flaviomatani: (guitar)
( Feb. 9th, 2016 09:19 am)
And sleepy a lot of the time. I probably have worn the quip out by now, but I still feel like they lied to me: I'd read in many places that as you got older you needed less sleep. This was reinforced by my granddad getting up at obscene times in the morning, still in the dark, listening to the newscasts on the radio at full volume. No, I need perhaps more sleep than I used to...

Yes, last week-end. Where do we start. Friday, I s'pose. After lessons there was Tufguitar, the monthly meeting of my pupils at the Rustique Café to play the guitar, then off to see the Terminal Gods at Sambucca -they put on a good show. Dance a bit, go back home relatively early, before 2:00 am. Saturday: teach a good chunk of the day, then off to [livejournal.com profile] ciphergoth and [livejournal.com profile] lovelybug's leaving do -they're going to California and I'm already missing Jess. It was a very good party. Took many pictures, the least worse of which now at a Facebook album. From there I went to the Big Red, to the double birthday celebration of Delphine and Magda's. The Princess Unreachable was there, we had an intense three minute conversation and she left for the Slimelight with a group of happy campers friends. I managed not to cry or anything and had a very good time for the rest of the evening. Again, took many pictures albeit with the phone. Phones have got much better at this but not quite there just yet perhaps.

Sunday was quite unremarkable, almost a non-day. Had a stroll around Chinatown in the rain but there wasn't a lot apart from New Year decorations -apart from many many tourists occupying every available space. Didn't last long and went back home.

Need to get me a couple more occasions to play my current programme, see whether I can get a decent recording or video of me playing Bach's Chaconne in public...
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: (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.
flaviomatani: (guitar)
( Feb. 1st, 2013 09:08 pm)
Hmmm.. Inferno, or not Inferno? But it is the Inferno-Sin City mash-up night...

Whether to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous metal...
flaviomatani: (flav has  left the chat)
( May. 14th, 2012 10:13 pm)
Week end was quite reasonably eventful in a good way. On Friday I went to Black Plastic 4 (only found a MySpace link! does anybody still use this?) which was, for the little while I was there, a very good night. Lovely to see [livejournal.com profile] suicideally and [livejournal.com profile] chris_damage as well as [livejournal.com profile] krius, whose birthday it was.

I left early to catch Departure, but it had been quiet there and closed early.

Saturday brought about the massive Hampstead Alternative Picnic, organised by [livejournal.com profile] londonjon. This was very good.. there'll be pictures from me when I get around to sorting, sieving and editing them and bringing them down to a reasonable number (I took more than 600 pics). In the evening there was Reptile, with the presence of lovely [livejournal.com profile] lovelybug and [livejournal.com profile] ciphergoth amongst many. Sunday was a little more sedate, with a long local walk and some lessons to do.

Today, apart from a creep harassing a friend on Facebook, has been ok, if very busy, apart from an hour and a bit stolen to do some gym/swim, of which swim was good. Tomorrow... oh, tomorrow. 5:30 am start. Eek.

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... have a good one!

Week-end was generally good, apart from .. not the having to work, but the fact of some pupils having arranged lessons then cancelling at the last minute. And the weather. And that car that was holding up the traffic on the A1,, in the middle of the carriageway with plums of smoke and a geyser of brown water issuing from under the bonnet (no, it wasn't my car. But driving an old Peugeot which I don't look after properly, I do wonder..)...

Plus points: Betty Ford Clinic. It was a bit ... sparsely attended but was a very good night. I still think the bar is way too expensive, though. And getting out of there in the middle of the night is difficult. I normally resolve both things by the simple expedient of driving there, which means I cannot drink and have a reasonable chance of making it back home when I decide to, without waiting for night buses for half the night. It is a good night, though, and will be coming back.

Drinks for [livejournal.com profile] strangepixel's birthday at [livejournal.com profile] kajia's on Saturday night. This was excellent and pictures will follow. Maria is definitely Queen of the Margaritas. Pity I missed the dinner at Mildred's.

Sunday evening at the Dev, in celebration of [livejournal.com profile] ravenstoker's birthday -there were quite a few other interesting things happening that night but had to go say happy birthday. Also met with Samantha (who has an LJ but whose ljusername I didn't quite get...) which was very good.

Looking outside today makes me think,, for some reason, of Dryden and the detuning of the sky (I'm sure somebody in ljland had mentioned it...)...
... have a good one!

Week-end was generally good, apart from .. not the having to work, but the fact of some pupils having arranged lessons then cancelling at the last minute. And the weather. And that car that was holding up the traffic on the A1,, in the middle of the carriageway with plums of smoke and a geyser of brown water issuing from under the bonnet (no, it wasn't my car. But driving an old Peugeot which I don't look after properly, I do wonder..)...

Plus points: Betty Ford Clinic. It was a bit ... sparsely attended but was a very good night. I still think the bar is way too expensive, though. And getting out of there in the middle of the night is difficult. I normally resolve both things by the simple expedient of driving there, which means I cannot drink and have a reasonable chance of making it back home when I decide to, without waiting for night buses for half the night. It is a good night, though, and will be coming back.

Drinks for [livejournal.com profile] strangepixel's birthday at [livejournal.com profile] kajia's on Saturday night. This was excellent and pictures will follow. Maria is definitely Queen of the Margaritas. Pity I missed the dinner at Mildred's.

Sunday evening at the Dev, in celebration of [livejournal.com profile] ravenstoker's birthday -there were quite a few other interesting things happening that night but had to go say happy birthday. Also met with Samantha (who has an LJ but whose ljusername I didn't quite get...) which was very good.

