Friday, December 29, 2006
1. I once bought a Ken Dodd CD. I didn't want to; my mother made me. I don't think she made me listen to it though, which is always something.
2. I once auditioned for Scottish Ballet, but they didn't want me as my feet were the wrong shape (or so they claimed). Since I was only eight at the time I was able to rethink my career plans and take up theorem proving instead. Which ended well.
3. I have synaesthesia: I 'see' letters and numbers as having colours. Or at least if I think of a 'T', for example, I think of it as being a sort of royal blue colour. If I'm looking at it on the page I know it's blue, in the same way that if I saw a black and white picture of an orange I would know it was orange. Apparently some people do actually see the colours, but I think it's as well that I don't. They're kind of clashy.
4. I once played at Ibrox (Glasgow Rangers' ground). Admittedly, it was as part of a string quartet at someone's wedding. I think we won though.
5. I was once voted onto Glasgow University's SRC by 26 votes. That wasn't a 26 vote majority, you realise, just 26 votes. I blame Alison for most of them...
Well, hopefully that was slightly entertaining. I think I'm supposed to suggest that 5 other people try it now, so: Alasdair, Jamie, Stuart, Shrig, and Nikki...
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
The Potatoes of the Night were so impressed by the Magic Numbers the other night, that we've all been growing our hair to look more like them (or possibly a crowd of Old Testament prophets). We just need to work on the playing, singing and songwriting bits now...(pic from pikipimp again).
Thursday, December 21, 2006
The tower - at this point it hadn't been switched on. Probably the swinish Principal trying to save money again. I fully expect him to sell it one day, like he did with Millie the Dinosaur.
Charing Cross again. The lens isn't really wide-angle enough to do this properly.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Through a glass Bachly...
View of Professors' Square from a room I shouldn't really have been in, but had stumbled across while wandering round the building. The concert was great though, and you can have a listen to the Madrigirls singing here
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
"My husband and I toasted him with champagne"
I wonder where she got that recipe...
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
They played various songs from their original album plus several from their new one. This hasn't got great reviews so far but, apart from one slightly waily song near the end, I really liked the new ones. They also had a slow one that segued into Kate Bush's "Running up that hill" at one point and then back out again. I'm not sure if this was deliberate or whether they just got confused by the fact that they're also singers with lots of wild hair and had a temporary identity crisis...
They finished the main part of the set with "Love Me Like You", which is my favourite and, as Michael pointed out, the most raucous. Although they finished the concert with one that started out fairly quiet and slow and then ramped up into something that was causing isolated outbreaks of ceilidhing around the hall, finally ending up as a kind of rockstar Taize chant that just got wilder and wilder.
They were very keen on everyone singing along and we were even trained up in a couple of lines to make sure we joined in properly. A bit like graduation ceremonies only much less tedious and with more exciting lighting. Anyway, one of the audience-participation numbers was a song called "Anima Sola" which doesn't appear on either album, but you can download it from their myspace page. Go on, go on, go on, GO ON! (It's very pretty).
Thursday, November 23, 2006
The University tower (I take a lot of photos of it).
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Reflections in a pot. Not sure if you can really make it out here, but on the left hand side there's some fish frying. Apparently the comment of the Fish Man (who's from Fife) when selling them was "Them huddock are big as whales."
Sunday, November 19, 2006
I was thinking of sewing something for Stuart and Pamela's new baby, Lachlan, but perhaps I won't try that particular pattern.
I also spotted a method for making a dressmaker's dummy of yourself using an old t-shirt and masking tape. Having something like that would certainly be easier than pinning stuff to yourself to see if it fits. Particularly as I often end up literally pinning things to myself rather than my underwear as I had intended...
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
"Ferry Nice Food" on Ferry Road. Although, since nobody can remember seeing it in operation, the food may not have been as nice as all that...
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Glasgow Cathedral Not Quite New Shop. Or in this case, Glasgow Cathedral Not Quite In Focus Or Correctly Exposed Shop. This is one of the prints I made at the weekend darkroom course at Streetlevel Photoworks, (which is currently on the first floor due to renovations).
It was really good, apart from a mixup over ml's and cc's which led to only the bottom third of my film being properly developed (which rendered them kind of stripy). But better to make mistakes now than when I've taken a collection of staggeringly beautiful photos of a never-to-be-repeated event I suppose...
Anyway, hopefully I can now get some more practice in with developing and using my manual SLR (my focusing technique is woefully deteriorated).
(I really have to stop using so many brackets).