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Today was the last part of my OU course - an exam. This isn't itself scary - after all I have crammed extensively and don't even suffer from flashbacks at going back to the-place-where-I-had-my-finals - but by golly my hand hurts after three hours of writing with a pen. Actually, I'm not sure writing is a correct term for the barely legible scrawl which left the end of my biro. I think, at least for me, the days of being able to function in that kind of high pressure, written word, WITH PEN environment are over.

This morning before the exam my mind was jumping all over the place. When the new Depeche Mode album arrived (part of my monthly direct debit to Music Non Stop) I was reminded I've got a ticket for their Birmingham gig next year - followed by the realisation I had no idea where the ticket was. So first I emailled the NEC to say "have the tickets been sent out?". "Yes" they said. "Arse" I said (privately - my arse is mostly my own). So I thought, I'll have to turn the place upside down, and then put it for safe-keeping in my "box of safe-keeping" - this one here, by the PC, with the Depeche Mode ticket for next year in it...

Whitby approaches at a pace. I've nothing to wear - so it's the same old shit then. I do have to sort who I'm sharing a room with and how I'm getting there. It will also be a chance to catch up with people of course and I must get some technique tips from sparksoflight as it looks like I'll be impersonating her on jasontheknight's guest list the following week at the DeathBoy gig at Edwards. Any initial pointers?

The other excitement from MNS has been Advanced Electronics, Vol 4 which has enough remixed dark-electro-futurefluff to keep me going for weeks. Highlight so far has to be the Soman remix (or should that be RMX?) of Chrome. I, unlike most VNV fans, like Chrome, but this version is a bit pacier and generally an improvement so expect to hear it the next time anyone is stupid enough to let me DJ anywhere.

NMA tomorrow night and in a change with recent tradition I'm not taking a camera - instead it'll be a spare t-shirt and perhaps a spare pair of glasses for when mine get knocked off and crushed in the mosh. The BBC has done me proud though and put up three gigs recently, with Goldie Lookin' Chain coming soon. Links below:

And now - I'm a bit drunk. This is exciting for me - but I appreciate might be of limited interest to the rest of you. Bed soon, perhaps with another page or two of The System of the World, which is about as much as I can take at one sitting.

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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: October 17th, 2005 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sounds ok - I have a little shower cap for the camera. I'll make some notes at Whitby if you promise to come and say hello (I'll be at the front for all the bands no doubt :-)).
toxicpixie From: toxicpixie Date: October 17th, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear. I must have been drunk when I proof read that.

I figured you knew my surname to be Hardacre, but evidently not :)

Nathan, the Toxic Pixie
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: October 18th, 2005 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Nope - I had no idea. If anything I thought it was "Lurve". Do you want me to ask them to change it?
toxicpixie From: toxicpixie Date: October 18th, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
If they will :) My real name is Luuurve, as you say, but I prefer a nom de plume under which to hide my light.

I notice they've crunched an ellipse into a full stop, meaning there's no capitalisation on the 'w' in "And onto the main event. with a menacing, brooding build up which" in the fourth paragraph.

Also, I'm going doolally in my old age - first paragraph suggests they're rubbish every time I see them! "the Reverends Larry & D-Wayne Love and their eclectic collection of cowboys, outlaws and bards have never failed to disappoint." should of course end in "have never failed toimpress."

I'll go bang my head off the keyboard.

Nathan, the Toxic Pixie

kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: October 18th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've emailled you the BBC guy's address if you want to send him corrections. The A3 press chappie was very happy - so you shouldn't worry too much.
toxicpixie From: toxicpixie Date: October 18th, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Cheers :)

I aim to please; it's a good job they were good on the night.

Nathan, the Toxic Pixie
kantti From: kantti Date: October 18th, 2005 08:11 am (UTC) (Link)
My wrist hurt more and more each exam at uni. I eventually persuaded them to count me as properly afflicted and do an exam by computer. It was rather odd, just me and an invigilator and a computer in a room. But it was a much better way to write an exam. Pens are so ... anachronistic.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: October 18th, 2005 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)
What a fantastic idea! With enough practice I could get registered disabled.

Actually my right wrist has never been terribly strong partly due to a Catholic upbringing and partly because I broke it twice when I was younger through daring exploits with trees and skateboards.
velvet_the_cat From: velvet_the_cat Date: October 18th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I knackered my wrist revising and taking my - this is SO wrong - health and safety exams! I actually had my arm strapped up up to the elbow on exam day whilst writing about Work Related Upper Limb Disorders!
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