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Bank holidays seem to have this strange ability to become two gig weekends, this was no exception.

Saturday was Ingoldmells - a tediously long drive out there, followed by a rather questionable gig, followed by a tedious drive home and a 3am bedtime. The weather was beautiful though, we sat outside until after 7!



The stage backdrop was rather cool.



A rather beautiful moon graced the sky.



Sadly, the respect we received wasn't good. Firstly we were told to arrive by 6, and yet we weren't allowed to set up until after the football had finished on the main stage screen.

Then, setting up behind the children's entertainment was not entirely safe.
Finally, not being allowed to soundcheck until 15 minutes before stage time wasn't professional. It was terrible for health and safety, and very unprofessional to expect this. A venue shouldn't really be booking bands if they don't understand what it entails to actually have a band onstage, and they certainly shouldn't b…

I refreshed my leather suit.

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It's been no secret I've had a leather suit for a number of years now. Indeed, almost ten years ago I was taking photos like this.
But I'd been noticing that my suit was looking old fashioned. Pleated front trousers aren't really a thing these days, unless it's a single tight pleat. Twin pleats are definitely old hat. Plus gaining and then losing weight has made it ill fitting.
So, a few months ago I decided to refresh it with a new pair of trousers and a new waistcoat. The jacket is absolutely fine and still looks good so I didn't bother doing that.
I think you'll agree it looks spot on!

The Oxford Trip

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The Oxford trip was yesterday; meeting up with Dr Allan Chapman to go and the Radcliffe Observatory and then to the Museum of the History of Science.

After a bouncy journey down we arrived at the university. The Observatory was first on our itinerary.

Then on to Oxford town centre, and firstly a lunch in Wetherspoons. I don't really like Wetherspoons. The owner was a massive Brexit supporter and I don't agree with his ideas, but it's where the masses wanted to go so we followed; leaving a little message to the next occupier of our table.

The Wetherspoons "experience" was spoiled when a group of families, obviously Eastern European came in, surrounded one table and then proceeded to try and envelop surrounding tables even though the pub was very busy and others were sat at them. It's horrible manners, and it fuels the flames of racism when foreigners behave like this; especially in these Brexit intolerant times - but we should also remember that the English ove…