beceh: (books and socks)
For my own reference - Books & Gigs that I read/attend in 2011!

Books

(1) My Life in France by Julia Child (January 3rd)
(2) Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell (January 5th)
(3) The Keys to the Kingdom: Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix (January 12th)
(4) The Keys to the Kingdom: Sir Thursday by Garth Nix (January 20th)
(5) The Keys to the Kingdom: Lady Friday by Garth Nix (January 23rd)
(6) The Keys to the Kingdom: Superior Saturday by Garth Nix (January 25th)

(7) The Keys to the Kingdom: Lord Sunday by Garth Nix (February 3rd)
(8) The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (February 14th)
(9) The Lady Elizabeth: A Novel by Alison Weir (February 18th)
(10) Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir (February 25th)

(11) The King's Daughter by Barbara Kyle (April 5th) 
(12) Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Cosie (April 11th)
(13) Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (April 20th)
(14) Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning (April 21st) 
(15) Faefever by Karen Marie Moning (April 23rd)
(16) Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning (April 25th) 
(17) Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (April 28th)

(18) Marley & Me by John Grogan (May 20th)

(19) A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (June 2nd)
(20) A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (June 19th)  

(21) A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin (July 9th)
(22) The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir (July 14th)
(23) A Feast For Crows by George R. R. Martin (July 21st)

(24) A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin (August 3rd)
(25) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (reread) (August 27th)
(26) Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (August 31st)

(27) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (reread) (September 22nd)
(28) Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody (reread) (September 23rd)
(29) The Farseekers by Isobelle Carmody (reread) (September 26th)
(30) Ashling by Isobelle Carmody (reread) (September 29th)

(31) The Keeping Place by Isobelle Carmody (reread) (October 6th)
(32) The Stone Key by Isobelle Carmody (reread) (October 11th)
(33) The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (October 14th)
(34) Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith (October 16th)
(35) Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith (October 18th)
(36) The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith (October 19th)
(37) The Cupboard Full of Life by Alexander McCall Smith (October 20th)

(38) The Sending by Isobelle Carmody (November 8th)
(39) The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan (November 14th)
(40) The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan (November 17th)
(41) The Novice by Trudi Canavan (November 18th)
(42) The High Lord by Trudi Canavan (November 21st)
(43) In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith (November 26th)
(44) The Ambassador's Mission by Trudi Canavan (November 28th)
(45) The Rogue by Trudi Canavan (November 30th)


Gigs

Eric Clapton - Vancouver - Rogers Arena - 25/02/2011 - with Keenan

Snow

1. Whistler - 17th January - with Elisa, Deb & Ian (ski)
2. Whistler - 18th January - with Elisa & Deb (ski)
3. Whistler - 27th January - with Elisa (snowboard)
4. Whistler - 27th March - with Keenan (ski)
5. Whistler - 16th April - with Mike Forwood (ski)
beceh: (at the library)
Hmmm. I want to start keeping a record of the books that I read each year. Just a list y'know. So here is 2010 so far.


                   (1) Human Love by Andrei Makine
                   (2) The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
                   (3) The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
                   (4) The Stone Key by Isobelle Carmody (reread)
                   (5) Threshold by Sara Douglass (reread)
                   (6) The Twisted Citadel by Sara Douglass (reread)
                   (7) Wicked by Gregory Maguire
                   (8) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mentel
                   (9) East of the Sun by Julia Gregson
                   (10) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (reread)
                   (11) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (reread)
                   (12) Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
                   (13) Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
                   (14) The Testament by John Grisham 
                   (15) The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Volume I by M.T. Anderson
                   (16) The Winter Door by Isobelle Carmody (reread)
                   (17) Billy Thunder & the Night Gate by Isobelle Carmody  (reread)
                   (18) Shade's Children by Garth Nix
                   (19) The Infinity Gate by Sara Douglass
                   (20) Black Beauty by
                   (21) Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
                   (22) The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland
                   (23) Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe by Sandra Gulland
                   (24) The Last Great Dance on Earth by Sandra Gulland
                   (25) Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
                   (26) The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough
                   (27) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
                   (28) The Temple of my Familiar by Alice Walker
                   (29) The Keys to the Kingdom: Mister Monday by Garth Nix
                   (30) The Keys to the Kingdom: Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix
                   (31) Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling (reread)
                   (32) Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (reread)
                   (33) The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
                   (34) Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
                   (35) The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
                   (36) Shadow's Edge by Brent Weeks
                   (37) Beyond the Shadow's by Brent Weeks

And also the gigs that I go to!!

