Shuttleworth Air Race Day – October 2014

The last display of the season at Shuttleworth was billed as the Air Race day, and was to feature, strangely enough, a lot of planes used in air races. It would be the first time that we got to see the collections de Havilland DH.88 Comet and Percival Mew Gull in the air.

de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide
Hawker Sea Hurricane and North American P-51D Mustang
de Havilland DH.88 Comet
de Havilland DH.88 Comet
de Havilland DH.88 Comet
de Havilland DH.88 Comet and Percival Mew Gull pair
Percival Mew Gull pair
Percival Mew Gull

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#218 – Rosemary’s Baby

Another film I’ve somehow managed to get through life without seeing.

198/250

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#190 – La Belle et la bĂȘte

If I needed proof that my GCSE French has been pretty much all forgotten in the last 25 years, this was it.

197/250

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Frank Turner, The Pavilion, Bath

Support tonight came from Koo Koo Kanga Roo, to be honest I think they’d be better suited to a 4 year old, rather than a 40-something year old. Not my thing at all, but they seemed to keep the hipsters happy,

Frank Turner was, as always, superb. Working through a nicely mixed set including old, new, and a few unreleased songs. The only downside was the heat. It was absolutely roasting in the venue with sweat running down the walls by the end of the night.

Try This at Home
If Ever I Stray
Losing Days
Out of Breath
The Road
Glory Hallelujah
Reasons Not to Be an Idiot
Get Better
I Am Disappeared
The Way I Tend to Be
Back in the Day (solo)
Wanderlust (solo)
Mittens
Wessex Boy
Photosynthesis
Plain Sailing Weather
Peggy Sang the Blues
Josephine
Recovery
Long Live the Queen

The Angel Islington (solo)
I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
I Still Believe
Four Simple Words

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Tour of Britain Stage Start, Bath

Bath hosted a stage start in the Tour of Britain this year with the race departing from below the Royal Crescent before heading through town and up Wellsway on the way to Bradford-on-Avon and ultimately the stage finish in Hemel Hempsted. It’s been announced that the race will be back in Bath in 2016 and 2018, hopefully at least one of those will be a stage finish.

Team Raleigh - Tour of Britain stage start, Bath, September 2014
Team Giant Shimano - Tour of Britain stage start, Bath, September 2014
Omega Pharma Quick-Step - Tour of Britain stage start, Bath, September 2014
Omega Pharma Quick-Step - Tour of Britain stage start, Bath, September 2014
Team Sky - Tour of Britain stage start, Bath, September 2014
Tour of Britain stage start, Bath, September 2014

Tour of Britain stage start, Bath, September 2014

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Shuttleworth Air Pageant – September 2014

A superb day out at Shuttleworth for the Air Pageant where I managed to get sunburned. The only downside was the fact they didn’t fly the DH88 Comet until 7, and we’d had to leave for the long drive home half an hour or so earlier. I’m mainly annoyed that they didn’t bother to tell us until the end of the main display that flying the Comet was only a possibility, given that they’d made a big thing about how it was displaying for the first time in many years. At least I know to take their advertised line-ups with a much larger pinch of salt than previously needed.

Gloster Gladiator
de Havillland DH88 Comet
Hawker Hunter T7
Gloster Gladiator pair
Gloster Gladiator
de Havilland DH.60 Moth
BBMF Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane
RAF BE2c pair
Hawker Sea Hurricane and Westland Lysander

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#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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