June 15th, 2006

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(Gig) Live / Kharma 45

I took a slight departure from my regular gig going this evening and went and saw Live at The Astoria. I say 'a slight departure' because I don't really listen to MOR (Middle fo the Road) Rock and haven't really ever done apart from the occasional band such as Nickleback (oh, and bands like Bon Jovi but that was back in the 80's! :p). But goldmoonrj wanted to see them as they've never played Brazil and who am I do deny a damsel in distress...

The first band of the evening were Kharma 45 whom I've never heard of before. They had some good tunes and some not so good tunes. They also tended to  repeat lyrics quite a bit in a couple of their songs which wasn't the most interesting of options they could have taken. I did however quite enjoy them. They were a kind of rockier version of Kasabian - mixing in backing tracks, with almost chill out beats, rocky guitar and singing. They are apparently going to playing Reading in August so I may stop by and have anotehr listen. In anycase I'll be keeping an eye on their Myspace site to see if they are playing London again and may catch them as I think they are a band with potential if they can work on the lyrics a bit more (certainly the music was very good).

Now I've actually seen Live before. I'm not sure when exactly (and I'm too lazy to check right now) but I think it was between 1992 - 1994. They played Brixton Academy back then and I seem to remember thinking it was an 'alright but not great' gig. I've also not heard any of their material since that period (which was I believe their debut album - which I do have somewhere in one of my many stacks of CDs that have sat in the same place as I put them when I moved in here two years ago!). They do have some 'anthems' which most people will probably recognise even if they are not familiar with the band as they were quite popular at the time (or I should say would probably recognise if you were into rock music in the early 90's ;p). Personal taste aside for a moment I will say that the band are really, really good live. They are tight, charismatic, play every song with the passion as though it was the last song of the encore and they want to leave the crowd on a high, very chatty and they really got pretty much the entire crowd going. If you like them, or rock in general, then I would seriously reccommend going to see them. They are certainly worth it. Personally, whilst I thought they played a blinding gig they are not my 'cup of tea'. I guess I'm just not that kind of 'rock kid' anymore. Apart from a few tracks (pretty much the hits from early 90's) I thought the music was pretty samey and if I'd been at home I'd have certainly changed the CD or channel surfed to something more to my taste. I'm very glad I went, but I wouldn't go and see them again. If you are a Live fan (which 99% of the crowd seemed to be) I'm sure it'll be your 'Gig of the Year!'. I know goldmoonrj really enjoyed herself which was great to see. I just like a bit more 'alternative and innovation' in my rock music.

I'd also like to say that they were very loud and I now seem to have lost partial hearing in atleast one ear but maybe both. Certainly one more than the other for sure... :p
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GenCon Indy...

There now exists a slim chance that I may be attending GenCon Indy in August. This has taken me a bit by surprise as I wasn't planning on going back to the States this year but business needs seem to indicate I should.

So (there was always going to be a 'so' in this mail...)  I was wondering if any of my dearest friends and readers were going to be there and might have a spare place in their hotel room for a Brit? I would obviously pay half the cost of the room (if it is just the two of us).

Please let me know if this might be possible and I'll have a look at the otehr logistics.

Jason? Gareth? anyone?

Many thanks,


(News) Billie Piper To Leave Doctor Who

Well just becaus eit's not political, scientific or whatever it is still news you know! It'll probably interest more of you than some of my political/environmental/social posts anyway ;p

It's been announced this morning that Billie Piper is to leave Doctor Who at the end of this current series (Season 2). Nothing has been said about her exit and the BBC are keeping tight lipped about her departure in an episode called 'Doomsday'.

Another interesting thing to come out of the article is that she is currently filming a BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman's (he of "His Dark Materials" fame) Victorian thriller "Ruby in the Smoke"

Billie Piper To Leave Doctor Who (BBC News Online; Thursday 15th June 2006)

So, who do we reckon will replace her as the Doctor's new assistance?

Continuing the run of c-list singers resurrecting their careers on the show maybe Peter Andre? The Cheeky Girls? Lisa (from Steps)? or maybe even Emma Bunton (Baby Spice)! Actually what about Geri Halliwell?
England - Three Lions

England 2 - 0 Trinidad & Tobago

Bloody hell England left that late. Glad we finished up 2-0 winners though. Phew.

Well we're automatically through to the next round regardless of the result against Sweden next week. Hopefully we'll be able to rest some players and possibly give young Theo his World Cup debut.

As much as Sven has been criticised about his use of substitutes bringing on Lennon was the real change of the game. It may have been good to see Rooney on the pitch for the fans but Lennon did make the real difference.
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GenCon Indy... Part 2...

Rock n Roll...

Hotel accomodation for the show - check
Traders Pass - check
Airplane Ticket  - to be brought next week

It looks like yours truly will be heading over to the Great US of A to attend GenCon in Indy. I haven't been to a US GenCon since we launched Valkyrie Magazine back in 1994. Then it was in Milwaukee, Magic was a year old, White Wolf was 'cool', we had The Safe House to party in and I was a young innocent goth! (well ok, not so innocent :p). Actually one day I'm going to have to scan in my old passport photo and upload it here so you guys and gals can see what a '94 vintage Angus looked like. I know iamnikchick saw it a few years ago in Vegas but I'm not sure if anyone else on my friends list ever saw it (although ukmonty and some of my old friends might remember my 'hair dye' phase :p).

Anyway, more news to follow as things are sorted out.

Depending on my flights I might also try and sneak a few days extra in another city (hopefully New York in which case I can try and see if jessworld is available and catch up with my old flatmate :p).

PS - corone : this does mean that the thing you haven't been able to speak about will definetly be publicly known at the show so you'll be able to rave away to your hearts content. It might be good to have lunch and sort out a press release and project overview for the show  :p
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Dragonmeet LJ Community

I've just created a LJ Community for Dragonmeet for any of you guys and gals that might be interested.

I'll be using this as one of the ways to keep people informed of developments for this years shows. Special guests, sponsors, games, traders and all the otehr groovy things that take place during the day.

This years convention could be the best yet - especially as I believe we have the dubious accolade of being Britians largest RPG/Board Games Convention this year as GenCon UK isn't taking place in 2006.

Anyway, please join up and please spread the word about the community and the conevtnion itself!

Dragonmeet 2006 Website

dragonmeet LiveJournal Community