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So yesterday, at a gig, I discovered that my last LJ post tagged "gig" was January 2016. Err... Last year was a weird one, on account of not being able to walk for much of it, but I managed more gigs than that. I think my post-fu has been weak.

So! I'm attempting to lurch back into it. Not least because I won't have the least what bands I've seen otherwise.

So, to Whitby to see the Goths! )
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So, about a fortnight ago I said "proper review of Whitby soon". That was patently a lie. However, for the sake of my my own future self's memory, I'm going to press on and write some drivel about it. You are welcome to read it if you wish :)
Thursday )

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )

Monday )

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Last Friday, in Whitby[*] I ambled into the Spa to get my wristband. Passing Dr Geof's excellent stall of oddities I was inveigled into having one of his tattoos.

Tea-too )

In summary, Dr Geof's tattoos are bloody good. Just be sure you block some time in your diary for getting them off again.

[*] Proper review of Whitby soon.

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As mentioned a while ago, [ profile] davefish asked [ profile] mrph and I to write reviews of the bands at Whitby. Our words and the Fishy One's pictures are now available on The Independent Voice. You should go and marvel at his lovely pictures. All the good reviews are written by Mrph and all the inferior ones by me :)

Getting Stuff Done )
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Argh. Blogging has fallen out of the to-do list again. I went off to Whitby, like I do in April, and forgot to write about it. This time it was a double-length affair to celebrate the festival's 21st birthday.

Today I've been trying to produce the sensible, grown-up reviews which I (along with [ profile] mrph) promised to [ profile] davefish for some mysterious web project of his. Sadly, it's a long time since I've tried to write sensible, grown-up reviews and I've left it too long. (Also, I made notes only on opinions, assuming I'd be able to look up details like line-up after the fact. Bloody hell, bands write a lot of crap about themselves, but rarely give you the actual facts. One band had a Wikipedia page (I checked!) when I was in Whitby, but now does not. Bloody disappearing curated free encyclopediae with standards.)

Anyway, for my own reference in future, here is a table in hyper-abbreviated form:

Review Table. Not printable. )

The list of text messages I sent and received in Whitby seems to divide neatly into two categories. First, logical information indicating which pub, cake shop or location someone was or was not in. Second, non-sequiturs about cheese.

This probably sums up the weekend quite well.
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As mentioned, I'm suffering dreadful LJ backlog. One of the things I'm keen to note down for my own future reference is the bands at WGW this year. So...

Anyone interested can watch the "band sampler" released on YouTube before the event here.

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )

And that's it. April next year is the 21st anniversary, and is a double-length affair featuring four nights of bands. All you lot who don't do that kind of WGW thing any more, why don't you think about it? It'd be nice to see you :)
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It's that time of year again. At least, it's one of the many times of year when I bugger off to Whitby. This one was goth flavour.

Friday. No cheese at all. )

Friday's bands )

Saturday. Just enough cheese. )

Saturday's bands )

Sunday. Too much cheese. )

Still, in summary: brief but fun, good company as always, some decent bands.

footnotes )
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I'm going to post about Whitby before I post about holidaying in Northumberland, because there's a greater danger I'll forget who the bands were. Also, this LJ is chronically non-chronological these days. I mean, the dairy-free custard tarts were weeks ago now and I still haven't written about them...

So, to Whitby! )
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So, another Spring, another Whitby Goth Weekend...

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )

Elephants, Geodes and Poncing )
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The more observant may notice that I am not in Whitby. This is because I was far too excited about going to see Frank Turner at the Kentish Town Forum this evening.

I shall spend quite a lot of tomorrow galloping up the A1.

Although I'm a bit confused about how to do WGW these days. Once upon a time I knew about a million people there, and since they were all in the Elsinore all the time, it was dead easy to catch up.

These days, lots of people have stopped attending. And the people who are there probably aren't using LJ any more, so I don't know that they're there. And even if I do know, they're probably exercising free-will and being in one of any number of pubs at any given time. So I can't find them.

Yes, yes, I know people have phones[*] these days. Trouble is, there's lots of people whom I don't necessarily know all that well, so wouldn't contact them to demand social engagement. But if I ran into them, I might stop and have a pint.

So... er... yes. If you're going to be there, do endeavour to run into me. We can have a pint! (Other beverages are probably available.)

[*] On which note, I shall endeavour to actually bring mine with me this time.
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And so, to Whitby once more. Because I like a challenge, I left my phone at home and decided instead to rely on serendipity and my psychic powers to find people and, indeed, locate the extremely well-hidden house I was sharing with [ profile] davefish, [ profile] keris, [ profile] ceb and [ profile] damerell.

(This is not true, of course. I left it behind by mistake. I'm not quite sure how far away from London I'd have to be before I decided it wasn't worth going back for my phone, but can provide as a data-point that north of Coventry is too far.)

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )
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Good heavens. I notice that today is exactly ten years since I started keeping an LJ. Happy birthday to my journal. I'm not sure I expected still to be blathering away a decade later.

It also means that I'm still using a photo of me which we decided some years ago was a bit rubbish and which is now considerably more than ten years old.

Damnit. If I'd thought of it earlier I could have dug out the chainmail necklace and got someone to take the same photo again in the Elsinore this weekend :)
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I was away up in Whitby last weekend, playing with all the little gothlings. As well as my usual Spa-ing partners, [ profile] keris and [ profile] davefish, I was sharing a house with [ profile] ceb, [ profile] damerell, [ profile] waylay and Ian (WIVPOLJ). In my new-found capacity as Goddess of Domestic Disasters[*] I managed to cause one of the showers to leak into the kitchen and the dishwasher to blow a fuse within the first day or so.

With a few exceptions, I didn't do a very good job of catching up with people this weekend, so the rest of my write-up is all about the bands )
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Been to Whitby for the goth weekend again...

Bands )

Cake )

People )
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The one-size-fits-nobody time-saving WGW reviewinator:

[Poll #1391192]
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The briefest of reviews presented in the form of an awards ceremony:

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Things I believed before I went to Whitby, which I have subsequently found out to be wrong:

1. Screaming Banshee Aircrew are dreadful.
2. The 80s night is overrated.
3. You can't have too much cake.
4. I know the words to Prince Charming.

Other than that, I had fun with all the little gothlings with their pointy boots.

Sensible band-reviews later.
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Once again, I'm back from Whitby goth weekend. I seem to have managed to do even less of significance than ever this time: talked to some people and listened to some bands. Which was all rather nice, actually. WGW contains some lovely people whom I only see twice a year.

The bands - a summary which covers all the important angles but contains no information )
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I failed to take a single picture all weekend (unless you count snaps of deranged thrushes at Leicester Forest East on the way home). Instead, here are my imaginary photos; shots taken with my mind's eye over the past few days.

Whitby Photo Gallery )


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