A happy new year to all my reader.
I would’ve posted sooner but I was out with my bro Monday evening and we said goodbye to the holidays a little bit too severely. I did, however, make it into work Tuesday. Due to the massive increase in fares I may have to get another job to pay for my getting to and from the office whilst Johnston is resting.
So, where were we? I left you on the 17th of December on the eve of my holidays about to meet Jamie and to see pop-combo The Hawkwinds in Kentish Town. As it turned out, they were superb, but the journey getting to the venue from the station was diabolical. The recent snow had turned to ice, it was like trying to walking on ball-bearings and I came very close -on at least a three occasions- to planting my fucking teeth in the pavement. Before Jamie and I parted post-gig for our respective homes we got a brief chance to see Hoaxwind performing a set of classic ‘Wind tunes in a pub adjacent to the Forum. In many respects they were just as good as what we’d seen earlier, if not a bit better.
I wasn’t too bad Saturday, I got up at 10-ish and IC and I went for a walk in the snow, following this we busied ourselves with packing for the Sunday am flight to Italy, a bit of TV, food, before popping to the boozer in Angel to say goodbye to a handful of friends before we left. The snow was coming down hard again; as it was covering the ice and making the going a little easier I was able to negate the potentially negative consequences of our flying later…
We’d decided not to sleep; the cab was due at 3am so we maintained a steady dribble of wine until it showed up. We trundled to the airport through a barely recognisable landscape, it was like fucking Narnia but without all the Christian sensibilities. By the time we arrived at the airport I was barely awake, this changed somewhat when we discovered most of the UK were there too.
We’d checked the fucking Ryanair website before we departed and everything seemed fine, we discovered this wasn’t the case on arrival as none of the boards had any information on them. IC and I decided to Alan Whicker it (he famously said that the key to travelling is to ensure you are always as comfortable as possible) with a nice sit down by the bar and some wine. It was all very civilised until, an hour or so later, all the boards lit up with ‘cancelled’ and the place erupted into shouts, screams and sobbing.
The atmosphere began to get a tad ugly, scuffles broke out and all of a sudden armed police were wandering about the place like schoolyard bullies. The Ryanair desk remained close, not one person came out to say anything, in the end I asked an armed officer what he thought was the best option. ‘Go home , son,’ he said, despite being barely 25.
Before we left IC and I helped an Italian family to find accommodation, then, both of us arseholed and knackered, we came back home. The sun was well and truly up by the time we crashed, when we woke on Monday afternoon my whole spatial perspective was shot and I still can’t quite recall what occurred between this time and Tuesday lunchtime. I do know we spent that afternoon watching movies, both of us still feeling a bit weird, before meeting my bro in the evening for an impromptu pint.
Wednesday was much the same as Tuesday. As we were due to be in Italy we hadn’t planned anything so we just hung out. Actually, it was fucking nice not to have to do anything with all the pressures of work fading behind us. We went out for dinner that night to pave the way for Thursday, at lunchtime we were due back at Stansted for another pop at getting off.
More of this saga tomorrow, I leave you with Gerry’s final chart of 2010 and a tune from innit, innit.
THE CHART – WEEK ENDING: 01/01/11
NO. ARTIST SONG TITLE Last Week Weeks On High Pos
30 Nero Me And You NE 1 30
29 IsobelCampbell&MarkLaneganYouWon’tLetMeDownAgain 21 7 9
28 Corey Taylor X-MA$ 20 3 20
27 Kings Of Leon Pyro 22 6 14
26 The Drums Me And The Moon 24 3 24
25 Two Door Cinema Club I Can Talk 19 11 2
24 Motorhead Get Back In Line NE 1 24
23 The Naked And Famous Punching In A Dream 28 2 23
22 30 Seconds To Mars Hurricane NE 1 22
21 Blood Red Shoes Light It Up 17 7 11
20 Chase And Status Blind Faith NE 1 20
19 Manic Street Preachers Some Kind Of Nothingness 16 6 6
18 The Wombats Jump Into The Fog 26 2 18
17 Skunk Anansie Over The Love 11 9 5
16 Japanese Voyeurs Milk Teeth 14 5 10
15 My Chemical Romance Sing 23 4 15
14 Arcade Fire The Suburbs 18 4 14
13 Paramore Playing God 9 6 9
12 Hurts Stay 8 11 1
11 Mona Trouble On The Way 13 4 11
10 Beady Eye Bring The Light 6 5 5
9 Adele Rolling In The Deep 15 2 9
8 Pulled Apart By Horses Yeah Buddy 3 7 1
7 Hurts All I Want For Christmas Is New Year’s Day 12 3 7
6 The Vaccines Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra) 7 4 6
5 Bullet For My Valentine Bittersweet Memories 10 5 5
4 The Courteeners Scratch Your Name Upon My Lips 4 7 2
3 White Lies Bigger Than Us 5 4 3
2 The Pretty Reckless Just Tonight 2 4 2
1 Crystal Castles ft R Smith Not In Love 1 7 1