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  1. I once wrote a review saying how dreadful I thought Dawn Penn was as a live act. I saw her a second time and that didn't change my mind. Both of those times she was backed by a DJ and not a live band.

     

    I saw her again yesterday at Bristol's Harbourfest, with a live band. She was great! :D

     

    That was a hard crowd to win over, too - and she got them.

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    I'm currently conducting some research into how and why audiences use music festival coverage. If you have a spare 2 minutes, please could you fill out this simple survey, it would be greatly appreciated

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Laurensdissertation

    Thanks!

  2. Please could you all do me a massive favour and fill out my survey, its based on festival attendees behaviour and how it affects what controls must be put in place. will only take five minutes!

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    Let's hope efestivals hates me less than myspace does :rolleyes:

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    Well, in less than 15mins I shall be 19. woo-bloody-hoo . . . B)

    Well another year down, many more to go.

    Heres to another year. *cheers*

  3. well, I'd forgotten all about this until Z printed off one of my blogs on here and handed it to me in the week. I think Facebook kind of took over for angst, but is actually less expressive so I thought I'd return. I'm not really doing much treading water as the arachnoid cyst and the brain connections continue to bug the hell out of my life with noisy tinnitus and balance issues - worsened by more recent labyrinthitis (probably from the neural feedback shorting out as it gets more blocked/damaged). Half the time I forget I've got anything wrong me - which leads to quizzically asking K why my archery (I've kept that up over the years along with going to festivals, and working at eFest Towers)  has gone to pieces.

    At the moment I have breathing issues too (pile it on fates why dontcha?) following a bad case of flu with effects the lymphatic system - K far worse than me this time around. I lost my tankard at a very muddy Glastonbury so can look forward to dropping a few pints at Beautiful Days (literally). Z is about to move out to her own place up the road, and so it'll just be me, IK and the cat rattling around here (again literally in my case).

    I just noticed it's 10 years since my post on here where I was first diagnosed and given a decade so it's all good (keels over and dies)

  4. fenderstratz
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    I'm taking a break from the cut and thrust of electrical engineering for a well deserved 15 minutes! All my colleagues are out of the office on holiday or out on site so i'm left here fielding everyones calls and answering a heap of questions and queries on issues ranging from power consumption to heat loss and cooling factors.....yes my job really is that interesting.

    I can't wait to get home, crack open a tinny and fire up the playstation, of course not before i've made the kids a meal, tidied the house, bathed the baby, got him to bed, done the dishes and ironed my shirt for tomorrow, should be around 10pm before i finally sit down. :D

    My wife works 2-10 on Wednesdays through to Fridays to save on childcare costs so i'm on house husband duties on those days. Still, i'm quite used to it by now and it's not as bad as all that really, i'd much rather be busy in the comfort of my own home than elsewhere. At least i get to spend some quality time with the kids, well the litle guy at least as he's still much too small to disappear off with his friends as soon as i'm in the house like his sisters do, leaving a trail of untidiness in their wake.

    Right then, enough complaining, i'm off to make myself a cup of tea and then it's back to the grindstone for me, i have many boring tasks to carry out before i can plot my escape :P

  5. so after reading messedups poems it dawned on me i havent written a song for a while or well lyrics u no what i mean thought of doing one right now but people might think im just copying beki or summin might write one in private and post it later

    on other news forest vs carlisle tonight CMON U REDS!!

  6. in5omniac
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    Yeah, I haven't blogged in a while, couldn't be arsed.

    So on saturday Deutsche Harru moved into my house, I went to a wedding do on saturday evening, then had a meal in York on sunday, and a meal in Sheffield on monday before going out drinking with Sophie, harru and some work mates. Today is mine and Sophies one year together so its all good.

  7. The new job's going really well. This is the main reason why I've been absent from this site so much recently. Swings and roundabouts and all that. :(

  8. TheBoyInTheBubble
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    Well I feel truly alive. I've just driven to my mate's house to drop off his wallet (he'd left it in the pub last night) when my car swerved on a wet patch in the road. If I had been a second or two later, I would have hit a car coming the other way. Instead, I just righted myself and carried on going. Life feels flipping great!

  9. ... people think it's glamourous.

    Bloody isn't tho :D

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    minskyyy
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    I have a had a wonderufl summer of fun... however this was sadly cut short when today... welll sunday day... my last day of holiday from work i called up work to find out what shift i was on on monday... I also coinsidently had an awful f**k off hangover .... unfortunatly i then found out I was meant to be working sunday night... now this is not a good thing when you have a raging hangover and think you might die... only three and a half hours to go :(

  10. PeterD
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    Without getting too Arkwright, its been a funny old year, festival wise I made the move away from Leeds and Reading and if it hadnt have been for Latitude it would have been a break from Mean Fiddler and their ilk. 2008 is shaping up to be more like 2007 but certainly not the major ones that depressed me so much.

