New Model Army – The Junction, Cambridge

Back to the venue where I first saw New Model Army five years ago. A superb night as always, the new songs sound superb live, and it was nice to hear plenty of tracks from Thunder and Consolation 20 years after it’s release.

Setlist:
States Radio
Get Me Out
The Charge
Bad Harvest
Mambo Queen of the Sandstone City
Peace is Only
Today is a Good Day
Disappeared
High
One of the Chosen
Autumn
White Coats
Lurhstaap
Vagabonds
Wired
Wonderful Way to Go

Arm Yourselves and Run
Poison Street
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Falling out of love

I’m not entirely sure how it happened, although a wrecked back has a lot to do with it, but over the last few years I’ve fallen out of love with riding bikes for fun.

I still ride to and from work every day, but that’s riding for a purpose and is only 14 miles per week or so. The problem is that riding after work for fun seems to be a thing of the past at the moment, and I don’t really know why. When I do ride I enjoy it, but there seems to be a massive amount of inertia stopping me actually getting out there and riding.

New bikes help for a while. In the last couple of years I have “discovered” 69ers and seen the light, but two new 69ers were not enough to turn me back into a proper cyclist.

The biggest problem is my back. While still officially undiagnosed, the symptoms seem to point to lumbar spinal stenosis. Drugs don’t help much, Osteopathy might have helped, but then again it might just have been the natural progression of time between appointments that waved it’s magic wand and reduced the pain to a manageable level. However it’s a catch-22 situation, my back problems stop me riding as often as I’d like which means my fitness reduces, my weight increases, and my back problems get worse.

Still, there’s always next year…

Beaujolais Nouveau

Celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau day has been something of a Wood tradition for many years. Steak and chips washed down with the first wine of the year, generally followed by profiteroles. It’s been that way as long as I can remember and today was no exception.
The wine wasn’t too bad this year, obviously very young, but with the promise of some body behind it. Both bottles disappeared in a fairy quick manner.

Basement to Beechen Cliff

You get a good feeling when you walk past the local bookshop and see something you’ve worked on for the last year or so displayed in the window. Rumour has it that it’s currently in third place in their best-seller chart. Fortunately for the readers, I only wrote one page of introduction so it’s not completely ruined by my lack of writing ability.

Basement to Beechen Cliff

Details of how to obtain one of these fine books can be found over on the Old Sulians’ Website: Basement to Beechen Cliff – Now in stock

Oink Oink

After queuing for an hour or so, I’ve now been vaccinated against swine flu and the normal seasonal flu. The downside is that both shoulders now ache slightly where they gave me the injections. It does however mean that I should be flu-free this winter.

Going over to the other side

I have finally gone over to the other side, something I never thought would happen. Yesterday I went and bought an Apple Mac, more precisely a MacBook Pro MB990 for a well discounted, but still fairly obscene price. Just for familiarity, and to irk the purists, the first thing I did was install XP under BootCamp, and then added VMWare Fusion into the mix as well so I can still get at a Windows OS if I need it.

So far I’m very impressed, the build quality is superb, and I’m slowly getting accustomed to the different OS. It helps that I’m using most of the same software, Firefox, Open Office, and mutt over SSH for email.

I’ve already ordered a memory upgrade to 4GB, and fiddled with Time Machine to get it to back up to my Windows server. The only issue I’ve found so far is that if you boot with a 64-bit kernel, you can’t tether to an iPhone via USB, but that’s something I can live with.