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Welsh Wizard's Wise Words
« on: November 15, 2002, 20:59:50 PM »
Don't see why only admin should have diaries.
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Reach out in the darkness, and hold on for your life
All the fear of the future, all the emptiness inside
When the moment of truth arrives, hey, you can run but you can't hide

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Re: Reg's Righteous Rants (Diary)
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2002, 22:06:41 PM »
The whole dance / trance stuff came about through working in Poland for so long and the only English language stuff to watch on tele is news or music.  I'll take the music - and most of it is pop / dance / trance / rap / crap.

But occasionally, I find individual songs I like (usually driven by the video) - like S E-B and Roger Sanchez and No Doubt and Sylver and Galleon (what a video to So I Begin!!) and Kylie and Dannii and Modern Talking and Mad'house and Tok Tok vs. Soffy O and Scooter and so on.

The biggest find had to be Pink - Get This Party Started.  A contender for best pop single ever in my opinion - I can find no flaws in this as a get you up and dance / sing-a-long / feelgood song.  Its great.  So is Pink - I really must get the album.

But its only a diversion - 98% or so of the time its rock'n'roll or Rush'n'roll.
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Re: Reg's Righteous Rants (Diary)
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2002, 03:10:14 AM »
I can imagine that some of the video's got you interested, Reg...  ;D
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Re: Reg's Righteous Rants (Diary)
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2002, 03:27:10 AM »
See Reg, you set up a diary, and every last bugger on earth has to have their say!  :D


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Re: Reg's Righteous Rants (Diary)
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2002, 14:25:18 PM »
Just checked with BT, and the ADSL interest in my area is now 110/400.  Only 3 new bods in past 3 weeks.  This is glum news.

As is the departure of TPAFKAMW.

Today I will mostly be listening to. . . . Rush!

Starting with AFTK so's I can put my 'review' in for this weeks discussion.
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Re: Reg's Righteous Rants (Diary)
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2002, 18:03:10 PM »
I HAVE ASSUMED CONTROL.

I HAVE ASSUMED CONTROL.

I HAVE ASSUMED CONTROL.

Sorry - my promotion to moderator went to my head for a moment.  
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Re: Reg's Righteous Rants (Diary)
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2002, 14:45:45 PM »
Bought some goodies last night from the Media Markt in one of the shopping malls here in Wroclaw.  Yes, I'm working yet another weekend here in Poland.  But only another one weekend to do before end of contract (weekend of Dec 7/8 - and its a big code drop - all hands on deck).

Um, oh yeah I bought:

CD's
Las Ketchup - The Ketchup Song (Asereje)
Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman (remastered with bonus live track - "I Don't Know"

DVD's:
Karnataka in concert - I have heard good things about this Welsh band, so I thought I'd kick off by trying their DVD.
Um, some film with Rob Lowe in it about a train / nuclear bomb, I think.  Hard to tell cos cover is in Polish but it was cheap - something to watch tonight, or I may go to cinema.

PC Games:
MegaRace 3.  Complete and utter crap, but only
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Re: Reg's Righteous Rants (Diary)
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2002, 23:17:02 PM »
Ok.

Today's shock news is.  No Rush.  I haven't listened to ANY RUSH today.  If you know my listening habits in work at all, you'd know how shocking this is.

All I've been listening to today is Karnataka In Concert DVD - and I listened to it 3 times yesterday.

I am well and truly hooked.  I wanna see them now.  December 23rd in Crewe is a slight possibility (double header with Mostly Autumn, so 2 birds with one stone).  Have to wait and see what my commitments are.

I've also heard they're being represented by new management now and are planning a tour in the spring with All About Eve.

Check these out guys and gals - if I said Celtic Prog Rock I'd probably put myself off - but I'm so glad I got the DVD - I'm gonna blast this out on the weekend when I get home - who knows - maybe my wife will like it.

Oh yeah - welcome back Marky Mark.  You've made your point, now stay put and be a good(ish) boy.  And thanks for your kind comments earlier.

And Vigilante, if you ever pop back to read any of this, then I'm sorry you feel the way you do and that we (or some of us anyway) offended your sensibilities.  Perhaps you could try Tri-Net (I'm also on there, but obviously more restrained because that's a family oriented site whereas this isn't) - this may be more to your tastes apart from not being Euro-oriented.

Once again - sorry, but, to paraphrase Maggie's Thatch, 'this guy ain't for changing'.

Catch y'all tomorrow.  Sleep well.

Did I mention how good Karnataka are?
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Re: Welsh Wizard's Wize Words
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2002, 19:05:39 PM »
I can't remember what I listened to yesterday during work.  Probably more Karnataka.

Today I kicked off with Boston by Boston, then Rob Zombie - Hellbilly Deluxe, and now its back to Karnataka.  They've really got under my skin like no other band has recently but I don't know if they'll be everyone's cup of tea or not, or even, if I'll like the studio stuff as much as the live DVD.

