Drove up to Reading University for an open day today. This was the fourth (and final?) open day Mikey and I have attended: De Montford (Leicester), University East Anglia (Norwich) and Portsmouth being the other three. I think Mikey was impressed, pretty much as I expceted he would be. It’s a really nice campus (I stayed there a couple of weekends when doing my MBA) and a couple of guys at work went there and seemed to have a good time.
Dropped the boy off and then went off to grab a coffee in Starbucks, quick tour of HMV (way too expensive) and then back for a kip in the car before Mikey wanted collecting again. Wow, the life of an international jet-setter!
Had a great night out with the boys from the Den collective plus assorted other friends, at the Dirt South in Lewisham. After soundchecking we all headed up to Covernt Garden, where we ended up in the Punch and Judy pub, where the picture above was taken. It must be 20 years since I’ve been in that pub, and it hasn’t changed that much.
Finally recorded a really funny interview with the guys on the train back to Lewisham and managed to capture the gig on MP3 as well, which turned out better than I expected. Look out for wednesday’s PCP#168 which will have a Den special!
Working at home today, after an exhausting week and now I have a splitting headache brought on by too much caffene and dub reggae. Nevertheless today is marked by two important events. Firstly (and most importantly) I’ve been married to my lovely wife for 22 years today, and it simultaneously seems like yesterday since we got married and it seems like we’ve been married forever.
Secondly, I’me out gigging again for the third time in less than 9 days, this time to see one of my longstanding podcast contributors, The Den Collective, who are playing only their second gig in The Dirty South, in Lewisham, South London, as support for Tom Hingley, ex-frontman of the Inspiral Carpets. It’s going to be one of those awkward, but nice, moments when you finally meet someone face-to-face who you’ve only communicated with in a virtual world. Sadly not all the band can make it tonight, so I’m not quite sure how they’re going to perform their set, but lets see how they get on.
Obviously I’m going to record an interview and some of the live vibe, but if you can’t wait then checkout the player below for a few choons…..
Spent an interesting hour listening to the folks at Missing People give a talk at work today, which I’ll be putting together into a podcast for internal use. They are starting to use social networks and new media to get messages out to people who have gone missing from their families, or from missing people who want to let their families know they’re OK. Checkout the fact that they have pages at Myspace, Bebo or Facebook and you’ll see the sort of thing I mean.
They can also received emails from missing people, and scrambling of the email protects the anonymity until the person until they actually want to be found.
Particulary poignant was Nicki Durbin, mother of Luke Durbin, who is a missing person. Clearly a difficult issue to get up and talk about, Nikki gave a moving account of how she now believes her son is dead, but that she’ll never give up on him and declare him legally dead.
Had a great day and evening with my colleagues last night, with some team building and ten-pin bowling. I managed to win the first game, much to the surprise of everyone else, and a great example of age and experience over youthful enthusiasm! Then I’m afraid age and experience took it’s toll, as the heavy ball became more and more difficult to handle. So, German efficiency won through. Vorsprung Durch Technik? Maybe….
Almost completely lost my voice today as a result! (Well a result for the team, anyway!)
So, I’m sat here in the office with a load of my European colleagues on a training course I’ve arranged. It’s great to know that the world is small enough to allow a Canadian Trainer (via the US) give a training class to a bunch of Europeans from Hungary, Sweden, Germany, Spain, France and England, here in the UK. It really is a small world…..!
OK, not quite, but I certainly felt like I was past by bedtime as I waited to see Vibronics last night at Komedia. I got to the gig, late at 9:15pm, but the support band Titan Sound System did not come on until 10:30pm and played for a full hour. So, at 11:45pm I’m afraid I gave up on the whole thing and drove back home. Two gigs in one week? That was a common occurance when I was at university, but, hey I was 18 and I’m not that anymore.
Ah well, at least I’ve checked out the venue in advance of the Los Campesinos gig on October 22nd!
I’m on the mailing list for Komedia down in Brighton, and thanks to Laurence, from the management team, I’ve won tickets to see Vibronics tonight.
I’ve already been in contact with the band and they’ve agreed to let me play some of their music on my podcasts, so listen out for some tracks tomorrow! In the meantime, enjoy the music player from their website.
Well, managed to see Milburn live again last night. I was rather surprised to find that the gig wasn’t sold out, considering the “less well known” Reverend and the Makers played a sell-out there in July. Concorde2 seemed strangely empty whilst the support bands played, and The Envy Corps left me rather cold.
Nevertheless the guys played a fantastic set. I’m still amazingly impressed that these guys are so young and so damn good at their craft. Joe’s vocals were just excellent. Anyway, if you get a chance to see these guys – take it! Here’s the video of “What will you do (when the money goes)?” to be going on with….
The album “These are the facts” comes out on Monday… and yes, I have it on pre-order!
I’m off to see another of those jolly Sheffield bands, Milburn this evening down at Concord 2 in Brighton, which is a smashing little venue on the seafront. This will be the second time I’ve seen them, the last being at the Leeds Festival 2006, when they played a storming performance in front of a home yorkshire crowd.
I’m raising money for a Children’s Cancer Charity.
Between Friday 27th and 29th September a bunch of us will be Swooving for 40 hours for 40 different charities.
I shall be Swooving for 10 hours and my chosen charity is Chestnut Tree House, which provides care for children and young people with life-shortening conditions, and their families.
To Swoove means to Sing, Whoop and Move. It’s a great physical and mental excercise and keeps me sane in an otherwise insane world.
If you have heard my podcasts, and have a couple of pounds, dollars, euros, or any other currency spare then please consider donating HERE to the cause. The last time I asked for sponorship was back in 2013, so I don’t ask everyday.