I moved into my own little studio apartment in Manly on the 10th of January. It felt a bit strange to be leaving Darrell and Gemma’s place in Rose Bay as they had made me feel very welcome.
I’m 2 minutes walk from the beach and 5 mins from the Wharf. I’ve bought myself a surfboard now, a 7ft 6″ Mini Mal, so I plan on spending a lot more time in the water.
I played my first game of football in 3 years last week with my friend Dan and some guys from his hostel. Hard work. My legs did not appreciate the exercise.
I went to a BBQ at Mark’s place in Curl Curl on Sunday. Mark is a friend of my old boss Ian at Chepping Media, he moved out here 10 months ago with his girlfriend and kids. I had a good time at the BBQ, much food and drink was consumed, although I got eaten alive by Mosquitos.
Christmas day was spent at Gemma and Darrell’s friend Mark’s place in Tamarama. Smoked salmon and Champagne was followed by BBQd prawns and a trip to the beach. I attempted to surf but Mark’s board was a bit too insubstantial for a man of my stature. A great meal of Roast (BBQd) lamb was followed by a game of Trivial Pursuits and several drinking games. A great way to spend Christmas day.
After Christmas the drinking continued in ernest, although Darrell had to go back to work unfortunately. Heiress Paris Hilton and her entourage , famous for being famous, dropped into Darrell’s local, The Sheaf, in Double Bay when we were out drinking with his mate Karl one night.
May was a very busy month featuring some life changing events, starting with my brother Andrew’s Stag do, followed by moving house and ending in my brothers marriage to Sharon. I also managed to get to a gig or six in between these momentous occasions.
The day after the Sigur Ros gig I attempted to gain entry to the new Michelangelo exhibition at the British Museum, which reunites material not seen together since the dispersal of the artist’s studio more than 400 years ago. Unfortunately it was completely sold out for the day. So I went for a wander in and around Hyde Park. I took a few pics which you can see in the Photography section of Cool as… under England/London check them out.
I don’t usually reference world events in my news section but I’ll make an exception today. Last wednesday was a good day. I’d made it to 30, outliving some of my favorite musicians (Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and jim Morrison) by 3 years. Despite feeling that I should have achieved more (something, anything) with my life, you could say that I was feeling reasonably content with my lot.
I supped a well deserved beer at lunch time as the news broke that London had won it’s bid to host the Olympics in 2012, beating our arch rivals the French (It may interest you to know that 2012 A.D, is the year that the Mayans chose to end their Long Count calendar, then again it may not). The G8 summit had begun and there was genuine hope that the issues of poverty in Africa and global warming were going to be addressed. I do not really believe that either can be stopped whilst we still have corruption endemic in all the higher echelons of power. But at least Britain could lead the initiative in an attempt to create a better future, our ’special’ relationship with America could reap some reward for those less fortunate and make the world a slightly better place. Lofty aspirations, perhaps, but not unattainable.
24 hours is a long time in politics, so the cliché goes. The terrorist attacks last Thursday pushed all thoughts of winning the Olympic bid and solving the worlds problems to one side. Whilst the attacks were not unexpected, they were deeply shocking and ultimately futile. A waste of human life and totally deplorable. They only served to strengthen the resolve to put an end to needless blood shed. London coped admirably with the aftermath of the attacks that indiscriminately took the lives of people from all cultures, creeds and walks of life. I sincerely hope that the attacks will not serve to further divide the many cultures and individuals that make up our nation. Perhaps we can rise above our differences and seek to find a better way that will not tolerate the shedding of innocent blood. Whether it is by terrorists, dictators or the leaders of the ‘free’ world.
Now is not the time for reprisals or recrimination, we should attempt to move forward. To move towards a better future. That is my hope however foolish it might sound.
‘He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hope for the human condition is a fool.’
I have just finished reading the Douglas Coupland book; Generation X. Written back in 1990 it captures the mood of the time and the generation that it spawned perfectly. I have made a page featuring the Generation X dictionary, check it out at:
Generation X Dictionary
It’s that time of year again. Today I am celebrating my 25th birthday for the 5th year running. Those of you with a modicum of grey matter will have done the math and realized that, despite my youthful good looks I am in fact an old bastard. At least I no longer have to justify being a miserable sod, now it is expected.
As it’s my birthday I’m feeling generous and will share the webs best site with you all, check out the cartoons:
I saw Beck play live in London 3 weeks ago now. A fantastic eclectic gig. One of the highlights was when Beck decided to play some acoustic numbers. A couple of roadies bought a table onto the stage ladened with food and wine for the other band members to tuck into. When they had finished gorging themselves they proceeded to supply musical accompaniment by tapping on plates and glasses. Very col and it sounded fantastic. Beck was on top form and his voice soared when he came on to perform a track from Sea Change for the encore accompanied by a squeezebox
It was another birthday the following weekend. This time it was my friend Ruth who is studying to become a Nurse at Oxford (Brooks) University. I was joined by Ruth’s brother (and my good friend) Stuart. We managed to get through ten pints before we even went out at 8pm. On empty stomachs as well. We were joined by my brother Andrew and his girlfriend Sharon, and a whole bunch of rowdy nurses. A good time was had by all, say no more.
Last weekend I saw Green Day play at Milton Keynes (home of the roundabout) Bowl, with friends from Thame; Will and Jamie. Will was suffering from a black eye supplied the previous evening when he was jumped by 5 morons on entering a fast food establishment in Thame. I always tried telling him that fast food was bad for him. It didn’t stop him pulling an Aussie girl who was drawn to my shorts, don’t ask. The Gig was great, the sun beat down and the beer flowed expensively. I made the school boy error of wearing sandals. Not a good idea when heading to the front to pogo in the mosh pit. My toes were a mangled mess of blood and mud when I left. Support came from Jimmy Eat World, another great band.
Last week I went to see Teenage Fanclub play in Oxford. A very good gig, with some great guitar playing. The tracks from their new album, ‘Man-Made’, sound like a return to form after the mellower melodies on ‘Howdy’. Anyone who doesn’t own their fantastic album ‘Bandwagonesque’, should click on the link and buy it now.
I put my Go-Karting skills to the test last weekend, and they were found wanting. It was my friend Steve’s little brothers 30th birthday, which was a good enough excuse to throw myself around the track. Wheels and kart spinning in ways that should not be seen in public, perhapse if I didn’t spend the majority of the races traveling sideways I would have qualified for the final. The evening that followed was a typical affair of drink sodden excess in the bars and clubs of Reading.
On tuesday I headed down to Brighton to catch The Chemical Brothers play at Brighton Centre. Another great gig, one of the loudest I’ve been to. At one point my spine was turned to jelly and people were leaving the venue with blood pouring from their ears. The whole audience was really into it, they are one of the few live acts that can get everybody moving, even the people seated on the balcony were up and dancing on their chairs.
Next week I’m heading to London to see Beck play, supporting the great new album Guero. I last saw him play in Melbourne a couple of years ago and he put on an excellent show so I’m looking forward to it.
I saw the new Star Wars movie last night, exactly 28 years after the first movie was released, an amazing spectacle but extremely wooden acting. I’m not a fan of CGI but it was used to a lot greater effect than in the first two rather dismal movies. It was still a case of style over substance, but it did fill in the gaps.
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