This weekend I’m heading to V Festival in Chelmsford with a few friends to see Radiohead, Morrissey, Beck Morrissey, Editors, We Are Scientists, Gomez, The Dandy Warhols and a load more besides. Then on Tuesday I’m heading back down to Newquay with some friends for some more surfing until the Saturday when I’ll be heading back in time for the Sunday of Reading Festival. Where I will finally get to see Pearl Jam play live.
A trip into Stratford-upon-Avon with some friends, spending the afternoon seeing the sites before heading to ‘The Dirty Duck’ (formerly known as the black swan), for a meal. The main reason for the trip was to see William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre. We had fantastic seats in the third row, as I’d booked the tickets almost a year ago when they went on sale. The play featured RSC Honorary Associate Artist Patrick Stewart (X-Men and Star Trek: The Next Generation) playing Prospero. It was amazing to see one of the Worlds greatest actors on the stage performing Shakespeare.
Took a half day off work and wandered along the south bank in London, before checking out the latest exhibits at the Tate Modern. In the evening I headed over to Kentish Town to see the band Teenage Fanclub perform their second (and in my opinion, greatest) album ‘Bandwagonesque’ in its entirety. Followed by an encore that lasted over an hour, featuring some of the greatest songs from their six other albums. The gig was organized as a part of the ‘don’t look back’ series where an artist or group who has created a seminal, or bloody good, album plays it from start to finish. This made for a unique and truly exceptional experience.
My third trip to Holland in as many years. I flew into Amsterdam and spent the afternoon wandering around the centre before getting the train to Eindhoven, where I was staying with my friend Loes. Who I met in Perth (Western Australia) whilst traveling.
Loes and I, and a load of her friends, went to ‘Extrema’, a dance festival held on the shores of an artificial lake. There were over seven stages and hundreds of DJs including Sasha, Deep Dish, Speedy J and Josh Wink, to name a few. We also spent some time at the bar where Loes’ brother works, where he kept us well supplied with free beer. Great guy. I had a relaxing week spending a couple of days at her parents beach house.
The weather was fantastic whilst I was there. Although the heat did cause the train I was meant to catch back to Amsterdam, to melt. As a result I missed my flight home and had to fly early the next day and head straight to work from the airport. I’ll be adding pics from my trip as soon as I get the time. I have a big backlog of pictures to add, I still haven’t put any pics from my brother and Sharon’s wedding in May. A very rare chance to see me in a suit.
That time of year again. The last time I’ll be celebrating my birthday in England for a while.
On Friday the 30th of June, Lee, Dave and I drove down to Newquay in North Cornwall for an extended weekend of surfing. The weather was beautiful, it being the start of the short lived heat wave. We camped just outside of town and consumed our fair share of alcohol in the evenings to ease our aches and aid our sleep. We surfed Porthtowan beach on the north coast, which is in a fantastic location with high cliffs surrounding the beach. I tried Lee’s short (pro) board on the first outing but found it hard to catch anything and when I did I lost momentum and sank almost immediately. Dave hired a beginners board which he leant me on the second day as he had decided to divide his time between the beach and the bar. I got on a lot better catching most of the waves I went for. The surf wasn’t really up to much on the last day so we spent the afternoon fishing before heading back home. Lee took some time out to complete a death defying dive into a rock pool. I took a load of pictures which I will add to the site when I get a chance.