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October 9th, 2009

12:15 am
home from london and lying in bed with radiohead's in ranbows playing through the laptops tinny speakers.
I spent the evening at Fountain studios watching the xfactor rehearsals. Simon Cowell and the other judges were there although we weren't introduced. It was interesting seeing the show being put together and the contestants all seemed genuinely nice people working hard ahead of the biggest event of their lives. In between acts we were shown around and spent time in the green room and plied with alcohol and fancy food, it was fun.

we go to china on monday, i'm really excited. Work is incredibly busy and i'm shattered and stressed and in desperate need of a break, this can't come soon enough.

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September 16th, 2009

12:10 am
i went running again last night. Just another 3 miles but when i fell asleep around midnight i had a glorious 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Arrived at work this morning to find the canteen had been transformed into a seminar I've no idea what for. This meant meant no coffee ugh. I tried using the vending machine in the kitchen but couldn't understand the buttons and whatever was vended certainly wasn't coffee.

I left the office at 12 to head over to liverpool to the heart and chest hospital. I had a scheduled MRI scan to look at my heart to see if my aortic valve was functioning correctly. The procedure was routine I lay in the scanner for an hour while they piped in Natalie Imbuglia and the Bangles and every now then I was told to hold my breath. I'm not sure when the results come back but I can only hope things are well. They feel well at least.

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September 8th, 2009

10:16 pm
waiting in the grocery store queue today a lady turned and walked past me smelling of chlorine and cigarettes. I felt simultaneously 10 and 19, it caught me completely off guard and caused a flood of memory that left me dizzy.

i've just finished reading breakfast of champions, it's not as good as S5 but still a great read. I guess so many writers have borrowed or lampooned or expanded upon that sort of satirical and meta fictional style that I wasn't crazy about it.

Things with L are going well. We fly out to china in a little over a month and then move into a flat in the city centre on our return. I'm glad to be moving into the city. I like the atmosphere and the people and the bars and restaurants, it's more fun to me than being out in the suburbs

currently reading:

caught by the river
national geographic guide to hong kong


la roux - la roux
cribs - ignore the ignorant
the bronx - mariachi el bronx
clutch - strange cousins from the west (reminds of something you'd hear on true blood)

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April 27th, 2009

08:28 pm
another day another bruised ankle... i can't seem to avoid injury and the inevitable limping back home for ice, ibuprofen and cold, cold beer. Hopefully at least this injury isn't so bad, a bit of bruising to my instep but nothing more. It shouldn't bother my climbing too much on wednesday which is good because I'm determined to finish a couple of 6a routes for the first time.
the weekend was relaxing. I met Laura in town at her fathers retirement party and then back to whalley range for cider and beers at the jam cafe before eventually back to mine and several hours of lego starwars. Saturday we lazed around until the skies cleared and drove out to Dunham Massey for a picnic around the gardens watching the deer, squirrels, and a psychotic swan that liked to hassle ducks in the pond.
Sunday we picked up her grandfather and went out for drinks in Cheadle Hulme, he's a very nice chap and it was good to spend some time together.

yeah yeah yeahs gig: ++good if a little short. Karen O was amazing as ever.

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April 1st, 2009

11:34 pm - clicky
I got the boards of canada ep in the post this morning: trans canada highway. It's sublime but stupidly short, i really want to bash their heads together and tell them 3 albums and a couple of ep's to show for 11 years work is just not good enough.

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September 1st, 2008

12:32 am - late night
today has been recovering. i stood out on the balcony in the rain with a coffee and ate wet toast while the neighbours kids ran around screaming at each other.

Samina moved her stuff in, I put together the 2 bed frames and ordered new mattresses. Started reading the turn of the screw then watched half nelson.

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August 12th, 2008

10:47 pm
busy few days at work. i have some code that needs porting over to some new database servers, a lot of code actually that processes billions of records a month, so its quite hectic making sure it all goes to plan. G has become fairly distant of late. We think its because he should have left as our team leader and started his new role, but isn't allowed until we've all completed our projects. It would be nice to keep postponing the launch dates and make him stay indefinitely but i don't see it happening.

Nicola came over on friday, we had dinner and went out to Venue. My sister was there with her friends, we got more drunk while dancing around to the buzzcocks and led zep and then staggered home on the night bus. Saturday we sat slumped on the sofa watching re-runs of My So Called Life and feeling 13 all over again.

I don't know whats happening this weekend, if the weather stops being so abysmal i want to take a train out somewhere over towards leeds and just go hiking through the hills. I need out of manchester for a day

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July 30th, 2008

01:43 pm
back from spain where we split our time between nights in the capital city and slumming it on dusty campsites at the FIB music festival in Benicassim.

We flew into madrid and booked into a cheap hostel in the heart of Cheuca. We hung out in the bars/cafes till late, before heading back to the hostel for a few hours sleep ahead of the drive to coast.

The following morning we picked up a hire car and set off on the 5 hour drive across the mainland to the east coast. We made good time and found somewhere to leave the car. We walked past the closed festival gates to campFIB about a 5min walk away, then pitched our tent under some shade.

The campsite had toilets, cold shower block, a beer tent, info point, medical aid and lockers, but no drinkable water which was a pain as it meant a daily 2/3 milewalk into town just to stock up on water supplies.
As the festival wasn't open yet we wandered into the town. Benicassim reminded me of a spanish Cleveleys but with less to do. The resturants were overpriced selling mostly english food and watered down beer and we realised the majority of festival goers which I expected to be a mix of spanish, portuguese, french or italian was overwhelmingly made up of 18yr old british kids celebrating the end of their A levels.

Still once the fesitval opened on thursday any misconceptions/shortcomings were made up for by the music on offer. The first big band to open were Sigur Ros and they were spectacular.

I floated the rest of the night as we danced all night and then stumbled back to the campsite just as dawn was beginning to break over the ocean. The next few days were a mix of braving the 4mile trek to the beaches, collapsing under the shade of trees on the Benicassim high street or just hiding out of the sun in the bars/cafes until night fell and we could head back into the festival for more music.

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July 13th, 2008

12:40 am
 EW's top 100 films of 25 years, highlight as appropriate. * if you loved it

1. Pulp Fiction (1994) *
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy(2001-03)
3. Titanic (1997)
4. Blue Velvet (1986)
5. Toy Story (1995)*
6. Saving Private Ryan (1998)*
7. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
9. Die Hard (1988)

10. Moulin Rouge (2001)

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May 12th, 2008

12:42 am
in the vein of posting images, this is the small and crappy version of a great picture my grandfather took of my dad and i about 5/6am as we were setting up the fishing equipment. The bigger version has much prettier fog effects but I still like this shot a lot.

After 6 hours of sitting there - although i was mostly dozing whilst surreptitiously listening to my ipod - we left without a single bite, except my grandfather who caught 4 of the biggest carp I've ever seen, and in case you're wondering they were all put straight back in the pond

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