    It was a relly enjoyable year festival wise, the rain hardly effected me and when it should have, it didnt, it never bothered us at all. The festivals we did attend, we met some lovely people who I hope I will see at some point in 2008, they not only made me feel welcomed, but also my wife.

    Musically, away from festivals at the start of the year I spoke about a gig hiatus, http://www.efestivals.co.uk/forums/blog/pe...p?showentry=701

    Well we almost stuck to it, we saw Hips like cinderella twice, the cribs once and nofx once, which for us is pretty good going. Outside of gigs, the cribs or the view produced my favourite new albums of the year, the evangenitals and pullover did as well, 4 albums I have played considerably. Best festival performance could be the glitzy baghags at Workhouse or Camera obscura at Latitude, just because they played almost the entirety of their last album.

    Favourite festival this year would be workhouse or shambala, the line up for the former, everything else at the latter.

    Personally 2007 was a really bad year outside of festivals and music, but its only bad in my world, my dog got ill and cost us a couple of thousand to put right and the small print of the insurance policy meant that we could only claim 250. Lisas mum went into hospital for alcohol related illness, where she remains to this day, and you know a few other things. But in the end, its all ok really.

    Found out in November that I could be redundant in the new year, so that combined with a temperamental internet connection (word to the wise, do not have skys broadband) meant that from around November I havent posted that much on efestivals, my internet frustrates me and during the day I am realtively focused these days.

    And thats about it, an ok 2007, lots of room for improvement, a few highs, doing the efests radio, shambala, workhouse, my kid starting uni, pullover recording a new album. A fair few lows, but all in all, a good 2007.

    Here's to 2008, hope you and yours have a good Christmas and a fairly stunning 2008.

  11. spg
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    today was yet another sad day as i and a whole church full said goodbye to a freind

    Matthew was stabbed a few weeks ago and died on the way to hospital to be pronounce dead on landing. only hours earlier he had been in my shop chatting and happy, rubbing my head and calling me a good un, we smiled at each other and did the old handshake. it is a fond memory that is spoilt by the fact that the "alledged" stabber was in the shop with us at the time, his face i will never forget.

    maff was a sort of loveble rogue i suppose. never quite found his place in this world, he loved his family, friends and his dogs. he always had a smile for me espeacally when he was under the old peoples home having a can or two and saying he'll look after my van.

    most people wore something pink in memory today at the funeral where many a tear was shed, and a smile too.

    2 freinds of mine read eulogies and bore his coffin, i dont know how people can hold them selves together like that and read etc i am allways in floods of tears at funerals.

    anyway goodbye Maff hope your running around with your dogs, with a beer in hand and the music loud.

    si

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    Ok, so my consultant is an idiot, we KNEW this from the begining....

    I mean, the man looks just like Rob Brydon, and is unable to go a full sentance without saying "umm" or repeating himself. But ya know, he is curing my cancer and all that, so I've been letting things lie, but now he really has proved his moronity ( i invented a word to express my rage)

    Cause Reginald (my cancer) is being akward, my chemo dates have been moved forward, which means that my last chemo (well, the last of the planned 6) is exactly a week prior to the day I go to V festival, which means that my check up date is at the same time i should be getting onto a train to Stafford.

    Well I've expressed my concern with this, and asked if i can come in a day early, which apparently is fine, according to some other consultant i deal with when Rob Brydon is busy, but the worry is, my blood count will get very low whilst i'm away.

    THIS HAS HAPPENED EVERY TIME I'VE HAD CHEMO YOU MORONS!!!!!

    and every time it happens, they give me some pills and some stuff to inject myself with to raise my bloodcount, so why can't they just give that to me on the thursday? Because Rob isn't sure, and even though he was supposed to decide if i could or not on friday, he said to call him next week.

    Yes, the man DOES know that i need to know, that i have to sell the ticket if i cant go, that i had to borrow money from my godfather to afford this grand weekend out, but does he care? No, not really.

    The man doesnt care about my pains and nausea, he says nothing can help, he won't prescribe me medical marijuana, he just tells me i'll have to deal with the pains and sickness, well i smoke this spliff in your name Rob Brydon, for all the confusion and akwardness you cause, thanks a million!!!

  12. Yes - We had decided we would give Glastonbury a miss this year - but the intention was to do at least a couple of others - not sure how that is going to pan out - we will see - I think my priorities have changed - yes Trudi sort of likes festivals and it has really helped her with dealing with noise and crowds but really she mostly liked them becase she missed a bit of school here and there - plus she is going to be at secondary come September and I dont want her skipping any school there if I can help it - having said that -2013 will be the last chance for her to be "free" at Glastonbury so I think we will have to do that one even if it means going on Friday. By that time she might be well into allsorts of music and begging? - maybe she will have a friend to come too - that would be Great - we shall see - so for now its a holiday to look forward to for us - my Brother moving to Barcelona to run a B & B Boat in the marina - should be nice and then a caravan hol no doubt later in the summer. I fear that maybe well and truly all we can stretch to - still a change is good as a rest - and a rest is good for a change? or something lke that ???

