Monday, April 23, 2007

Had an excellent weekend, started on Thursday with a visit to The Cube to see Alasdair Roberts. Before the gig we managed to catch up with Gerry Love of Teenage Fanclub fame, who is part of Alasdair's band at the moment. We had exchanged a couple of messages with him about the prospect of him doing a guest DJ spot at Grumpy Man. He was absolutely charming and is indeed keen to join us for a night later in the year. Quite a few other friends were out as well, making it a splendid evening - the band were good as well.

Friday sawn an impromptu Grumpy Man gathering as we all went to a friends wedding reception. This took place in the Ramada Hotel, now when I was kid this place was known as The Dragonara and was known the hot spot of sophisticated middle class dinning because of the restaurant which was housed in the large conical Kiln building. Orynthia and I took the chance to take a quick look inside and the place was certainly buzzing although it has to be said the menu had more than a touch of a retro feel about it.

Saturday was a keep in local day, we made to short walk up to the shops on Henleaze Roadand spent an interesting hour looking at the shops and amazing houses around there before returning to spend some time in the garden. Lot's of time was spent on our burgeoning Vegetable and Herb area we even managed to use a lot of compost from one our compost bins, the amount of excitement that a meal when most of the ingredients have been grown in our own garden is really quite amazing - we must be getting old!

On Saturday evening we went along to the Lansdown in Clifton to see one of the many local bands which I've been in contact with as a result of Grumpy Man. The band in question are "Slow" and very good they are too. From their name and the Grumpy Man connection you can probably guess that they are exactly a speed metal outfit. The band that they are closet to, would be Low and they are able to weave a similarly hypnotic power from a seemingly simple musical format. oh and they do have one absolutely wonderful song, it's called Seeds and you really should give it a listen.


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