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Title: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on October 13, 2004, 04:08:57 AM
Belatedly made it to the 'Mods' section after a gentle nudge in the direction of CQ who confessed to his oversight. ::) ;D
Just got to think of interesting things to write now! :-/

One story I will tell happened to me last week. I got home after work, reached in my jacket pocket for my mobile phone to find it wasn't there. I phoned my number & a girl answered & said I must have left my phone on the train. Turns out she only lived 15 minutes away so I went round there later that evening to retrieve my phone. Quite fortunate really, I suspect that if a bloke had picked it up I would never have seen it again, this is London we're talking about after all. Kind of restored my faith in human nature, for a few hours anyway.


Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: The Letter R on October 13, 2004, 18:45:11 PM
Welcome Mark - that's a strange way to pick up young lady's mate  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Sean on October 13, 2004, 19:56:31 PM
Welcome to the Musings section Mr Houdi sir. 8)

I trust you will maintain the usual level of bollocks that seems to be the standard for these here parts.   ;)
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on October 13, 2004, 21:29:36 PM
But of course! ;D
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on October 22, 2004, 13:30:07 PM
Well, here I am at Gatwick with Mrs H due to fly to Toronto in a couple of hours for my first live sighting of my beloved Gov't Mule. They won't play over here so I figure it's the only way I'm going to see them. To say I'm looking forward to it is a bit of an understatement!  ;D

May well check in from TO.

Laters!


Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Nephronic on October 22, 2004, 13:35:54 PM
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Well, here I am at Gatwick with Mrs H due to fly to Toronto in a couple of hours for my first live sighting of my beloved Gov't Mule. They won't play over here so I figure it's the only way I'm going to see them. To say I'm looking forward to it is a bit of an understatement!
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Chris Quartly on October 22, 2004, 13:41:21 PM
wonderful city, enjoy the show and the time away  ;D
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: The Letter R on October 22, 2004, 13:49:32 PM
Have a good time Mark - enjoy the Mule, the city , the Country and the break  ;D

Keith
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Dave_Pierce on October 22, 2004, 23:29:19 PM
Hey Rascal... send me a PM when you hit Toronto. I work right downtown and would love to meet up with you if the timing is right!  :D
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on October 25, 2004, 00:13:59 AM
PM sent Dave! :D

Arrived safe & sound (obviously). Just got back from watching the Arsenal's unbeaten run come to an end, predictably at Old Trafford. Watched it in a bar full of ex-pats & enlightened Canucks. 8)

Got the hotel & tuned in to the classic rock radio station Q107 to find Kim Mitchell now hosts the drivetime slot from 2-7pm, most amusing as a DJ I must say. Not quite decided whether it's  8) or  :( though.

Did a reccy of the venue (Palais Royale, a 1920's ballroom on the shore of Lake Ontario) where Mule are playing tonight. It's the biggest piece of shit I've ever seen! It makes the Camden Underworld look like the Royal Albert Hall! Seriously, this building would have been condemed years ago at home. I'm glad it's not Great White I'm going to see tonight, put it that way!

Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on October 25, 2004, 20:41:44 PM
Venue was ok in the end, though even the locals in the queue were voicing concerns. Gig was great, I'm happy. :)
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on October 29, 2004, 22:56:29 PM
Got home this morning, I've been up for about 28 hours with only an hours nod on the plane, I'm shagged.

Had a most enjoyable few days, the gig lived up to expectations, a quality evening indeed. There were no other bands of interest on while we were there which was a bit unfortunate as there were plenty in the 2 weeks before & a good few coming up. Most miffed to find the Tea Party playing on the evening we flew home. >:(

It's got to be said, if you like shopping Toronto's the place to go. Never seen so many shops & malls! The prices are very cheap as well. I restrained myself & only bought 19 CD's (some brand new for about
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on October 30, 2004, 01:49:26 AM
One thing I must mention is how helpful, trusting, polite & friendly everybody in Toronto is. Nothing seems too much trouble unlike in London, land of the surly, miserable, downright rude etc......

