Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Monday, 29 June 2009
Sunday, 28 June 2009
Our young adults group went out for lunch together at a great pub called "The Fox Den" which is near to where I work. The food, company and weather was great until it rained on our parade so we all went our separate ways.
I have been really enjoying the majority of music from the Glastonbury festival highlights on BBC TV this week and today's delights have included ska legends Madness, rock veterans Status Quo and the man whose voice has been known to blow up recording studio microphones, Sir Tom Jones (pictured right). Before you start thinking "typical welsh man, you're so biased!", I hadn't intended to watch him, but he was surprisingly good and his voice was in fine fettle. I am really excited about tonight's headliners as I can't wait to see reformed British indie legends Blur. Back in the 90's you would have got some funny looks for preferring Blur to Oasis, but over the passage of time Blur have released some great albums and have pushed the boundaries, whereas Oasis have produced ploddy-ploddy middle of the road insipid "dad rock" for the last 10 years (no offence is meant to any dads at this point, so don't bombard me with messages!). Don't get me wrong, I love rock music, but when a band starts treading water and rehashing ideas, as well as "trying to sound" like The Beatles then you're on dodgy ground. A special mention must go to Spinal Tap, the spoof rockers, who performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury yesterday. Stone Henge was a highlight with a faulty 8 inch Stone Henge monument and a skipping dwarves dance routine. It made my day and I am hoping that I can see The Specials on BBC Iplayer later as I really like the British two tone Ska music from the early 80's.
Saturday, 27 June 2009
I decided to have a quieter day before the pace picks up ahead of my move in 4 weeks time. Recently my gig and football buddy, Rich, lent a DVD to me which was a film of British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden on their groundbreaking Somewhere Back In Time world tour. For a band of their collective ages they still have amazing stage energy and run about the stage as if they are all still in their 20's! I went to see them at one of the featured gigs of this tour at Twickenham last July. They played for 2.5 hours and were good value for money and whilst I may not be as huge a fan as I once was I still consider them to be one of the best, if not the best heavy metal band of all time. Any band with 3 guitarists is worth listening to and messrs Janick Gers, Adrian Smith and Dave Murray - I salute you!
I'm gearing up for an evening of Ebay as I will photographing the items that I will be selling before advertising them for sale. I am hoping to make some decent money on these items and after looking at similar items for sale on the site I should make a few hundred pounds at least.
Friday, 26 June 2009
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Saturday, 20 June 2009
I'm home watching the excellent Seven Ages of Rock documentary on Yesterday (previously known as UK TV History, although I would say the word history is used in loose terms in their case). After watching the end of the previous episode featuring Metallica, the next episode is featuring the development of stadium rock focusing mainly on Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss and Led Zeppelin (pictured). I love any documentary featuring great rock music or bands that have influenced my musical style and the programme has made my day by also featuring The Police. If "Message In A Bottle" comes on, I will be in musical heaven!
Although there are some great bands out there at the moment e.g U2, Razorlight, The Fratellis, Kasabian etc, my first love will always be bands like Deep Purple, The Police, Jethro Tull, Gillan, Steeleye Span,The Who, Led Zeppelin and MSG (The Michael Schenker Group). Jethro Tull have produced some of the most memorable, as well as technically complex music I have ever heard. Unlike some progressive rock bands they have managed to stay the right side of self indulgence and A Passion Play, Songs From The Wood and Heavy Horses are three of my favourite all time albums. Steeleye Span however will always be my absolute favourite band and I wish people would look past All Around My Hat sometimes and take them more seriously. Most "Spanners" tend to gloss over this album and it is often called "All Around Mike Batt" - Mr Womble to you and me and the album that alienated Steeleye to the beardie folk purists. Steeleye fans tend to favour such classic albums as Parcel of Rogues, Commoner's Crown, my favourite Now We Are Six and They Called Her Babylon. If you want to hear a band that has kept reinventing itself then if you are a downloader make sure you listen to "John of Ditchford" and "Bonny Black Hare" as these tracks are proof that the band is as alive and as vibrant as it ever has been. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of their new album "Live From A Distance" which is due for release shortly and I have my next fix of live music tomorrow night when I will be going to see U.F.O. at the Carling Academy in Bristol. In August I will be paying my first visit to the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff to see U2 which will be cool and if rumours are to be believed then The Killers and Kaiser Chiefs could be the support acts. To quote David Essex and Justin Lee Collins, "Rock On!"
