Levellers – Komedia, Bath

Despite suffering from a severe case of man-flu (or a bad cold as other people call it) I dragged myself out of my sick-bed an in to town to Komedia to see the Levellers.

Support came from Moulettes who to be honest weren’t ideally suited as a support band. A bit musically esoteric, and some songs were too quiet and so were drowned out by a chatty and generally uninterested audience.

However all was forgotten when the Levellers came on stage running through a good mix of new and old songs over the course of the evening. They were on superb form tonight, probably the best I’ve seen the play over the years. After a final encore of ‘The Devil went down to Georgia’ it was time to head home for a slug of Benylin and a medicinal brandy or two.

New Model Army – Roadmender, Northampton

This was the second date of a short tour, in a venue I’ve been to quite a few times. Tonight we were joined by Lauren at her first NMA gig, not a common choice for an 11 year old.

Unfortunately the sound was pretty dreadful tonight, although that may have been down to where we were standing. Despite that the band were on form, playing a superb set mixing a few new songs along with some very old ones. The new album is due out this summer, and by the sound of the new tracks played tonight will be very percussion-based. Roll on the full tour in the autumn.

Wonderful Way to Go
Rumour and Rapture (1650)
Space
March in September
States Radio
Red Earth
Spirit of the Falklands
Today Is a Good Day
See You in Hell
Horsemen
1984
Get Me Out
A Liberal Education
No Rest
High
225

Seven Times
Frightened
Green and Grey

Christian Militia

Odd Down Circuit training – the first session

Tonight was the first official training session at Odd Down Circuit. VC Walcot were running it this week and split the evening in to three sessions, mixed ability, club rider, and E/1/2/3/4’s. I went for the former.

Checking the weather forecast earlier in the week didn’t fill me with confidence, the forecast was for heavy rain and strong winds gusting up to 50mph. Turns out the forecast wasn’t far off. Despite my better judgement I kitted up and rode up to the circuit in plenty of time to sign on, I needn’t have hurried as there were only two other people there, both hiding in a car. Eventually another rider turned up so Andy opened up the circuit and two of us took a slow ride round to remove any debris from the track. Turning the corner on to the bottom straight was an experience, the evil headwind robbing you of any speed you’d gained on the descent to the corner. Coming back along the bottom was nice and easy until you turned into the back straight and ground to a halt again. No-one was going to be setting any lap records tonight.

After a mere 9 laps I called it a night and rolled back down the hill for a shower, food, beer, and a film. Hopefully the weather will be somewhat improved for next week.

Lacock with the VC Walcot Easyriders

My second trip out with the VC Walcot Easyriders today, and this time we headed out to the wrong side of town, not somewhere I’ve ridden much for some reason. Probably something to do with Bathford Hill being a bit on the steep and long side of things for my liking. However once that was out of the way it was mostly downhill ride to Lacock where we stopped for coffee and a cake. After the coffee it was time to get back on the bike for a long gentle climb back up to the top of Bathford Hill where we got to enjoy it as a 40mph descent rather than a 7mph climb, followed by a spin across town to Chelsea Road for another coffee.

The new 11-speed Campagnolo Record chainset on the Firebird seems to have cured the chainsuck problem alluded to a few weeks ago, but I need to retape the bars again as the tape keeps slipping.