1. John Butler Trio - 8th January, The Palace Theatre, Melbourne
2. Xavier Rudd - 4th June, Malkin Bowl, Vancouver
3. Arcade Fire - 28th September, Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver
4. Angus & Julia Stone - 12th October, Venue, Vancouver
5. The Jezabels - 30th October, Pit Pub, UBC, Vancouver

And the skiing I do!

(1). Whistler - March 20th - with Luke, Hannah and UK Dan
(2). Mt Baker - April 10th - with Mickey, Jacqui & Jono
(3) Mt Washington - April 17th - with Mickey, Jacqui, Luke and Dave

JBT

Jan. 10th, 2010 12:11 pm
beceh: (Default)
 Nick and I went to the John Butler Trio gig in Melbourne on Friday night. It was awesome. They just looked like they were having so much fun up there on stage. The music was really good, they played a great variety of songs both old and new - I think 'Ocean' might have gotten the biggest cheer, I was so glad he played it, I love that song. I also really liked one of their new ones 'Revolution' but it's not out yet, so I can't listen to it again. 

You know a band/artist isn't miming when they forget the lyrics and start going 'F*** me f*** me f*** me I forgot the lyrics again" or start singing "plug in the bass plug in the bass plug in the bass" and the bassist is laughing his head off. Yeah. 


The only bad things - other people in the crowd. There were some real idiots who were totally pissed and were just bleargh. And the 6ft 4 guy and his 6 ft 3 mate and their other 6 ft 2 friend and his 6ft girlfriend.... I know they can't help their height, but well.... I couldn't see John Butler 3/4s of the time because of them. And they were standing right in front of a pack of girls who would have been lucky to be 5ft.... granted those girls probably wouldn't have been able to see anywhere but right near the front, but standing behind those blokes was probably the worst place. 
Yeah so I decided to become really rich and have my own private concerts with no drunk morons and tall people at the back haha. 




This is the view I would have had if I were a few inches taller :-) 

But anyway it was an awesome gig :-D 

Had a few adventures before we got on their though - as anyone in Melbourne would attest to, Friday was a stinking hot day and as such about a quarter of the people who turned up to the gig were wearing thongs (including yours truly - I hadn't really thought about it...) but unfortunately The Palace has a very strict "No thongs/flip flops" policy.... which was stated nowhere on the ticket or the website where you buy the tickets.... only on a piece of paper that has been printed out and bluetacked to the door. 

So yeah, everyone in thongs was denied entry and told to go and buy shoes if they wanted to get in. By the time me and Nick got there it was just after 9pm.... and yeah, not really any shops were open? I saw a few guys walking back holding sneakers and asked them where they got them - Target, but it had just closed. Buggeration. Nick was fine he had shoes on, but yeah, silly me in my thongs. So we kept walking, looking in dispair at all the shoe shops that were shut, joined forces with a gang of other angry thong-wearers and finally stumbled across Big W at QV and bought ourselves some cheap sneakers and socks and raced back to The Palace, half the city away.

So we have no idea what the support act was like, as we were traipsing over the city looking for an open shoe shop while he was playing.

I had a look online and some people actually missed out on the gig altogether because they couldn't find shoes. $50 ticket down the drain because of the wrong footwear!!! So glad Big W was still open otherwise I would have missed out as well!

I don't know the no thong rule their is a safety thing or a statement thing - if it's safety it's a bit stupid when you look at some of the highheels I saw some girls wearing..... WAY worse than thongs. 

But anyway. John Butler actually said something about it too and how he thought it was stupid "tyranny comes from all sides" I think is what he said, and he apologised for any inconvenience it cause. 

It would be even funnier if it was a Xavier Rudd gig - he doesn't even wear shoes. Ever. 
Enough of footwear talk. 

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Earlier that day we met Dad and Jen for a belated Christmas lunch (Dad was up in QLD with his fathers family for Xmas) at Wongs in Elsternwick which is a restaurant that Mum and Dad used to go to a lot about 30-25 years ago. Apparently it hasn't changed much haha. ANyway it was good, had a really good time and the food was yum. Had a bbq tea down at the beach with Elisa & Ian and Rachel and Ian & Rachel's mum which was cool. 

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