lizziec: (BSG - Apollo wince)
Seriously, don't click if you're not interested in a) bsg fandom or b) me making a complete idiot of myself.

oh god my brain, just take me out and shoot me )

One of these days I'll come up with something of substance to write here. The problem with things of substance is that they're so much effort :/

This entry was originally posted at http://lizziec.dreamwidth.org/419314.html. There are currently comments on the original entry.
lizziec: (BSG - Apollo wince)
Seriously, don't click if you're not interested in a) bsg fandom or b) me making a complete idiot of myself.

oh god my brain, just take me out and shoot me )

One of these days I'll come up with something of substance to write here. The problem with things of substance is that they're so much effort :/

This entry was originally posted at http://lizziec.dreamwidth.org/419314.html. There are currently comments on the original entry.
lizziec: (Han Solo drunk)
Seriously, don't click if you're not interested in a) bsg fandom or b) me making a complete idiot of myself.

oh god my brain, just take me out and shoot me )

One of these days I'll come up with something of substance to write here. The problem with things of substance is that they're so much effort :/
lizziec: (carebare grumpy sleeping)
I went up to London yesterday to see pot luck theatre* with [livejournal.com profile] no1typo. We ended up seeing Hairspray, which I hope to write about at a later date. I've been all writers blocked recently, even when I've had things to write about, and so this journal has been very quiet.

Anyway, to return to this entirely uninteresting tale of Woe, for which Livejournal is famous and I just want to get off my chest...

I should have known what the travel situation would be from early(ish) in my journey, when I drove onto the slip for the M20 (off the A249) and stopped. And stayed stopped for over three quarters of an hour after an accident on the M20 between the junction I was coming on at and the next one, which closed the whole carriageway for most of the time I was stopped, and two lanes were still closed when I finally got past.

It wasn't really the best start, and very nearly made me late for picking up [livejournal.com profile] no1typo. After that things went mostly to plan (bar the overcrowding/traffic jams of a bus getting around London at 5pm :)) and we got our tickets, had dinner and wandered to the theatre. It was after the show that it all started to get interesting.

First, as to be expected really at Theatre kicking out time, the traffic was solid for a while and it took us ages to get a bus back to Victoria - a number 38, which advertised Victoria as its destination and then kicked us (and the rest of the passengers) out at Green Park. By this time it was nearly 11pm, we were getting tired and Victoria was a dark and scary walk away across the park (yes, I know it's not far, but it was dark and scary. So we decided that, given we couldn't really be bothered to wait for a bus that may or may not come (and may or may not pick us up when it does come) we got a cab the rest of the way to Victoria.

Where we found a train back to the place we had left the car was indefinitely delayed because of problems at Clapham Junction. After half an hour or so of waiting, we decided to get on a train to East Croydon, because at least then we'd be getting closer to the car and home and we could always get a train from there to Purley. When we got there we found that, again, the closest train for Purley, had it been On Time was still ages away and it was already showing as "delayed" (by this point, I was getting heartily fed up with signs at train stations merely saying "delayed"), which could mean anything for us and our wait.

At which point we completely lost our heads and splurged on a cab for us back to the car and I took mum home and then made a run for it before any more disasters could befall my travel arrangements. I did have clothes etc to stay over if I needed to, but by now I was craving my bed. Which is how I made my next mistake in deciding to go home.

Definitely a mistake. All was fine until I hit the M25 (for reference this is my normal route home from my mum's) at which point it became mostly single lane because of roadworks, and to my utter woe the sliproad to the M26 was closed, meaning that the M26 itself was closed, meaning that I ended up going to the Darenth Interchange and straight on to the M2. The M25 was single lane pretty much from the point I joined to the point I came off at Darenth. Despite the fact that the route I ended up taking is only ~10 miles further than the route I usually take, it took me significantly longer to get home, because for the entire stretch of the M25 (which, I remind you all, dear reader, was single lane) I was at 50mph or less.

Luckily the rest of my drive was ok, but I ended up nearly freezing myself with the aircon to stay awake, so it took me ages to thaw when I got home.

So it took me forever to get home. The show finished at 10pm and I didn't get back until around 2am.

It was a brilliant evening otherwise though :D

*What I call it if you go with the intention of seeing a show, but are not bothered as to which one thus purchase your tickets for far less than you otherwise would from a booth like tkts in Leicester Square. (A list of what they have on sale today.)
lizziec: (carebare grumpy sleeping)
I went up to London yesterday to see pot luck theatre* with [livejournal.com profile] no1typo. We ended up seeing Hairspray, which I hope to write about at a later date. I've been all writers blocked recently, even when I've had things to write about, and so this journal has been very quiet.

Anyway, to return to this entirely uninteresting tale of Woe, for which Livejournal is famous and I just want to get off my chest...

I should have known what the travel situation would be from early(ish) in my journey, when I drove onto the slip for the M20 (off the A249) and stopped. And stayed stopped for over three quarters of an hour after an accident on the M20 between the junction I was coming on at and the next one, which closed the whole carriageway for most of the time I was stopped, and two lanes were still closed when I finally got past.

