Sunday, March 28, 2010

Less Happens

I don't think that central London is the centre of the universe, and I'm sure people who have nothing to do with London lead exciting lives, but since I stopped working in central London, I've had less to say here. Away from the assorted tourists and nutcases that inhabitat central London and the underground system, my daily life has become decidedly uneventful.

The now-not-so-new job isn't great, it has its ups and its downs, but it doesn't inspired me on way or another to write about it as it really isn't that interesting. Tellingly the best thing I can find to say about the whole experience is that there is a great cafe nearby that does a great latte and I'm ignoring that common bit of money saving advice about not buying coffees on your way into work.

One thing I am doing a lot of is going to the theatre. Oh the irony of having left the theatre industry, I now find myself going to the theatre more than I did before. The reason I'm going more is actually related to having left working in it, as I'm now on a judging panel for theatre awards, which I couldn't do while I worked there. I would have more than enough material to write a theatre-related blog if I could be bothered.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

RIP Alex Chilton

Sorry for the prolonged silence. I didn't have much to say and now I come back because someone dies. And it isn't Corey Haim.

Alex Chilton was the frontman of the band Big Star. After Primal Scream, Big Star are my second all time favourite band. They never achieve huge fame or success but are often quoted as influences by other bands (Teenage Fanclub pretty much borrowed wholesale from them). I was lucky enough to see them (not in the 70s) but at a festival a few years ago.

Here are a few of their songs: