Updates on my Life version 4

15 11 2012

This first part was written on 16th of Feb 2007, and the 2nd on the 13th August 2008, the third was the 26th May 2010.

1997

For some reason I was thinking what I was doing a decade ago:

I was at college studying English Language, P.E. and Law.

I had a part-time job at Homebase

I was listening to Radiohead OK Computer, Blur by Blur, the Fat of the Land by the Prodigy.

I learnt to drive and had a brown Mini, with a tape player that I used to make tapes for

I rode my mountain bike, that summer I was doing 200 miles a week

I used to play roller hockey with my mates Lee and Nick

I first went to the pub

I got mugged

I  lived with my parents

2007

A decade has gone by now and what the hell has changed in my life.  I finished College with 2E’s and an N.  I lost all faith in the English legal system as a result.  I went to university and started studying forestry, which I then changed to get a 2:2 in Geography.

I work for a charity called the Tropical Forest Trust, having left Homebase after 8 years.

I have actually just listened to tracks off of all of those albums on my mp3 player

I still have no claims and now drive a Ford Fiesta, I long for the day that I can afford to buy a mini as a 2nd car

My mountain bike hasn’t been out of the shed for 3 years

I had to get rid of my blades, and Lee and Nick are both married.  Lee lives in Chichester and Nick lives in Aberdeen.

I still enjoy going to the pub

Haven’t been mugged since

Due to a series of unfortunate incidents I am back living with my parents

So have I developed as a person in 10 years, I really hope so.  Who knows!  Am I better off?  Yes, but I’m buying a flat, so that’s going out of the window.  I’m certainly more world wise, I know that.

So why am I thinking all of this?  I have no idea, it just seemed like a good idea at the time.  That and the fact that I’m sat at home on a Friday night alone is also a kickback to 10 years ago.

13th August 2008

After problems at work, and my role changing I have left the TFT, and am currently temping in a metal factory.  I have an interview today for a job that I don’t really want and am not that confident of getting anyway.

I haven’t bought any music since May, which is really sad, and it’s probably been that long since I went to a gig too.

I still have no claims and now drive a Ford Fiesta, I long for the day that I can afford to buy a mini as a 2nd car.  My car is however gradually falling apart.

My mountain bike is on the landing, and I ride it regularly.  I am in the early stages of training to ride from Lands End to John O’Groats (or the other way around).

I had to get rid of my blades, and Lee and Nick are both married.  Lee lives in Chichester and has a Kid called Evelyn Louise, and Nick lives in Aberdeen.

I still enjoy going to the pub but haven’t been for a while.

I own my own flat with the Housemate, although depending on finances in a few months I may have to move back in with the parents and rent out my room.

So there you go, just a quick update, not sure what will happen in another 18 months time.  I will keep you informed.

 

26th May 2010

I am now 30.  Woo hoo, where did that time go.  The last 18 months has flown by.  The biggest thing in my life is that I am engaged to H.  This came as a bit of a surprise to me, but I really couldn’t be happier about it.

I have been working at the University of Portsmouth doing Admin work, I don’t particularly enjoy it, but in the current economic climate a job is better than no job.  I also really like the people, which helps more than you can imagine.

I am still buying Music, most recently that fantastic High Violet by the National.

Still no claims on the car.  It is however still falling apart.

H and I go out on our bikes whenever the sun is out, and we are enjoying getting fitter together.

For a year I had a decent quiz team that would go to the pub every Tuesday, however that has tailed off now that one has moved to London, the Boy Lord has moved to Korea, and Ahab is going back to sea.

I didn’t have to move back home, but a move is on the cards as H and I look to move in together before the wedding.  We have set a year, so 2012 it is.

I have taken up photography as a hobby instead of more energetic pursuits.

All in all I can conclude that my life is pretty darn good now.  Much better than it has been in previous years.

 

15th November 2012

I’m 32 now! Turning 30 really wasn’t as bad as I thought.  In fact it’s quite a long time ago now. I’m married to H and we had a lovely day back in Summer.  We have just come back from our Honeymoon to Indochina.

Surprisingly, I’m still at the university in the same job.  So much for only being there a year.  Still, I like the people that I work with, even if it’s not the best job in the world.

I’m still buying music, although I now download.  Most recently Jackamo Brown (I highly recommend this album).

Still no claims on the car, but now it is a Toyota Corolla rather than the Fiesta.

Not been to the quiz for ages.  The Boy Lord is still in Korea.

H and I now own the flat that I used to share with The Housemate.  It’s serving our purposes for now.  It certainly feels more homely than it did.  Hopefully we will move next year.

