Tuesday, 28 August 2018

New office

Today we made the move from the iconic Gherkin (30 St. Mary Axe) to One New Change. Gone are the far reaching views of the London metropolis. Instead I have this to enjoy whenever I look out the window:

The Gherkin might be impressive on the outside but it wasn't really the greatest of office. One New Change however is a well built modern office with good facilities and is much better. The walk to the office is quicker too so it's a big win making this move.

Last.FM listening post

Not sure how long this will survive for but here we have the return of my Last.FM listening post. My most listened to artists over the last 7 days. I miss the old widgets and the options they offered so this will have to do.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Last.FM listening post

Not sure how long this will survive for but here we have the return of my Last.FM listening post. My most listened to artists over the last 7 days. I miss the old widgets and the options they offered so this will have to do.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Back on the road again.....

After work today we were back on the road heading to Stratford upon Avon as phase one of a weekend in Nottingham.

We made really good time and were greeted by mum and then treated to tea and cake. We relaxed for a bit before heading to bed to get some rest in advance of our assault on Nottingham tomorrow!

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Scream for me London!

Having seen some of the photos and clips posted by friends over the weekend of the Iron Maiden gig at the O2 I was really regretting not having bought tickets for it.

Toni suggested that we watch another Iron Maiden documentary this evening and so I popped on to Youtube only to find that some wonderful person had filmed the whole of the Friday night O2 gig. I was happy to settle for second best and watch the gig after the event. Here it is if you fancy indulging too.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Jade's birthday meal

After work today it was off to Ziyafet in Eltham for Jades birthday meal. Before everyone arrived we gave her some presents.

Once the rabble arrived it was time for food and chat and general shenanigans.

Birthday pudding for Jade accompanied by Happy Birthday singing:

Good time was had by all and good food was nommed.

Last.FM listening post

Not sure how long this will survive for but here we have the return of my Last.FM listening post. My most listened to artists over the last 7 days. I miss the old widgets and the options they offered so this will have to do.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Travelling back to London

After the Artemis Gathering gig Toni and stayed at mum's to cut down on the driving in one day. We had a nice breakfast before getting ready to hit the road and head back to London.

We made really good time heading back and then opted to do absolutely nothing. This was a good plan and gave us a chance to wind down after a busy weekend of doing things.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Crow Dancers @ Artemis Gathering

It was the last proper gig of the year for Crow Dancers today at Artemis Gathering and boy was it a good one!

Our shows at Artemis Gathering are always magickal and today was no exception.  Apparently we played for nearly two hours although it didn't feel anywhere near that long. There were loads of people there with drums playing along with us and raising the energy and that just boosted us and enhanced the journey.

What an amazing gig. Thank you Artemis Gathering!

Happy Birthday Jade

Happy Birthday Jade

Hope you have a great day! xx

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Bugsy Malone @ Churchill Theatre

Tonight we all went off to experience a little AmDram at the Churchill Theatre to see their performance of Bugsy Malone.

Bugsy Malone has always played a big part in my life. I've loved it for so long, seen the movie way too many times and have also seen theatre versions on numerous occasions. It was a no brainer to go and see a local production.

The stage set was simple but effective (taken before the performance began).

It started strong and continued that way until the end with all the songs delivered with gusto and mostly in tune.  The car chase scene was just inspired!

All hail the mighty Safety Curtain!

Second half was just as good with a wonderfully explosive finale with cream/foam going everywhere on the stage. It was so well done.

Big thumbs up for a great little production. The future of theatre is bright with the talent that some of these youngsters showed tonight.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Ant-Man And The Wasp

It was off to Bella Italia for nommy foods before hitting Cineworld to see Ant-Man And The Wasp.

Foods was delicious and there was much hilarity

Ant-Man And The Wasp was a good film. The first Ant-Man film ran at a different sort of pace to the other MCU films and Ant-Man And The Wasp was the same. It's more romcom than action film. It was still a good film though and had a good tie in to the Infinity War film.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

A visit to a client and Infinity War

Today was another chance to go onsite with a client and help them resolve some issues. Just after lunch I headed to Westminster to the good deed. I'm no conspiracy theorist but it was funny how heading up Horse Guard Avenue and passed the Ministry Of Defence building that both Google and Apple Maps refused to function at all. They wouldn't provide any man information, just a blue dot and nothing else. This situation continued until I had passed Downing Street and was almost at Westminster Bridge and then suddenly they burst back into life!

I did eventually reach my destination.

I was only there for about an hour but I managed to get everything resolved and then I had a very happy client. The view for the tourists isn't so great at some of our mighty attractions at the moment LOL

I like days like these. I then headed back to the office to continue working. It was a LONG day today as I didn't actually leave to head home until gone 6pm.

It was such a relief to get home to some lovely food and to watch Avengers Infinity War. Such a great emotional film that doesn't lose the feels no matter how many times I watch it.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Bad news, good news, Helloween and Maiden

Today brought both bad and good news. After radio silence from our rehearsal Stephen got in touch to say that he had fun in the session but that it wasn't really for him so is no longer going to continue. The good news is that Pixie isn't going anywhere so now we search for a new drummer and also a second guitarist.

