Friday, June 16, 2006

Had a rare night away from the world cup and what a great night it was. A few friends came to our place to catch the end of the England match (not great, but we did enough), so that we could make the shot trip to Cardiff for the exciting prospect of a Camera Obscura gig with Francois & the Atlas Mountains supporting. The journey was made all the more enjoyable, as we were listening to a great CD from a chap who records under the moniker Little Name. Go to his lovely website to discover more about this very talented chap.

We weren’t disappointed! A slightly truncated version of the Atlas Mountain joined Francois for a wonderful 45 minute set, which featured a few new songs. As ever their infectious ear for a melody coupled with an exuberant sense of fun and energy quickly won over the crowd. It’s great that they are getting some wider exposure by doing this tour, I’m sure that they will pick up many new friends along the way.

Camera Obscura were on fine form, with 3 albums of songs to choose from they now have a set list, which is full of shining gems. The band themselves seem to be aware of the fact that they are playing at the top of their game at the moment and appear to be really enjoying themselves. They are off to the USA soon, well worth catching them if you can.

Talking about being on top of their game, I’ve just watched a fantastic Argentina side win 6-0. Wonderful football, head and shoulders above anything else we have seen so far.


Blogger themightypam said...

Have you got World Cup fatigue yet?? i'm getting there. and Englands performances arent helping at all!

1:33 pm  
Blogger Tom said...

I'm loving it! Don't get to see the 3pm games this week but I'm trying to do the rest.

I'm not as down on England as most people. Thought we were great in 1st half, I know wew were under the cosh a bit in the 2nd but that happens against good teams. Defending from set plays was dire, but they can sort that out. Don't forget that Sweden didn't really make a chance from open play. Looking forward to seeing the Argentina - Holland match tonight.

6:42 pm  
Blogger themightypam said...

I comfort myself that England can play alot better and that at least one player (Joe Cole) is consistently playing somewhere near his best. The main thing is we came top of the group cos i have a wedding to go to on Saturday and it's bad enough i miss the Germany v Sweden game!

Holland v Argentina wasn;t the game i was hoping it would be, but then with all the changes both teams made it wasn't all that siprising and Riquelme is always good to watch.

Looking forward to Italy v Czech Republic. Their group is a little unpredictable.. come on Ghana and the Czechs!

9:54 am  
Blogger Tom said...

What a day today! Missed the afternoon games because of work, delighted to see Ghana get though, sad to see the Czechs go out.

Watched the Croatia - Australia game tonight - Fantastic, it had everything, the perfect game for the neutral. Strange to think that just before half time Japan were on the verge of getting 2nd place, then they end at the bottom. That's way these last group games can be so great.

12:53 am  
Blogger themightypam said...

Graham Poll did England proud! The end of the game was farcical but great to watch. Croatia can moan all they like about the penalty but it was definitely hand ball (i have some admiration for how the handball was disguised - worked the second time!).

And what about Ronaldo? If Brazil can work out how to play with him able to stand on the spot then they've got no worries.. his 2nd was a corker.

My only disappointment yesterday was that Italy made it through. Lets hope the Aussies have it in them to punish them.

10:39 am  
Blogger Tom said...

Quite right about the penalty, could have had a couple more as well if Mr Poll had been on the ball.

Ronaldo plays like a Sunday morning player now, no off the ball running - just belt it into the net. As long as the pass into him is right, it will work like a dream!

11:06 am  

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