Friday, 19 June 2009
Work was thankfully quieter today and we all felt like we had some much needed breathing space. We even had time to have a fun breakfast meeting together where we planned the week ahead. Giles and I will be in for some overtime tomorrow, although I have no desire to have a repeat of my 5 hour marathon session last week!I also had a look at the Cardiff City twitter page and saw this picture of Ninian Park, which is presently being demolished. The pitch has gone as you can see and apparently 140 new homes are going to be built on the stadium site. I expect the streets will be named after the stadium or ex players. Imagine if your address was 25 John Charles Street, or 75 Toshack Avenue. I could very easily go on, but I want you to remain interested. It is very sad to see as a diehard City fan, but on the flip side the new stadium looks amazing!
I am also looking forward to seeing my father-in-law, Tony who is staying with me for the weekend. I am now tidying my flat in readiness for his arrival tonight. I'd better get cracking then!
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Monday, 15 June 2009
Sunday, 14 June 2009
I've just watched Andy Murray win the final at Queens and significantly he is the first British winner there for 71 years. The British media are starting to already wonder if he will win Wimbledon this year and even though he is spectacularly miserable I wouldn't be disappointed if he did. I can't wait for the football season to start though as I am really missing Cardiff City at the moment. My 2nd team, Merthyr Tydfil made the news this week as they entered administration and will start next season on -10 points. A group of Cardiff City season ticket holders are looking to take over and hopefully this will mean that the ridiculous take over by Bridgend Town will not happen and Merthyr will remain in the English pyramid system. I had hoped that Cardiff City would play them in pre season but I'm not sure that this will happen now, as we are already scheduled to play Chasetown, Celtic and Valencia at the Cardiff City Stadium throughout late July/early August.
Today's picture features two of my favourite comedians, Robert Webb and David Mitchell. Here they are in their guises of Angel Summoner and the BMX Bandit, a shortlived crime fighting duo. I received the first season on DVD for my birthday and I can't stop watching it. So this is my thank you to them for making me laugh heartily over the last week!
Saturday, 13 June 2009
Friday, 12 June 2009
I also took time to view the latest updates on the Cardiff City Stadium website and crucially we now have goalposts in situ! Hopefully they will be full of goals for Cardiff City this season and the fans of "the City" can reprise the song "Ross McCormack, duh duh duh duh duh duh!"
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Monday, 8 June 2009
As it was my birthday last Friday it was my turn to buy cakes and savouries for the department and they disappeared at a faster rate than the current level of support for the Labour Party at the elections. Not much was left over, but if they weren't perishable I would send the remaining breadsticks to my nephew ESN1 who joyfully devoured a considerable amount of them when I last saw him! In between work I answered lots of questions about what I got up to on my birthday, which I managed to turn around into conversations about my new car Ethelred the Reddy. It's also amazing to think that 7 weeks ago I was devastated when my old car was destroyed by vandals, but I can now see that it was a blessing in disguise and that God has supplied me with a much better car.
Sunday, 7 June 2009
British summertime returned with a vengeance here in the West Country with heavy rain making its presence felt. I am currently looking at black clouds from my lounge window and they have now begun their occupation of the Severn estuary before no doubt dropping their contents over South Wales and the Forest of Dean.
I will be devoting the rest of today to completing the podcast and full message MP3 files of today's excellent message from Pastor Mike Radcliffe called "Fire". If you are of the Ipod generation then you can subscribe to the free podcast called Destiny Podcast via ITunes or if you are more of an MP3 player person then the podcast and full message MP3's will be available for you to download by tomorrow care of our website www.destinyuk.com. I always look forward to completing these files especially as they are being downloaded as far afield as Taiwan, Colombia and the U.S.A. It is great to know that as a church we are not only impacting our own community here in Bristol, but also to the wider world too.