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2/273:365 - Kris's Winter Warmer Soup!

2/273:365 - Kris's Winter Warmer Soup!
Originally uploaded by Last Human Gateway I made a soup today, not just a soup from a recipe, or a tin, or a packet... I really made soup!

Here's how I did it...

1. Peel and chop a small onion, stick it in a non stick pan with a little vegetable oil and brown sugar and fry until they go translucent. Stick the kettle on to boil whilst you're at it.

2. Peel a couple of large carrots (the more comedy shaped the better), a positively huge sweet potato and a normal chippy type potato and dice into little bits.

3. Chuck all the above into the pan, and pour on about a pint and a half of boiling water.

4. Add a couple of stock cubes, a Bouquet Garni (one of them tea-bag thingies), a bit of white pepper. Return to the boil and simmer until all the veggies go soft.

5. Add some Caraway seeds (about a tablespoon), a smidge of Mace (can't remember how much, but it was only a bit), and about half a tablespoon of Cumin seeds.

6. Give it about another 15 …

McMeat with everything...

OK, McDonalds, what are you thinking?

I noticed that McDonalds latest calorific calculator thingy has chanced the Spicy Veggie sandwich from veggie to non veggie... that's me sorta screwed now.

I can now eat about 6 items from their menu (OK, slight exaggeration there), but a meal consisting of fries (chips) and salad is not a substantial meal...

Thankfully, I haven't had a "meal" in maccy D's for a long time now... I found the Spicy Veggie to be rather poor really - their breakfasts, however, are rather good.

So what do McDonalds offer for vegetarians? - A bun... it's full of bunly goodness.

Why I really DON'T get Apple.

Apparently, there's an app for that...

But, really, I don't get the iphone. Having owned quite a few Palm and then Pocket PC devices over the years (currently on a HTC Diamond) and I keep seeing people flashing their latest snazzy breezeblock sized iphone at me and saying "yes, but does yours do this?"... well... actually... yes, but do I care about what it's actually doing?

I can simulate drinking a pint of beer with my iphone...
I go out with friends and drink REAL beer.

I can simulate a lighter with my iphone...
I can buy a real lighter, in fact I can buy 10 for a quid off Rotherham Markets, and guess what I can set fire to things with that.*

I can play MP3's with my iphone...
So? so can half the bloody devices in the world including my soddin' laptop, MP3 player, phone

I can level up my shelves with my iphone...
Spirit level... you'll find it works much better and yes, my shelves are level

oh and the ultimate insult - the advert about calculating your porti…

Shiny is in fashion!

As an advocate of shiny fashion for a long time now (yeah, I wear leather trousers), I find it rather surprising that manufacturers are now coating denim with various things to make them uber shiny.

Henry (DeeExpus) kindly posed to demonstrate the shiny jeans he was wearing yesterday.

Of course... you could just buy leather jeans and not faff around with all this coated denim malarky....

On a side note - a teacher of ours at Swinton Comprehensive School was nicknamed Mr Shiny Trousers because the front of his thighs were always shiny, but I believe that is for a totally different reason...

Loud and low!

2/267:365 - With this... I will destroy :-)
Originally uploaded by Last Human Gateway What we have here is a 15" speaker, which over the weekend will be mounted in my bottom cab to replace the rather naff 15" unit currently in there.

This speaker is mine, but was in the PA at the Montgomery Hall on long term loan after they blew up the one in their system, but when the Fireguard / fire extinguisher fiasco blew up I took my ball home, or rather took my PA home... including my old QTX amp (300w, cheap, but a very nice little amp), and my entire rack of effects.

Autumn is almost here.

Autumn Tealight Holder
Originally uploaded by Last Human Gateway The nights are now drawing in and the doorway to autumn is just a couple of days away now (22nd September at about 9pm).

My favourite time of year is just around the corner - October - as the leaves fall and the colours change to the magnificent reds, golds and browns.

All my Pagan friends will shortly be celebrating Mabon, the last major festival of the year in the final run-up to Samhain.

The photo? - well it's a little tea-light holder we have which I absolutely love - it always reminds me of autumn no matter what time of year it's lit.

The HLC - as it now is.

The drive of fame
Originally uploaded by Last Human Gateway Today I passed the HLC... it's now totally gone with very few traces of where it once was, except for slighly muddy ground marking it's outline. The driveway remains, but that's about all.

Meanwhile... little known Crimes of Passion fact for today: The first eponymous album featured bass totally written and recorded by me... even though I no longer feature on the artwork, my Warwick Thumb 5 bass is being carried on the first page.

When you discover something that makes things better..

OK... Seth Green has been copying my looks...


Blue hair?

That's my territory!

(Actually... I think it looks bloody cool - I didn't see the picture at right when doing my blue hair look, and actually, I wish I had cos it would certainly have convinced me how cool coloured hair actually is!)

Severing links...

