Never leave until the house lights go up!

Last night I went to the Engine Shed at Lincoln to see The Levellers. It was part of their tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Levelling the Land album.

It was a great night, which started with the Wonder Stuff on stage for an hour. I recognised a couple of songs, including their “hit” Size of a Cow.

The Levellers started with One Way, one of their anthems, which set the crowd off into a frenzy which continued unabated for the rest of the night. They played the complete album and some b-sides off the the album’s singles.

It was definitely a gig aimed at the hardcore fans, but although I wouldn’t class myself as a fan, I certainly enjoyed it. As well as playing the complete album, they did a storming version of The Devil went down to Georgia.

They played a couple of their better known songs for an encore and then sent off stage, which led to quite a few people leaving the venue, but the lights were still down, which meant there was more to come..

And sure enough, they came back on stage for a second encore, a rousing rendition of their biggest single Beautiful Day.

It was a great night, with a fine support act and a brilliant set from a band still sounding fantastic after over 20 years on the road.

And just remember, never leave until the house lights go up!



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Taylor Swift – Speak Now Tour

Now I don’t know whether I’ve mentioned this or not, but my daughter Devon is a huge Taylor Swift fan, and has been from the days before she was the mega star she is now.

I was lucky enough to get some tickets for her show at Birmingham, and today those tickets arrived in the post, which made it all the more real. As soon as I’d opened the envelope Devon suggested we take a photo for my blog, so here they are:

This will be the second time we’ve seen Taylor Swift and if this show’s anything like that one, it should be a helluva show. Mind you the support act on that night left alot to be desired – it was a very young and irritating Justin Bieber!

I know alot of people will class Taylor Swift as a pop star, but I have to say that I’ve enjoyed all her albums and the Grammys she’s won entitle her to be taken seriously as a musician.

As for her stage show, I’ve seen some incredible shows in my gig going years, but the show we saw on her Fearless tour ranks in my top five (excluding all the Genesis and Peter Gabriel shows, which are in a different league altogether!)

It’s only 22 days and counting until the concert….


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It’s sunday evening, I’ve had a nice chilled out weekend and done very little, it’s been great!

For the past three weekends, either the Saturday or Sunday has been spent at Nottingham studying, so it was good to have a full weekend.

I’m home alone tonight,as both Thomas & Devon are at their mum’s, which is rare for a Sunday night, as usually Thomas is around.

I’ve just been looking at the latest Daily Post topic about random acts of kindness and when you last did one. My take on that, is that kindness should be the “default” mode, not something to be undertaken at random moments.

My other view on acts of kindness, is that what goes around comes around, and on the whole I’d say that’s pretty true. I’d say that I’m a kind person and that by being kind, I’m more likely to be on the receiving end of acts of kindness – Karma?


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Skinny Love by Birdy

Do you ever have one of those moments when you hear a song that just stops you in your tracks by it’s sheer beauty?

I had one of those moments this evening, as I was driving to pick Thomas up from work. I don’t usually listen to the radio in the car, I much prefer listening to the music on my ipod. For some reason, today I didn’t bring my ipod, and I’m glad I didn’t.

As I drove off, I heard, Bon Iver’s Skinny Love, being covered by a female singer accompanied just by a piano. I don’t usually like covers, especially of my favourite songs, but this version of Skinny Love was simply beautiful.

Unfortunately the DJ on the radio had got her timing wrong, so she cut the song short and then wasn’t very clear when she announced who the artist was. So as soon as I got home, I checked out the show’s playlist.

The cover was performed by an artist called Birdy, I cant find out much about her, other than that she’s a 14 year old girl. I’ve downloaded the track from itunes, and got this from youtube, check it out…


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TFI Friday!

Well that was a week and a half! Definitely ready for the weekend.

I’m starting the weekend with a 24 night with Thomas. We’re both big fans and as it’s no longer on TV, we’ve decided to start watching it again from the start.

And as we’re watching a series from the US, it’s a night for American beer. And for us, there’s only one American beer and that’s the Taste of the Rockies – Coors!

It’s been my favourite American beer since my first trip to Colorado, when my relatives took us to the Coors Brewery in Golden. Each time, we’ve been to Colorado, we’ve made the pilgrimage to the brewery. I’ve been on quite a few brewery tours, and other than the Guinness brewery tour in Dublin, this is by far the best.

And it’s free! And there’s free beer!!


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U2 confirmed for Glastonbury!

Well the worst kept secret is now out of the back, U2 are headlining Glastonbury on the Friday.

After dropping out last year, due to Bono’s back injury, it was highly likely that they would headlining this year.

It’ll be interesting to see how they fare,because I wouldn’t have thought they’d have the same stage show at Glastonbury, so they might have to rely less on special effects and more on the music.

I’ve seen them once before, when they were promoting The Joshua Tree, which in my opinion was the best thing they’ve ever done!

As for whether I’ll see them, that depends on who’s on all the other stages on the Friday night.

In the meantime, I’m waiting to see if Ireland’s best band are at the festival this year


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Cake of the year – so far!

One thing I’ve never got used to, even though it’s nearly ten years since I seperated from my ex-wife, is saying goodbye to my daughter Devon after she’s spent a few days with me.

I dropped her off at her Mum’s this morning and I won’t see her now until Monday after school.

Even though my son Thomas lives with me, the house doesn’t seem the same without Devon . But she left a parting gift last night, a lovely Chocolate Orange Cake to keep us going!


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Cuts in Higher Education

I’m in for an interesting evening tomorrow, after work I’m attending a “University discussion on cuts in Higher Education” at the LPAC building in the University.

Apparently the discussion will be in the format of BBC’s Question Time, with the University’s VC being amongst the panellists.

It should be a heated debate, as there will also be an outspoken journalist lecturer and the president of the local Students Union on the panel.

I’m sure the audience will mainly be students, but there will be staff members (me included) watching the discussion as well.

So far Lincoln University has escaped the disruption that other Universities have experienced, with the last action of protest being a peaceful occupation of the so-called “Bean bag” room, the comfiest room in the University!

It wouldn’t surprise me if things get a bit vociferous tomorrow night, but I can’t see there being much in the line of protest, it is Lincoln after all, but who knows….

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How long could I go without a shower?

It’s been a while since I used the suggested topic for postaday2011, but this one struck a chord.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’ll know by now that I’m a bit of a Glastonbury fan, this year will be my fifth year in a row.

Usually the there is live music for three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which entails camping out four nights. However last year, due to England playing a World Cup game on the Wednesday, the festival organisers opened the site on wednesday morning and showed the game on a big screen on the main stage.

So we were on the festival site from Wednesday morning until Monday morning, the gap between showers being from Tuesday evening until Monday evening, a period of six days without a shower.

Thank goodness for wetwipes!


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Dinner is served!

It was another Sunday at college today I’m afraid (No rest for the wicked).

The college I attend is at Nottingham, so getting there in good time entails me leaving my house at 8:00am, which means I’m up and out of bed by 7:00am on a sunday morning – Not good!

With the day finishing at 4:30, I’m not usually back home until around 5:30/6:00 time. Needless to say after a long day studying, cooking is not high on the agenda when I get home.

I’d left the house this morning, with Thomas & Devon still in bed. A quick check on facebook at lunchtime informed me that they were having a PJ day and chillaxing.

So imagine my surprise when I got home and was told that they’d cooked dinner and that it would be served at 6.

Just what the doctor ordered after a hard day’s studying!

Mind you they did say that they thought they ought to look after me, as I’m showing signs of “losing it” after my episode at the supermarket yesterday!


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