Am I the only one who finds this really funny or what?


My Rock and Roll Life

I’m sure there is something exciting going on tonight: a gig or a party or a social gathering of some sorts. Now don’t get me wrong, I like exciting things. But tonight, I am not participating in any.

You see, a lot of people think I live a rock and roll lifestyle. This is partly due to the fact that I have been known, on occasion, to travel around the country reviewing  gigs and festivals. Hell, I even run a music reviews website with my friend. I have tales of drunken nights out, and crazy friends. But then maybe you have to be crazy to be friends with me?

No, as much as I love – and occasionally live – rock and roll, I don’t see myself as a hell-raiser (although I have it on good authority that my beard has the capability of scaring small children). This was brought home to me by a conversation I am having on MSN with a friend and fellow writer, someone I can always turn to if I’m struggling to find that elusive word, or if I just fancy an amusing chat (possibly about cold noodles being ‘cool’ or swans being ‘rapey’).

As she typed, she was sitting with a glass of wine in hand, brainstorming ideas on possible articles she could pitch to a website owner. At the exact same time, I was sat at my computer typing back at her, sipping on a glass of milk and looking at books about tying knots on Amazon. (And for your information I am a Scout leader and not some sort of kinky pervert, thankyouverymuch.)

And this was when I realised just how anti-rock and roll my rock and roll lifestyle is. But , to paraphrase that old rocker Shakespeare, therein lies the rub: I’d rather be me than anyone else. Maybe the spirit of rebellion and ‘sticking it to the man’ exists within my glass of milk; sticking the finger up to the stereotypical preconceptions of a music-obsessed teenager. Perhaps.

My supervisor once called described me to someone as being ‘like a computer nerd, but cool’. And I’ll be quite happy if people think that of me for the rest of my life.

Oh, and for those of you that were wondering: semi-skimmed.

Communications Blunder

I said I was going to wear this!


Sink hole or first warning from the Herald of Galactus? You decide.

Thanks go to my dad for the idea.

Hot Tub Time Machine

Last night I went to a special preview screening of Hot Tube Time Machine, thanks to the very lovely folks at See Film First. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t expecting the film to live up to it’s awesome moniker, but it was fantastic!

The adverts said it was like Back to the Future meets The Hangover. I suppose I can see where they’re coming from: is it a brilliant time travel parody? Is it a film about what happens when you get far too wasted? Well, that’s a yes on both counts, but Hot Tub Time Machine definitely a film that stands on its own. The dude from Sex Drive and Kick-Ass – whom Google informs me is named Clark Duke – is excellent, as is Chevy Chase as the mysterious Hot Tub Repair Man of Destiny! Actually, they’re all great. OK, so Ipredicted a major plot twist 15 mins in, and the characters are mildly stereotypical, but the film is far too much fun for any of that to matter.

If you’re looking for a good time, go and see Hot Tub Time Machine. You won’t be disappointed.

(Oh, and I couldn’t help but snigger as Martin Freeman appeared on the screen, thanking the audience for all paying to see the film… Ah Cineworld, think before you play the anti-not-paying-for-films reel at a free preview screening!)

Your Old Crap Website

I think this may just be my new favourite website. This blog is literally hilarious. Oh god, I’m a nerd…


I am rather excited to be going to Leeds this August. Why, you may ask? Because I am going to the Leeds Festival, sister-fest to the Reading Festival. Booya! (By the way – I can’t pull off booya in real life, but I thought it might work in cyberspace. Turns out it didn’t Ah well…) Only a handful of bands have been announced so far, but here are some of the ones I’m excited for in no particular order:

Arcade Fire, The Gaslight Anthem, The Futureheads, Blink 182, Paramore, Weezer, Guns N Roses, Queens of the Stone Age, Biffy Clyro, Lostprophets, NoFX, Billy Talent, Serj Tankian, Frank Turner, Klaxons, We Are Scientists, Mumford and Sons