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Beautiful venue last night!

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It has to be said that whilst the load was quite awful (helped very much by a lot of our equipment being on wheels, and the loan of a roll cage by the venue) and the acoustics in the room were somewhat "cavey", the gig was flipping awesome!



We played two very well crafted sets, very few oopsies (all live, remember, we're not robots!). (Well I have my doubts about Craig as he never sweats).

The lights looked great, and the laser now combined in with it added a little - although I have my concerns that it's not quite perfect as occasionally it glitches. I spent a little more time on positioning and using the small DJ strip as footlights worked great. We even flipped them around for the DJ set at the end and lit the dance floor a treat!

The only glitch I've noticed is that the cameraman had wireless flashes and they would sometimes cause the back lights to freeze for a fraction of a second.

The Wireless DMX sender kit seems good. The quality is somewhat iffy, but it…

Gig Day!

It's Gig Day! Tonight is Hull. The Guildhall.
It's a wedding - I always love wedding gigs. Everyone is there just to have a great time.

PVE Night

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Last night's talk was good. Phil showing off his meteorite collection. I need a meteorite for my collection!


Tonight is a PVE. I'm on telescope driving duties - my favourite of all the jobs on PVE's. It's a good showing tonight too - a slightly past dichotomy Moon, Saturn and Jupiter all nicely placed in the south.

Work Fell Through

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Normally I will always try and find alternative work (usually very successfully) when my work falls through. However, when today's work fell through I really did feel like having a "sod them all" day.

I went home, changed, and my lady and I went to Rufford, near Ollerton. I've always loved Rufford. The birds there are amazing.




Plus the squirrels can be quite cute too.


That afternoon I met a guy to look at a new unit. I need something more suitable for my line of work, and then I popped down to my old one and packed a few items. I've sorted my stage wardrobe rail out (I keep spare stagewear down there) and charity bagged some old suits.
I'm really pleased this outfit fits me though. I always loved wearing PVC jeans and might just have to drag them out again. These are 36" waist ones - the ones I used to wear onstage with FTM were 40's.

Tonight is Astronomy Club. I've got a busy few nights ahead to be honest - tomorrow is a public viewing evening a…

Tories on the Run

Last night was a great night for someone who has been a fairly staunch Remainer all the way through this awful Brexit process.
Boris caused mass protests last week (including the one on Saturday which I was at) when he announced the has asked the Queen to prorogue Parliament - in his words, "because it always happened".
Yes, indeed, proroguing Parliament does happen most years, but never for more than a few days; and never in history for more than a week and a half.
Boris truly jumped the shark when he decided to do that, and the protests began. And continued.
Last night, however, he had control of the Parliamentary agenda thrust out of his grubby lying fingers and given back to the people. The cost of this?
1 MP crossed the floor, thus removing his majority of 1 and making it a true hung Parliament, and then 20 MP's rebelled against him and have now lost the Conservative Whip.
So, essentially they are now a minority party with over 40 seats down. In essence, they're screw…

Deerfest

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Well that was a very unusual one! An invite from Hollis to play at a festival in Sheffield.

We had a bit of a problem from the get go because of absences - No Jackie, still, and on this particular night no Jake either.

However, Martin, Hannah and I agreed to do the gig as a three piece.

It was a very nice event. We played for about half an hour in total and won over some new fans too!





Our Democratic Representation.

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The UK is supposedly a Democracy. Allegedly we all have an equal voice, and we are all represented in Parliament by our elected MP's who are put there by a system called "First Past the Post". Now that bit is grossly unfair as it gives huge weight to large parties and yet a smaller party could conceivably get 25% of the overall vote and yet get no representation at all in Parliament.

But this isn't a rant about PR and FPTP. This is about a cunt who has been placed into the seat of ultimate power in this country by the nature of the whim of just 100,000 people. The Conservative Party Membership. A group of mostly males, mostly over 55, mostly fairly right wing. So of course, they put Boris Johnson into the hot seat beause he's very right wing.

Now Boris has come along after just a few weeks in the job and decided to Prorogue parliament; essentially shutting it down.

For the first time in my life this morning therefore, I protested. Along with a few thousand other…