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  1. i see i never brought you the result of the exam I took. I know you will be anxious to know.

    Anyway, i passed, so am now an Associate Tax Technician.

    Wow! :lol:

  2. Developments on the efestivals forums today saw a user by the name of Cultseeker declaring that contributing posts to a thread was a "monumental effort". The selfless act to attempt to educate the forum users was the latest in an ongoing struggle to bring light into the darkness of the depths of internet as some kind of later-day mission which has seen Cultseeker, 43 from Teeside make as many as twenty three different posts in one thread. Cultseeker, 43 from Teeside, has previously been involved in several "no mean feats" before escalating to "serious challenges" before finally arriving at "monumental efforts". A spokesperson for Cultseeker said the effort had left him drained, but he expected to have fully recovered by the weekend. Upon being asked what Cultseeker had planned to top his monumental efforts, the answer was a little vague. "He's considering a 'Herculean task’ that might see him post as much as forty times on a subject. "He's waiting for the right subject" added his spokesperson, but refused to comment on whether "outrageous over-the-top self-publicity on the internet" would be such a possible thread.

  3. Im moving into the house tomorrow....... Am I?? Dare I to believe this?! I've had more false starts in the last 2 months than Doug Ellis has fired Villa managers so I can't quite bring myself to accept that this time tomorrow I'll be unpacking... Last weekend seemed a dead cert for the move...so much so that I turned down the chance of meeting up with 5co77ie to watch Argyle, but at the last minute it was all called off..

    But now we're all exchanged of contracts and its gonna occur!!!

    Cue sorting out phone lines electricity broadband connections and playstation (i know my priorities!)... :ph34r:

    Stay tuned bloggers to see how it all goes tomorrow! :)

  4. bunique
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    Terribly chirpy today. Doesn't the sunshine just make life better? No teaching today, 3-day weekend and nothing to do all weekend - bliss!

    Happy bank holiday all!

    :lol:

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    blog-0454373001392096103.jpgPeople construct incredible things out of ice and snow, decorating them with lights and lasers.

    The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival has been held since 1963. It had been balked for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution.

    Harbin is situated in North China underneath the direct blast from the cold winter months wind via Siberia. The common temperature inside summer is actually 21. two degrees Celsius as well as in winter months is -16. 8 certifications Celsius. Yearly low temperature below -35C aren’t unusual.

    The festival starts Present cards 5th to be able to February sixth. However your displays usually open previously and keep longer, weather conditions permitting. Ice sculptures beautify technological innovation bounds from the modern (using lasers) to be able to traditional (with glaciers lanterns). While you will find ice sculptures throughout the city, you will find two significant display places: Ample excellent skiing conditions sculptures from Sun Is (a recreational area for the opposite side from the Songhua River from the city) plus the separate “Ice as well as Snow World” of which drives every night. Ice as well as Snow Earth builds illuminated full dimensions buildings made out of blocks connected with 2–3 feet thick crystal clear ice. You will find ice lantern planting touring activities held in most parks inside city. Winter activities inside festival consist of Yabuli alpine winter sports, winter-swimming inside Songhua Water, and your ice-lantern exhibit in Zhaolin Lawn.

    The Harbin festival would be the biggest glaciers and excellent skiing conditions festival on earth. Other big ice as well as snow celebrations including Japan’s Sapporo Ideal Festival, Canada’s Quebec City Winter weather Carnival, as well as Norway’s Skiing Festival.

  5. Would you believe it.....no work today....I can stay in bed for as long as I want to....so ....I'm up and about at 6.00am.... B)

    Well I did have to get up and move my car...as I kind of abandoned it last night.....but still....am I that conditioned into early rising ??

