Friday, May 23, 2008


I have had the immense pleasure of seeing a number of wonderful bands during the last two months. I'd like to share with you some photographs from these special evenings.

Clinic at the 220 club.

Portishead at Hammersmith Apollo.

Supported by A Hawk And A Hacksaw.

Bjork, also at Hammersmith Apollo.

Elbow at Brixton Empire (feat Richard Hawley).

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds at Hammersmith Apollo.

Jonathan Richman at Shepherds Bush Empire.

Ladytron at London Astoria

Sparks at Islington Academy

Einsturzende Neubauten at London Forum

Monday, May 19, 2008

Can't Believe It Closed Down

Yeah, I bet they sold 'camping gear'.

I did something on Saturday that I've never ever done before... I ate at a chinese restaurant, and actually quite enjoyed it.

In the fine chinese tradition, or novelty chinese stereotype tradition at least, I cracked open a fortune cookie, and thus learnt this insightful and wise piece of advice:

"Please someone at work by remaining clam and impartial".

I shall remember it always.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Somethings Shouldn't Exist

A few years ago I remember watching a particularly good episode of South Park. The episode featured Cartman looking for more mature friends and he decided it was best to do this on the internet. Unfortunately his new friends kept getting arrested moments after they met, so he was advised to join NAMBLA – the North American Man Boy Love Association, where he would meet lots of interesting mature friends.

Jealous, all the other boys also joined, it was only when the lights went out and the FBI showed up did we discover it had been a mistake and Cartman had joined the wrong association, he was actually recommended to join the North American Marlon Brando Look-a-likes Association.

Anyway, it was a really great episode that even my Father, who never liked any comedy post 1982, liked. But I had assumed it was all just made up, so imagine my surprise when I found this out…

Fact about the Federated States of Micronesia of the day: The FSM is a sovereign, self-governing state in free association with the United States, which is wholly responsible for its defense. The Division of Maritime Surveillance operates a paramilitary Maritime Wing and a small Maritime Police Unit. The Compact of Free Association allows FSM citizens to join the US military without having to obtain U.S. permanent residency or citizenship.