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Corrosive Shame
Therapy for Life
The Horror!
The last week has been one of horror - there was the horror of The Fog (Monday night) the horror of The Movies (over the last couple of weeks), the horror of The House (Sunday), the horror of Old Age (Saturday night) and the horror of the The Inquisition (on Friday).

I am still in pain. Not a large amount of pain, but pain nonetheless. On Monday, as I reported earlier in the week I managed to cycle into a small, unlit, unmarked skip in the fog. Fortunately not actually into it - as that would have been a matter for undertakers rather than A&E, but I threw myself and my bicycle out of the way and just managed to crush my knee (between the skip and the frame) and impale myself - probably on my pedals.

So, after this moment of adrenaline fuelled excitement I paused briefly to roll around on the floor and see what human nature is like in this day and age. Pleasantly I was surprised when a passing car stopped to see the fuss I was making - before getting back on my bike and cycling to pax_draconis/averylaterabbit's den of iniquity where I demanded petit pois for my rapidly swelling knee. Actually I demanded frozen peas, but being sophisticated they didn't have peas.

As I was slowly going into shock, they noticed how I was leaking and insisted on taking me to casualty where I met the archetypal "disinterested nurse" and "young cute blonde doctor". They x-rayed me as they couldn't see the bottom of my cut, shot me full of tetanus (~£800 I'm told) and then sat me down to stitch me up. Some people may be under the impression that the "legal high" I mentioned was drugs - but actually it was just my reaction to feeling someone squirt a jet of water into my leg then stitch it up "One should do it... no, maybe two.. oh look - I've fitted three in!". At this point she said "Are you ok - you look a bit ashen?" as I was contemplating whether to puke over her or not. Fortunately she finished before I could make my mind up. The "Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine" she was carrying around made me feel full of confidence in escaping alive too...

The stitched wound, despite being a little messy, is actually doing reasonably well - but the side of my knee is now mostly yellow and black. This makes such mundane things as "walking" and "climbing stairs" particularly painful.

In the last couple of weeks I've seen a number of horror films. This is rather odd as I actually don't like them - but Saw & Saw II have been viewed; then Dog Soldiers was on TV last night. All three were pretty smart, clever, not focussed on delivering content through SFX and, well, just a good diversion. Lost this week I liked, BSG from last night I'm a little more ambivalent about.

Last night, rather than go and be burnt at the stake in Edwards I risked, with mrtonylee going to Paul Simon. I say "risk" because the PR didn't confirm as they had promised. Fortunately I managed to get in with no problems and then with the combined power of our blagging smiles a ticket for Tony appeared soon after. Gig wise - he enjoyed it and wrote a cracking review. I thought it was dreadful saga-entertainment but I'm always biased when the shoot is a crap one. In this case because it was three songs shooting from the mixer, 6000 people away from the stage. So I have loads and loads of the same slightly shaky shot. Bah!

Yesterday day was artw*nk. About IPR, property and whether you can sell photos taken at gigs. Actually the last bit is a lie but I'm still trying to find a lawyer and might have made contact with someone - hopefully. In the meantime - recommendations for cheap/free lawyers always welcome.

Friday evening was "The Call of Junkfood". Mmmm. Roleplaying at its best. No one has been beaten to death with a baseball bat and only 2 SAN lost. Hardly even worth mentioning. Friday morning was my job interview. Despite being 45 minutes early (a first for me) thanks to leaving the house at 7am, I managed to stay reasonably awake and think I did ok. But we shall see. Most interesting wasn't the interview but the results of the personality test.

Apparently I managed to be relatively consistent over it, and scored mostly 5s (average between "wallflower and psychopath") but had a few highs and lows. They couldn't let me take the results away - so instead gave me a paper and pencil so I could copy them down instead. So, for your entertainment - some of my extremes below:

  • Outspoken 10/10
  • Caring 2/10
  • Data-rational 9/10
  • Evaluative 10/10
  • Conventional 3/10
  • Innovative 7/10
  • Worrying 2/10
  • Optimistic 3/10
  • Competitive 4/10
  • Achieving 7/10
And Sunday? I've been tidying the house, giving old clothes to the rats and putting all my jumpers together so they can talk to each other. I'll never find anything again...

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november_girl From: november_girl Date: November 13th, 2006 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)
They really should light up skips and surround them with cones to stop stuff like that happening.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 13th, 2006 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely. It's hardly difficult.
gaius_octavian From: gaius_octavian Date: November 13th, 2006 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Probably they did but the students stole them!
From: feanelwa Date: November 13th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, you poor thing. Arnica cream will help the bruising go down faster, or witch hazel, though if you get the Witch Stick stuff from Boots it's carried in alcohol and will make everything hurt, whereas Superdrug have pure distilled active ingredient in a glass bottle for half the price.
nyarbaggytep From: nyarbaggytep Date: November 13th, 2006 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor thing, sounds horrible.
barrettyman From: barrettyman Date: November 13th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Skips & Photos

Are the bane of modern living.

Can you sell photos taken at gigs? I looked into the IPR of photo and film a while back and the answer would be yes with a few exceptions. You can certainly sell to publishers, and news/photo agencies and you can probably sell individual prints of photographs.

The issue is if you made a product that could be considered endorsed by the artist such as a poster, t-shirt, novelty mug, meat pies or some such. Then you may have to pay royalty to the artist for using there image. This is solely because they are famous and their image itself has a value and could be considered a trademark. So the arguments against you are those arounf trademark infringement rather than copyright or permission. You would not have to do this with photos taken from a public place in the UK. As you had permission to be at the gig you did not trespass but if there are any terms and conditions placed on your press pass entry then you may be bound by them.

The UK laws are stacked on the side of the photographer.

This site http://www.sirimo.co.uk/media/UKPhotographersRights.pdf
has the best and most definitive guidance I have been able to find.

Hope this helps
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 13th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Skips & Photos

Yeah - I'm reaching the conclusion that I have the "legal rights" but I have to balance that against pissing people off and never getting a pass again!

But we shall see. In parallel with exploring the law I'm exploring talking to the bands.
ruana1 From: ruana1 Date: November 13th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Outspoken 10/10? Now there's a surprise.

If you do find a cheap/free lawyer who can advise about these things, could you let me know? I'm still confused about the legal status of telling stories based on Dunsany's work.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 13th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will do - I'm trying to tap into "creative networks" to find lawyers working in this area and if I do I'll let you know.
From: ikkleblacktruck Date: November 13th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aha! It was foggy. The mystery is revealed - and there was I assuming you were just high on something. So how did you avoid the unlit unmarked parked cars and the like? And why were you speeding? ;)
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 13th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was watching out for cars which are much higher than mini-skips and parked legally (rather than illegally positioned); plus they are more reflective and windscreens are much more obvious than waist-high mini skips.

But yes, it was a bit stupid too...
From: ikkleblacktruck Date: November 15th, 2006 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG people park legally down there? Parking is more like abandonment in Cheshire - usually obstructing junctions etc.
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