Not encouraging

Subject: Meet your Mayoral candidates: Husting on 7th April

South West Region
To: UNISON members living and working in Bristol

I neither live nor work in Bristol. How can my union claim to represent me when they can’t even get the basic facts right like where I live and work?

Genesis Croix de Fer 30

I’d been toying with the idea of a new cross/gravel/gnarmac/whatever bike for a few years. I have a Singular Peregrine which is rather heavy, a bit ponderous, but virtually bomb-proof. However I’ve never felt comfortable on it for longer distances, so I needed something to replace or augment it.

After much deliberation I ended up with a Genesis Croix de Fer 30 which fortunately looks much nicer in the flesh than it does in the catalogue and on the website.

Genesis Croix de Fer 30

It’s got a full Shimano 105 drivetrain with hydraulic disc brakes, and mostly Genesis own-brand parts.

I’ve already replaced the Genesis seatpost with a more suitable 3T one, and while doing that changed the saddle to a Fabric Scoop because it was already on the seatpost. It needed a 10mm shorter stem, and the original tyres have been replaced with 38mm Schwalbe G-Ones which are a bit grippier than the original Clement X’Plor USH, and slightly lighter despite the increase in size.

It’ll probably gain a rack later in the year for a spot of credit-card touring.

Half Man Half Biscuit – O2 Academy, Bristol

A Half Man Half Biscuit gig is the only occasion where I’ll wear something resembling a football shirt. Thanks to my Dukla Prague away kit I got asked by the barmaid if I’d been to Prague, I had to explain it was a reference to a song which would likely be played later.

Support came from The Flux Capacitors who weren’t too bad.

Half Man Half Biscuit were on good form, the cover version tonight was in honour of great influence who had died earlier this year, Dan Haggerty. Overall a very enjoyable evening, although the six pints I consumed might have helped with that.

Westward Ho! – Massive Letdown
When the Evening Sun Goes Down
Third Track Main Camera Four Minutes
Petty Sessions
Outbreak of Vitas Gerulatis
Running Order Squabblefest
If I Had Posession Over Pancake Day
Left Lyrics in the Practice Room
Everything’s A.O.R.
Paintball’s Coming Home
Bob Wilson – Anchorman
Old Age Killed My Teenage Bride
Lock Up Your Mountain Bikes
Floreat Inertia
Tommy Walsh’s Eco House
The Bane of Constance
Look Dad No Tunes
For What is Chatteris
Ode to Joyce
Rock and Roll is Full of Bad Wools
Fix It So She Dreams of Me
Vatican Broadside
Joy Division Oven Gloves
All I Want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit
National Shite Day
We Built this Village on a Trad Arr. Tune

Trumpton Riots
Maybe (Thom Pace cover)
The Light at the End of the Tunnel (is the Light of an Oncoming Train)

Fairport Convention – The Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare

This was our seventh year in a row seeing Fairport, and the fourth at Weston-Super-Mare. Support came from Roger Davies, and as usual Fairport Convention joined him on stage for the last song before doing two sets of their own. If anything the jokes were even worse than usual this year.

James Dean (with Roger Davies)
Ye Mariners All
Myths and Heroes
Walk Awhile
Devil’s Work
The Man in the Water
The Gallivant
John Condon
Hawkwood’s Army

The Fylde Mountain Time / Roger Bucknall’s Polka
Lord Marlborough
Clear Water
My Love is in America
Crazy Man Michael
Bring Me Back My Feathers
Lalla Rookh
Crudités (Parody of Gaudete)
The Festival Bell
Mercy Bay
Suicide is Painless/Matty Groves

Meet on the Ledge (with Roger Davies)