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Sunday, September 26th, 2010
10:11 pm
Eegads! It's been far too long since I updated this thing.

Plenty has happened since I last posted. I'm still with v15u4l_3rr0r, I've been listening to a lot of acoustic music lately, rather than electronic music (the New Model Army Best Of CD is still on my desk), still working and living where I always have but I am slowly forming plans to escape to Hove or somewhere closer to Brighton.

Most notably I got back from my holiday last week. 4 nights back in Montreal made me realise just how much I've started to love the place (and the people I know whom live there). L.A. was fun but one really needs a car to explore the California region properly. I was limited to public transport during the day until friends finished work and this meant that there was only so much I could see.

On another note, I have started taking French lessons. Partly because I intend to spend a lot more time in Montreal but also because it counts for Canadian immigration points.

Other than that, life is pretty much the same as ever. Hope everyone out there is well and I will try to update this thing more often.

Current Mood: sleepy
Crash Land!
Thursday, April 8th, 2010
7:36 pm
I've come to realise just how little I have used this site lately, what with the advent of Facebook and my being lazy etc.
So while I will try to write more, is there anyone that I have on my friends list on here that I do not already have on Facebook?

Current Mood: contemplative
3 Steaming piles of wreckage Crash Land!
Friday, January 29th, 2010
6:07 pm
I'm dunking my hardtack in my tea and oogling both my rather pretty new Jazz Bass and my rather pretty girlfriend's posterior.

Oh, and did I mention that it is Friday? Win :)

Current Mood: content
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Sunday, January 3rd, 2010
7:46 pm
2010
A truly splendid start to the year was had with helene_atsuko, following her request for me to accompany her to Torture Garden so that she might strut her stuff on the catwalk.
Now, is it me, or are events, gigs, etc more enjoyable when you can hide away backstage and chill out every so often? Either way, I donned my RAF uniform, had a splendid time and met some very cool new people.
Thank you to aster13 for providing a bed, tea and home made biscuits the following morning too. Along with some interesting information about the tunnel under Greenwich park.

Whilst we are on the subject of the new year, I resolve to do the following:

See more of my friends
Go out more
Visit Toronto
Find out for certain whether or not I am eligible for a Canadian Skilled Workers Visa
Build my railway
Go to the gym
Learn to shave with a straight razor

For now though, I must dash, as v15u4l_3rr0r is making pizza :)

Current Mood: content
4 Steaming piles of wreckage Crash Land!
Monday, December 14th, 2009
11:53 pm
NYE Plans
Does anyone have any suggestions for New Years Eve?
The original plan was TG, but there is no way can I justify spending £38 on a ticket.

Planet Angel is looking like a pretty good bet :)

Current Mood: curious
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Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
11:33 pm
For the interest of several viewers...
I have, at long last, put up some of the edited pictures from my New York trip.



See more of them here.

I must also get around to updating my display picture to something that looks a little more like I do now.

Current Mood: accomplished
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Monday, October 19th, 2009
11:53 pm
Woohoo!
According to Canadian immigration, I have enough points to obtain a Skilled Worker visa.

As most of you know my main goal in life has always been to move out to Canada, and for various reasons this goal has now started to become a serious plan. So this comes as excellent news.
In order to now make this work however, I need to set and stick to a serious budget. What I owe the bank must be paid off, money must be saved and credit cards must NOT be used. Not an easy task given that I want to start my epic geek project and go out more.

So if anyone fancies doing some free or cheap days/nights out then let me know :)

Current Mood: optimistic
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Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
6:48 am
Post-move update
Hello once again to the realm of the internet.

