Friday, 17 July 2009

I really need to be writing on here a lot more than I really do.

But because I don't, I'll just write about things from a little while back.

A little while back, I helped one of my Dad's friend’s lay grass on his front garden. I needed to do a service project, and their garden needed redoing; they’ve recently remodelled their house. I was up for the job, so he picked me up from home – I didn’t want to go into college that day – and we went to his house and got to work. It took a couple of hours, but we managed it – and did a really good job too, I might add. It was so hot that day, and we were sweating like crazy. We thought we'd have to cut the end roll to fit the garden, but we were so lucky; it fit perfectly... Here's the before and after shots: [ Coming soon! :-) ]

My sister was in the school play this year, it being her final year to do so. This year, the play was 'Little Shop Of Horrors', and they did a good job. She was easily the best actress in the cast, and was really good. The show ran pretty smoothly overall, and there were some really funny parts too. Still, nothing like the good old days when my year were the leads...! That was always so much fun...

Driving is seriously so much fun. It can still be pretty scary, but it’s still waay good. Last week, I went to the cinema with InterAct, to see 'Transformers 2' again. I came out, and called up Dad to come and pick me up. He came in the Peugeot and parked up. I asked if I could drive, and he was like "Yeah, sure!" He’d just put me on the insurance that day... I was so excited! We drove around for a while, and filled up the tank, and drove on a dual carriageway, overtaking lorries. It was great. Since then, I’ve driven every day that I could, to all sorts of places. It has been quite stressful sometimes, but I’ve really really enjoyed it.

This is a pretty random post, but I'll carry on.

We went to the Abercrombie and Fitch store in London just a couple of weeks back. As you probably know, it’s similar to Hollister, but a lot bigger. And there are still really cute girls working in there... We looked around for a while, and picked up a couple of t-shirts. Their changing rooms are the best I've ever been in. Seriously, you look like a model, whatever you’re wearing. Haha, it was great.

I can’t think of much else to put into this post right now...

Except I'm so glad to be out of college right now. I need a break...

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - London Premiere

Yeah, you heard right.

Back on Tuesday 7th July, Laura and I went up to Leicester Square for the World Premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'. I'd found out about it a while back, and really really wanted to go. I texted all my friends, but some couldn’t make it, and some didn't wanna come along, which is fair enough. But both me and Laura were stoked to be going up there. That morning, we found out there were already hundreds of people queuing up, and it was gonna rain, but we still wanted to go. We left college just a bit early, and bought the ridiculously expensive train tickets to get up to the city. We were just chatting on the ride about some random stuff, marketing, future, etc. We finally got up there, and even two hours before the event began, the square was absolutely packed. There must have been a million people there. Definitely thousands. We walked around the square trying to find the best place to stand. We settled for just outside the Odeon, even though we were pretty far back from the red carpet. We waited and waited, just chatted and getting some pics and whatnot. Suddenly it flash-flooded. It was so crazy. We didn’t have an umbrella, so the sheet rain soaked us to the bone as we tried to get under other people's umbrellas. And all this happened just as the first stars were arriving; Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Draco. (I'll use character names for ease.) It was seriously thundering and lightning, and flooded everyone at the event. And it was so windy; the fences surrounding the crowds were nearly collapsing. We we’re just having enough when Ron came walking past where we were standing to go into the cinema. He gave me five as he walked past, and I got a pretty bad pic; everyone was going crazy. Then Laura and I moved out from where we were getting drenched, and thankfully the rain stopped, so we headed over to where the celebs got out the cars.
We met / saw Hagrid, Snape, Tonks, Ginny, Filch, Seamus, the Weasley twins, Mr Weasley, Bellatrix, Sprout, McGonagle, J K Rowling, and Dumbledore… Dumbledore shook my hand and asked me how I was. It was so aweesome! I was like, "I"m good thankyou!" Haha, it was so cool. I tried to get pictures of most of them, but they’re not great, because of the crowd and stuff. Plus, the water soaked the camera I was using, which is why it's blurry and discoloured sometimes…
We got absolutely drenched, but it was so worth it.

