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30th September 2003

Saw SevenInchCinema for the first time at TheRainbow. Very good and quite busy. It also included live music from Scape (accompanying JanSvankmajer's Alice) and live music/visuals from Modulate ( http://www.ava.co.uk ). Also particularly liked Le Diable et le Garcon ( http://www.pinkdirt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk ) and State of the Union (Cartel Communique).

28th September 2003

Saw OutOfBounds at TheMAC, a one hander play performed by the writer. Set in SouthAfrica in the mid 1980's, it tells the story of a South African of India origin, their life with an extended family and how it changes after race riots in 1985. Nelson Mandela liked it and so did I. The actor/writer was great, and the characters really came alive.

27th September 2003

Saw SoundArt at the IkonGallery, ate at Shogun Sushi And Noodle Bar.

26th September 2003

Went to the opening of Radioactive in Smethwick. Fantastic!

Coming out of the commercial X-ray factory, someone going past said "Spotted Dr Andy Pryke" - I wonder if they'll send it in to James!

25th September 2003

Read some of The Young Man's Book of Amusement - http://www.lateralscience.co.uk/ymboa/ymboa.html - it contains some fascinating and dangerous experiments which I'd have probably tried if I'd come across it aged 12!

Saw RobRouse at the ComedyKav (PatrickKavanagh's). He was great and did an extended set. JamesCook, the compare told the audience that he and his friend play a game... whenever they spot DrAndyPryke they sent a txt to each other e.g. "Spotted Dr Andy Pryke at the PrinceOfWales". He invited the audience to email him with sightings.

23rd September 2003

Visited the Wren's Nest in Dudley.

Saw short local films at TheSunflowerLounge

20th September 2003

Saw Misty's Big Adventure at BarAcademy. Also playing were The$h*t - who had good costumes but some sound problems - not really my thing anyway and either Zombie Elvis or Fidel Villeneuve who similarly looked good but didn't sound great.

19th September 2003

Saw Misty's Big Adventure, DogFood and TheDangerfields at TheRoyalGeorge.

I only saw 1/2 of TheDangerfields set - but they were extremely loud! Not much else to say really...

Misty's were very together as always, with ADogLikeYou, the one which goes "I don't know why we fight, when everything's going right" plus DayTimeBetterThanTheNighttime standing out particularly. No scratching, as no DJ. Also, EroticVolvo is losing some of his gloves frown - but he seemed to dance very happily smile

DogFood also did a very good set, some tracks which I recognised but couldn't name. The drummer managed to strip off his shirt, put on somesort of protective helmet, string his boots around his neck and read a copy of "TheMetro" inbetween tracks!

18th September 2003

Read an article on "Bone Chapels" in Salon: http://www.salon.com/travel/feature/1999/10/30/bones/index.html

17th September 2003

Saw BeProudOfMe (an early version) by StansCafe at TheMAC. Using improvised dialog drawn from phrase books ("Would you like a cigarette/beer/glass of wine"), and a back projected set, it seemed to deal with an agent sent to track someone down in Frankfurt. Very good, but I'd like to see it again to work out more about what's happening!

14th September 2003

Went to a number of events at the BirminghamArtsFest2003: Jinrai at the BullRing stage - but the sound was too bass-y to do justice to them; MickyGreaney gave a good set outside TheRep; saw lots of short films at TheCrescent, including a strange set of "Superhero" animations made by primary school children, and a wonderful film about making Samosas!

12th September 2003

Visited the GriananOfAileach, am ancient stone fort with amazing views.

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Also saw StAengusChurch, which is modelled on the GriananOfAileach

  • Outside view of St Aengus Church:
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  • Inside St Aengus Church:
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11th September 2003

  • Errigal, the highest mountain in Donegal:
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10th September 2003

Visited DonegalCastle

  • Reconstructed Oak Ceiling of Donegal Castle:
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9th September 2003

Visited the StoneOfDoon in Donegal, where chieftans of the O'Donnells clan used to undergo their secular initiation. Very close is a holy well at which worshipers are required to recite barefoot prayers, accompanied by a tree decorated by rosary beads, mass cards, walking sticks, perfume bottles and (rather bizarely), a statue of the holy virgin clutching a "Smirnoff Pure Thrill" purse.

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Had a tour of GlebeHouse

3rd September 2003

Saw this nice hill village on way from rome to Milan

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2nd September 2003

Visited St Peter's, but they wouldn't let me in as I was wearing shorts!

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1st September 2003

Visited the Fora in Rome:

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and the Pantheon:

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