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Showing posts from April, 2014


Things have been pretty hectic as per usual, I wanted to write about the Manics last week whilst it was still fresh, so now is the time to catch up with everything else.

The struggles I mentioned about getting to the Manics involved a flat tyre on the drive to Upminster - thankfully the road was relatively clear when it went and I was able to manoeuvre onto the cycle path at the side. However, as Ford don't supply spare wheels with their newer cars (to save weight apparently, therefore MPG is higher) all I had was a tub of sealant to pump in to try and fix the puncture. This made zero difference, and meant we had to call the breakdown people to tow us to the station. We got there just in time and were able to get to Brixton about 20 minutes before the Manics were due on - enough time to scoff down a sausage roll from Sainsburys and get a pint. We had arranged to meet an old friend there but were only able to see him for about a minute :-(

The gig was great, but afterwards we had t…

Manic Street Preachers - Brixton Academy 11/4/14

It had been a long wait to see the Manics again - we had missed the last tour, and hadn't seen them since the O2 gig in 2011, and despite various struggles we managed to get to Brixton just in time to buy a pint and get near the front!

We completely missed Scritti Politti, but as I don't know a single thing about them it was not a great loss (and I can't remember the last time I actually liked a support act anyway). We were on the Nicky side (of course) and got pretty close (the picture below was taken at the start, we managed to get to about five rows back).

Unfortunately, we were a bit removed from the people jumping up and down and those who seemed to actually know the songs or indeed the band that was on the stage - there were two blokes in front of us, neither of which seemed to know any of the songs and just stood there motionless, occasionally taking pictures. I can understand casual fans being there, but five rows from the front?

Despite this, the gig itself was gr…

Busy busy

I haven't updated for a while, I've just had so many other things to do - I finally have a few minutes so will post some quick updates.

I've been back to the dentist to have a filling replaced, and it's still not right so going back again tomorrow to hopefully have it sorted out properly. I could really do without it as I have enough to do with work - it's also time I could be cycling!

I finally managed a bike ride wearing summer gear, although the weather has turned cold again so was back in winter gear today. I'm also back on my old bike - I finally got the Ribble fixed and working, only for a spoke to snap on the back wheel whilst trying to power up a hill - I managed to adjust it enough so that I could pedal slowly home, but a few miles down the road the spoke completely went and punctured the tyre and tube. I replaced the tube, only to find that my pump had broken! So I had to call a taxi to take me home. Now it looks like the bike shop can't find a re…