Both our departments combined together for our Christmas do as there was only 3 from Ian’s department. It was a fairly simple affair with a few drinks at the Old Fish Market then dinner at Tantric Jazz followed by a few more drinks at another bar. Tame by previous years standards but none the less a good night.
Went to see Sia tonight at the Theckla, She’s an Aussie singer who worked with Zero 7. Really good atmosphere and a small venue which made interaction between her and the crowd great. Sia’s one crazy person. Excellent gig.
How could we have lost!
We met up with Thornton and some other Kiwis before the game for a few beers then headed into the Millennium Stadium, Ian & I were sitting apart from the others unfortunately surrounded by the French. At the end of the game getting patted on the back as we walked down the stand, a fellow kiwi somewhere in the crowd yelled out “don’t let them see you cry” just what you need to make you laugh.
What a great gig!
The Foos are one of my favorite bands and to see them live was awesome, Dave Grohl put on a great performance, even Ian enjoyed it and he only went to make me happy. They played a mix of everything from the latest album to the first, and most of the classics which had me singing along without a care. After a good number of loud fast tracks a small stage dropped down from the roof into the centre of the arena and the band did a bit of an acoustic set before moving back to the main stage to finish off loud and furious.
Definitely the best gig I’ve been to in a long time.
Yeah I passed!!
After struggling to get back into the habit of studying I passed my exam today, what a relief. I can now officially add CID+ after my name, which means certified interconnect designer, what ever that means 🙂
Glaswegian singer/songwriter Amy MacDonald was in town and although we only new one song we decided to go and check her out. She has such an unusual voice, quite deep and raspy especially for such a young person. She was really good, just starting out so not as polished as some artists but I kind of like that, most of the songs she wrote herself but did do a cover of the Killers “Mr Brightside” which was excellent.
To mix in a little culture with all the rugby Ian & I went into London to The Royal Albert Hall to listen to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth.
They played three pieces:
Smetana – The Bartered Bride Overture
Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No 2
Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade
The last being a favourite of Ian’s since he was a kid and definitely my favourite of the evening. It was a really nice evening and the music beautiful, we must go again.
Great company & a great meal!
Richard & Jenny joined us for Dinner at Hotel Du Vin, and a lovely evening we had. It was a very good mix of posh and comfortable (although Ian did have to wear proper shoes). My favourite part of the meal was definitely the cheese board, with 21 local and French to choose from I was in heaven. After the meal we retired back to the comfortable couches in the bar for a night cap before heading home. The experience was wonderful with excellent service and quality food.
It seems Summer finally arrived last weekend, so after a bit of persuasion I talked Ian into cycling to Bath on the old railway cycle path. It was a stunning Sunday morning, perfect for a short 16 mile bike ride! The route being an old railway was mostly flat with trees and blackberry bushes either side (which we did go back this weekend to pick – yum). Halfway along we found the Avon Valley Railway so jumped on the steam train for a short ride down the track stopping to have a boat trip up the river and back. After a bit of lunch on the grass in the sunshine it was back on our bikes to Bath for a bit of shopping. Due to a couple of tender backsides we caught the train back to Bristol and cylcled home for a well earned rest.
Just down the end of our street is a very old corrugated paper manufacturer, who is soon to vacate the premise. The plans for redeveloping the area are being put to paper and the process of consultation started. Ian & I went along to have a look at the proposals. Dove Lane.