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25th February 2006

Saturday - 3.45pm : Thanks for all the comments on The Darkness gig and photos. It's always nice to receive positive feedback. The next gigs I've got tickets to are in April, when I'll have 2 within a few days of each other. They'll be seated concerts though, so no more new gig photos from me until at least June (unless something crops up).

On Thursday evening I went to see Tony Robinson's Cunning Night Out at Ludlow Assembly Rooms. Tony was great. The evening was based around his life, with plenty of comedy injected. He even mooned at us at one point, though that was prompted by somebody's question. There was a Q & A session during the second half and Tony also gave us a bit of a sing-song at the end and insisted we joined in! After it was all over, Tony could be found sat to one side of the merchandise stall signing programmes and books. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to queue and get his autograph as I was with my parents. They wanted to get home as early as possible, because they had an early start on Friday morning. All in all it was a good night out.

I'm home alone this weekend. It's just the cats & I. Leo kindly woke me at 5am this morning. I opened my eyes to find a fury face just inches away from me. He wanted to play at 5am! Due to having come down with a cold I wasn't a willing participant at that time. So Leo decided to play with everything and anything he could get his paws on in the house, ensuring I'd wake up properly. I managed to get back to sleep a couple of hours later, much to my relief.

So since I'm not feeling too good, it's a weekend in front of the TV. I've been watching Two and a Half Men on Paramount Comedy and I've got 2 episodes of 24 on tape from last weekend to watch before tomorrow night's episode. Plus Blow arrived on DVD from EasyCinema, so there's plenty to keep me busy.

Thanks to Rob, Graeme, Lisa E, Andrea, Nick, Karen, Sarah, Daydreamer of Oz, Shannon, Viamarie, Denny Shane, Cassie, Margalit, Cin, Miss M, Me, Myself & I and Kati.


21st February 2006

Tuesday - 8.15pm : Sunday night was my first concert of the year. I stood queuing for 2 hours in the freezing cold, but it was well worth it.......

The first support act was a band called The Ark (renamed "The Arkness" for the night!) from Sweden. I was stood next to a Swedish couple who'd come just to see The Ark and they went mad when the band arrived on stage. The Ark are a strange bunch, but they really got the crowd going with their performance. Apparently they're one of Sweden's biggest acts, but we rarely get European acts here in the UK so I'd never heard of them before. They played songs such as "It Takes a Fool to Remain Sane" (at the start of which, we were all told we were fools!), "Father of a Son" and "One Of Us Is Gonna Die Young".

The second support act was Juliette and The Licks ("Juliette" being Hollywood actress Juliette Lewis from films such as From Dusk Til Dawn). Juliette reminded me a bit of a young (and female - obviously) Mick Jagger, strutting her stuff on stage. I'd previously seen a video of theirs so I knew what to expect. I quite enjoyed their set, but what with The Ark and The Darkness being a bit flamboiant, they didn't stand out as much.

While the rest of The Darkness arrived on stage, Justin appeared, suspended on wires, on what can only be described as a huge pair of knockers (with flashing nipples, no less)! When he came back down to earth, the show began. And what a show it was. True Darkness style! Despite Justin's throat feeling like "bear sh*t wrapped in fish-hooks" (his words, not mine!), you'd never have guessed as he belted out the classics from the first album and the new songs from the second. Dan, as usual, played guitar like he was born with it in his hands... A true natural. Richie (replacing Frankie as bassist) stepped straight into Frankie's shoes and rocked away like he'd been there the whole time (techically he had, he was formerly Dan's guitar technician). Still, part of me missed seeing Frankie and his hair on stage (you get used to certain people being on stage when you've seen a band 5 or 6 times). Ed was hidden behind his drums, as usual, but was surrounded by a pair of devil horns with flames shooting out of them from time to time. As per usual, The Darkness had a fantastic firework display with fireworks shooting out from the front of the stage, giving minor heart attacks to most of us stood at the front! Justin ended the show with another stint in the air suspended by wires. This time it was just him and his guitar up there... Giving a whole different meaning to the words "air guitar"!

