Rate StrangeloveI was working at Portsmouth Uni at the time, but it was as a result of doing the fanzine and a little website on a long gone subdomain of portsmouth.ac.uk that I got in free. Strangelove are still going I think. Support from Whipping Boy and also Sun. I saw them later when they'd changed their name to Silver Sun and had a bit of success. This seemed important for a while, but less so now.
On the shorts front I have not found my ideal pair but have bought these as an interim measure until I gee myself up to spend the proper money and order these and these others from the usa.
I got another quote for the boiler have trimmed it down slightly and gone for a combi boiler but it still comes in at 4.5k. Can trim a bit more if we risk damaging the ridge tiles on the roof and if I don't go for a Nest (or Nest style) thermostat.
Got up early yesterday morning to sign Harry up for another class of gymnastics. They've started opening the booking even earlier now. I got there about ten to seven and the queue was already moving, previously they didn't open the desk until 7.30. Still got in, but if word goes around I might have to get there earlier... Next sign up is in another seven weeks.
Aldi are introducing a range of craft beers. What is craft beer anyway? That definition is going to kill off real ale eventually I think.
Every bank holiday I get emailed this offer for an in wall amplifier and speakers. Every time I am tempted, every time I think "maybe next time", it's been going on for years. I would like some concealed audio about the place, maybe the bathroom, maybe having it play rainforest noises when I go in there. Maybe that's a bit decadent though.
Lie in today, even though hopefully going to cider festival at The Fountain at some point today or tonight (or both). This means I will be up first tomorrow despite being in the pub drinking cider tonight. Clare is working today so fair that she gets a lie in tomorrow.
Few chores to do today but not much, then off to Follies when Clare finishes work for pizza. Tommy wants to make a messy picture, something he's seen on Mister Maker, and we will do some practice bike riding too.
☠ nest: home automation company now owned by google, thermostats and smoke alarms so far
Rate Super Furry AnimalsThe day after seeing them at Stanmer Park I was back again at the Wedgewood Rooms.
Rate Essential FestivalThis was my second time at Brighton Festival I think. It was late-britpop-tastic, lots of the things I was into at the time. I know I saw Super Furry Animals, Kula Shaker, Menswear, Echobelly, Marion, Chumbawamba, Bis and probably more... I had heard of David Devant by this time and tried to check them out but got chatting with someone and missed the show. I remember people talking about how some of the gig had been done with the singer having his back to the audience and his assistants holding up a big mirror for him to sing in to.
I think Clare was at this one too though we did not meet here. I did meet up with some internet friends, it was all the rage at the time. Also I went with A LOT of people. I was not drinking then (a struggle to imagine going to a festival like that now) and drove there in my vw camper with 15 or 16 people in the back.
Nice day as I remember, as it is today.
I was hoping our house was actually in the station if I'm honest.
They're also releasing a weird nan-button thing, it's a mini phone, no screen, one button, like a panic button. The idea is you take it with you when you don't want your phone, when you're running say. It can stream music and make emergency calls for you. I suppose it's smart that they've not just built all this into the watch and made a big clunky watch. This is how bluetooth is supposed to work, tiny devices in different pockets that can talk to each other.
A total abuse of kickstarter again of course, they're not crowdfunding to make this, they're already made...
I have just started a new one Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro as Clare recommended it, kind of dystopian, I think I know where it's going. I finally finished The Girl In The Spiders Web, was only ok, I don't recommend that one really.
We did some shopping on Sunday, bought all of Halfords. A bike for Harry's birthday, a new big boy car seat for Tommy, new bike helmets, and oil for the beetle. Also I found some time to try and fit the new fuel gauge sender, think I've done it right but it's not working. I can't quite figure out how it would work, it only has one wire coming off it and it seems to be connected to the earth. I'll have to look into it. I was expecting earth and then one other wire with a variable voltage or something.
Wow bomb hoax evacuation at my friend's daughter's primary school today.
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