It wasn't really the best start, and very nearly made me late for picking up [livejournal.com profile] no1typo. After that things went mostly to plan (bar the overcrowding/traffic jams of a bus getting around London at 5pm :)) and we got our tickets, had dinner and wandered to the theatre. It was after the show that it all started to get interesting.

First, as to be expected really at Theatre kicking out time, the traffic was solid for a while and it took us ages to get a bus back to Victoria - a number 38, which advertised Victoria as its destination and then kicked us (and the rest of the passengers) out at Green Park. By this time it was nearly 11pm, we were getting tired and Victoria was a dark and scary walk away across the park (yes, I know it's not far, but it was dark and scary. So we decided that, given we couldn't really be bothered to wait for a bus that may or may not come (and may or may not pick us up when it does come) we got a cab the rest of the way to Victoria.

Where we found a train back to the place we had left the car was indefinitely delayed because of problems at Clapham Junction. After half an hour or so of waiting, we decided to get on a train to East Croydon, because at least then we'd be getting closer to the car and home and we could always get a train from there to Purley. When we got there we found that, again, the closest train for Purley, had it been On Time was still ages away and it was already showing as "delayed" (by this point, I was getting heartily fed up with signs at train stations merely saying "delayed"), which could mean anything for us and our wait.

At which point we completely lost our heads and splurged on a cab for us back to the car and I took mum home and then made a run for it before any more disasters could befall my travel arrangements. I did have clothes etc to stay over if I needed to, but by now I was craving my bed. Which is how I made my next mistake in deciding to go home.

Definitely a mistake. All was fine until I hit the M25 (for reference this is my normal route home from my mum's) at which point it became mostly single lane because of roadworks, and to my utter woe the sliproad to the M26 was closed, meaning that the M26 itself was closed, meaning that I ended up going to the Darenth Interchange and straight on to the M2. The M25 was single lane pretty much from the point I joined to the point I came off at Darenth. Despite the fact that the route I ended up taking is only ~10 miles further than the route I usually take, it took me significantly longer to get home, because for the entire stretch of the M25 (which, I remind you all, dear reader, was single lane) I was at 50mph or less.

Luckily the rest of my drive was ok, but I ended up nearly freezing myself with the aircon to stay awake, so it took me ages to thaw when I got home.

So it took me forever to get home. The show finished at 10pm and I didn't get back until around 2am.

It was a brilliant evening otherwise though :D

*What I call it if you go with the intention of seeing a show, but are not bothered as to which one thus purchase your tickets for far less than you otherwise would from a booth like tkts in Leicester Square. (A list of what they have on sale today.)
lizziec: (carebare grumpy sleeping)
I went up to London yesterday to see pot luck theatre* with [livejournal.com profile] no1typo. We ended up seeing Hairspray, which I hope to write about at a later date. I've been all writers blocked recently, even when I've had things to write about, and so this journal has been very quiet.

Anyway, to return to this entirely uninteresting tale of Woe, for which Livejournal is famous and I just want to get off my chest...

I should have known what the travel situation would be from early(ish) in my journey, when I drove onto the slip for the M20 (off the A249) and stopped. And stayed stopped for over three quarters of an hour after an accident on the M20 between the junction I was coming on at and the next one, which closed the whole carriageway for most of the time I was stopped, and two lanes were still closed when I finally got past.

It wasn't really the best start, and very nearly made me late for picking up [livejournal.com profile] no1typo. After that things went mostly to plan (bar the overcrowding/traffic jams of a bus getting around London at 5pm :)) and we got our tickets, had dinner and wandered to the theatre. It was after the show that it all started to get interesting.

First, as to be expected really at Theatre kicking out time, the traffic was solid for a while and it took us ages to get a bus back to Victoria - a number 38, which advertised Victoria as its destination and then kicked us (and the rest of the passengers) out at Green Park. By this time it was nearly 11pm, we were getting tired and Victoria was a dark and scary walk away across the park (yes, I know it's not far, but it was dark and scary. So we decided that, given we couldn't really be bothered to wait for a bus that may or may not come (and may or may not pick us up when it does come) we got a cab the rest of the way to Victoria.

Where we found a train back to the place we had left the car was indefinitely delayed because of problems at Clapham Junction. After half an hour or so of waiting, we decided to get on a train to East Croydon, because at least then we'd be getting closer to the car and home and we could always get a train from there to Purley. When we got there we found that, again, the closest train for Purley, had it been On Time was still ages away and it was already showing as "delayed" (by this point, I was getting heartily fed up with signs at train stations merely saying "delayed"), which could mean anything for us and our wait.

At which point we completely lost our heads and splurged on a cab for us back to the car and I took mum home and then made a run for it before any more disasters could befall my travel arrangements. I did have clothes etc to stay over if I needed to, but by now I was craving my bed. Which is how I made my next mistake in deciding to go home.