A disturbing thing is the staggering amount of homeless people on the streets, something DaveMP has touched on before. I thought London was bad but it's nothing compared to what I've seen over the last few days. They do however generally keep themselves to themselves unlike in London, land of the dog-on-string, Tennents Super swilling, abusive etc....
A lot of them are truly mentally disturbed like the one who sat near us on a streetcar & appeared perfectly normal until he started twitching & punching himself in the chest, & the numerous ones who are obviously having complete conversations with voices in their heads. :-/

Dave - I did PM you but you obviously didn't pick it up in time. Sorry I missed you, maybe next time (which may well be in the near future anyway).


Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Reg on October 30, 2004, 02:49:53 AM
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One thing I must mention is how helpful, trusting, polite & friendly everybody in Toronto is. Nothing seems too much trouble unlike in London, land of the surly, miserable, downright rude etc......

I know what you mean.  Lovely place and lovely people.
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Bez on November 05, 2004, 15:16:46 PM
did you "wear black" for the show Mark ?

I really must think of something to write up here, I don't vist very often...
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Ashley on November 06, 2004, 20:46:51 PM
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the numerous ones who are obviously having complete conversations with voices in their heads. :-/


You mean George W don't you?

Go on, say it  ;D
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Nephronic on November 07, 2004, 03:18:41 AM
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One thing I must mention is how helpful, trusting, polite & friendly everybody in Toronto is. Nothing seems too much trouble unlike in London, land of the surly, miserable, downright rude etc......

A disturbing thing is the staggering amount of homeless people on the streets, something DaveMP has touched on before. I thought London was bad but it's nothing compared to what I've seen over the last few days. They do however generally keep themselves to themselves unlike in London, land of the dog-on-string, Tennents Super swilling, abusive etc....
A lot of them are truly mentally disturbed like the one who sat near us on a streetcar & appeared perfectly normal until he started twitching & punching himself in the chest, & the numerous ones who are obviously having complete conversations with voices in their heads. :-/


That's pretty much how I found Toronto as well. Very pleasant people without being overly polite or fawning. I was also surprised at the amount of homeless people - they just seem to lie down in the middle of the pavement at any time of day or night. Not one of them ever asked us for money though.
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Ashley on November 07, 2004, 14:47:15 PM
I loved Toronto to bits.

It all went downhill though when I entered America & met 2 bloody Jocks!  ;)
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on November 07, 2004, 17:29:39 PM
It's so crap going back to work after time off isn't it? I don't hate my job but there's other things I'd rather be doing......

Other than watching Arsenal's title & Euro aspirations take a little knock this week nothing much happening.

Delving into the batch of CD's I bought in Toronto I find myself wondering why I never discovered The Tragically Hip years ago, picked up their live album & it's excellent. Annoying because I know they've played over here a few times & I've missed them. I shall investigate some of their other albums, just 'won' one on Ebay for
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on November 08, 2004, 03:32:53 AM
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did you "wear black" for the show Mark ?


No need mate, the whole tour's being recorded for download of the Mule website. I have the Toronto show already. :)
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Bez on November 08, 2004, 14:25:37 PM
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No need mate, the whole tour's being recorded for download of the Mule website. I have the Toronto show already. :)


Now why can't that be made compulsory !
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on December 04, 2004, 03:39:02 AM
Apart from watching Arsenal's season falter somewhat in the last few weeks only a couple of things of interest happening at the moment.
Gig-wise, Walter Trout played a set of blistering blues-rock at the Mean Fiddler the other week. If this is your particular bag then he's well worth checking out live.
Weds this week myself & Oz went to check out US jamband Particle at The Borderline. A bit different this one, all instrumental, sort of Ozrics-style ambient beats & stuff, touch of Floyd in places & well capable of rocking out as well. We thought something was up when only 3 people took the stage & after the first track the keyboard player announced that their guitarist 'couldn't make it tonight'! Quite a major thing you would have thought but they carried on like nothing was wrong & played a very enjoyable set. Respect. 8)

Listening wise it's mainly been The Tragically Hip. Since discovering them for the first time in Toronto a few weeks ago I've been scouring E-bay & Amazon for the back catalogue & have so far managed to pick up two thirds of it for a couple of quid each. Good stuff, sort of how I would imagine REM could be if they were a decent rock band. ;)

Anyway, here's hoping the Gunners buck up at home to Birmingham tomorrow. Would have been a home banker a couple of months ago, now it's :-/ or ??? but hopefully not :'( just yet.



Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on December 15, 2004, 18:34:29 PM
Good to catch up with various TNMSers at the YYZ show at the Royal Standard in Walthamstow last Friday, even if the band did commit the heinous crime of recreating one of the worst moments in Rush history.......Xanadu into Superconductor. Oi! Simon! Noooo.......!! :P ;)

Went to see Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson's solo band at the Scala a couple of nights ago. A surprisingly excellent show. Wasn't expecting that much to be honest. If his brother had been singing it would have been stellar.

Arsenal's title challenge isn't quite dead yet, contrary to some of the stories in the media over the last few weeks. The match against Chelsea was a Premiership footie at it's best & a draw was a fair result even if we should have nicked it just before the end.

Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on January 09, 2005, 05:54:08 AM
So, the Christmas / New Year period was pleasant & uneventful, just how I like it. Only slight blip was a crap day in the sales in central London, never again! Me & Mrs H have made a pact to beat each other about the head if either even suggests it next year.......

World disasters aside, no complaints at all about 2004. Got to see 2 of my very favourite bands (Rush & Mule of course) & met loads of cool people. Arsenal won the league & went on an unprecedented 49-game unbeaten run (I think we've blown it this season though). To round off the year nicely I was told the week before Christmas that my first pay rise for 2 & half years comes this month. ;D

Going back to work last week after a 12-day break was a bit of a bummer but, as usual, once you're back a couple of days it's like you've never been away. At least I haven't got too long to wait for my next break - booked tickets yesterday to see the Allman Brothers Band in New York in March. 8)



Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on February 20, 2005, 23:54:49 PM
Been a while since the last update.  The TNMS Southern Softy Bash was a most pleasant evening indeed. Nice to meet a few new faces as well as the familar ones.

Gig-wise, just the one so far this year. Glenn Hughes played a good show at the Mean Fiddler last week. Good to see him playing a set based around his recent solo stuff rather than the same old Purple & Trapeze numbers, though we did still get a couple. His voice is still teriffic, doesn't appear to have diminished at all over the years which is quite remarkable for a 53-year old.

Big, & unsuspected, news for me last week was the announcement that Gov't Mule are finally making a trip to Europe in April. Only one UK date, sadly, but needless to say I'm looking forward to that! ;D 8)

Plenty of other gigs on the horizon - Mountain (maybe, if I can be bothered), Mark Kozelek, Spin Doctors (another maybe), The Mars Volta, Allman Brothers Band in NY (2 nights), Porcupine Tree, Robin Trower, Soul SirkUS, Kansas & Audioslave so far.

Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on March 27, 2005, 16:43:55 PM
New York Stories part 1

Tuesday 15th March - Day before our trip & we're not happy. I've got a stinking cold, worst I've had in years & we've booked tickets to see the Allman Brothers Band on the Thursday & Saturday only to have the Saturday ones cancelled. We'd booked standing tickets for that night to save a bit of cash (decent seats for the Thursday costing us
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on March 27, 2005, 22:28:40 PM
New York Stories part 2

Thursday 17th March - Up early to do the tourist thing & get to the Empire State Building for when it opens at 9.30am via a short subway ride to 34 St Penn station. Weather is great, a couple of degrees above freezing & gloriously bright & sunny. It's St. Patrick's Day & the streets are already swarming with people in silly green hats, shamrock-shaped glasses & Celtic shirts making their way over to 5th Avenue for the parade. From the observatory deck NY looks like a cold, grey, unforgiving city. We walk around for about 20 mins snapping some not particularly special pictures & then it's back down to ground level for some shopping at the nearby Macy's. Now M was born to shop & never tires of it, much to mine & Mrs H's irritation as she stops to look at every bit of tat imaginable.::) We buy nothing but M earmarks a couple of bits for possible purchase later.

Then it's up to tonight's venue, the Beacon Theatre, on 74th & Broadway to see if we can collect our tickets for the show & also enquire about the possibility of anything turning up for Saturday. We can't collect our tickets til the Ticketmaster International Will Call booth opens at 7pm &, no, nothing available for Saturday but it's suggested that we check back regularly as some often appear on the day. Grab a quick coffee & trot over to Central Park for a sit down then it's back to the vicinity of the hotel & a visit to Century 21, a huge bargain price designer outlet type store. I spot a couple of decent jackets to bear in mind & M buys 2 pairs of sandals.
Stop off at a local pizza place for a quick slice on the way back to the hotel for an hour's worth of free drinks & snacks before making our way to the gig. I doubt anyone has ever taken less advantage of a gratis 120 minute happy hour every night than I did, every sip of alcohol leading to a 5 minute coughing fit. By the time we get to the gig I can hardly talk & I feel crap.

Pick up our tickets no problem & wander in. The Beacon is a slightly run-down but nevertheless quite charming little theatre, capacity around 2500 so fairly intimate. Our seats are good ones, 2nd row in the Loge (1st balcony), perfect view. The slighty inebriated but very friendly guy sitting in front, setting up his taping gear, starts chatting to us & is thrilled to find out we're ABB virgins, assuring us they're going to 'really blow your gourd', whatever that means! One really cool thing about the so-called US 'Jamband' scene is the culture of taping & trading. The bands actually allow fans to tape every show for free trade afterwards. Hence people spend up to $10,000 on a rig that gives them recordings better than some official live albums I've heard. There's mics set up at the front of the Loge & the lower balcony, a few by the soundboard & a couple just in the middle of the stalls on bloody great stands & no-one's being hassled. 8)

The gig itself is excellent. The twin guitar pairing of Warren Haynes & Derek Trucks is a fantastic thing to witness live. Trucks is an astonishingly mature musician for a mere 25-year old & as for Haynes, I'm sure I've said it before but if there's a better all-round rock guitarist around at the moment I haven't seen him. A healthy smattering of new material shows they're definitely not just another nostalgia act & only a rather tedious drum solo fails to impress. The by now quite inebriated friendly guy in front is pleased we enjoyed it & wishes us luck in our quest for Saturday night tickets. Nice fella.

Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on March 27, 2005, 22:56:54 PM
New York Stories part 3

Friday 18th March - Up early again today to get the 8.30am coach to Woodbury Common, a 220 store designer outlet an hour's ride away in upstate NY. We drive through the industrial heartland of New Jersey (:P) before it gives way to the rather more pleasing, still snow-covered scenery of the Catskills region. M sleeps on the bus & when we get there is unsure whether she's woken up or died & gone to heaven. Another beautiful day, just above freezing & clear & sunny, just how I like it. Infinitely preferable to a hot, sweaty summer's day if you ask me. We all buy some bits & pieces at bargain prices & happily trot off to catch the 3.30pm coach back to the city.

If any of you chaps out there ever go to New York make sure you go with/send your partners on this trip armed with plenty of cash. You'll be loved for evermore, seriously.

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Some scenery around Woodbury Common

Get back to the city in time for the happy 2 hours at the hotel where I wimp out & order orange juice. I had kind of persuaded the girls to come to a late night gig I fancied not far from the hotel but I'm blatantly not up to it & they're not fussed so we decide to go out for a leisurely meal then call it quits for the day.



Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on March 27, 2005, 23:57:04 PM
New York Stories part 4

Saturday 19th March - Last full day in NY before heading up to Toronto tomorrow. We start by getting to the Ticketmaster desk at J&R Music World just after 9am in the hope that some tickets for tonight have been released. No joy so it's off up to Bloomingdale's for a mooch. We notice they book theatre tickets at Customer Services so we leave M to her own devices for a while & head off in another, ultimately vain, attempt at securing tickets. M buys a Christmas present for someone.::)
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Bez on March 28, 2005, 00:09:49 AM
nice stories Mark, glad you got to go to the Saturday show, Mrs H is indeed a saint...
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on March 28, 2005, 01:13:20 AM
Cheers, Bez. :)

Toronto Tales part 1

Sunday 20th March - Not time to do much in the morning other than get ready & make our way to Newark for our early afternoon flight to Toronto. Flight is just over an hour & once we clear customs, pick up the luggage, jump on the Airport Express coach & arrive at the hotel it's about 5.30pm & sleeting. Quick mooch around a few shops before they shut at 7 then get ourselves unpacked & sorted then out for someting to eat. Not much doing in the way of nightlife so we have a relaxing meal then back to the hotel for a relatively early night.

