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.