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Corrosive Shame
Therapy for Life
Friday mostly involved trying to get my head around procurement strategy, so I really had no choice but to head out to Edwards with quondam and pax_draconis for a bit of a boogie. Highlights were being reminded how I could "clear a dance floor at 50 paces" and being faced with the reality of discrimation and small-mindedness of flower sellers who neglected to invite Ian or I to purchase a rose for the other.

Musically I must admit I was a little bored with VNVApopCovenantA23 so made up for this by including a fair amount of trad when I was in control on Saturday night at SNFNGS (see previous entry for setlist).

Saturday morning I forced myself up to head off to West Bromwich for the first tutorial from my OU course. This, despite being a mind-numbing 7 hours long was actually OK. The discussions were pretty interesting and yet again I realise that my experiences of being managed could be described as "fast and loose". The tutor is ex-USAF so mostly unflappable; but did have a disturbing way of saying "m'kay" giving me South Park flashbacks. Now, where am I going to find an extra day a week to do the work?

Saturday night was a lot of fun - despite a slow start (caused partly by Laibach) I thought we did ok - not the usual mix of music - and something for the older person. Most amusing request was, ten minutes before the end of the night "Do you have Temple of Love by Sisters of Mercy" "Erm, no. Sorry." "You can't have a goth night without that." "Well I have played Something Fast and Lucretia" "Oh, I don't know those." sigh.

Sunday was mostly rather lazy, getting my head around photos and reviews from last week and doing a bit of php coding to fake log files on the new webspace I have that is cheap but does not provide logs. Much thanks to maleghast for help getting started. Finally over to visit dreamfire et al before dragging her off to see Nick Cave in Wolverhampton.

Gig was mostly brill - I don't know the stuff well enough, but Mr Cave cuts a fine figure on stage, and has superb control and delivery. Stuff for BBC later on, and I couldn't resist informing holaholaamigos and zevbofb3k of what they'd missed. The only downside was the rather draconian restrictions on shooting - despite being the only photographer there I only had two songs to shoot - which isn't a lot of time. I've not got many decent ones as a result - partly due to lack of time, and partly the effects of thinking I didn't have a lot of time and panicing!

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From: ikkleblacktruck Date: November 7th, 2004 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
So what course are you doing with the OU?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 7th, 2004 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Professional Diploma in Management. Effectively Year 1 of a 3 year MBA programme.
From: ikkleblacktruck Date: November 8th, 2004 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh. Then you'll be able to understand mimeticgel! Are you planning to go on and finish the whole thing, or does it depend on how this year goes?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 8th, 2004 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Mostly depends on funding. I'd like to.
From: ikkleblacktruck Date: November 8th, 2004 08:26 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a lot of hard work in your (not) spare time as well. And dry & boring IMO (I had the dubious pleasure of editing all His coursework, yawn!)
mimeticgel From: mimeticgel Date: November 11th, 2004 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Welcome to the dark side :)
Once you start down this path.... etc..

Can I get a MuHaHa!

There is a sufficient amount on ethics and that is the general perspective taken. Though you can easily see the other side of the coin.

I ended up having to pitch for funding for each year.

I did the fundamentals as my 1st year.

I found an extra hour or two in the morning/evening + weekends when a report was due worked for me.

By the end you will be down to around 6hrs (rather than 12hrs) per week as you know whet you are doing and there is some overlap which makes it easier to assimilate.
thehappygoth From: thehappygoth Date: November 8th, 2004 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)
So there was someone from Brum at that concert other than us.

Dear god they made a great noise.
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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 8th, 2004 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
No, but considering the number of times I've been accosted when "in conversation with a member of the opposite sex" it was a comment about how it doesn't happen when "in conversation with a member of the same sex".

Especially when he has sideburns of equal length
From: kingandy Date: November 8th, 2004 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I read it that way at first, but I re-read it to mean he just felt it a poor show that the flower sellers didn't even ask. I could, of course, be wrong.

Either way, I can sort of see it from the flower sellers' point of view. It's not necessarily that they don't consider two men to be a viable flower-purchasing couple, but rather that by doing so one is more likely to provide a smack in the mouth than by doing otherwise. Not so much a result of their own small-mindedness as that of the general populace, or at least the perception of it.
From: kingandy Date: November 8th, 2004 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
ps. in that third picture Mr Cave looks like he should be saying, "Mister Anderson..."

Or possibly "Mister Underhill..."
nyarbaggytep From: nyarbaggytep Date: November 8th, 2004 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
In the second one he looks like he should be waving a black bleepy stick at people to remove their memories
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