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Oct. 27th, 2007 | 03:24 pm
music: Hammers Of Misfortune - Trot Out The Dead

It seems like I've been captured by some timewarp that has brought me back about 10 years. Over the last week I've had contact with three different people that I haven't seen in ages and it's kinda cool that you can pick up being mates with people even after long periods of time. I think I should try to not be as bad at keeping in touch with people as I have tended to be in the past.

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House woes

Oct. 24th, 2007 | 05:57 pm
music: KISS - Strutter

So the house saga comes to an end with us backing out of the place in Ballinteer. Seems that when two sets of solicitors can't agree on what needs to be done there's nowhere else to go. We've decided to give up on looking until we have the wedding done and dusted which means I'm gonna have to spend the long weekend moving a load of junk back from my mums house to give her back some space.

All in all, I think I'm actually slightly relieved that it's not going to happen but I can't really put my finger on why. I guess it's just that it had been dragging on for so long that I'd lost any sense of excitement about the whole thing.

Next up is a road trip to Holland with Dave, Jim and Clince for a weekend of beer and metal and other stuff and then sure it'll almost be christmas :)

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Holidays rock

Sep. 18th, 2007 | 06:55 pm
music: Iron Maiden - Two Minutes to Midnight

It's soooooo good to go on holidays. Looking back, it's been a full year since I actually was away from work that didn't involve gigs, festivals or being sick. It really makes all the difference being able to put the feet up and do nothing for a week. Well nothing is a bit of an exaggeration - there was plenty of pottering around seeing lighthouses, forts, various chateau and the like as well as beach and swimming pool slacking. Oh and two pretty grim rugby matches as well.

Of course coming back to work is poxy - there's too much to do and the cold this morning really made me yearn for going back to France pronto. There's nothing quite like breakfast on a terrace in 20 degree sunshine looking over the sea to start the day. Certainly beats Rice Krispies and a walk to the train station in about 7 degrees. There is a silver lining though in that our "summer day out" is on tomorrow evening and we're off to Shelbourne Park for food, drink and dog racing.

This weekend sees the dreaded "marriage preperation" course that you have to do (apparently) before you can tie the knot in the church. The topics look fairly moronic and I really hope they don't start getting all religious on my ass - I may end up unleashing the inner Dawkins which could end up ugly.

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Vive le (or is it la?) français!

Aug. 24th, 2007 | 10:13 am
music: Obituary - Contrast the Dead

I've forgotten nearly all my French. I know it's been 13 years since I last used it in any regular sense but I would have thought some of it would stick in the back of the brain. I've been conversing by email with a hotel down near Bordeaux trying to book accomodation for the week between the Namibia and Georgia matches. I've had to resort at times to phoning my mother (an ex French teacher) to be reminded of words I knew and basic gramatical constructs. Not sure it's gonna be easy to survive there for the week!

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Mixed update

Aug. 14th, 2007 | 01:04 pm
music: Ride The Sky - Endless

I had a fairly long Wacken report written and then my stupid browser decided to crash and take all my hard work with me. So the salient points are

  1. 8 hour long traffic jams suck
  2. Becks isn't actually the worst beer in the world
  3. Saxon, Immortal, Blind Guardian, Therion, Amorphis were excellent
  4. Type O Negative were a complete let down
  5. Ryanair are poxy

Been managing to get some face to face gaming in over the last while. Good to see Baz and watch him over-analyse yet another trucks game!

Housewise we're still no closer to moving. Stupid vendor solicitors haven't got the paperwork sorted out yet. Looks like we'll miss the cheaper mortgage rates but it does mean we've a few months more savings which should cover some of that cost.

Jamie and Aileen's wedding was great craic. The priest was hilarious (not intentionally) but a bit long winded, the grub was yummy, the main band were really good and we got to blast out a few rawk numbers at the end. Sing song with free beer until 4:30 is always a good way to end a night.

Bit poxy that Heaslip and/or Gleeson didn't make the world cup squad. Also pants that Denis Hickey is hanging up his boots after the competition and not coming back for the rest of the season.

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For whom the wedding bell tolls

Jul. 25th, 2007 | 10:09 pm
music: Carcass - Generation Hexed

Long, rambling postCollapse )

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Strange choice of tunes

Jul. 10th, 2007 | 05:58 pm
music: Amorphis - Weaving the incantation

Had a strange experience today in the gym. As opposed to the usual beepy-beepy, thumpy-thumpy tunes that are usually being blasted out there was a mix of tunes I actually enjoyed. Nirvana, Rainbow, KISS, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams is not your normal exercise fair. Not that I'm complaining - more of the same is always welcome. Wonder if they have any Def Leppard or Skid Row in the playlist?

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Worst LJ ever

Jun. 29th, 2007 | 05:10 pm
music: Candlemass - Man of shadows

So it's been the guts of 3 months since I posted anything. That's pretty damn bad even by my own standards. Not that there hasn't been anything happening - in fact probably the other way altogether. So the highlights are

  • Sale agreed on a house right near the sea in Killiney
  • Amon Amarth gigs - fooking deadly!
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Geoffstock
  • Heiniken Cup final trip

The lowlights are

  • Going further into debt with banks
  • FF/PP being returned to power
  • Kate's sudden death

This weekend is going to be completely quiet - no early mornings, no legging it around town, no watching bands. Hopefully next week will see a more regular LJ service resumed.

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Music overload

Apr. 10th, 2007 | 05:50 pm
music: Orphanage - Beyond The Fall

The last few weeks have been the most mental in a long time. Long hours in work trying to get some new equipment up and running, followed by rehearsals for two sets of concerts and in the background there are house related activities like painting, cleaning and meeting estate agents. Luckily the first concert happened on Friday night and the second is next Tuesday so there is an end in sight.

The long weekend was pretty good - ended up going out with Jim and Dave to a crappy gig and then to Bruxelles on Saturday night. Spent the rest of the time re-reading Ender's Game for the first time in about 15 years. Had forgotten how good a story it is. Might have to go out and get some of the other books in the series.

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Mar. 25th, 2007 | 06:53 pm
music: Lordi - Who's Your Daddy

Met some people I hadn't seen in long time on Friday night while fairly well jarred. They had booked one of the booths in the place on Wicklow Street where they do karaoke so off we trotted for the 2AM session. Turns out that it's actually great craic. Once you get over the first few tunes you get into the zone and the time flew by really quickly.

It's also amazing the tunes that you didn't know you knew but actually you do. By this I mean songs like Rhinestone Cowboy, Sweet Caroline and various Abba numbers. Did manage to keep it a little bit kvlt by getting some Lynyrd Skynyrd and Pearl Jam as well. Not sure it's something I'd do every week but for a change of scenery and pace it was really enjoyable.

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