Definitely a mistake. All was fine until I hit the M25 (for reference this is my normal route home from my mum's) at which point it became mostly single lane because of roadworks, and to my utter woe the sliproad to the M26 was closed, meaning that the M26 itself was closed, meaning that I ended up going to the Darenth Interchange and straight on to the M2. The M25 was single lane pretty much from the point I joined to the point I came off at Darenth. Despite the fact that the route I ended up taking is only ~10 miles further than the route I usually take, it took me significantly longer to get home, because for the entire stretch of the M25 (which, I remind you all, dear reader, was single lane) I was at 50mph or less.

Luckily the rest of my drive was ok, but I ended up nearly freezing myself with the aircon to stay awake, so it took me ages to thaw when I got home.

So it took me forever to get home. The show finished at 10pm and I didn't get back until around 2am.

It was a brilliant evening otherwise though :D

*What I call it if you go with the intention of seeing a show, but are not bothered as to which one thus purchase your tickets for far less than you otherwise would from a booth like tkts in Leicester Square. (A list of what they have on sale today.)
lizziec: (animals - koala and baby)
Thanks to everyone who posted or pm'd me with recommendations yesterday. I now have a long playlist with lost of variety. Hurrah!

Rather frustratingly I realised Edexcel have shaved over a week off this year's marking time. Bah. I am pondering writing to them to ask why.

Today's procrastination tool is here (Draw a mouse, discover what your mouse says about your personality). It's quite funny and I daresay not true, but it might keep you entertained for a minute.
lizziec: (animals - koala and baby)
Thanks to everyone who posted or pm'd me with recommendations yesterday. I now have a long playlist with lost of variety. Hurrah!

Rather frustratingly I realised Edexcel have shaved over a week off this year's marking time. Bah. I am pondering writing to them to ask why.

Today's procrastination tool is here (Draw a mouse, discover what your mouse says about your personality). It's quite funny and I daresay not true, but it might keep you entertained for a minute.
lizziec: (animals - koala and baby)
Thanks to everyone who posted or pm'd me with recommendations yesterday. I now have a long playlist with lost of variety. Hurrah!

Rather frustratingly I realised Edexcel have shaved over a week off this year's marking time. Bah. I am pondering writing to them to ask why.

Today's procrastination tool is here (Draw a mouse, discover what your mouse says about your personality). It's quite funny and I daresay not true, but it might keep you entertained for a minute.
lizziec: (animals - Polecat)
As you all know, I'm marking for edexcel, and I'm after music to listen to while I do so. It has to be instrumental - I can't concentrate properly if I try to mark while listening to lyrics. I like showtunes - does anyone know an album of showtunes just played by instruments/an orchestra? - and classical music. I also enjoy movie soundtracks. Currently in my playlist are things like The Lord of the Rings soundtracks, The Star Wars soundtracks, Vivaldi, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Mozart.

Any recommendations would be gratefully recieved. I have hours of marking to do (usually between 40 and 60) and end up listening to the same stuff over and over again every year and I want something new.

Thanks :)
lizziec: (animals - Polecat)
As you all know, I'm marking for edexcel, and I'm after music to listen to while I do so. It has to be instrumental - I can't concentrate properly if I try to mark while listening to lyrics. I like showtunes - does anyone know an album of showtunes just played by instruments/an orchestra? - and classical music. I also enjoy movie soundtracks. Currently in my playlist are things like The Lord of the Rings soundtracks, The Star Wars soundtracks, Vivaldi, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Mozart.

Any recommendations would be gratefully recieved. I have hours of marking to do (usually between 40 and 60) and end up listening to the same stuff over and over again every year and I want something new.

Thanks :)
lizziec: (animals - Polecat)
As you all know, I'm marking for edexcel, and I'm after music to listen to while I do so. It has to be instrumental - I can't concentrate properly if I try to mark while listening to lyrics. I like showtunes - does anyone know an album of showtunes just played by instruments/an orchestra? - and classical music. I also enjoy movie soundtracks. Currently in my playlist are things like The Lord of the Rings soundtracks, The Star Wars soundtracks, Vivaldi, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Mozart.

Any recommendations would be gratefully recieved. I have hours of marking to do (usually between 40 and 60) and end up listening to the same stuff over and over again every year and I want something new.

Thanks :)
lizziec: (willy fogg (book))
London trip (including the Science Museum) )

Last night I caught a Giant Moth. Ugh.

Giant Moth (see? I'm not exaggerating!) )

Today I've been watching Around The World With Willy Fogg (theme tune), which was one of the blockbuster dvds that turned up recently. It's such fun :D I really enjoy 80s cartoons :) In it's honour I've made a new lj icon (see the one with this post :))

Phew. That was quite an update. I daresay there won't be another proper one for months now!
lizziec: (willy fogg (book))
London trip (including the Science Museum) )

Last night I caught a Giant Moth. Ugh.

Giant Moth (see? I'm not exaggerating!) )

Today I've been watching Around The World With Willy Fogg (theme tune), which was one of the blockbuster dvds that turned up recently. It's such fun :D I really enjoy 80s cartoons :) In it's honour I've made a new lj icon (see the one with this post :))

Phew. That was quite an update. I daresay there won't be another proper one for months now!
lizziec: (willy fogg (book))
London trip (including the Science Museum) )

Last night I caught a Giant Moth. Ugh.

