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Xmas Night Out 2011/12/17

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[Photo of We Were Promised Jetpacks taken at ABCO2 gig in Glasgow]Yesterday was my main client’s Christmas work’s lunch. The entire office (about 40 of the Glasgow team plus  contractors/ freelancers) booked a “boutique hotel” (whatever that is) on Bath Street, and we had the usual sporadically served, cold Christmas rubbish food one has come to expect after years of experience.  (more…)

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Protected: Fawkes & Fireworks 2011/11/06

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Micky Flanagan 2011/11/01

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[Poster of Micky Flanagan. Out Out Tour 2011]We got granny to babysit and headed for the King’s Theatre to see Micky Flanagan.  We paid over twenty quid to sit in the gods (aka “The Gallery”).  He had no support and did two parts with a 15 minute interval.  We were out before quarter to ten.  It was a Sunday night after all. (more…)

The Barber of Seville 2011/10/28

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[The Barber of Seville poster Scottish Opera]Last night, Mummy Ruth and I went to see The Barber of Seville at the Theatre Royal, although I guess as it was sung in Italian (despite being set in Spain), it ought to have been called Il barbiere di Siviglia, but anyway.

Now, it has to be said that I saw The Barber of Seville done in Glasgow way back in the early 1990s, and was blown away.  It set (more…)

La Traviata 2011/07/16

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Isn’t the Internet superb at times?

La Traviata website page from Aix en Provence festival 2011 (more…)

The Scottish Rigoletto 2011/05/15

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[Picture of Scottish Opera Rgoletto Poster]Mummy Ruth bought tickets for really good seats for “Rigoletto” at the Theatre Royal before Christmas, so we have been looking forward to this for quite a while.

It is difficult to get to proper opera with small children.  We make do with Classical Concerts for Children, but we cannot keep away forever, can we?  Scottish Opera is also — for us — still something of a gamble, when we remember “The Magic Flute” fiascos — but having said that,  “La Bohème” was pretty good, and “Tosca” was a good night out. Strange to think that these were BEFORE we were married — that’s seven years ago. Shockerooni! (more…)

Office Party! 2010/12/19

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Yep. It’s that time of year again.  My gawd, how fast does time have to fly; it seems only like yesterday that I was quaffing in the city centre bars with clients and colleagues. Crivvens.

Anyways. This year I noticed that my main client was making lots of folk redundant, and so I reckoned I would escape the Christmas “do” for once.  Instead of rolling along at great expense, I decided to do the old self-employed thing of having a night out with my lovely wife, Ruthie. (more…)

Larry Carlton! 2010/10/30

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[Our Darvel Tickets for Larry Carlton]Unbelievable, but true… one of my heroes from when I was a teenager decided to do a gig in Darvel.  Yep, Darvel Town Hall. We couldn’t believe it, and as soon as we found out we rushed to get tickets at any cost. The great Larry Carlton, ladies and gentlemen! But Darvel? (more…)

Rodrigo y Gabriela 2009/11/26

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[picture of Rodrigo y Gabriela tickets]Daddy Dave and I have been looking forward to tonight’s Rodrigo y Gabriela concert at the O2 Academy for ages. We had the babysitting logistics sorted, but we were nearly foiled by (more…)

Protected: Beverley Knight Returns 2009/11/08

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Grizzly Bear & St. Vincent 2009/11/02

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[Picture of St Vincent at O2ABC, 2009]Back in July we missed St.Vincent at Nice’n’Sleazy. So we were overjoyed when Donny told us Annie was playing again (so soon) — this time as support for Grizzly Bear at the O2ABC1.

How good was that? We’d been enjoying Veckatimest — don’t you just love it when the (more…)

Hue and Cry at The ABC 2009/02/22

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[Picture of Hue and Cry tickets for Glasgow ABC]We’d both been really looking forward to the Hue and Cry gig we went to last night, not merely because we don’t get out together very much, but also because we’re both fans from back in the early 1990s.

Ruth and I know every word and (more…)

Andy McKee and Tommy Emmanuel 2007/11/14

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[Picture of Tommy Emmanuel playing at Glasgow City Halls]The Tommy Emmanuel concert was tonight. It was fabulous — the whole thing was superb!

It is the first time I have been to The City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket in Candleriggs in Glasgow’s Merchant City since it was refurbished last year, and I was impressed with the place — what a lovely venue its Grand Hall is — it seats just a little over a thousand, and Ruth and I did not see an empty seat. There was a serious queue for (more…)

Beverley Knight at The ABC 2007/11/12

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[Picture of Beverley Knight gig at Glasgow ABC]We have been looking forward to the concert tonight for ages (see earlier post: Up-Coming Fun! Sat, 4th Aug 2007), but being a Sunday — and with Joobes and Chris in town for the weekend, we had a very busy day, and were rushing about trying to get ready when Mumsie and Alan arrived to babysit.

You couldn’t miss the venue as it was like a tour bus showroom out on Sauchiehall St. The venue itself is in the roofspace of the old ABC cinema, and is similar if a little smaller than the Barrowlands — and like the Barras, I felt for the crew having to drag heavy equipment up and down stairs.

There were three acts — (more…)

Lazy Town 2007/08/22

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Yay! Olivia is going to be soooo happy that we have tickets for her to see Lazy Town live!

