My last gig in England for a while. Steve, Pete and I enjoyed The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s last show at the Zodiac so much that when we heard they were playing another gig in England we jumped at the chance to see them again. Another fantastic set, not quite as intimate as the Zodiac and no gurning Joel with his tambourine, but great none the less. Lead singer, Anton, wandered off for more drink about an hour and a half into the gig, followed by the majority of the band when he did not return. We were entertained by a lone guitarist creating a lo-fi wall of sound and feedback with his guitar before the others returned for another song, lasting a good half an hour. The band were still playing when the venue lights were switched on and half the audience were heading for the doors.
One last gig at the Zodiac in Oxford, watching the Howling Bells an Aussie band. Very good gig, well worth seeing live.
My Mum did a great job organizing a surprise leaving party for me before I emigrated to Australia. A complete surprise, a good turn out, including some friends I hadn’t seen in years, and a great night. We almost managed to drink the venue bar dry before heading out to a couple of the pubs in Thame. I was offered a drink every five minutes, I think it’s the first time I’ve ever had to refuse a drink. I have put pictures on my website in Photography: England: Al’s Leaving Do.
I have updated my Design Portfolio adding contents pages and some additional work. I have added a lot more pictures to the Photography section of the site. Pictures from my two recent surf trips to Newquay can be found in: England: Devon and Cornwall. There are a few pictures from this years Reading Festival in: England: Reading Festival. Photographs from my 10 year HND reunion are in: England: London and: Greater London.
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I have been extremely busy since I last updated the news section of Cool as… I wont bore you with all the details, as I don’t have the time or the inclination. So here’s the condensed version:
The day after V Festival (21/08/06) drove down to Cornwall with Steve, Lee and Indy for four days of surfing etc… See the Photos for more. Had an excruciating 8 hour drive back, helped out by Steve Smith. Although my car did not appreciate his Schumacher style of driving.
Next day (27/08/06) I headed to Reading Festival with Pete, my brother Andrew and his wife Sharon. Excellent day, highlights included: Forward Russia, Broken Social Scene, Placebo and Pearl Jam. Fantastic to finally see Pearl Jam live, Pete and I were down the front loving every minute.
(31/08/06) Supergrass playing a small hometown gig at the Zodiac. Excellent to see them in such a small venue. The rest of the crowd seemed indifferent though, plebs.
(02/09/06) Inigo’s 30th birthday bash, held at his parents in Guildford and included the twin delights of a Bouncy Castle and Sumo suits. Excellent fun.
(05/09/06) Rocco Deluca gig at the Zodiac with Pete, Kris, Steve, Chris and Sue. Preceded by meal at Aziz. Very good gig, much better than I was expecting.
(09/09/06) Out in Oxford with Peks, friend I met whilst traveling in Australia, and his mates. Good night on the town. Saw our friend Sie and his heavily pregnant girlfriend the next day. Good to catch up after a year or two.
(13/09/06) Badly Drawn Boy gig at the Zodiac. I thought he was going to storm off the stage after the first song because the guitar amp wasn’t working. He wasn’t a happy man, but all was fixed and the gig went on. He played a great collection of songs, I’m hoping the new album will be another good ‘un.
(15/09/06) The HND Reunion, 10 years on. Darrell was back visiting from Oz. Steve, Darrell, Diggs and I hit Kingston town on Friday night before going back to Diggs’ and causing carnage. Saturday was the main event, we caught the train to London and were joined by Warren, Tom and Inigo for a memorable night on the sauce. Photographic evidence on my site.
(19/09/06) Back into London, with my Dad. Spending some quality time together. Checking out the National Gallery and the Palace of Westminster.
(23/09/06) Over to Cambridgeshire to visit the gramps before I head across the globe to Australia. Saturday night out in Ramsey with my old friend Stuart.
(24/09/06) Another gig at the Zodiac, The Bluetones. They were on good form, showcasing songs from their soon to be released eponymous album, which should be good judging by the new songs they played.
(06/10/06) Back down to London for the weekend. Out for a drink with Nichola on Friday night. Caught up with my old buddy Stuart, before we shot over to Richmond for a beer or two. My first time out there since my student days 10 years ago.
(10/10/06) Watched the Lemonheads at Oxford Brooks Uni with Steve and Pete. An excellent gig, they must have played at least 40 songs. Including a solo acoustic set by Evan Dando, who must have been cryogenically frozen for the last 10 years because he still looks exactly the same as he did in the Lemonheads heyday.