flaviomatani: (analemma)
( Oct. 7th, 2016 12:30 pm)
Busy week-end ahead -apart from my lessons and various other things I have to do, there's a lot happening:

- Cats, rabbits and drinks at [livejournal.com profile] londonjon's
- Dead and Buried in Archway tonight
- Skeletal Family at Elegant Decadence (probably won't make this one)
- [livejournal.com profile] sashagoblin's wedding tomorrow! -but I won't be able to make it :(
- The Mission and Death in June are playing in various places in London -but I won't make either of these.
- Invocation! at the Minories in Tower Bridge.
- Slimelight's anniversary.
- Reptile -might have to give this month's Reptile a miss.
- Bibliogoth's October meeting on Sunday, discussing 'The King Must Die' by Mary Renault, her take on the Theseus myth.

My work prospects are improving but I'm still very skint, which is the main reason why I cannot make some (or many) of the events cited above, apart from the small detail that they're all happening at the same time in what seems to be the busiest week-end of the year. I expect I'll see one or two of you who still read this at one or other of them, but have to watch the pennies and -there is something else. I am beginning to feel that I cannot do everything, be everywhere at the same time. My energy levels are no longer what they never were in the first place -but I could ignore. I don't think I can do that anymore.
I seem to have survived another Valentine's Day, one with the potential to be a particularly painful one. Managed instead to have a good time with friends at a double birthday party (there are pictures) and later at the Slimelight. I've never really really had a very bad night at the Slime but this was a good candidate, although not for lack of good company, having arrived with the birthday boy and girl and their entourage that included [livejournal.com profile] londonjon and [livejournal.com profile] rougeno1 and running into [livejournal.com profile] djpsyche and a few other peeps. The one dancing room I found painfully loud (it did feel like much louder than usual, it may have been me) and didn't have ear-plugs with me so I stayed in the courtyard talking to people. Lasted about an hour and a half and left for home. Better than other possibilities for the night. Next month I'll be at Reptile. This last one.. no, I couldn't do that to myself. Funny how it works. All these things (Christmas, birthdays, etc) are arbitrary markers, this day is significative because we decide it is. And many of those days are just vehicles for the commercial juggernaut to make us buy things. And yet we need them and they often work. Except when they work in a way that makes us feel worse not better.

Sunday brought the monthly [livejournal.com profile] bibliogoth meeting, this time discussing 'Libra' by Don Delillo, a sort of history-fiction account of Lee Harvey Oswald's life leading to John F Kennedy's assassination. The person in the group that was the most familiar with the book hated it. I, the only person in the group that was alive at the time of the events, quite liked it although I did find the first few chapters difficult to get on with, particularly with the swarm of Federal agents that all 'looked' identical and in my mind were all like copies of the Matrix's Agent Smith. A very interesting discussion that centred more on the events that the book explores rather than the book itself.
flaviomatani: (Default)
( Feb. 12th, 2016 09:12 am)
In case anyone still reads this: A New Dusk tonight at Aces & Eights in
Tufnell Park.
"Spinning contemporary post-punk, minimal, and cold wave"

Djs Dave Exile, Robert Cowlin and Matthew Coulam.

Facebook event here:

<https://www.facebook.com/events/936927466385578/>
flaviomatani: (guitar)
( Feb. 12th, 2016 09:10 am)
In case anyone still reads this: A New Dusk tonight at Aces & Eights in
Tufnell Park.
"Spinning contemporary post-punk, minimal, and cold wave"

Djs Dave Exile, Robert Cowlin and Matthew Coulam.

Facebook event here:

<https://www.facebook.com/events/936927466385578/>
Thursday I met with a young friend at Amorino in Covent Garden to eat fantastic ice-cream and sit at the tables outside under the leaky grey, grey skies exchanging life stories, mostly about our respective fathers.

