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Thursday, July 31, 2003



It's about time I managed to hurt myself again, and so for your enjoyment may a present a 4 second glipse of me hurting myself...

I was supposed to whizz down the drop-off, and up the other side, but a knackered brain and a lack of confidence (as I haven't done any "serious" off-roading for about 5 years) meant that I in fact grabbed the front brake the one thing I knew I shouldn't do, and the one thing I had just warned the friend Matt about doing. So over tha handle bars I went.

Add to that that I'd left my helmet in Salisbury and hadn't got round to collecting it yet...

Ah what a fun evening I had yesterday.

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Dalton Trumbo's Reluctant Cabaret

Also on Sunday I went to see Dalton Trumbo's Reluctant Cabaret at The Laughing Horse comedy club at The Britannia, Richmond, Surrey.

The first tine I saw them I went with M'friends Michelle and Beth, we'd just heard of this comedy night and fancied going, no Idea who was playing. When we got there we had to crouch on the back of a radiator, and struggled to see a few decent comics, and then for the cedond half "Dalton Trumbo's Reluctant Cabaret" were anounced. First on came a woman dressed in a posh frock and a tiara, and then proceded to set up a Keyboard. She didn't say anything until she played a cheesy "introduction" tune as she was joined on stage by a moustachio'd Mr Trumbo, who then introduced his mucical companion as "Moody Bitch" Lady Hugo. Throughout the show they were joined by Jennifer the butler and the Reverend Ho-Chi, and followed one of the best hours of comedy I've seen in a long time. Any description cannot really do justice to the "Wonder Bra" song, the Farmyard song (I am Mr Lama and I'm walking on the Farm. Hello! Hello!)

The second time we saw them we were dissapointed with "only" a 20 min or so show, so during the break Michelle and I spoke to Mr Trumbo (real name unknown...) and asked when we might next get the chance to see their hour-long set, so 27 July was booked!

Earlier in the day I had gone to London for an AFP Meet (see below) so I arrived in Richmond about 7.30, grabbed a beer whilst I spoke with MC Kevin McCarron, he knew my name due to the fact that we'd booked 13 seats! We had spread the word, and returned to take up the entire back 2 rows! Of course I got picked on due to having such a large crowd ("anyone with that many friends must be a drug dealer" Ironic, considering the question I was asked on Saturday!)

The first few acts were good, of note was a female comic named Laura who did a very good set in a "nervous" style. Then, after the break what we all came to see! The whole room was packed, and we were entertained with a more polished version of the show. Lady Hugo, who remains silent throughout the show, has the best facial expressions, these alone are pure genius.

We heard, once more, "Wonderbra", "Farmyard" and all the other favourites, and combined with "hypno hats" and other clever ideas, the remaining hour passed, occasionally with me laughing in anticipation, but mostly with howls of laughter from the crowd.

Absolutely marvelous. If you ever have the chance to se this act I highly recomend it. 13 people cannot be wrong!

Monday, July 28, 2003

AFP Meet: Maaike & Sylvain at the Natural History Museum

I headed off to London early as I wanted to see if I could find a Sony Clié TG50 going cheap[1], so I could pair it up in a bluetooth style with my other new gadget a Sony Ericsson T610, a pretty good phone with great graphics and even better sound. I sent my first ever Picture Message to m'friend Alison from Legoland last Thursday.

Anyway, Tottenham Court Road was closed, so I wasn't forced to spend lots of money.

I then went to my other regular haunt, Covent Garden, as there is a new Swatch Bijoux Ring that I'm quite keen on. The shop assistant told me it was only avaliable in Europe. I said, "We are in Europe" which flummoxed her a bit.

So finally off to The Natural History Museum where, after a moment of not seeing the leaves for the trees I found Eric Jarvis and Dom. We were later found Alec Cawley, and then Maaike and Sylvain turned up within a few minutes of each other.

We entered the museum and headed straight for the Darwin Centre, pausing only to admire the wonderful architecture of the great hall. Amongst the mammals we found a Mon^H^H^HOrang-utan and a Ruthi[2], finally as we made our way to the Darwin Centre we were joined by an Aquarion, a Lone Cat, a Nattie, a Ben, and some other people I've prolly forgotten.

After marvelling at picked animals in jars, standing in circles, and me running over Aq with a bench-on-wheels, we made our way to the cleanrooms exhibit, of which the most fun was had selectively breeding mullets.

Following a quick look at the Earth From The Air exhibit, I made my way to Richmond, Desination: Comedy, as for the others... that's for you to fill in.

Many photos were taken, and will be avaliable presently on My Photo Album

[1] Must. Resist. Punchline.
[2] kylet: "Who are you?" Ruthi "Ruthi" kylet: "Oh, good. Actually that sounded a bit rude didn't it: 'Who are you?'" Perhaps I should have pretended I'd asked, "How are you?"

Saturday, July 26, 2003

Question of the day

I stood outside the Friary Centre in Guildford, collecting for St John Ambulance today.

Whenever I'm on duty people always alk me questions, mostly non-first aid related. Usually this is along the lines of "where are the toilets?" and requests for the location of various things.

Today I got asked where Argos was (twice) the White House pub, discovery toy shop and finally someone asked me where they could get some cannabis. I mean of all the people to ask, why did he pick me?

I got rid off all my stickers except one! I should have got about £80 if I'm any judge, so that's nice. However we need a bit more to pay for our new Crusader and a Vauxhall Zafira Multi-purpose vehicle...

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Dalton Trumbo

I meant to mention earlier, that this Sunday, following the AFP Maaike and Sylvain meet I'm going to see Dalton Trumbo's Reluctant Cabaret, the greatest comedy show I have seen in a long time.

There will be a review to follow.

Legoland rocks!

Okay, that's a slightly POV related comment, and also "XXX Rocks!!" is a pretty crass comment about anything, really.

So let me start again.

I had a great time at Legoland today, the rides are pretty good, even if small child aimed, and the model Europe is just amazing. I took about 90 pictures, some of which will make it onto my Wiki Photo Album at some point this weekend.

There are some great souveniers avaliable too - I managed to get hold of some Lego brick fridge magnets, which now take pride of place allong with the Bagpuss fridge magnets on the Electrolux.

So, this is what blogging is all about is it? I don't know how much more excitement the world could stand.