I’ve just spent Sunday evening down at the church, and I really enjoyed myself.
My band Carlton Brass were playing at Carlton Pentecostal Church, which is an establishment that has had some visits from our band before. Tonight’s event was a kind of celebration of St. George’s day (two days later) and general worship type stuff.
I was very amused most of the way through, in a good way. The church obviously has a modern-thinking Pastor, because the service was littered with comedy sketches, singing puppets and a faux “Who wants to be a Millionaire” competition, all of which were very funny. Now, if church was more like this then more people would go; hell, I would and I’m not a believer!
The whole thing was not preachy at all, they had an overhead screen for the hymns, there were plenty of young people in the congregation and it had a very modern, forward-thinking feel to it. They put across the Message without boring everyone to tears, and there was no sign of a tambourine.
They even put on food afterwards, and it was a really nice spread too. We’re playing a concert there again on the 22nd of May, so if anyone’s in the Nottingham area on that date and fancy listening to a Brass Band in a modern church environment, then come and visit.
Well, The Arse are Premiership champions for 2003/2004, and deservedly so. They’ve been utterly amazing through most of this season, and as a Leeds fan (even though I’m supposed to hate their guts) they bloody well deserve it. No-one has come close to them at all this season.
Now, if only half their team would would kindly die in time for next season, then that would be nice. Not that Leeds will be playing against them, I’m just a bad loser ;o)
Today is England’s special day – the day that we celebrate out patron Saint, the distinctly non-English St George.
No doubt the general populace will display the usual apathy at our own Patron Saint, while they were more than happy to wear green and drink large amounts of Guinness on St Patrick’s day a little while ago.
It’s time to break out those Standards of St George, wave them with pride from the streets – be proud to be English! I may even drink a cup of tea, just be patriotic, like.
They were once thought to be dead and buried, a once great band that spearheaded the more modern noises made by Metal acts. The big guy on guitar left and everyone thought that that was that.
Not so, they have a new album out soon (if not already) and I’m interested. My fave rock magazine, Metal Hammer, has a free CD on the cover every month these days and this month features a track off Fear Factory’s new album. The track is called “Cyberwaste”, and you know, it’s rather bloody good. Very heavy stuff, lots of drums and staccato guitars and the usual FF SciFi theme. Have a listen to this and see what you think.
Also on the CD (still going through it) is an excellent track by Amen – “Please Kill Me” is typical Casey Chaos stuff, lots of swearing and attitude and it’s got plenty of melody in with extended middle digits. I’m sorely tempted to get their “Death Before Musick” album, seeing as I’ve missed out on the first two.
I like getting these cover CDs – it’s good to have a listen to new stuff seeing as I don’t really listen to radio these days.
Well, last night’s episode was somewhat disappointing. The team disappeared off to some caves in West Wycombe, a set of man-made tunnels as used by the Hellfire Club for all sorts of debauchery. Derek was spot on with most of his spiritual-related facts, and there were a few weird noises, Phil felt sick and there were one or two strange happenings, but despite the dark, dank, spooky surroundings nothing of any note happened at all.
At no point did Yvette wet herself, and Richard Felix didn’t get a chance to mention Poltergeists. One to forget then, though they made a good fist of making the program interesting.
Well, having found the faults causing me some concern with Mandrake 10.0, I’m now fully operational, well apart from the webcam not being supported.
Mandrake caused two issues with the upgrade/install. It chose the wrong driver for the sound card (should have used the so-called alternate driver) and it chose the correct driver for the graphics card, then incorrectly set it to 24bit – my card only works up to 16bit, so all my video applications caused the GUI to crash.
All sorted now, and as it was an early release of Mandrake 10.0, I’ll let them off the little bugs. I’ve still got a couple of minor issues, but I’m happy that I’m back up and running with Linux again
Bah! I installed Mandrake 10.0 last night. I decided that I’d be better off going for a clean install, seeing as I didn’t have anything I really needed to keep on the previous 9.2 version, and it didn’t go quite as well as planned. For some reason the soundcard driver doesn’t want to work properly (or even at all) and just fails to start, leaving me with a cryptic failure message, plus I installed xine (my preferred media player) and every time it starts up it crashes KDE and it has to restart. I get the same effect with Totem. I can only assume it’s related to the soundcard issue, but I don’t really know seeing as I’m unfamiliar with the required logs.
Anyway, tonight I shall be reinstalling again, this time I’ll be turning off the “Plug and Play” option in the BIOS. I’d Googled about a bit last night and found a forum somewhere that mentioned that this option can cock-up certain hardware if it’s enabled. I’d turned it on when I was trying to get my new hard drive sorted (still not fixed that btw).
I’ve also got the name for the right driver to use for the soundcard (not the one that’s been chosen as the default. I’ll be sure to blog the results – don’t be getting too excited now ;o)
I’m feeling much, much better today. After yesterdays potential brown trousers incident, I’m pleased to announce that the Pepto-Bismol succeeded in bunging me up and relieving my nausea. I’m actually rather hungry right now, which is a good sign. I’m always a little distressed when I go off my food, because I enjoy eating – a lot.
I can now quite happily fart away without any danger of leaving a small mars bar in my underpants. A man should always be able to guff with confidence, so thank you Pepto-Bismol.
While I was out buying disgusting liquids to stop the world falling out of my bottom, I visited WHSmiths in order to see if they had the latest edition of Linux Format Magazine. Luckily for me, it was there, and bugger me but the cover disks were for the eagerly anticipated (by me) Mandrake 10.0 disks. I’ve already got 9.2 installed on my PC, and I’ve been waiting to upgrade to get the new version of the Kernel and KDE.
I shall be upgrading tonight before I go to band.
Oh, and my arse is feeling much better since the Pepto-Bismol, but I still feel a little queer. Feel free to insert your own jokes…
Perhaps this is too much information, but my colon is doing it’s best to exit my body today. I’m not sure what’s caused it (Black pudding, beer, picking my nose) but I’ve got a terrible attack of the squits, with some nausea.
Thankfully I’ve managed to make it all the way to Boots without lagging myself and have purchased some Pepto-Bismol, that pink stuff that generally sits in the medicine cabinet for decades because most people are afraid to drink it.
I can verify that it smells disgusting but doesn’t actually taste as bad as it might. I’ll be sure to let everyone know when I’ve stopped the flood out of my bum.