    I did go through a bit of a downer since posting last- I am coming up I think ... I hope... its all a matter of state of mind - its amazing what you can tell yourself and believe lol - am I deceiving myself - well in the end of it who cares as long as we are happy! Health is pretty rubbish - but now the cold weather seems to be finally over - im aiming to jump back on and start back up!

    Another reason for not camping/ festivaling is we have 2 outfits now in our yard and both are in a sorry state - 1 i dont want to part with for sentimental reasons and the other I hate with a passion - a rapido folding caravan hate HATE H A T E !!- I want another Dandy a light blue one with matching awning -I dont mind it being a 5 berth (like our old one but Darren wants a 6 ! it doesnt really matter as long as its in good nic. Once we sort that out then Im sure the festy fever will take hold again.

    Will be strange to watch on TV this year and it will be a 2 year Break but Im thinking 2013 could be AMAzinG after a big gap - maybe we will go without Trudi - No i couldnt do that. Anyway there you go

  13. Last week my Da had to go see his Consultant at the hospital, After 30 yrs of illness he finally got a diagnosis last yr of " Palindromic Rheumatism " From what we have read online, etc its quite a rareish illness and its blinking hard to diagnose,

    Last week my parents arrived at my house my Ma was quite agitated, My Da was upset but was boiling ...

    From what transpired my father was made to feel like he was wasting consultants time .. He has to have blood tests every 2 weeks with regards his drugs .. ( at gp,s ) ...

    The consultant said my father didnt need the blood tests every couple of weeks any more , My ma only a mere mortal pointed out that my da was on a drugs trial and surely would require more monitoring as per instruction from himself ( consultant ) Who had advised this trail would last 12 mnths .. ( da,s been on drugs 6 mnths) His organs are at great risk .. He took this trail becuase of pain ... So needs some sort of reassurance every couple of weeks ..

    The consultant then got really arsey with my da , My fathers Irish and sometimes his accent is slightly hard to understand ..I mean VERY slightly , He suddenly turned ... Stating loudly sorry I dont understand a word your saying ...( my da has lived in UK for 35 yrs ... ) As you can imagine the room became quite HOT ........ nothing was resolved , He even asked wether my father needed an interpreter, My parents calmly stood up and left ...But before they left Outpatients my mother sort of made a largish speech ( stood on a chair ) addressing the queue ... warning the poor souls of their inpending visit to consultant ,

    I,m happy they are my parents , They stand up to the establishment quite often ... I had a childhood of hanging about nuclear installations, Fighting the cause.......... Getting arrested etc ... ( not me mother) ...

    Not bad for a 60 yr old .. Just wish she,d slow down ..

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    It was quite a good weekend all in all. On Friday, we went to a free punk gig featuring First Among Equals in a local pub, and the atmosphere was quite lively, though nobody was pogoing! Then we had another band on that we hadn't expected, so that was cool. And there was a little more jumping around, because there had been a little more imbibing by then.

    There was even a fight behind the scenes, though all we saw of it was the barmaid with the first aid kit. So a pretty good grassroots rock 'n roll night.

    Then last night, we had a really good free bonfire display in the castle grounds. I always love it, because the atmosphere's electric. There's a funfair and stalls, and lots of music. It's good fun.

    And free's a really good word just now. :ph34r:

  15. Lofty
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    I read in the paper yesterday a lad my age who's 6'9@ has just signed a 3.5 Million deal playing basketball in the NBA, getting 170k a week, which is more than any premiership footballer! And I'm pulling pints in a working man's club :rolleyes:

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  16. Rachie
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    to a beautiful baby girl yesterday. She was a month prem. But shes doing fine. 6lbs4oz.

    We havent chose a name yet - tho hopefully this will be done tonight.

    :D

    just thought id let you know lol.

  17. One of my fav bands when I was younger, My Life Story, have got a new album out:

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    And that's my tattoo (it isn't me in the pic). And my username is from a My Life Story song.

    I'm starting to look like a right obsessive freak aren't I?

    I'm not really, I'm quite normal. It just struck me as a weird coincidence.

    They're playing in london on the 8th December - I quite fancy going for old time's sake.

  18. carley
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    Just having a quick read of that last blog, oh dearie me.

    That's it now. I will NOT allow myself to get that bad again, all these blogs of mine seem to do is moan moan moan. Well no more. From now on it's happiness and rainbows and bunnies and sunshine and sparkly happy joy joy. :(

    So nuh :(

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    Me and the man, the BooBoo, went to the Black Cat Cafe on Mill Road in Cambridge for a smoothie and some cake. Cambridge was very humid and we were sweating lots and lots!



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