Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Lost Cherrees @ New Cross Inn

Toni and I headed off to the New Cross Inn to take in some punk rawk!. We were attending as one of the bands contains Hollywood Doll singer Marie Repulsive and we thought it would be great to check out what she is doing now. We were amazed to walking into the venue to find Steve Doll (Hollywood Doll drummer) propping up the bar. Who'd have thought it, three fifths of Hollywood Doll hanging out and catch up in the same venue without even planning it LOL. It was great to see them both though and of course it led to a photo opportunity (even though it is a terrible picture of me!):

There was a good selection of bands on tonight

70s/80s pop punk with a little hardcore and ska thrown in. Catchy hooks and shout outs, songs that were short and sweet. A great warm up band.
See all the BROCKER pics here:

More aggressive than Brocker. Shades of Conflict with the bass lines. Bass player should probably look at investing a little more passion into the performance as she didn't seem very interested especially as the guitarist and drummer seemed like they were having a good time. Really good songs and she had a good voice. Overall they weren't bad and fitted in well with the bill
See all the DEMON SMILES pics here:

Punk rock at its finest. So glad that this band are still going. Marie Repulsive really fits in well. They have that distinctive anarcho punk sound akin to bands like Conflict while still retaining their own distinctive sound and a good set of catchy bouncy songs.

Here's a quick song:

See all the LOST CHERREES pics here:

We were hot and tired and so didn't stay to see CHOKING SUSAN. It was a fantastic night though. Three great bands and it was wonderful to catch up with Steve and Marie.

Last.FM listening post

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Saturday, 27 July 2013

BBQ at Daraline Towers

Today we hit Deptford Market to pick up meat, lots of meat! The purpose of this was to provide stocks for our visit to Daraline Towers and the summer BBQ.

Traffic wasn't our friend but we got there in the end. We ate meat, we drank alcohol, we listened to music.

It was great to hang out with Caz Mumin, Darren Tite, Sara Petrie, Christian Hall and Darren Law. Such great friends and so much fun to be around. There were loads of other people there too so it was a busy time.

The weather was beautiful to start with but we did end up sitting under the gazebo in torrential rain and storms as the night wore on.

I had planned on taking a load of photos but having a good time took precedence!

I did get a couple though!

We stayed over at Sara and Christian's (arranged on the fly so that Toni could have a drink) which was much appreciated. We the spent a load more time jut chilling and chatting and watching Scuzz TV.

Amazing day with amazing friends!!!!!!

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Last.FM listening post

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Dinner at Karen's and four Cornettos!

After work today Toni, Gemima and I popped over to see Karen for dinner. We went via Tesco to get some dessert and drinks. I polished off four Cornettos between leaving Tesco and arriving at Karen's. Yes I was a pig but they were SO good!
As the weather was so nice we had dinner in the garden. Karen had made a lovely fish pie which hit the spot nicely. Copious amounts of tea was drunk and a few too many Oreos. It was great to have a catch up and lovely to see Anna too (who had popped over for a couple of hours).

It was nice to get out for the night and spend some time with friends. It was just a shame that it was a school night and we had to cut it short (even though it was late when we left).

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Monday, 22 July 2013

Rip off VW garage exposed, Falling Skies & True Blood

Our rip off VW garage was exposed quite nicely today. Over the weekend I had looked for some local mechanics and found a guy round the corner who specialised in VW servicing and repairs. Instead of £320 for the suspension and £397 for the wing mirror we were quoted £250 and £150 respectively. £400 is SO much better than £717! So glad we didn't fall for the official VW scam! Bastards!

Double episode catch up of Falling Skies tonight as we'd not managed to watch it last week. The series is going from strength to strength and is all building up very nicely.

True Blood finished the night enough in a bit of a wacky episode. Much as I am enjoying this series I really do have to question what some of the writers have been taking as some episodes are getting pretty bonkers! It's all good though as the vampy goodness continues.

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Sunday, 21 July 2013

Wrath Of The Titans, The Craft, The Corpse Bride & I'm Not Fat...I'm Fluffy

We had another film watching day today. Things started of with the sequel to the Clash Of The Titans reboot.... the aptly name Wrath Of The Titans LOL Wrath Of The Titans was a bit of an action film although paid less attention to mythology than its precursor! It was a reasonable film with some good effects although certainly doesn't make essential viewing *hehe*

The Craft was next. Now this film IS a CLASSIC. It's one of the best teen movies out there. Granted some of the magick stuff is a little far fetched and inaccurate but it's a good tale that accurately reflects the dangers of messing with things that you don't understand!

Next we went musical with another classic, Tim Burton's excellent The Corpse Bride.

We finished the night of with some more funnies with Gabriel Iglesias, this time in the form of I'm Not Fat...I'm Fluffy!

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Breakfast of queens, Alien v Predator & Gabriel 'Fluffy' Iglesias

Taking it easy is always a good thing to do on a Saturday. Everything went according to plan! Breakfast was gluten free chicken nuggets, gluten free fish fingers and chips! A breakfast fit for a queen! A couple of rounds of laundry and reorganising the utility room later and that was all the work done.

Alien v Predator was some viewing for today. If you can try and block out the Alien Quadrilogy then this isn't too bad a film.

Aliens v Predator: Requiem was the action follow up. It's not as a good as the first film that's for sure!