Once again, The Darkness put on a show not to be missed. The second album maybe not have gone down as well as the first, but that'll never stop them from putting on a spectacular show. The boys from Lowestoft will be with us for many years to come and I for one will always turn up to see them perform. What a great start to my year of music!

You can find photos of the gig here.

Thanks for comments go to Joss, Karen, Andrea, Srp, Kross-eyed Kitty, Graeme, Me, Myself & I, Old Old Lady of the Hills, Denny Shane, Viamarie, Sarah, Skye, Xtel, Jolynn, Kati and D. Challener Roe.


18th February 2006

Saturday - 5.15pm : Postcrossing is still going well. Over the past few days I've received a couple of postcards in the post and a beautiful message from somebody in Florida who'd received a postcard I'd sent. It's always nice to know when somebody really appreciates that small bit of mail.

Some of you might remember that in November 2004 I went to see Christian Slater in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest at the Gielgud theatre in London (and got to meet him too - He looked perfect while I looked like gale-force winds had just flown up the street!). Anyway, the news is that Christian is coming back to the UK to do another stint of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, but this time at the Garrick Theatre in London. It's showing from the end of March until early June and tickets went on sale this week... I'm so tempted!

Now I have a recommendation for you, especially if you enjoy reading short stories.

Run for Your Afterlife - A while back I visited D.Challener Roe's blog. At the time he was giving a taster on a story he was writing and I liked what I'd read. I left a comment saying I'd be interested in reading the finished article and this morning he left me a message saying the story was finished and up on his website. It's a great take on the "Afterlife" and I'm sure you'll enjoy the story (Don't for get to drop the author a comment!).

I didn't take my parents to see Walk The Line today after all. Both my parents are ill now! When one of them isn't coughing, the other one is. I hope I don't catch it too!

Anyway, I'm off to watch Moonlight & Valentino so I can get the DVD sent back to EasyCinema. Thanks to Andrea (Yes, the Kaiser Chiefs are good. Well worth having a listen.), Karen, Graeme, Mark, Sarah, SNiP, Nick, Chele in LA, Rashbre, Denny Shane, Jo, Viamaria and Dawn.


15th February 2006

Wednesday - 10.10pm : I went to the cinema tonight to see Fun with Dick and Jane. It was on at the small screen at our local cinema. When I say small screen I mean around 25 seats tightly packed together in a room smaller no bigger than the average living room! Still, there was only 6 of us watching the film so I guess it was the perfect size. Anyway, on to the film...

Fun with Dick and Jane was good. It's a typical Jim Carrey film with plenty of laughs. It was a really enjoyable film and not once did I look at my watch and wonder when it was going to finish. It's definitely one I'd recommend anyone looking for a laugh.

Walk The Line will finally be on at the cinema in Shrewsbury from Friday onwards. So I'm thinking of taking my parents to see it on Saturday, providing Dad is feeling better by then.

Season 5 of '24' began here on Sunday evening and what a start to the season it was! There was no build up, it was straight into the action and once again even the regulars weren't safe. It looks like we've another fantastic season ahead of us.

PhotoBox never fail to impress me. I uploaded and ordered around 40 photos (including enlargements) at PhotoBox during my lunch break today and just 30 minutes later I received an email to say they'd been dispatched. Not only that, but I had a 25% discount on the order through their offers this month. Now that's service for you! No doubt they'll arrive in the mail tomorrow morning. PhotoBox give you more online storage space for your photos with each and ever order. I've been a customer for over 3 years and not once have I had cause for complaint. If anyone in the UK fancies trying them out, let me know and I'll "refer" you - You'll get 10 free prints and if you order I get some too!

Anyway, I think that's all from me. Apart from a quick moan about James Blunt winning 'Best Male Solo Artist' at The Brits tonight instead of Robbie Williams. Although, I'm glad to see Kaiser Chiefs won 3 awards... Well deserved, in my opinion.

Thanks to Karen, Old Old Lady of the Hills, Carmi, Archshrk, Andrea, Me, Myself & I, Graeme, Sarah, Jolynn, SNiP (Valentines Day was pretty uneventful, as usual) and Dawn (It was just another day this time around, thanks for asking though).


