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Re: Bezza's Bit
« Reply #30 on: January 05, 2005, 13:26:12 PM »
Read about the 3 minute silence for the victims of the earthquate / tsunami at 12 today. I'm concerned to say that I'm not sure if I'll take part. The whole thing seems very remote to me. Don't get me wrong, its not that I don't care - I do. I just feel un-connected to this particular disaster.  :-/
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« Reply #31 on: March 18, 2005, 16:54:34 PM »
Wow, not been in here for a while....

I was prompted to visit by "Nightmare Evening from Hell" re-visited last Sunday. I'll try and start at the beginning and not ramble too much.

It was my birthday on Saturday and as my pressie from "the outlaws" we were treated to a performance by "the Bootleg Blues Brothers" in a neighbouring town. Sounds OK I hear you say ? well, it sounded Ok to me when I 1st heard, let me elaborate....

The idea was first mooted to me by Mrs Bez one evening after a dinner party, I was pished and compliant. Yea, why not I said, sounds like a laugh....

As she does on many occasions Mrs Bez reminded me at the last minute what I'd let myself in for. I was told on Sunday lunchtime after kids footie that we were out in the evening. Ok I thought, out at 7 - 7:30, back by 10. Even I can manage that without too many probs. Then came the bombshell - its not just a single act thing. Its a charity do and there's other acts and a BBQ. We had to arrive at 5 FFS !

I made a point of arriving a bit late - petty I know, by I knew that the mother-in-law would have been there as the caterers were arriving making sure we had prime position. We were last, even my brother-in-law (Matt) and his other half beat us. I managed to sit at the furthest point on the table from the out-laws and started chatting with Matt. It was obvious that there were going to be way too many people forn the amount of seating that was provided. Some people were already collecting their food and looking around in vain for seats. If I'd been there with mates or just my rabble we would have eaten our food and got up to allow others to sit down - seems simple enough, but the outlaws come from a different generation. They get a seat and keep it through anything.

I accepted my "birthday balloon" with relatively good grace and disappeared to put it in the car and got the beers in again. It was going to be a long night. I got back and father-in-law Pete was missing. I asked where he'd gone only to be informed that he'd printed off name tags for all of us and he was trying to get into the performance hall to put them on chairs. I was mortified. There was no way I was going to waltz in and sit own on a chair with my name on and I pointed this out rather too loudly for th rest of our party. Matt was of the same opinion as me and went off to get his old man, who, by this time had been turned away at the door.

The mood was definitely somewhat forced by now. The MIL asked for the 4th time why Joe (middle son) hadn't wanted to come. I endured countless, pointless conversations and tried to smile sweetly and answer multiple questions at the same time. I snapped back a couple of times when the MIL brought up that the government were going to definitely tax profit on house sales, I also bit when she started on about the hunting with dogs ban. She's a "dyed in the wool" Conservative voter. Who accepts everything that is put forward in the Daily Mail as indisputable fact. I remember looking at my watch and thinking that the show must start soon. I'd seen a poster by the bar that proclaimed the delights of the entertainment to come. One of the charity guys came round selling raffle tickets for a raffle that wasn't even being drawn that day. He said there was a delay in the show start time so I got the beers in again.

When we finally got into the auditorium I was impressed. The venue was a school and it has a purpose built theatre that seats approx 500. Tiered seating, large raised stage with a dance floor area in front. The background music was good (a 60s mix). I took my seat at the end of the row as the MIL opened the picnic basket. Bearing mind that we'd all eaten BBQ we were all force-fed biscuits, orange After Eights and crisps. She opened drinks (even though they weren't allowed inside) and passed them around and looked mortally offended if anyone refused.

Then the fun started. the 1st act were the Ciroc (sp?) dancers. 3 pairs of bank managers, insurance salesmen and frustrated housewives strutting their stuff. Fair play, they were reasonable at what they did, but I could have seen better at the local OAP tea dance if I'd been of a mind. I was destroyed when they did another 3 numbers.

Next up was the Busted tribute band. "Bust ed !" 3 lads who held guitars, jumped and danced around and sang to a backing tape for 30 minutes. They tried to get the audience to join in to no avail. It was truely cringworthy. The inlaws talked loudly all the way through. It may have been shite, but that was just rude.

Next up were "shout" A group of aging rockers who muscled their way through an interesting set for 40 odd minutes. An adequate pub band, but certainly no better than that. The evening's highlight so far. The compare then announced an intermission. Cue more sinking hearts. I looked across at Matt and he looked at his watch. We're off at 9:30 he said, early start and I still have work to do for tomorrow...The MIL's head disappeared into her body at this point. I'm not quite sure how she does this, but her neck seems to retract like something off Thunderbirds while she frowns and pouts at the same time. I'm sure lots of MILs can do the same thing, but mine must hold the patent.

A quick dash off to the bar for more beer, only to be told that they'd run out of bottled Stella and it was tins of warm Carlsberg or nothing. We were summoned back into the auditorium for the main event. It must've been close to 9 by now. I settled into my chair quite looking forward to the BBBs. I love the film, I love the songs and I was starting to feel the effects of the beer. Then the dancers came back. 10 more minutes of twirling and twisting before the main event.

