Thursday, 28 June 2012

Top Ten Things About Staying at my Parents House

So whilst in London I'm mainly staying with my parents. It is brilliant for the following reasons...

1. There is always milk for tea.
2. My washing seems to end up folded on my bed when it's dry, not when I remember to fold it...
3. I wake up next to the cutest ginger kitten in the world most mornings.

4. Have seen loads of people around that I went to junior and senior schools with. And most of them have no idea who I am now that I'm not fat and blonde...
5. I know where I'm going without having to look it up.
6. I'm slowly going through all of my favorite books from when I was a kid, including those I really shouldn't have read at such an early age (Julie Burchill's Ambition for example, read aged 11).
7. BBC iPlayer works! Hurry up with that international subscription BBC!

The chickens, Red Neck and Emo, make me laugh most days. Have you ever seen a chicken run? Really run? It's hilarious.
9. Crumpets. See previous post about food to get the significance.
10. Obviously the best thing is spending time with my family and friends, being close enough to my cousins and goddaughter to pop round for a cuppa. I think it's fair to say that I have the best family in the world!

And as a reward for reading to the end, here's a picture of me aged 11 which I wasn't planning to share with anyone but have been convinced by my parents that it's too funny not to... I don't disagree, my parents are usually right.

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Friday, 22 June 2012

Endless Rebellion Tour

It's almost here! One of the most exciting tours to hit Europe since I can't remember. Get yourself along to one of these bad boys and I promise that you won't be disappointed. Both bands deserve the hype and you deserve a great night out. You know you do...

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Thursday, 21 June 2012

Problems for UK bands getting US visas

Just a quick note to say that I'm getting involved in the campaign to improve the situation for British bands applying for visas to tour the UK. The key issues are around not just the delays, complexity and unnecessary bureaucracy involved for UK bands when applying to work in the States, but also in the seemingly arbitrary reasons for rejection. Track records and previous success appear to make no difference.
I'll post more details and what people can do soon, but in the meantime here's a picture of John Robb, author and musician, and myself on the Terrace of the House of Commons after our meeting with MPs yesterday.

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