In the evening I went to North-Nineteen for the [livejournal.com profile] londongothsluts meeting, this time celebrating [livejournal.com profile] boxcat and [livejournal.com profile] myz_lilith's return from their travels. After listening to very good stories of far away and having a so-so dinner (a first for the place; I won't be ordering fish and chips there again), left to go and see The Creeping Terrors at the Unicorn. Very good gig on their part, not that many people in the audience, though. Pictures of the gig, here. The band that followed was playing 'ironic' covers of hard rock and generic 'cock rock'. I'm getting tired of 'ironic' so I left with friends for a glass of wine at their place and to make the acquaintance of Luna, their visiting cat. A lot of wine and good conversation, although it is not the conversation that results in a pounding head the morning after.

Friday -I totally failed to make it to Nambucca to see Prof Elemental (I wasn't that taken with the idea of this, I must say) and the Memepunks (I was, but still didn't make it). Instead I stayed at Veronique's Goth Christmas Party and Jason's Birthday Commiserations (at Aces & Eights; no link as it was a 'private' event), which was a fantastic party. Again, pictures here. Really really lovely. More head pounding in the morning.

On Saturday, after lessons and meeting a friend for coffee and catch up at the Rustique Café, I went to the Slimelight to see DKAG and Alien Vampires' concert. Wasn't intending to stay long or drink much but people kept giving me conversation and buying me drinks and .. the morning after started lated and went rather slowly and heavily. Maybe there is a theme developing here.

Sunday didn't exist apart from some guitar practice and one lesson, this one online with my pupil in Kuala Lumpur.

Monday -ah, getting to meet [livejournal.com profile] lovelybug at St Pancras and spend some lovely time with her there, then joining Krisztina and [livejournal.com profile] yog_sthoth at the Tricycle Theatre to see _that_ movie. Which I liked. Quite a bit. May have to see it again in a larger screen, maybe in 3D.

I didn't mention the letter from the HMRC where they allude to a possible error in my tax return last year which will mean me having to magic a lot of money to pay more tax. No, one wouldn't mention that sort of thing, would one.
flaviomatani: (owl)
( Dec. 15th, 2015 10:34 pm)
As I sat to write this, it was a dark and stormy night. Now, it was only 4:20 pm. I could live in this island a hundred years and not get used to the short days of winter, it suddenly being pitch black night in the middle of the afternoon.

The week end was good. Some bits of it were rather very good, in fact.

On Friday some of my pupils met, as they do once a month, at the Café Rustique in Tufnell Park to play together. From there I rushed to The Forum to see New Model Army do their by now traditional Christmas concert at the forum. This was... excellent, Mr Sullivan still is full of anger in all the good ways.I'd lost my friend Lara in the crowd (which was full of familiar faces) but eventually found her and we withdrew after the concert to have a coffee and catch up.

Saturday was Reptile. This was very good -dance and catch up with lots of lovely folk. One of the highlights may have been a particular absurd conversation with friends on the outside terrace under the rain. Doesn't sound like a lot of fun but it was.

On Sunday, after my nightmare lesson, met with a few lovely people at the Landseeer for Sunday roast and conversation. This was just what I needed after a difficult, demanding lesson the morning after a very good night out.

On Monday there was the by now traditional Bleak Xmas dinner and carol sing-along at the Rochester Castle (the Roch, for the regulars) in Stoke Newington. This was a lovely meeting of peeps, some of whom I hadn't seen for years and some who I only see, these days, on that one occasion once a year. Thanks again [livejournal.com profile] chris_damage, [livejournal.com profile] andyknifton and [livejournal.com profile] suicideally for organising this.

And for something truly terrifying, the rendition (I use the word advisedly) that night of 'Silent Night': https://youtu.be/6f_yUg99z9o
Remarkably busy week-end. I should start that on the Thursday, when I went to the [livejournal.com profile] londongothsluts meeting at the Doric Arch -particularly since I didn't have to go to school on the Friday. I did go to [livejournal.com profile] deadandburied (ah, that's still there, even though Nik hasn't posted for many an eon) in Archway. That was an excellent party. Saturday was very good, if a tiny little bit bittersweet for me in parts. A couple of lessons, then to the Bart's Christmas Bazaar with my friend Jennie with the idea of buying a couple of little pressies for [livejournal.com profile] redd_foxx who always buys me lots of little presents for xmas and I hardly buy her anything back. Didn't find anything that would really catch me but did buy a couple of things. We left and ended up in a Nicholson's pub nearby, had a lovely catch up and finally each left for their home -I only briefly, as was going to Cavey Nik's (seems he has finally deleted his old LJ) birthday meal at Jashan's Indian restaurant in Turnpike Lane. This turned out to be very good, perhaps not the cheapest but very very nice food. A lovely meeting of people, too. I think the birthday boy was happy.

