New Model Army – The Fleece, Bristol

Despite the venue website saying that the doors opened at 7, we were kept waiting until gone 8 before being let in. A small venue for New Model Army to be playing even though it was just a warm-up gig, and unsurprisingly it was a sellout.

Support came from Phil King who was fairly unimpressive, but everyone was there to see the main act, and we were rewarded with 90 minutes of the band on top form. We got a couple of old songs thrown in including one I don’t believe I’ve heard live before.

This was the first time I’d seen them since the previous bass player Nelson left and was replaced by Ceri Monger, and they seemed no worse for the change.

The band are off for a bit of a break to record a new album ready for next year, although I’m due to see them again in December for their traditional pre-Christmas show.

Get Me Out
High
Wonderful Way to Go
Flying Through the Smoke
Rumour and Rapture
Today is a Good Day
Red Earth
Here Comes the War
Green and Grey
Ocean Rising
Christian Militia
Frightened
Mambo Queen of the Sandstone City
No Rest
Purity
I Love the World

Rivers
The Hunt

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls – Cheese and Grain, Frome

Tonight I went to see Frank Turner, the first of two Beautiful Days warm-up gigs for me this week. A mixed crowd, some a lot older than me, but most were a lot lot younger.

Support came from Oxygen Thief, a shouty bloke from Bristol with an acoustic guitar, who was somewhat drowned out by the relentless chatter amongst the crowd who weren’t particularly interested in what was going on on the stage.

Frank Turner walked out on stage at 9:30 and headed into a song on his own before his backing band The Sleeping Souls joined in mid-song, and they carried on for a 90-minute set. There were a couple of new songs, a few sing-a-long songs, and even a dance-along song although I’m not sure how well that worked out. An excellent evening followed by chaos in the car park as everyone tried to leave at the same time.

Next up, New Model Army.

If I Ever Stray
The Road
Peggy Sang the Blues
Reasons Not to Be an Idiot
Glory Hallelujah
Wessex Boy
Substitute
The Real Damage
Tell Tale Signs
A Decent Cup of Tea
I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
I Am Disappeared
Long Live The Queen
Recovery
Sons of Liberty
One Foot Before the Other
Four Simple Words
Try This at Home
I Still Believe

Love Ire & Song
Photosynthesis

Shuttleworth August Evening Airshow 2012

Our first visit to a Saturday evening display at Old Warden, a much more relaxed affair than the Sunday displays.

Some new work was taking place in the workshop

The de Havilland DH88 Comet is undergoing work, rumours are that it will be flying before the end of the season provided they can find someone daft enough to pilot it.
de Havilland DH88 Comet

The Grumman Wildcat is undergoing work, it’ll eventually appear painted up as a Grumman Martlet at some point in the future.
Grumman Wildcat

On loan from The Vintage Aviator Ltd are replicas of an RAF RE8
RAF RE8

a Sopwith Snipe
RAF RE8 and Sopwith Snipe

and somewhere still in hiding is a Albatros DVa, I believe all will eventually be heading for the RAF Museum at Hendon, the RE8 and Albatross will fly at Old Warden for a while beforehand though.

Avro Tutor and de Havilland Chipmunk
Avro Tutor
Polikarpov PO2
Trig Aerobatic Team - Pitts Special S-1D
Hawker Hind and Hawker Demon
Hawker Hind

More photos: Shuttleworth August Evening Airshow, August 2012

Winter bike search, the conclusion?

I popped up to see the newly opened Independent Bikeworks today in Cirencester to catch up with Sean who I’d not seen for a while, and to test ride a Singular Cycles Osprey. A few spins round the car park were enough to make my mind up, and at the moment the Osprey is the front runner to replace my Ribble. Sean is working out a quote for me for a bike built up with some pre-enjoyed Campagnolo Centaur parts, and hopefully we’ll have sorted something out in time for autumn/winter, although it wouldn’t go amiss for the remainder of this so called summer.