I was asked a few days ago if, should the right time and place arise, would I wear leather to a wedding?
Well I can tell you, it’s arisen thrice already! Well twice… The third involved latex!
Both events were in 2009, the first I wore leather jeans with a leather jacket…
Adam, a friend, was fascinated…
The second was a wedding up in the Northeast. This time it was rather nice pleated front leather trousers and a waistcoat… No jacket though.
I also had my sunset coloured Mohican at the time. Nobody messes with you when you’re over 6′ and have a Mohican!
The third event was in 2015… This the the latex jeans came out. Andy thought they were… Strange. But then I’m strange, so nothing new there.
So in answer to the question, of course I’d wear leather to a wedding… Or latex.
Perhaps next time I wear leather to a wedding I’ll go for a three piece… Hmm…
Google reminded me that I was on tour with Manning doing two gigs over in the Netherlands and Belgium.
So many good memories, although just after this amazing tour was the beginning of the end for me. Manning started to fall apart after this tour. Chris and Kev left; Steve the flute player quit to concentrate on his own band Molly Bloom, and a new old guitarist came in who I didn’t get on with; then my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer a few months later.
Just a bit of video.
It was a good festival, but not particularly well attended which was such a shame.
Steve D shows us how he learns his parts for the Manning songs.
Just a quick post before I head off to the vets with Eve.
She’s a lot better – the eye is now open most of the time and today she’s had her first wander around. She’s getting that “cocky” gait back in her movement and hopefully before too long will be 100%
I, however, am currently suffering with a somewhat sore shoulder. I don’t know how it happened, but it started yesterday morning and just got worse and worse as the day progressed. Today, it feels much better and I will see how it fares whilst I do some work.
Finally – the Manning Mobile is virtually ready for return! – The 240V AC power system is now installed and working, although I still need to fix the socket in properly as it is currently loose. The radio aerial is now sorted too – a £5 adaptor saw to that (damn French vans and their weird non ISO aerials!)… I found the table legs too – shame is they’re £18 a side!!! – might have to run that one by Guy before I leap in and buy them, but they will work perfectly for the van and I should be able to get a removable table sorted then without too much fuss.
Sadly, I can’t fix the table to the side wall as the GRP interior walls have no structure to them so if I did try it would just break away and fall off within hours. I could butcher the entire window surround, but that would just make it all look messy. I might well fit a flat surface with cup holders under the window sometime in future (I’ve worked GRP before… it’s not that difficult as long as your support structure is up to scratch). Colour matching would be an issue however…
Tonight, I sit playing around with the Android dev kit on my Ubuntu laptop. It’s very nice… especially considering just 5 or so years ago I’d have paid £££ for a devkit (and indeed, did for a couple of Amiga devkits). Android really is the future – unlike Apple with it’s attempt at world domination, Android is free, and the variety of devices is becoming bewildering (although there are a few turkeys out there…).
Now just to educate the world that some of us have MP3 players that aren’t made by Apple… I’m sure there are more docks available for ipod and iphone than there are ipods and iphones in the world. A recent look in PC World came up with about 20 different shapes, sizes, types. Most of them rather poor quality, or with very poor sound (and far worse than a set of £20 2.1 speakers can give you).
PDMI is fitted on the Dell Streak as standard. Dell didn’t make this obvious at first, but then some smart guy figured out the pin-out is the same, the forums went ooooh and aaaah, and we realised that if PDMI is adopted as a universal standard the ipod dock will seem old hat.
The PDMI cable supplied with the Streak? – I’ll leave my judgement on that one to the masses, but I think the quality is poor. Mine now has surgical tape around one end to stop the cable exterior splitting any more. Carphone warehouse said it was wear and tear, but Dell promised to send me another one… it hasn’t arrived as yet (they quoted 2-3 days…).
Finally, Charlestown is out next Monday. The official release is tomorrow night at The Peel, Kingston-upon-Thames (just outside London). I am looking forward to it, but I do have concerns – our drummer John has been with us just 5 weeks and I hope he can cope. The last drummer, Conor, well let’s just say it didn’t work out… or more to the point he didn’t work.