Work Life And Greek Mythology

30 04 2009

At work I am struggling a bit, everything happening day to day is the same as the day before. A never ending tide of work. Clear the desk, the desk fills back up again, clear the desk, the desk fills back up again.

Now I don’t think that I have made the mistake of telling a Greek God (Asopus) that his Daughter (Aegina) was away on a dirty weekend with Zeus, but I do feel a bit like Sisyphus, forced for eternity to push a boulder up a hill, only for it to roll back down again. For all I know, Zeus might be taking his revenge on me, but I can’t think what for.

Oh well, back to the boulder.



29 04 2009

They are at it again. Bloody cyclists…well one cyclist…well at least one that has been caught anyway. News has recently broken that out of the 6 athletes that have tested positive for banned substances at the Beijing Olympics, one of them was a cyclist.

I don’t know why I am surprised, actually, thats a lie, i’m not at all, I am however angry. Italian Davide Rebellin, who on his 37th birthday came 2nd in the mens Road Race has been caught for CERA, and advanced version of EPO. He is one of the first to be caught for this new type, and I doubt very much that he will be last.

I find this incredibly annoying, and I wish that for once the sport that I and millions of others worldwide enjoy on a regular basis would get its act together and clean up. I know that it won’t happen, the stakes are too high, the cheats (that is what they are) want to win, and they want to win at any cost. Whether Davide wanted to prolong his career, by performing at a high level one last time, or taking a last big payday is open to interpretation, but the fact that he won the Fleche Wallone classic for the 3rd time this year might point to something.

“This was my nicest win of the three,” said the Serramenti Diquigiovanni rider after his win, who also won in 2004 and 2007.

I’m not surprised it was nice, you were probably so stoned that you thought you were flying.

Rant over.

Black And White

28 04 2009

Take a while…sit back, and just think about how good photocopiers are. At the moment I am doing a lot of photocopying in my job, and yes it is annoying and possibly giving me cancer, but I can’t help but admire the way that photocopiers go about doing their jobs.

Taking whatever you can throw at them, paper, cats, arses at office parties and making a 2D impression on either A4 or A3. You can change the colour of the paper if you want, or have it duplex…Stapled! No problem there.

Your standard Xerography (dry heat) photocopier was introduced by guess who?….Xerox in the 1960’s and works via a complicated procedure of making the toner positively charged and sticking it to the negatively charged area to make the black bits.

Anyway, now you can whack in 50 sheets of paper and get 500 back in no great time. Think how difficult that would have been years ago.

Here’s to the photocopier. Cheers for making my life easier.

Thorpe Park

23 04 2009

I had taken the day off on Tuesday to head to Thorpe Park with The Housemate and the Flat 6 Boys, so off we headed early, only for our cunning plan to get there before the crowds to suffer a blow half way there. The Housemates Mid-life crisis mobile was struck with a double puncture whilst trying to avoid being hit by a lorry. Still could have been worse, could have been struck by a lorry. But the weather was good , and while we replaced one of the wheels, we had an hour to wait for the AA man who then replaced the other one.

Once we did eventually get to the park, it was really very quiet, we headed straight for Stealth, which takes you from 0-80 in 2 seconds. I have never felt acceleratioon like it, it was quite spectacular and an amazing start to the day.

Next up as it was getting a bit warm we got completely drenched on Tidal Wave, before going on the spin dryer that is Nemesis Inferno, and then to the worlds first 10 loop coaster, Colussus.

The best ride of the day though, and the best ride that I have ever been on was the new ride for this year, Saw. Its themed after the film series Saw, and without giving too much away, there is an unexpected indoor section, before you get to the big draw. The 100ft vertical lift, followed by a 100 degree drop. Yep, you actually go down hill upside down, before twisting, turning and looping your way back to the start. Even the fact that we had to queue for an hour didn’t stop this from being immense.

Afterwards we had another go on the Stealth, Nemesis Inferno and Colussus, before making the trip back home. Even though we didnt get there until late, what we did do was well worth the money.

Pylons and Wires

23 04 2009

I got tickets on the door for the dual headliner Gideon Conn and 6 Day Riot at the Joiners on Monday, apologies that its taken a while to write, but I have been busy. Anyway, I got a ticket and was one of about 15 people in there and arrived just as The Real Raj started to play. Kind of a one man band, he was a bit like Jack Johnson but with a Kazoo, more adult language and well, lets be honest, Indian. He was excellent though and set the tone for the evening to come.

Gideon Conn came on next playing an acoustic set, and all I can say about the guy is that he is a genius. His lyrics are great, and his version of almost Folk-Hop is infectious. Plus with his twee almost childlike voice, and staring eyes he can come across as almost Willy Wonka like (Johnny Depp version). This doesn’t stop him being unbelivably energetic and brilliant. He got the boys from 6 Day Riot on stage for a few songs and played a brilliant version of Roy Orbison’s Blue Avenue. To finish with he came into the audience busker like and played Outkast’s Ms. Jackson as we crowded round clapping. A fantastic way to end his set really. See below.

Next up were 6 Day Riot, with their tiny lead singer and Jazz tinged folk tunes. Not enough bands have trumpets in them. These were great too. Its been too long to really give a decent account of this, but I would recommend seeing them if you get the time.

Its a shame that there weren’t more people in the gig, but we had a brilliant time.

