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  1. Went to a Amenra/Boris doubleheader gig on Thursday night, enjoyed that a lot.
  2. Visiting a Booths store is always a highlight of driving from Scotland/southern England and vice versa, and not just for the beer.
  3. Much better than I thought it was going to be (my reservations came mainly from the choice of venue); the Hydro sounded better than the SECC would have done. From Her To Eternity and Tupelo were highlights for me, but most of the new material was top notch as well.
  4. Stagg chilli and butterscotch Angel Delight.
  5. thingymajig


    The Momentum blend is much better, when recently roasted, than the vast majority of coffees available in supermarkets. Getting a decent roast date can be a problem in some branches of Sainsbury's though; it's probably too expensive for a lot of people, which no doubt leads to it sitting on their shelves for too long.
  6. thingymajig

    The Jazz Thread

    Was advised to listen to the album of the same name by this chap: Very much enjoying it, I have to say.
  7. Saw them play Leicester at Goodison yesterday; a thoroughly entertaining game. A lot of good performers throughout the team. Robles was a bit shaky though. Gueye/Davies/Schneiderlin were all top notch.
  8. The funny thing is that I'm sure the Coop's TI S&V crisps are actually made by Tyrells...
  9. The choice of venue's putting me off a little bit. If it was a album like Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! that was being promoted on this tour, I wouldn't be so reticent. However, given that this is a pretty downbeat and low-key album, and taking into account personal events in Cave's life, I reckon the Hydro is a pretty incongruous location. Having said that, the solo Edinburgh Playhouse gig from a couple of years ago was superb, so who knows what I'll do.
  10. thingymajig


    Was in York last week, went to a coffee shop - pretty sure it was called the Attic - and got an espresso. As someone who tends to drink good quality french press and filter coffee, but only chain espressos for a caffeine dunt, it was revelatory, light years ahead of any espresso I've had in a long time.
  11. In a similar vein, The Aquariums of Pyongyang, based upon the experiences of a North Korean defector now based in Seoul, is a fascinating and thoroughly recommendable read.
  12. Tendulkar's now 39, and probably the oldest player in international cricket. He's at the age when what looks like a "terminal decline" almost certainly is a terminal decline. Just look at Dravid before him: his performance in the England series of 2011, good as it was, was the last drop of blood from the stone, and his formerly impeccable forward defence failed him completely; he was bowled in an awful lot of his final innings. Ramprakash also underwent a sudden collapse in form for Surrey last year, and at 42, he certainly wasn't going to regain form, hence his retirement. Keeping him in the
  13. I'd like to think that Bopara is finished as an England player. A poor man's Hick at both domestic and international level.
  14. Have to say that I enjoy his earlier, rock-based albums just as much as his later body of ambient work; Before and After Science is a masterpiece and one of his very best albums.
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