All entries for August 2006

August 30, 2006

How Democracy Works

I remember seeing this short animated film on a rental video once, I think it's quite good!

Leeds Festival

I've just had an awesome Saturday at the Leeds festival, and now that all my videos and photos are uploaded, I'll tell you all about it….

Well, when we got there, and after a little exploration we went to watch the Long Blondes in the NME/Radio 1 tent, who were OK. Then went over to the Comedy tent to see Andrew Bird, Jon Richardson and the simply excellent Lloyd Langford. Then we went to catch The Subways' set on the main stage, which I liked quite alot, despite never having heard them before.

The rest of the day was spent at or near the main stage. Fall Out Boy were OK, I suddenly became a fan of Belle & Sebastian, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were OK, then came the big guns (the two I'd actually paid to see more than any of the others).

The Kaiser Chiefs were simply incredible (and we got the additional surprise of them being introduced by Peter Kay. This is a clip of the opening to 'Na Na Na Na Naa':

Then came Franz Ferdinand who were awesome (although in my opinion, the KCs just tipped them for first place in the excellence stakes), and I managed to get a full video of 'Do You Want To':

All in all, a pretty good day! Then came getting home, which was surprisingly painless, but getting back into Bolton at 4am on Sunday morning (including a bus–load of drunk people from Manchester!)

All the pictures from it are here.


August 28, 2006

I have lived through 67 of these 158 things

A. Put numbers in the boxes instead of x's (example: 1, 2, 3, 4, )
B. Repost as "I have lived through of these 158 things."

[x] I have read a lot of books.
[x] I have been on some sort of varsity team.
[1] I have run more than 2 miles without stopping.
[x] I have been to Canada.
[2] I have been to Europe.
[3] I have watched cartoons for hours.
[4] I have tripped UP the stairs.
[x] I have fallen down an entire flight of stairs.
[5] I have been snowboarding/skiing.
[6] I have played ping pong.

[7] I swam in the ocean.
[x] I have been on a whale watch.
[8] I have seen fireworks.
[x] I have seen a shooting star.
[x] I have seen a meteor shower.
[x] I have almost drowned.
[9] I have been so embarrassed I wanted to disappear.
[10] I have listened to one CD over and over and over again.
[11] I have had stitches.
[x] I have had frostbite.

[x] I have licked a frozen pole and got stuck there.
[x] I have stayed up til 2 doing homework/projects. [12] I currently have a job.
[13] I have been ice skating. (badly)
[14] I have been rollerblading. (badly again)
[15] I have fallen flat on my face.
[16] I have tripped over my own two feet.
[x] I have been in a fist fight.
[17] I have played videogames for more than 3 hours straight.
[18] I have watched the Power Rangers.

[x] I attend Church regularly.
[19] I have played truth or dare.
[20] I have already had my 16th birthday.
[21] I have already had my 17th birthday.
[22] I've called someone stupid.
[23] I've been in a verbal argument.
[24] I've cried in school.

[25] I've played basketball on a team. (if interform B team counts)
[x] I've played baseball on a team.
[x] I've played Rugby on a team.
[26] I've played football on a team. (likewise for 25)
[x] I've done cheerleading on a team.
[27] I've played softball on a team. (interform again)
[x] I've played volleyball on a team.
[x] I've played tennis on a team.
[x] I've been on a track or cross country team.
[28] I've been swimming more than 20 times in my life.
[x] I've bungee jumped.
[29] I've climbed a rock wall (was actually quite good)
[x] I've lost more than £20.

[x] I've called myself an idiot. and worse
[30] I've called someone else an idiot.
[x] I've cried myself to sleep.
[31] I've had (or have) pets.
[32] I've owned a Spice Girls CD.
[x] I've owned a Britney Spears CD.
[x] I've owned an N*Sync CD.
[x] I've owned a Backstreet Boys CD. (my brother did though!)
[x] I've mooned someone.
[x] I have sworn at someone of authority before.

[33] I've been in the newspaper.
[x] I've been on TV.
[x] I've been to Hawaii.
[x] I've eaten sushi.
[x] I've been on the other side of a waterfall
[x] I've watched all of the Lord of the Rings movies.
[x] I've watched all the Harry Potter movies.
[x] I've watched all of the Rocky movies.
[x] I've watched the 3 Stooges.
[x] I've watched "Newlyweds" Nick & Jessica.

[34] I've watched Looney Tunes.
[x] I've been stuffed into a locker/I have stuffed others into lockers.
[35] I've been called a geek. (repeatedly!)
[x] I've studied hard for a test and got a bad grade
[36] I've not studied at all for a test and aced it.
[37] I've hugged my mom within the past 24 hrs.
[x] I've hugged my dad within the past 24 hours.
[x] I've met a celebrity/music artist.
[38] I've written poetry. (school stuff only)
[x] I've been arrested.

