (as accurate as we could make them..) Thank you! Thank you all!

love, R&B xx

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There was a young man with a taste

For cooking with nuclear waste

For two years or three

He indulged, dearie me

Till the flesh fell from his face.


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 Archy’s lady, in his bath, she lay

Giggling at her image’s golden ray

A voice called ‘Eureka!;

She couldn’t see the speaker

till he fell, translucent, where she lay.

(Siofra, Erfan, Elina, Laura)

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 There once was a girl called Lola

Who extolled the virtues of solar [panels]

Every cunt was like ‘oil!’

She’s like ‘naw, this joint’s gonna boil

think of the bears, polar!’

(Calum R)

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 There once was a man with a power station

Who won a contract to frack the nation

He was the owner of INEOS

The cunt didn’t give a toss

Now Scotland will feel that sinking sensation.


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There was a young woman whose goal

Was to burn up a shitload of coal

On the day she was paid

She bought a big spade

And dug a huge fucking hole.


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There once was a rod of plutonium

Who they thought they were renewable like a harmonium

But tidal and solar called

And said ‘You’re not renewable at all’

………………………………………………….. pandemonium.



And while not strictly a limerick, definitely worth an honourable mention…


Two girls on an adventure train to Glasgow

To watch + listen to the Rally & Broad Show

They said it’s about electricity

And its connectivity

And with a feeling that resonates in its simplicity

Eureka! To the measure of their get up & go

I say bravo!



Thank ye all, and see you on December 28th for ‘The Hangover Special!’


‘The Eureka Moment!’ – Glasgow, Sunday 30th November

Rally & Broad present…’The Eureka Moment!’, Stereo, Renfield Lane, Glasgow. Doors at 230pm, show starts at 3pm sharp! £5.


This month we’re celebrating the times when it all just falls into place. And a Greek guy in a bath. Definitely him. Helping us with these moments of joy and revelation, light and epiphany are…






Multi-talented writer, author, spoken word performer, musician, producer… we could go on. Our headline act for this month is the fabulous Aidan Moffat!




A spooky musical backdrop of gospel, early rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, rockabilly and country…in other words: Strange Blue Dreams indeed. **** (Glasgow Herald)



Rosie Garland -credit Jonathan  Bean


Rosie Garland is a novelist, poet and sings in post-punk band The March Violets. Her award-winning poetry and short stories have been widely published, including Mslexia, The Rialto, The Bangalore Review and The East Coast Literary Review. She has five solo collections of poetry, the most recent being ‘Everything Must Go’ (Holland Park Press, 2012). She has performed internationally, from the Cheltenham Festival of Literature to the Bowery Poetry Club, New York. Her debut novel ‘The Palace of Curiosities’ (HarperCollins 2013) won the 2011 Mslexia novel competition and was Co-operative Bank Book of the Year 2013. Her second novel, ‘Vixen’ came out in July 2014.





Chrissy Barnacle is a singer-songwriter hailing from the grimy shores of the Clyde whose yearning and often fantastical lyrics are brimming with turmoil and optimism.

We’re all made up for this one, pals, we really are. See you at the front. Ours is a plate of nachos.