I’m still taking photographs and shunning exercise. I should probably update this more too.
What do you know, I’m still happy.  I’ll probably update this in a few more years.





Southsefest 2011

20 09 2011

On Saturday we headed to Southseafest, the one day multi-venue event in Albert Road, Portsmouth.  For £16.50, this is amazing value for money, as we got to see a lot of music, albeit in short 30 minute sets.

Starting the day at Little Johnny Russels, we saw Gloryhole (rubbish name but good tunes), The Luke Ferre Band (brilliant version of Karma Chameleon) and The Planes (Umm, can’t really remember them, so guess they were ok, but can’t be sure).  We followed this by going to the One Eyed Dog for Aeroplane Attack (Mogwai/Explosions in The Sky sonic bombast, which I really liked) and then to a complete change of pace at the Globe for Fiona Bevan for some acoustic music, before heading to the Kings Theatre.

The Kings is an amazing venue which gets this run out once a year for a festival.   Kyla La Grange and Kill It Kid managed to held my interest, but didn’t really do the venue justice. Still, by that time, it was nice to have a sit down in a comfortable seat.

We then caught the end of the Joker and The Thief set, but I wish I had caught more, they sounded great, and I liked the gravelly voice.

Next up, the highlight of my da, Gideon Conn, a slightly bizarre, but charming character who plays a sort of twee acoustic hip-hop.  The last video that I posted was of a full band recording, but personally I prefer him on his own.  With songs about people who drive fish vans and electricity not being everybodys cup of tea, the venue wasn”t full, but it should have been for what was a fun performance.

After that we moved on to have some food and then to see Clock Opera at the Wedgewood Rooms.  I had really wanted to see them, but due to the bar being rammed, and someone spilling a pint over my arm, I didn’t actually get to see that much, and this also put me in a foul mood. 

This was lifted by going to see Sound of Rum, who I have seen a couple of times now and they have got better with each performance.  Kate Tempest appears to be growing in confidence as front woman, with her lyrics being as powerful as ever, and freestyling against the hecklers was brilliant.  Despite the technical difficulties, it was a great show.

Hopefully Southseafest 2012 will be as good next year.

 





One of those weeks!

16 09 2011

You know when you have one of those days where nothing goes right.  Where everything you do goes wrong.  Well I have had one of those days, everyday this week. 

But it isn’t just me, it is everybody in my office and the mood is strained.  Hopefully everything will calm down in the next week or so, but I doubt it.  Management decisions made higher up are affecting everybody on the lower rungs.  I guess we all just keep our heads down and carruy on regardless.

I am glad that it’s Friday and with Southseafest to look forward too and some friends comuing to visit, it should be a well earned, well needed weekend. I have added a video for Gideon Conn, who I should be seeing tomorrow. Hope you like the tune as much as I do.





I Told You!

7 09 2011

See, there you go, I told you Ghostpoet wouldn’t win the Mercury Music Prize.  Still I am quite glad that PJ Harvey did.  What I have heard of Let England Shake is good (I suspect that I will hear a lot more of it on 6 Music today though), so well done.





Mercury Music Prize (Albums that I Own)

6 09 2011

I thought I would list the Mercury Music Prize Nominated albums that I own, after my last blog.  Turns out it is quite a lot.  I really wouldn’t like to say what is my favourite of them, but there is some classy music in there.  There is also a lot of dross, that given the choice I wouldn’t by again (Hard-Fi, The Thrills and Keane come to mind there)

 

1992

Primal Scream- Screamadelica

 

1993

Suede – Suede

 

1994

Blur – Parklife

The Prodigy – Music for the Gilted Generation

Therapy? – Troublegum

 

1995

Leftfield – Leftism

Supergrass – I Should Coco

 

1996

Pulp -Differen Class

Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go

Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory

 

1997

Roni Size/Reprazent – New Forms

The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole

Beth Orton – Trailer Park

The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land

Radiohead – OK Computer

Suede – Coming Up

 

1998

Gomez – Bring It On

Asian Dub Foundation – Rafi’s Revenge

Cornershop – When I Was Born for the 7th Time

Massive Attack – Mezzanine

Propellerheads – Decksanddrumsandrockandroll

Pulp – This is Hardcore

 

1999

Blur 13

The Chemical Brothers – Surrender

Faithless – Sunday 8PM

Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

Beth Orton – Central Reservation

Underworld – Beaucup Fish

 

2000

Badly Drawn Boy – Hour of the Bewilderbeast

Coldplay – Parachutes

Doves – Lost Souls

Leftfield – Rythm and Stealth

 

