Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Congratulations Ma’am. You’ve been The Queen for over 20 years more than I’ve been on the planet. We are special British and commonwealth citizens to be able to celebrate our first ever Platinum Jubilee.

70 years! Wow!

You’re the longest reigning female monarch (and very soon possibly the longest reigning monarch ever)

Have an absolutely splendid day.

I’m not a huge royalist, but who can’t feel a bit of pride that we still have a monarch with such as huge history? or that many countries have Queens, but only one is called “The Queen” by so many billions of people around the world?

Yeah our country is a mess and being made worse by a bad government, but let’s celebrate this one thing eh?

Happy Pride Month

It’s time for all the global corporations to become LGBTQ+ friendly and wave their rainbow 🏳️‍🌈 flags for the next month, before packing them all up and hiding them back in the cupboard for the other 11 months of the year.

I’m proudly showing my affiliation this month 💙💜❤️ “batting for both teams”.

Have a good one, wherever you are!

Here’s the second set of photos!

Here are the next three photos in my set.

Sadly we’re almost done now! Paying a professional photographer costs rather a lot of money!

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The final photo still needs more editing, but don’t worry I’m keeping the photographer on the line…

Latex photo shoot – first pictures

With bated breath you have awaited my photo shoot pictures, and as promised here they are!

I’m going to share them in two blocks of four (there are 8 in total) with the sending block being released next week.

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I hope you’re as pleased with them as I am.

The Towers

My second home again yesterday with the nutter! Pretty much all the usual except we went for an additional credit this time. Can you guess what it is?

Yep we rode the little Zamperla kiddie coaster – Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure. Actually a fantastically themed little coaster.

Believe it or not this ride often has 30+ minute queues whilst the queue for Nemesis will often be under 10 minutes long.

Here’s a gallery of the other photos from the day.

Amazingly I also met another friend there! Totally unplanned. What are the chances of that?!

49! How did that happen?

I’m 49 years old today. Next year I turn half a century. Now that WILL be a celebration and a half!

In my relatively short time on the planet we have experienced progress like no previous time; from my childhood where computers were things you saw in films, to the early days of 8 bit, through the 16 bit era, and up into the mobile revolution I’ve been there all the way.

As a rather awkward teenager I never thought I’d be where I am today – a much respected bassist in a rather successful covers band; a bassist who has enjoyed tours all over Europe and the USA, and one who has met and worked with many famous people.

My fetish journey has evolved across those years too. From a simple pair of leather jeans hidden away in the wardrobe, to wearing them for the first time in public, and now I’m bringing my passion for latex fashion to the fore with my ever growing collection of rubber clothing.

But for today, well a nice breakfast (breakfast is after all my favourite meal of the day), a visit to my favourite coffee shop, and then family round for dinner. No pomp. No circumstance. But possibly a three piece leather suit for part of this…

As for the photos, well we’re both a little disappointed with the photos I had with the walking stick and Andy the photographer is going to retake them tomorrow. Latex is a very difficult material to photograph so I can understand his woes!

To keep you going though… Here’s the video updated to include the first drafts. The first photo arrives with me tomorrow fully edited.

New PA first test

We tested the new PA for the first time last night and let’s just say we were blown away! The sound was both massive and clear, with the high frequencies finally getting spread all around rather than just thrust straight forwards.

One 115E sub with two 835 tops absolutely filled the room to the point that it was fingers in ears territory! I now can’t wait to gig using them and finally clear pretty much two thirds of the van out!

So what are the benefits so far?

  • Reduced size – by a huge amount. Not just in weight of speakers, but with the amount of gear we’ll be carrying to gigs going forward. We’ll no longer need the huge power amps rack and the speaker cables can be sold.
  • Reduced width – they’re much smaller width wise and we can put them at more positions without them blocking the view of the stage. No more “behind the speakers” moments.
  • Improved clarity – getting rid of 15″ speakers for the tops reduces the response time of the diaphragm and improves frequency response. This can only be a benefit.
  • Line array design – maximum dispersion around the venue rather than a single direction of throw.
  • The system has very intelligent protection against overload and starts applying a soft compressor when we push it too far.
  • Ridiculously fast setup ! We were up and running within a couple of minutes.
  • Saving our backs! A 12 person job (2 men per speaker, 6 cabs) becomes a 3 person job (2 bags of tops – 1 lift), 2 subs – (one man lift each). Whilst the weight drops from around 350kg to 70kg.
  • Saving fuel – the van will be lighter and the centre of gravity of it will become much lower so it’ll be more stable.

So what are the drawbacks?

  • It doesn’t look as impressive having a stick on top of a box rather than a huge array of speakers.
  • The cost is rather high – approximately £2500 a side.
  • We have had to sort tripods for our lighting display as the old pole mounts are no longer usable.

In all, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks!

Final stage completed! I’m out!

I’ve finally let the world know that I’ve got a latex suit! I’ve shared this photo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The response has been excellent so far with just one negative comment (and I told him what I thought of his weak attempt at sarcasm).

So, where now? Well I suppose it means I can now wear a bit of latex from time to time! I might even wear my black latex jeans next week when I run a gig!

York – Magic Goes Wrong

For our wedding anniversary a few months ago we decided to get each other tickets to see Magic Goes Wrong at the Theatre Royal in York.

Mrs Loons went up on the train earlier in the day as she was having a light lunch with a friend, so I did my day’s work and then finishing in Eggborough I headed over to Church Fenton – a village famous for being rather pretty, but even more so for it’s absolutely huge railway station for a very small town. Honestly, I’ve seen cities with smaller stations!

So on the train to York (a mere 10 minute journey!) and I found it really amusing when one of the the group opposite me said “that man’s got a leather suit on” just before we arrived in York. My response? “yeah I’m only wearing this cos my rubber one is in the wash”. There’s an element of truth in that – my latex is all hanging over drying racks at work!

So I arrived in York and met Mrs Loons at the Museum Gardens, about half an hour before they closed. Believe it or not the weather was absolutely beautiful!

When the gardens closed, we went for a quick Costa and then headed up to the Minster, just because…

The Minster looked gorgeous in the golden light.

Of course, smut had to happen!

Finally, the classic street had to be visited – if you’ve never been to The Shambles, this is what people think “quintessential Mediaeval Britain” looks like, and to be honest they’re not too far off.

The theatre performance was great – obviously no photos or video, but if you’re considering seeing it the show is very enjoyable.

One guy at the theatre commented that he liked my suit too – so that’s a win. I clearly need to wear a full three piece leather suit more often! My friend Glen will definitely agree with me on that.