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...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
Live8, Stanford Music Festival
After the alcohol soaked night that was Thursday it might surprise you to find out I was out drinking again Friday night? Probably not. Misty met me at work and we joined teya_ukNaz and Stella in the Rack. We stayed for a couple before heading off to Pizza Express for a fine meal and a couple more beers.

Saturday I managed to surface quite early (considering) and was ready to leave the house before mid-day! There was a music festival in Stanford-le-hope and Jim and his sister's family would be going. I was to meet them at 13:00 at the station.

The trains to Stanford are not the most frequent, although twice an hour isn't too bad for what is effectively a spur from the main line. The 12:14 would have got me there at 12:40, the 12:44 at 13:10. I aimed to get the earlier train as I didn't want to keep them waiting. Having no luck trying to get my ticket from the office in Elm Park, I got to Upminster in good time only to find a massive queue at the ticket office - all people wanting to renew passes and the like. I got my ticket and ran down the stairs to find the 12:14 leaving the platform - I was that close! I let Jim know I would be 10 minutes late and sat about for the half hour waiting for the next train.

The place was almost deserted when we got there. A mixture of the weather (cloudy threatening rain) and the Live8 concert was obviously keep the masses away. by the time the first band came on there were at least a few people to go to watch them - mostly the other bands about to play.

I remember this from the days I used to play in a band (with Jim - no less!) - the early bands play to themselves. It's heartening that the interest in live bands seems to be on the increase, but there is still some way to go.

The early bands were quite good, but lacking in the professionalism of the main act, Wilko Johnson. He played in a three piece band, Guitar, Bass and Drums, that were so tight and so together it was a joy to behold. There was half decent beer to be had in abundance, and bbq burgers and even some Indian nosh to be purchased in aid of a local charity.

There was a fun fair next door, so Jim and I braved a bungee type contraption that flung us 100ft or so into the air and then bounced us about for a couple of minutes. It was good fun, but at a fiver each it was a bit expensive to do more than once. I remember the days when a quid would pay for the best rides at a fun fair!

Jim and I must be getting old as we wimped out during the evening and headed back to his "Chav palace" for Chinese takeaway. This worked out for the best as I got to see the last couple of hours of Live8, including the highlight of the day - Pink Floyd's reunion.

Sunday morning we was desperate to find somewhere for breakfast, and was overjoyed to receive a call from Jim's sister offering to take us to lakeside. We gorged ourselves on a Tesco gut-buster breakfast and discussed music and the future, most civilised!

I managed to get back home just after 12:00 ... two weekend mornings on the trot starting before mid-day!

I finally made it round to see the parental units on Sunday evening. Mum had called during the week to say her PC was behaving badly, Real Arcade had lost all it's games. I suspected tinkering from the devil child, so I agreed to come over and have a look. Misty was still not home so the plan was for her to ring me when she got to Elm Park and join me there. The best laid plans eh?

It was good to catch up with the folks. Mum's PC was infested with Spy-ware, Ad-ware, and 11 types of virus. It was taking 15 minutes or more to load and shut down. I installed an ran an ad-buster and went to Trend Micro's Housecall. It took a couple of goes, and a couple of hours, but I believe the PC to be clean now.

Misty called about 5 - she was already at home and had tried to call my mobile a couple of times but went straight through to voice mail. I'm guessing my phone had either locked up again, or it's shitty reception was overpowered by mum's walls. I will be seeking a new phone very soon!

I got home about 19:00 to do the pile of ironing I have been neglecting for the past weeks. I was still ironing at 23:00.

Dad lent me a book yesterday; "The winter King" by Bernard Cornwell. I read it on the train this morning and it's started well. I will see how it progresses - I may need to order the next books in the series...

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nuala From: nuala Date: July 4th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
5 video tapes, 15 hours of the London/Philly Live8. I'm desperate to see the Canadian one, though. Lots of cool bands there. *sigh*

But wasn't Floyd brilliant... Oh, that would have been worth any amount of money to see live.... *wistful sigh* But it wasn't so bad listening to it from the balcony. ;-)

OY! Get yer vcr fixed!
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: July 5th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll see what I can do - it may have to be a new VCR :/
wan1 From: wan1 Date: July 4th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Bugs 'n' things.

Wasn't I just the happiest bunny in the whole wide world?
Thanks me darlin'!!
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: July 5th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bugs 'n' things.

I have a family of technophiles now! :)
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