Sunday, December 30, 2007

Best Wishes

Alas, I'll be at work on New Years eve, so this will be my last post of 2007! I'll be posting my year review and resolutions (pfft, yeah right) sometime early January.

It's been an awesome year really. I've no complaints. Much love to all for 2008.

Now it's time to watch the match! Come on the Liverpool!!!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Crimbo

Well, it was a good Crimbo this year. I don't think I've ever had a bad one. Got a slew of awesome gifts (NOT ONE BAD ONE THIS YEAR! SCORE!!!). We broke tradition this year by opening our presents after the purely awesome Christmas dinner that my Mum prepared (as dear Jamie Oliver says, your christmas dinner can be utterly memorable or forcefully forgotten on the strength of your roast spuds. Mum's roasties this year were incredible.)

We also went out for a couple of drinks in the pub together as a family on Christmas eve. Now that was bizarre, but thoroughly enjoyable. My family are awesome and I'm not one of those people who can't find anything to talk about with their family, thank God. Just this morning I had an hour long spontaneous chat with my Mum.

Anyway, I hope everyone had an awesome Crimbo. I spent mine constantly humming this purely awesome tune by Reuben:

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

In very RECENT news

Okay, so I'll try to balance out this post with good news and bad news. I had this argument with my Mum last week about good and evil. See I don't think anyone/anything can be intrinsically good or evil (apart from God and Satan, respectively). Everyone, as Jamie would say, is capable of good and evil acts/uses. So in the same way, my news is kind of subjective.

So you tell me which are the bad ones and which are the good, because I'm not sure anymore.

- I got my exam timetable.
- I worked last night.
- Liverpool were defeated by those scum-sucking Mancs (okay, so maybe this isn't so subjective)
- I finished buying all my Christmas presents.
- I got a replacement DS.
- I have to miss the match tomorrow night.


And I miss Evan Kidd's lectures :(


























- Vic got into Oxford University.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Fire Emblem

I have just completed Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. It is 2:37 am and I am now pretty tired. Thing is, I completed it at around 1:25 am, but the epilogue lasted FOREVER!!!

Oh yeah, Reyson OWNS! I have got to write some awesome fanfiction involving him!

Monday, November 26, 2007

C'est Finis!

Ah, my second completed multi-chaptered fanfic! I'm mighty proud of myself. So maybe the story concept wasn't 100% original (like my current pipeline stories) but it changes nothing! I finished!

And everyone posted such lovely reviews about the last chapter! I love my readers, they are so sweet!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Good Mates

I have two good friends at Uni: Roch and Hannah. I made friends with both of them at the beginning of my first semester. Roch is the only other girl doing the same degree as me (in fact, there are only 3 of us, the other being Rich, a very nice but quiet guy) and we met at registration. Hannah is another combined studies student and we met at a WebCT briefing where we randomly got talking. All three of us do half Psych and for the past year have been chilling in lecture together.

The thing is, I've started to realise that they're both really good mates. They probably see me more than Toni and Vic and we have quite a lot in common. Mainly our love of Football, good films, music and Uni. We all know each other quite well now and have a lot of shared in-jokes. Plus ALL of us have had a thing for one of our lecturers. Hannah (who always goes for older men) is obsessed with Geoff Beattie (yeah, he's the psychologist off Big Brother). Roch had a thing for Warren Mansell, though there's really no justifying that kind of bad taste. And I happen to think Evan Kidd is rather cute (what is it with me and the name Evan) even though I'm 80% certain he's gay *sigh*.

Sadly, next semester I only have one psychology class with Roch and Hannah and then next year Hannah is off to Austria for a year. So I have to savour my time with them before I have to try and make new friends. Oh well.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Mark's 18th

Mark turned 18 on Wednesday! Congrats my dear Markio!


Mark is one of my good friends and I felt very priveleged to hang out with him on his birthday. He's a real sweetheart, even though I know he'd say otherwise. The big night is next Friday when it's his party, so Wednesday night was pretty low key but still tons of fun.

We chilled at Marks (with cake and champagne. really, I'd like to mention now just how nice Mark's folks are, they never seem to bother about us gatecrashing their living room. when we showed up at their house unexpectedly after the wedding Mark's mum made us all a cup of tea and his folks gave up the living room for us!) before heading to the local pub to get in Mark's first legal drink and take part in the pub quiz. Needless to say, we were fairly crap, but it was such a great night!!!

