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I've had this post sitting in my draft posting for the past couple of months and had completely forgotten about it until recently, so I thought it best to commit some thoughts down for future prosperity..or something.
It was back in February when I noticed a call from
Anyways...walking through the site idea, I had commented how I could possibly offer a few hours of my time a week over the next few months. Obviously Tim (the main dev guy) had thought about scalability and having a fast backend from the start. It was a shame he had decided to do it in Django and some weird data engine called
I met some fantastic peeps on the day, chatting mainly to
It was a bit of a shame on my part as I had a couple of bday do's to attend on that particular weekend, I wanted to hang around a bit longer to polish off my section! After spending a few hours here and there, trying to play around with the
The experience was definitely a positive one and it made me realise how doing coding for projects like this is really good fun. I should do more of these! I had a chance to learn some new stuff that I wouldn't otherwise expose myself to and got a tasty curry and beer for my troubles! Would I do this again? Definitely.
Holy crap! I don't believe they did it! The crew at
Check out the
update - Holy crap! My mug is on
God I been so slack! Nearly a month on and I've just managed to get this up!
Anyways, just thought I'll drop a couple more of the fading memories before it becomes a mere mist in the recesses of my mind. The saturday was definitely another great follower on from friday! We started fairly a bit later then yesterday and headed straight to see
Next we to try and catch a mysterious TBC@Bug Bear. On the way, we bumped into a good friend
Then jumping to the next one
Then finally the icing on the cake was Crystal Castles@Dingwalls. After reading the blab in the book guide, I decided to try catch them. Failed yesterday and my second chance was definitely not going to be missed! Thank gawed we didn't! Oh my gawed to say it was nothing but BRILLIANT would be an under statement! Sounded like a dark twisty 80's/games electronica inspired by some really angry punky edge, potentially something that Wario/Walugi would bang out if they were in a energetic and particularly jumpy mood! Reminded me of the Fratellis gig with an almighty mosh pit halfway that included Alice (the female singer) trying to climb over the bouncer to reach into the crowd at one stage. Madness!
So overall, fantastic experience! Managed to find some new music I would otherwise not find and even went on to itunes to nab a few! Can;t wait for next year for the same again!
I've just started to recover the 2 day pub crawl that is the
My whole crawl experience started with getting the wrist bands need to gain entry to all the venues. All things considered, it didn't take too long considering the queue went down all of Kentish Town Road and getting there at 3ish, I was merrily off soon after. Our first stop was the gasto pub, Edingbrugh Castle for the music bingo. It was a fantastic pub with a brilliant outside seating and nice cozy interior, we didnt spend too much time outside and admire the beer garden as there was a slight chill in the air plus the music wasn't being sent outside, not really helpful!. Music bingo was really good fun as we managed to grab a table with a group girls who was more musically in tune then us. We didn't win anything and come closer to 6.45pm slot when the first bands coming, the pub was starting empty out so we started heading out ourselves.
Our first stop was to see Royworld at
Next we headed to the big ol club of Camden, KoKo. To this day I still think of it as the Camden Palace, my nostalgic old clubbing days comes flooding back back with every glance. We saw the band
Next was the Fratellis @ Koko, my personal favorite wake up in the morning band to really start your day! I knew it was going to be a bit potty but I never knew it was going to be so maddddddd! Their up beat style that made the whole of Koko rock and really sparked off the mosh pit in the main standing arena with elbows and hands flaying everywhere. Some of which connected with Minh who felt a bit squished and suffering for a fair while after! Dropping out of the Koko we then went across the road in hope to try catch the ending set of the Crystal Castles but ended up chatting with the queue, all full up! Dang. Our night ended with a few more drinks at the Purple turtle! Overall the friday experience made for a good start to it, found a couple of new places and good bands.
So here I am sitting on my ass in my new flat browsing
So after gaming and some pub grub last sunday going out on the
I have gotta say the decor is fantastic! Perfect for romantic couple/small groups get together with its creaky wooden floors, charming ornaments and candle lit surroundings (really impressed by its authentic creaking door!). We ended up getting our own little area although the table configuration was more suited for couples and really small groups, there was probably larger tables taken up around the place but we couldnt complain having our booth. Looking around it reminded me of cafe's you would find in the countryside over the continent somehow. Good stuff!
The menu seemed ok but what grabbed our attention was the B.O.G.O.F (buy one get one free) deals till 7.30pm on cocktails, so Dot and I started off the fashion by buying a couple. The quality was ok, nothing to write home about but at the price we really couldnt complain (Singapore Sling, yummy!). A peculair feature of such a cafe is the uni-sex type toilets (someone's been watching Ally Mcbeal I thinks...) and going by others trying the food menu, the deserts got a high thumbs up!
Anyways, if you ever swinging by Earls Court or in the area. Check it out!