Giant Moth (see? I'm not exaggerating!) )

Today I've been watching Around The World With Willy Fogg (theme tune), which was one of the blockbuster dvds that turned up recently. It's such fun :D I really enjoy 80s cartoons :) In it's honour I've made a new lj icon (see the one with this post :))

Phew. That was quite an update. I daresay there won't be another proper one for months now!
lizziec: (me - daddy and baby lizzie)
I've just been watching The Day After Tomorrow on 4, and realised how much easier life would be if it had an obvious soundtrack. Romantic movements when you meet someone you should fall in love with, big dramatic surges when something exciting happens, ominous music when you're in a bad situation, or meet a dodgy character - because of the music you would know what to do in every possible life situation! Also, it'd be really cool :D
lizziec: (me - daddy and baby lizzie)
I've just been watching The Day After Tomorrow on 4, and realised how much easier life would be if it had an obvious soundtrack. Romantic movements when you meet someone you should fall in love with, big dramatic surges when something exciting happens, ominous music when you're in a bad situation, or meet a dodgy character - because of the music you would know what to do in every possible life situation! Also, it'd be really cool :D
lizziec: (me - daddy and baby lizzie)
I've just been watching The Day After Tomorrow on 4, and realised how much easier life would be if it had an obvious soundtrack. Romantic movements when you meet someone you should fall in love with, big dramatic surges when something exciting happens, ominous music when you're in a bad situation, or meet a dodgy character - because of the music you would know what to do in every possible life situation! Also, it'd be really cool :D
lizziec: (me - Me at the post)
A random though occurred to me while in the bath tonight. I should point out before I write this thought down that it was conjured up by random musings while humming Jesus Christ, Superstar songs to myself. I have no idea what the bible says about this or anything.

Anyway, it occurred to me that Judas really got a raw deal. Assuming that the whole thing is real (and I really don't know where I stand on that at the moment, so please don't ask or try to convince me either way), Jesus had to die so the whole resurrection thing could happen. The whole thing was pre ordained. Therefore someone would always have had to have turned Jesus in. Judas is very badly thought of for doing it and the word today generally means a betrayer. Really, sucks to have been him. Talk about a no win situation. If he hadn't dobbed Jesus in then he wouldn't have died on the cross and been resurrected and then ascended in to heaven and so Jesus could not have taken on everyone's sins and allowed for repentence and whatever. But if he had then he would have been branded forever and presumably sent to hell. I almost feel sorry for the guy. If he existed.

Hmm. That was all rather heavy and brain dumpy. Have some quizzes to take your minds off it.

My brain sex and which Austen Heroine I am )

Finally, I want to draw your attention to the Photomeme which only one person (hi mum!) seems to want to do. Please participate? :)

lizziec: (me - Me at the post)
A random though occurred to me while in the bath tonight. I should point out before I write this thought down that it was conjured up by random musings while humming Jesus Christ, Superstar songs to myself. I have no idea what the bible says about this or anything.

Anyway, it occurred to me that Judas really got a raw deal. Assuming that the whole thing is real (and I really don't know where I stand on that at the moment, so please don't ask or try to convince me either way), Jesus had to die so the whole resurrection thing could happen. The whole thing was pre ordained. Therefore someone would always have had to have turned Jesus in. Judas is very badly thought of for doing it and the word today generally means a betrayer. Really, sucks to have been him. Talk about a no win situation. If he hadn't dobbed Jesus in then he wouldn't have died on the cross and been resurrected and then ascended in to heaven and so Jesus could not have taken on everyone's sins and allowed for repentence and whatever. But if he had then he would have been branded forever and presumably sent to hell. I almost feel sorry for the guy. If he existed.

Hmm. That was all rather heavy and brain dumpy. Have some quizzes to take your minds off it.

My brain sex and which Austen Heroine I am )

Finally, I want to draw your attention to the Photomeme which only one person (hi mum!) seems to want to do. Please participate? :)

lizziec: (me - Me at the post)
A random though occurred to me while in the bath tonight. I should point out before I write this thought down that it was conjured up by random musings while humming Jesus Christ, Superstar songs to myself. I have no idea what the bible says about this or anything.

Anyway, it occurred to me that Judas really got a raw deal. Assuming that the whole thing is real (and I really don't know where I stand on that at the moment, so please don't ask or try to convince me either way), Jesus had to die so the whole resurrection thing could happen. The whole thing was pre ordained. Therefore someone would always have had to have turned Jesus in. Judas is very badly thought of for doing it and the word today generally means a betrayer. Really, sucks to have been him. Talk about a no win situation. If he hadn't dobbed Jesus in then he wouldn't have died on the cross and been resurrected and then ascended in to heaven and so Jesus could not have taken on everyone's sins and allowed for repentence and whatever. But if he had then he would have been branded forever and presumably sent to hell. I almost feel sorry for the guy. If he existed.

Hmm. That was all rather heavy and brain dumpy. Have some quizzes to take your minds off it.