MY SONG

Yes, I have my very own song. It all started when I decided that since Reuben are my favourite band I should go on a mission to gather every Reuben song (b-sides included). It's certainly not an easy task since some of the older singles are going on ebay for extortionate prices (and I'm a poor student). Anyway, anyway, anyway, the most important song I wanted was a cover of a Vex Red song that Reuben did for the b-side on 'Keep It To Yourself'.

And the song is called KAREN!!! A song by my favourite band, written by a band I loved about ME!!! I'm so happy!

Karen is wasting time,
Won't pull in her mind,
She runs this pantomime,
Save me, don't be blind,

All the time,
All the time,
She's dying, yeah,

Karen turned away,
She sees no ones face,
Staring into space,
To run away...

Is this near me?,
Could this be serious?,
I need your help,
I need your help

"Karen" performed by Reuben, lyrics by Vex Red

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Keele (and We Are Scientists)

Well, I have returned from my two days in Keele. And it was... well, a disaster is a slight over exaggeration. But not far from the truth. How do I explain? Well, I was warned about Keele but it still came as a shock just how... small it is. And it really is in the middle of NOWHERE. At first I thought it was cute, but eventually it kind of got to me.

I guess I just had a bad couple of hours and it pissed me off. That and the fact that Skinny is so messy and seemed to find it amusing to be even more messy simply for the benefit of annoying me. Honestly, there's few things that REALLY REALLY get to me. Mess is one of them. My other friends (who've had to live with me at York) understand it and just leave me to it now. And its not that I desperately HAD to tidy her room, I didn't touch a thing before she started setting out to annoy me with it.

Other than that she was a very gracious host. I think. It's difficult to explain what happened while I was in Keele without it coming out all wrong. I guess I experienced some weird form of claustrophobia. Hmm, yeah, that sounds right. I'm just hoping Skinny doesn't hate me right now. I think I may have been a bitch.


Positive things to say about Keele: Skinny is there, the people are very nice, the girls don't all look and act like models (like most do in Manchester), it is very pretty, it has a fairly awesome union shop and We Are Scientists liked it there.

And probably the biggest plus about this whole experience: I have never loved Manchester as much as I do right now. Going away made me realise just how amazing my beloved city is. I used to be so ungrateful.
Never again.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Nine Black Alps

Myself and Toni went to the Nine Black Alps album signing yesterday. They were very lovely. and their new album is bloody awesome, I reccomend 'Heavier Than Water', it's an amazing song. They performed it live along with six other songs.


Plus, there was a guy queueing behind us who was from Staffordshire Uni... yeah, he was cute.


Friday, October 19, 2007

Vic's 18th

I've wrote about this day like a hundred times, so I'm just gonna post the pics. They are fairly awesome.
The Birthday Girl in the morning!

Everyone in Blackpool (except moi, the elusive photographer).


Space Cadets.
Prepared to be soaked, everyone on the Valhalla.
Five crazy peeps (Chiv, Becka, Biggsy, Steph and Vic) on the Tango Ice Blast.


Mark posing with a horse. Nothing unusual there.

Steph protecting Toni on the Ghost Train.

The happy couple on wild mouse (er, was this photo hard to get? Nigh on impossible!)

The elusive photographer is caught on camera! (Note: my sunglasses. I took my responsibility as photographer VERY seriously.)

The twins!

Everyone (except Kyle) queueing for Space Invaders.

Biggsy, Kyle and Toni enjoy their chips (especially Biggsy, what is in those things, dude?!)


After a long day of being the birthday girl, Vic finally gets her chippy chips!

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Ultimate iPod Challenge

I would like to thank a certain unnameable friend for setting me the ULTIMATE IPOD CHALLENGE! Okay, the challenge is to listen to all your songs (either in order or on shuffle) without skipping any. You can't start again (which means you have to be very careful when charging) and you're only allowed FIVE skips.
So far, I'm on 61/4100 and I've already skipped once. Right now, I'm enduring the YMCA. I must be crazy.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Further proof...

...That boys are stupid today! Only a boy would paint penises and a sign saying 'For Sale' with his mate's phone number on his mate's car as a joke!