Originally uploaded by Last Human Gateway I have decided from this post onwards that the link to my old livejournal will be severed.

If you are a livejournal user, you need to subscribe to my xml or atom feeds from my blog contained at to continue to recieve my posts.

I'll be closing my LJ account probably sometime around the end of the year.

Oh and to keep you happy - here is a nice picture of a spider I took yesterday... looking very scary in low key black & white...

A dull weekend in Rawmarsh

Today was the Rotherham Show... they decided to hold it in Rosehill Victoria Park, Rawmarsh instead. A decision I can say I approve of - although it has left the entire town of Rawmarsh gridlocked for the early part of the day (even though the council provided free park & ride) it was nice being able to walk to it for a change.
My ear (thanks to all who asked) is still rather sore... no, it's very sore, but thankfully painkillers are keeping the pain at bearable levels... regular dosings with olive oil seem to give temporary relief, although it then leaks out for the rest of the day. I've been advised against sitting out in the cold and getting it wet.

Tomorrow is Manor Castle for the Nevilles. I want to go, but if I wake up and my ear is sore then I definitely won't be.

Now finally... onto my wedding outfit for the gig we have next month. Is this too much leather? - I really like the look (it's a 3 piece suit) but probably wouldn't wear the jacket with it - j…

So WHAT is the point of MANAGERS?

Having spent many years working from the "other side" of music, I've spent too long taking shit off people... and the worst shit givers?


"I'm the Manager" is three words that can make a shudder go down the very spine of any promoter, right down to the bottom of the monkey stump.

Managers are this special breed of person, usually failed solicitors. They still manage to piss everyone off, but don't get paid quite as much to do it. I will give you an example and I will name names because after all... what do I care?

Many years ago, whilst in Crimes of Passion, I booked a gig at Sheffield Corporation featuring Vaughn (with the talents of the whingebag himself), COP and In the Name of as opening band.

I was then contacted by Denise from Goldstorm Records. She asked me if she could squash a band in after us, but before Vaughn... stupidly I agreed.

Little did I know she was queen bitch from hell who on the night insisted that Violent Storm were bigger than…

itunes... the great power that it is?

Today marks the start of a new era - not the beginning of an ice age, nor the laying down of new coal seams - but the first of the Manning back catalogue appeared on itunes today priced at a rather reasonable £7.99.

Why don't you go over there and buy yourself a copy now? - or better still buy two!

I was rather surprised how efficiently the entire release process went - I had it scheduled for the 19th September (mainly due to the fact that I didn't launch it online until about 4 weeks ago) and even though I set the electronic release date for today's date I expected it didn't make it in time... thanks Tunecore. Thunecore.

It's statement time.

Daniel Robinson thinks I look like this...
Originally uploaded by Last Human Gateway I didn't really get to see Magenta, but I did see some of Godsticks. Cool huh?

Meanwhile - Daniel, record label boss David's son drew a likeness of me which is rather uncanny... although my neck and face is a bit fatter than his version, although he has got my angular jaw very well!

Other things were discussed at the gig... yes the bad news I said about at The CRF was indeed the leaving of the band of Phil and Dave - sorry I didn't mention that on my blog - although recruiting other members is going well so far. Plenty of interest, auditions etc. If you're at all interested... get your dibs in now as we may well be closing applications soon.

Finally... Manning at the Wesley in Maltby in December (the 12th) clashes with Pendragon... 3 HOURS OF PENDRAGON... somewhere miles away.

Yes, I like Pendragon... but 3 hours of ANY BAND is comparable to having root canal work... the perfect gig for me i…

Why you shouldn't tailgate...

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Originally uploaded by Last Human Gateway An "unnecessary 4x4 owner" (seeeth) yesterday learnt a lesson.

Driving through the roadworks between Junction 33 and Junction 35 on the M1 I was tailgated very closely by a 4x4... now normally they annoy me anyway when they do this, but he was REALLY CLOSE. It's 50mph (SPECS speed camera system, folks) and I was indeed in a line of traffic doing 50.

When I came to leave the M1 at J35, I drove up the slip road - not hanging around and doing about 60-65... Mr. 4x4 came flying up behind me waiting to turn right... and then followed me... and then tailgated me very closely again - all through the 30 zone of Thorpe Hesley.

Anyhow... a couple of hard brakes in front of him, and then a glare out of the back window certainly sorted that... but it wasn't me who did the sorting out. No, after the second stop and glare his missus started REALLY going off on one at him and she gave him a slap!


The moon on a stick?

2/244:365 - I will bring you the Moon.
Originally uploaded by Last Human Gateway Today was the first batch of auditions for Manning. I won't say how they went... you'll find out in good time.

We have decided to pull the Akoustik gig in October, however, we have a private function booked in October which we will be doing... I'm quite looking forward to it too.

Did you know Blitz Basic is available for PC? - Neither did I!... I may well start programming again...

For now, though, Populous on the DS is keeping me entertained.