Monday 19th March - Do the cultural tourist bit first thing with a trip up the CN Tower. There's still a fair bit of snow around & the view over the islands is rather nice. Toronto's not a particularly great looking city, rather grey & bland, not as hard & dirty looking as New York, & I have to say that having been to the top of the Canary Wharf tower on a work-related matter a few weeks ago, London looks a fair bit better than both. We walk out onto the observation deck &, not being a lover of heights, I don't venture out too far. We go down to the glass floor but there's no way I'm standing on that & looking down thank you very much! M buys a pair of native Indian earrings in the gift shop.::)

As I believe I've mentioned before, Toronto appears to have more shops than I've seen anywhere so after a quick coffee & a pastry the rest of the day is spent mooching/shopping. Everything seems to be so cheap compared to home, something not missed by M, who shops. Hard.::)

Nothing much seems to happen Mon-Weds in the cold months in Toronto so the evening is spent dining at an excellent little Italian restaurant called Little Anthony's right near the hotel. The food is superb, best Italian grub we've ever had in fact. Probably expensive by Toronto standards but not when compared to London. We're not ones for going to restaurants much when at home, generally preferring to stay at home & cook ourselves, but it has to be said that dining out in Toronto is a real pleasure. There's loads of small, unpretentious eateries, everyone is extremely pleasant & the food is very good & great value.






Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on March 28, 2005, 18:06:27 PM
Toronto Tales part 2

Tuesday 22nd March - Up early after my first decent nights kip since we've been away, courtesy of the super-comfy Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed. Another lovely clear sunny day & it's up to the coach station a couple of blocks north to get the bus down to Niagara Falls. An hour & a bit later we're dropped off at the Niagara bus terminal a couple of miles from the falls where we pick up a local bus to take us into the heart of the town. It's been over 20 years since we last visited the falls & the area itself has changed considerably. It's now some hideous Blackpool type resort with Waxworks, arcades & all sorts of crap. We make our way through this & down to the falls where we're greeted with the breathtaking site of the falls still covered in snow & partially frozen, just as we'd hoped.

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We wander around for a couple hours, me going snap-happy, & M buys a native Indian ankle bracelet from the gift shop.::)

Back up to the bus terminal where we get the rather full 3.30pm coach back to the city. Not many seats left, the girls get 2 together & I end up sitting next to a very pleasant Canadian woman who I uncharacteristically chat away with for the entire journey as she points out local landmarks, vineyards, fruit orchards etc. She's surprised to find that everything's so cheap for us over here & I point out that a lot of things seem to be the same in dollars as they are in pounds at home effectively making things half price.

We get back to the city just over an hour later, trot back to the hotel to freshen up then out to shop some more. By now it's become apparent that everything M has bought isn't going in the old suitcase she came with so we go in search of new luggage.::) This becomes a saga in itself as we look in every shop going again & again but buy nothing, yet.::) M buys a pair of jeans, I pick up the 2 Trailer Park Boys DVD box sets & a couple of CD's.

The evening is spent dining in Alice Fazooli's, another Italian restaurant, bigger & a bit less posh than last night's but still very good.








Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Analog RH on March 28, 2005, 18:29:39 PM
So glad you got a ticket for the second show.  :D I've been waiting since your first travel post to see whether you made it in or not.  :)

As for the CN Tower, I have a photo somewhere that Mick Burnett took of my laying on the glass floor. You can see me grinning like a cheshire cat whilst the city bussles a few thousand feet below.  8)

Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on March 28, 2005, 22:00:34 PM
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So glad you got a ticket for the second show.


