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March 26, 2005

Johnny Cash

I've been listening to a fair bit of the music of the late great Johnny Cash recently. Don't really know why, but I find most of it quite relevant, despite the fact that it's completely different to the majority of the music I listen.

I challenge anyone to listen to "Hurt" and not feel moved in the smallest way. One of the few songs that makes people think about their own mortality I think. On the other hand I might be miles off the mark, but it's my opinion, so I'm right as far as I'm concerned.

Anyone else got any songs they were particularly affected / moved by recently?


March 23, 2005

Reading Festival 2005

Writing about web page http://www.readingfestival.co.uk

Well, just had a look at the lineup announced for the Reading festival this year (already got my ticket).

Friday

Pixies….good good, about time I got to see them.
The Killers…so we didn't get them for Final Fling, oh diddums, at least I get to see them here.
Queens of The Stone Age…Seen them before, not a big deal, but an ok filler
The Coral / Elbow…good filler

Kasabian…not a fanatical fan, but probably worth seeing, interesting decision
BRMC…not a great fan, so probably won't be watching them.

Saturday

Foo Fighters…All the albums are starting to sound the same, but be interesting to see what they're like live..
Kings of Leon..not an avid fan, but will watch them anyway, probably be good.
Razorlight…Some good songs, but most of the album was so-so, here's hoping they're good live.
Jimmy Eat World…Very happy to see them on the bill, will be watching this set I think.

Sunday

Iron Maiden…What can you say about this lot? Not entirely sure tbh..
Marilyn Manson…Is the live set really as "interesting" as ppl make out, looks like I'll have to see.
Incubus…Ok, but somewhat of a filler for me, they all seem the same.

All in all a good line up, not sure if it'll be as good as last year's awesome sunday, but looks like I'll just have to go and find out.

Feel free to comment on the bands, be interesting to see what ppl say about them.


March 08, 2005

Imagine if there was no tea…

Writing about Lovely glorious tea. from Something Random

Ever seen Shaun of the Dead (or any other zombie film before 28 Days Later) ? I think that's probably what you'd get if there was no such thing as tea in the world (or coffee, but this is a tea based rant). Watching people who require a cup of tea in the morning before they start to function properly is actually amusing if for some reason they run out of tea…

I'm not a tea drinker (cue surprised intakes of breath from at least half the population it seems) and so I can't really see why some people have such difficulty in going for any period of time without a cup of the hot water / shredded leaves / milk and/or sugar combo, unless it's simply a caffine addiction, I've seen housemates go mad when they discover that they've run out of teabags and the shop is shut for the night so they can't get more…it's a scary sight.

Why is it that the standard reaction for quite a few people whenever anything happens is to reach straight for the kettle? I'm happy enough with water, squash, juice or coke the majority of the time, and if I do want a hot drink (it's a rare occaision) then hot chocolate is fine, but I never have felt the need to have a drink as a result of something that has happened to me…the first reaction of most tea drinkers at the slightest shock seems to be to go for the kettle, is it psychological conditioning or something?

The other point that bugs me…why is everyone expected to drink tea? Ok, it's only my opinion, but that's the way it seems. On numerous occiasions I have been asked if I would like a cup of tea while waiting for something (waiting for a haircut on campus was a recent example)...I have to politely decline and then risk what seems a massive faux pas by asking for a glass of water if I would actually like something to drink, raised eyebrows are the norm it seems. (Though not at the hairdresser on campus, a pleasant surprise…) During work experience placements I was routinely made cups of tea by well meaning people, who just assumed I drink tea…I was thankful that they went to the effort of making me a drink, just slightly annoyed at the assumption.

And why don't I drink tea? I don't like the taste, that's all. But we all know personal tastes have been the cause of trouble before…I think a sponsored week of abstinence from tea for Comic Relief would be both a challenge for a large number of people and quite funny for me to watch, so go on try it, I'll probably even sponsor you*.

*May not be entirely true, I'd probalby sponsor someone, not someones but stilll…


March 05, 2005

Outdoor regionals time…

Today Bears 2 (well and Bears 1 as well) wandered over to Oxford (or rather a very posh looking independant school near oxford) to take part in the regional qualifiers for the outdoor national for ultimate frisbee. We got nicely battered in every match (against Loughborough, Oxford Brookes and Oxford) 13–2, 10–7 and 13–0. The scores were annoying, but we did enjoying the day…so it was worth it…though getting up (or not in my case) for 7am wasn't too much fun.

On a side note…anyone know what makes for a good social secretary? Seen as that's what I am next year for frisbee, don't want to make too much of a mess of it…any suggestions?


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