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|Monday, August 21st, 2006|
This is cool, see if you can figure out what all the pictures stand for (you won't get some of them as they are nothing like what they are supposed to be):
|Friday, April 28th, 2006|
OK, I have been forced to write an update so here goes. There is a fabulous pub quiz taking place at Madison's (Botanic Avenue) on Wednesday to raise some nupes for Mencap. Be there.
Had a strange dream last night, I was in London with Nicci, Dave, Chris, some bloke who had been at uni with them (but looked like someone I worked with in Makro), people I was in Germany with when I was at school and probably other people too. We were staying in a place that had a big ballroom with chandeliers and everything with two rooms stuck on the side that were like our living room in Donnybrook Street and my mum's living room in Dromara. We had to get up really early to go on the Eye then we had to get up while it was still dark to go home, only the lights were broken and we were trying to get packed in the dark, except every time I put something in my rucksack it fell out again because the zip at the bottom was open. Very random.
|Tuesday, April 25th, 2006|
im a big hairy penis who never writes anything in my journal
|Monday, December 12th, 2005|
It's been well over a year, but here's a quickie. Just had work Christmas lunch - canelloni stuffed with spinach and ricotta, nice. Since my last entry, I have got married and bought a house, the tidying and painting of which is currently occupying much of my time. Going on a grand tour of England at the end of this week - weekend in Hartlepool followed by a while in Knutsford.
|Monday, October 18th, 2004|
Our friends Stephen and Tracey were over from Hartlepool this weekend, think we succeeded in showing them how dull Belfast is but it was a good couple of days just the same. I still have a rather large cut on my leg which was sustained from the back of the seat in front of me at Windsor Park when Northern Ireland's third goal went in on Wednesday night. Have to do a presentation in my class this Thursday, scary stuff!
|Friday, October 8th, 2004|
Got out of work early and am cranking last week's Essential Selection up to deafening volumes to do some tidying. It's a nice day and the curtains and windows are wide open. Life ain't bad.
|Sunday, October 3rd, 2004|
Well, it's been quite a quiet weekend really. Nicci was at a candle party last night so I joined my parents, Maurice, Beats, Jim, Anona, Alan and Leigh for dinner (my second one of the day, mmmm). Tonight we were at my granny's for dinner, so I haven't done anything more taxing than washing the floor. Did some more practice for my set at the Matrix (see www.planetlovemusic.com), 2 hours is long enough when you actually time yourself, which is great, takes the pressure off a bit. Highlight of the weekend was Saturday morning when we went for a walk at the Dub playing fields. Thought there would have been lots of sport to watch, but it seems we were too early and there were only two hockey matches going on, with a game between two unknown girls' teams and one between Inst and my old school, Wallace, which looked like U13s or something similar. The lack of other sport meant we got to play football on an unoccupied pitch, which was good fun. Have also caught up on some sleep. Perhaps not the most exciting weekend, but I've had worse.
|Friday, October 1st, 2004|
Quick post to say I haven't forgotten about Livejournal, although I nearly forgot my password when I went to log in! Got a gig on 23 October at Club Matrix, Dungannon - really looking forward to that one. I started my masters course this week, which seems like it's going to be a challenge but interesting. Helped Alan get rid of his old bed last night which was fun :)
|Wednesday, September 1st, 2004|
It's been a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time since my last update, and, schockingly, I can't really think of much to comment on in the intervening period. It looks like we're finally going to get to a car boot sale this Friday, so that will be a relief, hopefully we will make a decent addition to the impressive sum we raised at the Met last week. It was the last ever Saturday night at the club, so that was a bit emotional. Lisa Lashes and Mal Black played well (particularly Mal) - Miss Behavin' was truly awful, and MC Go's efforts on the mic were dodgy at best. Huuuge crowd, good atmosphere, not a bad send-off for the place.
Things are not looking too great in the old American election - Bush is getting dirty, Kerry is getting boring. Things look a bit more promising here, though, I truly believe the Tories would be annihilated - again - if there was an election tomorrow.
This is the 65th anniversary of Germany's invasion of Poland at the start of the Second World War/Great Patriotic War if anyone's interested. 46 million people died, it deserves a few seconds of your contemplation.
Met Ross for a quiet pint last Friday, Paul was unable to join us but it was still nice to sit, relax and talk codshit for a while.