Hidden Gems #3

17 04 2009

I could have written this about most songs on The Bends, its by far and away my favourite album, but as I have been listening to A Letter from God To Man off of the Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip album that uses this sample, I am going to write about Planet Telex.

While songs like Street Spirit, Fake Plastic Trees and High and Dry get all of the radio air play, and deserved plaudits for being brilliant, the album opener never seems to get a look in.

From the opening bars of the keyboards to hook you in to the album as a whole, and the start of Thom Yorkes falsetto odyssey, the cry of “Everything is Broken, Everyone is Broken” gets me. I’m not sure what this song is about, probably lost love and broken hearts, if its not, then it damn well should be.

Classic Night Of Football

15 04 2009

I went so see …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead last night, missing what has now been called one of the greatest European football matches. I don’t really care apart from the fact that I cannot stand Didier Drogba, diving bastard. Anyway I digress, this is about the gig…

I went with Afro Aid, who reckons that he has been to less than 10 gigs in his life, I told him that I have made it my mission to get him to 10 this year. 2 down already after Fight Like Apes.

The first band were the So So Glo’s who sounded like a cross between the Undertones and the Dropkick Murpheys. Not saying this was a bad thing, they were excellent. The 2nd band even better, shame I can’t remember their name.

Before …AYWKUBTTOTD started I told Aid 2 things. Firstly, they would rock. Secondly he would love them. I don’t like being a liar, and luckily I was proved right on both counts. They did rock. They played a set as long and as brilliant as their name. For an hour and a half they played, and their prog rock styling being exactly what the doctor ordered. They played tracks from Source, Tags and Codes, Madonna and the new album, and they were all great. At times they do use 2 drummers and when they both get going the noise is biblical, but amazing to witness.

Its nearly 12 hours later and my ears are still fuzzy. I still wouldn’t have missed it for the football though.

Real Men Drink Amaretto

14 04 2009

Unless you hadn’t noticed it was Easter this weekend, which, with me being a non-religious type, just means 4 days holiday.

I had decided not to go anywhere this weekend, untill I got a snotty phone call at work, which put me in such a bad mood that I wanted a drink or 5. Knowing that the housemate was going to be out I took myself up to Worcester where I was kindly (again) put up by Fatbob and Bimbo. Upon getting there we promptly left in order to go and meet Dev in the Hand in Glove. All I can really remember about that night was the tallest man in the world at the bar.

On good Friday, after Fatbob had gone to work, and I had been out to buy a toothbrush myself Jackie, KP and Dev hit the Slug and Lettiuce for lunch. We decided that it was a pretentious lunch as the chips came in a mug type affair and had to be poured out on to your own plate. Later we were joined by May-Z who had finally beetled his way up from Londinium on the train. Cue a few more pints in the town and dinner cooked by Bimbo we headed back into town via the Worcester Free Art Gallery, which is actually an graffitied alleyway that now has art comments on by the mysterious Curator. Highlights include Ludo and Dicktionary (this doesn’t translate as well written down, its better on bimbos blog).

Anyway, we made it to the Postal Order, Worcesters premier hangout for drunks and hen parties, where none of us had been for at least 5 years. Upon discovering that Amaretto was only £1.29 a shot, we proceeded to have Corona with Amaretto chasers and deciding that we should start a Victorian Gentlemans Drinking club. Real men drink Amaretto apparantly, well they do now.

Unfortunately as I had plans on Saturday I had to shoot off early and meet up with Catherine and Steve who kindly gave me a triangle of the worlds biggest Tobelerone. So after not doing a whole heck of a lot on Sunday and Monday apart from going out on my bike, it is back to Work for a 4 day week. The sun is out and I have a smile on my face. What is going on?

Plus tonight, I am very excited to be going to see …and you will know us by the trail of the dead.



Another Wedding

6 04 2009

I went to Steve and Catherines wedding this weekend, and that makes 14 I have been to in the last 3 or 4 years. Luckily the sun came out nicely and it was a lovely day.

The reception was a bit weird though, as a lot of the guests had kids, so left really early. Nobody danced as all of the tables were left out, so sitting seemed to be the order of the day,  but there seemed to be endless amounts of money left behind the bar, which was great for us.  

The food was excellent, though, with carrot and corriander soup, roast pork (I ate my bodyweight in crackling) and then apple strudel.  Lovely stuff.

I went to school with Steve and Catherine was the first person that I met at University.  We have been friends ever since.  The two of them met at another wedding (Mack and Spanner), who are now coincidently awaiting the pitter patter of a tiny smell making machine.

Anyway, congratulations and all that.

Wisden Gets It Right

3 04 2009

Wisden announced its 5 cricketers of the year, and I am really pleased that the England Captain got a look in.  Not Andrew Strauss, as his tenure so far has been less than impressive.  This England Captain is Claire Taylor, the womens captain.  For the first time in 120 years a woman has been added to the list, and who can blame Wisden for picking her.  Captain of a team that went through last summer undefeated, retained the Ashes, went on a 17 match unbeaten 1 day winning streak and then won the World Cup.

Not bad really is it!  Congratulations, and keep on going.

The other names on the list are James Anderson (England fast bowler), Durham Captain Dale Benkenstein, Mark Boucher and Neil Mckenzie of South Africa.