#221 – Rope

An technically interesting film as it’s made up of a small number of long scenes lasting up to 10 minutes each. The rest of the film isn’t bad either.


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New Model Army – The Fleece, Bristol

Tonight was New Model Army’s first gig with stand-in drummer Andy Woodard who’s deputising for a temporarily indisposed Michael Dean. It was also the 20th time I’ve seen them as a full band, plus half a dozen other assorted partial lineups.

Support came from She Makes War, not bad, but not really my kind of thing, possibly better suited to a more intimate venue.

As always New Model Army were superb, Andy Woodard coping admirable with the unfamiliar material. They opened with Stormclouds followed by No Rest, worked through a good mix of old and new material, and ended with a second and final encore of Seven Times, which took two attempts to get going due to a guitar problem first time round.

No doubt I’ll be seeing them at least once more before the year is out.

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Nothing Lasts

The rear wheel which originally came on my Lemond Buenos Aires back in early 2005 has finally died. It’s a Mavic Open Pro rim on Campagnolo Centaur hub, and has done duty on the Lemond, then on the Singular Firebird, and more recently on my Kinesis TK3.

I snapped a spoke in in a few weeks ago which was replaced, but when descending Midford Road on the way back from Odd Down at 40+mph it went rather out of shape. Turns out the spokes are pulling through the rim. Probably a good job it didn’t collapse completely on me as it could have got quite messy.

The problem now is deciding what to replace it with. Another Open Pro rim would be the cheap option, but I doubt it would match the old one. A different rim would mean replacing the front at the same time to match, or I could get a complete new set of wheels and keep the existing front wheel and rear hub as spares.

Time to ponder.

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#193 – Patton

A near three hour long war biography to finish off my week away from work. I might pass some of the time by giving the posh road bike a once over after it’s winter rest.


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Padstow April 2014

Padstow April 2014
Padstow April 2014
Padstow April 2014
No Crabbing

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Half Man Half Biscuit – The Assembly, Leamington Spa

A bit of an odd gig tonight. We had a nicely varied setlist from Half Man Half Biscuit, but it didn’t feel quite right.

The intra-song banter wasn’t quite as good as usual, they didn’t play a cover version beyond a few bars of Control and Transmission by Joy Division, and a few of the more common songs such as Fred Titmus were missing. However the sound was good, particularly the vocals which makes a nice change, we got an impromptu version of a very old song called Smash the Cistern, and ending on Trumpton Riots made for a good finale.

Maybe I’m just being picky, this was the 13th time I’ve seen them, and you’ve got to expect some gigs to be better or worse than others.

Eno Collaboration
Totnes Bickering Fair
Smash the Cistern
Tonight Matthew I’m Going To Be With Jesus
Bogus Official
Outbreak of Vitus Gerulaitis
Joy In Leeuwarden (We Are Ready)
P.R.S. Yearbook – Quick the Drawbridge
A Lilac Harry Quinn
If I had Possession Over Pancake Day
Gubba Look-a-likes
Bob Wilson – Anchorman
Monmore, Hare’s Running
Vatican Broadside
Look Dad No Tunes
Joy Division Oven Gloves
Fix it so She Dreams of Me
All I Want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit
- something new
National Shite Day
Took Problem Chimp to Ideal Home Show

Them’s the Vagaries
For What is Chatteris…
The Light at the End of the Tunnel (is the Light of an Oncoming Train)
Trumpton Riots

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#223 – In the Heat of the Night

I thought I’d seen this before, but if I had, I’d forgotten it all. Either way it was well worth watching, or indeed re-watching.


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Therapy? – Trinity Centre, Bristol

Billed as the TG20 tour, this was to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of Troublegum, which only serves to make me feel really old.

Fortunately for someone who’s not really listened to much Therapy? since Troublegum, the entire set tonight was Troublegum-era material, and what a set it proved to be. They only played for 75 minutes or so, but ripped through an impressive amount of songs in that time before disgorging a slightly shellshocked crowd out into the cool night air.

Stop It Your Killing Me
Trigger Inside
Auto Surgery
Die Laughing
Bloody Blue
Totally Random Man
Pantopon Rose
Opel Mantra
Lunacy Booth

Evil Elvis
Breaking the Law

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#199 – Grave of the Fireflies

An early Studio Ghibli film to watch on a Sunday afternoon while I shake of a last-minute resurgence of my cold.


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#232 – La Dolce Vita

I actually watched this a few days ago whilst ill, but forgot to post it at the time. I can’t remember much about it, which I’ll put down to being ill rather than a reflection on the quality of the film.


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