Yeah, well, backfired on it didn't you? What a jerk.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Daft Punk

I would recommend Daft Punk for any sudden lapses in creative energy:

It was more than impossible to ignore the noise coming from the bar. After half an hour of unsuccessfully trying to get to sleep I sat up and swung my legs out of bed. As I wandered down the stairs, my suspicions were confirmed; the source of the noise was definitely the bar. And the noise itself? Daft Punk.
As I turned the corner at the bottom of the stairs, the sheer volume of the music hit me. When I appeared in the doorway, Anderson looked up from behind the bar.
“Hey Avery!” He yelled over the music.
The waitress from the café was perched on one of the barstools. She smiled at me. Anderson nudged the music volume down.
“Avery, this is Felicity, Flick this is Avery. She’s staying with us for the summer,” Anderson introduced us.
“Hi,” she greeted. “Anderson was just showing off his skills.”
I glanced at him.
“I’m showing Flick how to make cosmopolitans,” he explained, unscrewing the top off a bottle of Smirnoff.
“Oh. Well, I just came down to ask you to lower the volume a little,” I turned to leave, but Anderson looked up.
“Hey, come over here, Ave'y, keep Flick company whilst I go grab some Cointreau,” His voice had an edge of pleading, so I turned around again and walked over to sit next to her.
She smiled again as Anderson disappeared.
“I’m sorry if we kept you up,” she said, glancing at my pyjamas.
“Uh, it’s okay.”
This was the whole part of conversations that I was bad at. As I sat there desperately thinking of something to say, Flick looked up. I followed her eyes and saw Isaac stood in the doorway. He raised an eyebrow when he saw me sat with his brother’s date.
“You must be Isaac,” Flick surmised.
“I must,” Isaac confirmed, moving to stand next to me. “I thought I heard you in here, Avery.”
His expression was unreadable as ever.
“I was just talking to Felicity-”
“Flick,” she chipped in, quickly, wrinkling her nose. “I hate Felicity,” she told us, “makes me sound like a rich little Daddy’s girl, which could not be further from the truth, let me tell you.”
I laughed.
She looked Isaac over before speaking. “You know, you look nothing like Anderson.”
I froze suddenly, but Isaac just smiled. “Thank you.”
Flick laughed, lightly.
“Okay,” Anderson announced, reappearing with an orange bottle in one hand and a lime in the other. “I guess it’s four cosmopolitans, then.”
“Not for me,” Isaac told him, quickly.
“Aw, little brother, lighten up. Besides, I need someone to take care of Avery and you can’t stay if you’re not gonna drink.”
Isaac scowled as Anderson flipped the lime up in the air, catching it deftly and quickly halving it with a knife. He squeezed the juice into each of the four glasses as Isaac pulled himself onto the barstool beside mine.
“Okay, one part cranberry,” he rattled off the ingredients as if he’d committed them to memory, adding the conundrum of liquids into the shaker, “one part cointreau, one and a half vodka and last, but not least, a slice of lime.”
Lastly he plopped in four ice cubes before firmly screwing on the top and shaking the mixture. All this he did whilst shooting Flick flirtatious smiles.
Beside me, Isaac rolled his eyes.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Mute Math...

... are awesome.

After a long day at Uni, it's all worth it when I get home and listen to my new Mute Math EP. If I could reccommend any music right now, it's Mute Math.


Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Awesome Saturday

Last Saturday was the Wigan vs. Liverpool match. I hadn't been looking forward to it, but it was actually awesome! I've wrote this down once and told a fair few people, so let's just put it this way:

- I got to watch 4o minutes of the second half and saw the goal!
- I saw three players warming down later on (Finnan, Voronin and Cissoko)
- I saw Rafa Benitez give his interview for the journalists in the press corridor!
- Whilst waiting for the Wigan manager to finish his interview so I could get back to my kitchen, I saw Sami Hypia and Javier Mascherano!!!

Sweet, huh?

Monday, October 01, 2007

Boys

Boys are SO IRRITATING! As much as I love many, they still drive me crazy. And why is this? Well, I have an older brother who bugged me when we were growing up, then I had idiot boys at school to annoy me and now I am one of only three female KPs at the stadium, which means I am often surrounded by STUPID BOYS!

But the thing I've noticed about boys is that they're not so bad on their own, it's when they're with other boys that they become ABSOLUTE IDIOTS!

I do have other things to blog about (like amazing Saturday), but it will have to wait.

