Archive | February, 2010

The art of having a GREAT time

19 Feb

I never go clubbing anymore.. oh wait, one of my friends has just told me thats an utter lie. Ok, I go out but rarely do I have a GREAT time.

You know what I mean, the music is OK but not brilliant, the drinks are too expensive or your friends decided to have a massive argument with each other / partners / cab driver / kebab.  Plus the more you’re looking forward to something the more likely it is that it’ll just be ‘fun’. Like New Years eve or your birthday.

So imagine my surprise when on Wednesday, in the Ministry of Sound of all places, I had A. GREAT.TIME listening to Pretty Lights, Sub Focus and Toddla T. The music was like a big, fat, hot, slap, I jumped up and down like a loon and all on a school night and no one was more surprised than me.

So that's what Pretty Lights looks like

Now i am a giving sort so I’d like to share my learnings from this with you. Here are my do’s and don’ts:

  • Do listen to furious / dirty Dub Step
  • Do go out on a week night saying ‘ i’m just going to pop down for 30 minutes then i’ll get the last tube home’
  • Don’t get the last tube home
  • Do take a good friend who has pockets to carrry yout sh*t and owes you a couple of drinks
  • Don’t eat anything before hand
  • Do eat said friends pizza when you get home at 3 am and then laugh at him.
  • Don’t expect the next day to be easy.
  • Do ‘man up’ and keep whinging to minimum. You did it to yourself and it was worth it!

Pretty Lights is off to America on tour but keep your eyes peeled for the future.


Hate to love, love to hate

19 Feb

Now I think this is my favourite rant thus far in 2010 so even though it’s NOT Valentines Day anymore I am putting this rant ont he blog. For posterity. Chris Warburton I salute you.

Love don't live here anymore

Valentine’s Day massacre Vital stats: £999.99 (annually) for a corporate drone opportunity for all ages worldwide on 14th February Once an intimate, low-key event where lovers would exchange handwritten cards and gifts, modern Valentine’s Day is nothing more than a vulgar demonstration of corporate greed and exploitation.

In the Middle Ages, when the day was first associated with romance, people would compose poems, perform good deeds, or send a single rose. It was a special, very personal day on which to show someone you cared. Nowadays – thanks to the country that brought you such pointless celebrations as Thanksgiving, Columbus Day, and Flag Day – comes a new, corporate version of a once meaningful event. The American-led commercialisation of Valentine’s Day is worth billions of dollars to manufacturers and retailers worldwide. Every year, shops are filled with over-priced cards, chocolates, flowers, and other ‘thoughtful’ products with the aim of taking as much money from consumers as possible.

Why do we buy this rubbish? Because society makes us feel guilty if we don’t. We’re made to feel inferior for not participating – that somehow it makes us selfish, miserable, or unkind.

As for the single people among us, the whole event seems to be aimed at making us feel like weird, freakish outsiders. Why should I feel guilty for not buying a seven foot teddy bear for a girl I’ll probably hate this time next year? Should I feel bad for not having such a shallow interpretation of love? Or are you just angry because I won’t be manipulated?

There is one reason to get excited about Valentine’s this year, however. It’s only two days before Pancake Day. In the mean time, I’ll carry on showing love to the people I truly care for – and I’ll do it any day of the year I like.

A Midsummer Nightmare

18 Feb

Amber agreed to take part in a Shakespeare workshop, but her experience was not the one she’d hoped for!

Read her account and then help start a debate by posting a reply!  What would you rather see and why – a traditional Shakespeare play or a modern remake?

I was really looking forward to the Midsummer Night’s Dream workshop. I had seen the play a few years previously and really admired the set and the costumes, so when I heard about the course I thought it would be really fun, a great experience.

When I got there, I discovered that instead of the original Shakespearean play I had imagined, with the proper set and old-fashioned costumes, the play was going to be an ‘Urban’ adaptation, set, not in the original setting, but in a block of graffitied flats.

It says nowhere in the leaflet that this (graffiti) was the kind of art I would be doing. I was thoroughly disappointed with the workshop, and also with the lack of information given before it started.

Have your say now!