There comes a stage in width and thickness and girth…

Posted by Chalky on Jun 30, 2009 in Funny

This has long since been one of my favourite Billy Connolly quotes. However, tonight I re-found the clip of the quote and it attracted my attention even more than normal.

For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been trying to lose a bit of weight, about time I hear you cry. I managed to lose 5 pounds in the first 5 days by doing nothing more than a big of light walking and not snacking quite as much. I was first spurred on by Jill buying the new Walk with Me! Do you know your walking routine? for the Nintendo DS:

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I think it works well because it makes walking slightly more interesting in several ways. First of all, it turns the exercise into a competition between others in your household. Myself, Jill and now my Mum all have the Activity Meters to keep track of our walking and each day is a race to see who can reach their target the quickest. It also makes exercise a bit more interesting because there are games that can be played where how well you do is based on how many steps you have completed in one day.

When you couple this with the weighting and fitness aspects of Wii Fit, it does really help make trying to lose weight a bit more interesting and for people like me, who have to trick themselves into being healthy, has helped no end. I’m not saying I’m going to turn into a stick insect overnight, but it seems to work for me; I’m now I’m always going to be a bit bigger than everyone else but every little helps!

So, if any of that wasn’t a good enough of an excuse to get you going and needed more reasons to lose a bit of weight, here it is:

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Mind Your Mobile Manners!

Posted by Chalky on Jun 22, 2009 in Funny

This is one of a series of videos by iJustine for Intel after a recent survey. Although exaggerated, they are very true to life!

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Prostitution is revolution. You can hate me, until you pay me!

Posted by Chalky on Jun 21, 2009 in Bad Luck, Music, Review

Last.fm Mock PosterI can’t believe it’s been over a month since this actually happened.. Anyway… After two cancelled gigs, on Wednesday 20th May Afternoon I finally ventured down to Nottingham to go and see Cobra Starship. I ended up having to go on my own but I wasn’t going to let this spoil my enjoyment too much.

The journey down to Nottingham was much quieter than I expected was going to be, indeed it only took me 50 minutes to get down there despite the roadworks on the M1 and the fact that the VMSs saying that there was long delays between Junction 27 and Junction 25. There wasn’t any traffic and I was getting off at Junction 26 anyway.

Nottingham greets its visitors by lining the streets with SPECS cameras and Red Traffic Light Camera which makes you feel extremely welcome(!)

The Premier Inn that I was staying in, the Nottingham Centre (Goldsmith Street), was pretty easy to find and was very convenient as it is on the same road as The Rescue Rooms. They were originally meant to be playing Rock City, but ended up in the Resue Rooms instead. This Premier Inn was the most expensive I’ve ever been to (when you include parking which is normally free) and is the first I have been to where you have to surrender your Car Keys. I’m sure I’ll do a more detailed post about it later.It turned out that most of the Cobra Starship Crew were staying in the same hotel.

pit_and_pendulumAfter settling in the hotel, I decided whether or not that, dispite being on my own, I should stick with my original plan for the evening. After mulling it over whilst having a long soak in the bath, I decided that I might as well go for it. So I headed off in search of the Pit and Pendulum Errie Pub. After leaving the Premier Inn, it took me a little while to get my bearings as it’s been nearly a year since I was last in Nottingham. After walking past the, already, queing Cobra Starship fans (it was only 5pm and doors opened at 6:30) I managed to make my way over to Victoria Street, passing by the Hostel that I stayed in for the Paramore gig last year.

They had a 2 for £6(ish) offer on their Seven Deadly Sins Cocktails so I decided to treat myself to a couple before going for their Double Burger with Cheese and Bacon which also included a pint of Fosters, oops! The bar staff were very friendly however the burger was the greasiest thing I have ever eaten! Didn’t stop me polishing it off though!

I headed back to the Resue Rooms where there was now a long queue which remained civilised until it starting pissing it down whereby everyone rushed under the large umberella’s outside. Once in the venue, I noticed how small it is! I’ve only ever been in the other half of the Rescue Rooms and hadn’t been in the Gig bit before.

MiMi SoyaThe first Support Act MiMi Soya from Brighton were OK but really failed to get the crowd going which made them a bit disappointing. I can’t really remember any of the songs they played. During their set, I started getting a tight chest which I first attributed to the drink but promptly decided it was a mini Asthma attack so I had to drag myself back to the Premier Inn, get my keys back for the car and grab my inhaler. I then sat back in the bar for a while with a glass of iced water. A good start to the evening(!).

By the time I’d finished expiring and got back to the Rescue Rooms, MiMi Soya had finished their set and it was the turn of Cash Cash. <CONTENT REMOVED>

Sing It LoudThe final Support Act was Sing It Loud who were by far the most recongnised by the crowd. Indeed, some of the crowd in front of me got so excited that they started jumping up and down and managed to hit me in the face, leaving me with a nosebleed. At which point, I was beginning to think that the evening couldn’t possibly get any worse!

I had never heard them before, nor any of the other Support Acts but I will certainly be looking out for their EPs and Albums as well as Cash Cash. I’ll be looking forward to seeing them again at some point.

Cobra StarshipAt 8:30, it was the turn of Cobra Starship themselves. As soon as they came out on stage, you could tell that the wait was going to have been worthwhile. Everyone at the gig were true fans and all knew the words to every song that was played. They played all of my favourite and was probably, despite the set backs, the most enjoyable gig I have been to.

Cobra Starship apologised for it taking them so long to get back to the UK and are currently working on their third album. I hope it’s not too far away and they get their act together next time round.

The gig ended with Snakes on a Plane from the movie with the same name.

After the gig, I stumbled back to the Hotel and had a drink in the Hotel Bar and then headed up for an early night after battling with the Key Card for the Lift for some time!

¡Viva La Cobra!




Posted by Chalky on Jun 21, 2009 in Random

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been exactly 2 months since I’ve actually posted something here. I make no excuses other than pure laziness. I’ll try and do a run down of things that have happened recently, but there probably isn’t going to be much to say because not a great deal has happened. I’ll try and get some sort of chronological-ness to the posts but it’ll probably just be in the order that I remember things!

I guess it’s time to eat some humble pie as I’m always going on to other people about not updates and/or listing everything they’ve done in on go!


Lord, hear my prayer

Posted by Chalky on Jun 20, 2009 in Church

Oh Lord, hear my prayer
Oh Lord, hear my prayer
When I call, answer me
Oh Lord, hear my prayer
Oh Lord, hear my prayer
Come and listen to me

© (1982) Ateliers et Presses de Taize