    Went out visiting last night....on the hunt for some sedation....major drought round here....found someone to share what they had with me, which was very nice....even more reason to sleep in.....had lots of calls and texts about the weather this weekend at Beautiful Days....they've nearly talked me into taking my car...(so that I can fill it full of stuff), instead of getting a lift with me fat old mate Andy....I spose....I could take a comfy bed, instead of the much hated sleeping bag.....Hmmm....comfy bed/ much hated sleeping bag....comfy bed/ much hated sleeping bag.....Arghhhh...dilema....

    P'raps a hot bath and more bed......

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    blue_mondays
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    Well just woke to find our country is in dissoray over terrists. Lifes a blast (no pun intented). I have just had a nutritious breakfast, pot noodle. I've just applied for a job in a care centre as a chef, hmm life doesn't get any better.

    Well i write anymore as ive done nothing else sooooooo over and out.

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    Well, sort of stumbled (not literally) through this weekend. Got quite pissed last night to console myself cos I had my car impounded last week, cos of no tax (yes, yes, I know very sloppy). So, the upshot is I need a new vehicle. Therefore, I had to sell My Beautiful Days ticket to try and raise some cash. Pretty fooked off really, but that's life I guess. Really wanted to buy tix for the Kasabian gig at the MEN but sort of resisted. It's a bast innit....responsibility/fun, fun/responsibilty. Arrrrrgggghhh, me fookin head hurts.

    I decided what I need in life is some bloody excitement, something mad and bad and dangerous and different to happen.

    Let it be soon. :ph34r:

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    Northen_Desire
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    OK so il start simple, my names nick, and im just another disfunctional 18 year old unsure on where my life path is taking me! Its currently 00:20 and im lieing in bed typing this on my newly recieved laptop that arrived today, saved all summer for this and should make uni that bit easier!

    Im not going to lie my english skills are very limited and i have a knack at managing to type exciting things in quite a boring way which is why i very rarely email people. Its so much better to talk, you can put animation into speach whereas only those with talent can do the same with text!

    Iv decided this post will simply be "get to know me" post! My job involves watching people for long peroids of time, cleaning and being able to swim! Ye im a lifeguard and i absolutely love it! Theres always something happening and the staff are the best ive ever worked with. Behind my friends this will be the thing i miss most when i go to uni!

    Unfortunetely life aint all a bed of roses, recently i was diagnosed with chrons disease. Those unfamiliar with this disease can easily assatain the key features of this disease by a simple googl search. I try not to let it restrict my life but obviously there is only so mcuh alcohol i can handle before i suffer pain which as an 18 year old completely sucks!

    Last thing il say is im going to V and leeds fest this year and i absolutely cant wait! Leeds, i am especially looking forwad to as a lot of bands i love are playing this year. V fest seems a lot more radio1 orientated and not being huge fans of either radiohead or morrisey the headliners dont really give it an edge for me whereas pearl jam and muse are currently two of my fave bands!

    That will do for now, if anyone has taken the time to read this im sorry its been boring but it is late and i had a tiring fottie match earlier. Hopefully the next entry will be slighlty more interesting!

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    My dad is very good at playing the lottery, he wins a tenner every now and then. After his latest victory of two wins of £10 after buying ten tickets (for the mathematically retarded---> that is equal to a £10 profit), I suddenly thought... Maybe I have the lottery winning gene!!! This realisation was swiftly followed by another: I am poor - so poor, in fact, that i'm now even poorer than my mum! Now I know what you're thinking, "Paul, you can't possibly be that poor. Your mum is the poorest person on the planet, she uses cheese as a deodarant". But trust me, I am very poor.

    So I decided to limit myself to playing the lottery 5 times - £5. Within 10 minutes, my Online National Lottery account was set up, into which i'd transferred £5 from my bank (it really was too easy). Within 10 days, my lottery account balance was down to £1, and my winnings so far? Bugger all. This wouldn't have been so bad, were it not for the fact that i'd started spending money as if I had already got my imaginary winnings (e.g. sausages at Summer Sundae, Cadbury's Snack bars, William Hut CD's, a penis tattoo).

