Was Staying Up Until 2am Worth It

25 11 2010

Hooray, hooray the Ashes are being played again.  Sadly they are being played in Australia, but like all good England supporters I predict that we will retain them, which as we haven’t won on Australian soil for 17 years is no easy prospect.

I wanted to be up for the morning session of the first day, so I decided to hit the sack early and wake up in time for the midnight start.  This didn’t happen as I would have liked as I couldn’t actually get to sleep due to late night text messages and a housemate with what I think is Bronchitis.

So I got up at midnight, to watch the masterful 3 balls faced by Captain Andrew Strauss, and Jonathan trot not achieving much more than a bit of ploughing outside of the crease.  When I went to bed again at 2 am, KP and Alistair Cook were doing alright.  When I got up again at 7am, we had a bit of a collapse in the late-middle order, with only Ian 2The Flamethrower of Eternal Justice” Bell putting up any meaningful resistance, but then getting himself out to a ball that he shouldn’t have played.

Anyway, Australia are just edging it at the moment, but I still think that England can win this test.  We have the better bowling attack and I think this is where the match will be won.  Apart from Peter “Very Punchable Face” Siddle the Aussie bowlers didn’t really look like that much of a threat.

As for staying up until 2am, I am glad that I did, it’s not very often that a Test Series causes this much excitement.  Besides if I wanted to watch the highlights programmes I would still be up until 11, so what’s an extra 3 hours between friends.  Plus I do like the live text commentary.  Where else would you get a man breaking up with his girlfriend just so he can watch the game.

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Laura Marling

23 11 2010
It was nice to see Laura Marling at the Wedgewood rooms last night.  I have never been a big fan, but she converted me last night. 
 
She has an amazing, mature  and powerful voice that draws you in to her lyrical world of romance and lost loves.  Not bad for someone that can only be about 20.
 
One of the things that Portsmouth does well is appreciative audiences, and this one was particularly good.  I have never heard it so quiet in the Wedgewood Rooms (except for the really annoying couple stood behind us until we moved), and each song was greeted with a round of applause, and each comment between each song was greeted with the appropriate response of laughter.   
 
Before I probably wouldn’t have gone out of my way to see Laura Marling at a festival, but I probably would now.
 
The support band wasn’t too bad either, they are called the Pins.




Local Natives @ Wedgewood Rooms

18 11 2010

Sorry, I couldn’t be bothered to make up a witty title, but I am suffering a cold at the moment and I have a lot fo work on and blah, blah, blah.

Anyway I went to see Local Natives at the Wedgewood Rooms last night, having only decided to go on the day and not hearing very much of their music.  Now, I have been to enough gigs in my time to know a good band when I see one, and Local Natives were a very good band, they were obviously talented and played well, but the music left me a bit, well, meh!

I can’t really say what I felt about it, because at the end of the day I didn’t really feel anything at all.  They do have some excellent moustaches though.

On the other hand, the first support band  Cloud Control, were really worth going to see, I liked their music and picked up lots of influences on them Vampire Weekend being one of them.  Sadly they are only playing 2 more support dates in the UK before they head back to their native Australia.

Looke them up on their official site or myspace.