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25th June to 1st July 2002
Glastonbury. Saw Belle And Sebastian
, Sieze The Day
, Atilla The Stockbroker
, Jon Otway
DJ set, great Japanese Shibusashirazu Orchestra
(must look them up) and lots of general wierdness.
21st June 2002
Went to the Custard Factory
for a event which was "something to do with
a Green Man
". It turned out to be a fantastic evening, with members of
the British Druid Order
officiating at a blessing for a fantastic statue
of a Green Man
build into the side of the new Custard Factory
It was of course, also a Solstice celebration.
The Statue is almost as high as the building itself - probably 20-30
meters, and appears to be made out of boulders with wicker and
foliage as arms, crotch and around the head. It has a classic
face, which reminds me of the "Green Men of Birmingham"
booklet which I bought a few months ago - I'll have to check it out
and see if I can spot it in there.
I arrived around 8:30ish, and the statue and surrounding crowd were
immediately evident, after a quick look round to suss out what was
going on, I opted for some free mead and tried to get a place where I
could see the action(whatever it might be...)
As I recall, Benny Green
, the man behind the Custard Factory
short speech thanking everyone, and tried to persuade the artist (who
was heavily pregnant) to say a few words too - unfortunately, she
missed the microphone completely, so no one could really hear her -
but it was good anyway.
The "Man" staring down at us benevolently seemed to give the whole
space a peaceful atmosphere, despite the fact that England had gone
out of the world cup earlier in the day. Perhaps the football did
contribute, as all those who had started drinking at 7:30am would be
safely horizontal by now, rather than preparing for a night of
The druid ceremony started, and I realised I recognised the 2 people
leading from a similar event I'd attended at Avebury Stone Circle
several years ago. The pair were a woman with jet black hair in a
green cloak, and a taller man wearing a wolfskin. They were good
humored throughout, the woman making quite a few comments about the
The ceremony took around an hour I guess, with the opening of the
space to the 4 directions, a fire ceremony and the giving of gifts of
flowers - lots were provided, and people invited to pick some and lay
them as an offering, whilst avoiding the fire - apparently "druidic
public liability insurance applies only to the next life, and not this
one". The artist was invited to speak again (with the mike!), followed
by drumming and dancing.
The ceremony ended, and was followed by a theatre of grotesque,
including a man with increadibly stretchy skin - he could stretch the
skin from his neck up and over his face, covering his mouth to the
base of his nose. There was also a cinema, showing local short films
and a tarot reader.
Live music kicked off, but although it sounded good, it didn't attract
much of an audience.
Later in the evening, the excellent Mickey Greeney
was among the people
16th June 2002
Saw Misty's Big Adventure
at the Jug Of Ale
, launching their new single - "I'm cool with a capital C" (B.side is the excellent "Mulling it Over" - for details see Misty's Big Adventure
15th June 2002
Watched a couple of Weird Internet Animations
- the top three on the page are fantastic - esp. the Japanese one! Weird thing is that wierd is one of those weird words which I can't spell, maybe I checked a dictionary or something. Interestingly, the traditional "Google search to get a democratic opinion on spelling" approach gives around 10% of occurances mis-spelt (http://www.google.com/search?q=wierd
Actually, that's not that interesting. I was expecting to get 50/50 - which I didn recently with one word, but I'm damned if I can remember it!
Listening to Plone
but take a break to hear the wonderful corporate anthem of Ace Taxis (York) - "I'm so happy at Ace" ( http://www.acetaxisyork.com/song.htm
) According to their website, "The song is often sung in the taxi office, by groups of drivers, before starting their shifts." - is the whole of York like this?
Also saw Special Needs
at the Jug Of Ale
13th June 2002
Great Sherlock Holmes
With downloads of radio broadcasts linked from:
Found another Brum blog - but not a very frequently updated one:
10th June 2002
Released a book (Nick Hornby's "How to be Good") via http://www.BookCrossings.com
7th June 2002
Looked at http://www.BookCrossings.com
- the basic idea is that you mark books with a unique id number and the webside details, abandon them in public places and then see if anyone picks them up and registers them. What a groovy idea. I saw loads of good books in the local Oxfam shop today, and was almost tempted to buy some of them - even though I have copies already. Now, I have a plan...
Also found the amusing http://www.thespamletters.com/
weird letters in response to spam.