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  1. I'm hoping to see Vampire Weekend and Janelle Monae at Alexandra Palace tomorrow, but I'm not sure I'll be able to get there after work given the travel chaos seen today. :(


    Didn't make it unfortunately. Thank you Southern trains.


    This follows from the last gig I went to (Manic Street Preachers, Brixton Academy) which was cancelled due to the singer losing his voice. I'm not having much luck. :(:(

  2. When I went to a beer testing a year ago where I was introduced to Blue Moon, the representative talked then of the orange being a serving suggestion as the the slice of orange complements the orange rind used in the beer's production.


    That's interesting - I thought it was some sort of cynical marketing gimmick by the bar rather than a genuine serving suggestion (although adding orange to something that already tastes of orange seems a bit odd).

  3. What he said. The diversity of wine never ceases to amaze me.


    Yes, I also drink alcohol for the taste. The diversity of wine also applies to the diversity of ale as well. In years gone by the ale drinker would often have to settle for a pint of best bitter or nothing, but now the booming ale industry is putting out beers of every conceivable variety - bitters, stouts, milds, Indian pale ales, fruit beers, porters, ruby beers, pale beers and so on... all with their own distinctive flavours and aromas.

    Ale drinking has a bit of a poor image, but there are a lot of innovative brewers in the UK creating excellent beer to suit all tastes. Check out Dark Star, Thornbridge, Marble, Crouch Vale and Triple fff, to name but a few.


    A beer that has recently started appearing in the UK is the US Craft Beer, Blue Moon.


    I'm also a fan of Belgian and German beer, especially the German wheat beers, although as you point out, they don't come cheap. I had a pint of Blue Moon in a bar in Clapham recently and having forked out £4.30, I was shocked to find they had put a slice of orange in it.

  4. I think I know this one - at least three of the people on your list (Dors, Whitelaw, Shaw) have appeared on the cover of records by The Smiths. Elvis and Billy Fury fit the mould of a typical Smiths' cover star (although I can't recall them being on a specific record cover) and despite having no idea who Pat Phoenix is, I would like to think he/she also made it onto one of their record sleeves too.

  5. Almost everything I tried came out as David Foster Wallace.


    I can't say I'm familiar with his work, but Wikipedia offered the following bit of insight:


    "Wallace's novels often combine various writing modes or voices, and incorporate jargon and vocabulary (sometimes invented) from a wide variety of fields. His writing featured self-generated abbreviations and acronyms, long multi-clause sentences, and a notable use of explanatory footnotes and endnotes—often nearly as expansive as the text proper."


    I think I'd be flattering myself to think that I write in such a way.

  6. There's a trailer keeps coming on the telly at the moment called The Silence, which looks to be about a deaf girl who's witnessed a murder.


    During the trailer there's a piece of music playing which I'm sure I've heard somewhere before and it's bugging me. Has anyone seen this trailer and do you know what the music is?


    I think I know the trailer you mean and if I'm right, the song you are after is 'Crystalised' by the xx.


    Their debut album, also called 'xx' was one of my favourites of last year.

  7. In the mid '90's when grunge was at its peak, Levi's were keen on using the song 'Today' by the Smashing Pumpkins, but the band refused. So Levi's found a relatively unknown band called Stiltskin whose song 'Inside' (a bland rip-off of 'Today') was used instead.

  8. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann is set in an asylum.


    There are a few scenes from 'The Shadow of the Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon where he visits someone in a sort of asylum, although these scenes only comprise a chapter or two of the book.


    For non-fiction, try The Silent Twins, (http://www.bookgrouponline.com/forum/showthread.html?t=6669&highlight=silent+twins) most of which deals with the twins time in Broadmoor psychiatric hospital. Or perhaps Awakenings by Oliver Sacks.


    D'you know, I have been going to football matches in England for nearly 40 years, and I've never seen or heard one.


    When I was a kid and we still had terraces at Dean Court, I remember one old bloke who used to stand near us always had one of those rattles. They were pretty loud, but they were also quite heavy, so they only got used in short, energetic bursts - as opposed to the vuvuzelas, which are played throughout the match.


    I fully expect to see loads of kids brining vuvuzelas to games in the UK next season, but I'm also fairly sure that they will have all been consigned to the dustbin of history before the year is out.

  10. At slate.com they have a series called "The Dive of the Day" in which they rate these Oscar performances in 3 categories.


    On a similar theme, fans of fantasy football games can now play Fantasy Cheaters where points are awarded to players based on how often they dive, feign injury, time waste etc...


    60% of the people registered to the site have put Ronaldo in their team!



  11. Tomorrow going to see Blondie. Really looking forward to it. :D


    Nice! I saw them at the Royal Albert Hall a few years ago and they were outstanding. I meant to catch the footage of their IOW festival performance, but I missed it thanks to my inability to channel hop during the football.


    I'm going to see the Hold Steady next Tuesday. I'm not too fond of their new album, but as long as they play a few of their classics, I'll be happy.

  12. Just read that the Beeb had 545 complaints over the vuvuzelas!


    No doubt all from people who have never been to a football ground in their life. Another case of the armchair fan trying to ruin things for the people who have spent their hard earned cash to go and watch the game and enjoy the atmosphere.

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