    My spirits were low. The stress of knowing that I must win with my final £1 was overpowering me, and the big decision of which 6 numbers to select was looming. It was monday the 14th of August, so I targeted the saturday 19th draw... this would be my d-day (the 'd' standing for 'donut', my traditional celebratory food). I calmed myself, and I fell quickly asleep after a particularly painful self-sex session (it hurt so bad that I may as well have used a crocodile to stimulate it, but hell, my penis has "THE COMMODORE" tattooed on it - maybe I should've given him a shorter nickname, 'cause the tattooist couldn't fit it in a straight line from base to head so he had to spiral it round all the way down... jazzy).

    My slumber generated a vivid dream. No, not a sex dream. I was in a shop, buying a lottery ticket... I saw the numbers on the ticket, and the concious part of my mind made a mental note of that image. I awoke almost straight after this, and although the dream didn't tell me that I was going to win with these numbers, it was pretty obvious that I would. I bought the ticket for the saturday draw using the numbers from the dream. That evening, I made the mistake of telling my friend Howie about my dream... he bought a ticket for the lottery too... doh. Ah well, if i'm gonna be rich, he might as well be too. But i'm not greedy. I'd be delighted to bag three numbers and claim a tenner.

    Saturday night. We were out at Spoons, as Darren was leaving for Australia the next day and we wanted to see him off with a bit of drunken fun. Of course, I probably wouldn't have gone if I hadn't known that I was about to win on the lottery. Howie the number thief was there, and we were both eager to know the results of the draw. Howie is a clever bitch and has the internet on his phone, so he searched for the draw result... This was it.... 24 hour Tesco had bags of donuts that were just sitting there waiting for me....

    Fair to say it was a pretty big disappointment when not one of my numbers came up... perhaps even more disappointing than when I cut my penis by falling off the toilet. The dream of being a millionaire, thousandaire or tenneraire was dead. I decided to drown my sorrows. I was at an all-time low, and I only had £10 left in my wallet. I asked Darren if he wanted a farewell drink... Amaretto and coke, ok. Up to the bar I went. Two pints for me that cost £1.90 each, one drink for him... £7.30 altogether?!?! This Amaretto had better be nice, maybe i'll drink half of it on the way back to Darren and say that I spilt it. I handed the barman my last tenner. He fumbled around with a bag of pound coins whilst I brooded over my losses. 'Maybe I should run away with the drinks!', I thought, but the logic behind this was flawed as i'd already given him my money, and i'd just be running away from my change. Clearly I was a bit pissed already.

    The barman took an exceptionally long time to give me my precious change. 'He's a retard', I thought to myself. 'Maybe I should tell him that I think he's a retard'. I opened my mouth to tell him, but he had thrust my change into my hand before I had a chance. I calmly put it into my pocket and carried the drinks back to the table, with a smug grin on my face. The barman had given me too much change.... £10 too much, in fact, he must have thought i'd given him a twenty pound note to pay. Mwhahaha! I don't care if he realised his mistake as I was walking away, I was in too greedy a mood to care!

    Suddenly it all made sense. This was my win. I wouldn't have been there that night had I not thought I was going to win on the lottery. I would have been grateful for a £10 win, and I got it... On the Lottery of Life. I had learnt that you might well follow your dreams, and that's ok, but don't expect them to fall into place without any effort on your part. In the end, you have to make yourself happy, because nobody really cares that much to do it for you.

    This makes me happy, it reminds me of a simpler time:

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    Thanks for reading :rolleyes:

    x x x x x

  6. Um, I've just been blindly typing on another keyboard and wondering why nothings coming out but eventually I found the right keyboard, so at least I've achieved something :ph34r: (stops for quick fag break after all that exercise). My house is at the freezing point of nitrogen (63K in case you're interested) and my fingers have just broken off but I will continue to type with my stubs,why?, because you deserve to be this bored. Have just returned from Bonnie! Scotland, the enigma of the tartan mafia has been Damascian after sitting in a caravan with rain bleaching every window. Anyway, enough of non-pc talk more about ending a relationship.Why is it that you can love someone and still have nothing to say to them? Maybe it's just me , maybe I'm insensitive or maybe I should just go to bed but I still think that a lot of people endure crap times without even questioning it. Mmmm, some people should not be allowed alcohol, will post something more relevant to a blog when I is sober :)

  7. Buglet
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    Just got in from seeing Amiina at a small room in the M/cr Accaddemy. f**k a monkey they were good!

