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General Sporting Chat / Re: Cycling - 2
« Last post by Nïckslïkk2112 on Yesterday at 21:35:16 »
After three days of eating nothing by Ham and Cheese sandwiches and drinking Chasselas based white wines, I thought I better get out on the bike.
I managed 40 miles doing very much the same as last Saturday, but managed it at a higher mph than last week and with a lower average heart rate. I must be getting a bit fitter!
It was bloody blustery out there today though, I normally enjoy going at a good lick round roundabouts, but there was one today where I was on the edge of being blown off - Ooh, Matron! - all the way round. Now up to 234 miles for August.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1141640062

Much as I like to have a go at foreigners, having spent a day out in Zuerich, these Continentals seem much more set up for cycling than us Brits. Folk were riding round on everything from cranky old grids to serious bits of ultra-light Carbon, proper bike porn. Some fit birds out on their bikes too - I had to keep telling Mrs S that it was their bikes I was looking at...
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Uriah Heep - Look at Yourself
Uriah Heep - ...very 'eavy ...very 'umble
Motorpsycho - Still Life with Eggplant
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DVD/Movie/TV / Re: What's in/on Your DVD/VCR/PVR etc #17
« Last post by Analog RH on Yesterday at 16:48:52 »
Been on leave this week so rattled through:

Ozark (on Netflix). Loved it. Rattled all 10 epiodes off in 3 evenings. Glad its been green lit for a second season.
GoT. Up to date.
Power season 4 (Netflix). Maintaining its quality. Roll on season 5 next year.
Goliath (on Amazon). Halfway through the first season. Not brilliant but made watchable by Billy Bob Thornton. William Hurt's character grates though.

Super excited about season 3 of Narcos, landing 1st September.
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General Sporting Chat / Re: Cycling - 2
« Last post by Slim on Yesterday at 16:21:07 »
With the number two road bike out of service for the time being, the hybrid was selected as weapon of choice for today's outing down Twycross way, due to a significant risk of showers.

Sunny when I set off though, and a bit blowy. Legs felt a bit tired from the outset for some reason, and of course the hybrid made the going a bit harder than usual. I couldn't believe how heavy it was, just carrying it over some of the obstacles in the garage. I resolved to take it easy, relax and enjoy the footy on 5 Live on the way round.

I'd thought of coming back along Gibbet Lane, but shortly after turning onto the A444, noticed Shenton Lane on my right. Why not? I thought. I normally give it a miss because it looks a bit insubstantial on the map, the sort of road that's prone to large quantities of mud and a rough, bumpy surface. But since I was on the hybrid, I thought it was worth a go.

In fact it turned out to be well surfaced if narrow, and I wouldn't have a problem rolling either of the road bikes along there. I shall make a note to do that. From Shenton two miles later I followed a sign to Market Bosworth. Came up through Carlton and Odstone as usual, but took a right to Ibstock and came home through Donington Le Heath, to avoid Heather Lane of which I'm thoroughly sick and which would have been even more tiresome on the hybrid.

As I hit the 'stop' button on my GPS watch, it rebooted and the track was lost. I could have sworn it read 31.62 when I stopped but bikehike.co.uk tells me that I actually did 30.73, so I'lll settle for that. I uploaded a synthesised track to Strava with an average speed of 11mph to avoid treading on the metaphorical toes of people who care about their segment rankings.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1141276106

I did get rained on lightly a couple of times and quite a brutal headwind sprang up for the last half mile. Apart from that, quite a nice run out.

I have the new chain and link tool now, so I hope to sort out the gear cable and chain on the Boardman tomorrow.

