Megadeth at Rock City

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.

More RPS

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.

Hills, hills and more hills...

Last Sunday I went on RPS (Real Photo Sunday for people that don't read 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 :)

Pancake day

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! :-)

Bullet For My Valentine - Tears Don't Fall

YouTube clips from the gig me and Dave went to last night. Bullet for my Valentine, Still Remains, and Skindred played at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall. Top gig, if you like shouty metal :) The second clip has better sound, but it's from a bit further away... Nearer than we were stood though :)

We were worried we might not make it with the crap weather, as it had started to snow a little when we were leaving Belper, but once on the A38 heading out of Derby it all cleared up and the roads were dry. Made it there and back in one piece and with time to get a couple of drinks in at the pub before chucking out time.

Linkin Park

These last few posts are a little out of order, but here goes anyway... We went to see Linkin Park play at Notts Arena on Thursday last week. Top quality gig, they put on a good show, and the sound quality was good too.

They played a lot of the tracks of the new Minutes to Midnight album, which Dan, Dave and Jim hadn't heard much of, so didn't recognise, but they also played a lot of the old favourites from Meteora and Hybrid Theory, like 'In the End', 'Crawling', 'One Step Closer' etc.

At one point we thought the guy that was doing the rapping was miming as he dropped his mic but still continued to rap at the same volume, hehe, but later on when he was doing it he did get louder and quieter so maybe we were mistaken... or it might have been the beer clouding our judgement! :)

Also there are plenty of phone camera vids of them on YouTube, here's one that I found that's quite good quality... for a phone cam :)

A day at the races...

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!

Flight is booked...

...almost. I think it’s booked but I have yet to pay for it.

I have booked it through the International Organisation for Migration, they have a concessional fare agreement with Quantas, so the fare was a little bit cheaper and it includes double the baggage allowance, 40Kg instead of 20Kg.

I have confirmed the itinerary that they sent me, and they will be sending me a bill soon, so to all intents and purposes I have bought my one-way ticket to Oz, leaving on April 6th at 12pm-ish. \o/ woo yay!

Also, this morning I had a call out of the blue from none other than James Scott, an ex-TBSer that moved with his gf, Nads, to Oz a few years ago. He had been speaking to James Shiels (another ex-TBSer who moved to Oz, Perth to be exact) about my imminent arrival and they have very kindly offered to let me stay at their house while I sort out somewhere of my own. He lives just north of Sydney so that will be really great for me to see a couple of friendly faces when I arrive :)



Aliens and Predators...

Went to see “Alien Vs Predator Requiem” last night, and it was quite a good flick.

Don’t go to the cinema expecting Oscar winning acting, or even much of a plot. Especially don’t go if you are thinking the movie is attempting to compete with “Alien” for suspense, and please stop moaning about it if you did think that... jeez.

It’s basically an excuse to go:

“Who’d win in a fight between aliens and predators? Let’s see... FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!”

So plenty of action, deaths, face huggers, predators with cool killing gadgets, and a fair bit of local populace “Collateral Damage” :) Makes for a great movie in my book!

Some good scenes in it, although I was a bit disappointed with how dark a lot of the fight scenes were, made it a bit tricky to see what was going on. There were some nice homage’s (sp?) to the alien movies as well, especially alien face in the hospital cubicle curtain.

We also got a glimpse of the predators home world, which was cool... would be nice to see a movie that was set there.




It is final now!

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 :)