Looking outside today makes me think,, for some reason, of Dryden and the detuning of the sky (I'm sure somebody in ljland had mentioned it...)...
flaviomatani: (flav has  left the chat)
( Jun. 4th, 2007 04:31 pm)
First of all, Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] blackberryqueen!!

It was a good week-end, apart from the small horrible incident in the park mentioned yesterday, but which did not manage to mar a beautiful picnic, a gppd gathering of lovely people.

Yesterday, a few lessons and some time spent at the Dev in the evening, where there were two groups of friends sitting in different places so I had to divide myself in two. It was very good to see [livejournal.com profile] redlaurie and [livejournal.com profile] mark13, sorry if the stress over the flat thing (this sentence looks very ood -never mind) spilled over. It seems like there will be a temporary respite from that tension, but, you were right in what the choices I'm facing are -and maybe it is time to move. It was very good also to see [livejournal.com profile] necromanci -but, did you see me?:P At the other table, [livejournal.com profile] ravenstoker. [livejournal.com profile] deinelakaien. [livejournal.com profile] catwalk_ghost. (we finally meet, sir), Greenie, Owen & Christine, then Jana and her boyfriend and a few others.

Today has brought a milliion errands, going to Camden Council to sort out parking permit and other things, a pupil not turning up on the day he was due to pay and not being available on the phone, more lessons later and the aforementioned news from the agency that I don't have to move tomorrow -but I might want to...
flaviomatani: (flav has  left the chat)
( Jun. 4th, 2007 04:31 pm)
First of all, Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] blackberryqueen!!

It was a good week-end, apart from the small horrible incident in the park mentioned yesterday, but which did not manage to mar a beautiful picnic, a gppd gathering of lovely people.

Yesterday, a few lessons and some time spent at the Dev in the evening, where there were two groups of friends sitting in different places so I had to divide myself in two. It was very good to see [livejournal.com profile] redlaurie and [livejournal.com profile] mark13, sorry if the stress over the flat thing (this sentence looks very ood -never mind) spilled over. It seems like there will be a temporary respite from that tension, but, you were right in what the choices I'm facing are -and maybe it is time to move. It was very good also to see [livejournal.com profile] necromanci -but, did you see me?:P At the other table, [livejournal.com profile] ravenstoker. [livejournal.com profile] deinelakaien. [livejournal.com profile] catwalk_ghost. (we finally meet, sir), Greenie, Owen & Christine, then Jana and her boyfriend and a few others.

Today has brought a milliion errands, going to Camden Council to sort out parking permit and other things, a pupil not turning up on the day he was due to pay and not being available on the phone, more lessons later and the aforementioned news from the agency that I don't have to move tomorrow -but I might want to...
flaviomatani: (guinness3)
( May. 18th, 2007 07:29 pm)
Tonight, party in Stoke Newington for Jill's birthday. If I can make it afterwards, I'll try to go to Betty Ford Clinic, although tomorrow being a working day and all the rest might mean that I only make it to one of the two.

Tomorrow night shall be Invocation at the Minories in Tower Bridge. There is also [livejournal.com profile] zuleika666's birthday bash at the Big Red. On Sunday I have some three lessons -spread through the day, starting at 12 pm in Stamford Hill, don't have anything marked for the evening which probably means I'm forgetting something important....
flaviomatani: (guinness3)
( May. 18th, 2007 07:29 pm)
Tonight, party in Stoke Newington for Jill's birthday. If I can make it afterwards, I'll try to go to Betty Ford Clinic, although tomorrow being a working day and all the rest might mean that I only make it to one of the two.

Tomorrow night shall be Invocation at the Minories in Tower Bridge. There is also [livejournal.com profile] zuleika666's birthday bash at the Big Red. On Sunday I have some three lessons -spread through the day, starting at 12 pm in Stamford Hill, don't have anything marked for the evening which probably means I'm forgetting something important....
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( Feb. 12th, 2007 02:24 pm)
That is one ugly name for a club/bar. There was an interesting gig last night there, where there were playing a few bands including Patricide, -Un and Leechwoman. Mostly what people used to call (still call) 'experimental', which is no longer ground breaking (I thnk I saw the first performance of that kind in 1975...) but it is still very good to see, nonetheless, people making music which is out of the ordinary. I'm not going to attempt a review, which [livejournal.com profile] morbidfrog did much better here(with photos), but it was good to see some different stuff. Liked what Robert was doing (solo drum kit doing very simple but very intense stuff against an electronic or electro-acoustic backdrop). Leechwoman was a revelation, something like a noise band with guitars (much sori if they think of themselves as a metal band of some sort, that's what I got from them and I liked it). I'm glad I went.
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( Feb. 12th, 2007 02:24 pm)
That is one ugly name for a club/bar. There was an interesting gig last night there, where there were playing a few bands including Patricide, -Un and Leechwoman. Mostly what people used to call (still call) 'experimental', which is no longer ground breaking (I thnk I saw the first performance of that kind in 1975...) but it is still very good to see, nonetheless, people making music which is out of the ordinary. I'm not going to attempt a review, which [livejournal.com profile] morbidfrog did much better here(with photos), but it was good to see some different stuff. Liked what Robert was doing (solo drum kit doing very simple but very intense stuff against an electronic or electro-acoustic backdrop). Leechwoman was a revelation, something like a noise band with guitars (much sori if they think of themselves as a metal band of some sort, that's what I got from them and I liked it). I'm glad I went.
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have a lovely day!

Ok, last night I did my lessons, went to D&B, went to Inferno. Had a very good time, didn't sleep. Now waiting for first pupil. Things moving very slowlys at the moment, head seems to contain a fish bowl that sloshes if I move suddenly...
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