Showing posts from February, 2009

Walkers Crisps, my verdict...

The winner is:

Builders Breakfast, definitely. Delicious - slightly smokey bacon tasting with an eggy overtone.

The also rans:

Cajun Squirrel - Tastes of Cajun. Tastes nothing like squirrel. Not that I've tasted Squirrel.

Hoisin Duck - Tastes of Hoisin. Thankfully (for me as a vegetarian) doesn't contain duck.

Onion Bhaji - Does actually taste of Onion Bhaji... nice, but no Builders Breakfast.


Fish & Chips - What were they thinking? It tastes like Grimsby smells.

Chilli & Chocolate - I managed to eat ONE. They are dire. Chocolate Crisps don't quite cut it for me, and combined with Chilli (which SHOULD go) it's just a match made in hell.

I texted my vote earlier today... I hope Builders Breakfast wins because it's one I could continue eating... forever.

So COP gets a Japanese release?

My old band, COP, is releasing our CD in Japan...

That's an event... I suppose...

Sorry but I feel very lukewarm today :-/

Meanwhile... do I really have to eat PANCAKES today? - they're very nice, and all, but they fill you up for approximately half an hour and then you're starving again!

Crimes of Passion... one year on.

Really early drafts of us for the album artwork.
Originally uploaded by Last Human Gateway It's now officially ONE YEAR since I last did any work, rehearsals, or anything with Crimes of Passion.

God.... I'm sooooo HAPPY!.

I never realised just how depressed COP was making me feel - I was just so restricted in what I could do. All the basslines were starting to sound the same (compare Pretty in Blood and Die Alone)... they were all becoming just a barrage of notes at speeds anything upwards of 130bpm.

I joined Manning about a year ago now (and it really doesn't feel like it's been that long). The difference is amazing - firstly I feel appreciated and get to really stretch my talent and develop my skills. I'm playing different styles of bass (compare Ships to Antares - totally different) and the songs are very eclectic.

I know it seems weird now, after getting quite upset last year about the end of Crimes of Passion for me, but actually - I really think it was the best d…

My current facebook profile picture...

2/050:365 - Flashing blade
Originally uploaded by Last Human Gateway This is it. It's caused a fair stir - as I found last night at the CRS Jump gig (pictures to be uploaded soon...)

It really was taken just outside our back door - not on location anywhere far away, and it was taken in fairly bright daylight. It's all just image processing.

The gig last night was excellent... Jump were anything but "shite" (sorry, JDJ, but I do have to wind you up) and I managed to procure a replacement for my broken Matthew CD.

Today's picture is a similar heavily processed affair - this time done in Ubuntu using The Gimp. I've finally managed to stop The Gimp freezing up all the time on my Aspire One - it turns out the storage space settings were far more than the memory I had available and the internal VERY SLOW SSD drive couldn't cope.

A strange weekend...

2/046:365 - Close up
Originally uploaded by Last Human Gateway This weekend seems to have flown...

Friday Night I went to have a look at the Maltby Wesley Centre... I was certainly impressed. Barring the total lack of a 32A Schuko socket (which can be fitted in about an hour) the venue is great for our smaller gigs... up to about 150 people.

Since the bread and butter of the CRS is gigs with less than 150 in I expect we will be using it quite a lot. Sadly this means the Montgomery Hall is losing 2 gigs - both of which I don't expect to do hundreds of sales, but a hundred in the Wesley will look brilliant.

Saturday... well... it really went like a blur to me. I can't really remember doing much at all on Saturday, except that it was Valentines Day. I listened to the Manning Album... it's out for the general public to buy and you can get it here.

Sunday... our wedding anniversary. Hannah baked a delicious cake and decorated it beautifully (as usual). I got photos and they're …


Bokeh Cakes
Originally uploaded by Last Human Gateway Hannah has excelled herself yet again with these delightful little cakes.

I photographed them, of course (and then ate one!).

Taken with a fully open aperture to give a nice bokeh effect (that's when the background is out of focus).
It snowed this week... thus enabling me to get some really cool photos of Miranda in the snow. This one, in particular, managed some really fantastic comments on flickr.

It was one of those moments where being in the right place at the right time. Miranda was coming down the garden and it just happened.

In other news... I'd like to thank Rita & Keith for this:

How to wash a toilet
This was simply too much of a time saver not to share it with you.

1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.

2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.

3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close the lid. You may need to stand on the lid.

4. The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.

5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a 'power-wash' and rinse'.

6. Have someone open the front door of your home…


2/034:365 - It's all done with mirrors.
Originally uploaded by Last Human Gateway My DSLR is back, and on such an eventful day.

Today is day 400 of my 365 days project (year 2) - 366+34 - and so what a cool idea (inspired by flickr user woordenaar who reminded me it was day 400) to take a photo of me showing the number 400. I also wanted to show my camera was back, so I decided to feature both cameras in one image... reflected.

Chuffed? - yes, I am quite!

First gig of 2009

2/031:365 - ...
Originally uploaded by Last Human Gateway At one time I would have had many gigs within January, but this year I had to wait till the 31st to get my first gig. Akoustik Manning at The Studio in Hartlepool.

A nice venue... infact... a REALLY nice venue. A decent quality PA, nice stage, nice backstage, good monitors (although only four of them) and good views for most people in there with raised areas on either side of the place. Well done to whoever designed it!

The gig was also very good (apart from Castaways which I didn't really get into - although only having rehearsed it twice on Tuesday I suppose we should have done more)... we played well and the crowd responded very well.

Meanwhile... why did our V+ box not record "don't forget the lyrics" last night?. Yes I know Paul Shane is an annoying twat, but the programme is really good and the guy who is on at the moment can sing really well (unlike most of the tuneless karaoke singers they've had on pr…