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I think most of you know already, but... [Jan. 28th, 2009|08:15 pm]
[mood |excitedexcited]

...I'm pregnant. Yes, Ian and I are going to parents! The baby is due on August 4th, which is brilliant although Ian's face did fall a bit when he realised that meant no Wacken. We had the 12 week scan last week and it was very cool to see the baby wriggling around (it's a livewire, that's for sure!) I am feeling a lot less knackered than I did a couple of weeks ago and the nausea (which was never too bad) is subsiding. And I already have a satisfyingly large belly!
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Reading [Aug. 26th, 2008|06:25 pm]
[mood |calmcalm]

What she said and what he said about it all already is hilarious and brilliant, so I'll try to keep this brief:

Thursday: The prize for Most Annoying Obstacles for reaching the Festival is awarded jointly to the M25 and the M4. It took me three and a half hours to get from Cambridge to Reading!! Finally arrived and found the others in a very cramped campsite that seemed to contain at least 50,000 extra festival-goers than previous years. Put up my tent with no help from adults, for which I was ridiculously proud of myself. Tent got massacred slightly when a fence-jumping tosser used it to break his fall at 2am. Luckily for me, I was in the party tent and therefore did not suffer broken legs. Deano suffered a worse fate when his wallet got nicked in the night. Several nearby tents were also raided. It wasn't a great start to the festival and it didn't do much to restore my confidence in the festival organisers. Or humankind generally.

Friday: I was a bit disappointed with Taking Back Sunday, I think because the rubbish early shift sound guy was on so the lead guitar was really low in the mix, but also because the singer doesn't seem to have the required ooomph to convey the lyrics live with as much power and tension as he does on the CD. Serj Tankian was good and his album is very near the top of my Amazon wishlist as a result. I was put out by the excitement levels Dizzee Rascal generated (surpassed only by the reaction Rage got later on) because I entirely selfishly want Reading to be a rock festival and I don't like being reminded that it isn't. Queens of the Stone Age were excellent, opening with a very sexy version of Go With The Flow and then playing a very well thought out and perfectly delivered set. And Rage were amazing. Sooooo much energy. That set flashed by so fast. It was packed and I couldn't see a damn thing, but I loved it.

Saturday: I unashamedly loved Bullet For My Valentine while Lizzie mocked me. A bloke walked past us just as they came onstage and announced "The new name for BFMV is The Cuntwaffles", and this amused us quite a lot. Saw a bit of The Killers from a great distance (can only imagine how rammed it was at the main stage) and then saw the Manics. Not a big fan but they were rather good. Post-bands we went to the Silent Disco, which was really cheesey and superb fun. It's not very silent really, because everyone compensates for the lack of blaring music by yelling the lyrics to every song at the tops of their voices. It is still comical switching your own headphones off in the middle of the crowd and listening to everyone hollering their throats out whilst dancing like loonies.

Sunday: Slipknot had cancelled for genuine reasons and Avenged Sevenfold had cancelled for crap reasons - two bands I wanted to see so bit of a downer. Especially as Mindless Self Indulgence somehow moved up the bill a few places as a result, and they were okay at first (an inferior Marilyn Manson sort of thing) but the singer got increasingly annoying until going to the toilet was actually a more attractive option than watching the end of their set. Saw Henry Rollins do a spoken word set on the Alternative Stage which had me alternately laughing hard and feeling my eyes fill up. Very engaging man. Back to the bands, and Feeder were alright, Tenacious D much better than I expected and Metallica...well, I have no words. They were my favourite band of the whole weekend. Closely followed by Rage.

The worst thing about the festival was undoubtedly the toilets. I know they're never pleasant at festivals but the new levels of filth that I saw the Reading toilets sink to this weekend convinces me that the organisers have nothing but contempt for the punters.

The best thing about the festival: the company. I had so much fun! Good to see olds pals but massive thanks to Lizzie and Deano who made the weekend for me. May you never have to listen to disco classics at 7am ever again :-)
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Bits and pieces [Aug. 14th, 2008|07:27 pm]
[mood |contentcontent]

Had a lovely week. My parents and Ian's parents have been over to eat, drink and inspect the new bathroom (thumbs up all round) which is now FINISHED apart from the small matter of needing a new hot water cylinder so that we can shower for more than 15 minutes at a time. We are now broke skinny but it looks sooooo lovely and we're dead pleased with it.

Met baby Charlotte and caught up with her proud parents on Tuesday. Had a long cuddle with the teeny tiny new arrival, where she slept peacefully apart from one small break to throw up on me. To be honest she's so cute that I didn't even mind.

And badminton yesterday with Lizzie - which is turning out to be excellent! She really makes me run around like a sweaty looney but it's so much fun it hardly seems like exercise. Even when I fall on my arse!

A quiet night in tonight, for a change...
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Scream for me Graspop! [Jul. 1st, 2008|01:52 pm]
[mood |giddygiddy]

Okay, it wasn't quite the same without Katherine, Iain and Bob, but Ian and I still managed to enjoy ourselves very much indeed.

