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Thursday, December 24th, 2009
7:41 am - Holiday Greetings
A Wonderful Christmas and Fab New Year to all those I didn't manage to get to send proper Xmas cards to this year due to time/energy/children/illness constraints. I hope everyone has a brilliant holidays.
Cheers,
Chris

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Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
6:40 am - Upcoming Gig : Ten City Nation : Fri 30th October
Ten City Nation are at The Junction this Friday. Anyone interested ?
http://www.tencitynation.com/
http://www.junction.co.uk/events/day/2009/10/30/980-the-fiver
It's a Love Music Hate Racism gig.
http://www.repeatfanzine.co.uk/antinazi/coming%20up.htm
Cheers,
   Chris

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Monday, October 26th, 2009
6:48 am - Powers of 10 parody

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
5:32 am - Should I become a Strange Angel
I'm quite a fan of Kristen Hersh's song writing in it's various incarnations (Throwing Muses, solo and 50 Foot Wave http://www.kristinhersh.com/ ). I've seen her impassioned performances on a number of occasions, I've bought the records (well mainly CD's) and yes I even bought the children's book (http://www.tobysnax.com/). She's not to everyone's taste though, maybe due to the off the wall lyrics or a voice self-described  thus "I hiss and scream and wail. Sometimes I make seagull noises, unfortunately."
Kristen doesn't have a record company, and instead sells her wares via the internet, as well as offering songs for voluntary contributions on the CASH music site (http://cashmusic.org/more/).
One of the options is to become a Strange Angel (http://www.kristinhersh.com/strange-angels-2/) where you pay $30 a quarter and get some stuff for free.. I'm thinking of doing this but it poses a bit of an ethical dilemma as it still comes across as charity i.e. I'm giving some money to someone and basically I feel that there are more deserving causes for my cash. I already have a direct debit for Oxfam, but obviously one could always do more. If I view it as a purchase then I probably feel that I'd be better off buying the items individually.
I'm curious to other peoples thoughts.

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Thursday, October 1st, 2009
4:40 am - Upcoming plays in Cambridge (anyone interested?)
There are quite a few plays I'm interested in coming up before Christmas. Anyone interested give me a buzz.

October
12th - 14th     - Dracula at the Mumford
30th               - Happy Jack at the Mumford
28th - 31st     - Rossum's Universal Robots (11pm start at the ADC)
November
5th - 7th         - Crash Jordan at the Mumford
23rd - 25th    - Shakers at the Mumford
December
5th                  - Morecambe at the Mumford

More info at
http://web.anglia.ac.uk/mumfordtheatre/
http://www.adctheatre.com/   

Cheers,
   Chris

P.S. This was sent as an e-mail and automatically cross-posted to LJ and Facebook using posterous so if it looks a bit funny then this may be the reason why.

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Friday, September 25th, 2009
7:36 am - I sort of know what they mean, but then I'm not sure?

From the beach at Lowestoft

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Monday, September 21st, 2009
2:01 am - One of the advantages of living in east Cambridge ...

... is having a Red Arrows show at the end of your road because of http://www.marshallgroup.co.uk/centenary.html

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Thursday, September 17th, 2009
5:34 am - Old Tech Nostalgia
A while ago I found a film (as in 35mm Kodak). I'd no idea where it was from. The tail of the film was inside the canister, so it either had being used or I'd rolled it up into the film. It was a mystery, a tiny time capsule from who knows when.
I pondered for quite a while (until the local co-op chemist had a half price film developing offer on) and then handed it in. It was put in an envelope sealed and I was given a thin strip of paper  indicating it would be ready in 5 working days. The mystery continued. A week later I popped into the chemist and got my snaps back in a thin card envelope, would I have 24 pictures of a black cat at night or would they be the most amazing photos I'd ever taken, as interesting and sharp as a QI retort from Stephen Fry? They were in fact some reasonable photos from the San Francisco hop of my round the world trip of 2004, although 5 years stuck in the canister meant there were quite a few blemishes and colour casts.  They include shots of Alcatraz, including the tour guide who had her catchphrase when describing the death of inmates in escape attempts,  "Did they escape, well they didn't come back" and an old friend Dave, who I'd just got in touch with beforehand, and his wife who was quite pregnant. their child will be nearly 5 now.
There were lots of feelings associated with these pictures that I just don't seem to get with my digital pictures on screen. Maybe it's the physicality of the prints or the rather long time since I took them or maybe it's the opening of the envelope with no foreknowledge of it's content to then suddenly having  the memories blasted back from your subconscious.
Obviously I can't put the photos here on a piece of modern technology as they're in a thin card envelope stuck on a shelf in our home office, possibly not to be opened for another few years.