My brain sex and which Austen Heroine I am )

Finally, I want to draw your attention to the Photomeme which only one person (hi mum!) seems to want to do. Please participate? :)
lizziec: (potterpuffs - mytle amusement discomfort)
I'm currently watching the musical version of The War of the Worlds in concert, conducted by Jeff Wayne himself (available here on DVD) and it's brilliant to watch (with the possible exception of the freaky head of Richard Burton). The martian's machines are just right, exactly how I imagined them :D Not all silly like the Tom Cruise stupidness.

The bit that is actually making my heart swell with pride and excitement (probably as a violin player myself with several years of orchestra playing behind me) is seeing the strings sections playing with their bows perfectly in synch - using the same amounts of the bow, going in the same direction as each other as exactly the same time. It's just an awesome sight (and as a strings player I appreciate how difficult it is ;))

I'm also rather impressed with their magical digital music/electronic music stands. So much easier and neater than the (necessarily) dog eared copies and crappy fally down music stands I had to deal with.

lizziec: (potterpuffs - mytle amusement discomfort)
I'm currently watching the musical version of The War of the Worlds in concert, conducted by Jeff Wayne himself (available here on DVD) and it's brilliant to watch (with the possible exception of the freaky head of Richard Burton). The martian's machines are just right, exactly how I imagined them :D Not all silly like the Tom Cruise stupidness.

The bit that is actually making my heart swell with pride and excitement (probably as a violin player myself with several years of orchestra playing behind me) is seeing the strings sections playing with their bows perfectly in synch - using the same amounts of the bow, going in the same direction as each other as exactly the same time. It's just an awesome sight (and as a strings player I appreciate how difficult it is ;))

I'm also rather impressed with their magical digital music/electronic music stands. So much easier and neater than the (necessarily) dog eared copies and crappy fally down music stands I had to deal with.

lizziec: (potterpuffs - mytle amusement discomfort)
I'm currently watching the musical version of The War of the Worlds in concert, conducted by Jeff Wayne himself (available here on DVD) and it's brilliant to watch (with the possible exception of the freaky head of Richard Burton). The martian's machines are just right, exactly how I imagined them :D Not all silly like the Tom Cruise stupidness.

The bit that is actually making my heart swell with pride and excitement (probably as a violin player myself with several years of orchestra playing behind me) is seeing the strings sections playing with their bows perfectly in synch - using the same amounts of the bow, going in the same direction as each other as exactly the same time. It's just an awesome sight (and as a strings player I appreciate how difficult it is ;))

I'm also rather impressed with their magical digital music/electronic music stands. So much easier and neater than the (necessarily) dog eared copies and crappy fally down music stands I had to deal with.
lizziec: (Musicals)
I went to London after getting up at godawful o clock. I was rewarded with a stroll down Regent Street, Theatreland to Trafalgar Square (covering parts of Chinatown when we got lost) and onto Strand where the theatre was located. On the way we spent legnthly amounts of time in Hamleys and Paperchase.

My review of the show - hope it is in some way informative )

Now I'm knackered and am going to bed. So so tired. Overtired. Sleep now (hopefully).

lizziec: (Musicals)
I went to London after getting up at godawful o clock. I was rewarded with a stroll down Regent Street, Theatreland to Trafalgar Square (covering parts of Chinatown when we got lost) and onto Strand where the theatre was located. On the way we spent legnthly amounts of time in Hamleys and Paperchase.

My review of the show - hope it is in some way informative )

Now I'm knackered and am going to bed. So so tired. Overtired. Sleep now (hopefully).

lizziec: (Musicals)
I went to London after getting up at godawful o clock. I was rewarded with a stroll down Regent Street, Theatreland to Trafalgar Square (covering parts of Chinatown when we got lost) and onto Strand where the theatre was located. On the way we spent legnthly amounts of time in Hamleys and Paperchase.

My review of the show - hope it is in some way informative )

Now I'm knackered and am going to bed. So so tired. Overtired. Sleep now (hopefully).
lizziec: (acid)
Tomorrow I'm off at the crack of dawn to London to see Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in an organised trip. My mother in Law and sister in Law are coming too. We'll be seeing the Matinee and spending some time in London before coming back. I'm looking forward to seeing it and hope that Lee Mead will be singing and not an understudy. Remembered how much I like him when I saw him on Children in Need tonight, and, like a true professional he kept going even when his mike cut out twice! Even if he isn't singing it should be a pretty good show. I just hope it measures up to the previous 4 times I've seen it in the West End all when I was young - think Jason Donovan and Phillip Schofield)!

If I have the energy I will post a write up or something here later in the weekend.
lizziec: (acid)
Tomorrow I'm off at the crack of dawn to London to see Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in an organised trip. My mother in Law and sister in Law are coming too. We'll be seeing the Matinee and spending some time in London before coming back. I'm looking forward to seeing it and hope that Lee Mead will be singing and not an understudy. Remembered how much I like him when I saw him on Children in Need tonight, and, like a true professional he kept going even when his mike cut out twice! Even if he isn't singing it should be a pretty good show. I just hope it measures up to the previous 4 times I've seen it in the West End all when I was young - think Jason Donovan and Phillip Schofield)!

