Friday, 29 April 2011

British Pink Floyd - Epilogue

Why did I have a change of heart? Well...when we arrived at the concert we were all given a promotional DVD and I've only just had a chance to watch it. It is excellent - really good footage with top quality sound. Maybe British Pink Floyd may now have the edge over Australian Pink Floyd. I really need a promotional DVD of Australian Pink Floyd now, don't I?

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

British Pink Floyd - Part 2

After the interval we had a fairly heavy handed rendition of Echoes which was followed by Keep Talking. The sound was still not 100% and I've still to hear Stephen Hawking, likewise with One Of These Days where I'm still waiting to hear the threat to cut me in to little pieces.

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The concert ended with the traditional Comfortably Numb, ending with Run Like Hell.

All in all it was a very enjoyable evening with Australian Pink Floyd retaining top spot in the tribute act stakes.

Then...I had a change of heart...

Monday, 25 April 2011

British Pink Floyd vs Australian Pink Floyd

We like Pink Floyd tribute bands...
Last night we went to see British Pink Floyd at Milton Keynes theatre.
A thoroughly enjoyable concert but the general concensus around the bar area at half time was that Australian Pink Floyd just had the edge.
I commented to a couple a chaps that the first half seemed somehow slow and laboured which was agreed with, adding that the sound balance didn't seem 100%.
1. Australian Pink Floyd
2. British Pink Floyd
3. Think Floyd


"Welcome to the Machine"
Sound not brilliant but...

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Concert second half to follow - don't go away!

INTERMISSION

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Deepcut locks

Really nice section of the canal along here with excellent towpath.
There were also a lot of cyclists, one of whom was heard to be complaining about the number of walkers on the towpath - cheeky bu**er!


Deepcut locks are only open 9:00 to 12:00 daily.
Close by is Deepcut Barracks

 
View from Deepcut lock


 Nearby nature reserve with huge numbers of cowslips



Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Basingstoke Canal

We've just been to a wedding in Surrey and took the opportunity to get a mini boating fix. The Basingstoke Canal was quite near so we went to Brookwood and parked the car to go on a walk along the canal. On the way to the Brookwood flight we saw this Cormorant - at least I think that's what it is!


On arrival at the flight it was clear we weren't going to see much boating action as this lock was drained for the fitting of some new gates.


 A slight barrier to navigation?
Nice gates though...



Sunday, 17 April 2011

Worcester 2

This is the side of Worcester cathedral which faces the river


They have cut a lot of large trees down to give a better view of the river from the Cathedral


Here's a photo of some bells to keep campanologist SWMBO happy


We then had lunch in The Farriers Arms, which is the name of the pub in St.Albans which I go to every Wednesday lunchtime to meet some chums - so we had to go there, didn't we?


Friday, 15 April 2011

Worcester

Apologies for the 'sparseness' (is that a word?) of postings but there has been a problem for several weeks with uploading images from Google's Picasa to Blogger. This makes things a bit more difficult than usual. They are 'working on it' but don't seem to be making much progress.

Anyway...to Worcester:

Bet you didn't know it was such a nice place?


River Severn - can't wait to get back on board our narrowboat 'Stella' in August and then again in September/October!



We had a superb leisurely lunch at "Browns" on the riverside, although I was a bit concerned about the 'ALCOHOL FREE ZONE' sign right outside. Luckily...it was not applicable inside the restaurant.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

To Worcester

A few Saturdays ago we took advantage of a £10 Rover Ticket deal on London Midland trains. We could have gone as far as Liverpool but figured that as soon as we got there, we would have to turn round and come back again. So, we decided on Worcester which was a very good choice - especially as the station is tight in the middle of the High Street!
On our way to Northampton, where we had to change trains, we spotted numerous spotters obviously waiting for a special train to pass. We had seven minutes to change trains at Northampton and luckily the steam train came through with two minutes to spare.


I think there will have been a few disappointed people. The advertised train with UK Railtours I discovered later, was supposed to be the newly built "Tornado", but it turned out to be the "Duke of Gloucester" instead. If my camera had responded a bit quicker you would have seen the whole name!


Saturday, 9 April 2011

Violas

Nice pot of violas - and reflected in the (dirty!) mirror behind

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Congratulations to SWMBO


A huge "Well Done" to SWMBO who made her 50th blood donation today!

Monday, 4 April 2011

How much fun...

How much fun can you have with a single £1 coin?

Click on the photo to enlarge it

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Well done Ocado! - or maybe not?

We were expecting an Ocado delivery last night and it's lucky I keep a watch on my emails as I received one to say that due to 'operational problems' the delivery had been cancelled.
If I hadn't looked at my emails I would not have known!
To make amends a £25 voucher code was included along with a request to re-book the delivery. Nothing was urgent so it didn't matter and it's been re-booked for this evening. I've also saved another 99p as this delivery slot is free!
All in all, not a bad result as the main reason I booked was because all wine was 25% off.
With the extra £25 discount, that makes it half price!