I have yet to establish an internet connection at my humble new abode, however this should be sorted within the next few days.
On the subject of my humble new abode, the move went well, though as to be expected it was bloody hard work. My home is now a four bedroom seaside house split over three floors, complete with wooden floors and sash windows. It is very lovely indeed and already feels like a true home :)

In other news, doctors have informed me that in order to resolve certain medical issues I need either a series of injections in somewhere unpleasant or surgery. Neither option is appealing so I'm going to hold out as long as I can for the time being (if you don't already know what I'm on about and have a desire to know, contact me privately).
We also found out over the weekend that my dad has a half brother and that I have a half cousin. This news came as something of a surprise, all be it a pleasant one.

Anyway, enough about my life and it's strange goings on, what news have I missed from everyone else?

Current Mood: contemplative
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Sunday, August 30th, 2009
12:06 pm
Moving house
For those of you that were not already aware, I will be moving house on the 1st of Sept. This time from our two bedroom flat to a very nice four bedroom house.

Unfortunately because of Sky and BT having issues with one another (i.e. Sky not telling BT about the previous owners cancellation) it is going to take something in the region of 20 days to get my phone line and internet back up and running. A somewhat less than desirable period of time.
So if you want to speak to me or need me to know about anything then please call or text me (message me if you do not have my number and would like it). I can still access Facebook and my email, but only in WAP form.

We are also looking to take on an additional tenant in the future. So if anyone knows anyone reasonably tolerable, reliable and preferably employed who would like to live on the south coast, give me a shout.

Oh and there will be a house warming this time! The planned date for which is Halloween.

Current Mood: energetic
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Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
10:02 pm
As far as the month of August traditionally goes, this year has been relativity quiet for me. Living with friends seems to have created a whole new set of priorities.

This weekend I had intended to start packing for our moving on the 1st of Sept (we are taking on a new tenant and moving into a very snazzy four bedroom house), but this does not seem to have happened. Instead I have spent it doing more entertaining things. These include establishing a rapport with aster13, attending a very successful housewarming and watching vintage aircraft from the Shoreham airshow whilst splashing around in the sea. All in all, a damn good weekend.
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Monday, July 27th, 2009
8:27 pm
That was a most lovely weekend spent in the company of icy_cobweb.
For anyone who gets bored on a nice day in London or wants to go blackberry picking, I thoroughly recommend a stroll along the Parkland Walk. It's a former rail line that ran between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace. Over the course of which are the remains of a number of bridges, two platforms and two very large tunnel entrances, which though fenced off, lead into Highgate's abandoned overground station.

In more unfortunate news, I have managed to catch the dreaded swine flu. So will be spending the next few days locked away indoors, drinking Lucozade and swallowing Tamiflu. Boo-hiss-cough-splutter.

Current Mood: lethargic
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Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
4:01 pm
For those Europeans interested in Burning Man...
This seems like an interesting and somewhat cheaper alternative.
Anyone know anything about it?

Current Mood: groggy
5 Steaming piles of wreckage Crash Land!
Sunday, June 28th, 2009
7:40 pm
That was a truly epic and most definitely needed weekend.

Geeking about on steam trains with helene_atsuko followed by a pool party/BBQ complete with mandatory dead hooker.

This is exactly what weekends were made for.

Current Mood: content
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Thursday, June 4th, 2009
10:52 pm
I have glasses!

For those of you who don't know me that well, I should point out that the ones in my display pic are not actually real. Whereas these are.



I'm going to lie to people and tell them I design furniture for Ikea.

Current Mood: amused
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Thursday, May 28th, 2009
5:59 pm
Holiday Write-Up
Ah the joys of going back to work after being on holiday and then realising exactly why it was you was you left.

So yes, the holiday itself was absolutely fantastic. An unforgettable trip with some unforgettable people :)
To begin with I spent 3 nights with some family friends in New York, arriving on the Sunday. I can see now why a lot of people have a fondness for the place. It oozes personality and there is an awful lot to do, including some very nice bars with some of the best beer I have ever drunk! I did all the usual touristy stuff (went up the Empire State, strolled through Central Park and Times Square, etc) along with some bits off the beaten track that my hosts showed me. It also has to be said that I have never seen such a dilapidated and underfunded public transport infrastructure anywhere in the Western world! Pretty much all of the Subway and bus network was in serious need of major investment, refurbishment and replacedment!
I was joined on the Monday evening by nerv_ who jumped on the Amtrak (a BIG train) to Montreal first thing the following the morning, leaving me to another day in the city. I then took the same train the next morning for the epic twelve hour trip up to Montreal. Thankfully I ran into some friends of ovipositor who were staying in the same apartment block as us. This and the stunning landscape made the journey (which included a two hour wait at customs) far more bearable.