    It really helped that the crowd were pretty cool. A band like them needs a respectful quiet audience, and luckily they got it. There was a kind of anti-mosh-pit thing going on where the first few feet of people sat on the floor and watched/listened from a frankly perfect viewpoint.

    In case anyone is unaware. they are Sigur Ros' string section that usually play as support act to them during the past couple of years. Staying true to their oddball beginings they played an erncore with 4 woodsaws played with bows. The fect that they did that and it sounded perfect is a testament to how good they really are. They've recently added vocals to their repetoir, but they do these in a choral phonic way that fits so well with their sound.

    I have no idea how many dates they are playing over here, but if you get the chance go see 'em. The least you'll get is a unique musical experience, if you are in the right frame of mind you'll also see one of the best live outfits around doing beautiful stuff you've never dreamed of.

    They are selling their album on tour, it apparently doesn't get properly released for about another month but it is well worth a punt.

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    Its been about 7 months since my first and last post so know I have spare 5 minutes I thought I would post again with the help of my annoying little cat LOL, she's great really...

    Well wasn't a great day yesterday as my bike broke again, after so far this year spending a small fortune on it to get it fixed!!! was meant to be collected today to be fixed but they didn't have time :@ cant want my money that bad!! So got someone else doing it know but can be done till at least Tuesday what with being a back holiday, sucks with out transport... /me sighs

    I was bored yesterday so I set-up a web cam to over look my back garden here in Gunville (Newport) about 2 miles from the festival site ( we can hear the music from the back garden).... not sure why I set it up but if you want to see what the weather is doing have a visiti .. its not a great camera but it does the job.... Its not always running and it ain't always great speed wise but you can see what its like here on the lovely Isle of Wig'hit !!!

    http://xpressoftware.no-ip.biz:8080

    We have just had a BBQ which was yummy, its horrible and muggy tho but hey meant to cool a little over hte weekend and even rain :lol: LOL

    anyways I thought I ought to do some work else I will have clients on my back and can't be dealing with that.

    Ohh one last thing I finally started to shop of the IOW festival today B) lol

    Cheers for now.

    Andrew

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    SPOILER FREE:

    Well, i'm LOVING season three of lost. Episode 3 was one of the best episodes yet I think, shame it'll all be over for another 3 months in 16 days.

    Will try and keep this blog updated on my freshers uni life. Will prevent me from doing actual work anyway! :ph34r:

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    the_hedge
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    Well it's been a tough 2 months in the hedge household. The father in law, after overoming Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma through months of chemo and a bone marrow transplant six years ago, found out he had liver cancer in early November. A week later it was diagnosed as large bowel cancer that had developed to his liver :blink:

    He then started to go downhill very quickly hanging on until xmas day so he could see his Grandson - my son - open his xmas present (new bike) before he was admitted later that afternooon. We lost him in the early hours on New Years Eve and to be honest we were all glad the suffering had ended. To see someone go downhill so quickly was heartbreaking. He kept his sense of humour to the end and over the last 2 months he has been an inspiration to me.

    We are all still very positive and although life will be difficult we have all the memories to carry us through :huh:

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    DannyJay
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    work was actually REALLY good today, i normally enjoy it but today was just a bit more. Everyone seemed to be getting on and having a joke and stuff. which is awesome! I just need to work my balls off trying to save for my new car now.... eek... Im considering making this years trip to Glasto my current cars last journey.... which would be an awesome send off :blink:

    Im getting a bit too excited about Glasto now.. hehe!!

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    BigTongue
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    Well here goes with my 1st blog entry.

    Haven’t posted much recently because I’ve been having loads of hassle with my internet. BT Yahoo are a bunch of inept w*nkers. 2 months of constant breaks in connection, download speeds similar to 512k dial up when I’m meant to be on 6.5meg & their lack of response to numerous emails ended in me cancelling my direct debit to try and speed them up. Result – an invoice telling me to pay up the rest of my contract by today. Don’t know if there is an ‘or else’, will just have to wait and see. This is actually being written on Word so I can copy/paste it without fear of my connection freezing in the middle.

    So, Happy New Year. Except it wasn’t. Over a year ago, the company I work for, cashline machine makers NCR, said they were going to open a new production plant in Hungary that would compliment the Dundee factory in the expansion into Eastern Europe/Russia. NCR already have production plants here, Canada, USA, Brazil, China & India. We immediately started questioning the company about the future of Dundee. ‘Don’t worry’ they said.

    Speculation had been building up towards the end of last year with our weekly production totals tumbling as Hungary took more & more of the orders and the company refusing to comment to the workers, union, local councillors & MSPs/MPs about fears. This led to a rather tense Christmas/New Year and culminated in last weeks events.

    Last Tuesday the company gave us a meeting telling us they were going to issue a statement telling us when they would issue a statement telling us when they would be having a meeting giving a statement of what was going to happen to the company. WTF!!!!!

    So last Thursday a mass meeting took place. 650 shop floor workers & about 150 office/management. Did the bigwig CEO come to talk to us? NO! He sent a video telling us how sorry he was that he couldn’t be there personally and gave the usual corporate bullsh*t about restructuring & changing markets. A minion, sent on the CEO’s behalf, then gave a PowerPoint slideshow telling us how many job cuts there would be. Even the minion wouldn’t verbally tell us. 650 job losses in Dundee, made up of roughly 550 shop floor & 100 office/management. Canada, USA & Brazil all effectively closing with about 500 jobs lost. Don’t yet know who exactly is going but to be honest I don’t see the company being in Dundee for much longer so I think its time to get out.

    My first thought? I’ll be luck to get to 1 festival this year, let alone the 3-4 I was planning. Aye, Happy New Year.

    So what am I going to do now? I’m not going to get a job anywhere near my current salary without having a major skill. I was a plumber’s labourer for 3 years and know the basics so doing a plumbing course to get a certificate is a serious thought. I’ve worked in bars & a hotel so that’s a fall back. I’d like to get into the building/renovating property market but would need a lot of capital. I quite fancy finding out about midwifery (NOT for the reasons, those of you that know me, might think!). The most radical idea is to sell my flat, pay off all my debts and go travelling. My redundancy won’t be great as I’ve only been at NCR for 7 years. I reckon after paying the mortgage & credit cards I would have a substancial amount left, not that I would want to use it all. Would I be running away from finding a job or using this opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted to do? Who knows?

    It’s been an emotional weekend so the mind may be a bit cloudy and any decisions will have to be seriously thought about. Time will tell.

    Anyway, until I see you in a field or at a meet, enjoy.

    Phil

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    "Flying with the Wolves"

    It started as a mad cap idea, but now it really looks as if it's happening – a group of Cardiff City fans will literally be taking to the air on Saturday, January 20th 2006 to show support to their team in their Championship match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

    As is well known now, Wolves' Board, on the advice of the West Midlands Police, are banning all Cardiff fans from attending the match on January 20th due to "a history of past violence at the fixture".

    Last year, 17 people were arrested at the game, and Cardiff City FC was charged by the FAW for failing to control their fans. This, it would appear, is what the decision to ban Cardiff fans has been based upon. However, what most of the media fail to report is;

    1. Of the 17 arrests, not all were Cardiff fans

    2. Subsequently, only 1 charge was bought against those 17 arrests

    3. The FAW, after lengthy deliberation, dropped all charges against the football club, saying there was no case against them.