If I have the energy I will post a write up or something here later in the weekend.
lizziec: (acid)
Tomorrow I'm off at the crack of dawn to London to see Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in an organised trip. My mother in Law and sister in Law are coming too. We'll be seeing the Matinee and spending some time in London before coming back. I'm looking forward to seeing it and hope that Lee Mead will be singing and not an understudy. Remembered how much I like him when I saw him on Children in Need tonight, and, like a true professional he kept going even when his mike cut out twice! Even if he isn't singing it should be a pretty good show. I just hope it measures up to the previous 4 times I've seen it in the West End all when I was young - think Jason Donovan and Phillip Schofield)!

If I have the energy I will post a write up or something here later in the weekend.
lizziec: (Chalet School)
So after the concert [livejournal.com profile] benc and I went back to our hotel, slept for not enough time and then tubed and dlr-d over to Greenwich to meet [livejournal.com profile] red_pill for present buying for [livejournal.com profile] no1typo's birthday in the market there. We brought the presents with fairly minimal fuss, on budget and having gone nowhere near a high street store (not even a card & paper one!) and took them back to mum's to wrap while Phil showed a mate around the "spooky areas" of Greenwich. When he returned we gave them to mum (fully wrapped by yours truly) and she seemed to like them (see here for details and pictures).

In the evening we decided to go to the excellent Chipstead Tandoori and dithered a bit before finally bolting out of the door in a rush at just gone 7 as I had just recieved the awaited intel that the secret guest was supping Cobra there ;)

It was, of course a guest appearence by Giles. Bwhahaha. Much loveliness of times was had, curry and company were excellent and we even had Moet & Chandon Champagne, brought by Giles' father as a present :D (was lovely by the way ;))

This morning [livejournal.com profile] red_pill and I got up and made mum breakfast as is tradition, and then I took Phil to Purley to go to the LAC (which I'm sure he'll write about), came home and then galvanised people to go to Mogador - the Sportsman pub.

We'd been there before two days before our wedding when we just needed to get away and this time we took [livejournal.com profile] no1typo for a birthday lunch. We knew the food was good, but we didn't know it was quite as amazing as it was. We had an enormous roast dinner except it wasn't so much food to make you feel you could burst. The portion was just right and the beef melted in the mouth and (so I'm told) the veggies were cooked to perfection. It was all followed by a walk in the nice sunshine across the common :)

Finally we headed back to Canterbury, bringing Giles with us :D

A lovely time was had by all, even if I do say so myself. Pictures here.
lizziec: (evil bunnies)
So on Friday [livejournal.com profile] benc and I headed up from Canterbury to my mum's just inside Greater London so we could buy one day travel cards instead of day returns with travel cards to save money, jumped on a train to London and headed to Hammersmith to check in to our hotel (Premier Travel Inn at Hammersmith - looks like a converted office block) and find somewhere meet dmc, Mich and Adam Horn & his partner (can't remember her name :( but they gave us a lift back to the Hotel after the show) and eat dinner (Wetherspoons - The William Morris) before heading to the venue for 7pm when the doors opened. On the way we got stopped by at least 4 ticket touts asking if we wanted tickets - never really seen 1 tout before, so was spoiled for choice - of would be if I hadn't had a ticket :P

Got there nice and early, brought our murchandise (I got a black "I went to one of their concerts :D" tshirt while [livejournal.com profile] benc brought Boothby Graffoe and Vanity Project CDs & a download token for when the show eventually goes up for download and got our seats. The seated area where we were seemed really empty for ages, still not nearly full when Boothby Graffoe came on and did an excellent set including some contributions on instruments and backing vocals from some of the Ladies (Kevin first, then Jim, finally Ed). He did Baseball Playing Spider, a song about a drowning sailor ("Does anybody know how to sail a boat" perhaps?) and Bungee Girl.

By the time they all went off we were well and truly warmed up and only had to wait 20 mins or so till BNL came on and opened with "One Week", straight into "The Old Appartment". Cue all the people who had not yet made it to the still fairly empty seating area all rushing in at once and spoiling my view as they wandered around finding their seats and stuff :( I have to admit, it pissed me off quite a lot. If they couldn't be bothered to turn up on time, why bother coming at all? </rant>

I was delighted with the mix of songs on there, it was a great mix of old and new and two of my favourites from the new album made it on there - "Sound of Your Voice" and "Maybe You're Right" (my personal favourite of the whole night). "Brian Wilson" was fantastic and wound everyone up to fever pitch as they walked off. I wasn't a great fan of "Easy". It was better live than on the CD but I didn't like being taken down a notch from my uber fever pitch. "$1,000,000" followed and was amazing and wound us all up again. By this point everyone in the seating area was on their feet and stayed there till the very end. Brilliant ad-lib about oyster cards basically saying what everyone thinks of them and another one from Ed about how rubbish camera phones are :D

Much better than the concert I went to on the Holidays tour in 2004, though I think I preferred the intimacy of the Shepherds Bush Empire over the size of the Hammersmith Apollo.

