Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Monday, 30 July 2007
Sunday, 29 July 2007
After a little in-decision to go for Big Chill next weekend due to the rain and lack of holiday from work, we committed ourselves by buying a pop-up tent. The weather forecast seems to be more settled and a friendly chat with my new boss has allowed me a half day of Friday. Bring on the Chill!
Saturday evening was a visit to Brighton’s comedy night, Komedia – Super Dynamite Boogaloo – hoping for cabaret but got school disco with Mackenzie Crook from The Office DJing (rubbishly - couldn’t mix and his selection went from rockin’ to shockin’). The highlights were a huge black guy with impressive ‘fro in a pink leotard and another guy (Boogaloo Stu) dressed as pictured. The crowd were a mix of hen night gaggles and a few desperate single blokes. Later a wanna-be tranny who was staggering around in stilettos holding a pint and bottle of wine entertained us. The music didn’t improve and we realised no cabaret would be appearing so made for the dancefloor for one tune with the hope it got better. It didn’t as Spice Girls – Wannabe came on so we left.
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
Missed the Brighton carnival on Sunday mainly for feeling rough and lack of sleep. Wouldn’t I’ve minded if the party was better. Couldn’t move away from the telly all day watching Formula 1 and playing Resident Evil 4 on the Wii. Viewing got worse with Titanic and Ghostbusters 2.
My cousin, George sent me an invite to Facebook, and with all the recommendations I’ve had, I’ve created another web space and never looked back. MySpace is so rubbish compared to this. Check it out now and get networking with Facebook. I’ve already found the Pirate club.
Saturday, 21 July 2007
With Kerry battling a bad cold we stayed in Friday night and joined a 24 hour video rental shop. It uses touch-screens to make all the transactions and choice, with quite a good choice of films, PS2 games and even porn. If you return it back within 6 hours a film is only 99p. This gave us the chance to catch up with Science of Sleep directed by Michael Gondry. Loved the homemade style to it. The plot does wear thin towards the end. The DVD extras featured some New York cat sanctuary with some random bird singing to her ‘kitties’ which slightly did my head in.
Thursday, 19 July 2007
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
The other game to create a crappy holiday-countdown-like-thing to bug your work colleagues is Resident Evil 5. Ok so it will mean bunging out for PS3 but it looks sooo cool. Either the makers have been watching 28 Days/Weeks Later or have decided zombies should run now. GameTrailers.com has a teaser trailer to enjoy.
Thursday, 12 July 2007
Still adjusting to the new job and new campus – it’s not quite as good Southampton I’ll have to admit. On Tuesday I decided to sort out my fitness regime and called the Brighton branch of GKR, my old karate club. Turned out that the class I wanted to go was about 12 miles away and was a ‘once only invitation’ from the regional sensei. Didn’t quite appreciate the attitude so switched to Capoeira (see the Wikipedia entry). It was a bit unfair to schedule the expert class just before the induction and slightly daunted by the varied movements, live bongo player, chanting and sweatiness of it all – all very entrancing and tribal. Still, our introduction started nice and relaxed with a warm-up to settle in and quite basic moves to perform. The session built up with a few kicks and even some handstands – quite refreshing to the strictness of the karate I was used to and most of all, it was fun. Have since signed up for five more lessons with the Amazonas Capoeira.
I know it’s only been about two weeks since finishing karate but I didn’t expect the suffering from ‘bun-stiffness’. Two days have now passed where sitting, bending down and even walking have been mostly painful.
Friday, 6 July 2007
New job going well with lovely, friendly people. Very sociable in fact with a lots of events, coffee breaks, a department cover band and a Christmas panto (slightly scared at that one). By the end of the week all the newness started to get to me with a lot work topics going straight over my head.
Finally, as we made our decision to exit our Southampton flat and enter a 6 month contract, the estate agent calls to say the house chain had completed with the last link deciding on renting. Spun me into a complete panic but, with all the uncertainty of whether any part of chain will have a problem, we pressed ahead with the new rented flat.
Monday, 2 July 2007
Scheduling Underworld after Sasha & Digweed was, agreed in the majority, a crap idea. Having to wait 4 hours listening and shuffling through a ploddy, progressive set was quite boring especially with the crap weather. A lot of us wanted to guarantee our places within the tent so didn’t try the other headline tent as well as the downpours which nearly short-circuited the sound/visual crew and equipment. We therefore missed all of Justice, Hot Chip and 2manydjs. What we did see of Justice was their nosebleed squeaky antics with no crowd atmosphere and Hot Chip getting a bit more reaction. When Underworld did come on, the tent gradually got more packed and reduced dance space to shuffling and hands-in-the-air moments. Halfway through the set, some of us needed some breathing space and left for more space at the rear.
After the Knebworth mud-fest, I wasn't really looking forward to Sunday and preparing myself for leaving to single bedsit, no TV, campus life of the University of Sussex.