January 26th, 2005

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Angel MeMe

The PWEI gig was brilliant. Hope to say more tomorrow. Right now though I hurt (especially my foot which I think I've hurt....)

Anyway, for now I'll just be content to be the hero of the piece.....

You scored as Angel. You are Angel! You're the hero. You may have done some things in your past that you're not proud of, but you've proven yourself to be a true champion in your quest for redemption.


















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Stupidity.......... but tempting

Just checked ebay to see what prices NIN tivckets were going for...... and boy are there some crazy (and rich) people out there!!!!!!

Pairs of tickets seem to going for a standrad £400-£450 and singles for £100-£200!!!!!

Hmmm...... if Sarah doesn't pay me soon I think I know what I'm going to do.... also Sasha, hows your rent for next month coming along? I have a plan that might help!  :D

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High School Q&A

High School Meme

Thanks to gmskarka_feed for this bit of fun….

What year was it?

I’m going to say 1988 as I was 16 in ’88 so it kinda makes sense in my world.

What were your three favorite bands or musical artists?

Limiting it to only three? OK, at the time it was almost certainly Sisters of Mercy, Fields of the Nephilim and U2. My tastes have been with me for a very long time.

What was your favorite outfit?

I wore a lot of black. Can’t remember a favourite outfit though. Black Jeans plus t-shirt probably :-p I know I used to wander round with a lot of ‘band’ t-shirts such as Rose of Avalanche, Ghost Dance, Fields of the Nephilim, etc.

What was up with your hair?

I didn’t start dying my hair until I was 17/18 so at 16 it was still fairly long (shoulder length  when I was at school) but my natural blondness.

Who were your best friends?

Justin, Adam, Simon, Nick and Jason.


Where did you work?

Surprisingly enough the same place I do now – I was part time at Leisure Games back then though. I worked Saturdays and sometimes after school and in my holidays. I also worked part-time at Camden Market on a clothes store (Sundays). Later in the year I started work at a local newsagents and gave up the Camden Market job (better heating inside a shop in autumn/winter :p)

Did you take the bus?


Who did you have a crush on?

When I was 16….hmmmm….  I went out with a lovely girl called Sussie (who was a couple of years younger than me) and also another girl called Michelle (who was a couple of years older than me and ended up going out with my best friend). I had crushes on a number of people….off the top of my head they were Emily, Donna, Lucy and Sarah.

Did you fight with your parents?

Surprisingly not. They let me get on with pretty much what I wanted to do. The only rule was if I was going to be late to let them know so they wouldn’t worry.

Did you smoke cigarettes?


Did you lug all of your books around in your backpack because you were too nervous to find your locker?

We didn’t have lockers at my school.

Did you have a 'clique'?

Yes. I had a main group of people I hung around with although I was a bit of a social whirlwind and had quite a few friends across quite a few ‘cliques’ at school.

Did you have "The Max" like Zach Kelly and Slater?

???? Who and What?

Admit it, were you popular?

More so than many, less so than some. I knew lots of people and lots of people knew me….. in a good way that is :p

Who did you want to be just like?

Carl McCoy probably.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Writer and games designer.

Where did you think you'd be at the age you are now?

Dead. I always had it mind that I’d die by the time I was 30 and didn’t really look much beyond that point. So really anything I do now is a bonus!

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Welcome to Sunny America, welcome to Los Angeles, China!!!

Regardless of the short term benefits of making it *very cheap* to buy things from the US and living like kings when going on holiday/business over there the latest figures and forecasts are not good news in the long term. Especially for businesses that export to the USofA.

The Congressional Budget Office has said that the US budget deficit will reach a record $427 Billion in 2005! Now please remember that at the end of Clinton's reign there was a budget surplus (although I've forgotten how much). Now certainly the war in Iraq has a lot to blame for this figure, with Bush asking for another $80 billion only the other day. The CBO isn't predicting any improvements either with an estimated deficit of around $855billion for the years of 2006 to 2015. This looks like a positive reading of the problems though as other analysts have siad the figures don't take into account any further military costs or the potential $2-$3.8 TRILLION costs of the Presidents plans to revamp state pensions and extend tax cuts. Just what the country needs when it's so heavily in debt - more tax cuts!!!

Anyway, one of the big loosers seems to be public spending. With rising debts the administration has said they'll be looking at cutting public spending to help bring the deficit down. Hmm.... I wonder whom those cuts will be hitting whilst the rich get tax cuts?

The CBO has also said it envisages an 'orderly' decline in the dollar over the next two years. This is terrible news for companies that import to the States and is something that the European and Asian markets are already worried about. Countries such as China, who lend the States a hell of a lot of money at present, may be inclined to put some economic pressure on the US to get there house in order sooner rather than later or we'll be seeing an even worse worldwide economic decline and recession if we're not careful. It certainly looks like the old benchmark of £1 = $2 may go beyond even that! Not exactly the news people would be hoping for at the beginning of Bush's second term. One wonders if they'll be an America left for whomever succeeds him (be they Democrat or Republican) or whether the country will have to file for bankcruptcy and forfeit some of its States to countries such as China instead of meeting its repayments?

US Budget Deficit To Reach $427bn (BBC News Online; Tuesday 25th January 2005)
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Arabic and Indian Traditional Music

Could anyone reccomend me some Arabic and/or Indian traditional music? Or modern music using traditional beats and instruments? I prefer female singers for this but good male singers are equally as interesting to check out.

I have a few CDs of 'World Music' and enjoy them immensely but would realy like to enhance my collection and knowledge a bit more. By that token, any reccomendations for Latin American or African musicians would be cool too :D

Thanks for any help.
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(Advert) Watch and sympathise

Another brilliant advert (this time a real one unlike the VW Polo hoax ad I posted the other day :p). European as well, but has subtitles and to be honest you'd get it even if it didn't.

This is superb. Watch this and then play safe or else!!!!

(Whilst I'm posting, I'm also surprised at how many Suzanne Vega tracks I seem to know. I decided to throw on her greatest hits collection whilst delving into forgotten piles of CDs and there's tons I recognize. Still especially like 'Left of Center', 'Luka' and 'Tom's Doner' although the whole CD is pretty fine :)
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