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Corrosive Shame
Therapy for Life
It's classic rawk hour on Kerrang - I only turned it on to catch up with what the kids are listening to these days and get subjected to Def Leppard and antique Chilli Peppers.

Anyway, an action packed weekend has been mostly survived and without a huge backlog, but as I've done plenty of things since I last properly updated I should probably get on with it in order to appear interesting and most importantly whore for comments. Maybe pax_draconis is right that "Hurst Street couldn't cope with my sarcasm" - hang on, it was something else about being down.

Last week was a lifetime ago. The only things I can really remember now is rejoicing in my own clumsiness and watching Mirrormask. The latter was quite enjoyable. The former offered less immediate gratification so but probably better for my immortal soul.

Friday was Scarlet at HQ. I've thought, even if I haven't said before, how little time I have for dress-up clubs that claim to be fetish. I know by dictionary definitions they are technically correct, but so probably is the local meeting of the trainspotters. It was all a bit false, a bit mainstream and I had an unhappy argument that can't possibly be the cause for any of my negative feelings. While I'm talking about failures I'll go on about my photos from the night and how I remained terrible about asking people to let me shoot them and how dreadfully mediocre the results are. Still, the only way is up and all that, every cloud has a silver lining.

On Saturday I failed to do any work. Instead I processed the photos from the night before and failed to decide on a 20s outfit for the evening's burlesque. Apparently this might be the last but one (and the last I can make because of NWO) which is a shame as while the acts are generally a mixed bag (being polite) I'm all for people having a go. I ended up again in Edwards afterwards and danced to the same three electro songs they normally play and watched a video of Depeche Mode in 1993 looking far younger than the week before.

What was most interesting was the company of a nice young lady called Amber who had emailled me and said "Can I come and assist on one of your shoots?". Of course I agreed, but did warn her that as a photography graduate she knew more than I did. Still, she seemed to enjoy it well enough and ended up coming to Edwards with us. It was at that point I really started feeling sorry for her.

Then, on Sunday came the perfect way to end a mediocre weekend - Placebo. I know a few songs but I'm a long way from being a fan and to be honest they left me wanting my bed more than wanting an encore. I've seen a lot of bands and a lot of gigs (apparently I've photographed 179 unique bands over 197 total performances at 41 venues - not sure how many actual gigs that is - but you get the idea) and they were one of the least energetic, least engaged and laziest.

Fortunately the weekend was better as a total expereince than the sum of its parts.

Other than that - I've done some work, I've watched some Lost (which I'm still quite enjoying) and the finale of BSG:S2 which might have involved shark jumping a little too much. I'm kinda worried about S3 - but we shall see in good time no doubt. Lost is still excitingly going almost nowhere.

As part of my "reinvent self as 12-year old emo" I've started a MySpace. This is terribly exciting especially as it's apparently the forefront of the introduction of social networking and blogging to the unwashed UK tabloid masses..

The Sun rises on myspace

The Sun tabloid of London plans to tie its website to myspace.com, hoping to capitalize on the popularity of the networking site with a "MySun" online readers' community. Readers will be able to create web pages and blogs and share video and photos using myspace.com software on a MySun portal. The (U.K.) Guardian quotes Sun and News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch on the subject:

"This is a generation, now popularly referred to as the 'myspace generation', talking to itself in a world without frontiers," he said.

"It is just one example of how the media, with its ability to reach millions with information, entertainment and education can use the achievements of technology to create better and more interesting lives for a great many people.

"And it is one reason why I believe we are at the dawn of a golden age of information - an empire of new knowledge.


Terrifying eh.

And now, Patrick Stewart is advertising Argos.

Post about skiing soon. I was going to put it here but I suspect I've got under three readers left. Same goes for all the photos mentioned above.

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From: ikkleblacktruck Date: April 11th, 2006 07:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Well if Captain Picard thinks it's good, I'm off to shop there right now!
gaius_octavian From: gaius_octavian Date: April 11th, 2006 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)
He should do an ad for Singer, make it sew.
darkstones From: darkstones Date: April 11th, 2006 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
That's so bad it's good.
agentinfinity From: agentinfinity Date: April 11th, 2006 10:21 am (UTC) (Link)

If Carlsberg ran fetish nights...

Just out of interest, what would you want from a fetish night?

Me n Jamie were having this conversation yesterday, and we've come to the conclusion that we enjoyed going to the whoopie club burlesque night more than any fetish night we went to because the dressing up was better. People can be so dismissive at fetish nights if your fetish doesn't fit into their world view (i.e. cheesy 80s leather/pvc/goth). It would be better if they themed them, than everyone would know where they stood.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: April 11th, 2006 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: If Carlsberg ran fetish nights...

My problem isn't with fetish nights per-se, just that I don't like the ones that are trying to "get the fetish scene to a dance night and charge over the odds". If I want an sm club - I'll go to an sm club. If I want to spend the night dancing then I go to a music-oriented club.

Nights like Scarlet tend to have a higher door charge and attempt to appeal to all audiences. In most cases they fail and end up as some bastard child of many musical genres, with a poorly used playroom surrounded by voyeurs.

Burlesque clubs are fun - as you say a chance to dress up and hear/see something different. DR in Birmingham can be quite "am-dram" but has a good mix of retro music styles that is nice for a change.

Does that make any sense?
velvet_the_cat From: velvet_the_cat Date: April 11th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: If Carlsberg ran fetish nights...

I'm guessing that's why I preferred this Scarlet's to the first one we went to. The theme leant itself more to 'dressing up' in a particular style than mere fetish. Let's face it, one person's fetish is someone else's nightmare (e.g. the medical show with scalpels from the first night).

I do, however, really resent the extreme overpricing - not only for the entry fee, but for the drinks once in there. Eddie's may be a bit of a dive, but at least I don't feel ripped off there.

If that's it for DR it looks like I'll never actually make it to one after all, which is a shame because I'd have liked to try it, if only once. :o(
From: rock_n_rollstar Date: April 12th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agreed with the comments on the Placebo gig.

The main thing that pissed me off was the bad song choice, they needed more of the good old stuff in there. And yeh, the lack of enthusiasm.

Think the thing that saved it for me though was being in the crowd near the front, that made it decent :D
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