Well the BBBs are pretty good, high energy, good moves, reasonable singers and a great backing band. The MIL was complaining that it was too loud to anyone who would listen. They ripped through 40 minutes or so and then brought on a special guest singer, some bloke who'd been in the Commitments. It wasn't the guy who played the singer and I didn't recognise him, maybe he was in the stage production. He was OK and ran through a 40 minute set with the same band and the BBBs as backing singers. Matt and gf left at 9:30 amongst tuts and frowns. The were also reminded how much the tickets had cost.

It all came to an end and the only thing I could think of was escape. Then Mrs Bez invited the outlaws back to ours for coffee. I let out some kind of sneeze come snort and tried to cover it up as a coughing fit. I failed miserably as the neck retraction mechanism kicked into gear and they muttered something about having to get back for the cat.

We got home just before 11. The house was a mess, the kids were complaining and myself and Mrs Bez were sniping at each other. All in all what could have been a fun couple of hours turned into a marathon of embarassment and awkwardness. Certainly a birthday pressie I'll remeber for a while, next time buy me socks.
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« Reply #32 on: March 19, 2005, 03:09:34 AM »
Sorry but that's feckin hilarious. Happy birthday by the way.
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Re: Bezza's Bit
« Reply #33 on: March 19, 2005, 03:39:02 AM »
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Sorry but that's feckin hilarious. Happy birthday by the way.


Just like to echo that - I'm so glad you had a shit time! I've also now got this mental picture of my MIL's head retracting into her neck :-X

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« Reply #34 on: March 23, 2005, 00:37:47 AM »
 lol

That's brilliant!  Just a shame it was your birthday though...  :-/

And as for the MIL thing... you have my sympathy!  I count my blessings every day that my ex MIL is no longer in my life  ;D

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« Reply #35 on: April 22, 2005, 16:32:09 PM »
its been ages since I've been in here, very lax...

Its been a busy week this week, Monday was footie followed by a comedy night at our local comedy club. The main act was a comedy magician Otiz someone or other, he was very, very good.

Tuesday was a relaxing evening at home. Wednesday Joe (17) was playing footie in the county cup final, his school won 5 - 4 on pens. They've only lost one game all season and that was in the last 16 of the English schools, so its been an excellent season and Joe is well chuffed to have forced his way into the team.

Last night I was out on the piss with folks I used to work with, I went to St Albans on the bus - it was really quite cool and something I hadn't done for ages (the bus that is).Tonight I'm off to see Kino in town.

Saturday is my brother-in-laws stag do. We're off to the pub then footie at MK (sorry guys not my choice, there's lots of Bristol City fans coming), then into London and I think we meet up with the hens at midnight, I'm really getting too old for all this....looking forward to a rest sometime, I just can't see when its going to happen
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Re: Bezza's Bit
« Reply #36 on: April 22, 2005, 18:42:08 PM »
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Saturday is my brother-in-laws stag do. We're off to the pub then footie at MK (sorry guys not my choice, there's lots of Bristol City fans coming),


Not the MK Scum Dons I hope Bez  :P:o :'(
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« Reply #37 on: April 22, 2005, 19:22:34 PM »
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« Reply #38 on: April 25, 2005, 15:39:53 PM »
Kino show on Friday was very good, met up with Rascal and we bumped into another couple of TNMSers as well (Hubert Syme and mates and Basspedalman)

Saturday was a blast, we had an early start in the pub at 11 and andered across to MK on the train, another swift pint in the local Wetherspoons and in to the ground just in time for kick off.

MK Dons stadium is very bizzare. The main stand is OK, at one end there's a covered stand quaintly nicknamed "the Cowshed" Opposite the main stand there's a mini-stand  open to the elements and the away end is open as well.

The atmosphere was very subdued, even from "Danny Wilson's Womble Army" when they scored. A strange experience all in all.

From footie we got on a train back to Euston, we were supposed to be meeting extra pees at berkhamstead, but the missed the train because we sent them to the off licence, so we all piled off the train at hemel to wait for the beer to turn up just as the girls arrived at Hemel station. Everyone piled back on the train at Hemel and we bumped into some of the Bristol City players who were on their way to London - good lads who posed for photos and signed tickets etc...

Off to the pub in Islington next, the girls went for a meal, the blokes just drank. Its a very surreal experience being out on the piss with one of your kids, especially when he drinks like a fish (Tim was buying himself drinks in between rounds - no way I could keep up) A couple of bizarre rounds of shots appeared - not my cup of tea, but I took part anyway. One was called "Black Aftershock" - tasted like cough medicine and tainted the whole of my next pint, bloody disgusting but definitely made me feel more squiffy...

We moved on to some more trendy bars and then to the kebab shop. Its years since I've had a kebab and my chicken shish was bloody lovely, really hit the spot. I was meeting Mrs Bez to escort her and a couple of the other girls home at 11, so I abandoned everyone else who were queuing outside yet another bar. Got home sometime after midnight.