On arrival in Montreal myself and nerv_ went out for dinner and I was astonished at just how much parts of the city looked like they could be in Europe. The whole place had a very Parisian feel to it (or at least what I took to be a Parisian feel, having never actually been to Paris). I was also surprised to find that it was fully French speaking and not English with elements of French like I had expected. This seriously hampered some attempts at drunken conversation.
The next day we met up with some of the locals nerv_ had met the previous year, including the famous Kelly, who was rather cute (all be it six foot tall) and very lovely :) Even when she was biting me and kicking me in the shins.

Then began the Kinetic festival. The line-up, venue and sound system well and truly put Infest in it's place. All were excellent. However the concrete dance floor did kill my feet after a very short period of time and led to me progressively wearing more socks as each night passed.
Of the many acts I saw, I was very impressed with Memmaker and Marching Dynamics. Icon of Coil also made me feel very happy and childish :) Architect however were the best act of the festival as far as I was concerned. There four man live show was masterfully done.
Between all the music, drinking and epic afterparties, I ran into some familiar faces as well as meeting many new ones. Including the ever so lovely tygerwillow, who reminded me that the most beautiful moments in life are the ones that take you by surprise :)
After all this I wasn't very keen about the prospect of return home come the following Tuesday, but alas, it was a tactical necessity to fund my next trip. Which will hopefully be Kinetic again next year! This time via Toronto.

Pictures of my nine day jaunt are on Facebook. If you don't have me on your friends list already or don't have Facebook at all and want to see them, leave a comment.

Current Mood: content
6 Steaming piles of wreckage Crash Land!
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
4:36 pm
Last day in Montreal
It is with great sadness that my holiday must now come to an end, the last week and a bit has been absolutely fantastic. I have been to the top of the Empire State building, snoozed in Central Park, been on an 12 hour train journey, met some truly lovely people, drunk some very fine beer, seen how many burgers the guys from Terrorfakt can eat and taken around 2GB's worth of photos in the process (which I will put up in time, as there is an epic amount of editing to be done).

I depart at 9:30pm tonight local time and land around 9am GMT. The flight is around 6-7 hours, so I will be practically dead by the time I get home. Joy.
Thankfully I have a very good reason to come home on this occasion :)

For now though, I shall finish eating my Froot Loops and get packing.

Current Mood: calm
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Saturday, May 9th, 2009
11:38 pm
Holiday!
The bags are packed, the room is clean and everything is ready. NYC and Montreal, here I come! :D

Current Mood: excited
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Monday, April 27th, 2009
6:52 am
That was absolutely excellent weekend :)
Good music, great company and lots of booze!

Current Mood: happy
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Saturday, April 18th, 2009
5:22 pm
Poetic justice
I've always said that Rockabilly was a very silly thing, but lately I've been really enjoying listening to Brian Setzer.

Current Mood: amused
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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
5:25 pm
Woohoo!
I have the internet back again! :) Now I can continue my plans for world domination unheeded.

As well as the internet, the last week has seen me finally purchase a decent vacuum cleaner (I'm still appreciating how clean my rug is), have my hair cut short and mohawk-like and my new mortuary sword from Armour Class arrived.

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Whilst it is very pretty, I may have the blade ground down as the point of balance is too far forward for my liking. I also need to sort myself out with a decent vambrace.

Other than that, life is continuing at it's usual pace and I am slowly learning to appreciate Facebook.

Current Mood: content
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