Tuesday, June 19, 2001

19th June 2001

After much stress on the North Circular late last Tuesday I finally
arrived at Gunnersbury Ave tube to pick up Wal and TK to head off to
Wales. What is it with these fuckers in charge of road works down
here. I left my house at 10.10 at night and it took me an hour to go
about five miles because two lanes of the road were closed for road
sweeping, not a big lorry that would do it in an hour of two, no
that would be too logical and straightforward for these guys. We
just close the road and then two of us will clean it with a couple
of brushes. So I am sitting in traffic and thinking there must have
been a bit of a smash up ahead to cause a jam like this at this time
of night but no, it's just Noddy and his mate sweeping up. We
eventually got underway and arrived in Wales about three hours later
and had the pleasure of Wallys new futon for a few hours. The next
morning we all head off to Steve's funeral which was attneded by all
the guys I know down in Swansea as well as many whom I didn't know.
The chapel at the crematorium was full to capacity and there were
many people standing outside during the service which I think is a
testament to Steve and how much he was liked and loved by all who
knew him. We set off back to London and had a good journey in
blistering sunshine which makes a change for the M4.
All the family west South for the weekend to see the South London
Massive in Lewisham for an overnight stay and a Fathers day sunday
lunch. I had been contemplating going to see the Afro-Celts and Neil
Young at Finsbury Park but judging by the downpour that accompanied
us on our journey south i think I made a wise choice going
elsewhere. I can just imagine me and KP pissed up at four in the
afternoon up to our ankles in mud and having to wait another five
hours in the rain to see Neil rock the house. Thankfully I was
indoors with a couple of reds (wine, not footy fans) to keep me
company despite my hostess trying to get me to sit out in the garden
under a brolly while it was raining. I drank enough wine to make my
teeth turn red which is always the sign of a good day / night. Got
up without a hangover (!) and carried on drinking again. Came home
early evening and plotted up on the couch and watched Spike Lee's
"Summer Of Sam" which was just a bit better than ok. Tuesday was
spent in the studio trying to sing a few lead vocals and failing on
two and nailing on one which was a result and meant that Wal had not
wasted his time coming up on the "White Beast". we will hopefully be
back in again tomorrow and get another one in the bag so I have got
something to mix when I go to Wales next week. Fingers crossed!


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