P.S. I'm trying out posterous.com as a blogging tool, so any weird formatting I can blame on them.

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Monday, August 17th, 2009
2:34 pm - Pixies
Anyone thinking of going to see the Pixies at The Brixton Acadamey in early October

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Thursday, May 21st, 2009
1:40 pm - Buzz Aldrin talk at the Southbank
This may be of interest to some of my space fan friends. Buzz

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Thursday, March 12th, 2009
10:47 am - Film trailer :
G-Force nothing to do with Battle of the Planets but will probably appeal to bugshaw.

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Listening to: The Pixies - Hey
http://foxytunes.com/artist/the+pixies/track/hey

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Friday, February 20th, 2009
10:41 am - Video of the week #15 Walk it Off by The Breeders
An interesting idea similar to the Mike Figgis film Timecode.





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Listening to: The Sugarcubes - Coldsweat [DB/BP Mix]
http://foxytunes.com/artist/the+sugarcubes/track/coldsweat+%5bdb+bp+mix%5d

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
2:34 pm - Birthday plans
I'm having a bit of a do for my Birthday this year. It will be from 8pm on Saturday 21st of March at our house (Greville Road, Cambridge).
Limited crash space I'm afraid.
RSVP if you intend to bob along.
For those of you thinking of going along to Eastercon, Elaine, Ian and I are planning a joint Birthday celebration (probably a big meal) on the Saturday of the Eastercon.


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Listening to: Throwing Muses - People [*]
http://foxytunes.com/artist/throwing+muses/track/people+%5b*%5d

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
3:02 pm - A rather interesting version of a reknowned Joy Division song
can be found as track 2 on Peter Hook's myspace.

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Thursday, January 15th, 2009
1:43 pm - News
Just a quick note, to those who don't already know, that Deb and I are having another baby, due early June.



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Listening to: The Smiths - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
http://foxytunes.com/artist/the+smiths/track/there+is+a+light+that+never+goes+out

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Thursday, November 27th, 2008
2:24 pm - That Band Meme
Bands i've seen live. I'd need to go through my tape/record collection before I could give a more comprahensive list
Obviously behind hereCollapse )


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Listening to: Elbow - Bitten By The Tailfly
http://foxytunes.com/artist/elbow/track/bitten+by+the+tailfly

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
9:54 am
Book meme
* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST

Excitement parted his big lips

from Master of Space and Time by Rudy Rucker

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Thursday, September 25th, 2008
4:01 pm - Video of the week #14 Cause I Said So by The Godfathers
Unfortunately embedding is disabled for this song by the 80's punky but nattily dressed Godfathers.
They play the Brixton Academy on 24th of October.


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Listening to: The Prodigy - Mindfields
http://foxytunes.com/artist/the+prodigy/track/mindfields

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
3:44 pm - How to while away a few engineering hours
I've found this intriguing game on t'internet
fantastic contraption, it should be found fun by anyone who used to (and maybe still does) like lego.

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Listening to: Being 747 - Use Your Friends
http://foxytunes.com/artist/being+747/track/use+your+friends

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
2:04 pm - Video of the week #13 Leeds Station by The Parachute Men
There aren't too many pop songs about train stations (especially if you discount that one by ABBA). The Parachute Men were an excellent band from Leeds in the late eighties with a nice jangly pop feel.




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Listening to: Parachute Men - So Mistaken
http://foxytunes.com/artist/parachute+men/track/so+mistaken

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