This monday I went to see Megadeth at Rock City with Dave and Jim. It was a great gig, we arrived in time to see the last support act and set about quaffing ales until Dave Mustaine and the rest of Megadeth appeared. (Well, Dave was quaffing shandies due to having to take anti-biotics or some such medication for a month, and due to this offered to drive as well! Nice chap.)
They played tracks off the new album and many old favourites, including Wake Up Dead, Holy Wars and Peace Sells.
Here's a clip from the night that Dave found on YouTube:
Being old buggers we were all talking about the last time we were there watching Megadeth, in 1988! 20 years ago, and Dave saw them again there in 1993, billed as Vic and the Rattleheads.
I noticed we had almost a full moon tonight, and a nice clear sky (bloody freezing though!) so I thought I'd get my big lens out and see what sort of shot I could get of the moon.
Not too bad I thought, although it was too cold to stay out and mess around with the settings for long. Click on the picture for other shots with different shutter speeds.
Last Sunday I went on RPS (Real Photo Sunday for people that don't read b3ta.com) maneuvers with Drill Sergeant Sadler and his trusty sidekick Corporal Pluck. As it was a nice day we had all decided to go out with our cameras and try to get some nice shots.
It was decided to go to Edale, and Kinder Scout, and perhaps we might get some nice sunsets in the afternoon, we arrived at around half 3 in the afternoon and set off into the countryside.
Being the fit and healthy person that I am, I was soon left behind, huffing and puffing up the path up towards the bottom of a massive hill. When I had caught them up, they had decided to walk around the base of the hill (thank god) towards the side that still had light from the setting sun. So off we went, looking for anything interesting to shoot. There were some trees, some sheep, and lots and lots of hills. Oh and grass... and some more hills, as you can see:
By this time the sun had set quite a lot, and we decided to head back from the little path that wound around the side of this hill that even the sheep were having trouble with keeping on, and to set up on the path that would be easier to navigate once the sun had set.
Here's some of the shots that I got as the sun set and the moon appeared:
Even with the strenuous exercise (strenuous for me anyway!) it was a good afternoon, and I got to play with my camera (which hasn't happened that often recently). Just need to remember the settings etc when I eventually get out to use it again :)
So it's shrove tuesday today and here are me and Dan making pancakes.
I won't go into details about who was the better tosser.
They were very nice though! :-)
As a birthday gift for my Dad, Christy (my sis) and I took Mum and Dad for a day at the races on Saturday. It was originally going to be at Uttoxeter but because of the months of constant rain here in sunny England the racing that day was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch or something, so we ended up at Doncaster instead.
There were 8 races during the day, most of which had 8 or so runners, some in the afternoon had about 20 runners.
I had been there before a few years ago for the St. Ledger with work, but they have had a new racecourse since then so I didn't recognise any of it.
The first race was at 12:20pm and Christy had been getting text messages from her other half on which horses to pick, so we bet £2 each on two horses to win on the first race (big spenders here... we each stuck a tenner in a pot to use for bets, and we'd put any winnings back in as well) based on Daves suggestions. Amazingly one of our horses came in, and we won £7.20, which I think was around 4-1 odds. Woo!
Needless to say, that was the last win of the day, as the rest of the horses we backed never came anywhere near winning.
Still it was good fun and a good day out with the folks. Here's us outside the grandstand before we left to go home and then on for a Thai curry for tea.
Here's one of us watching the screens for, I think, the penultimate race... It was nail biting stuff!
That's it, my house is no longer mine, and there is nothing of mine left. It was all shifted by 5pm on Sunday.
So that's the first step to Oz completed, most things sold, given away or thrown away, all the big stuff anyway.
Now I have to get through spending 2 or 3 months living with Dan :)