October 12th, 2005



Well, book is sent back to Amazon fr: "raison de retour: manque de quelques pages entre 360 et 373". They say they'll send me a new one and refund the postage. Just as well since it was nearly a fiver.

Oyster have mailed me back (in reponse to me asking if I can have longer to activate my card please) saying that once an order is placed it can't be changed. They didn't tell me when I placed it that I'd only have 5 days to activate it!

In better news Rachel has given me her old Good Beer and Good Pub guides, and lent me Bride and Prejudice. Plus Magic Numbers are playing tonight. Even if it does look like timings aren't going to work sensibly for meeting Mike for food first. And my recent Amazon uk cds order has shipped.

I decided I was fed up of people going "Goth!" at me for no good reason, so am today looking more goth than normal. Including pink boots. Yes pink is goth.

I'm un-becolden enough to be back at work but find myself really not wanting to be here, and utterly shattered. Wondering about taking some holiday but don't feel like ending up with another year where I've frittered it all away in a day here and a day there and not done anything interesting with my time.

Digestive system is still making rude noises at me but being kept at bay by ranitidine and calcium carbonate. Probably if I'd had them with me at the weekend I wouldn't have been ill last Friday. Doc reckons so long as those keep working then we don't need to worry. Didn't seem too unhappy with my blood pressure, especially if I'm not on the pill anymore. Agreed that I seemed in a state for lower dose of ADs. So now I'm back on the standard 20mg dose for the foreseeable. Go me. I'm sad right now, sometimes miserable, but not really depressed. I dunno if I can explain the difference. Though the feelings of hopelessness aren't completely at bay, so I'm keeping an eye on them.

dark side of the moon

Still Magic

I saw the Magic Numbers play at Glastonbury. In a crowded tent named in John Peel's honour which was almost worshipping the ground they walked on. The more they smiled the more the crowd cheered and the happier they got. It's a moment that will probably live with me forever and with that in mind it was hard to imagine they could ever live up to my hopes in seeing them again, but they did.

A smaller crowd, a smaller room, but they filled it with their music. Their simple formula of guitar, bass, drums, assorted percussion and three voices seems to work every time. Playing song after song from their eponymous album you kept feeling like they had to have run out, until they played another and you went "ooh" again remembering how good it was. In amongst them they threw a couple of new tracks, including a lovely acoustic solo from Michelle which will apparently be the B side of their next single, and their contribution to the Warchild album. And they managed to keep the pace varied, with an assortment which included a glockenspiel duet of all things.

They opened the encore with another acoustic number, this time a Beyonce cover, managing at once to be hilarious and beautiful. It was followed by one of their singles and then they got the crowd to sing along to Wheels on Fire. It's always impressive when a crowd can sing well, and they did, even managing to make the slow ending work. A finale of a rousing number made everyone jump and clap and dance along. The crowd yelled itself hoarse, as the band left the stage still grinning. And I'm still grinning too.

Right now I don't believe in cynicism. A feeling I hope will last.

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