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Too Old for Live, Local Music?!

I was at the well-loved, well-respected live music venue, The Cluny t’other day for a regular dose of local, live music.

However, I noticed a few ten things which I fear may deem me ‘too old to go to gigs’ (at the ripe old age of 23):

  1. I didn’t recognise any of the music played between bands
  2. The music (see above) was too loud – I could barely hear myself talk never mind anyone else!
  3. I didn’t seem to be wearing the new breed of gig-goers’ uniform which seems to have developed (crotch-restrictively-tight jeans & pointy shoes)
  4. I felt very under-dressed – since when did people get ‘dressed up’ to go and see a band?!
  5. I only came out with enough cash to get a rabbit drunk
  6. The enjoyment of one band’s performances was marred by the vision of some middle-aged woman’s arse hanging out of her jeans that I could see out of the corner of my eye
  7. I couldn’t understand what the singer was saying when he wasn’t singing
  8. It was far too hot
  9. That damn Too Far North stamp is as stubborn as a really stubborn mule!
  10. I felt old enough to be some of the punters’ father

So, there you have it. I love music. I love live music. I love having a beer and watching a local band.

But I can’t stand all the things that go along with that, like people, and expensive beer, and loud/shit music!

Yep, I really am a grumpy old sod.




I’m a regular reader of Econsultancy’s blog, and it was when browsing said blog that I stumbled across an article on the intriguingly named, ‘Pearltrees’.

I hopped, skipped, and jumped on over to Pearltrees and was filled with a mixture of feelings: amazement, bewildered, baffled, intrigued, and questionful(?).

According to the folks behind it, Pearltrees “let’s you organize the web your way” by ‘pearling’ your favourite sites and organising them in such a way that it creates your very own world wide web, which can be viewed, connected, and pearled by other users.

I’ve only been signed up a couple of weeks but I think I’m hooked already.

You may argue that it’s just another social bookmarking service like Delicious, Stumbleupon, or Digg, but it’s the aesthetics, the care and attention you have to put in of organising your own web that appeals to me and the many other Peartrees users.

Check it out and let me know your thoughts.


New Year, New Theme, New Post

Good morning one and all, from a cold and frosty Newcastle Upon Tyne.

It appears I haven’t added a post to this, my fledgling blog, in quite some time; since last year, in fact.

Well, it’s a new year, it’s the second month of that new year, so I thought I better pull the proverbial finger out.

I’ve started by updating the appearance of said blog: I’ve opted for the new Monochrome theme – I like it a lot. Hopefully I’ll settle on this theme instead of flitting about every couple of weeks in search of the perfect one. And spend my time more productively, maybe even blogging!

A lot happened last year, as you may be aware of if you’ve read my Year In Review post. This year hasn’t started particularly brilliantly either, with yet another family drama. I’ll not go into this one, though.

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Now That’s What I Call 2009: My Year in Review

2009 is nearing its curtain call, and I, for one, am glad. It’s had its ups, though, in all honestly, it’s been filled mostly with downs on a personal level.

There’s been funerals and marriages break down, redundancies and postponed weddings to deal with, and I’ve had to cope with the guilt of condemning my first car to the scrapyard.

There’s been some pretty major events on a global level (take a deep breath. . . ): Swine Flu, Jade Goody, Michael Jackson, Barack Obama, Baby P, MP’s ExpensesNick Griffin, Slumdog Millionaire, Transformers 2, Balloon Boy, Patrick Swayze, Stephen Gately, Sir Bobby Robson, Brawn, Jenson Button, Usain Bolt, Susan Boyle, Snow, War, etc. etc.

All of those should spark some kind of memory of 2009 for most of us; good or bad.

Below is my year in review. Let’s hope 2010 is a better one. For me, and for all of us.

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The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York

Well, it’s Christmas Eve babe! And I thought it was appropriate to share with you all my All Time Favourite Christmas Classic: ENJOY!

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My Top 10 Sites of 2009

Christmas is just another sleep or two away which means that a new year is just around the corner. The end of one year and the beginning of another seems a good time for some sort of reflection. There’s a lot to think about at this time of year and I’m busy planning a few posts of that nature which should make their way onto this over the coming days.

The first, though, is my roundup of my personal Top 10 Sites of 2009. Not necessarily my favourite sites, but, according to my History, my most visited sites over the past 12 months.

Here goes:

  1. Twitter
  2. Google
  3. Yahoo
  4. BudURL
  5. LinkedIn
  6. Facebook
  7. WordPress
  8. Amazon
  9. eConsultancy
  10. JobCentre

Well, I think we can all see some trends there…

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Top Ten Christmas Classics

Those that know me know I love Christmas and all it brings. Those that don’t know me know that now.

From the rich food and the flowing drink, to the festive smells and the Christmas jumpers; it fills me with a warm feeling inside.

The highlight of Christmas for me, though, has to be the soundtrack. Just think for a minute: Easter, Summer, Halloween. All good. But none have a significant playlist. It’s the tunes that make Christmas for me.

So, with that in mind, I set about devising my All Time Top 10 Christmas Classics:

  1. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues & Kirsty McColl
  2. 2000 Miles – KT Tunstall
  3. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day – Wizzard
  4. Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
  5. Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens
  6. Step Into Christmas – Elton John
  7. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  8. Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney
  9. Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
  10. Carol of the Bells – John Williams Chorus

Hope you like them and they fill you full of festive cheer and Christmassy goodnesss. If your favourite didn’t make the grade, let me know via the comments below.

Alternatively, join in and contribute to my Spotify Christmas Playlist!

Cheers, and Merry Christmas!