2001

PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

Elbow – Asleep at the Back

Ed Harcourt – Here Be Monsters

Radiohead – Amnesiac

Super Furry Animas – Rings Around The World

Turin Breaks – The Optimist LP

 

2002

Ms. Dynamite – A Little Deeper

The Coral – The Coral

Doves – The Last Broadcast

The Streets – Original Pirate Material

 

2003

Dizee Rascal – Boy In Da Corner

Athlete – Vehicles and Animals

Coldplay – A Rush of Blood To The Head

The Darkness – Permission To Land

The Thrills – So Much For The City

Martina Topley-Bird – Quiotic

Radiohead – Hail To The Thief

 

2004

Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand

Basement Jaxx – Kish Kash

Keane – Hopes and Fears

Snow Patrol – Final Straw

Joss Stone – The Soul Sessions

The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come For Free

The Zutons – Who Killed……….The Zutons?

 

2005

Anthony and The Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now

Bloc Party – Silent Alarm

Hard-Fi – Stars of CCTV

Kaiser Chiefs – Employment

KT Tunstall – Eye To The Telescope

M.I.A – Arular

Maximo Park – A Certain Trigger

The Go! Team – Thunder, Lightning, Strike

The Magic Numbers – The Magic Numbers

 

2006

Editors – The Back Room

Guillemots – Through The Windowpane

Hot Chip – The Warning

Muse – Black Holes and Revelations

Thom Yorke – The Eraser

 

2007

Klaxons – Myths of The Near Future

Bat For Lashes – Fur and Gold

Dizee Rascal – Maths + English

Maps – We Can Create

Young Knives – Voices of Animals and Men

 

2008

Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid

British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music?

Laura Marling – Alas, I Cannot Swim

Neon Neon – Stainless Style

Radiohead – In Rainbows

 

2009

Speech Debelle – Speech Therapy

Bat For Lashes – Two Suns

Glasvegas – Glasvegas

La Roux – La Roux

 

2010

Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can

Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

 

 





Mercury Music Prize 2011

6 09 2011

Back when I used to listen to a lot more music, I took the Mercury Music Prize a lot more seriously.  I thought it recognised the good, but not popular artists.  Unlike the Brits, I thought, it had some credibility (although Simply Red did get a nomination at one point). 

In the past, winners have been outsiders, people that nobody really would have backed, Roni Size/Reprazent beating Radiohead and Suede in 1997 for instance followed by Gomez, Talvin Singh and Badly Drawn Boy. 

Now I own quite a lot of the Mercury nominated albums (Over 70 from nearly 20 years of awards) so I like to think that I know a little of what I am taking about. But this year, mopre than ever I hope that one of the smaller, less well known groups win.  If Adele, Tinie Tempah or Katy B win, I will give up on believing that the people in charge know what they are talking about.  Elbow would be a terrible choice too.  Build a rocket Boys nowhere near as good as The Seldom Seen Kid.

For me, Ghostpoet should win.  Out of all of the music there, it is the only one that excites me.  Mind you, as this is the one that I want to win, it won’t.





2000 Trees Festival 2011

19 07 2011

Last weekend was time for the 2nd festival of the summer.  To be honest, you couldn’t get two more polar opposite of the festival world.

First was Glastonbury with 170000 people, 13 stages and more food stalls and shopping than you could possibly get through in a week.  Massive headline acts on all of the stages, and internationally renowned acts from all over the world littered the bill, which is why it cost £250 a ticket and your are on site for I suppose.

Second was 2000 Trees out in the Gloustershire countryside where 4500 people gathered to see 4 stages worth of New and Underground UK music.  The fact that most people wouldn’t recognice the main stage headliners, let alone many of the smaller bands really appeals to me.  For a £60 quid fee and 2 days of music you really can’t go wrong.

This was my 2nd year there, and this time the busy people have added another stage as well as setting out a completely new layout.  The new addition on the stages was called The Cave, and was the scene for the hardest music played this weekend.  Bands like Feed The Rhino, Kong Exit Ten and Japanese Voyeurs filled our ears with Rock music, making me remember how much I liked it.

Away on the Leaf Lounge stage and Main stage none of the acts dissappointed.  I saw Islet again, even though I didn’t really want to, because the sun had come out and I couldn’t be bothered to move for the first 20 minutes.  Dan Le Sac Vs  Scroobius Pip headlined the Friday night and have really grown into a proper festival band with some excellent banter and some even better tunes.

I came away with a list of bands that I need to look up and listen to again.  StringerBessant (2 ex members of Reef) and The Wave Pictures get special mention.  The Anomolies and Chewing on Tinfoil were both great

S0, I guess you can say that I enjoyed it, infact as we had such a good time we are already planning to go again next year.