Sunday brought, apart from my most difficult lesson of the week, the Alternative Bring & Buy at the Dome in Tufnell Park. This was, as always, a lovely event. Again, I came back with a couple of small things. In the evening there was the 'after-event' party at Aces & Eights in Tufnell Park. Pizza and beers with friends.
flaviomatani: (book of g-quan)
( Oct. 26th, 2015 10:31 am)
... and a good week-end it was.

On Thursday there was Tufguitar: (some of) my pupils met to play at the Rustique café, as they do once a month. A very good one, had five pupils present which is good going for something like this, including a new face.

On Friday there was A New Dusk at Aces and Eights; this was a lovely night of dancing to post-punk music and catching up with friends and making a few new ones. A small basement in a bar in Tufnell Park, a lovely atmosphere, a very good night.

Saturday promised to be a bit hectic: I had lessons to do and other things, then there was the Renaissance Festival at Electrowerkz and the Gothic Valley WI's Hallowe'en party. I managed to attend both, or at least the first four or five bands at the festival, a few hours at the party and then the last couple of bands at the festival again and, again, a little bit of dancing and, again again, catching up with people. Both good, in very different ways. I still missed a couple of things that were going on, mainly Shenanigans which -oops, I forgot it was that evening. Sorry Sal and Zeke... I don't think they missed me, though; all reports were of a very good night there.

This is half term week so no school. Today, a couple of lessons and meeting a friend for coffee (me, she doesn't do coffee much) and book exchange. On which topic, just finished Charlie Stross's 'Merchant Princes' trilogy -very very good, gripping story that I read almost in one sitting but with a rather rushed ending with some loose ends left. He must have had a lot of fun writing this -it takes place (and was written) in the mid 2000's in the aftermath of 9/11 and he gets to have G W Bush die in a nuclear attack, replaced by Dick Cheney who, in the story, is in league with a cartel of drug smugglers from a parallel Earth. Ok, that's kind of a spoiler but you weren't going to read it anyway, were you. And the story is much more complex than that. I don't think he can write a follow up book to the series, given all the things in it that have become anachronic. More's the pity.
flaviomatani: (flav has  left the chat)
( Sep. 7th, 2015 07:44 pm)
Week end was fantastic fun ending, as it sometimes does, with a a strange come-down which is only the product of my own mind. Friday I went to [livejournal.com profile] caveynik's Dead & Buried upstairs of the Archway Tavern -had a lot of fun, danced and talked with a lot of people. Didn't take a camera but still took a few pictures with the phone, which are somewhere on Facebook. Saturday brought the Hampstead Alternative Picnic -photos here. In the evening I went with Jennie to Luton to Club After-Life/September Forever; which was reasonably good. A little dance and, in my case, only drink as I was driving and before 1:30 we headed back to London.

Sunday was the Alternative Bring & Buy and lunch with Jennie Ikin at Lalibela, the Ethiopian restaurant in Tufnell Park. Later, return there to Aces & Eights for the after-party of the AB&B and final bit of [livejournal.com profile] londonjon's birthday, which was a lot of fun and reminded me of a good Sunday evening at the old Dev.

Monday has been generally horrible, as Mondays are wont to.
A week end of many parts, most of them good.

Friday was a strange day. I was feeling down and lonely, for various reasons but especially one which will not go in this story. Had nothing planned for that evening and wandered around for hours, walking seemingly having some sort of calming or restoring effect when I feel like that -walked past the Unicorn on Camden Road where there was a punk gig but didn't much like the environment so walked on to Big Red, which was empty -it was too early. Walked yet further down to check out the new location of the 12 Bar Club but didn't go in. Back at the Big Red, a friend turned up and chatted with her about entropy and the pointlessness of existence (maybe I'm hanging out with goths a bit too much) until at some point some other friends and people I know turned up -and it turned out an excellent evening. Made it back around 2:30 or so.