Random thought: Liked the M*A*S*H referrences with some of their murchandise :D

I'm sure I've left some stuff out. If you were there, comment and correct me. This is really a brain dump of what was there. Brilliant show :D

Want to go again! When are they back? ;)

Set List )

Other (better) reviews can be found here and here

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] barenaked_fans

lizziec: (explosm sad)
I'm off to a BNL Concert in support of new album BLAM at the London Hammersmith Apollo tonight. Very excited. Will update about it when I get back and am no longer floating near the ceiling.

Yayness!

Have this to keep you going:



(Sung in Ed's bathroom apparently)
lizziec: (owl)
Listening to the extended version of Barenaked Ladies are Me while heading up to [livejournal.com profile] no1typo's to fix the internets there I suddenly caught part of one of the songs on it "Fun and Games" and realised that the protest song isn't dead and BNL had included one on their new album.

Having listened to it I don't think they like President Bush, the war on terror or Iraq very much at all...

A copy of "Fun and Games" is uploaded here here (ogg) and here (flac). Help yourself.

Lyrics )

ION: Ben and I have tickets to go to the London BNL concert at the end of March! squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
lizziec: (owl)
Listening to the extended version of Barenaked Ladies are Me while heading up to [livejournal.com profile] no1typo's to fix the internets there I suddenly caught part of one of the songs on it "Fun and Games" and realised that the protest song isn't dead and BNL had included one on their new album.

Having listened to it I don't think they like President Bush, the war on terror or Iraq very much at all...

A copy of "Fun and Games" is uploaded here here (ogg) and here (flac). Help yourself.

Lyrics )

ION: Ben and I have tickets to go to the London BNL concert at the end of March! squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
lizziec: (owl)
Listening to the extended version of Barenaked Ladies are Me while heading up to [livejournal.com profile] no1typo's to fix the internets there I suddenly caught part of one of the songs on it "Fun and Games" and realised that the protest song isn't dead and BNL had included one on their new album.

Having listened to it I don't think they like President Bush, the war on terror or Iraq very much at all...

A copy of "Fun and Games" is uploaded here here (ogg) and here (flac). Help yourself.

Lyrics )

ION: Ben and I have tickets to go to the London BNL concert at the end of March! squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
lizziec: (Third Watch - bosco)
To spread the news in [livejournal.com profile] kimmiky's latest post, Ronan Keating has made a cover of "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls (which ben and I considered as our first dance song).

See the original here and the cover here.

It's just so bad :(

I said "There is no God". [livejournal.com profile] red_pill says "The baby Jesus went emo". [livejournal.com profile] benc is currently purging our collective eardrums.

Oh dear.
lizziec: (Third Watch - bosco)
To spread the news in [livejournal.com profile] kimmiky's latest post, Ronan Keating has made a cover of "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls (which ben and I considered as our first dance song).

See the original here and the cover here.

It's just so bad :(

I said "There is no God". [livejournal.com profile] red_pill says "The baby Jesus went emo". [livejournal.com profile] benc is currently purging our collective eardrums.

Oh dear.
lizziec: (Third Watch - bosco)
To spread the news in [livejournal.com profile] kimmiky's latest post, Ronan Keating has made a cover of "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls (which ben and I considered as our first dance song).

See the original here and the cover here.

It's just so bad :(

I said "There is no God". [livejournal.com profile] red_pill says "The baby Jesus went emo". [livejournal.com profile] benc is currently purging our collective eardrums.

Oh dear.
lizziec: (Default)
Well, the Verdi's Requiem went really really well :D The bass drum was excellent and I spoke to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Piccies from the rehersal (including the Archbishop of Canterbury made out of snow (found in the Cathederal Precinct Grounds) are here.

Pity mamma couldn't be there, but given the snow and ice yesterday morning (when she would have been travelling back) I don't blame her. Piccies of yesterday's snow here. Luckily a thaw seems to be in progress now :)

Snow is fun for a couple of days, but tedious when it hangs around for a couple of weeks >.<

Have discovered though that both the BBC weather site and the metoffice site never agree. Which is interesting because they get their data from the same place. What is even more interesting is that they're rarely right where snow is concerned.

I'm also surviving my teaching practice and becoming less scared, though it seems to be taking ages :(

Now my hectic week is over but I still seem to be busybusybusy >.<

Oooh - must send my graduation stuff back... :| Makes it all somehow real... (eep!)
lizziec: (Default)
Well, the Verdi's Requiem went really really well :D The bass drum was excellent and I spoke to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Piccies from the rehersal (including the Archbishop of Canterbury made out of snow (found in the Cathederal Precinct Grounds) are here.

Pity mamma couldn't be there, but given the snow and ice yesterday morning (when she would have been travelling back) I don't blame her. Piccies of yesterday's snow here. Luckily a thaw seems to be in progress now :)

Snow is fun for a couple of days, but tedious when it hangs around for a couple of weeks >.<

Have discovered though that both the BBC weather site and the metoffice site never agree. Which is interesting because they get their data from the same place. What is even more interesting is that they're rarely right where snow is concerned.

