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Tuesday, December 25, 2007


hello Christmas

Its about 10:15 and I'm on my own. Been playing my guitar (with my sexy new capo) for about an hour and my fingers hurt. Could have gone out to a couple of places but chose not too as I'm tired and I've gotta work tomorrow. Was at work today from 11-4 which was easy and i was getting paid triple time. whoo. My family even delayed Christmas dinner.

Got lots of cool presents. A Moleskine notebook which I've wanted for ages, some new Cons, some tools, a few puzzly gamey things...chocolate...nothing majorly expensive though. I got all the cool stuff for my birthday a few weeks ago.

I played this crazy Christmas present hunt game on my family and which involved them opening up a clue to the whereabouts of their presents and culminated in them wondering about the house looking for their presents. Ohh yes...I'm one Crazy Cat.

Was drunk on red wine at the Bader on Christmas eve (some drinking game involving me downing lots of red wine...hmmm). I was up and feeling perky by 9am with a bacon sandwich and a cup of tea. (mums are great).

Hope everyone had a good day and like what they got. I did.


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

My Face


I semi-drunk-a-diddley was giving a piggy back and tripped and fell over. Landed pretty much square on my face. Went to hospital. Got stiched up. Need some dental treatment.

Injury total:
split lip
black eye
half of front tooth missing
various facial cuts and bruises
bruised elbow
bruises knee

I'll be all healed up pretty soon but won't be able to get my tooth sorted until the new year. Bugger.


Friday, December 14, 2007


Some stories and thoughts on birthdays.

I'm not such a fan of having my birthday and Christmas time so close together. (I know they are two weeks apart and lots of other people have their birthdays closer to Christmas than me, including some of my friends. I wonder if they feel the same) But it winds me up, can't explain why I guess. It just does. I attempt to stop Christmas decorations going up in the house before my birthday (but fail) and I'm definitely not a fan of joint-Christmas-birthday presents. Unless I specify that I want something expensive and pool my resources just like everyone else does.

When I was a kid (read - ages 9,10 and 11) I used to think birthday parties were great. I did however think that there should be something to do...I used to get a bit tired of going round a friends house, watching some TV, eating jelly and ice cream and getting a party bag. So I decided that a theme was the way forward. I thought sport competition. (man, I was COOOOOL) I think over the 3 years that I stuck at it I had round robin subbuteo, pool, and mega drive World Cup Italia '90 tournaments. Whoo. I remember the first year I won the biggest box of Malteasers and everyone thought I'd rigged it. The next year I got my grandad to referee....the fun never stops with me... (there's fun, and there's safe, fair fun that's even better)

I think during my last year of Primary school, I had a brief girlfriend. I took her to see my mum in a play and I bought her a rose. Dunno if it was for her birthday or not. Think so.

The oddest birthday party I ever went to was when I was at high school. James Lay. Most birthday parties at the age of 15 consisted of a free house, sound system and a fridge full of beer. Easy. We (most of our form/class...when did it change from a class to a form???) went to James's house in Levington expecting a party. We turned up and then we all went for a walk. James had planned a route around the fields/woods of Levington that took about an hour. We all trudged and chatted, got lost and found out way, laughed and moaned. After ten minutes everyone got into the swing of the walk and I seem to remember, on reflection, we all realised we'd actually had a really good time.

Ages ago when I was a cruel 14-15 year old, there was a (nameless on here) girl in our class who used to get her p's and q's the wrong way round and also her b's and her d's. (I'm pretty sure it wasn't the fact she was just stupid, dyslexia or something was affecting her handwriting and spelling) Anyway, as it was all in her text book we only found out due to reading some stuff of each others out loud in a lesson one time. Shortly after finding out it was her birthday and our teacher made us sing happy birthday. I remember a few of us singing "haqqy dirthbay to you, haqqy dirthbay to you, haqqy dirthbay beer *name here*, haqqy dirthbay to you". I know its pretty cruel (well...really cruel), but we did it. I still remember it every time somebody sings the happy birthday song. Always will.

Playing a gig on my, or any ones birthday is not a cool as it seems. You have to be cohesive enough to play (or not) and you have to lug equipment and you don't want to loose it and you have to take it home..and...and. It sounds like a good idea but isn't.

Going to a gig on/around your birthday is cool though. I've seen Foo Fighters at Brixton Academy. Wicked. I took myself to Glasgow on a train and stayed on my own in a b&b to see Biffy Clyro. They played the whole of their album "Vertigo of Bliss" in full, in order. It was AMAZING. This year I was gonna go see Frank Turner but my car crapped out on the way and we had to get picked up by the AA and missed it. (That was in fact last night and I've still got the tickets in my pocket).

In my family we hardly ever get take away food as a family. Its kind of a tradition that who ever has a birthday picks a takeaway (usually KFC or a Chinese) and my parents pay. It's odd but I like it. This year however we didn't and I opted to get some lush free food from The Alex instead. (I get a managers allowance if I fill in a detailed feedback form on the quality of meal/service....sweeeeeeeet) I even got a table by the big window and some coloured napkins and some decorations on our table for two. It was just me and my mumsy and we went birthday shopping in Colchester after and I got some cool new stuff.

I like:
Hand made birthday cards.
Blank cards you write yourself.
Getting exactly what I asked for.
Surprises that I love but totally don't expect.
Meaningful presents that don't cost much.

That's all I have to say about that.


Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Happy Birthday To Me...

Happy Birthday To Me...

Happy Birthday Dear... I-just-got-home-from-work-am-wide-awake-
desk-as-its-not -really-tomorrow-until-you-wake-up...

Happy Birthday To Me


Wednesday, December 05, 2007


During the adverts in Scrubs the other night I skipped through the channels, past BBC3, and then back to BBC3 to find a program called "Can Fat Teens Hunt?". I watched it for about 1 minute and realised that the title of the program was literal...It was basically some overweight kids in a campsite in a forest arguing and moaning and crying and whinging and moaning and crying and ...


Monday, December 03, 2007


Once again we converted my bedroom, the humble dwelling where I spend lots of time doing what I do, into a professional photo studio. Much like this time last year for the album artwork.

This time we needed some hi-res band shots for the PR package we're putting together. We made some phone calls to some photo places for some thick photography backing paper for the background (which we picked up for free), painted some MDF bright white for the floor, emptied my room, and moved the studio in. Flicked on two 500w industrial halogen lamps and set to work making ourselves look pretty.

We took over 700 photos in 3 hrs and generally they look pretty cool. Kev managed to fall out of sync with the move/pose/move/pose situation and was moving when me and max were posing...crazy. There are some already up in the photos section of our website. We did a whole load of individual shots for later use, they might be up later. My room is back to how it should be now, and I even got Max to vacuum for me as he made some mess.

Tonight we spent some time in front of the camera, the video kind, for some updated one:day:life interviews. We're going to be posting some video interviews of us (yes...much like the Same Old Story one, you hardcore one:day:life fans) for you to watch. I can honestly say I'm the most boring person I know...besides Max. So you're going to have a ball watching them.

Also in the last week we have recorded podcast number 4. We recorded podcast number 3 but never put it up on the website as the track at the end isn't finished.

A frenzy of media activity. Strange since my Internet has been down for the last week (due to my mum not paying the ISP bill) its been good to get out of the house. Or at least back in it but with some different stuff there.

As my Internet is back I'll get back to series 2 of Peep Show on 4OD...every episode is up there for free.


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