We finished off the evening watch a Gabriel 'Fluffy' Iglesias stand up show Hot & Fluffy. This guy is hilarious. Sam discovered Fluffy through the power of he Internet and I'm so glad he did.

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Friday, 19 July 2013

Ooops Matt, piss taking mechanics and St Trinians

Today was quite amusing. It was Matt's last day and he didn't show up! Turns out that after mucho mucho alcohol last night he fell asleep on the train home and ended up in Northampton! DOH! He was also really ill! Sorry Matt but that story had to be told!

Toni took the Polo in for an MOT today at a VW Garage. There was a little piss taking going on methinks. First off they tried to fail the car on the basis of the passenger wing mirror being damaged. Toni had to argue the toss with the guy as this is NOT an MOT failure. There was then an astronomical quote to fix said wing mirror! I do wonder if he was trying to take advantage because Toni was there on her own. We did decline the wing mirror work and later on Toni was spoken to by a woman at the garage who apologised profusely for them saying the passenger mirror was a failure. Seems the guy was too proud to apologise himself and admit that he was wrong! LMFAO

The day was rounded off with some Colin Firth and Rupert Everett in the form of both of the modern St Trinians movies. I know they aren't high brow films but I enjoy them for what they are, a bit of fun.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Farewell to Matt

Today was a sad day. After work we headed to the Slug And Lettuce opposite The Gherkin to have a good old drink and say farewell to Matt who is leaving us. It was a great night with most of the gang in attendance. It was great to see Shaun put in an appearance and equally delightful was the presence of Steve Whalley (ye olde bosse of City Financials).

I won't bore you with the details but lots of alcohol was downed and a great time was had by all. Lots of reminiscing, a bit of talking about the future and various comments about putting the band back together! I don't usually hang around late for after work events but I am glad I did for this one.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Last.FM listening post

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Hot, too hot, crap journey, Sophie going home and WWE Money In The Bank

The sun is ok but it's just too hot for me at the moment. 30 odd degrees and having to travel to and from work just makes KT a grumpy girl. It doesn't help that the air conditioning in the office is rubbish. It's crazy really, despite being the fabulous icon of a modern building that The Gherkin is, it doesn't have a decent cooling system. Considering how much glass it's made of you would have thought someone night have done a better job on that front.

The journey home was an absolute nightmare. Hot and sweaty I arrived at London Bridge station to find that the 18:02 was running over ten minutes later, the 18:10 was cancelled, there were delays at Waterloo and at Orpington. The platform was packed and the train was absolutely rammed. A few of us managed to squeeze in but we were all held upright by other bodies, there was no need to hold on to anything. It was one of the most unpleasant, uncomfortable and longest 20 minute journeys I have ever had. It certainly left me grumpy!

It was such a relief to get home and change into cropped leggings and a big baggy Ann Summers t-shirt.

There was some good news today though as Sophie had made really good progress today and has been told she will be allowed back home tomorrow. So relieved that all is looking good.

We had a yummy mixed grill and caught up with WWE Money In The Bank. This one was a bit of a mixes bag. The first ladder match was pretty good. Most of the other matches were pretty meh. The final ladder match was awesome although we were all miffed that Daniel Bryan got screwed. Not sure that Randy Orton should have won. I'd have settled for Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, or Rob Van Dam.

This was my final pleasure of the night. No it isn't a strange butt plug! It's a giant Walnut Whip tin filled with delicious chocolate yums!

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Monday, 15 July 2013

Update on Sophie

Our weekend took a slightly different turn after all the good things as we learned that Sophie had been taken into hospital with her asthma. It must have been the heat that triggered it. She was in a bad way and took a turn for the worse as she was taken I to ITU.

At this point we changed our plans, arranged to have today off and headed from Leeds to Nottingham to see her in the hospital. Thankfully she did replacing well to the treatment in ITU and was soon back on a ward again.

It was good to see the slow improvement over time. She was very lucky as they almost had to put her on a ventilator. It certainly raised the old stress levels a little that's for sure but at least the recovery was slowly coming.

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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Mother Shipton's Cave, Nando's and Despicable Me 2

We had another awesome day going out and doing interesting things. Today we headed out to Knaresborough to visit Mother Shipton's Cave. We were surrounded by some gorgeous scenery plus some great history. Mother Shipton was a Yorkshire witch who prophesied about future events in the form of poems. Her prophecies predicted the fates of several rulers within and just after her lifetime - the invention of iron ships, Great Fire of London in 1666, the defeat of the Spanish Armada... and even the end of the world!

The petrifying well was fascinating to see. It takes about three months for small items to become petrified by the water.

The pictures didn't really do it justice so here a couple of videos!:

Her cave was one of the most calming and tranquil places I have ever visited and I could actually have just curled up and quite happily gone to sleep in there. Sadly it was really difficult to take photos in there.

After the cave we went and sat by the weir and just chilled out for a while.

See all the pics from Mother Shipton's Cave here:

Another place that you must visit if you are in the area:

Once we were done we drove to Bradford and went and had a nice chilled meal in Nando's. It was nice to kick back and have some good food with great company. We finished off the day going to Cineworld and watched Despicable Me 2 as Dan and Laura hadn't seen it yet. We didn't mind though as it's such a brilliant film so seeing it twice was certainly NOT a problem. We were all in stitches right at the very end!