320 this month.
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Events / Re: What's in your Gig Diary 2017
« Last post by Analog RH on Yesterday at 16:18:17 »
Grey Widow / The Bendal Interlude / Mastiff / Motorcity Daredevils - Alma Inn, Bolton - 7th Jan - 10/10
Regulus + Betraeus + Footprints In The Custard - Rebellion, Manchester - 19th Jan - 8/10
Silverchild + Dirty Rotten Souls - Sugarmill, Stoke - 21st Jan - 7/10
The Bendal Interlude / Chubby Thunderous / Ohmns - Drop The Dumballs Gallery, Liverpool - 4th Feb - 10/10
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard - Northumberland Arms, Newcastle Upon Tyne - 14th Feb - 10/10
KRS One - The Parish, Huddersfield - 15th Feb - 7/10
Sundara Karma - Albert Hall, Manchester - 16th Feb - 8/10
Pist + Silverchild + Redeye Revival - Sanctuary, Burnley - 17th Feb - 6/10
The Zipheads - Alma Inn, Bolton - 18th Feb - 7/10
Fargo Stoner Sludge Rock All Dayer (Nomad, 1968, Witch Tripper, Oak etc) - Arches Venue, Coventry - 19th Feb - 7/10
Slomatics / Space Witch / Bismuth / Wiht - Star & Garter, Manchester - 4th Mar - 9/10
Barbarian Hermit + Lester Verde + support - Rebellion, Manchester - 16th Mar - 9/10
Sky Valley Mistress + 1968 + Witchtripper - Star & Garter, Manchester - 17th Mar - 7/10
MMC Decade of DIY Festival (Betreaus, Foetal Juice, Impavidus, Pist) - Star & Garter, Manchester - 18th Mar - 7/10
Crowbar + Boss Keloid + Under - Academy 3, Manchester - 19th Mar - 8/10
Prognosis + MoMenti + Fear Me December - Rebellion, Manchester - 23rd Mar - 3/10
Grand Magus + Blind Haze - Sound Control, Manchester - 29th March - 7/10
1968 + Gorehead - Rebellion, Manchester - 30th Mar - 7/10
Under - Meadow Mill, Stockport - 31st Mar - 10/10
Def Goldblum - Blind Tiger, Bolton - 1st Apr - 8/10
Big Business + Whores + Under - Sound Control, Manchester - 2pr - 8/10
Riggots + Mower + Under - Alma Inn, Bolton - 13th Apr - 8/10
Widows + Regulus + Mastiff - Rough Trade, Nottingham - 14th Apr - 9/10
Church of the Cosmic Skull + Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard + Boss Keloid + Under - Rebellion, Manchester - 15th Apr - 9/10
Elephant Tree + Chubby Thunderous + Lacertilia + Ten Foot Wizard + Blind Haze - Rebellion, Manchester - 22nd Apr - 10/10
Gurt + Brume + Regulus - Rebellion, Manchester - 25th Apr - 8/10
The Hunna - Academy, Manchester - 27th April - 7/10
Desertfest London (Slo Burn, Bongzilla, Sleep, Turbonegro, Candlemass, Saint Vitus etc) - Camden, London - 28th to 30th Apr - 10/10
Napalm Death - Rebellion, Manchester - 11th May - 8/10
Dystopian Future Movies + BongCauldron - Star & Garter, Manchester - 10th Jun - 7/10
Kings X - Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton - 13th June - 10/10
Widows + Garganjua + Kurokuma - Alma Inn, Bolton - 23rd Jun - 10/10
Sky Valley Mistress + Nomad + 1968 + Tuskar - Factory, Manchester - 24th Jun - 7/10
Prognosis + Gorehead + Voodoo Blood - Rebellion, Manchester - 25th Jun - 8/10
Mastiff + Batallions + Lester Verde - Star & Garter, Manchester - 9th July - 8/10
Prong + Nomad - Rebellion, Manchester - 21st July - 8/10
Elephant Tree + Limb + Nomad + Boycott The Baptist + Brainshit - Alma Inn, Bolton - 22nd July - 10/10
Mastiff + Archelon + Hundred Year Old Man - The Fox & Newt, Leeds - 27th July - 8/10
Elephant Tree + Under _ Kurokuma - Rigger, Newcastle Under Lyne - 29th Jul - 9/10
Elder + King Buffalo + Iron Witch + Kurokuma - Soup Kitchen, Manchester - 8th Aug - 9/10
Bloodstock Open Air Festival - 8th to 10th Aug - 10/10
Desert Storm + Limb + Barbarian Hermit + Blind Haze - Rebellion, Manchester - 17th Aug - 8/10
Riff Fest 2017 - Alma Inn, Bolton - 26th August
Elephant Tree + King Goat + Conjurer + support - Factory, Manchester - 16th Sept
KRS-One - The Parish, Huddersfield - 27th Sept
HRH Doom vs Stoner (Orange Goblin + My Dying Bride + Truckfighters + Kadavar + loads more) - 02 Academy, Sheffield - 30th Sept / 1st Oct
The Melvins - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds - 10th Oct
Windhand + support - Rebellion, Manchester - 12th Oct
RedEye Revival + Under + Nomad - Sanctuary, Burnley - 13th Oct
Grimmfuzz Festival - Yardbirds, Grimsby - 14th Oct
Church of Misery + support - Rebellion, Manchester - 17th Oct
Under + Silverchild - Ruby Lounge, Manchester - 5th Nov
Wretch + Monolith Cult _ Mower - Eagle Inn, Salford - 10th Nov
Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters + support - Alma Inn, Bolton - 24th Nov
Sophie Festival - Rebellion, Manchester - 26th Nov

2018

APF Records Showcase: BongCauldron + Mastiff + Under + Nomad + The Wizards Of Delight + RedEye Revival + Blind Haze + Tronald + Diesel King - The Ruby Lounge, Manchester - 3rd Feb
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General Chat - English / Re: Simple Pleasure of the Day - 80
« Last post by Nïckslïkk2112 on Yesterday at 14:24:59 »
Finding out that Swiss trains really do run like clockwork. They run to the second.
I was wrong. One departed 10 seconds late yesterday >:(

Simple please of today is being free from shepherding Mrs S and the boy on rail travel through Europe. It was bloody hard work!
At least Mrs S kept going to the buffet car to keep me in wine :)
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King Crimson - The Elements of King Crimson 2015 Tour Box
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Steven Wilson - To The Bone


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Other Bands / Re: New Steven Wilson Album
« Last post by Oor Wullie on Yesterday at 13:01:42 »
When I had heard a couple of the singles before the album's release, I thought, "hmmmm ok" but after hearing the whole album in its entirety I think it's brilliant.

The stand out tracks for me are To The Bone, Pariah, The Same Asylum As Before, People Who Eat Darkness, Detonation and Song Of Unborn.

Not too keen on Song Of I. Found it a bit boring.

But overall a fantastic album. Can't wait to hear these songs live on tour in 2018.
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Got my CD collection out of the attic yesterday. It's been up there since 2014. Listening to some blasts from the past as a result.





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