Cheers, mate. Well worth it as well, only 4 songs repeated from the first night I saw. Other bands take note!

Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on March 28, 2005, 23:04:37 PM
Toronto Tales part 3

Weds 23rd March - Last full day before travelling home tomorrow. Before we head out for some more shopping we fill the bathroom sink with ice to chill a bottle of Canadian Chardonnay we bought yesterday. Got to sample some of the local stuff, rude not to really. Purchased one of the dearest bottles I could find & it was still only about
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Pudders on March 29, 2005, 02:05:24 AM
Jeyzus! Ol' Kim looks like a retired doctor! Well done good sir for making contact....and did you tell him what you're nickname is? ;D
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Stoofah on March 29, 2005, 03:23:58 AM
A really entertaining read!  :)

Lovely pictures as well.  Nice one  8)
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on March 29, 2005, 04:21:17 AM
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Jeyzus! Ol' Kim looks like a retired doctor! Well done good sir for making contact....and did you tell him what you're nickname is? ;D


Well, he is in his fifties now so give him a bit of a break! We didn't touch on the nickname thing. Maybe I should have thrust a TNMS card at him........

Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on March 29, 2005, 04:23:04 AM
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A really entertaining read!
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Pudders on March 29, 2005, 04:37:08 AM
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Well, he is in his fifties now so give him a bit of a break! We didn't touch on the nickname thing. Maybe I should have thrust a TNMS card at him........


...you know how sometimes you wish you'd never said something...:-/
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: The Letter R on March 29, 2005, 19:37:06 PM
A nice read Mark - glad you had a good trip - seemed to make the most of your time there. Would love to see Niagara in the winter months - the pictures looked ace. Have to say I would not have recognised Kim Mitchell though...
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Chris Quartly on March 29, 2005, 22:59:46 PM
excellent story, very jealous :)
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Nephronic on March 29, 2005, 23:13:50 PM
Thoroughly enjoyable read Mark. Brings back lots of memories of my Toronto trip a couple of years back, especially the glass floor at the CN Tower.
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on April 02, 2005, 15:28:43 PM
Thanks for the kind words, chaps! :)

Busy gigging week coming up. Straight from Arsenal vs Norwich to Porcupine Tree at the Astoria tonight, tomorrow North Mississippi Allstars at the Barbican Centre (strange venue for a rock show), Robert Plant at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday then, the one I've really been waiting for, Mule at the Mean Fiddler on Thursday. :D
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Pudders on April 02, 2005, 16:11:08 PM
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Thanks for the kind words, chaps! :)

Busy gigging week coming up. Straight from Arsenal vs Norwich to Porcupine Tree at the Astoria tonight, tomorrow North Mississippi Allstars at the Barbican Centre (strange venue for a rock show), Robert Plant at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday then, the one I've really been waiting for, Mule at the Mean Fiddler on Thursday. :D


See ya later then Mark :D
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on April 02, 2005, 16:38:42 PM
Indeed! :D
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on April 05, 2005, 18:49:27 PM
Unexpectedly, old Percy Plant turned out to be the best gig of the 3 over the weekend.
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on April 18, 2005, 03:37:42 AM
Thankfully the Mule gig was as good as I'd hoped. I was dreading falling flat on my face after persuading a few sceptics to come along, I've been banging on about them for long enough. It was a great night & everybody left suitably impressed. Let's hope the rumoured return in August happens.

Went to see Robin Trower at the Mean Fiddler last night. Considering how long he's been around this was the first time I'd seen him live. Pleased to report the old (60) fella's still got it & turned in an enjoyable show.

Gigs coming up in the next week or so - Kino (hope to see a few of you there) on Friday folowed by Drive-By Truckers the following Weds. Seem to be booking tickets for something every few days now. Loads coming up in the next few months.