[x] I've been attracted to someone much older than me.
[x] I've been tickled till I've cried.
[x] I've tickled someone else until they cried.
[39] I've had/have siblings.
[40] I've been to a rock concert.
[x] I've listened to classical music and enjoyed it.
[41] I've been in a play. (not since school)
[42] I've been picked last in gym class. (no–one else dare get picked last!)
[x] I've been picked first in gym class.
[43] I've been picked in that middle–range in gym class. (im not always so bad!)

[44] I've cried in front of my friends.
[x] I've read a book longer than 1,000 pages. (do you have to have read all the pages?!)
[45] I've played Halo 2. (hell yeah!)
[46] I've freaked out over a sports game.
[x] I've been to Alaska.
[x] I've been to China.
[47] I've been to Spain.
[x] I've been to Japan.
[x] I've had a fight with someone on Instant Messenger.
[48] I've had a fight with someone face–to–face.

[x] I've had serious conversations on any IM.
[49] I've forgiven someone who has done something wrong to me.
[50] I've been forgiven.
[x] I've screamed at a scary movie.
[x] I've cried at a chick flick.
[51] I've watched a lot of action movies. (a fair few)
[52] I've screamed at the top of my lungs. (one word – oblivion)
[x] I've been to a rap concert.
[x] I've been to a hip hop concert.
[x] I've lived in more than 2 houses. (same house since I was born – will be 2 when move into Uni house)
[x] I've driven on the highway/been on the highway.
[x] I've driven more than 40 miles in a day/been in a car that went more than 40 miles in a day. (never driven anywhere bar go–karts)
[x] I've been in a car accident.
[x] I've done drugs.
[x] I've been homesick.
[53] I've thrown up.
[x] I've puked on someone.
[x] I've been horseback riding.
[x] I've filled out more than 10 MySpace surveys.
[x] I've spoken my mind in public.

[54] I've proved someone wrong.
[55] I've been proven wrong by someone.
[x] I've broken a leg.
[x] I've broken an arm.
[x] I've fallen off a swing.
[x] I've swung on a swing for more than 30 minutes straight
[x] I've watched Winnie the Pooh movies.
[x] I've forgotten my backpack when I've gone to school.
[x] I've lost my backpack.

[x] I've come close to dying.
[x] I've seen someone die.
[56] I've known someone who has died.
[x] I've wanted to be an actor/actress at some point.
[57] I've done modelling. (railway modelling?)
[58] I've forgotten to brush my teeth some mornings.
[59] I've taken something/someone for granted.
[60] I've realized how good my life is.
[61] I've counted my blessings.
[62] I've made fun of a classmate.

[63] I've been asked out by someone and I said no. (only people who clearly were taking the piss)
[x] I've slapped someone in the face.
[x] I've been skateboarding.
[64] I've been backstabbed by someone I thought was a friend.
[65] I've lied to someone to their face.
[66] I've told a little white lie.
[x] I've taken a day off from school just so I don't go insane.
[x] I've fainted.
[x] I've had an argument with someone about whether cheerleading is a sport or not.
[x] I've pushed someone into a pool.
[x] I've been pushed into a pool.
[67] I've been/ am in love.

67 – not too shabby!


August 13, 2006

A1GP Manchester Demonstration

I took a trip into Manchester with my Dad this afternoon to see the A1GP series (a kind of rival series to Formula 1) do their demonstation parade around Manchester City Centre. Despie being an avid follower of Formula 1, I've never seen (or heard!) any of these cars in 'real–life' before, and especially not stood 5 feet away from them!

Anyway, 6 counties (they have countries instead of manufacturers) displayed their cars around the street circuit. We were positioned on one of the slower parts of the circuit, at St. Mary's Gate, outside M&S, but some cars were still nailing it past! The highlight was the Irish car which did a practice start right next to us! These are the photos I took on my phone:

British A1GP car

The British Car

Chinese A1GP Car
The Chinese Car

Lebanese A1GP Car
The Lebanese car

Australian A1GP Car
The Australian car (which you could probably have guessed from its sponsorship!)

And, as an added bonus, I also did a video of three of the cars passing, which can be found here.

Enjoy!

All in all, it was pretty ace!


August 12, 2006

Attack of the Jellymonsters!

I had this really terrifying dream the other night. I arrived in some city to find that a load of rampging circular blobs of jelly with angry–looking eyes were on the loose, and eating people. They were lead by a load of jelly snakes (you're starting to see the theme here I guess). After a bit, one blue blob of jelly started to chase me. I continued to run until a person shouted at me 'You need to ask it not to eat you!' At that point I turned around to face it, and begged, tearfully, 'Please don't eat me, I don't want to die', at which point, the blob of jelly said, 'Alright, I'll let you off then', and left me alone.

Then I woke up in a cold sweat. It was really scary!

(Note: I have very messed up dreams sometimes)


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