Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Flickr Game

I saw this on Fearful Penguin's blog and thought I'd do some more work avoidance...

  • Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
  • Using only the first page, pick an image.
  • Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favourite food?
3. What school did you go to?
4. What is your favourite colour?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favourite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favourite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name

My answers:
1. Helen 2. cheese 3. Langley Park 4. brown 5. Alex Kapranos 6. cider 7. Europe 8. trifle 9. archaeologist 10. music 11. distracted 12. goodhen


Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Festival Fun

I've just got back from the Hydro Connect Festival in Argyll, in the grounds of Inverary Castle (not a bad venue!), and it was a pretty top weekend. My run down of events was:

  • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: a bit disappointing, I'd expected better...
  • The Breeders: as good as I could have possibly hoped! They played loads of The Amps and old Breeders stuff as well as the new tracks

  • Sparks: good fun and utterly mental, though I wish they'd played more of the really early stuff. Ron Mael rocks!
  • Firstly some disappointment as Joan as Policewoman was cancelled...
  • Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band (random rants about being "from the United States of Fuckin' Americarr" (several times) annoyed me, and was accompanied by some fairly tepid music. Disappointing...
  • The Levellers: despite not being even remotely trendy to like them, they put on a great show and much dancing was to be had.
  • Friendly Fires: we didn't know what to expect and were pleasantly surprised.
  • Black Lips: we were promised nudity, on-stage vomiting, and biting heads off live animals (maybe I made that last one up), none of which were delivered.
  • Glasvegas: the music press claim that their album is "of national importance". I disagree.
  • Grinderman: Nick Cave was awesome on stage. "Honey Bee let's fly to Mars. Bzzz bzzz bzzz!"
  • Gomez: they played the "Bring It On Album" from start to finish for its 10 year anniversary. Brilliant!
  • Gossip: I'd already seen them in a small gig and they were ace, but it just didn't work well at a Festival and I got bored... we then tried to go see Bloc Party and missed them :o(
  • Young Knives: Pretty good! Again we didn't know what to expect but we really enjoyed them.
  • Santogold: Not quite my cup of tea but some catchy tunes and the most awesome backing dancers I've ever seen!
  • Elbow: Guy Garvey had some nice banter and the new tracks were good, but I'd already seen them earlier this year so nothing new here...
  • The Coral: a nice mix of old and new that got us dancing about.
  • And the pièce de resistance... Franz Ferdinand: Absolutely brilliant show, the new tracks are ace and they played plenty of the popular tracks. I danced my socks off whilst lusting after Alex Kapranos.

All in all a pretty good weekend, though it has higlighted my need for a better camera :o)