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Authentic spectacles

I’m quite knowledgeable about vintage spectacles. I mean, I’ve been wearing them for a number of years.

This evening, I watched a few minutes of a Western. It was one of those films that you know is going to be terrible after just a few minutes.

Anyway, being a Western, it was set in the 1800s. Which means that glasses didn’t have nosepads. Or plastic temple tip covers.

Film 4

I quite like Film 4’s Christmas commercial. Well, perhaps not the commercial itself; the soundtrack’s great. Eels’ Everything’s gonna be cool this Christmas.

Aynsley Lister

After going to a run of Ainsley Lister gigs, including two at Glastonbury, I’d not seen him play for a few years, until last night.

OK, so he’s a little self indulgent at times, but that’s easy to forgive because he plays so well.

A man with real talent.

Plaster disaster

I’m (very slowly) plastering the main bedroom and decided to push on with the work this morning. While waiting for a firewood delivery and a boiler man, I mixed a large batch of plaster. For ease, I use one of those general purpose plastic tubs; the sort meant for use in the garden or for building work. It has convenient handles, which are great to hang the tub from a ladder.

On opening the front door when the firewood arrived, I heard a loud bang from upstairs. Afraid of finding the inevitable, I put the wood away, delaying my return upstairs.

My assumption was unfortunately correct, a snapped handle had resulted in the tub falling from the top of the ladder. Naturally, there was plaster pretty much everywhere. Floor, wall (not the one being plastered), the bed, even the ceiling.



Today, I rediscovered good things.

First came OpenRA, an open source version of Red Alert, an old computer game from the 90s.

Secondly, I learned that Winamp is to be revived next year. However, a beta version is already available. I stuck with the classic skin.


Eleven years ago, I saw Madness at Newcastle arena. It was an uncomfortable evening, since I had freshly broken ribs, but it was a must because there hadn’t been a tour in years.

Now, Christmas gigs are the norm, although I’d not been to one since they switched from the academy to the arena. Last night’s tickets were something of a random purchase; I don’t really like the arena as a venue, but alcohol influenced my purchase.

Anyway, I was happy with the outcome.

Generally, I don’t bother with support bands, but the Fratellis were worth seeing.


For the second night this week, we’ve stayed in a pub. Tuesday was the Wrens in Leeds, while last night/this morning is the Courthouse Inn, in Thrapston.

It’s quite nice.

Las night involved a trip to Islip, where we found a nice old pub. Run by a man from Gateshead.


Dentistry can be pretty barbaric, you know. After 50 minutes in the dentist’s chair, it was decided that I need to be referred to the hospital to have ‘some bone’ removed. That’ll be jawbone I’d imagine.

Meanwhile, I need to avoid hot drinks, solid food, cigarettes and alcohol.


1. I’m still numb

2. I brought a straw

The above is needed to address my post dental trauma shaking.

Belgrave music hall

I was really impressed with the Belgrave music hall last night. Not only is it a great venue, there’s a very respectable vegan menu.

We only went to see the support band, Felix Hagan and the Family. Who were astounding.

Arkells were worth seeing too.