A list (by Silverpistola and Norman) of boys who aren't absolute bloody imbeciles:

- Jamie Lenman
- Lucas Leiva
- Jesus (because he technically was a boy)
- Owen Armstrong
- Link
- Blonde Guy
- Isaac Hanson

Sunday, September 30, 2007

He Knows About ABC, 123, XYZ, but he don't know about XTC!

A Airmail
B Breakfast
C Christianity
D Dresses
E Everlong
F Foxes
G Google
H Honey Bunny
I InMe
J Juggling Lemons
K Karen!
L Legend of Zelda
M Music
N Norman
O Onegai
P Poo
Q Quebec
R Reductioabsurdum
S Spellotape
T Trains
U Undergrounds
V Vic~!
W Whatever
X xXx Holic
Y You
Z ZZZZZzzzzzzs

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Back to Uni (and Lucas Leiva)

My first week back at Uni has been... blah. A bit boring, a bit naff, a bit good, a bit cold. It's nice seeing my Uni mates and slowly getting back into the routine, but I can't lie and say it's good to be back. Give it a couple of weeks and I'll be having fun again.

On a better note, did you see Lucas Leiva start for the first time for Liverpool against Reading in the Carling Cup?!? I know most people will have been focusing on Fernando Torres (who was so cute in the interview after!!!), but my eyes were glued to Lucas. He had a quiet match, but I noticed a couple of good touches. VERY promising and OH SO CUUUUUUUUUUTTTEEEE!!!!!!


Monday, September 24, 2007

Myspace and everything else that's wrong in the world

When I'm sad, really sad, there's really only one cure. Reuben.

It's been that way for me for about three years now, ever since I bought 'Racecar is Racecar Backwards' when I was in my first year of college. I remember I used to listen to that CD every morning on the way to college for at least six months. And then in my second year I got 'Very Fast Very Dangerous' and played that to death as well. This June I got 'In Nothing We Trust' (indefinitely my BEST birthday present, cheers boys!) and it was just as good. So it made sense that when I got home on Friday, and found myself close to tears, I reached for the Reuben.

I'm past saying angry things about Today's Community Church. Because saying them changes nothing. I want to regret it all, but I can't because I got Skinny out of it and I could never regret our friendship. And Toni got Kyle. Part of me knows, knows that I've damaged them both by keeping them there, but I can't regret it.

I watched them on Friday night. And I was repulsed. Once I wanted to go back, but it was a moment of weakness. I can't ever go back, but finally I realise that I don't fucking want to! I thought those people were my friends, but they were nothing. I was nothing to them. They hurt me and made me feel used and wrong, all wrong.

That's why the things I'm doing right now are a bad idea. I know that but I can't stop. I don't have anything to prove, but I'm still trying. My life is full. I have my awesome friends, my fucked up family (whom I love despite their fucked-up-ness), my Uni, my talent, my job and job compadres. I can't understand the way I'm acting or why. For now, I'll try to remedy it with... MORE REUBEN!


Moving on: Myspace. Argh, why does everyone take their stupid myspace so damned seriously? Vic basically begged me tonight to make one just so she could put me in her top friends (and knock dickface Rob out of her top 4). NO! I swear I will never have a myspace! I'm happy enough with this blog. I don't do the MSN thing or have a Facebook and I'm happy that way. If anyone needs to find me, seek me out in the real world, for goodness sake.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Incubus

I just got back from the Incubus gig in Manchester tonight, and this was the best picture I got:

It doesn't matter though, because the gig itself was awesome. Incubus are such a great band. Vic asked me what my favourite song was and I honestly couldn't name just one. You know what was pretty special though? They played the song that is my (pen)namesake, Pistola. Very cool.

It was great hanging out with Vic and Toni, too. My two bestest friends in the whole world. I'd be seriously fucked if they didn't get along.

Ooh, guess who's got her student loan?? Woot!


(Here's me after the gig on the train home. A bit dishevelled.)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Back To Uni (in a week)

Yes, it's official, classes start (for me at least) in a week. At Manchester, this week is currently freshers week. I have finally sorted out my class schedule and picked all my tutorials so I have no clashes. For me, since I'm combined studies, it really is all about the luck of the draw. I can't afford to be picky about what days or times I have classes. That being said, my timetable has worked out strangely well for both my first and second semester, though not perfect.
This semester I have both Mondays and Fridays free. Yes, I only have 3 days a week in Uni. Pure bliss. And I only have one lecture on Wednesdays (at 1pm!!!). However, that does mean my Tuesdays and Thursdays are a little hectic (Tuesday three lectures starting at 12pm until 5pm and Thursdays 4 lectures starting at 9am till 4pm). I guess you can't have everything, right?

