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Friday, April 29, 2011

Lifting A Glass

Yesterday Debbie and I took a wander into Newcastle so I could engage in a bit of birthday shopping for an impending birthday. I also needed to pop into the Lit & Phil to renew a book. Whilst in there, who should we spy but Bernard who was busy working...

 Debbie informs him we've decided to pop to The Bridge for a cheeky impromptu...


Cheeky impromptu underway...

 as the sun goes down...
 Bernard, who ten minutes before had been too busy to join us, suddenly appeared!


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Holy Enjoyable

An already beautiful morning was given a boost when Bernard and Lesley offered to take us up to Holy Island yesterday. Like a greyhound out of a trap, Debbie was dancing up Bernardstrasse...



























Tuesday, April 26, 2011

If It's Tuesday It Must Be Tallinn V

The Michael Giles MAD Band In The Moment


The Michael Giles Mad Band
In The Moment
Mad Band

Whilst best remembered for his game-changing drumming in King Crimson, in recent years Michael Giles has pursued his interest in improvisation. Since 2009 he’s been working with Adrian Chilvers (found sounds/horn) and guitarist Daniel Pennie under the Mad Band moniker. Recently they’ve teamed up with Caravan’s Geoffrey Richardson in concert, and now, guesting on their second album, pianist Keith Tippett.

A seasoned improv veteran (and an honorary Crim having appeared on three KC titles), Tippett displays his customary command and focus, mixing quixotic splashes of notes or brewing ominous bass-heavy patterns brimming with thunderous intent. Giles confines much of his contribution to that of colourist rather than timekeeper, accenting the luminous electronica and magical allsorts emanating from Chilvers and Pennie’s direction.

A crucial feature is the speed at which they pull off heart-stopping moods swings. Passages of industrial clattering, pastoral airs, eerie abstraction and avant-rock are vigorously pursued, one thing leading to another though often with unforeseen consequences. Such leaps into the dark are exhilarating and entertaining.

During the last quarter of the album what had been riotous knockabout unexpectedly topples into an exquisite ballad which in turn shimmers towards a haunting guitar/piano coda.

You can pre-order / buy this album here

Monday, April 25, 2011

Cuteness Abounds

Our houseguests of the last few days are departing today though not before giving us a final chance to soak up some of Baby Leo's surplus cutness quota...


Quite how they all fitted into this car I can't quite work out...

but they did...

Meanwhile back in the yellow room: Joe endures a tea-cosy-on-the-bonce moment for his old dad...

I tell Joe that standing is the new sitting

I tell him that sometimes changing where and how you write helps you with get along with a piece. He nods his head in the right place but looks sceptical as he documents the moment...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Penthouse To Pavement

We've had houseguests since Friday. Dude, Bob, Amy, Chris and Carly arrived late afternoon. Our standard response to houseguests is to throw food in their direction...

Chris and Carly had bought with them the most important visitor. Baby Leo...

who basically charmed the pants off everyone in the vicinity...



Even Alys's fabbo cakes weren't as sweet or as scrumptious as Baby Leo...

This was the scene yesterday (Saturday night) in the orange room...

which looks suspiciously much like the scene from the night before (Friday) except that Sam and Jo joined us at the table. Much merriment ensued, though I confess I took to bed fairly early in the evening having been totally tuckered from being up since about 5.00 a.m.

This morning after a sumptuous lie-in (up at 8.00 a.m.), Alys, Joe and myself took a walk around to see Mr. OhBlimey's who had some surplus items of furniture.

We promised that if we lifted said items down and left his house roughly in one piece, and he then drove it all back round to our house, then we'd take it all off his hands.

We drive a hard bargain but happily he drives a Volvo...

From the pavement it was all the way to the top of the house to remove some items of furniture. Luckily I was on hand to be able to take photos and say "watch the wallpaper" at strategic intervals



Mrs.OhBlimey and the grand bairns sensibly keep out of the way...

In the twinkling of an eye, the items are whipped around the corner by Mr.Oh...

Meanwhile back indoors, the customary feeding of the houseguests continued apace...


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