So, it's Arsenal vs Man Utd in the FA Cup final then. Here's hoping it's not a bloodbath on & off the field. Unsure whether to go or not at the moment. Surely they can't beat us 4 times in 1 seaon? :-/

Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on May 21, 2005, 04:59:56 AM
Been to a few gigs over the last week or 3. The Kino show was very good, if sparsely attended. Drive By-Truckers, perhaps the most Southern of all Southern Rock bands, were excellent at Lock 17 (formerly Dingwalls) in Camden, playing a solid if occassionally shambolic 2.5 hour set.

Saw Journey guitarist Neal Schon's latest project Soul Sirkus at a pitifully empty Shepherds Bush Empire. I've been a Journey/Schon fan for many a year but wasn't impressed with this lot. The album's solid but the gig, whilst not quite hammering the last nail in the AOR/Big Rock coffin for me, slammed the lid firmly shut on that sort of thing. Tickets were the best part of
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on July 02, 2005, 16:38:01 PM
A while since the last update, the smash-and-grab FA Cup victory seems an age away now. Great result, quite how we managed it I don't know. New season will be upon us in a month or so, let's hope we can stop Chelsea running away with it again.

Quite a few gigs in the few weeks between posts......young US blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa played a great gig under difficult circumstances at, of all place, a room above a pub in Barnet High St seemingly just a bit bigger than my through lounge. Quite how he ended up there I don't know, he deserves better & will no doubt play proper venues next time. highly recommended if you like that sort of thing, he really is an excellent player.

A week or so later it was Mark Kozelek at the Islington Academy in the company of Oz, Bez & CQ. Very intimate, quiet acoustic show & hats off to the man for attempting 2 songs a capella for the encore. For an apparently shy, introspective person that takes some bottle.

A few days later & Kansas at Shepherd's Bush Empire. Having never seen them, missed them last time they were here 28 years (!) ago, I was unsure what to expect but it was a really good gig, most enjoyable.

21st June saw Audioslave play an absolute blinder at Brixton. Easily the best of the 3 times I've seen them & the introduction of some Soundgarden & RATM material helped no end. 8)

Finally, 2 gigs at the Mean Fiddler last week. Weds saw the return of Y&T who played an excellent show. Dave Meniketti's voice is still in great shape & they seemed genuinely chuffed by the crowd reaction.
Steve Lukather played on Thursday. More of a jazz-rock fusion type thing, great musicianship & everything if a little self-indulgent (as expected) at times. Luke is a funny bloke & the Michael Jackson, caviar & J-Lo's farts anecdotes were amusing.

This month has gigs coming up from Mofro, Soulive (possibly) & Frank Marino + the return of Blackfoot (sans Medlocke & Spires) at the beginning of August. Awaiting the announcement of more Mule dates for early Sept. Typical, in a passable impression of a London bus you wait 10 years then get 2 in quick succession. ::)

Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on September 02, 2005, 19:00:00 PM
2 months since the last update, 3 or 4 games gone & it's looking like Arsenal have meekly surrendered the title to Chelsea (or Man Utd) already. The lack of signings is very disappointing. Quite how Wenger expects to compete with such a small squad I don't know. We shall see.... :-/

Gig-wise, Mofro were very good in the unlikely surroundings of the Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush. We sat a tables, not very rock'n'roll! They play a great mix of Southern-fried blues/soul type stuff, a bit difficult to describe. The banner on their website says 'Front Porch Soul' which will do for me.

Frank Marino played a blinding 3-hour show at the Mean Fiddler. The man was relentless & didn't even break sweat. The crowd (particularly Oz!) looked more exhausted than Frank did. In his tour diary on his website he apologised for being a bit hesitant at times as it was a while since he'd played a gig & he was getting blisters on his fingers. If that was hesitant what's he like when he's full-on!? :o

Blackfoot were never going to be the same without Rickie Medlocke. A spirited performance marred by an awful sound & the lack of Medlocke's larger-than-life personality. Don't think I'll bother if there's a next time.

Off to see Iron Maiden at Hammersmith tonight in the company of Oz & Gezza. This will be only the second time I've seen Maiden since I gave up on them in 1984, never quite got used to Dickinson as a replacement for Di'anno. They're playing stuff from the first 4 albums only tonight so it'll be a nostalgic evening if nothing else. I'm sure they'll put on a good show.

