Is Live Journal undergoing a Renaisance?

I had just about given LJ up for dead, but now more and more of my friends appear to be posting here again.

Whilst a post to Facebook reaches more people, the noise to signal ratio is a lot higher on FB. Perhaps it is time to go back to posting here...


With summer coming, that's 2 weekends in a row that I have been out skating for at least 30 minutes. After feeling like I nearly killed myself on the local SkyRide last year, I want to be ready for the central London this year.
  • Current Music
    Wheels on Fire - Siouxsie and the Banshees

Hazel O'Connor Last Night

It was a good evening. It was a bit weird at the start. The last time I had seen her live was so long ago that the Mean Fiddler was in Harlesden. When she first came on stage, initially it felt a little bit embarrassing like watching somebody's granny in a Judy Dench haircut trying to dance with the youngsters at a wedding.

After a couple of tracks the magic of the music took over and by the end I was calling for more like the rest of the audience.

The song list was everything from Breaking Glass, plus Hanging Around - from Cover Plus, Decadent Days - From Sons and Lovers and for the encore rocked up version Spancill Hill - From Smile.

The Sax player also deserves a special mention for her playing. She really nailed the emotion of the music.

For those of you who are interested apparently Hazel will be back in London, playing with a different band in May (hopefully in a venue that's not seated), so keep your eyes open.
  • Current Music
    Animal Farm - Hazel O'Connor

Receipe for Fake Blood!

Half and half syrup and water coloured with a mixture comprising 2 parts red food dye to 1 part blue food dye. The blue is the secret ingrediant. Do I have any white cloths to spill it on?

On the other hand my first attempt at Zombie make-up for tomorrow is rubbish - time to get out the copydex and toilet paper.
  • Current Music
    Voltaire - Zombie Prostitute


Once again, it looks like I'm going to Whitby. Macula and Snow were trying to get me to go, so I told them that if i could find a Hotel at this short notice, then I'd do it. I found 2 hotels on DiscoveryYorkshireCoast.com and booked the cheaper one :-p
  • Current Mood
    sick Man-Flu

Yes or No?

Some friends have asked them to go to Whitby with them this Autumn. I'm in 2 minds as to whether to go.

On the plus side
I have the holiday time available which will probably just get wasted at home if I don't do something with it.
I think my friends are just about relying on me to provide transport.
It's Possible I could enjoy it.

On the minus side
I'm bored with Whitby, I've been trying to stop going for years and for one reason or another I keep getting dragged back.
The line-up ('tho i wouldn't mind seeing Manuskript again - even if they never play the good stuff from their first Cd).
I learn't from Leipzig that if a certain person is in the room I will not enjoy myself and if someone is there, Whitby is too small to avoid seeing them.

So What do you think? Should I go?
  • Current Mood
    pensive pensive
Some Idiot

Give Away - Part II

Further to the Drill (no takers so far), does anyone want a Canoscan N650U Scanner complete with original CDs and USB cable. It works fine with XP, but I have had to replace it because it because Canon won't write drivers for Windows 7 or even for 64Bit XP.

In addition, does anyone want an HP Designjet 980cxi. The double sided printing doesn't work any more, but apart from that it's good. Again it will be complete with USB cable, but you'll have to download the drivers because I can't find the CD.

Since I don't have suitable boxes to mail these, I'm going to have to limit this offer to people who can either collect, or meet up in London.

Bath and the Festival Of History

Once again, this long weekend saw an all too short visit from enname over from Australia. As usual she gave me a good excuse to take time off work and get in the car and go places.

On day one we went to look at Bath. Thanks to the cost of parking and only having a large pocket full of change (rather than a wheelbarrow,) for the pay and display, we only got to stop there for 3 hours. Long enough to have a pub lunch and look round the Roman Baths. After rescuing the car, we drove around to look at the Royal Crescent, the Circus (which actually looked in better repair than the Crescent) and Pultney Bridge. After which we came home.
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Day Two. We picked up a friend of enname's and headed up to Kelmarsh for the Festival of History where we got to see re-enactors from Roman Legions to WW2 show off their uniforms and demonstrate their tactics. In the afternoon, we got to watch Knights Jousting against each other. It was nearly time to go home before we finally ran in to morbidfrog andsimonsatori, of course we had to admire the tent, (which only lacked a leather bucket). All too soon, it was time to come home.
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Day three saw enname off to catch her train for the continent. Apparently it is cheaper to take the Eurostar to Paris and fly to Australia from there, than to fly from Heathrow