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On Wednesday evening I met up with Sam and Robbie, a couple of ex-housemates from Norwich. James was in town for work and a mate of his was playing in a band at The Metro too. Unfortunately, the band his mate was in was the worst of the night for me. Perfectly bland, safe music. Sorry James.

The other three bands were all very good and I’d recommend them all if I could remember their names. King of Spain were the last band on and I would certainly go see them again. They have an album out on March 31st and I may just buy it.

Another song you should buy is Alex Cornish’s track Untied. It’s out tomorrow on iTunes. I wouldn’t usually recommend iTunes but it’s not available on 7digital. Alex hopes to get into the charts by the end of the week. Best of luck!

Sigur Rós’s first feature length documentary film gets a full length release on YouTube. Heima is the first full length DVD to be put hosted on YouTube.

Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka. Lewycka vividly writes about the exploitations of eastern european immigrants from the viewpoints of 5 or so main characters. Just as her first book A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian was a fun, charming read, Two Caravans out does by with a double portion of wit. The best character in the book has got to be Dog, a border collie, who turns up out of nowhere and saves the day on more than one occassion.

David Cronenberg's WifeDidn’t have a plan of where to go last night. Alan requested music. The 12 Bar Club it was then. We saw 4 out of the 11 bands on the bill. Two bands that were simply fantastic live were Extradition Order and David Cronenberg’s Wife.
The receptive crowdThere was a really annoying old bloke who stood out like a sore thumb. He was way beyond his gig going years but has refused to admit it to himself, growing long thin grey hair, wearing a long sleeved black t-shirt, sitting on people’s shoulders, and generally being a twat. It turned out the old fart was the guitarist for the next band, with the other member being a female guitarist who attempted to sing too. They were way too confident for my liking, solely because they were shit but with loads of mates in the audience.

We left promptly and missed out on 4 more bands.

I have just finished reading A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, which I read last month.

Some other books I have read whilst commuting are:

This evening Alan & Tracy, Marc & Linda and Steinunn and I are off to The Comedy Store first night of residence at the Rose Theatre. After years of funding problems, The Rose Theatre finally opened this January and is the venue of tonight’s show. The Comedy Store’s band of comedian will pile into the theatre every last Sunday of the month. The line-up tonight is:

The time I spend reading books has gone up a zillion percent since moving to London. This is because my commuting time has gone up an awful lot. I spend an hour travelling to work and one more getting back in the evening. That means 2 hours reading time a day.

The latest book I read was The Kite Runner. I wanted to finish it before it disappeared from the cinema and I think I’m just in time. It was an emotional read and a book I’d definitely recommend to anyone who doesn’t know much about Afghanistan (like me). Easy to read, hard to swallow content based on real events, centering on a story about a troubled, young boy who is a right little scumbag who realises his place in the world much later on in adulthood.

Rating: 10/10.

Top Star Director ArmchairJust bought a very comfy leather office chair. I won the bid, using a crafty sniping tool, at £31. It’s as good as new too. Thanks ebay and the4thDan.

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