I'm also surviving my teaching practice and becoming less scared, though it seems to be taking ages :(

Now my hectic week is over but I still seem to be busybusybusy >.<

Oooh - must send my graduation stuff back... :| Makes it all somehow real... (eep!)
lizziec: (Default)
Well, the Verdi's Requiem went really really well :D The bass drum was excellent and I spoke to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Piccies from the rehersal (including the Archbishop of Canterbury made out of snow (found in the Cathederal Precinct Grounds) are here.

Pity mamma couldn't be there, but given the snow and ice yesterday morning (when she would have been travelling back) I don't blame her. Piccies of yesterday's snow here. Luckily a thaw seems to be in progress now :)

Snow is fun for a couple of days, but tedious when it hangs around for a couple of weeks >.<

Have discovered though that both the BBC weather site and the metoffice site never agree. Which is interesting because they get their data from the same place. What is even more interesting is that they're rarely right where snow is concerned.

I'm also surviving my teaching practice and becoming less scared, though it seems to be taking ages :(

Now my hectic week is over but I still seem to be busybusybusy >.<

Oooh - must send my graduation stuff back... :| Makes it all somehow real... (eep!)
lizziec: (Default)
Verdi's Requiem

TONIGHT

, Canterbury Cathederal, tickets £6 - can be purchased on the door for those who get there uber early (in the next 15-30 mins).

Will be an excellent night :D
lizziec: (Default)
Verdi's Requiem

TONIGHT

, Canterbury Cathederal, tickets £6 - can be purchased on the door for those who get there uber early (in the next 15-30 mins).

Will be an excellent night :D
lizziec: (Default)
Verdi's Requiem

TONIGHT

, Canterbury Cathederal, tickets £6 - can be purchased on the door for those who get there uber early (in the next 15-30 mins).

Will be an excellent night :D
lizziec: (Default)

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Average dayBarenaked Ladies: It's All Been Done
First dateBarenaked Ladies: What A Good Boy
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Well I saw BNL[1] last night1[2] and I would just like to say, for the record...

DOOOOOOOOD!



It was really fantastic.

We saw them at the Shepherds Bush Empire playing on their Barenaked for the Holidays tour. It was my very first concert and Oh My God...it rocked.[3]

The opening act (whose name I have now forgotten...)[Edit]March 2007: His name was Boothby Graffoe apparently was very funny and Jim and Kevin came and played with him for a bit and that was so very cool. Then, after a half hour break BNL came on and opened with a couple of holiday songs (which made me a little nervouse as to the tone of the concert - their Holiday album isn't nearly as good as any of the others...) Anyway, I needn't have worried. They played a whole load of classics and very few of he Holiday ones so I was happy.

They are *amazing* in concert and so versatile. I was surprised at just how many instruments they could all play at least a little bit. I also kept thinking that Jim must have amazing calloses on his fingers from all the plucking at the base. Made the tips of my fingers ache just thinking about it[4] ;) I came out of the whole thing on an amazing high, and I don't think it was wholly the effects of the weed people all over the venue were smoking[5] ;)

My only gripe would have to be that, even with encores the thing didn't last long enough. More dammit!

I think I'll have to go see them again when they're next in the UK ;)

Thank you to all the lovely people who were there yesterday with me, especially my lovely fiance who brought my ticket and shared it all with me, and informed me that the funny smell in the venue was pot (I'd never smelled it before - I can certainly identify it now) and dmc who drove us back from Coulsdon where we caught the train and didn't get back till 3:20. His son then woke him up at 6:15. The lift was appreciated more than I can say ;)

Now I am awake after ooh - 4.5 hours of sleep, so no doubt I shall crash at some point during the day. At least when I do, I have that fantastic experience to think of :D

[1]Barenaked Ladies
[2]My birthday present from Ben
[3]My opinions could, or course, be distorted by the second hand weed I inhaled throughout the concert ;)
[4]As a violin player my experience of what plucking a bass lots can do to you is limited, but the effects must be at least a little similar... [edit] Just asked adam, and apparently double bass players do have amazing calloses on their fingers :)
[5]I want to make it clear that I didn't even try any :P I'd probably be sick if I did ;)

[edit] Thank you to all who voted on my last entry. I shall effect the MSN icon changes as soon as I get home :)
lizziec: (Default)
So I (ab)used this cool toy to make four little south-park stylee me's.

Yes, this has been done before (Late March this year [thanks to [livejournal.com profile] reggitsti's LiveJournal, which I finally found the link on ;)])

Here they are :) )

Number 4 is the one I did in March.

Which do you lot think is most "me"? The one with most votes will become my MSN icon :) (currently number 4 ;))

In other news, going to London tonight for Barenaked Ladies concert. Never been to a concert before, bit nervous. Saw new Bridget Jones yesterday and had pizza hut. Bridget Jones good, but not as good as the original :( Too many cringworthy moments that the original just didn't have. I console myself with the thought that the second book was weaker than the first too ;) Looking forward to a good month of cinema - want to see The Phantom of the Opera (though cos it's good to just so I can criticize I don't know). Also want to see Churchill: The Hollywood Years (a pisstake of usual hollywood interpretations of our history, starring Christian Slater).

Ok. I'm done :)
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