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We took a trek down the road to St Fagan's this afternoon to get Elis out of the house. It was a very pleasant afternoon - warm without being hot and a nice cool breeze. Took some nice photos as well, but of course…
Firstly at the Castle end of St Fagan's, a few shots around the gardens and terraces.
I finally got to see the recently restored Italian Garden - it has been inaccessible for ages - I've fancied seeing it since we watched the BBC 2 show Hidden Gardens - which followed the unearthing and reconstruction of the small walled garden.
We spent a bit of time watching a Punch and Judy show which was fun - Elis didn't seem that impressed, he was more interested in the kids and other people's toys…
And here's a few more general shots I took around the place.
All in all a refreshing treat - I don't mind going out so much when the sun isn't as blistering as it was last weekend.
Those of you with a long memory may remember my start of the year run down on my favourite music from 2003 may also remember the name Jamie Says, one of the records I was raving about. Well, I heard from Kyle (the man behind the record) the other week that a new demo was in the offing, not only that - he had been into the studio and recorded a single which would shortly be available.
With great excitement I ordered the single - could he do it, could he bring the same spiky fire off the 4 track, into the studio and on to vinyl? Damn right he could!
Side 1, Down to the Debauchuary features one of the slippiest, slidiest, sharpest guitar parts I've heard in a while. Sure the production values are a lot higher, but once that chugging wall of bass jumps a whole block south in homage to Peter Hook, you know this is a winner. You can hear parts from all over the place, the energy is infectious and without a doubt reminds you why you love music in the first place - its that good.
The B Side, Rebecca starts off sounding very post New York mainstream punk, but builds to some venom spitting finale that blows and blows harder leaving you in need of a reprise when all you get is a jumping needle - no finer example of always leave them wanting more springs to mind!
An assured debut - the brief excerpts on the site don't do full justice to the energy of this record. Order a copy now and say blimey Dio, you told me so...
Better still, Kyle now has a Jamie Says website up which means his superb first demo album, The Silver Screen and the Stanley Blade once again has a web presence, as does his new demo album which I hope he will send me a copy soon.
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Today was Elis' first birthday - I took the shot of him with the pram today as he and Mrs Dio came to Llandaff for a lunchtime wander.
We actually had his Birthday do on Saturday afternoon - Loads of family went to the Plymouth Arms at St Fagans to get sunburnt and enjoy a glorious Welsh summer's day - Mrs Dio took this well framed shot - every person in it is family (including the background...)
And there are still a lot more members not in frame. He enjoyed it - but it took him a while to come too and get used to everyone in the same place! The look on his face says it all really.
I haven't updated the big old Meltwater site for must be a year. I've had some photos sitting around annoying me and finally got around to scanning a few of them in for the Weird Skies section.
They are quite smashing, every time I've looked at them in the last few months I've thought I need to scan 'em. Its kind of sad, because by my estimation, that's the last film I will ever get developed. Digital has taken over. I don't have time for B&W and to be frank, I now find my digital snaps of a better quality than the usual colour photos. It's cheaper too!
Anyway - here they are for you to enjoy. I really like the first couple, its almost like fractal patterns. Beautiful!
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