Friday, September 14, 2007

The Tiny Travelling Treasury

Today we took Skinny on the promised tour of Manchester through the eyes of a simple student. It went remarkably well, though I say so myself. When we arrived in Manchester on the good old Oxford Road, we motored down to Gemini Cafe, giving Skinny a whistlestop tour of the Uni on the way down (basically me waxing lyrical about Kilburn ((the computer science building)) and Toni pointing out various important places).

I've mentioned Gemini enough in this blog, so I'll just mention that I had lasagne and Skinny had Moussaka. Of course, it was delicious.
On our way back down to the Cornerhouse, we stopped in at Hume Lime Building (the prettiest building at Manchester Uni, hands down) so I could grab my Psychology timetable. It felt odd to be at Uni, especially since it was the first day that the new students could move into halls, so there were parents and nervous looking students (mainly foreign students) everywhere. Brought back fairly mixed emotions.

The film I'd picked for us to watch at the Cornerhouse (2 Days In Paris) had been a completely random choice, but thankfully it turned out to be pretty good and fairly funny. Phew, what luck!

After that we jumped on a bus into the city to go to URBIS. URBIS had been my idea since it's free and I've never been before but heard rave reviews from a lot of people. The main exhibition was about the Hacienda, but the best part of URBIS was the Tiny Travelling Treasury!

I can't explain the concept of the TTT very well so I looked it up instead: The Tiny Traveling Treasury is a unique exhibit developed by UHC for URBIS. The interactive sculpture, handmade from almost 100% recycled materials was especially commissioned for the Play exhibition. The Treasury invites people to set out on a city-wide Treasure Hunt, exploring hidden nooks and crannies of Manchester and embarking on new experiences. During its summer residency at Urbis the Treasury will grow and respond as people add to it, creating a living breathing document of the city. Standing 8 feet tall, the interactive sculpture is handmade from 100% recycled and recovered materials and inspires childhood play and imagination with more than 150 games. A mysterious set of instructions dispensed by a lucky Chinese cat, awakens the participants' urge to navigate through the streets of Manchester, make discoveries and to contribute their gathered fortunes to the museum. Games include: Taking a walking stick for a walk, Carrying out a random act of kindness in the street, Collecting a used bus or train ticket etc.

It was fairly cool and me and Skinny could have spent all day there. But Toni was bitter (because she hadn't thought up the idea) and made us leave.

So, all in all, the day was fairly good. I'm sad because I've realised today just how much I really am gonna miss Skinny. And how much I miss Uni as well.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Legend of Zelda

Oh man, playing Zelda STRESSES me out. Why? I have absolutely NO IDEA! It's just a game! A game that (as I have to keep reminding myself) I love. But as I play it, my entire body clenches up with pure stress.

I love it really, though.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

September 11th

September 11th catches me by suprise every year. I always seem to forget it until it's right on top of me. Weird that. I guess in America it's inescapable, but in the UK they save the mention until the day itself.

I feel for everyone mourning someone lost today. I'm sending you all a hopeful thought as I type this.
This postcard was posted on http://postsecret.blogspot.com/ this week. I think that today we all feel the same way.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

That's what first place looks like, baby!

Today was the horse show at Kirsty's farm. The one that she entered me into a class in WITHOUT TELLING ME. It was only a novelty class (nicest tail), but that doesn't change the fact that she DIDN'T TELL ME.

Actually, it wasn't so bad though, I just had to lead Kirsty's horse into the field, stand with her and try to keep her still and then walk forward when the judge gave us first place. Yeah, baby, first. Kirsty did all the work (she plaited the tail), but she insisted that I take the rosette and kept telling everyone that I had won it, not her, despite my protests. Bloody typical. Kirsty is very single minded.


It was quite a fun day, despite the fact that I've been knackered all day from getting up WAY early and working in Rigs last night. I learned an awful lot and got to see some very good riders.




Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Leeds 07

I guess I should have blogged about this a couple of weeks ago, I just never really got around to it. Leeds this year is probably the second best I've ever been to (F.Y.I. This was the fifth year of going to Leeds Festival for myself, Toni and Iona), even though it wasn't as eagerly anticipated as some of the other years. I'd been begging and pleading with every power that be for good weather and it paid off. Maybe a little too well for the first day, but the weather was PERFECTION for around 85% of the time, which was really a miracle taking into consideration the weather fluctuations in the UK this summer. Reading wasn't blessed. What a shame, my heart bleeds.