[Pictures soon]

I have some time,

lots of it actually, so I'm going to spend some time trying to update the Interweb and it's many users on my life. Here goes...

Sunday, 12 July 2009

I have a lot to write about...

Like - a lot.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

FIGHTSTAR LIVE

@ iTunes Live: London Festival 2009

It's two days on, and I'm still in awe at how amazing Fightstar were… They freaking rocked… I'm listening to them now as I write this… The gig was so epic.
Yeah, I saw Fightstar at the Roundhouse on Thursday, as part of the iTunes Live: London Festival 2009. You can't buy tickets; you have to win them. And yeah, I won. Well, actually Dad won; I entered all my family, and my Dad won two tickets. I remember that day… I was so excited. I called up Fran, and she was screaming with excitement. And for good reason… She's seen them three times previously, and was very excited to see them again. But I too was stoked.
I was up in London anyway that day, and joined the queue just after 2.00pm. Doors at six. I was within the first twenty people to get there – there wasn’t even a proper queue – so I sat on steps outside the venue and began the wait. After a while, the Roundhouse guys made us actually form a queue. I was reading the free iTunes mag, trying to pass the time. I kept calling Fran who was on her way up from college. Anyway, you don’t wanna be hearing about the queue. Fran joined me, and we ate, talked, laughed, and prepared… Cameras began filming us. Doors began to open.
The set-up was awesome, and well executed. We went into the venue, then waited another hour to enter the auditorium. We ran towards the barrier, being told to “Walk!” from the event security… We wanted to be at the front. I’d queued for long enough. So we took a spot just behind this one guy. But it was a guy who was in front of me in the queue, who was really ugly, and fat, and smelt really, really bad. So Fran and I slowly crept along to the right, trying to get away from him but stay near the front… We managed. The venue and auditorium are really so nice. There’s a really good atmosphere there…
In Case Of Fire were supposed to support, but dropped out due to medical reasons. Young Guns played instead. I wore my earplugs for some of their set, just coz I’m getting worried about my ears from the amount of gigs I go to, but the were irritating, and I was actually really embarrassed, so took them out and left them out. Young Guns were good. The crowd was already going pretty crazy, which was kinda annoying, but what the heck. During their set, I saw Charlie in the wings, and pointed him out to Fran… I was so excited for Fightstar.
Finally, Young Guns went off. They moved the drum kit and wheeled Omar’s in. It was huge. They set up in front of an excited crowd…
Lights went down.
The cameras were rolling.
Cheers filled the Roundhouse.
Omar and Alex came on from one side of the stage.
Charlie and Dan from the other.
The cheers got louder.
They played an intro.
Then the music began.
It was so, so immmense.
I don’t think you understand.
It was so awesome.
They played a lot of my favourite songs, but could have easily gone another hour with more songs I love. Anyway, here’s the setlist, found from iTunes (EU) Facebook profile:
It was so hot, loud, sweaty, pushy, crowded, violent, intense… It was a rock concert.
I was behind Fran, and had to keep holding onto her as I was pushed and pulled around… and we pushed crowdsurfers forward as they fell onto us, but we managed to stay at the front, and had a brilliant view of the band playing. As you can see, they finished on ‘Lost Like Tears Like Rain’ – where the crowd sung to the guitar sections (dada dada dada) – and then came back out to play their encore.
My favourite song of the night was ‘Deathcar’, which they finished on. I don’t usually like that song, but heck it was awesome. The energy from the band and atmosphere in the room as they played was phenomenal. Plus – my highlight from the night – Charlie screamed right in my face. It was so awesome. “…You - make - me ****ing siiick!” Fightstar stopped playing as Charlie got down from the stage to lean over the barrier, where he screamed those lyrics. Wow. Then, I pushed my way backwards, and jumped into the biggest circle pit I’ve ever been in. The music still playing, drums pounding, people running… Then everything stopped and an enormous, moshpit shaped gap appeared in the middle of the audience as Charlie spoke. As the music kicked back in one final time, the crowd went wild, and I joined in the huge mosh to end the night.
What an end to the night. What a brilliant band. What an immmense night.

[Pics etc coming soon]