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April 14th, 2008


10:52 am
another wet weekend in manchester. originally planned to go to the lake district but the weather was atrocious so instead drove around the peak district. Made it to Buxton over the A537, more commonly known as the Cat & Fiddle. The road was so spectacular I made plans to come back on my bike as soon as the weather improved. The route will probably go sometihng like travelling down from manchester via Alderly Edge to Macclesfield. Then over the cat and fiddle to Buxton and coming back in a circular route via Whaley Bridge

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December 7th, 2007


12:21 am - i'll take you all on
i don't know whats happening much these days,  i feel a little lost at sea.
I had a call today about a job, software consultant, based in covent gardens london but 100% travel to client sites which are in the US and Singapore and presumably a lot of them in the uk. It sounded fun but I'm not in a position to move to london until late '08 and I don't think i'm the right man for the job so i said no to the interview. i'm regretting this decision already.



Last wednesday was Interpol at blackpool empress ballroom. I was skeptical abotu this concert, but approx 3mins into the gig once Daniel Kessler played the opening riff to Obstacle 1 it was like a giant surge inside, Joe, Phil and I stormed to the front and jumped around like madmen for the next hour. I left midway through, my asthma was bad and I needed air. There was a fight at the entrance to the Winter Gardens, 2 middle aged couples were attackign each other while security tried to throw them out, one of the women bit a securities hand drawing blood it was kind of surreal. I went back to my car, used my inhalor, changed my shirt which was frankly disgusting with sweat and went back and watched the rest of the gig from the balcony. It was a long drive home but so so worth going.

radiohead tickets go on sale tomorrow, im getting tickets oh yes.

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November 17th, 2007


03:22 am - anywhere, anyhow...
last weekend I went out riding my motorbike with Rebecca from work. We met up at the service station just before you reach Chester and took the A-roads through chester and down into Wales and past Wrexham. She took me through the winding roads to Llangollen and then up through Horsehoe Pass:



The weather was a little off but it was so much fun to ride through these twisty little welsh roads. We stopped off at Ponderosa, a well known biker cafe before heading off in circular route that took us back towards Chester. It was so much more fun riding out with someone else more so than I expected and it does kinda annoy me that I know so few people who own bikes.

Besides the biking I've got tickets to Smashing Pumpkins!! I really cannot wait to relive my angst and troubled teenage years and jump around like a loon to this band. Before that there was Iron & Wine who packed out the Academy and coming up is Interpol, Gogol Bordello and British Sea Power - who without a doubt are probably the most influential and most loved band in my life.

Reading wise, I'm currently completely hung up on Flannery O'Connor, these gothic southern stories are the best thing I've read since Joyce. Between her and Dennis Johnson and Nabakov I feel happy and back to a state of awe and learning and appreciation I haven't felt in years.

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October 14th, 2007


11:47 pm
These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). Bold what you have read, italicise that you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk* to those you've read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment

Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses

Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
continued after the jumpCollapse )

hmm, not nearly as many as I hoped to have read. Most of the half reads were secondary req. reading for courses and just didn't the time or desire to complete them, looking back now though I wish i had made the effort

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August 8th, 2007


11:34 am
back from the twin cities.

I missed my original flight out
Missed the I35-W bridge collapse by an hour
Saw the insanely large Mall of America which has rollercoasters inside it
Hung out at the art fair in uptown
saw some of the fringe festival
Pulled over and warned by a policeman for commiting 4 traffic violations in one go
Spent time in Red Wing
Went up North to see Duluth and Lake Superior
Kayaked down part of the brule river.
Drove 300 miles through rural wisconsin.
Lost all my luggage on the return flight.

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February 27th, 2007


02:56 pm
the days kind of blurring, work is slowly slowly improving, though not to the point of happiness/contented/worth staying for. The weekend was fun though. Meeting up with my sister and her friends on saturday and then again on sunday for the chinese new year festival which was frankly shoddy and not at all worth queuing for over an hour without caffine or sugar.

on that bbc radio quiz i won the following:

bloc party - a weekend in the city
cold war kids - robbers and cowards
Lady Sovereign - public warning
mika - life in cartoon motion
various - rough trade '06 compilation
various - rough trade 1976 compilation




The only one I really listn to is the Rough Trade compilation oh and Cold War Kids. Bloc Party's latest effort is a bit rubbish, Lady Sovereign is destined overseas, and Mika just annoys me.

Besides the free music I've mainly been on a diet of Rufus Wainwright and after discovering the long lost Nick Hornby mix cd in a dvd case: Bruce Springstein and Rod Stewart.

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February 14th, 2007


11:08 pm
ok... so who wins the coolest hat competition?




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December 22nd, 2006


09:36 am
we moved in on saturday. After picking the girl up from the airport and sleeping for a few hours i woke up and drove back to blackpool to collect more boxes.
The elevator in the new palce is broken - it works from every floor except ground so that meant lugging up all my stuff two flights of stairs blah. I have most of my belongings here. I'm missing all my books and computer but i have no phone or internet anyway till sometime in january.
The flat is ok, it has a really long corridor leading to the 3 rooms which wil be filled with prints or canvas art as and when we get round to it. The lounge/kitchen is all glass which is fun on a sunny day but with no curtains drapes feels a little exposed at night.
Saturday night we went to ikea - me for the first time. It was a little strange watching all the people defining their personal spaces by what brand of ikea lamp to hang on their ikea bookshelf opposite their ikea shelving. I think i actually hate ikea even if hating ikea is like hating mcdonalds.
Sunday was my parents visiting with more of my belongings and my father helping fix the boiler. That night I was itching to go out but instead stayed in watching tv and eating bad food.

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November 23rd, 2006


09:41 am
last week i finally gave my notice to the landlord, they seemed fine with everything and a to let sign has already appeared outside the property. In the meantime I've been scouring a million property websites for flats in manchester. I need to move sooner rather than later, this month alone with petrol costs and my car breaking down, its cost me £500 to get to work and back which is just obscene and makes me physically sick. I've been living off rice and bread for 3 weeks, waking at 5:30 and coming home at 7pm since september and i'm finally hitting breaking point.

I only have myself to blame with all of this. I should never have accepted the job but these things happen. As soon as i move I will have a little breathing space with money and with public transport being relatively straightforward if the car decides to breakdown again i'll just push it into the canal.

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November 14th, 2006


11:38 am
passed my motorcycle test. ++good

however now is not the time of year to buy a bike, especially with the costs of relocating to manchester to be paid in the next month.
Also my car exploded last week driving down the M6 but it seems to be repairable. In the meantime i'm taking the train to work, which takes me 2 hours each way, but in some ways its actually enjoyable, I get to slump down in a near empty train with a flask of tea, a book and music and sleep read my way to and from work. I haven't given myself this much daily spare time to read since leaving university and given that its cheaper than driving i think may make it a regular occurance as long as it isn't raining or unbearably cold..

Last saturday was watching Muse, i can't describe watching them as being pleasant, we came away wet, bruised, exhausted after having 5 thousand people jumping all over us but there is something to be said for that kind of rush.


Really hoping to see The Prestige this week. For both Christian Bale and michael caine and notwithstanding David Bowie as Nikola Tesla! Even if its pants it will be worth it to see how they portray him.

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