New Haul!

Sadly, the closure of Maplins has left me somewhat sad, however, I did visit the Sheffield Central branch just before it closed and procure a load of ex display and reduced stuff.

This little rehearsal PA will be great for smaller pub gigs as well – it’s only 140 watts but actually sounds pretty good even when cranked to a decent volume. It’s a shame that, even though it looks it, it’s not actually stereo – speakers A and B are just the same blended mono channel. It’s also got absolutely no monitoring facility or auxilliary, but it does have a rather decent reverb engine built in which doesn’t sound too “pubby”. It even takes an MP3 USB stick and comes with a remote.

The other thing I got was a UHF radio mike system. Again, same make, so not exactly Shure SM58 quality, but decent enough for the folk band to use should we need to.

Those aren’t eggs!

Frankie and Bennys breakfast this morning.

I think someone needs to explain to their chef that this is NOT an acceptable way to serve eggs. Rock hard, rubbery, solid yolks.

What amazed me was that they then though it was OK to send these on to a customer this way!

At least they had the good grace to refund me a couple of pounds, but really, I’m still quite disappointed that the system failed. I might add the hash browns weren’t exactly award winners either… I think The Meadows will get my next Gig Day breakfast.


6 years ago.

Google reminded me that I was on tour with Manning doing two gigs over in the Netherlands and Belgium.

So many good memories, although just after this amazing tour was the beginning of the end for me. Manning started to fall apart after this tour. Chris and Kev left; Steve the flute player quit to concentrate on his own band Molly Bloom, and a new old guitarist came in who I didn’t get on with; then my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer a few months later.

The vegetarian plague…

I’d love to get the message across to people that calling something a veggie burger and then cooking it on the same griddle as a meat burger isn’t actually correct!

These days I always ask “how do you cook it?”.

Jet Set Willy Trivia

Did you know that Nomen Luni and Under the Roof when joined together have an illustration of a plane crashed into the roof of the mansion?

It’s a reference to the Imagine game Zzoom, which featured planes dog fighting.

Matthew Smith was apparently burned by Imagine software, so he left a few bitch slaps in Jet Set Willy.

Nomen Ludi is “The Name of the Game” in Latin (which was Imagine’s motto). Nomen Luni is an obvious pun on that; although it doesn’t really mean anything in Latin but I like to think it’s The Name of the Loony.

I really love this pic.

I’ve been keeping an eye on photos of me from events etc. as I’m desperate for a new profile and avatar photo.

My old ones are either fat me, or my beard is really straggly and untidy. Now I’ve had it trimmed and I’m getting to Turkish barbers to look after it, I always look impeccable!

As for the outfit, well blue is my favourite colour and I love shirts in this particular shade of blue.

The jeans; yeah they’re latex. Deal with it.

Oh no!

Costa on Division Street in Sheffield has closed down!

When did that happen?