May 1st, 2004

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All About Eve/Manuskript.....Pt I

Too drunk to really give a full run down (and have to be up for Day 14 of work in seven hours) but a quick recap of tonight is neccessary for me to sleep peacefully I feel.

Manuskript weren't as good as I'd previously seen them a few years ago. They reminded me of an Eastern Bloc Eurovision entry to be honest. Goth Europop. They got better later in the set but I wasn't too impressed.

All About Eve however were brilliant. Better than when I saw them supporting The Mission a few years ago but not as good as the great Royal Albert Hall gigs of the late 80's. But then they were in their prime in the late 80's. They played a number of new tracks which all sounded pretty good and have made me decide to get the new album when its released. I also decided that some of their songs would sound really good as trip-hop remixes ala Portishead, etc. Doubt I'll ever get the time (or discover the talent) to do it though.

I ended up at The Dev with Sasha, Dave, Liz, Vicky, Ayee (I have no idea how you spell her name, sorry), Rob, Bob, Lawrence, John, Kieren, and a load of others. Some of them have headed to Boom Boom Saloon, others to Sin City, others elsewhere. Me I'm home because of work tomorrow. Sucks to be me doesn't it! :-P

Had a great time tonight and it was good to go for dinner and gig with Sister #1 (Katie) and her boyfriend (Paul). They enjoyed Alll About Eve too.

Also looks like I'll be going to Anti-Christ at the Electric Ballroom on Sunday after Elecktrofest. It's open until 4am and the DJ line and music looks impressive. Got given flyers when I was at The Intrepid Fox earlier. Apparently they might be taking over the Friday night slot from Sin-City in the summer as (surprise!) Sin City isn't doing very well. It'll be odd if they do because it means that DJs such as Belle will be returning to The Ballroom after years of exile and the Ballroom wlll be returning to a much more gothier and industrial feel than it's been for a long, long time. Fingers crossed it happens.
  • Current Mood
    drunk drunk
Old Friend

The One with Ministerial Spliffs, Liquid Armor, Fake Photos and dodgy antics

The photos that came to light today about UK Servicemen in Iraq torturing prisoners may be fake. Speculation has started as some of the uniforms and equipment seen in the photos are not those in use in Iraq. The claims of both abuse and the possibility of the photos being fake are been looked at with urgency. I hope they are fake and I hope that the damage caused by both these and the earlier American photos (which unfortunately were real) can be reversed somehow. Doubt Cast on Iraq Torture Photos (BBC On-Line; Saturday 1st May 2004) and UK Troops in Iraq Torture Probe (BBC On-Line; Saturday 1st May 2004) for the original story.

Tony Blair seems to accept cannabis smoking. Not only have members of his Cabinet admitted to smoking a bit of the old weed, the laws been relaxed under his leadership but he's also attended at least one party during his leadership were people puffed away in his presence. How Blair Stayed Cool At Spliff Time in Rock Star's Smoke-Filled Room (Guardian Unlimited; Saturday 1st May 2004)

Sounds rather nifty :-p Liquid Body Armor In The Works (CBS News; Saturday 1st May 2004)

I hope they clear up these bugs before Election Day in the US. We don't want the winning candidate to loose becuase of miscounted votes now do we folks...... E-Voting's Flaws Out In Open (CBS News; Saturday 1st May 2004) California Puts The Breaks On Unreliable Computer Voting (The Independent; Saturday 1st May 2004)

Some other stories...

Cheney Accused of Smear Campaign by Ambassador (The Independent; Saturday 1st May 2004)

Shooting of Seven 'Terrorists' Staged For US, says Macedonia (The Independent; Saturday 1st May 2004)

Mutiny Is The Only Way Out Of Iraq's Inferno (Guardian Unlimited; Saturday 1st May 2004)

Oh, and welcome aboard to the ten new countries who joined the European Union today. I hope to visit you all one day :-)

  • Current Music
    Goldfrapp; Lisa Gerrard