Friday night was a late one for me. Hannah was in Bridlington and I was called out. A great but busy finish to a hectic week.
Saturday was somewhat of an unusual day. A weather bomb was set to hit us from about 2pm, and sure enough it did. Rarely for this country we were forecast freezing rain and snow. We went to see mum. Her dogs are bonkers!
I had to go shopping for groceries before the weather bomb hit, and as I was on the way home it stated to drizzle. The roads became very slippery really quickly.
Thank God I got these…
Luckily we didn’t have to go anywhere else – although I had contemplated Asylum (our local fetish venue and a bit of a haunt for me), but the weather put me off. In the end I watched Krampus (great Christmas horror) and had an early night.
Sunday, Unusually, was gig day. It’s very rare we gig on a Sunday with the covers band. This week’s club was local to me (Firth Park).
Not a great load – upstairs – although there was a small lift. It helped a lot, but it could only take one speaker cabinet at a time so the load in and out took a long time but wasn’t too tiring.
We set up in plenty of time to rehearse the new song (Pink). We did it so quickly we actually managed to put it in as an encore!
The bad thing about Sunday gigs though is that all the members of the band appeared to be loaded up with sprouts. It was very windy backstage!
To wrap up a long evening, I arrived home at 1am to find a dickhead had parked overlapping our driveway by a good 18″. I consider myself to be quite good at reversing and I struggled with this one.
A random discussion I’m sure you’ll agree, but yesterday I saw that the Rotherham branch of CeX had a Samsung Watch in stock.
I’ve had a Huawei Watch 2 for a few months now I’d been little dissatisfied. I bought that from the Barnsley branch of CeX and it was not in great condition when I bought it, but the biggest problem was the Android Wear platform. Whilst I love Android, I think Google have really not put much effort into Android Wear. It’s laggy and very half baked. The Watch 2 really demonstrated this to me – I sometimes spent a few seconds looking at a black screen whilst an app loaded, often wondering if the screen had actually turned off and I needed to press one of the buttons again. I missed the rotating bezel of my Galaxy Gear S2 – indeed I still often chose the S2 over the Watch 2 just because it felt more developed and professional. I decided to take the plunge therefore, gathered together a few bits and pieces and headed down there with the goal of coming away with the Galaxy Watch. After finding my stuff on their system and giving me what I considered to be a decent price I decided to go for it. It would cost me just over £20 for the upgrade – and yes I know I paid £279 for the watch, which is the retail price, but it is actually new. It still had the plastic protection all over the sides and front! I can only presume someone had got the free one with the phone deal earlier this year and not wanted the watch. The test time was 2 hours, so I went and did a few other bits before heading back and finalising the deal.
Last night was also the mince pies event. It happens every year at a friend’s house and has become the “it’s Christmas” starting gun for us these days.
Whilst I was out earlier I collected my PVC suit from work, as well as my sprout shirt – but then I chickened out at the last minute and just went with the sprout shirt.
It has to be said that’s a very tasteless shirt! The event itself is quite a laid back affair, although we did Skype with people not in the country anymore (some in Spain, one in the USA). As a final note – Budweiser Prohibition is actually really nice!
It might seem unusual to have a rock/pop band for an 80th Birthday, but the birthday boy has followed us for a number of years now so it seemed apt.
The hotel it was held at was a great place. Top end of Heckmondwike; a place called Healds Hall.
It was an early start as we had to be set up by 6. The load in was quite easy although I think the staff were very surprised when we kept loading more and more boxes into the place though.
Setup went well. It was the first full length gig for a while so we ran through a few of the songs we’d not played to just brush them up. Strangely, the last few gigs had all been around an hour performance time. We had to be silent at 6:45 as the special guest was arriving for a “meal in the restaurant” but he was then told the restaurant was very busy so they were in the back room…
The first set was a blue suit set. It felt a little tight on me and even though the scales show my weight hasn’t changed I need to keep an eye on that. It could be that my newest jeans all have stretch in them and I’m not used to a rigid waistband? After all the waistcoat and shirt felt fine.
In-between we had food. That, for me, wasn’t great. No detriment to the food, but as a vegetarian any mention of buffet or hot buffet fills me with dread. If it isn’t the mixed sandwiches cross contamination hell, or the “has it got meat in it” roulette with quiche, it’s the hot buffet “that’s your entire vegetarian choice” which contained aubergine. I don’t like aubergine.
The chips were nice though.
For the second set, after much threatening and teasing I wore the PVC suit. Dennis had been searching for one for himself and like many others who weren’t quick enough when I told them about it, he’d missed the boat. He then ribbed me about it onstage… Twat.
I combined with with the new shirt I got from River Island.
I looked good. Kinky good.
Sadly that’s where the good ends, as I’ll never wear that suit onstage with Face the Music again. 45 minutes in a plastic sauna suit under hot lights… Nope nope nope nope nope.
I suppose the one amusing thing was the stereotyping thing… Apparently shiny suits like that are usually worn by gay men.
I’ve got thick skin. I don’t actually give a toss.
So, back to normality for a few weeks. And next time it’ll be back to normal jeans for the second set.
The Oxford trip was yesterday; meeting up with Dr Allan Chapman to go and the Radcliffe Observatory and then to the Museum of the History of Science.
After a bouncy journey down we arrived at the university. The Observatory was first on our itinerary.
Then on to Oxford town centre, and firstly a lunch in Wetherspoons. I don’t really like Wetherspoons. The owner was a massive Brexit supporter and I don’t agree with his ideas, but it’s where the masses wanted to go so we followed; leaving a little message to the next occupier of our table.
The experience was spoiled when a group of families, obviously Eastern European came in, surrounded one table and then proceeded to try and envelop surrounding tables even though the pub was very busy and others were sat at them. It’s horrible manners, and it fuels the flames of racism when foreigners behave like this; especially in these Brexit intolerant times – but we should also remember that the English overseas are also massive dicks.
After a visit to the small continental market opposite to try and find Dutch pancakes (I failed) and ending up having a vegan Bakewell (which was very nice) we headed up to the museum.
I have to say though, that my beard was tidier than the ones on the statues outside.
Allan met us just after two o’clock and took us around as a personal guide. The upper gallery was closed briefly so we could enjoy the tour.
When we finally came out of the hottest museum in history, we decided to take Allan for a cheeky pint in the pub across the road to kill the time until our taxi pickup.
Turns out we sat at the table Morse sits at loads in the BBC series.
The taxi met us at 4:30 and we headed off home.
My reward on arriving home… My parcel had arrived with my new trousers – they’re so shiny!