Commentary: July 2012 Archives


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1927 were an Australian band that formed in 1987 and a string of hit singles through the late eighties and early nineties.  

I was a fan :)

"...ish", their first album was (and still is) one of my favourite albums of all time.  "The Other Side" I got as well but it didn't grab me in the same way.

I had this poster of them up in my room (at least I think I did, I don't have any photographic evidence)

1927 Poster
I decorated the whole back of my Year 11/12 school folder with a poster of the band.

I carried a picture of Eric around in my wallet.

I saw them live twice.  The first time was at the NSW Institute of Sport at Homebush, probably in 1990.  We sat on the side and I meticulously wrote down every song they played.  The second time was at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre, aka "The Bop" one Friday night in 1991.  I was quite close to the stage that night but got annoyed at a girl in front who kept bopping sideways, alternately obstructing my view.

Then they disappeared.

The next mention I saw of them was over last new years in Sydney - they were to be the support act for Roxette.  But that was in Sydney and all too hard.

Then a few weeks ago Mix106.3 announced that they were coming to Canberra.  I put out a notice on the blog, but the only two people that showed any initial interest decided they weren't really interested after all.  I didn't really want to go by myself, so it all got too hard.  The sweetie said he'd go with me if I really wanted him to, but I was thinking as of the day of the concert that I probably wouldn't go.

But then late yesterday afternoon I asked Neil if I should ask if there were any tickets left and he said yes.  So I called and they still had tickets left, so I bought two!  At which point Windy came by and said Nanette and her friends were going and he actually might have been interested if he could find babysitting.  So he arranged that - win!

So he picked me up and we went and dropped off the laptop and on call phone to Neil (thanks Neil!!) and off we went.

We arrived a bit after eight and picked up my tickets.  We had 399 and 400.

1927 Ticket

They'd said on the phone earlier that doors would probably open around 8:15.  Met up with the others and waited.  And waited.  And waited.  In the end they didn't let us upstairs til ~8:50pm :(  But because we were in the foyer right by the stairs, we were among the first to go up!  So of course we took up position right in front of the stage :)

Then we waited some more.

The crowd
We were even close enough to see the set list for the night..

1927 set list
Which translated is:

To Love Me (...ish)
Don't Forget Me (The Other Side)
Nothing in the Universe (...ish)
The Other Side (The Other Side)
Tell me a Story (The Other Side)
Compulsory Hero (...ish)
It Ain't Love (1927)
Stop the World (Generation-i)
Believe in Your Own Lies (Generation-i)
You'll Never Know (...ish)
Give the Kid a Break (...ish)
Propaganda Machine (...ish)
That's When I Think of You (...ish)
The Mess (...ish)
If I could (...ish)

Finally, a bit after 9:30, they came out!!

It took me mere seconds to realise I was going to need earplugs.  I could *feel* the music, and the wind from the speakers.  And as soon as the guitars started I knew I was going to get deafened and stressed.  So put in the earplugs and that worked well.

So as it turns out, Eric (now known as Erik) is the only original member of the band left.  Everyone else is new.  When I saw 1927 the first two times, they were actually a little boring - they just all stood there and played their songs.  Erik seems to have relaxed quite a bit these days - he seems more like a muso just enjoying what he does.  There wasn't a whole lot of interaction with the crowd though.  

So I sang along to the songs I knew, and took photos during songs I didn't...

1927 at Ainslie Football Club, 27.7.12
1927 at Ainslie Football Club, 27.7.12
1927 at Ainslie Football Club, 27.7.12
1927 at Ainslie Football Club, 27.7.12
1927 at Ainslie Football Club, 27.7.12
1927 at Ainslie Football Club, 27.7.12
1927 at Ainslie Football Club, 27.7.12
1927 at Ainslie Football Club, 27.7.12
1927 at Ainslie Football Club, 27.7.12
1927 at Ainslie Football Club, 27.7.12
1927 at Ainslie Football Club, 27.7.12
1927 at Ainslie Football Club, 27.7.12
1927 at Ainslie Football Club, 27.7.12
1927 at Ainslie Football Club, 27.7.12

After the show we hung around a bit comparing photos.  I went and bought myself a tshirt and their latest cd.  And the keyboardist (above) came out, so Nanette dragged me over to get an autograph :)  I asked if the rest of the band would be out, and he said probably in around fifteen minutes.  So we hung around.

So worth it!!!

1927 at Ainslie Football Club, 27.7.12
OMG I got to hug Erik!!!!!!

1927 at Ainslie Football Club, 27.7.12
Very squeeeeeee ;)

And I got my cd autographed by the whole band :):):)

1927 autographed CD

So thanks Neil for the kick in the butt to get tickets, and looking after on call for me, it was a totally awesome night :):):):)


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Brave Went to see Brave tonight. 

Along with a whole two other couples in the cinema heh.

Loved it!

Little kids wouldn't like some of the scary bits, heck even I was feeling a little tense.

Best animation by Pixar so far, Merida's hair alone is amazing (apparently 1500 individually rendered hairs).

Worth seeing I thought.

This morning headed to Yarralumla to the Oaks Brasserie for a birthday lunch for Damien.  

The cafe is super dog-friendly - they even have a section on the menu for dogs!