Next week it's Drive-By Truckers at Islington Academy on Weds followed by Mule (:D) gigs in Birmingham & London
then the TNMS Green Man reunion on Saturday. 8)

Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Bez on September 03, 2005, 12:55:53 PM
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Next week it's Drive-By Truckers at Islington Academy on Weds followed by Mule (:D) gigs in Birmingham & London
then the TNMS Green Man reunion on Saturday. 8)



Not bothering with England then Rasc ?

I'll see you Thur / Fri / Sat  ;D
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on September 06, 2005, 04:22:41 AM
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Not bothering with England then Rasc ?


England Shmengland......wake me up when the World Cup starts. :P



Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Pudders on September 08, 2005, 04:11:25 AM
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England Shmengland......wake me up when the World Cup starts. :P


who you gonna be supporting then Mark? ::) ;)
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on October 28, 2007, 18:02:55 PM
Didn't realise it had been so long since I updated this.
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on October 28, 2007, 18:09:46 PM
Hell's Gate, Hope, BC
(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/Rasc/Canada2007411web.jpg)

Somewhere between Hope & Kamloops
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Ditto
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Some views from the train journey through the Rockies
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Sunset over the Rockies taken from the Calgary Tower
(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/Rasc/Canada2007595web.jpg)

....and after all that I went to see the boys in Rotterdam. :)
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Micke.K on October 28, 2007, 18:28:10 PM
Nice pics :)
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Ron on October 28, 2007, 18:45:13 PM
Boy, do these pics bring back memories.
Don't feel too bad about missing the gigs, rascal, the trip seems to have been great. :)
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on October 28, 2007, 19:12:12 PM
I don't regret it for a minute, Ron. Holiday was great & I got the see Rush in Rotterdam play exactly the same thing as they played everywhere else. Only difference being I wasn't at my hometown Rush gig for the very first time & my head very likely wasn't aching anywhere near as much as my usual gig companions the next morning!
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Ron on October 28, 2007, 19:13:46 PM
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I don't regret it for a minute, Ron. Holiday was great & I got the see Rush in Rotterdam play exactly the same thing as they played everywhere else. Only difference being I wasn't at my hometown Rush gig for the very first time & my head very likely wasn't aching anywhere near as much as my usual gig companions the next morning!

To be honest, I'm quite jealous of your trip (and I did see them both nights in Rotterdam).
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Neillwith2Ls on October 29, 2007, 08:38:00 AM
Nice pics Mark - I have exactly the same Grouse Mountain sunset photo! We also stopped off in Hope too (on our drive between Kamloops and Vancouver), after reading in the Lonely Planet guide that it was where First Blood was filmed! IT was coincidentally the 25th Anniversary weekend whilst we were there, so lots of Rambo-themed events. I have a photo reinacting Rambo's walk across the bridge into town ::)

We must've been in similar places at similar times, as we got back the Sunday before the Ahoy gigs... only difference is I didn't see the boys gig this tour :(

Only 600+ photos? Pah, 1400+ mate... ;) ;D

If you do the FaceBook thing I've got 3 albums which comprise our "best-of" (about 200 pics), with some beautiful Rockies scenery along with plenty of wildlife (whales, bears, elk, seals etc).
http://www.facebook.com/photos.php?id=731477386
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: rascal houdi on October 29, 2007, 13:09:45 PM
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Only 600+ photos? Pah, 1400+ mate... ;) ;D

Well, you were there for a week or so longer than us. ;)

We're thinking of going back that way in a couple of years to do all the things we didn't get around to this time (Victoria, whale watching, Vancouver Island etc) + a different train trip.
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Ron on October 29, 2007, 14:13:15 PM
If you liked this trip, I can highly recommend visiting Alaska.
We found that even more astonishing than the Canadian Rockies and BC.
Title: Re: Hailings from the Houdi Household
Post by: Dods on October 29, 2007, 16:53:42 PM
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If you liked this trip, I can highly recommend visiting Alaska.
We found that even more astonishing than the Canadian Rockies and BC.
Ditto

Lovely pics btw