The following day brought about, apart from a couple of lessons, a visit to the Bart's Bazaar Macabre Market at St Bart's Hospital. Didn't buy anything and didn't take pictures but it was a very good outing. I do have to say that seeing all those pathology exhibits just makes me think of how much suffering they brought to their bearers, but it was very interesting -the market itself was small but interesting, full of lovely trinkets although none that really really caught me enough to buy. In the evening, it was Dylan's birthday at Garlic & Shots. There'll be pictures of that but for now, just a very short video of him extolling the virtues of a German Curry Energy Drink..

From there they went on to Decadence but I went to see the Terminal Gods at the Slimelight. Wasn't taken by the two opening bands I saw but the T Gods were very good. I heard some people criticising their music as derivative and.. well, I suppose it is, a little bit, and their influences are very very clear, but there is nothing really wrong with that when they do their stuff so well and I enjoyed it a lot. Took many pictures, I may put up some somewhere.

On Sunday met with Jennie at the Satanic Flea Market, had a browse and generally a good time (good to see [livejournal.com profile] mister_ed and Natasha) but again I felt that although there were lovely and interesting things none caught me enough to actually buy. We went next door to Raizes, the Brazilian restaurant next door. Had a good feijoada and arroz carreteiro and we shared a Caipirinha -it was a bit early for that sort of thing but it was nice. Later, we went for a walk down the South Bank. I always enjoy just that feeling of soaking London in, walking past the Globe or the Royal Festival Hall. We stopped at the Real Food Market for a cider and then each went home. Turned out to be a rather good week-end in the end.
Thursday, the [livejournal.com profile] londongothsluts meeting at North Nineteen, saying a temporary farewell to [livejournal.com profile] boxcat and [livejournal.com profile] myz_lilith and, for me, a long conversation that was a window into somebody's soul -but, alas, cannot go any further. Friday brought meeting Tasha at Ruby Violet for lovely ice cream, followed by visit and sortie to the Pineapple with friend -she is considering taking up the guitar -and there might be a good guitar teacher near. After that, Metalchrome for a bit, and share vodka & tonics without vodka (or was it gin & tonic without gin? Is there a conceptual difference?) with [livejournal.com profile] djpsyche who it is always good to see. Saturday was a bit hectic, with lessons, [livejournal.com profile] origamitiger and Stjon's BBQ, another engagement and finally Reptile, which was a very good night. After three hours' sleep, I got up early to be picked up a pupil to go to the West Dean Classical Guitar Course and Festival near Chichester. It was a lovely but intense day and it was made to feel much longer after those scant three hours of sleep.

Next week-end should be a little more sedate. And then comes Infest.
Last week end was rather long. It could have started on Tuesday, Bastille Day which also happens to be my birthday. After last year's fiasco (when I found myself alone in the company of [livejournal.com profile] kruku in the middle of a sea of tables reserved for us in a pub in Holborn) I didn't feel like putting myself through a birthday celebration this year. So I didn't. I'd said to people that I'd share a birthday drink with whoever came to the garden concert I was playing on Thursday. In the event, I had less than half the numbers of people I was anticipating (and that still counting on about half the people who tell you they're going to come actually will -with a lower proportion on Facebook). The concert went well, people liked what I played and I found myself later at Aces & Eights in the good company of [livejournal.com profile] ravenstoker, [livejournal.com profile] augeas, [livejournal.com profile] kekhmet and one or two other people. A couple of pints, a pizza and some good conversation.