Last random thought - Northern Ireland begin their World Cup campaign in two days with Poland's visit to Windsor. The first steps along the long, hard road to Berlin, or a series of humiliating realisations of how misplaced our optimism was? Cynics might tend towards the latter, and I don't believe we have anything more than a very, very slim, outside, almost non-existent chance of qualifying, but I predict a respectable performance. Lawrie is doing good things with this team - the Caribbean tour showed we can score goals but, more importantly, the game in Switzerland showed we can keep it tight. Deutschland, hier kommen wir!
|Thursday, August 12th, 2004|
It's been a while since the last update and lots of stuff has probably happened which I can't remember. Most memorable things have been finding a potential wedding venue (La Mon) and Kenny's birthday, both of which you will know about anyway if Nicci's on your friends list. It's very wet today and I'm in the office on my own without a great deal to do apart from my history column, which is no bad thing.
|Monday, August 2nd, 2004|
I assume that most people reading this will also have Nicci on their friends list so I won't go into the Tsunami debacle except to say it was a disappointing end to what has been one of the best club nights in Belfast over the last two years. I'm now free of Makro, which is nice. I don't really feel any great sense of euphoria about it, just a vague sense of getting on with life. Perhaps this will change when I realise the joys of having most Saturdays to myself and even when I do have to work it only lasting for a couple of hours in the afternoon.
We have worked out a new budget which allocates me £50 a month to spend as I wish. Most of that will probably go on records, which will be nice. A major task for this week will have to be to get a new CD knocked out. It will be a combination of nice summery vibes and nasty electro filth.
Other tasks include cancelling my Mixmag subscription. Should do that today. I've decided to subscribe to IDJ instead, it is much more music-orientated yet still has reasonable club coverage and isn't quite as techy as DJmag. I will miss Mixmag's amusing stories of drug-fuelled antics, including the Mongo Hotline, and its free CDs, which have improved of late, but it has moved too far into lad-mag territory for my liking and, to be honest, the last thing I need right now is more free CDs taking up space.
|Friday, July 23rd, 2004|
|annoying personal interests and suchlike quiz
Don't usually do these things but I'm bored so here goes...
What is your favorite..
gum: Not a fan, but green Xcite if I'm pushed. Why is this question even here? There are so many more interesting favourites you could ask about.
restaurant: Tough one, probably the Archana.
drink: Depending on the weather, Guinness or lager (preferably Harp or Heineken)
season: Most have their merits but I'm not partial to autumn.
type of weather: sunny with ground frost
thing to do on a half day: go for a walk or swim
late-night activity: sex
store: Mixmaster Records (Belfast) or Blackmarket Records (Soho)
When was the last time you..
cried: Don't know
played a sport: impromptu game of football at Witnness.
laughed: Probably last night
hugged someone: last night
kissed someone: This morning
felt depressed: Don't know. Probably the few days after getting back from Ibiza.
felt elated: When Darren Emerson played 'Born Slippy' at Witnness
felt overworked: You must be joking!
faked sick: When we went to see the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in Glasgow last summer.
lied: Try not to but sometimes you have to.
What was the last..
word you said: Bye - I was on the phone to a local MLA.
thing you ate: Yeo Valley apricot yogurt. mmmm.
song you listened to: Robbie fucking Williams, played by Scott 'The Twat' Mills on Radio 1.
thing you drank: I'm drinking water at the minute, which I do more or less constantly. Before that, pineapple juice.
place you went to: Work, where I'm currently sitting.
movie you saw: shrek 2
movie you rented: it must have been Never Ending Story as that's what Nicci has down as hers.
concert you attended: Witnness/Oxegen 2004
Who was the last person you..
cried over: Nicci
danced with: Nicci
shared a secret with: tom and sarah
had a sleepover with: ummm, I crashed at Dick and Tom's house when I lost my keys in first year.
called: Sean Neeson MLA
went to a movie with: Nicci
saw: The guy fixing the light downstairs
were angry with: myself
couldn't take your eyes off of: Nicci
obsessed over: Nicci
Have you ever..
danced in the rain: Yes at oxegen it rained alot
kissed someone: Yes
done drugs: Yes
drank alcohol: Yes
slept around: No
partied 'til the sun came up: Many times. It's most fun in late December ;)
had a movie marathon: Not unless you count the extended DVD of the Two Towers.
gone too far on a dare: nah
spun until you were immensely dizzy: Yes
taken a survey quite like this before: I usually ignore them but I have done a few.
Met Ciaran last night, he's on a rare visit to this part of the world. It was good to see him for once, but it did lead to being up later and drinking a little more than I would have liked to. Despite that I don't feel too bad this morning. Thanks to Ross and Daryl for their hospitality and beer, and apologies for leaving a mess.
Also visited the zoo with Nicci yesterday as I had a day off work, which was great. It was a nice day for a walk and although a lot of the animals were asleep there was still plenty to see.
My new tunes have all arrived now so it's time to get down to the serious business of CD making. It may be a little while yet before it's ready, though, because there's still mucho tidying to be done and I haven't finished picking out records to sell yet. It's amazing how much bad music I have accumulated over the years. I've always resisted selling any of it but it feels surprisingly liberating, especially knowing that I can buy a few decent ones with the money if I manage to sell them and make a contribution towards the bike ride fund.