Yesterday was due to be a quiet day, but got a late phone call about reffing Joe's footie in the afternoon. Got home from that and watched the GP with a mate and beer. Good to see that F1 has regained some of its interest this year, also good to see Ferrari competitive again (not than I'm a fan of the prancing horse, but I want to see some racing rather than processions)

Footie tonight and then off to the pub on Weds for beer and curry and watch the CL semi-final 1st leg. Thursday is school district cup final footie for Joe. The rest of the week should be a bit quieter, it needs to be as I'm shattered...



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« Reply #39 on: April 25, 2005, 18:47:25 PM »
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yep, sorry Keith - we'll be at the BC end...


Good on yer!! - nice to see the result went the right way too... 8) ;D
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« Reply #40 on: May 03, 2005, 20:57:26 PM »
my "quiet week" turned into another beerfest....mother-in-law's birthday on Thursday meant a trip round there after footie (Joe's team won, but he didn't play - messed his knee up playing with his mates on the Tuesday, we noew have a race to see if he'll be fit for the last final of the season on Sunday). I went to Harlow during the day for a mate's leaving do, so I was nicely pissed by the time I arrived in the evening - the only way to be.... ;)

Friday was Harlow again for another leaving do and then off to London to meet up with old school friends, another piss up and a real giggle. I just wish I could remember what was so funny. ::)

The weekend was busy as well with friends popping in on Saturday eve and Sunday PM then we were out on Sunday eve. Monday was a doss day. I did a few bits around the house and lounged around catching up on some TV for the rest of the day
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« Reply #41 on: June 01, 2005, 19:06:27 PM »
so, almost a month since I've posted in here...

Joe made his cup fianl and they won 2 - 1 after being 1 - 0 down, an excellent game.

Brother in Law's wedding was on Friday 13th. An excellent day apart from the MIL, the woman is a fecking nightmare - drives me up the wall.

Kids football presentation night was the other week, Sam got player's player of the year and Joe got an award for 10 years at the club, so a good night.

Went to see the Bravery at the Astoria on Friday just gone, excellent show - if a little short. The support band were good as well (Mondo Diao)

I've been off the beer for most of the month in solidairty with our chums who are trying to give up smoking, will be back on tonight as we're in another calendar month.(curry night down the pub with mates - hoorah) A big well done to Jonno & Roadcrew, both of whom have kicked the habit. I know I'd really struggle without beer, especially if I knew I couldn't ever have another one...good luck chaps and my fulle respect.  ;D
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« Reply #42 on: June 01, 2005, 19:08:30 PM »
I nearly forgot, big congrats to the Paz family on their new addition and to Mr & Mrs Q on becomming a family in the past couple of week.

Its good to see good things happening to good people  ;D
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« Reply #43 on: November 07, 2005, 17:05:20 PM »
wow, no posts since June, how time flies....

A busy weekend as ever, late home from work on Friday, footie training Sat AM, a bit of tv sport in the afternoon and then food shopping, off to Coventry in the eve for Stock car racing and fireworks, an excellent evening's entertainment...

Footie match Sunday AM - I was managing as the normal guy was off on hols, I'd rather be reffing I think, and we lost  :-/ A mate came round to watch the ManU v Chelsea game, so we had a few beers and pout the world to rights, he's coming back tonight to watch Spurs. Come on Bolton ! Ironing later on and caught a bit of the NFL.

Work has been pretty hectic fior the past few weeks and most things I've touched have turned to shite. I'm having an on-going battle with Turkish customs and I'm starting to run out of time to get a new link up and running before the old one is cancelled...still once that's done it should be a ncie gentle wind-down til Christmas...

Looking forward to a few shows in the coming weeks (PT, Ezio) and also to the christmas meet up with mates season - even if it is hectic....

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« Reply #44 on: January 18, 2006, 17:42:49 PM »
I've found a use for this thread....gig reviews...

1st up this year is Deep Purple at the Astoria, its years and years since I've seen the Purps and to be honest I kinda lost touch with them in the mid 80s. The chance to see them in a small venue was too good to miss and having done some homework on newer material (cheers mate !) I was really looking forward to the show.

Astoria was packed (as was Charring Cross Road with touts), we stood to the side on the right hand side, I had a pretty good view (its quite hard not to when you're this big). Sound was good from where we were, bass a little low in the mix and Gillan had a few mic probs, but overall "very passable indeed" to quote a "Yorkshireman"

Setlist was good, 5 or 6 from the new album (which is also pretty good) and plenty of classics (Space Truckin, Smoke on the Water, Black Night, Pictures of Home etc) and a few oldies that I wasn't expecting (Living Wreck for example) Highlights for me were Lazy, one of my all time fave songs and Highway Star (memories of dancing on a bar in Tokyo a few years back  ::))

Performance was good as well, I was impressed with Steve Morse, he has a nice touch and doesn't seem to be too "up himself" Gillan's voice is deffinitely not what it was and Morse does a good job of covering for it on some of the high notes. Don Airy fits in well, although i was expecting a bit more interplay between him and Morse. Ian Paice and Roger Glover are still very tight and effective without being too flashy.

Overall a good start to the year's gigs, 7.5/10

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