I'll break it down into three days:


FRIDAY!
Bands seen: Hadouken!, The Maccabees, Cold War Kids, CSS and The Smashing Pumpkins.
Highlight of the day: The Smashing Pumpkins playing 'Zero'. Pure awesomeness. And The Maccabees playing 'First Love'. Oh no, that's TWO! Sue me.

It was HOT! Really hot. So hot that no one could muster the effort to do anything. We pretty much camped out in the NME Stage before the Maccabees and Cold War Kids came on. By around sixish the heat had subsided and everyone was cheerful (if not sunburned). CSS were certainly an experience and well worth missing most of NIN for. Lovefoxxx's catsuits were stunning. And the Smashing Pumpkins, seriously, just pure awesomeness.

SATURDAY!
Bands seen: Long Blondes, Manchester Orchestra, Blood Red Shoes, Frank Turner, Jimmy Eat World, Maximo Park and Kings of Leon.
Highlight of the day: Hot bassist and Kings of Leon playing 'Milk'. It was a real spiritual moment for me.
It cooled down! Yay! After watching the Long Blondes, I wandered off to the Carling Stage on my own. I wanted to see Blood Red Shoes and Frank Turner, but I figured I'd watch the Manchester Orchestra as well, since they were on before. WOW! WHAT A GREAT DECISION! MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA WERE AWESOME!!! Third best band I saw all weekend. And Jonathan Corley (the bassist) is the most delicious thing since Peanut Kit Kat Chunkies! Talk about marry me! I was transfixed!

Blood Red Shoes were pretty and very entertaining. Frank Turner was awesome too, the crowd lapped up his every word! Gotta get his solo album! After that I zipped back to Iona and Toni and we chilled out to watch Jimmy Eat World who played a perfectly balanced set, an impressive feat because most bands can't get it right at festivals. You should never play too many slowies, people want fun and happiness, not a big downer. Jimmy Eat World only played one slowie (Hear You Me, my fave!) and stuck to their faster material for the rest of the set. Brilliant!

I'd expected Maximo Park to be really good, and I admit I was slightly disappointed. They were on after Jimmy, and they just weren't as good. They didn't have the same energy or flow. Jimmy should have been above them on the bill, no doubt about it. I didn't see Interpol (yes, I am thoroughly ashamed of myself. I don't know any of the new material though, so it wouldn't have been that worth it), but we made sure we had a good spot for KOL. And it was well worth it.

Man, they were amazing. The three of us all agreed, the best band we saw all weekend. The new material was great, the older material was great, the singles were great! The only question was: why the hell were bloody Razorlight above them on the bill? MADNESS! We lef after KOL and we most certainly weren't the only ones.

SUNDAY!
Bands seen: Paramore, LostAlone, Kids in Glass Houses, MUTEMATH, Panic! At The Disco, Angels and Airwaves, Bloc Party and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Highlight of the day: Mutemath playing 'Chaos'. Absolutely no doubt about that one. That's probably the highlight of my entire weekend.

I insisted on getting a good place for MuteMath in the Carling Stage. I'd been big upping them all weekend so much so that Toni and Iona wanted to see them too. So we stood through two fairly mediocre bands (LostAlone and Kids in Glass Houses) to wait for MuteMath. I was terrified of being disappointed. All for nothing.

The crowd might have been small, but MuteMath played like they were playing for a huge stadium. They really gave it their all. It was a feast for the senses. And they played Chaos. Finally. I guarantee that they're gonna be huge. Toni and Iona were well impressed. Definitely the second best band we saw all weekend (after KOL, that is quite an honour).

We sat through Angels and Airwaves (they sucked, but did compliment Britain) and Panic! At The Disco (disappointing. They were obviously hungover. Bastard Reading) before moving down to the front for Bloc Party.

The thing is, I warned Iona that the crowd for Bloc Party would be mainly dickheads. How do I know this? It's the same for all big indie bands, Razorlight, Arctic Monkeys etc. the crowd is made up of poseurs mainly instead of real music fans. Thus the reason I've never gone to a Bloc Party gig. It wouldn't be worth it.

