All entries for July 2005

July 26, 2005

Bah

Another reason that having a 9.30 to 5.30 job smells:

FREE Instore and album signing in London!

As a special treat to celebrate the release of the new album the band are playing a FREE acoustic show in London next Tuesday 26th July at Fopp in Covent Garden at 2pm!!!

The address is:

Fopp, 1 Earlham St, Covent Garden, London WC2

Get there early as it will no doubt be really full. After the set the band will be signing copies of their new record. For each purchase of 'Pretty In Black' the band will give fans a free cool limited edition Raveonettes poster too!!!


Help!

Non covert entry this time

Does anyone have any teenage siblings or friends? preferably around the middle ground of 15–17

Sugar magazine run a monthly feature called My Track Record and we're really stuck this month.

This is the summary of what it is: Basically we need someone for our regular feature in Boys Bits called My Track Record, where we need guys to send a pic of themselves and four of their girlfriends (past and present), and talk about their relationship, what they liked about the girl and why it ended. All very sweet, not insulting I promise!

It's quite a small feature with passport sized pics but we will need permission from all the girls involved.

Please comment if you can help


July 18, 2005

Time grabs you by the wrist

I meant to go to bed really early tonight but maybe it's the fear of how much of a turning point this is that's making me put it off.

I'm staying with family friends in Charlton for a couple of weeks and have fed their rabbit, guinea pigs and rats, watered their tomato plants, told my mum i've got here safe, made some dinner, caught up with people, checked train times and weather for tomorrow and now I'm drinking Ribena and writing this but yet I have made little move to sort out what I need to take with me tomorrow morning (passport, starter form, CV, non typical student appearance), clean my teeth, or bed down for the night.

Even for the past few days I've been stoically avoiding packing because this is the first time I've packed up my life for a permanent move ever since I was 7 years old or so. Additionally this is the first new city I've had to get used to living in for about the same amount of time. I've gotten good at navigating London by tube and the West End by foot but the rest is a big unknown.

In an ideal world, I'd like to move closer into Brum than my house is and work somewhere there, because I love it as a city and like being ridiculously close to the Malverns and to Wales and all sorts of other bits of green and also after moving round so much when I was younger, it's nice to feel some attachment to somewhere. However, the positive of all that moving is that I'm really good at settling in new places and quite happy to call all sorts of places home.

That said, I'm scared of London being my new home. It's vastness and etiquette (or lack thereof) is over-awing, the throngs of people all going in the opposite direction to you, the crushing rush hour, the invisibility of everyone to everyone else.

I've thought a lot about the bombings as well but have not blogged about it til now because I wanted to get an overview and not give a reflex reaction. Whether it's of my own accord or as a result of keeping up with current affairs is a blurred line, yet either way, the bombings have been high in my mind. Being on campus at the time, I was physically distant from it all: I didn't lose anyone, I didn't know anyone who was injured and I wasn't there. However, Londoners I know were shaken and/or upset and maybe the constant reference from the news as 7th July as "that fateful day", the attempts from the press to re-create the 9/11 sentiment by calling Thursday "7/7", the general bombardment from the press as if the world has stopped, fuelling the involuntary morbid curiosity of the public and has raised my worry levels. Today was the first day that I actively moved to turn off the radio when the news came on.

The turning off of the radio is a turnaround from Friday just gone, when I felt some sort of chest-tightening panic at moving down to London. I knew that I would, and know that I will, travel as normal and work as normal and go about things as normal and that things probably won't enter my mind as I go about day to day life but I did shiver slightly driving past Tavistock square, still closed off, and past Kings Cross station with many faces staring out from the posters of those missing stuck to the outer wall and unavoidable.

As Mark has implied on his blog, life itself is an unpredictable event. Who knows what might happen tomorrow, bad or good. I thought my parents would be terrified that I was coming to London but my mum unexpectedly said something very level headed "when your time's up, it's up, and that's it". As with much of what my mum says, that's an oversimplification but having said that, it's one with a lot of truth. It's never going to feel that simple for those you leave behind but you can't live your life being overly anxious about another bombing incident in the U.K., because then who's losing: you, or the terrorists?

Anyway, so now I really better prepare for my first day of work otherwise I'll be so visibly tired they'll boot me out on my first day! I don't know how working 9.30 to 5.30, 5 days a week, will feel. Not that I've not done it before but this isn't the start of just a job, it's the start of my career and come September, everything'll sink in as everyone goes back to university and I ponder when to take a chunk of my 5 weeks of holiday.

It's an old classic but it feels very significant to me at the mo and I may well stick the ol' iPod in my ears and drift off to the strains of this:

Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don't ask why
It's not a question, but a lesson learned in time

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it's worth it was worth all the while

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.


July 17, 2005

I need your heart cos mine is broken

A line from "1am" by The Subways there.

Their new album is ace and I happen to have reviewed it here

Noone's commented on it yet, unlike Kaiser Chiefs – Employment, which has ridiculous numbers of comments all squabbling with each other here

Their forthcoming single, out in August, is going to be With You, which is somewhat of a surprise to me cos I thought they'd release something like "I want to hear what you have got to say" instead and people are going to start getting even more sickened by Billy warbling (tunefully and with lots of rock) about Charlotte. Rock'n'Roll Queen was quite enough thanks, specially when he sang it to her last time I saw them live, EWWWW.


July 15, 2005

First the day to day

Well RaW at the ICG I think was a huge success. I had loads of fun being the one back at the studio and coordinating music in fill with live reports, recordings, interviews and loads and loads of e-mails in from everywhere from Bahrain to Holland to Canada to the U.S.A. It was lovely to have people actually enjoy our output and be vocal about it. Some of the messages sent in and some of the output can be accessed at the RaW website .

Unfortunately we were so busy that I didn't get to do any interview editing and docu making and more importantly: didn't get to go to Fopp. I think this was good for my soul but I will have to escape there a.s.a.p. (work permitting: the London Fopp isn't as good as the Lemmingtown one).

I am itching to blog about the Werchter festival which I attended at the start of the hols but that's going to have to wait because 4 days of music is going to be mammoth to review and I need to move to London and start that there job.

Also, I have done another album review which you can check out here at BBC music interactive

In my opinion it's an album definitely worth getting, though it'll take a while to adjust to the super short tracks and the surprise insertion of much slower tracks than the rock that The Subways are becoming renowned for. Check out this band live if you can as they're amazing to watch. this is their website if you want more details of any tours

Of course I have just returned from sometimes in Welshie land and much fun was had on the beach, in a static caravan, at a theme park (Oakwood), erecting a gazebo, in Milly's house and at Mel's birthday celebrations (mmm pineapple and cheese). Chad Michael Murray: fitty


July 06, 2005

What???

"Vanessa was the only Housemate not to receive a single nomination. "

BUT HOW?


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