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Foo Fighters

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.

Foo Fighters

IPC Advanced PCB Designer Course

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 🙂

CID+ 

Amy MacDonald

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.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall

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.

J’s Birthday

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.

Washing Machine Woes

Rear seal gone – bearings rusting on a 3 year old machine used by two people. Ariston Margherita 2000 ALD12S UK. Apparently that machine has had three different sets of bearings and seals. So to order spares, I have to take apart the machine and measure them. Not ideal as I would like to have the parts ready so I can do the whole lot in one go, not leave the machine apart while I wait for spares to arrive in the mail.

Whatever idiot thought that was a good idea at Merloni should be fired!!!

Access Panel Removed Pully Removed Rear Bearing 2 Rear Bearing 1

Summer Finally Got Here

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.

Blackberries