Cherry Ghost

24 09 2010

I know that its been a while again, but I have been busy and I apologise, things that I haven’t blogged about since the last time I thought about it include:  Longleat, Glastonbury Tor, Southseafest and how good it was including Montage Populaire, Dirty Sky Jones, The Dawn Chorus, Bleech and Little Fish.

So it comes to last night when I went to see Cherry Ghost and extremely good they were too.  Ably supported by Liverpool based urchin’s (they wear braces and brogues.  “shine your shoes Mister?”) Misery Guts they played a blinding set on the third night of their tour. 

Classified as the dreaded Alt. Country, they have a distinctive sound and a great voice in their singer/songwriter.  Song’s from both of their albums went down well with the Radio 2 aged crowd and the sound quality was superb.

Highlights for me were Thirst for Romance and 4AM, but that is because I like their first album.  Their Encore was topped off by a cover version of Finally originally by Ce Ce Peniston.

Go and see them while they are on tour.

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Nice Weekend

21 06 2010

I have just had a thoroughly nice and relaxing weekend on the Isle of Wight.

H had just finished a night shift so we went over on Saturday morning on the Catamaran and then took the old train up to Shanklin.  After we had eaten dinner with H’s Nan we headed back to her mums, where H had a well earned snooze and I walked Dave the Jack Russell up in the fields, losing him for 10 minutes before he popped up from a hedge beside me.

We had a lovely meal out on Saturday night and a good nights sleep, waking up to a beautiful day.  We headed out for what turned out to be a monster walk up over the Downs and through Luccombe Chine to the Bonchurch Inn for a well earned Cider and a long walk back along the coast.  I finished the weekend being incredibly relaxed and feeling fit (I think that I need to get a dog to walk) and not wanting to come back to work today, but to spend the week in the sunshine.





Relaxing Weekend

24 05 2010

I guess as some of you will know, I am getting married. My wonderful (now) Fiancee said yes, even though I was drunk and had not planned anything (Riga Black Balsam has a lot to answer for). We haven’t set a date, we have barely set a year (2012).

Since this happened nearly a fortnight ago in Riga, we have been crazily busy with things going on, so this weekend was nice and relaxing taking pleasure in being out in the sunny weather. We went out on our bikes and the picked up the engagement ring before going out with some of H’s friends to a pub and drinking again.

On Sunday we went to Queen Elizabeth Country park for a walk so that my sister can wear in her new hiking boots before she hits the Himalayas. For the afternoon we sat in my parents back garden with a BBQ eating and drinking away the rest of the day lazily. It will be the most relaxing weekend that we will have for a while.





Random Diary

17 05 2010
This is a bit of a catch up Blog, as I have been on Holiday and got lots to tell you, about all sorts of different things.  I am going to do it diary style.
 
Saturday 8th of May – Celebration of Steam at the Historic Dockyard.
 
H and I decided that we would go down to the Celebration of Steam, not sure what it would entail, but we had a great day.   Our £12 ticket, got us entry to HMS Warrior, which I had wanted to go on for ages, a Harbour tour on a

Traction Engine

boat, where we got to see part of the British Navy that is docked in Portsmouth.  As well as this there was a collection of traction engines and steam powered memorabelia including the world record holding fastest steam car in the world, which took the record by going nearly 150 mph.

 
There was also an Ale and Sausage Festival where we had a local tipple and an Ostrich burger.  Which I can say is very nice.
 
Monday 10th May – Natural History Museum – London
 
As we were flying to Riga Early on Tuesday we had decided to stay at Stanstead the night before which gave us the opportunity to go to London.

The Natural History Museum Dinosaur

  We had wanted to get to the Natural History Museum for ages and it didn’t disappoint.  It is spectacular but we could have done with having more time. 

 
After a swift meal in China Town we headed to Wimbledon to meet with May-Z who unfortunately wouldn’t be there for my birthday.  We had some great conversations about professional quiz-masters among others.
 
Tuesday 11th May – Riga
 
We flew to Riga from Stanstead on Ryan Air.  It was ok.  It was also my Dad’s birthday, so happy birthday to him.  I will write more about Riga in another Blog, but it was great fun.
 
Saturday 15th May- FA Cup Final
 
Pompey were in the FA Cup final, after a turbulent season with Relegation administration, numerous owners and players jumping ship, we had battled our way to Wembley. 
 