    Therefore, what is the justification, on these facts, to ban Cardiff fans from attending the game on the 20th ?

    Naturally, Cardiff City fans are aggrieved at this perceived injustice – but now, the Football Supporters Federation, a non-partisan, voluntary body representing the interests of all football fans, have organized a peaceful protest in Wolverhampton on the morning of the game – fans from all across the UK, representing the vast majority of football clubs, have shown huge support to the cause. They believe that the ban imposed on Cardiff fans sets a very dangerous precedent that could have all sorts of negative implications for football fans all across the UK.

    So why are a small bunch of Cardiff fans sidestepping the ban by taking to the air ?

    In some peoples view, it's just a bit of a laugh, or a bit of an empty gesture to protest in this way. A little bit of hot air even !

    In reality, there is a lot more substance to the event. This novel way of supporting the team will have a lot of pragmatic outputs;

    1. It will raise the profile of the injustice of the ban, and get all parties talking to find more constructive ways forward in the future.

    2. Cardiff City Supporters groups have proved that constructive dialogue with clubs, police and football authorities over the years have had a tremendously positive effect on the amount of trouble and subsequent arrests made around football matches over recent times – indeed, Cardiff's approach is now being used as a model on a much broader scale.

    3. There is no argument whatsoever with the Wolves players or fans – indeed, the Wolves fan groups have been the most supportive of all to the protest taking place on the 20th. Which group of fans wants to attend home matches with no opposition fans to sing to, shout at and have some friendly banter with – as well as enjoying a drink and a chat with them before and after games ? So the appearance of the airship whilst the match is on will give the Wolves fans an opportunity to have something to direct their passions towards – it will help in a very small way to make the occasion more enjoyable for them.

    4. Players from both sides thrive on atmosphere – the appearance of the airship will make Wolves players realize that their opposition has support, and this will spur them on to greater efforts. But this won't be a self destructive move on the Cardiff aviators' behalf – hopefully, the Cardiff players will also appreciate that a huge number of their fans will have been showing support to them in Wolverhampton that day, and the appearance of a small group of those fans in the airship will be a symbol of that support. So the net result will be two groups of players trying that bit harder – a positive outcome all round.

    These are just some of the reasons why a few Cardiff fans will be flying the flag in Wolverhampton on January 20th.

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    anyone know if i can buy tickets for glasto for my mates back in uk , i am coming over from oz for the festival and have to buy one for myself, but dont know if theyll let me buy 3 more for my mates who live in the uk , i dont fancy going down on my own , and if i give them my number can they buy one for me ?????

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    I was scammed last month by attempting to buy concert tickets at tickettout.com, who went into administration last week. 7,000 suctomers have lost around 1.4m pounds, and of course have no tickets for the events they wanted. The campaign website http://www.tickettout.org is in contact with the administrators of 'Ticket Tout Ltd'. If you have any information that may be relevant or credible in the investigation of tickettout.com please email through their site with any relevant facts which can be passed directly on to the administrators, who will be able to inform the DTI. The DTI are currently investigating the directors of Ticket Tout Ltd, and are seeking useful information that will also link tickettout Ltd to other online sites under investigation. tickettout.org is also interested in hearing from anyone in relation to any other unscrupulous online ticketing sites? Has anyone else been victim to online touts? If so, which sites and what happened? Thanks!

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    Kerrang Tour 2007 (Biffy Clyro Headliners) - Bristol Academy 1

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    Hell Is For Heroes - Bristol Academy 2

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    Glastonbury?

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  8. Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene

    Broken Social Scene seem to made up of about 1000 people, and on some of the songs on here it sounds like they’re all playing at once. In different keys, and almost different tunes. It’s a chaotic album full of sounds, but it’s beautifully put together and once you can crack through the various layers and different harmonies you find a beautiful human celebration of life and love and friendship and sex. Take the best parts out of Sonic Youth, The Go! Team, The Memphis Horns, and Arcade Fire and you’ve nearly got the style of Broken Social Scene.