Last night was a blast, basically, we took over the entertainment in the hotel bar last night.  Started off by putting a compilation CD on the hotel mini-jukebox full of stuff like Cockney Rebel's Come Up And See Me, and Don Maclean's American Pie and Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street and Alice Cooper's Schools Out and lots of other stuff.

Then Ian got his laptop out on the bar and started with some mp3's of G'n'R - Paradise City and Sweet Child Of Mine and some other good stuff I can't remember.

Next thing you know, Jo (female-type) disappeared, to return with a set of powered speakers with a little sub-woofer and connected this up to Ian's laptop.

"Right" I said and off I disappeared to return with my lappie.

I couldn't afford to alienate them by crashing straight into Rush, so my setlist went like:

Dream Warriors - My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style
Tone Loc - Funky Cold Medina
Rush - Tom Sawyer (break them in gently)
Pink - Get This Party Started
No Doubt - Hey Baby
Scooter - Ramp - The Logical Song
Gary Numan - We Are Glass
Rush - One Little Victory (now THAT woke them up!)

Encore:
Foreigner - Cold as Ice (this was a request)
Rush - Mission

Then we had the compo CD again and finally Jo with her mini-disc subjected us to some poxy Eminem.  Yeuch.  And The Streets whoever they are/were.

Finally, Simon, the hotel's paid piano player, led us through some group renditions of Somethin' Stoopid, It's A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong), It Must Be Love (Madness), and some other stuff I can't remember.

Bloody cracking night - a great tension reliever after the crap day I'd had.  The couple of beers and Lagavulins I had helped too  ;D

It was one of those nights when you make your own entertainment (literally this time).  Do you know what I mean?

Good company, good banter, taking the piss, good music, discussions of good music / bad music, innuendo, telling David that one of his favourite songs Come On Eileen is a complete piece of shit, the occasional Rush track, and a discussion on what was the best song of all time (after some soul searching, I put forward Bohemian Rhapsody).

Hang on - that sounds like this place!!

Can you see why I like it here now!
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All the fear of the future, all the emptiness inside
When the moment of truth arrives, hey, you can run but you can't hide

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Re: Welsh Wizard's Wize Words
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2002, 22:09:05 PM »
Ok.  Having an early finish today (18:00 Polish time).

Off for beer, food, vodka, bowling and vodka.  Bowling at 21:00.

Catch y'all tomorrow.  

'Night John-boy.
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Re: Welsh Wizard's Wize Words
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2002, 15:56:31 PM »
Bowling was good.  Beer not so - first one put me off for the night so it was coke from then on (liquid coke - not the powdered kind).

Highly entertaining night - my best score was 138 using a crap house ball.  Also had a game of Pool afore we started.

Tonight, the agenda is Pizza in a great place I've found called Pizzeria Oregano, which has Jazz and Blues playing all the time and comfy chairs around the tables - a really nice place.

Then John and I are off to the Casino to see if we can get our shirts back that we loaned them last week.

On the jukebox today so far :

Rush - Grace Under Pressure (twice)
Jools Holland Big Band Rhythm and Blues
No doubt some Karnataka later.
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Re: Welsh Wizard's Wize Words
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2002, 21:17:47 PM »
Saturday - dentist for 2 fillings.
Wrexham for shopping in afternoon where I picked up the new extended LOTR DVD without the bookends, and LOTR The Twin Towers for PS/2 cos it looks good.
Bacon, egg and chips for tea - real chip shop chips, yessir.

Sunday.  Brother and Sister-in-law came around in morning.  Ordered new Olympus C730 UltraZoom for them (on their funds of course).

Went DIY shopping this afternoon for some spur shelving for the garage.

Now have a stack of paperwork to do before going back to Poland tomorrow (and pack tonight, and shower the dog in half an hour there's never enough time).

Bad news is, my client has confirmed that Dec 13th is the last day they'll require my services so its back looking for new client(s) in the new year after a good break.  I've earned one.

Still, considering my original 1 month in Poland will have turned into 20 months by the time I've finished, I haven't done badly out of it thank you very much.
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Reach out in the darkness, and hold on for your life
All the fear of the future, all the emptiness inside
When the moment of truth arrives, hey, you can run but you can't hide

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Re: Welsh Wizard's Wize Words
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2002, 21:37:27 PM »
FINALLY got the Sarah/Reg photo scanned.  Please see new Avatar, and web page for full version.
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Re: Welsh Wizard's Wize Words
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2002, 00:31:07 AM »
Wonder if I'll get my t-n-m-s jersee before Christmas (2002  ;D ).

Stew?
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Re: Welsh Wizard's Wize Words
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2002, 20:09:12 PM »
Just read Andy Piercy's good news that he's found the boot he's been searching for.

I just wish I could find the one I want - Rainbow at Donington 1980 - "End of the Rainbow" on 2 CDs.  I know it DOES exist as I've seen references to it - I just can't find it!  Aarrgh.

Chris Quartly is asking around for me.  Any help in finding this would be greatly appreciated.
Standing in the shadows, hiding from the light
Reach out in the darkness, and hold on for your life
All the fear of the future, all the emptiness inside
When the moment of truth arrives, hey, you can run but you can't hide