Thursday, September 30, 2004

My new badminton racquet...

Money can't buy you happiness, but stuff sure as hell can.

Anna Tabbush and Dr Faustus
Komedia, Brighton, Wednesday 29 September 2004

Wow: what a gig! I'm glad I decided to go to the Komedia last night instead of continuing to drown an already very emotional and drunken day with more toxic liquid and cigarette fumes at home. Anna Tabbush and Nick played a gorgeous set of songs both traditional and self-written with sweet harmonies and great guitar and fiddle playing. It was the perfect intimate venue for Anna's voice, and she opened with a traditional Scottish folk song sung a capella. She has a lovely warm stage presence, telling stories in a bright and endearing way.

Anna Tabbush and Nick

Dr Faustus are a band and a half - four young men each a multi instrumentalist and strong vocalist. Robert Harbron on English concertina, guitar, bassoon, fiddle; Paul Sartin on fiddle and oboe (amazing), Tim van Eyken on melodeon and guitar. Benji Kirkpatrick was amazing on guitar and bouzouki - he made the bouzouki sound like a percussion and string instrument in one, which gave a really nice texture to the music. With all four playing and singing out they made a really full on sound, quite different to the little English folk I have heard before. A force to be reckoned with. Marvellous. I loved their sense of fun on stage: a relaxed, warm friendship between them all. Silly jokes about the nerdiness of Thomas Hardy manuscript hunting in Dorchester Central Library (that one appealed to me most... oh dear...) and ones that ended in lines like, "I'm a prawn again, Christian". Siiiggggghh! A life affirming evening. Five pounds jolly well spent.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Oh what a lovely blog

Remember I was telling you about neveah? Well, she was in the Guardian on Thursday! She was interviewed by Jim McClellan for an article about blogging and its place in academia. Well done, and well deserved, I say!


The Saturday Request Show

We love O'Donnell and De Burgh.

Saturdays 12-1pm
Coastway Hospital Radio
Patientline Channel 6

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Triumph of the bloggers?

See this:

Erm, my blog ain't all that world aware, is it??!! (I got the link from Joyce)

So, what's on the agenda for today? Mmmm: back to the bourbons and lovely tea...

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

David Van Day and the Coastway Hospital Radio Fundraiser

Dear Generous Ticket Purchasers,

Just to let you know the total amount raised following Sunday's charity night's efforts is £1136.14, after deducting expenses (cost of licence, printing of tickets etc), Coastway made a profit of £939.64 which will go towards buying replacement studio equipment which is desperately needed.

No sign of Chris Eubank, Zoe Ball, Avid Merrion, or even Jordan, but we were lucky enough to find David Van Day milling around.

According to, David Van Day is famous for being a former member of Bucks Fizz, Dollar and selling ice cream outside Churchill Square Shopping Centre. A local celebrity, indeed!

Congratulations to Lucy, my mum, and me for winning two bottles of wine, a meal at Bella Italia and a 'Try Dive' voucher.

I got some really really sad news on Saturday, so that evening I got very very very drunk.

Thanks so much again for your support.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Da da da da! Andy Johnson!

Da da da da! Andy Johnson!

Friday, September 17, 2004

My blogging hero

Acrix = Angel Alcohol Addict!

What a blogger! Check out the soundtrack, the splendid photos of girls playing football in a car park and lots of young people drinking excessively and looking rather the worse for wear... My blogging hero!

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Quote of the day from a snooker player

Today's quote is particularly special, sent by text message:
"... now ive had a few beers it will be like playing snooker with a piece of rope!". Marvellous.

Hanging out in Stanmer Park at lunchtime with good company is an unquantifiable pleasure. It's like stepping into another world!

Sunday, September 12, 2004

O'Reilly Cup Tennis Tournament

Well, I succeeded in my quest to lose all my matches with dignity... I am especially proud to have helped the best players lose their games when teamed up with me! :D A much needed afternoon's distraction.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Sister Wendy and the Special txts...

Wendy and me at the Hartington.