It seems like forever since I last properly updated, but I'm sure it isn't so I'll just skip back a week or so. At the start of last week I was in London for a conference that could have convinced the most pro-European that the EU is a waste of money. This wasn't actually EU funded but was about EU collaboration and was 24 hours of well meaning but ulimatley pretty pointless chatter. Still, a new experience.
Then, instead of working like I should have I popped down to my parents to attach an external HD to my dad's PC. Technical support there is always a pleasure - as I have to do it with a minimum of gear to hand, but at least they now have broadband. Needless to say I attached the drive and it prompltly broke. I cancelled my evening plans, got slowly less and less sane and then gave up.
Wednesday was back to Birmingham quite promptly, worked all day on the pre-Whitby tasks, missed KMFDM and finished at 4am. Joy of joys. Thursday I got up, did a little more tidying up of my depressingly incoherent prose, then got to berrega early afternoon. Off we went to the frozen North, to be confronted by rather mild and pleasant weather.
Elsinore on Thursday, shopping and Spa on Friday (700 photos), Scarborough and Sealife Centre (200 photos) followed by Spa (800 photos) on Saturday, picnic in the rain at the Abbey and Football on Sunday (300 photos) ending at the 80s night. Monday was home and curry.
All in all my Whitby was good, but if I'd not been taking photos I wonder how much fun the spa nights would be. The days were great, very relaxing and dare I say it a holiday. Company excellent, so not really sure what I would improve (other than my sports photography skills). As to the bands...
The Modern - Good, have come a long way since I saw them last
Katscan - Not bad, I wasn't terribly engaged but would try them again
Mechanical Cabaret - See above
Doctor and the Medics - Tongue in cheek fun. I smiled for most of it and when the joke wore off towards the end - went to find someone interesting to talk to.
Neon Zoo - I'm told they're lovely guys, but musically I didn't rate them at all.
DeathBoy - Much better than last time I saw them and looked so cute in their matching outfits. I did however get quite annoyed with the pushy videocameraman who was muscling his way through the crowd without giving a damn about people who paid money to be there.
Rico - Again, better than last time. He does come across as trying a little too hard at times though.
NFD - Pretty enjoyable, even if they would probably have pleased the crowd more if they had only played Nephilim covers.
Tuesday morning I got up and got on a train to Southampton to work while watching my dad's PC reinstall. I started at about 1pm and finished about 2:30am in time to get 4 hours sleep before off to London for another meeting and now I'm nearly home.
Tonight I'm going to watch Rome Episode 1 again (up to 9 on the downloads) to see how much the BBC cut, especially as its just-after-watershed and the recent Pulp Fiction complaints; then Lost; then more Lost if I last.
Plus I need to attack the massive photobacklog I have. Starting with someone's wedding.