On Friday I went to a football pub ... no, wait, went there to see [livejournal.com profile] djpsyche's band the Memepunks doing their usual fun covers and mash-ups, with [livejournal.com profile] deathboy doing an excellent opening set (we'll have to talk about his remarkable guitar technique:) and [livejournal.com profile] aliasrob doing a short but sweet stand-up comedy set. After this I went to Aces and Eights.. again, to join the goths at the New Dusk and dance a little bit. On Saturday, finally, I had some birthday cake at Reptile, as well as perhaps one or two pints more and a little bit of dancing and talking rubbish catching up with peeps. So it would seem like I did get a little bit of birthday celebration after all.

We'll see whether next year my birthday-twin [livejournal.com profile] lovelybug and I can get it together to make a joint celebration. We'll see.
flaviomatani: (zBSG raider)
( Dec. 21st, 2014 09:47 pm)
Hm, yes, well... what have I done in the last few days? Mmm... done a few guitar lessons, had an adult pupil do a grade 4 that he thought he was going to fail and instead got a Merit. Attended the [livejournal.com profile] bibliogoth meeting last Sunday to discuss China Meiville's 'Embassytown', discussion to which I had less to contribute than I would have thought -had forgotten half the book and had been reading another science-fiction book with a female protagonist which didn't help. Finished reading Amanda Palmer's 'The Art of Asking' (and liked it a lot). Went to the Bleak Christmas at the Roch in Stoke Newington, where I caught up with people (good to see [livejournal.com profile] squirmelia and [livejournal.com profile] deathboy and thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] chris_damage, [livejournal.com profile] andyknifton and [livejournal.com profile] suicideally for everything), had a Wetherspoon's Christmas dinner like every year (with burnt pigs-on-blankets and cardboard turkey as is traditional there but never mind, that wasn't the point), then on Saturday went to [livejournal.com profile] lovelybug and [livejournal.com profile] ciphergoth's Christmas Gathering, which was an excellent party and somehow ended up at the Slimelight. Arrived with people from the party but they quickly disappeared, as they were doing their own thing (cough). Had a little dance, caught up with some more people and finally left at 3:30, spending the journey back on the 214 talking to [livejournal.com profile] maragotika four thousand miles away on Skype. She couldn't believe how noisy and raucous the night bus was. People out there seem to have kind of the wrong idea about the English.

Today was a whole lot quieter, with a lesson in the morning and a few errands and shopping done, a little reading and a lot of vegetating -staying out late seems to be taking it out of me much more than before...

Also, I've been watching again the mini-series of Battlestar Galactica. It gets better with every re-watching (and so does Mary...:D ...) , even though you don't get the forewarnings or forebodings of what's going to happen that you get in Babylon 5 (mostly because they were making it up along the way). I'll blame [livejournal.com profile] scifi_mel for that :)
flaviomatani: (Default)
( Sep. 8th, 2014 02:41 pm)
It was a week-end of quite a few things happening. On Friday I went to both Inferno and Dead & Buried * ; danced a lot at both (almost non-stop at Inferno for perhaps two hours). Also ran into a few peeps there, notably [personal profile] morbidfrog and Nadia (who used to be on LJ and is probably in my list but whose LJ handle I cannot remember). Then I went to Dead and Buried, mainly to say happy birthday to [personal profile] djpsyche (which I probably forgot to do...oops) and stayed there until some time between 2:30 and 3:00. Saturday brought the Hampstead Alternative Picnic * and then a bout of Big Red. People wanted to drag me to Slimelight but I resisted, as I had a couple of lessons early on Sunday (and also I felt I kind of had done my allocation of clubbing for the week-end, all in one go the previous day). Sunday brought those lessons and the Alternative Bring and Buy Sale at the Dome, courtesy of the indefatigable [profile] xsjdx. All this was good and there could have been more as they were decamping to Aces and Eights after -but I had to get ready for first day of school today. Yes, at this age. A good week-end, all in all, catching up with some lovely people, a few of which I hardly ever see.

