#50 – Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)

This hasn’t just been sat around for a month, it’s been sat on the shelf unwatched since I bought it 6 years ago. That’s slack even by my standards.

196/250

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#213 – Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

I’ve been getting really slack over the summer and this has been sat on the side for almost a month. It also appears to be a version of the film some 20 minutes shorter than expected which is apparently as a result of playing some of the scenes at double-speed. I’ve not yet worked out which ones.

195/250

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The Dickies – The Fleece, Bristol

If you ever wondered what it would be like if Sheldon Cooper were to front a punk band, go and see The Dickies.

The sound was atrocious, but that didn’t do much to spoil a frenetic 70-minute set from The Dickies, complete with numerous props. It’s the first time I’ve left a gig nearly deaf for a long time.

Give it Back
I’m OK, You’re OK
Fan Mail
Nights in White Satin
Welcome to the Diamond Mine
Jim Bowie
Got it at the Store
See My Way
Paranoid
Waterslide
Manny, Moe, and Jack
She
She’s a Hunchback
Attack of the Mole Men
Poodle Party
You Drive me Ape
If Stuart Could Talk
Gigantor

Rondo (The Midget’s Revenge)
Hideous
Banana Splits

Rosemary
Eve of Destruction

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Object of desire: LeMond Washoe

Let me start out by saying I don’t need a new road bike.

I already have a very nice titanium Singular Firebird with 11spd Campagnolo Chorus, and a half-steel/half-carbon 2005 Lemond Buenos Aires with 10spd Campagnolo Centaur, neither of which gets ridden enough. However that doesn’t stop me lusting over one of these:

LeMond Washoe

It’s a LeMond Washoe. Built from Reynolds 853 tubing, mated to an Enve 2.0 fork held in place by a Chris King headset. The geometry is pretty much identical to my Buenos Aires which seems to fit me like a glove. In other words it’s pretty much perfect, apart from the small issue of there being no dealers in the UK at the moment. For the sake of my wallet hopefully it’ll stay that way.

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Avro Lancaster pair at Henstridge

For the first time in 50 years, there’s more than one Avro Lancaster flying in the UK. Vera, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Mueseum Lancaster is in the UK to fly with Thumper, the BBMF plane. We headed down to Wings & Wheels at Henstridge where they were scheduled to be doing a flypast at some point in the afternoon.

Avro Lancaster pair
Avro Lancaster pair
Avro Lancaster pair
Avro Lancaster pair
Avro Lancaster pair
Avro Lancaster pair

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I stuck the GoPro on top of the SLR to capture some video at the same time. You don’t realise quite how loud the shutter is on a 1D3 until you hear it on video.

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Blocking Ecatel

Ecatel seem to host a rather large number of malicious hosts, and there doesn’t seem to be any downside to blocking them completely. If you use iptables the following will drop all traffic from the current Ecatel address ranges. Adjust as appropriate to suit your firewall of choice.


iptables -I INPUT -s 80.82.64.0/20 -j DROP
iptables -I INPUT -s 89.248.160.0/20 -j DROP
iptables -I INPUT -s 93.174.88.0/21 -j DROP
iptables -I INPUT -s 94.102.48.0/20 -j DROP

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#240 – Ace in the Hole

I’d never heard of this film before starting this list. It was an improvement on the last few I’ve watched, although I did find my attention wandering at times.

194/250

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Odd Down Circuit Racing – 2014-07-29

A second week in a row with VC Walcot in charge for the racing, this time with the usual Youth races followed by 4th Cat and 2/3 races. There was plenty of good racing through the evening with what looked like a particularly brutal 2/3 race. VC Walcot took 1st, 3rd, and 5th in the 4th Cat race partly through strength in numbers.

If you managed to leave some wheels behind after the race, I’ve got them kept safe so get in touch with me.

VC Walcot are due to be running one more race on 26th August which will feature the usual youth races followed by a women’s race. Please volunteer to help out if you can, it makes things a lot easier if more people help out.

Odd Down Circuit Racing - 2014-07-29
Odd Down Circuit Racing - 2014-07-29
Odd Down Circuit Racing - 2014-07-29
Odd Down Circuit Racing - 2014-07-29
Odd Down Circuit Racing - 2014-07-29
Odd Down Circuit Racing - 2014-07-29
Odd Down Circuit Racing - 2014-07-29
Odd Down Circuit Racing - 2014-07-29

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Richard Thompson – The Forum, Bath

Two years after last seeing Richard Thompson at the forum I was back for another performance, this time in support of the newly released Acoustic Classics album. Nepotism played a major part in the selection of The Rails as support, given that it comprises Richard’s daughter Kami along with her husband. Whilst I’m sure they were very good, I just found them incredibly dull.

All was forgiven when the main act himself took to the stage, and armed with just an acoustic guitar made his way through a 90 minute or so set which included much of the aforementioned Acoustic Classics, other songs from the extensive back-catalog, and some work in progress for the 14-18 Now project.

The final song of the night saw The Rails return to the stage to join in on a track from a forthcoming Thompson family album due to be released next year.

Bathsheba Smiles
Saving The Good Stuff For You
Valerie
God Loves A Drunk
Jonny’s Far Away
Fergus Lang
1952 Vincent Black Lightning
Sunset Song
I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
Genesis Hall
Good Things Happen To Bad People
Hope You Like The New Me
Read About Love
14-18 Now – work in progress
Wall Of Death
Persuasion
Dimming Of The Day
I Feel So Good

Ghosts In The Wind
One Door Opens

That’s Enough (with The Rails)

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Odd Down Circuit Racing – 2014-07-22

After a couple of Tuesdays off VC Walcot were back running the racing tonight with the usual mix of youth, 3/4, and E12 races. There was plenty of close racing throughout the evening, and after the last couple of races it was nice not to have any blowouts on the final lap.

We’re back again next week with youth, 4th Cat, and 2/3 races.

Odd Down Circuit Racing - 2014-07-22
Odd Down Circuit Racing - 2014-07-22
Odd Down Circuit Racing - 2014-07-22
Odd Down Circuit Racing - 2014-07-22
Odd Down Circuit Racing - 2014-07-22
Odd Down Circuit Racing - 2014-07-22
Odd Down Circuit Racing - 2014-07-22
Odd Down Circuit Racing - 2014-07-22
Odd Down Circuit Racing - 2014-07-22

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