Hmmm…. what’s available for tea?
- Slices of pork from the Sunday roast last weekend
- Buffalo Mozzarella
- Couple of plain naans left over from a “Waitrose Indian Takeaway for 2”
- Tomato paste
- Oregano, Paprika and Parsley
Hmmm…. what’s available for tea?
Big fan of Bill Bailey, the comedian and musician – not to be confused with Axl Rose, the other famous comedian and musician – so reasonably happy to cough up £25 (+£2 ticket tax). He seems to be keeping his pulling power as tickets were only 5p less for the Qualmpeddlar tour back in 2013.
Doesn’t the Hexagon look lovely?
Impressed how many instruments Bill brought on stage with him. Guitars, a mandola (violin is to viola as mandolin is to mandola; simples), keyboards, and some ethnic (his word) wooden xylophony sort of thing, supported at one point with the sampled roar of the audience.
I was definitely in the right frame of mind for Bill’s comedy tonight. He made me laugh throughout and the muscles at the back of my scalp were aching after a while. Tried to ignore the often bemused person on my right that didn’t seem as tuned in.
As is usual with all comedy gigs, a spell is cast upon the audience such that all memory of the actual jokes and punch lines fades almost immediately after leaving the venue. Now all I have are “I’m a fully qualified bongos instructor”, Ramstein’s rendition of Abba’s Waterloo, and Bill’s story of being a drunken fanboy around Macca.
Dithered at the merch stall over buying “In Metal” but they are the same price online (although +P&P) for a signed copy. As Bill did seem to be hanging around afterwards to do autographs, I passed. Maybe I’ll add it to the Christmas list.
Last December, I eagerly bought tickets to see Trevor Noah at the Hexagon. I’d seen him on the TV a few times and thought he would be a nice addition to the comedy gigs we see in town. Front row seats, bought ten months in advance.
Yesterday, the Hexagon box office called to tell me the gig had been cancelled. Obviously, I was concerned as gigs are usually cancelled because of poor health. I checked Trevor’s website and saw that all the tour dates had gone. No obvious reason. Strange.
Then I noticed his Twitter feed at the bottom talking about Trevor now hosting “The Daily Show”. So he knew ages ago that a big TV role was going to clash with his tour but decided to hold on until the show aired before cancelling the tour. Thanks a bunch.
Financially prudent to have a back-up but what a git.
[[I should really write a #NSFW version to explain my true feelings]]
Saw a horde of caterpillars on a rose bush in our garden at the weekend that I’m sure we’d never seen dining there before.
Turns out that they are not caterpillars as that term is for butterflies and moths only. These are instead the larvae of rose sawflies, as indicated on an RHS blog (What’s eating the rose foliage?).
The blog goes on to say:
“Sawfly larvae are curious little things. The slightest disturbance of the plant causes them to curl their bodies so their ‘tails’ are pointing away from the leaf.”
So I went ahead and tapped the stem, causing all the larvae to immediately stick their tails in the air. Marvellous to watch.
As part of the 30 years anniversary for the central library in Reading, they held a Summer Quiz tonight. £4 to get in which, as usual, paid for booze and prizes. Sadly, I was driving so stuck to the apple juice.
Samantha wanted to go but not alone so I was volunteered to attend too. Was pleased to be recruited by an existing table of four to make a real powerhouse of knowledge.
The recent death of Christopher Lee was marked by a 20-question picture round – identify the film he’s appearing in. According to IMDB (which I checked later) he has 278 credits as an actor so we had little chance for probably half of the pictures – the ones NOT of the easy horror /SF/ Sherlock Holmes appearances. Really brought home how many films he’s been in and genres he’d crossed.
Also up for a memorial was Terry Pratchett with a 10-question section of his own. At last – questions I could answer! Grumblings from around the decidedly retired audience who had little clue who he was. Come on, he was your age when he died – you’ve no excuse.
And so, with a fat wad of Discworld points, we swept to victory! £50 of book vouchers shared between the team members – I will be Raising Steam with my winnings.
Went to my first Reading Geek Night tonight, coincidentally their first at the new venue.
although, unfortunately, the Oculus Rift session was postponed a month. Mildly annoying as that was what I was most interested in seeing.
Chris mentioned at the start that his ‘Ethical Engineering’ presentation was a cut down version for the night and that showed. I wish he had given us the benefit of the doubt and removed the ethics primer to leave more time for discussion of real-world examples. As it was, we were mostly left with talking about how social media data was aggregated by DataSift (“Provide Insights. Protect Identity.”) so that individuals couldn’t be identified (e.g. by homophobic governments).
(Reminded me of how Microsoft handled internal polls where survey results were never broken down below a certain population size to try and protect anonymity. Doesn’t always work – it was usually obvious which happy soul in the team chose the negative options for everything to try and make a point (no, not me).)
Overall, a good replacement environment for the event – spacious with comfy seats – and a couple of decent speakers. Roll on next month.
Audience photo from @’s Twitter feed:
At the back of the larder, I found a box of Quaker Oats’ ‘Oat So Simple’ sachets from 2013 that Sue had once shown an interest in having for breakfast. “Waste not, want not” so opened all the sachets and poured them into a container for later use. Now the only thing you use oats for is flapjack so I searched the Internet for a fruity recipe:
An hour later… tada!
A bit drier than I had expected – maybe the recipe’s recommendation of 40 minutes was too long – but enjoyable.