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May 292016
 

No it’s not mine, but this site has now been online, in its current form, for one year!

2015 2016


A few changes to format in that time, mainly in the logo and the menus.

Also on that very first day I announced the arrival of Kyle Bennett and Kal Naismith to Portsmouth. One of those was more successful than the other.

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May 272016
 

ADAM ANT VenuePortsmouth Guildhall

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Date27 May 2016


Saw the rather good Adam Ant at the Portsmouth Guildhall.

Always a bit of a concern when you see the “old-timers” trying to relive their youth but he was good, only the poor sound system which made his vocals indistinct marred the performance.

Personally I only knew about 1 in 4 of the songs but still a good show

Set List

01.Dog Eat Dog
02. Antmusic
03. Feed Me to the Lions
04. Los Rancheros
05. Ants Invasion
06. Killer in the Home
07. The Magnificent Five
08. Don’t Be Square (Be There)
09. Jolly Roger
10. The Human Beings
11. Beat My Guest
12. Christian D’or
13. Stand and Deliver
14. Press Darlings
15. Vive Le Rock
16. Cartrouble
17. Desperate But Not Serious
18. Never Trust a Man (With Egg on His Face)
19. Lady
20. Fall-In
21. Goody Two Shoes
22. Prince Charming

Encore:

23. Get It On
24. Red Scab
25. Physical (You’re So)

Adam Ant
May 142016
 

I’m a great fan of Eurovision and its combination of cheese and hot women. I try and blank out the women with beards and transexuals, not really my scene.

This year we have a good entry in Joe and Jake, as usual we probably have no chance of winning but at least this year I can honestly say we were robbed.

My prediction for top 3 is..

  1. Russia
  2. Sweden
  3. Australia

A couple of good rock songs from Georgia and Cyprus but not the sort to win Eurovision.

May 102016
 

JAMES Venue02 Academy
Bournemouth


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Date10 May 2016


Another excellent concert from Tim Booth and the crew, have they ever done a bad gig?

Hadn’t listened to the new CD much prior to the concert so unfamiliar with some of the songs but the classics always enough to keep things kicking along although noticeably this time Laid was missed out along with Sit Down.

Also good to catch up with some of the old Autoliv crew in Paul Ryan, Lee Cornwell and Mark Stephen

Set List

01. She’s a Star
02. Dear John
03. Move Down South
04. Catapult
05. We’re Going to Miss You
06. Alvin
07. Surfer’s Song
08. Sometimes
09. Bitch
10. P.S.
11. Feet Of Clay
12. What For
13. Just Like Fred Astaire
14. Girl at the End of the World
15. Honest Joe
16. Sound
17. Attention

Encore:

18. Say Something
19. Moving On
20. Nothing But Love
21. Come Home

James
Apr 232016
 

The actress Pearl Mackie has been revealed as the new companion for Doctor Who. The announcement was made in a preview clip broadcast during half-time at the FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United, shown on BBC1 on Saturday.

Mackie will be the Doctor’s 41st companion, and the 10th since the show was rebooted in 2005 – give or take (fans are divided on the official status of several characters who travelled only briefly with the Doctor). Mackie, who will play a character called Bill, takes over from Jenna Coleman to star alongside the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi. She will make her debut at the beginning of the show’s next season in 2017.

On joining the cast in her first major television role, Mackie said: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family. It’s such an extraordinary British institution – I couldn’t be prouder to call the Tardis my home. I can’t wait to see what adventures are in store for him and Bill throughout time and space.

“Reading the script at the audition, I thought Bill was wicked. Fantastically written, cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable, with a bit of geekiness thrown in.” The actress described shooting the trailer as “absolutely mental”.

Capaldi said it was “a genuine delight” to welcome Mackie to Doctor Who. “A fine, fine actress with a wonderful zest and charm, she’s a refreshing addition to the Tardis and will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to the Doctor’s adventures.”

Steven Moffat, outgoing lead writer and executive producer, said: “A new face in the Tardis, a new voyage about to begin: welcome aboard, the amazing Pearl Mackie! This is where the story really starts.”

Mackie trained as an actor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2010. Since drama school, she has worked across theatre, film, radio and television. Her acting credits include Svengali, a British film released in 2013, and she is currently appearing in the stage production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre in London.

Among the other actors who had been speculated to take the role were Coronation Street’s Michelle Keegan, and Maisie Williams, star of Game of Thrones and a guest star in the last season of the sci-fi show.

In January, Steven Moffat revealed that he was stepping down as the lead writer and executive producer of the show. He will be replaced by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, who will start work as executive producer in 2018. Series 10 is to be Moffat’s last.

Apr 112016
 

I have started to re-brand the main site, got tired of capitol letters and the orange colour.

The site now has the above logo on the root pages, lower tier pages will take time to update as I don’t use templates (I’m an amateur at web design).

I will also be changing the site to use exclusively Verdana and not the mix of fonts as it currently has

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Mar 212016
 

After the recent failure of the M-Audio Keystation 49e the time had come to replace it.

No wanting to risk another of the same make I went instead for the Alesis Q49 (the black colour sold it). So far I have no complaints and it has worked and connected perfectly. The keyboard has a better, softer feel than the rather clanky M-Audio.

As I also moved a few of my rack units from under the computer and placed under the Roland JX-3P it was also advantageous to get another rack mixer, spent more than I normally would on a Samson SM10 instead of the usual Behringer RX1602. I have also got a Samson PB10 to supply the power.

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Mar 122016
 

After a particularly bad game of football (we lost 0-3 to Newport) a few post match beverages were in order. My mate Steve left early (on medical grounds, I will let him off) so an ideal time to visit,my pre-breakdown local, The Prince Of Wales.

What shithole!

Gone are the two nice friendly bars, now it’s one bar dominated by a pool table and full of mid 20s preening lads.

Ended up in The Golden Lion, far more my style and now my local

Mar 102016
 

After weeks of odd pitch behaviour in Cubase I believe I have narrowed it down to my M-Audio Keystation.

I would at times get a random pitch drop which would require a reboot of Cubase to reset, my initial thought was that it was caused by the old Philip Rees CSF but I took that out the system and still the same problem. It was also occurring on the USB input which bypassed the CSF anyway.

I substituted the Keystation with my Casio CZ-101 and the problem ceased. Went back to the Keystation and the problem returned. I then noticed Cubase was showing random MIDI inputs, this was noticeable when running the Arturia Mini V as you could see the pitch bend wheel move. Dismantling the Keystation and disconnecting first the Pitch Wheel and then both Pitch and Mod Wheel did not cure the problem.

Unfortunately the small keys of the Casio and the fact it does not transmit octave change messages discount the Casio as a long time solution. Currently have the small MidiSmart controller doing the duties, once I am sure the problem has gone I will invest in another controller.

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Mar 012016
 

I have uploaded all of the images given to us on CD at the closure of Autoliv AGB in 2005.

I will over the next few day be adding names that I know and hopefully get some feedback from others as to those I cannot identify. I will also at some point add the few personal pictures I have from my time there

Autoliv AGB