Archive for March, 2008

Muse at Wembley: The return

Posted in Music with tags , on 12/03/2008 by bimbo78

Last night Bob and I met up with Dev and KP and toootled off to the Vue cinema to watch the realease of HAARP, (High Frequency Active Aural Research Program) which is the live DVD of the Muse Wembley gig. It is the footage of the Sunday night and also features the entire setlist of the Saturday night. We were atthe Saturday gig whilst Dev was there on the Sunday.

Anyway we sat at the back next to guy who was just soooo happy to be there, he was on his own but just had the biggest smile on his face for the entire gig. It was cool seeing the gig on a massive screen and actually seeing what Muse were up to on the stage as I couldn’t see much whilst at the gig. It was quite difficult keeping still with all the rocking tunes, I did do a bit of chair wiggling but managed to remain quite calm. I had my two little moments when they played Invicible, (mine and Bobs first dance at our wedding) and Unintended, (well it’s just our song).

I must also have a small rant about people still comparing Muse to Radiohead, it only seems to be done by people of a certain age now. Well people that are my age really, and who haven’t moved on musically. Radiohead are great and I do love them but you just can’t compare them. Matt Bellamy is classically trained pianist who has an incredible vocal range as well as being able to play the guitar like some sort of guitar god. He also exudes pure energy whilst he is on the stage leaping around skidding on his knees like a child at wedding, no wonder they keep winning awards for their live performances. In comparison, Thom Yorke is melancholy dude standing there having to have his backing track played through an ear peice because he can’t sing it right otherwise. So my advice is stop comparing them coz they just aren’t similar.


Belated Muse

Posted in Music, weekends with tags , on 12/03/2008 by bimbo78

This is a blog that I wrote ages ago about going to see Muse. It appeared on my Myspace and Facebook so I thought given the circumstances I would put it on here, (it’ll all become clear).

Well what can I say?
On Saturday morning me and Fat Bob made our way down to London. We got to Paddington Station about 11:30, after a nightmare tube journey, (why is it always the tube you need that is having engineering work done??). We arrived at Gary and Dannys place in Balham about 1 O’clock threw our bags down and shot off to meet Spex at Waterloo. From there we ventured back north across Das Kapital until we reached Wembley Park Station. We got off the tube and walked towards the start of Wembley Way. We were greeted by that freaking massive arch, I have only seen it from a distance before but it is very impressive. Anyway we plodded along Wembley Way avoiding the touts and started queuing. Now unfortunately the weather was not smiling on us, there was a massive storm with big fat rain, (that’s a technical term). Me and the fat one had our big waterproofs with us but still got wet legs, Spex got soaked, literally wringing wet. Never mind it added to the occasion, as we discussed it was better it came on the Saturday than the Sunday when My Chemical Romance were playing and all the emo kids eye/guy liner would have run and caused a massive eye liner slick. We would have to call Greenpeace.

We got into the stadium and lurked around in the bar area for a bit, it was rather pricey but hey you only live once. Then we decided to wander to the pitch which is where we would be standing for the next 7 hours or so. Nothing can quite prepare you for the feeling you get when you come out of the tunnel. We were at ground height but Wembley is in a bit of a hole so we entered the stands at about half way up, into bright sunshine. It is just immense. All I could manage to say was F**king hell look at that!! There was a big case of goose bumps all around. The Stewards were desperately trying to encourage people to walk down the steps onto the pitch and not loiter at the top fumbling for their phones to take a pic. I did point out later on that we did pay for this stadium so I thought we should at least have a brief moment to marvel at it. Anyway we finally descended onto the pitch and wandered around looking upwards at the stands open mouthed for a while. Then I rang my dad to tell him where I was.

Zane Lowe appeared on the stage for a bit and spun some tunes, we drank some more booze. Then it was time for Rodrigo y Gabriella, (or Rodger and Gabby). I hadn’t heard much of their stuff before but they were really good. Just lots of mellow Spanish guitar music. Zane played some more tunes then on came Dirty Pretty Things. I was looking forward to them but to be honest they were rubbish. There was just no rapport between the crowd and the band.
Spex’s flatmate Jim somehow managed to find us in the crowd. Off we all went for a quick pie break and then it was time for the Streets. Despite Fat Bobs comments all the way through about how shit they were I really enjoyed them. I still do admit that it was an odd choice for a Muse gig but hey ho.

