New Model Army – Rock City, Nottingham

Mid-December means the now annual pilgrimage to Nottingham for the New Model Army Christmas show. This year it was billed as being a bit special.

The first set was fairly normal, with the only exception being the occasional appearance of Andy Woodard on additional percussion.

For the second set they were joined by a string duo playing violin and chello who accompanied the band on most of the songs. Part way through the set Ed Alleyne-Johnson made an appearance and kept popping up throughout the set.

The highlight for me was Vagabonds in the first encore. It started out with just Ed and Justin on stage with the obligatory extended violin intro, until half-way through the song Dean White joined in on bass and the the other 6 musicians all joined in on various drum kits.

It’s going to be hard to match this next year.

Guessing
Rumour and Rapture
Christian Militia
1984
Red Earth
Stormclouds
No Rest
Knievel
Waiting
Family
Between Dog and Wolf

Ballad
Someone Like Jesus
Into the Wind
Orange Tree Roads
March in September
Devil’s Bargain
Liberal Education
No Mirror, No Shadow
One of the Chosen
Family Life
No Pain
Angry Planet
Purity
Poison Street
Wonderful Way to Go

Vagabonds
Till the End of the Day (Kinks cover)
225

Vengeance
Green and Grey

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#179 – The Adventures of Robin Hood

After 6.5 years I finally reach the 200th film from the list.

200/250

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Levellers – O2 Academy, Bristol

We were a bit late arriving so missed most of the first act, Laura Kidd aka She Makes War. Second on were The Selecter who, despite being somewhat cramped on stage, were superb.

Billed as a greatest hits tour, that’s exactly what we got from the Levellers. From the opening salvo of Beautiful Day to the final encore of The Riverflow we were treated to 90+ minutes of sing-along goodness. After the issues with the sound at the Cheese and Grain earlier in the year there were no such problems and they sounded superb.

Beautiful Day
Fifteen Years
Belaruse
World Freak Show
Far From Home
Together All The Way (with Pauline Black)
Dog Train
Sell Out
Exodus
Julie
Boatman Jig
This Garden (with She Makes War)
One Way
Too Real
Hope St.
Truth Is
Carry Me
Come On
Cholera Well
Liberty

Just the One
The Devil Went Down to Georgia

The Riverflow

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#93 – Cinema Paradiso

I think I set a new record with this film, it’s been nearly 6 weeks since the disc arrived and I’ve only just got around to watching it. I think it was worth the wait.

199/250

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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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