    Compared to their previous (‘breakthrough’) album, parts of this one are all over the place. Melodies are hidden by wailing feedback or screeching guitars. Distorted keyboards are recorded over the main tune but rather than sounding oppressive or even offensive it sounds stunning and beautiful. It’s also very definite. Its no error or fluke, it’s been purposefully recorded that way and it works like a charm. Loads of reviewers criticised the recording when BSS was released, calling it arrogant or self indulgent but for me it’s a stroke of genius. When the sounds build up into a wash of noise, and the crescendo peaks into a mess, these stunning horns come marching through the fog and triumphantly announce that life is actually ok! You can’t help but smile, its one of those moments. And this album is full of those moments. Stand up and sing from the top of your lungs moments.

    Other songs are recorded in a way that takes BSS out of their comfort zone. They stop being an Indie Rock band and try to become a pop or a hip hop act (in the sleeve notes they show lists of ‘things to do’ to finish the songs, stuff like “record bass” “thank Leslie for her lungs” and “sound less like a Rock Band”). Again, this works really well and maybe it’s the amount of thought that’s gone into this album which makes it so special.

    When you listen to BSS it sounds like a summer’s day. It sounds like you’ve been invited to the best BBQ in the world with the coolest people in the world, and the worlds best looking Girl has just handed you a burger. Your sitting in the sun and the joint’s being passed and the beer is cold. But that gives the impression that it’s insular and cliquey. That it’s a ‘scenester’ record and if you’re not Cool enough, you can’t come in. In fact, the opposite is true. It’s very much a celebration inviting everyone to join in and dance and sing and bang drums and hug and bounce and laugh and dance. Its really one of the most positive albums I’ve heard, it fills you with life. You get the impression that BSS are Hippies at heart and want to drive across the country in a big old hippy van with a bubble machine on top giving people in Small Towns hugs and good Acid.

    The final track ends in the most wonderful way. A true fanfare of Horns and Guitars and feedback and it leaves you stunned. Your whole body feels exhausted by it, but you can’t wait to go back to the beginning and start the party again.

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    I don't know whether I've got insomnia or whether it's my working patterns but it's now 2.11 am on a Monday morning, and I've got so bored (and keep losing at poker) that I decided to start writing this. Actually I'm also up because Sarah's been really ill for the last few days, and I can't be arsed waking her up.

    I'm a little bug-eyed because I've not had a fag since about 8 o'clock, and can't be arsed walking to the garage to buy some more.

    I know that I've said I can't be arsed twice already so far. One of my old housemates used to tell me that the phrase that I use that he'll always remember is "sack it". "Sack this, sack that, sack the other" it's the story of my life. I really am a lazy gobshite. On the other hand I spent 9 out of the last twelve months working a 37.5 hour week, followed by DJing 2-5 nights a week. When the last night became regular I sacked off the day job because I was falling apart mentally and physically, plus my DJing was suffering as I just didn't have time to listen to all the stuff I should have.

    Anyway it's been about four months since I quit my day job. At first it was ace, my sets were fun, energetic, brave, drunk, unique. My life was fun again. I actually got to spend time with the people I was working with; I was able to go out with Sarah when I wasn't working and not fall asleep; and I could get up late and f**k about.

    That's given way to a slightly hollower existence. I don't really engage in any intelligent conversations with anybody apart from Sarah. Unfortunately her knowledge of current affairs is worse than a a dead baboon, I actually have to explain the news to her. It's a crazy situation as she is one of the most intelligent people I've ever met, and on a social and personal level she is really sharp, but no political awareness whatsoever.

    This is turning into a rambling, self-pitying lament and I didn't really want it to, but it must be what's on my mind. I guess I shouldn't complain as I've got it pretty cushty, but I am up at 2.28am on Monday morning dicking about on the internet.

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