After some more Zane the moment arrived. Matt, Dom and Chris levitated up through the middle of the pitch and were really close to us. Then they played Knights of Cydonia, very cool. Their set was amazing. There was quite a comical moment towards the end, they had just come on for their second encore when Spex mentioned they should play Unintended, which is my favourite Muse track and has quite a lot of history as far as myself and Bob are concerned. I said I would truly love it if they did play it but I hadn’t heard them play it live since the first time I ever saw them which was over 6 years ago. Just as I finished the sentence I heard the familiar starting chords of Unintended. OH MY GOD!!! Had they somehow managed to hear me even though I was about 100 metres away from the stage. Once again all I could do was swear much to the amusement of everybody around me who had listen to me say they would never play it. Anyway I sang every word of it, and by this point I had almost lost my voice so I have no doubt it sounded crap so I apologise to the fans around me. But I could now die happy.

Most of the way through the gig I had said it is going to be the last time I see my beloved Muse and I think I still stand by that. As I mentioned above we were about 100 metres away from the stage. When I did catch glimpses of them on the stage they looked like little lego men. It is certainly a lot different to the first time I saw them at the academy in brum which wasn’t even full. In the queue to that gig Matt, Dom and Chris actually walked out of the front door to the academy and got in a taxi which drove down the road slightly before stopping right in front of us, the door opened and Matt leaned out shouting at someone to hurry up and some chap came running down the pavement and jumped in the taxi. There were murmurings in the queue and amongst us we finally decided yes it probably was them, we didn’t even know what they freaking looked like. Anyway I digress. I don’t want to see them in such a large venue as Wembley again and as they are not likely to play small venues it means that’s it. Although seeing them abroad is another option, in Berlin they played quite a small venue.

I’ll stop digressing now, we started to shuffle out of the stadium, as we got out and managed to get onto Wembley Way I had images of us still being there 3 hours later. However, even though there must have been 75 thousand people all heading towards the same tube station it was remarkably incident free. We walked along for a bit then slowed down as we went past a row of about 6 mounted police across the path. We then walked again and slowed down as we got to a second row, then the same again but as we got to the third row there was announcement that they needed to stop people getting onto the platform for a bit. The horses all turned 90 degrees blocking our way. It was so impressive, they were literally right in front of us. I had never realised before how effective mounted police were, the horses sort of pacify because everyone is like oh look at those beautiful horses and also everyone is really concerned about spooking them so is just quiet and well behaved. And they are so well trained, everyone was patting their noses and stroking them as we went past and they didn’t seem to care at all. The horses moved and we went on our way, we said goodbye to Spex and Jim and walked straight onto a tube. It took us less than half an hour from leaving the stadium to getting on a tube. Well done Met Police and Tube people.

We got back to Balham in about an hour, we were a mess. We shouldn’t still be gigging at our age. Bob’s knees hurt and my ankles were just rubbish. We went to bed.
Next morning we went for breakfast with Gaz and Danny and then left for Paddington. Obviously our train was delayed because it was broken. Then finally off we went home. We stopped for pizza on the way back which was a nice end to the weekend.
Oh well, its my graduation on Friday so got that to look forward to.

So incredibly cross

Posted in Dark on 11/03/2008 by bimbo78

I’ve gone from being in rather a chipper mood to being absolutely furious. I’ve just sent a Report out so I thought I would have a bit of surf on the BBC website for a second. I came across a story that has just made me so cross I can’t articulate it.

A picture of a chick I went to school with has been used in a BNP campaign. Rachel Whitear was in the year below me at school. I wouldn’t say we were mates or anything but she went out with an ex of mine and she hung out with a couple of my mates. She was a nice girl, a bit of a hippy so she was fine by me. Anyway, after college she sort of disappeared from the scene. It turns out she was living down south and somehow got on the smack. She died age 21 in Exmouth with a needle in her hand. Her parents made the commendable choice of releasing the horrific picture of her dead body to try and shock people into the reality of what heroin addiction is, (which in my opinion is a death sentence) and to stop someone else’s child going the same way. Which I imagine they have.

Anyway the BNP have called heroin addicts and in particular Rachel a ‘pathetic parasite’. And they have claimed as the photo has been released publicly then they are within their rights to do this. They have also somehow managed to link heroin use to Muslim communities, I don’t know the statistics and all that but I reckon the percentage of heroin addicts that are Muslim is incredibly low as they don’t even drink!!! Anyway I don’t want to enter the whole religious debate as that isn’t what this post is about.

I actually don’t give a shit what the BNP say or think but my worry is other people may in a fit of absolute lunacy believe them. Rachel was a lovely girl, she got mixed up with the wrong crowd, which I believe may have started with the ex we had in common, (no names).

8th March

Posted in Dark with tags , on 08/03/2008 by bimbo78

Well it’s 5 years today.
Tunisia 1981

Tunisia also
Pulling a silly face, as he did.