Damien Lunch
There was Donkey Kong to be played (sadly the batteries were going, so couldn't see really well enough to play it properly)

Damien Lunch
The usual suspects (lots of others too, just not great photos heh)

Damien Lunch
I had a cheesy spinach calzone which was yummy

Damien Lunch
Damien had an enormous bowl of cheesy wedges

Damien Lunch
The service was a bit sporadic.  Actually it was completely inefficient and some people had finished eating by the time other people got food.  But they did very nicely split the bill up, even though it said on their menus they don't do that.  So that was nice of them.

We sat outside which was lovely in the sun, although a little chilly when clouds came over.

Lovely lunch catchup, happy birthday Damien! :)

Last week we had a whiskey night at work.  Six whiskeys - three Scotches, two Irish and a Welsh.

Scotch Night
They were all pretty good, these were my notes on the night:

Campbelltown Longrow: strong, somewhat peaty, liked it
Penderyn sherry wood single malt (Welsh): bitier, some more intense flavours and smell. Interesting.
Knappogue Castle single malt (Irish): smelled almost fruity, definitely not as intense. Tad smokey. Just a tad. Not bad.
Writers Tears: undecided. Bit more bland and lack of smell. Jeff liked it tho
Adelphi fascadale single malt: bitey, a bit smokey, a bit too .. something. Jeff claims bacon flavours :)
Benromach special edition: Liked it. Nice flavours. Strong. Good golden colour. Still liked the Longrow the best

Sadly the Longrow had run out by the time for seconds of anything, so missed out on another shot of that.

The other day Neil and I went and tried out Samiuz under Oracle.

It was a little confusing as to what sort of place it was.  There's a counter front and centre, so I was expecting to order and pay before sitting down.  But we were asked to sit down and were given menus, but we still weren't sure whether we had to go pay then or what.  We got table service in the end, but the other guys came in and just ordered straight at the counter and paid then.  Go figure.

I had Chicken Fungi, which was quite delicious.


You know how there is Bookcrossing?  I think there should totally be Jigsawcrossing!!  Because seriously, who does jigsaws and then keeps them forever? (OK so I do, but that's only jigsaws that I've had in forever!).  These days I'm very happy to do jigsaws and pass them on.  Actually at work there's a good supply of them, and whenever I get them from elsewhere I donate them to the cause.  But it would be kinda cool to have meetups where people just swapped jigsaws to do .. just sayin!!


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A very old friend of mine was in town this week so we went out for dinner to catch up.  It might have been thirteen years since I saw him last .. whoops!!

I had Veal Scallopini

APK Veal Scallopini
And after chatting for a couple of hours we walked around Garema Place to see the ice rink

Garema Place Ice Skating
Lovely evening.  Hopefully it won't be thirteen years until I see him next!
Oh, Mum and Dad, Hao says hi! :)


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Last night I decided to start work on my parents' photos of the holiday.  The first step was fixing the timestamps on all dad's photos.  You see he hadn't adjusted the clock on his camera, and in fact didn't change it until part way through the Egypt leg.  So most of his photos were eight or nine hours out.  Then in Egypt he changed the clock - but got the day wrong, so the photos were all one day out.  

EXIF Date Changer to the rescue!

This little app gets in and adjusts the EXIF data in photos to whatever offset you need it to be.  It can also rename the photos as it goes to have the date/timestamp in the filename, which is what I do with all my photos.

So now all his photos should have the correct local time, and match up with all of mine.
But I'm sure that'll come later..

Busy day today.  Finished geotagging all 18701 of my holiday photos.  Still have my parents' photos to do.  Rotated theirs today and had a look at them all (first time I'd ever actually seen them).  Also time spent cleaning the house (not that you could tell :/ ) and cooking dinner (a pork belly, following the recent Coles magazine suggestion to cook it skin down for the first 2/3 of the cooking time.  It turned out pretty well).  

Tonight I went to find our spare house keys for Peter, but can't find them anywhere :(:(:(:(

Edit.. just found them ... under piles and piles of crap :/

Oh, and still can't find anyone to go to 1927 with .. seems noone of my demographic in Canberra ..

Ponder This

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So I had lunch today with someone that was "mostly" vegetarian, with the reason being to reduce the whole carbon footprint on the world by not eating meat and avoiding animal additives in food wherever possible.  Ok fair enough, perfectly valid reasoning.  So he'd ordered a vegetarian dish, but the restaurant made a mistake and brought out the dish with a meat filling.  So he sent it back.  This seemed illogical to me.  Food was going to be wasted in this scenario and an animal would have died anyway.  By sending it back to get another dish made up is actually *increasing* the carbon footprint on the world, as well as causing an animal to die for nothing.

It just puzzled me, that's all, what the logic for that decision was...  Any vegetarians/vegans out there want to comment?


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The other week the sweetie bought a coffee machine.  A cute little Nespresso machine that's so easy even I can use it!  He'd previously been looking at fancy machines and fancy grinders that would have taken up a whole lot more space and I never would have learned to use it.  And lets face it, he probably wouldn't have bothered to use it that often once the novelty had worn off.  This one is so easy he can happily make decaf coffees at night, and have them before work, which was far too much like hard work with his old machine.



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Fiona was in town this week so tonight we met up with her and @chrispycon and went to My's in Weston.  I'd never been there before, and discovered it was crowded for a reason - super fast service and great food.

First things first though - a phone lineup!

Phone lineup
(mine is the crappy old 3GS on the end, Fiona's is the "phablet" at the large end of the scale)

We ordered rice noodles with vegetables and bean curd..

.. flaming chicken with onions, shallots and capsicum in hoisin sauce..

My's Weston
.. braised squid with lemon grass and chili..

.. and caramelised pork..

My's Weston
All excellent!

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