Read on for all the details...Collapse )

Photos are on my Facebook page :-)
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Graspop [May. 7th, 2008|07:20 pm]
Sweet...icampbell and I just booked our Graspop tickets and flights. Although it's not anywhere near as cheap as last year (less euros for your pound of course, and Ryanair not managing to offer any bargain flights when we want them) I still think it's money very well spent. I am particularly looked forward to Ministry, Cavalera Conspiracy, In Flames, Opeth, Soilwork, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for my Valentine (yes, my music taste is questionable, but then you already knew that!) and the mighty Iron Maiden. Really, really looking forward to Ministry as I've never seen them before and I think they're brilliant. Am also looking forward to strange Belgian fry-ups for breakfast. Even the camping is not that bad.
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After un tres long silence... [Apr. 21st, 2008|08:31 pm]
...I thought I'd post something, since icampbell and I have just got back from a long weekend in Paris.

I'd never been before, and he'd only been when he was little so it doesn't really count, and we had a really good time - I'd definitely recommend it. We did all the usual touristy stuff like going up the Eiffel Tower in a gale force wind, posing with gargoyles on top of Notre Dame, popping in to pay respects to Jim and Oscar, etc. but also found some other interesting things to do, like walking through mountains of skulls in the Catacombs and eating in restuarants decorated like your grandma's front room that serve amazing steak and local red wine.

What not to bother with: the Mona Lisa (we reckoned he knocked that out in about half an hour - it's much smaller than you imagine, and there's a really massive impressive painting which clearly took some bugger months to complete on the opposite wall.) Also, don't try to hail a taxi. You suddenly become invisible to all taxi drivers. The Metro is really good, unless it's 2am and shut of course :-)

Well worth a go: The Black Dog, apparently the only heavy metal club/bar in a city filled with people who have worse taste in music than I do. Ground floor level plays all sorts of stuff you can bounce around to, and down in the dingy black walled cellar they play lots of noisy stuff that made my husband smile and put up with Heineken (the only beer on offer). Ooh, and you can see drunk French metallers playing air guitar to Iron Maiden whilst screeching along to the chorus of Aces High.
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(no subject) [Jan. 10th, 2008|12:08 pm]
My writer mate Guy is trying to get his first book published - I've read some bits of it and it's reeeeeally good! However, while he's got an agent and support from the Arts Council, he hasn't yet found a publisher. Therefore he's set up a website and is trying to publicise it. Would you mind visiting it and, if you like the sound of the book, signing up to the mailing list? All that will then happen is that you'll receive further updates when/if the book does gets published.

Thanks on behalf of my mate!

My name is Guy Saville. I am a writer currently working on a novel, THE AFRICA REICH.

AFRICA REICH is a thriller set in an alternative history where the Nazis have won World War II and divided Africa with the British Empire. It is in the tradition of Robert Harris’s FATHERLAND.

The book is being funded by the Arts Council of England and is represented by Curtis Brown, a leading London agent.

For further details please visit www.africareich.com

If the premise intrigues you – or you like supporting new writers – please register your email address on the website and I will update you when the book is ready for publication.

Also, if you know anybody else who enjoys thrillers please could you forward this email to them.

With very best wishes

Guy Saville
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Me and my pesky camera [Aug. 14th, 2007|12:07 pm]
If I have recently shoved my camera up your nose and/or blinded you with my flash, you might find lovely pictures of yourself in some or all of the following categories:

Ben and Katie's wedding
Brad and Emma's housewarming
Metallica at Wembley
MAS Club last Friday
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Wedding larks! [Aug. 6th, 2007|01:00 pm]
Congratulations to hell_ben_t and boldie_25, who threw a fantastic wedding party in lovely surroundings on Saturday. They both looked wonderful and I think they had a great day by all accounts. Looking forward to seeing their photos and hearing about their amazing round-the-world trip!

Also, although this is the third occasion this year when I've got to see all my rock friends dressed up smartly, I still haven't gotten over the novelty of it! We all scrubbed up well, and I have the photos to prove it. Among my fave snaps are:
hell_ben_t and icampbell doing an air-keyboard solo to Van Halen
blackmetalbaz dancing with Katie's Nan (aw!)
iain666 captured without any rude hand gestures - yes, I really did it this time, and eviltwinemma can verify this as we high-fived it when it happened!

I'm only sorry I didn't have my camera on me when blackmetalbaz got on the Stannah stairlift. That was pretty funny.

Anyway, will be sharing photos soon, when icampbell and I have put them online. For now, though, have you seen this?
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Photos at last! [Jul. 6th, 2007|12:53 pm]
Finally we got around to putting our photos online! I think I must qualify as Photo Bore 2007 now as there are so many of them. Anyway, here they are for your viewing pain and pleasure:

Hen Night
Stag Day
Wedding Day
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