Back in work today and it's dull, there's a guy in fixing a light.
Looking forward to the weekend, we're going to Lush! for Corkie's birthday. Haven't been in ages so it will be good to get back.
|Tuesday, July 20th, 2004|
It's been a while since the last update. Since then I've been to Witnness/Oxegen which rocked, especially Orbital, the Cure, Jerry Fish and Darren Emerson. I've set the decks up again and ordered some records, once they've all arrived it's time get cracking on a new CD and get some gigs in over the next few months.
Handed in my notice at Makro, my last day there will be the 31st. Was going to go to Thompson's to celebrate but then discovered it's the last ever Tsunami that night, so the Edge looks more likely. Haven't been in a while but it's always an excellent night out and will be missed.
Also apparently on the out is the Met, which has been in decline for a long time but had a huge impact on me back in the early days of my clubbing career. Although, again, I haven't been for long time, it's still quite sad as it's a fantastic venue and while it was still open there was always a possibility of a recovery, but now the rumour mill suggests the place is going to be knocked down.
We're having a bit of a clear-out at the minute, Nicci has filled two bin liners with clothes. I'm currently going through my trance records, I reckon I'm getting rid of anything up to a third of them and once that's done the hard dance ones are getting culled too, and possibly some clothes. I'll get rid of them by a combination of eBay, posting on message boards and car boot sales, which we are going to have to start doing to raise money for the bike ride.
Nicci has joined a tape-trading ring and I think I'm going to sign up soon too, making your tape seems to be as much fun as receiving the other person's!
|Thursday, July 8th, 2004|
In work on my own again. Probably going to head to the library soon and work on my history column. Looking forward to Witnness this weekend, really looking forward to the Cure and Orbital, who are playing their last ever show. The Darkness, Felix Da Housecat, Jerry Fish, Tim Deluxe, Basement Jaxx and Darren Emerson should rock too, then there's the obligatory band you've never heard of who end up blowing your mind. Have to buy beer today.
|Wednesday, July 7th, 2004|
Ibiza was great, you can see some of our photos at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/mark.simpson150
if you're interested. The best club in the world is now officially Circo Loco @ DC10. Mehhhn-tal! Space also gets better every time. Pacha had great music as ever, but I'm growing increasingly concerned about other aspects of the club, with elitism and general contempt for everyone else widespread among staff and certain sections of the crowd.
I'm in work on my own today and bored shitless. Started learning Spanish, but shitty computer wasn't coping with the website too well. Will try again after lunch.
Michael Howard was just on the radio in the House of Commons. He said, "When I was Home Secretary..." and you couldn't even hear the rest of what he said, the Labour MPs were laughing so hard. What an utter twat he is. If that man (I use this word in its loosest possible sense) ever becomes Prime Minister, it's time to emigrate.
Turning to a slightly sooner election where the twat is currently in office, It's great to see Kerry pick Edwards with his (for America) radical policies as his candidate for Vice President. Hopefully Michael Moore' new one (out this weekend) will be another nail in Bush's coffin. Sorry to go all political but my contempt for Bush and Howard seems to grow deeper as elections get closer. I'm not a huge fan of Labour or the Democrats right now either, but it's essential that they both get elected or we're all fucked - even the rich people who think they're getting a good deal from the Tories or Republicans will have to change their mind when the environment goes down the shitter.
|Friday, June 25th, 2004|
hello again from ibiza. yesteray we went to salines beach to see the naked old people and i had some damn tasty grilled sardines. now i´m sitting here eating a massive pain au chocolate. mmmm. going over to san an today for the sunset with mr tong then tomorrow begins a 5-day clubbing marathon! see you down the front!
ps bad luck England lol!
|Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004|
notmuch time so i´ll just say ibiza is still great,but i had a dream night before last that i woke up and it was snowing. people were still walking about in shorts tho.
|Wednesday, June 16th, 2004|
I'm bored. I'm in work on my own - Tim (photographer) is out, (shockingly) taking photographs and Ann (reporter) went home sick at about 11. The weather has been fantastic all week and all I can do is sit in front of my window (complete with attractive steel grille feature) and bake. But, on the bright side, only one more day and then it's the big tin bird and freedom.
Went for a pint or two on Monday with Victoria, Paul and Ross, 'twas good craic but I've been knackered ever since. I got myself a couple of CDs today (unusual for me, but real records don't seem to have reached Carrick yet). It's the new Beastie Boys album - I'm sure everyone has heard the single and I assume everyone agrees it rocks - and the Velver Revolver one, which is Slash and Duff from GnR, Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots (I was amazed to learn he was still alive) and some other dudes. It had better be good, but I'm sure it will be.
Finally a chance to test the CD player in the car...