August 4th, 2005

Junk Baby - Viscous Sydney

Reading Festival, Gaming and Music

Reading Festival
It sadly looks likely that I won't be able to make this years Reading Festival. As such I will probably have two spare tickets so if any of you lucky folk would like to go please leave a comment. Tickets were £135 (each) including the booking fee. If no takers, and I can't go, then it's going to have to be ebay but I'd prefer selling them to friends if possible. May even lower the price (slightly) to £125 per ticket but can't really afford to go lower than that. Prefer to sell as a pair.

Gaming - Age of Napoleon & Warhammer FRPG
Dom whipped my ass at Age of Napoleon last night. He was the French this time round and the British Coalition was a shambles. The only real hope for me was insurrectionists in Prussia, yes it was that bad at the end :(
We've also decided to play Warhammer FRPG instead of 7th Sea. This was largely down to the fact that I haven't actually run a tabletop RPG for quite a long time and I know the Warhammer system pretty well, certainly a lot better than I do 7th Sea. Plus I've been itching to play the new edition of the game. Anyway both Dom and Nicole are up for it and I'm sure Seth will be (he's currently in the States on holiday so can't check in with him). We may also be getting an extra player or two for the RPG sessions.

Music
Bands of moment definetly include The Gorillaz, Good Charlotte, and The Raveonettes (first album and EP anyway, latest offering is not so good imho). Been playing a lot of all of the above and was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed the Good Charlotte CD.
  • Current Music
    Gorillaz
Junk Baby - Viscous Sydney

The British Rise to Sci-Fi/Fantasy Power......

Good news for British Sci-Fi and Fantasy, apparently all five of this years HUGO Novel Nominees are British for the first time in the awards 63 year history! No surprise to see the brilliant China Mieville amongst them, but I'm not keen on the BBCs overview of his "Iron Council" as it makes it sound a bit lame. On the other hand though the BBC have made me interested in picking up both Ian McDonal's "River of Gods" and Susanna Clarke's "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell". Anyone read either of those two???

Why The Future Could Be British (BBC News Online; Thursday 4th August 2005)

In other news, I went and saw Charlie & The Chocolate Factory for the second time this evening. I went with Sarah as she hadn't sene it and we hadn't seen each other for near enough 2 weeks. It's still very good on the second viewing and I still urge everyone to try and catch it. It's currently my fave film of 2005! Yes, it even beat Sin City, Batman Begins and Vanity Fair!!!

I also seem to have gone a very retro in this evenings 'after hours' music taste. I'm currently listening to an album that I last listened to on vinyl back in the mid 80's. I have no real idea why I picked up the CD (admittedly it was cheap on ebay, but still....) and even less idea why I'm currently listening it and actually enjoying the mellowness of  some good old fashioned guitar based melodies. It is a classic amongst 80's albums and has actually got some real classic tracks on it. The CD? Dire Straits "Brothers in Arms".

OK, you can shoot me next time you see me....... :p