Monday, January 10, 2005

So what's been going on around here then? Well Just the usual dashing about really, we popped down to Devon on Saturday to see my dad. As ever when weare planning a trip to that part of the world, something goes awry with the weather, so it came as no surprise to see the weather forecasts predicting doom and gloom, with the occasional side helping of plague and pestilence thrown in for good measure.

As it happens thinks weren't as bad as expected, the heavy winds and rain of Friday evening left us relatively unscathed in this part of the world, leading to trouble free journeys both ways. Whilst at my Dad's we amused ourselves by watching the crazy antics of thesheep in the field on the other side of the valley as they ran around in ever decreasing circles. Who needs TV?

Later, we joined in the general excitement in the Devon area, as non league Exeter City managed to hold Manchester United to a draw at Old Trafford. The Radio Devon live coverage was only on good old crackly medium wave, so for the last 20 minutes of the game poor dad was getting himself into increasing bizarre positions as he tried to manipulate the aerial into a location where the ever decreasing signal would hold. Memories of night time radio listening came rushing back from my teenage years, as the commentary reception ebbed and flowed, whist all the time the wonderfully exotic sounds of Bhangra would be battling for supremacy. We just about managed to hear the end of the game, what a wonderful performance by Exeter!

Talking of radio, Sunday marked the end of the temporary broadcasts by the team at Caroline Rocks. I've really enjoyed having a different source of musical entertainment and the occasional technical glitches just made it even more fun. The weekend broadcasts from Adrian and Geoff of the group Portishead saw them confirm their participation in the forthcoming tsunami relief fund benefit gig. This is the gig which I mentioned previously and if all goes to plan a host of great names are also due to take part. Hopefully it should raise lots and lots of money for this most worthwhile of causes.

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