Archive for July, 2009

Taglinr Game

Taglinr – really annoying addictive game – you have been warned.

Festival Summer

Had a good time at Latitude. Was surprised by Brian Patten, sang along to Chrissie Hynde, couldn’t stay up for the whole of the Pet Shop Boys (I’d been up since four something) their set was amazing. Checked out Scott Mathews, Camera Obscura, and the end of Newton Faulkner. Daljit Nagra was older than I expected. Loved the coloured sheep, the chilled out atmosphere and oh the family toilets were a find. Didn’t like £8 for a programme, being asked to pour bottled water out (I didn’t), the stressed out London crowd (including myself here), the bonkers weather – pouring with rain then scorching hot. What happened to Jenene Garafalo, so disappointing, Ed Byrne filled in, although surprised to hear him tell a joke I’d heard a much better version of on the radio only a few days earlier by someone completely different. Thanks to Jo Brand for letting us sit down, even if it was a bit of a squeeze. Had a really good dance at the Melon Temple (I’d bring that back to London along with the Guardian tent from Glastonbury). Gaslight Anthem were great, although wow did they sound like Springsteen. I didn’t really get Rigina Spector and didn’t last long at the Vivienne Westwood thing (too, too pretentious). Stumbled across a strange and wonderful puppet show in the woods and Jeffrey Lewis was brilliant late Saturday/early Sunday in the poetry tent. Missed a lot on Sunday being sociable instead, but not the rain! Nick Cave – way too loud and too much base – so different from Glastonbury – shame. Two big requests to make it much better, one do something about the sound pollution, it was really bad and two some better food – vegetables and salad would be great.

One & Other

Watching One & Other – in a moment of weakness I applied to go on the fourth Plinth… here’s hoping I don’t get picked!  I think you have to have something to do, at the least a book to read.  At the moment I’m watching someone with nothing to do, it’s quite interesting watching, but it doesn’t look much fun for her.

Allotment, camera, shoulder

A friend had an allotment party a couple of weeks ago… great place to go around with a camera. Plus Sandy absolutely loved it… all the nooks and crannies. She even managed to find some dog food. Only by the end of the day I couldn’t move my arm. I seem to have tendinitis in my shoulder-argh… Lots of ice needed.

Spotify: A world of music.

Discovered Spotify this week – amazing like having a whole music library at your fingertips…

Mouthwash: cancer?

Mouthwash ‘can cause oral cancer’ – Telegraph.

15 Books

A tag doing the rounds:

Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.

(These are roughly in the order in which I read them).

Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret
The Portrait of a Lady
A View from a Bridge
The Great Gatsby
The Handmaid’s Tale
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Mrs. Dalloway
Vanity Fair
Crime and Punishment
Wild Swans
Generation X
Fugitive Pieces
The War After
Lost in Translation
Elizabeth Costello