Category Archives: Rant

Losing a friend, losing the pain

Dear friend, we’d known each other for a lifetime. I know at times I’d been quite hard on you and perhaps not treated you as best I should have. That you would cause me so much pain towards what was an inevitable end is understandable then, although understand my ignorant inattention was never meant to hurt you.  But, in the end, it did come down to you or me. Nothing will replace you and I will always retain a space in your memory. Farewell.

Unfinished sweet

Growing up I truly believed Alice Cooper was one dangerous character. I also believed he tapped into some societal and personal fears more successfully than any other performer in the early 1970s.

One of the personal fears I related, and, sadly, still relate to is fear of visiting a dentist. Alice captured that fear in a song from the Billion Dollar Babies album in a song called Unfinished Sweet. You can listen to it here.

I face that fear in reality today as I visit my dentist to have a painful tooth removed. Like the character in Alice’s song, I hope my gums don’t have to go….the featured image from the Scission Blog says it all. (source:


Welcome to  the Smart but Casual website and a long overdue update!

My name is James Douglas. For much of my life, people have also known me as ‘Jim’. After living most of my life in Central Queensland, Australia I moved to Charters Towers in North Queensland in late 2020. I am a teacher but outside of work I am a  music and creative writing hobbiest. I am also a bit of a football tragic, having followed Glasgow Rangers for my whole life. My personal involvement with football has been from player to coach, from committee member to club president and whole of organisation manager. It’s been quite a journey! I have set this site up as a place for me to document my music and writing. At the same time, I admit to not having been a regular updater of any of that, something I aim to change – a new year’s resolution of some kind I suppose.

I aim to populate the site with links to my creative side, that means music, both solo and in the bands that I play/have played in, as well as examples of other interests such as my short story writing and poetry. Maybe even links to some other items such as videos, photos….I’ll see.

While music is my main passion – the name of this site is taken from the first line in one of my songs – I aim to also have space for ramblings about the state of things in general so please feel free to comment or add to the conversation.  Sarcasm and parody are sure to feature…