Saturday, 22 October 2011

apocalypse when?

I woke up this morning . . . and the world was still turning.  Harold Campling's prediction was wrong, then.  Oh what a surprise. Still, "Welcome to the End of the World" was quite an opening to my first lesson of the day yesterday.  Unfortunately, the girl whose birthday it was didn't seem too impressed but seemed to take it stoically.

Actually, my year 8 class were great yesterday - imagine a class full of kids that couldn't give a flying one for English punctuation ended up totally engaged and arguing amongst themselves about how a totally un-punctuated paragraph should be re-written. Excellent. Blimey, I even had to teach them about the interrobang?! I also had a great lesson in the afternoon with my AS Film Studies group who got into an excellent discussion on Sliding Doors - a film that most of them probably would never have bothered to watch. By the time I got to the pub in the evening for a quick pint to end the half term with, I was feeling quite chipper.

Ryan Adams: elegantly wasted
After a decent Indian takeaway and a glass or two of wine, I was ready to fall asleep in front of BBC4.  However, the Songwriter Circle was pretty damned good. Although I'm not a fan of Janis Ian, she played quite well, but it was the matching of Neil Finn and Ryan Adams that kept me interested. Mrs Dave even spontaneously applauded Finn's version of Don't Dream It's Over out loud, which goes to show the quality of this programme. Actually, I remember she did that for Justin Currie last year too. Anyway, over the years since Adams' first solo album in 2000 he has displayed a quixotic attitude to his music.  I saw him live once - we wondered whether or not he'd still be alive by the end of the gig.  Exceedingly over-refreshed, he clambered up on top of a huge set of speakers to perform.  Didn't stay up there too long.

The new Ryan Adams album Ashes and Fire really is excellent and he seems back on form - evidently he's in love and straightened himself out a bit recently.  Possibly he's taking the Royal College of Physician's advice on alcohol-free days.  I must admit I am thinking quite seriously about this. Still, this would come out on the first day of the half term break, wouldn't it?  Fancy telling a teacher to have a few days off.  In all seriousness it's advice we know is sensible and definitely something we intend to  do. 

After the half term break, of course.

Right, I need to go and take a wardrobe to pieces and drive it down to Southampton, as you do.  We know how to celebrate 29 years of married bliss.


Andy Wright said...

Hi again Dave (sorry it's been a while). Heard a bit on the radio this AM about the three days 'off drinking' each week. Tried to surreptitiously re-tune the car radio to another less threatening channel but Mrs. W (quite rightly) said 'Don't you think you should listen to that?'.In all seriousness,it's advice I know is sensible and definitely something I intend to do. After the half term break,of course.

'Gold October bowls me over......'

Dave Leeke said...

Hi Andy, good to hear from you. Funny enough I'm listening to "Speedy Return" as I type.

We've been drinking together since 1971, I guess we started together. In fact I think it's probably me that introduced you to the delights of demon alcohol via the New Resurrection club in Hitchin. Fifty pence would get you in to watch one of many bands that later became global successes - Genesis, Fleetwood Mac et al. AND what is more - we could get served beer. At fifteen! No such thing as ID in those days!

And look at us now . . . which brings us back to the need for three days off a week.

Andy Wright said...


(Remember seeing Phill Collins setting up his own drum kit at the New Resurrection club?... Unbelievable!).