Following the rehearsal I have been listening to a lot of Helloween. The two aren't related it's just what happened. Sam and I were talking about how much we'd loved the Pumpkins Reunited show and how we'd love to go and see it again even if it's just a DVD release from the band of one of the shows at some point. I then jumped on to Youtube and managed to find a really good recording of one of the first shows on the tour filmed in Santiago, Chile.

After the Helloween goodness I then ended up watching The History Of Iron Maiden Part One: The Early Days. It was a fascinating documentary and I can't wait to watch the rest of the parts.

Last.FM listening post

Not sure how long this will survive for but here we have the return of my Last.FM listening post. My most listened to artists over the last 7 days. I miss the old widgets and the options they offered so this will have to do.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Missy Jean & The Mystery Machine rehearse

After work tonight I headed to West Croydon for the very first Missy Jean & The Mystery Machine rehearsal. We were using the services of Rockbottom Studios and were booked into the smallest room which was a  good idea before the heatwave started!

It took a while to get everything setup and then we started working our way through the first songs that we had been asked to learn. So far we have Missy on guitar/vocals, Pixie on keyboards, Stephen on drums and myself on bass. It was a fun session, there is still much work to be done but there was a good spark there that showed great promise for the future once we start getting everything in place.

I can't wait to get back to doing it again and see where things go from there.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Punch it Chewie..... to the Wild Wild Country

With all this heat getting a sun shield for the car seemed like an excellent idea. Of course getting a Star Wars one was an even better idea!
So cool................

Today we drove to Gatwick North Terminal and back to collect Sam on his return from Germany. On our way back we went to Bexleyheath and enjoyed a lovely meal at Bella Italia.

We spent the rest of the day watching a Netflix documentary series called Wild Wild Country. The series is about the controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho), his one-time personal assistant Ma Anand Sheela, and their community of followers in the Rajneeshpuram community located in Wasco County, Oregon. We stopped about an end from the final part but it is quite compelling viewing and gives a fascinating insight into a piece of little known American history outside of things like Jonestown and Waco.

Check it out on Netflix

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Child free day and finishing Sherlock

It's been a bit of a novelty this weekend as we've been child free since yesterday. Sam went to Germany for a friends wedding and Zoe is staying with a friend and it's quite nice.

Don't get me wrong, we do love having them here but sometimes that short break is amazing. We can do what we want, whenever we want and go where we want without having to factor them into the plans.

This morning we went into Eltham and had breakfast at Delicio before heading back home with a plan to nothing but just chill out.

We decided to burn through the rest of Sherlock to the very end. My goodness, this show just got better and better with intricate stories interweaved around each other. It was quite emotional getting to the very end and realising that there are no more episodes planned for the foreseeable future. I really hope they do make more in the not too distant future.

In other news it has just been revealed that Patrick Stewart is going to reprise his role as Jean-Luc Picard in a NEW Star Trek TV series! This was unexpected but great news. I can't wait to see what they do with this.

The day finished off with a couple of episodes from Season 2 of Luke Cage accompanied by a video message from a slightly pickled Sam who was having a great time enjoying Weissbier!

Friday, 3 August 2018

Worst help desk ever

Just had to take this picture of a colleagues desk today. Could this be the world's worst help desk? LOL. Imagine trying to keep in control of that!

Hopefully it will all have been moved by the time he returns to the office. We are currently doing some hardware changes and office moves so IT decided to use his desk a dumping ground for anything they needed to take away.

More on that to follow in a few weeks :)

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Star Wars update

Time for another Star Wars update now that we are getting some decent news again.

The image above is the first on set photo posted by JJ Abrams as the filming of Episode IX commenced. I'm very excited about this, it means we are finally heading towards the final instalment of the final trilogy and the story will be complete (probably).

The cast list has been revealed for Episode IX and fans will be pleased to hear that Billy Dee Williams will be back as Lando Calrissian and Carrie Fisher will still have a part to play with JJ Abrams saying that he will use unused footage of her from previous filming to bridge that gap. Mark Hamill returns as Luke Skywalker, presumably in force ghost mode and Anthony Daniels will reprise his role at C-3PO. Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. John Williams will return to score the film.

New additions to the cast are Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. There has been much speculation that Grant will be playing a villain with the wild bet money going on him playing Grand Admiral Thrawn (who was made canon once again after he appeared in Star Wars Rebels and had two more novels written in his story).

Following on from the backlash against the toxic element for the Star Wars fandom a friend of mine posted this wonderful cartoon online which I think sums things up really well!

Due to be broadcast in October we have the new Star Wars animation Resistance to look forward to. The synopsis of the first episode has been released:
Resistance fighter Poe Dameron tasks young pilot Kazuda (Kaz) Xiono with spying on the First Order. At the time, little was known about the secretive organization and its strength. In order to fulfill his mission, Kaz travels to the space station Colossus, which is being used by many ships as a port to refuel and do repairs. However, there are also dangerous races taking place there. After Kaz bragged with his piloting skills at his arrival there, he is soon drawn into one of the races.

To whet our appetites further we also have a nice teaser trailer:

Finally, on the humorous side, is this wonderful skit from College Humour which is another shot at the boohoo element of the Star Wars fandom :)