11th February 2006

Saturday - 10.10pm : Sarah and I were going to watch Serenity tonight, but Sarah's not feeling too well so we've postponed our movie night for now. Actually, I'm not feeling 100% myself... I've had headaches (nothing new there) over the past couple of days, especially when I stand up, and now my left eye has started to swell. Dad isn't feeling well either, he's got a really bad cough at the moment - I hope I don't catch it (I don't want to be coughing all the way through The Darkness gig next weekend)!

EasyCinema have sent Moonlight and Valentino for me to watch this time. I think I might have seen it before, but I'm not sure. Should be a good watch - I quite like Whoopi Goldberg and the lovely Jon Bon Jovi is in it too. I'll let you know what I think.

Season 5 of '24' arrives on UK TV screens tomorrow night and you can guarantee I'll be glued to the screen. I'm a big fan of Kiefer Sutherland, so I was elated to be given the chance to see him on TV on a weekly basis in the form of '24'. I can't wait to see what's going to happen this time around. Just how many days from hell can one man have?!

Talking of '24'... Did I ever mention I have pre-ordered '24' - The Game? It looks fantastic and I can't wait to get my hands on it. It's released mid-March, so I'll have a bit of a wait, but it's not too far away. One of the screenshots I've seen from the game actually reminded me of Kiefer back in the days of The Lost Boys!

I'm watching From Dusk Till Dawn (again) at the moment. I can't resist a film with George Clooney in. Anyway, Juliette Lewis is in it and she is in a band called Juliette & The Licks, who just happen to be supporting The Darkness this time around. So I'll be seeing her on stage next Sunday.

And now for something that has nothing to do with the entertainment industry.......

Thanks to my great friend Lisa for sending me a box of paper-craft goodies! They arrived in the mail this morning. I've put together a box of paper-craft goodies for Lisa, too. I was in our local paper-craft shop today so I bought a couple of extra things to put in it and I'll put it in the post on Monday morning.

Thanks for comments go out to Me, Myself & I, Graeme, Sarah, Wendy Wings, Andrea, Karen, Nick, Jolynn, Mar, Kati and Dawn.


9th February 2006

Thursday - 8.40pm : I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's on Tuesday evening. Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard head the cast in a film about a young socialite and a writer. If you've never seen it I'd recommend you do, if you ever get the chance. It's a timeless classic and well worth watching.

I've got a couple of recommended websites for you tonight. First up...

Feeling sad or just need a smile put back on your face? Visit I'm Really Sad and I think it'll do the trick! Just keep clicking for more.

Samburu - This is a shop for animal lovers around the world. Whether you like cats, dogs or farmyard animals you're bound to find something you like, whether it's a gift for you or for your beloved furry one. They've got everything from greetings cards, crafty stuff, pet accessories, cuddley toys and more. I've already spotted a whole load of stuff I want.

Ergh... I've got hiccups. I've had them for most of the evening. It's highly amusing for Mum who was laughing at me when she came in with a mug of minty hot chocolate! I'm forever getting hiccups, although I haven't had them for a while now. I hope they won't last for much longer, else my chest will be getting sore.

Anyway, that's all from me. Thanks to Liza Marie, Karen, Andrea (I've not been sent it yet), Graeme, Sarah, Mark (except I was sober!) and Suzanne.

P.S. - My shoulder is fine now, thanks.


6th February 2006

Monday - 10.25pm : I must have slept funny last night. My left shoulder was giving me a bit of trouble when I got up this morning and it ached while I was sat at my desk in work. It's nothing new, but I've not had it like that for a while. You see, when I was in college (about 8 years ago) I managed to fall over and hit my shoulder hard against the pavement. Subsequently, I couldn't move my arm much for a few weeks and I've had trouble with my shoulder (every now and then) ever since. Seems to be fine at the moment though.

I joined EasyCinema's Online DVD Rentals after my journal entry on Saturday night. I've already accumulated quite a list in my selection (including Must Love Dogs, Kinky Boots and Blow), as well as reserved a few not out yet. I've got a DVD on it's way to me already (which will hopefully arrive tomorrow) - Breakfast at Tiffany's - a good old classic! The dearly departed George Peppard has always been a favourite of mine. I've seen the film before, but it'll still be a change to seeing him in The A Team (I've seen every episode!).