* ) These two links are for 'closed' Facebook groups, meaning you have to request membership in order to see the contents. Sorry about this. As most of you are on FB and some might be interested in these I thought I'd put in the links anyway.
flaviomatani: (owl)
( Sep. 8th, 2014 02:40 pm)
It was a week-end of quite a few things happening. On Friday I went to both Inferno and Dead & Buried * ; danced a lot at both (almost non-stop at Inferno for perhaps two hours). Also ran into a few peeps there, notably [livejournal.com profile] morbidfrog and Nadia (who used to be on LJ and is probably in my list but whose LJ handle I cannot remember). Then I went to Dead and Buried, mainly to say happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] djpsyche (which I probably forgot to do...oops) and stayed there until some time between 2:30 and 3:00. Saturday brought the Hampstead Alternative Picnic * and then a bout of Big Red. People wanted to drag me to Slimelight but I resisted, as I had a couple of lessons early on Sunday (and also I felt I kind of had done my allocation of clubbing for the week-end, all in one go the previous day). Sunday brought those lessons and the Alternative Bring and Buy Sale at the Dome, courtesy of the indefatigable [livejournal.com profile] xsjdx. All this was good and there could have been more as they were decamping to Aces and Eights after -but I had to get ready for first day of school today. Yes, at this age. A good week-end, all in all, catching up with some lovely people, a few of which I hardly ever see.

* ) These two links are for 'closed' Facebook groups, meaning you have to request membership in order to see the contents. Sorry about this. As most of you are on FB and some might be interested in these I thought I'd put in the links anyway.

The week-end brought the usual assortment of guitar lessons and work things, plus the [livejournal.com profile] bibliogoth meet `(if you can call it that when only three people turned up, but it still was an interesting discussion on topics around the book for the month, about which there wasn't that much to discuss, OTOH). And Dead & Buried at the Latin Groove in Archway, at the back of the Archway Tavern premises of the new Intrepid Fox. It was an excellent night, full of dance and catching up with people, many of whom I hadn't seen for a while.

The book in question at Bibliogoth was 'Mr Penumbra's 24 hr Bookstore'. It wasn't an entirely bad reading but it felt very heavily like a hipster Dan Brown, full of pretend geekery and a big mystery that resolves into nothing, sorry if that's a spoiler -more like a warning, if you were thinking of investing time reading it.

The week-end also closed with the news of the death of somebody who I only knew a little bit and hadn't seen for a long time but who was a good friend of many friends and whose loss has had a big impact. My condolences to those of you that were close to him.

This week should be a little less hectic than previous. This should mean more guitar practice. We'll see. For now, coffee and off to school....

flaviomatani: (guitar)
( Feb. 22nd, 2014 10:57 am)
Good night at Dusk & Dawn. Somebody already mentioned the similarity with the old Tanze Macabre venue in Soho -a tiny basement.

Before that, a good rehearsal with Verity running over some John Dowland lute songs (on guitar, of course).

Today, lessons, lessons and birthday drinks at a bar relatively near.
flaviomatani: (guitar)
( May. 10th, 2013 08:59 pm)
Didn't put in as much guitar practice as I would have hoped today -getting pins and needles on the tip my right hand's middle finger when I play, which makes it rather difficult to deal with some of the rather complex stuff in the programme I'm preparing. It's coming along ok, though, although I'm aware of time passing ever faster.

Getting ready to have a wander down to the Big Red, there is some sort of acoustic night and a couple of people I know will be playing. There is also Departure, Steve Wilkin's night at the Elixir Bar. But tomorrow will be full of things, with several lessons including a new pupil in the morning, the Alternative Picnic in Kenwood House Hampstead and other things happening, so it would be a good idea not to stay out too long. Whoever told you (and I heard this often as a kid) that you need less sleep as you get older... well, they lied.
flaviomatani: (guitar)
( Mar. 10th, 2013 03:47 pm)
Reptile and Drilling Spree's set at Reptile were very good. As I was leaving (early as I was to have a busy day today, which seems to be evaporating quickly with cancellations, but that's another story) there still were lots of people arriving at an already packed party.

Today, lessons. And cancellations, so I may have time to do my own guitar practice. Still getting that feeling I was commenting on (f.o. post) the other night, but feeling a bit better about things.

About to embark in, finally after so many years, reading Atwood's The Handmaiden's Tale, given that the other two books I'm reading have slowed down to a crawl. Well, the books haven't, of course, but.. you know.
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