 

[Picture of Promotional Lazy Town material] [Picture of Olivia as Stephanie from Lazy Town]

She completely loves the Stephanie character (Julianna Rose Mauriello) , and dances about the room wearing the pink Stephanie wig Ruth got her! I am considering getting the CD from the shops… (more…)

Fireworks on The Green 2006/11/06

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Yay! We took Olivia to her first firework’s night — the big event at Glasgow Green.

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The Last Kiss 2006/10/21

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[Picture of Zach Braff]Last night we got mumsie to babysit and Dave and I went out to the cinema to see the Hollywood remake of ‘L’Ultimo Bacio’ which we saw back in 02 March 2004. [See Dave’s review of ‘L’Ultimo Bacio’]

[Picture of Jacinda Barrett] ‘The Last Kiss’ at Odeon at the Quay starred Mr. Zach Braff, from the US American medical TV sitcom, ‘Scrubs’ as ‘Michael’.

[Picture of Rachel Bilson]Supporting Zach were Jacinda Barrett as the parter, and Rachel Bilson (of US American TV’s ‘The OC’) as the young fling.
To my surprise, (more…)

A Scanner Darkly 2006/09/03

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[Picture of A Scanner Darkly Advert]Finally! ‘The GFT’ was showing ‘A Scanner Darkly’ — a Hollywood Movie released 7th July 2006 and directed by Mr. Richard Linklater. We always have to wait for things to arrive from America. The cast is brilliant — Mr. Keanu Reeves plays the role of ‘Fred’/’Bob Arctor’ (his typecast ‘everyman-but-outsider’ role), Mr. Rory Cochrane plays ‘Freck’, Mr. Robert Downey Jr. plays ‘Barris’, Mr. Woody Harrelson plays ‘Luckman’, and Ms. Winona Ryder plays ‘Donna’. (more…)

‘De battre mon coeur s’est arrête’ 2005/11/06

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For Ruth's 30th, we went into the city centre for a night-out. First we went to the multi-storey cinema at the top of Renfield St — used to be called the UCG or UGC, but is now badged as "CineWorld" — and got two tickets for Mr.Jacques Audiard's 'De battre mon coeur s'est arrête'.

Then we strolled to 'Walkabout' for a quick drink before deciding to try out the authentic pizza from 'O' Sole Mio' — complete with famous genuine wood-burning, stone pizza oven. (more…)

‘Oh! What a Night!’ 2004/11/10

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So, there we were, at the "Hit Show", 'Oh! What a Night', starring Kid Creole ('Brutus T. Firefly'), when — during the final number (ironically 'Burn, Baby, Burn') — the fire alarm went off and we were evacuated to St.Vincent St. to watch the Fire Engines screech to a halt outside.

At least it was not raining, and the crowds from the 'Theatre Royal' were soon allowed back in (it was a false alarm) for the troupe to finish their song! Super Troopers all of them.

They had just arrived in the UK, and this was their debut!

The real star of the show was the wonderful Hazel Payne ('Roxie Rochelle') — boy, can she sing! A fine pair of lung on that girl… any real fire she could have blown out all by herself!

We all were amused that the show featured a character named "Jack Vettriano" — did the writers not know that this is also the name of one of our most popular fine artists?

Tonight was fun indeed!

‘Tosca’ 2004/11/06

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Scottish Opera's 'Tosca' at the 'Theatre Royal' is the version envisaged by the late Anthony Besch — so I simply had to see how this thriller could be changed from the original Napoleonic occupation of Rome to the fascist era of the 1930s under the direction of Aidan Lang.

'Tosca' is always a risk to stage; it can all-too-easily turn into a farce — so it's always worth while turning up in case 'it all goes terribly wrong'! (more…)

‘Coffee and Cigarettes’ 2004/08/20

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Last night, Ruth and I popped along to the UGC multi-storey multiplex cinema on Renfield & Bath at 19:00 to see the 'Coffee and Cigarettes' Jarmusch movie.

We quite enjoyed this funny wee film; it was certainly different! Shot in monochrome throughout, it's just a sequence of sketches. Always at a table in one coffee shop or another, it was shot over a great many years as an on-going side-project. (more…)

Abe-L 2004/08/14

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Last night, we scooted over to St.Cuthbert's Parish Church, 5 Lothian Rd., Edinburgh to see the famous bassist, Abraham Laboriel play a Festival 'Fringe' gig.

They came on after 22:00, and everything seemed to have gone wrong (well, it was Friday-the-13th!). Midway through the set, the power failed, (more…)

‘Shrek 2’ 2004/07/30

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We really loved 'Shrek', so as soon as we could, we got tickets to see 'Shrek 2', but it was a dismal disappointment!

This sequel does not add anything to the original — in fact, it detracts from it! This is a parody of the original, while the original was a parody on Disney.

*so sad*

Cheesy ‘Footloose’ 2004/05/23

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"They Dared to Dance!"

We got tickets to see the 'Footloose' cheezefest (footcheesefest?) on tour at 'King's Theatre', Glasgow at 20:00.

This musical is footloosely based on the Kevin Bacon 1984 film complete with catchy hit record by Kenny Loggins, if I remember rightly. (more…)