We defended brilliantly in the first half and were saved by the woodwork on 6 occasions and went in at half time 0-0.
 
Daring to dream in the second half, we had a penalty, which Kevin Prince Boateng scuffed and was saved, and then Didier Drogba scored the winner.  Not what the fairytale deserved.
 
Sunday 16th May – World Twenty-20 and Gigs.
 
Well done to England, World T-20 champions.  It was a brilliant final, with all parts of our team on fire.  Bowling was economical, Craig Kieswetter and KP were on fire, and we were finally steered home by Paul Collingwood and Eion Morgan with 3 overs to go, a huge margin in this form of the game.  To beat the Aussies was the icing on the cake.
 
As soon as this had finished I rushed out the door to go and see North Atlantic Oscilation at the Joiners. The Sarah Griffin Band were great, the Rebs were average and NAO were probably the best band that I had seen this year.
 
There you go, brief, but good.  I will catch you up on Riga later.  




Active Weekend

20 04 2010
Why is the weather mocking me so much, I need to be outside on a day like today.  I have had such an active weekend that I want to be out there again.
I woke up on Saturday and went out for a massive walk, I reckon it was about 10 miles, it was a beautiful cloudless day.  With the Volcanic ash of doom about there were no planes, so in some parts it was incredibly silent, but walking through the fields was nice.
H came round later on Saturday afternoon after work and after much deliberation we decided that we would go to the pub, so we went to the Ship at Langstone, and sat by the sea drinking a nice pint of Fullers Discovery, which I do like.

Reflection from Hayling Bridge

On Sunday we got our bikes out after we had decided that we were going to  ride to Hayling Island.  We left from mine and cycled down to Farlington before heading along the marshes to Langstone.  We crossed the bridge and headed up the old Hayling Billy Railway line, which was closed due to the Beeching railway reforms and is now used by vast amounts of Walkers, Cyclists and Horse Riders.  Once we had reached he end we decided to ride along to the Ferryboat Inn and have a pint in the sun, which was lovely, before riding back.

This is about a 20 mile round trip (I just Google mapped it, and its not far off as the cycle path runs down by the road).  I am incredibly impressed as before last week H hadn’t been on a bike for over 10 years.  The padded shorts she has purchased are obviously working.
Later on Sunday afternoon we went and had dinner sat in my parents back garden, which was lovely and warm.  The rubbish thing is I am wishing the week away, because I want it to be next weekend now so that I can do this sort of thing again.




Chock’s Away

17 03 2010

Yesterday afternoon I was taken up in a 2 seater aeroplane (an Ikarus C45 for those of you who care) by one of my colleagues.  After a brief overview of the plane and our pre-flight checks we left from Popham and headed on a bearing towards Four Marks before heading to Petersfield.  At this turn we radioed Air Traffic Control to see if we could transit the Southampton airport Airspace.

Brief note here, something that I learnt yesterday, a small plane can fly pretty much anywhere it likes as long as it is under 2000ft.  Over this you get into the Airspace of Airports and you have to ask for permission to cross them.

Unfortunately as it was heavy traffice we had to stay low over Portsmouth, but as a result I got some Photo’s of my parents house, my flat and some great ones of Fratton Park.  As we headed out to sea we turned again and headed west along the Isle of Wight, turning at the Needles and coming back Eastwards past Shanklin and Sandown.  I was allowed to take the controls and do a figure of 8 over H’s mum’s place.  After messing about for a bit we headed for a landing at Bembridge where Mike had to adjust quite a lot because he had come in a bit too high.  Touch down was pretty soft and we had to do a few checks  before we had a cup of tea and a sandwich and then headed back up again.

After a straight run back to Popham we landed after watching the 1950’s Antonov do a loop of the airfield.  All in all this is a brilliant way to spend an afternoon.  Massive thanks to Mike for taking me up.

There are more photo’s on Flickr, so click on the link over there.





Up and Away

16 03 2010

I am very excited, I am leaving work this afternoon to be taken up in a light aircraft.  One of my colleagues at work is an amatuer pilot and asked if anybody in the office wanted to go up.  The office women were not amused, but I was there like a shot.  I am taking my camera and hope to get some good ariel shots.  The flight plan includes circumnavigating the Isle of Wight, so it should be good.

Chock’s away!