You still make me laugh you great big cuddley baffoon.

I am the Prince of Wales

Posted in Music with tags , on 07/03/2008 by bimbo78

So last night Bob and I went to see the Young Knives at Gloucester Guildhall. I must start by saying what a fabulous venue. It seems to be a ballroom within the Guildhall and had a very elaborately decorated ceiling and an oak dance floor. It is the smallest venue I have been to see a decent band. Very cosy.

The support were called Johnny Foreigner, they started atrociously I have to say but things soon picked up. It turned out the lead guitarist was very poorly and shouldn’t have really been playing at all but he soldiered on, ahh bless. They quite an odd set up, I’m not sure if this is because the stage was so small they had to just squeeze in around the YK equipment or whether this was just their way. The drummer was near the front of the stage he only had about 3 drums and a keyboard and the drums were really low down so it seemed he was reaching over to bash them the whole time. Then the lady bassist, who also had a good old voice on her was at the one side and the lead guitarist and singer the other. It just looked odd. Their last couple of tunes were great though.

We waited for the Young Knives, I got a bit cross with tall people standing in front of me, (why do they do that?! And it’s always the TALLEST person in the whole place) Anyway we ended up right at the front, ha!! try and stand in front of that solid steel bar you talleys. We were one back from the front and there some tiny ladies in front of me so I could see perfectly. They came on and immediately had me giggling. The lead singer Henry came on in his checked tweed style shirt tucked into his chinos, with a lovely tie. Then the House of Lords with a plain white shirt and tie and his monster thick specs. Then Oliver the drummer who was sporting an amazing beard. They don’t try to be cool in the slightest and most importantly they don’t try to be uncool. They just are horrendously uncool and I LOVE IT!!!!!! The gaps in between the songs were as fabulous as the songs themselves with lots of witty comments being thrown at each other. Henry had a bit of a rant about the NME not liking their new album, (out on Monday), I screamed what do they know and he responded by talking about one trendy twat of a journo not liking them because they were uncool. That was it I went mad cheering and everyone joined in. Then Henry remarked that we did look very unfashionable and asked for a cheer from the untrendy people YAY!!! We knows it!. The little ladies in front of us didn’t seem to like being called uncool but hey who cares, they’ll get over themselves one day.

The tunes were great and for an uncool crowd we rocked too. I ended up on the fringes of the mosh pit which was great, if not a little terrifying, I had to help several people up off the floor and stopped one of the tiny ladies from being thrown into the metal bar at the front. I haven’t done that for a while and I screamed Terra Ferma at the top of my lungs. The crowd were mostly older people too, just like me. The young uns did seem to enjoy it though.

It is the best gig I have been to for a long time and most definitely in the top 3 ever!!!

My how time flies

Posted in Dark with tags on 06/03/2008 by bimbo78

In a couple of days it’ll be 5 years since my big brother died. Time really does fly by. I’m not going to be all melancholy about how unfair things are, (which they really are). I’m in quite a jovial mood and I am getting increasingly irritated with people around me being miserable for no good reason. Once you realise life is unfair then you can get over it and start having fun. Enjoy life you never know when it’ll just stop.

I will just be a little dark though, well it is me, you wouldn’t expect anything else surely. Is it easier to be the person going, fading slowly into the dark or to be the family watching this happen to somebody they love? Obviously I don’t know the answer as I have only done the watching thing, unfortunatly more than once in my family. I supose it depeds on whether you are aware you are dying or if your illness has destroyed your sense of being.

New Years Resolutions Update

Posted in Health with tags on 05/03/2008 by bimbo78

Well I’m running more but that has only started again since the sun decided to come up a bit earlier and hang around for a bit in the evenings. Bob and I are doing the Worcester Scenic 6 at the end of the month. A nice 6 mile run around the country. And linked to that, I’ve finally lost the weight I put on last year over Crimble and when on honeymoon so I’m a bit happier about that.

I am drinking less. I’m trying not to drink at all in the week but I normally have a couple of glasses of vino on Friday and Saturday night, (actually had champers last saturday)
The garden isn’t going well, in fact I have done a big fat zero. I blame the horrible weather up until now. We did have a look for some kits to make raised beds but failed miserably so we’ll have to make them from scratch, (well Bob will)

We are eating more seasonally but have not yet exploited the wild food thing. Probably because there hasn’t been much around.

And we have had a few people around for din dins but not enough. There is very little to do to the kicthen now but whenever I invite people around Bob will do a little bit more so I will keep doing this until it’s done.

Spex as you are no doubt reading this, when are you next in Worcester? I want you to come round for dinner, KP and Dev that means you too.