And I was so right. It was dickhead city.

Bloc Party were good, but the set wasn't long enough (because RHCP got a two hour headlines set, neither Bloc Party or Arcade Fire got more than an hour on stage). Gordy was on the opposite side of the stage from us so I kept having to stand on my tiptoes to gaze at him. We sat through Arcade Fire since I'm not much of a fan, neither is Iona and Toni didn't even know who they were (has she been sleeping under a rock?!). Their performance of 'Wake Up' was fairly cool. And then it was just time to eat yet another festival burger (or get another festival milkshake if you're Toni) and wait for RHCP.

Ah, RHCP. They were great, despite us all needing a piss all the way through their set. The perfect way to round off the weekend.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Five Things

I Cannot Leave the House Without:

1. My ipod, Madison
2. My lip balm
3. My phone
4. A diary and pen
5. My wallet

On My Desk at This Moment:

1.My Zelda strategy guide
2. My memory pen
3. My laptop, Ville
4. A big notebook
5. Digital camera

You Will Find in My School Backpack

1. ipod
2. A LOT of pens
3. Diary
4. Notebook
5. Comb

Books on my bedside table:

1. 'Ironside' by Holly Black
2. 'Pretties' by Scott Westerfeld
3. 'Call of the Weird' by Louis Theroux
4. 'The Jane Austen Book Club' by Karen Joy Fowler
5. 'Fruits Basket Vol. 3'

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Tomorrow = Leeds!

It's a mere nine hours until the unholy trinity (myself, Iona and Maiden) set out for Leeds. Am I excited? You bet I am. But anyway, there'll be many tales of Leeds whence I return. TODAY was spent at Toni's crib, chilling and inadvertantly celebrating Mark, Vic and Danny doing so well in their AS levels last week.

I must confess, I love hanging out at Toni's flat. It's absolutely crazy to think that one of us has their own place. We don't have to stress about parents or making too much mess. It's awesome. Plus, Toni and Kyle's flat happens to be amazing. Seriously, it's HUGE and in walking distance from everything (i.e. Tesco). I feel so relaxed when I'm there. Toni and Kyle have really created a home for themselves. I admire them for it.

I always have fun when the six of us are together, which is a very common occurrence these days. I don't feel pressured to act like anyone but myself. Which is cool and kind of scary at the same time. I think these five people (Toni, Kyle, Vic, Mark and Dan (and Ange as well)) are the people who see me at my best. Or my realist. Is that a word? Spell checker says yes.

So anyway. Off to Leeds. Wish me good weather and happy festival-ing!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Bright Eyes

I'm not entirely certain what we're supposed to bring to the next Lit Club. The subject was too vague. "Yeah, just bring anything" - That kind of too vague. So, I've had a few ideas, and I've been writing like crazy.

But one idea, as is the norm, keeps on cropping up. Bright Eyes.

I only got into Bright Eyes last year. They were recommended to me by a good friend. He told me Bright Eyes is music you have to share. Good for fucked up people. Maybe I should have took that as an insult, but I was fucked up then. And Bright Eyes is Chicken Soup for fucked up people.

The first person I tried to share Bright Eyes with didn't understand it. And I was discouraged. Maybe it's time to try it again. Or maybe Bright Eyes has just become too personal. But I think people at Lit Club could really appreciate it. Or a couple in particular, at least.


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

York

This post is a little late, I know. I've been totally swamped since getting home from York and I'm pretty much swamped for the next 2 weeks. York, it was awesome.

No, really. The best week of this year by far. Going back to York felt like visiting an old close friend, nothing had changed and that's the way I like it. Vic, Ange and myself were the first ones to arrive in York on the Saturday after a fairly uneventful train journey. Thus we had the unenviable task of finding our house. Luckily, a combination of good fortune and a very kind bus driver meant we found it relatively quickly. It was nice, a fair bit smaller than last year, but perfectly adequate.

The week was awesome. Catching up with Ange was great, it felt like we'd never really been apart. It was great having Kyle there too especially since Markie and Dan seemed to get along so well with him. We drank a lot of Pimms, went through more tubes of Pringles than I thought humanly possible, ate burgers three days in a row, revisited the boats and the carousel, fed ducks, tried to learn poker and became addicted to B&J's and Donkey Konga. I finally got an amazing jacket from the surplus and I nearly fainted while we were in the dungeons.

All in all, an eventful week.