I watched South of Heaven West of Hell yesterday. It's not the best film I've ever seen, but I still quite enjoyed it. Dwight Yoakam plays the lead character, Valentine Casey, a Marshall in the Tucson territory of the early 1900s who has to confront his past. Worth giving a chance, I think.

Anyway, thanks to Panthergirl, Mark, Andrea, Graeme, Karen, Sarah, Miss M, Jean-Luc Picard, Wendy Wings, Prego, Paul Sveda, Karen, Jolynn, Nick and Liza Marie.

P.S. - Happy Birthday to Sarah for tomorrow!


4th February 2006

Saturday - 7.00pm : My plans for this weekend have completely flown out through the window. As I mentioned on Thursday, I had hoped to go out and take some photos today which, for some reason or other, didn't happen. My plan for tomorrow was to go and see Walk The Line at the cinema in Shrewsbury, but for some reason they've decided not to show it on it's opening week. So that's that idea out of the window.

I ended up going to town this afternoon. Dad needed a lift so he could collect his motorbike from a friend and Mum wanted a bit of shopping, so I took them down. Of course, I ended up spending money again! This time on a new watch and a top. It's Mum's fault... I swear she encourages me!

I also popped into Choices and rented a DVD. I wanted to get Kinky Boots (starring Chiwetel Ejiofor - some of you may recognise him as The Operative in Serenity), but it was all out, so I chose South of Heaven, West of Hell (a Western starring Billy Bob Thornton and Vince Vaughn) instead.

Talking of renting DVDs... I'm thinking of joining EasyCinema's Online DVD Rentals. £1.99 per rental, which beats Choices and most other rental stores here by a milestone. Other bonuses are free postage and you can keep them for as long as you like (so no having to return them within a couple of days). Amazon have a very similar thing going, but I prefer EasyCinema's way of purchasing (via credits lasting 90 days, rather than Amazon's monthly plans). Anyway, I think I'll give it a try. I'll still get DVDs from my local rental store once in a while, because sometimes there's a day when you fancy watching a certain film and you don't want to wait.

Thanks to Mark, Graeme, Andrea, Carmi, Chele in LA, Karen, Liza Marie, Kati, Nick, Jolynn, Sarah, Cassie, Melly, Me, Myself & I, Kenju, Carolyn and Chloe-Lynn.


2nd February 2006

Thursday - 9.15pm : Another month has passed, quickly too. This month brings me The Darkness at Birmingham, Tony Robinson at Ludlow, a trip to the dentist (which I'm not too thrilled about, obviously) and maybe a trip to Melton to see Lisa & Harley.

I've been spending money again. Tickets for a one-off Ricky Martin gig in London went on pre-sale this morning and I couldn't resist. I can't wait, I've not seen him on stage before, but I imagine he's good! So as well as seeing Ricky in April and The Darkness in a couple of weeks, this year I'll also be seeing Take That (twice!), Bon Jovi and Robbie Williams. Have I forgotten anyone?

On the comedy front... Not only will I be seeing Tony Robinson later this month, but Sarah & I will be going to see Jo Brand at our local theatre in June. I made sure we got tickets somewhere in the middle. Comedians are notorious for picking on people at the front!

Plans for this weekend... I might go out for the day on Saturday and take some photos - Not sure where yet though. On Sunday I'm hoping to take my parents to the cinema to see Walk The Line. Dad is quite a Johnny Cash fan. He's seen the trailer for it and already thinks Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon are great. So I'm sure he'll enjoy the film, I'm sure we all will.

Anyway, I'm off to watch Bones. Thanks to Dawn, Andrea, Chel in LA, Pearl, Stephanie, Utenzi, Goofy Girl, Kati, Shannon, Prego, Karen, Graeme, Mark, Carmi, Cassie, Jolynn, Sarah, Liza Marie, Lissy, Chloe-Lynn and Katie.