Adventures of Frangipan

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Unsigned Final


The final of Orange Unsigned was on Sunday 25th. I'd voted for Hip Parade several times, and I was quietly confident they'd win.

All three finalists - Scarlet Harlots, Tommy Reilly and Hip Parade - have improved so much throughout the competition. They looked like real, already signed, already 'made it big' performers. They were all fantastic to watch. Any of them deserved to win.

Alas, Hip Parade did not win. They were awesome to watch though. I hope they put in the same effort in Liverpool on 14th Feb. They'll still make it big. I've downloaded the single Girl on the Radio. Can't wait for the album!

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Friday, 23 January 2009

Samaritans

All week I was dreading my shift at the Samaritans. Of the last four, I've called in sick twice. I really was sick but I was still relieved to have a reason not to go.

I have a mixture of reasons why. Now that I work in Rhyl, I'm already spending a lot of time over there. And the shift doesn't start until 7pm so I have to amuse myself for a couple of hours. I feel like I'm not getting the same satisfaction from it anymore. Maybe it just helped while I was unemployed because it gave me something to do. I feel like the quality of calls doesn't help - you can go a whole shift without getting a genuine call.

There was a branch meeting which I couldn't attend as I had a shift. I fully intended to give my notice after they'd finished. They were giving out numbers to new volunteers (i.e. me). And I had a few genuine calls that shift. Can't very well hand my notice in now can I? At least not in the near future. Guess I'll give it a bit longer and see how I feel.

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Thursday, 22 January 2009

Mr Right?

Why is it that I always hear from the wrong ones? The one who has a girlfriend. The new one who I kinda showed an interest in but changed my mind. The one who was recently dumped. The one I'm friends with, but is hung up on me.

Why not the new one who I like? And I know he likes me. I sent him a facebook message yesterday. Hopefully that'll get the ball rolling.

I'd probably give "recently dumped" another chance. If only he were genuine and not on the rebound. Although this would be breaking resolution #2.

And if it all goes to hell, I'm going speed-dating with friends in Feb anyway!

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Friday, 16 January 2009

Straight Edge sXe

Thought it would be a good idea to do a bit of digging about this whole 'straight edge' thing, so I looked up a few websites. Turns out it's not just about abstaining from vices. It's about being a respectful and inspirational person, trying to have a positive impact on those around you.

It gets a bit sketchy cuz - as with most things - there's a group of hardliners, believing they are better than everyone else cuz they're straight edge. And there's those who preach to people who aren't straight edge.

I'm not that kind of person anyway. I've been a vegetarian for 13 years and never felt the need to preach to others. I think I'll treat this the same way. If someone asks why, I'll tell them my reasons. If someone gets on their high horse and tries to tell me I'm wrong, I'll argue back. If I'm not preaching to them, why should they be preaching to me?

On this note of being a positive and inspirational person, it seems I'm already achieving my goals to a certain extent. Recently some friends told me they envied my confidence. Apparently I exude it. I wasn't aware of this, although it is something I aim for.

And it's been a long time coming! For as long as I can remember my actions have been dictated by how I think others will view them. I'm not too keen on ruffling feathers so I tend to be agreeable. I don't like the limelight so I don't do anything that'll get me noticed by too many people. But why should this be the case? I'm not saying I'm going to deliberately do crazy things to get myself noticed, cuz that isn't me, but I shouldn't be seeking the approval of others.

I've reached that point now where I'm going to do what I want and not care what people think. Especially if it's out of my comfort zone (still haven't got the guts to dance down the street though!). Shame it has taken being bullied in school, several depressive episodes, long-term low self-esteem and years of living well within my comfort zone for me to finally come up with this.

"It's about leading by example because others will follow if they see something special in the way you carry yourself and are doing something for yourself that has made you a better and happier person." (Straight Edge Lifestyle)

Straight Edge Lifestyle, Poison Free, Straight Edge Tribe, Straight Edge Online

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Friday, 9 January 2009

New Favourite Bands

Just a selection of bands I've newly discovered and their MySpace links:

*TAT* - found these guys in September, a while before their album was released. Put it on my birthday wishlist, but had to wait til Christmas. All good though - awesome album. Shame they're only playing one gig in the UK in the foreseeable future, and that's next Thursday in Camden. Am I crazy enough to go?!

*Hip Parade* - if you're not already watching Orange Unsigned, you should be. These guys rock. They look and sound like a band (unlike some of the earlier acts). Everything about them screams that they should and will definitely make it big. "Kick off your shoes, get down on the dancefloor!"

The Resistors - I don't normally trust bands that find me. But I like these guys. Currently unsigned - I hope they're signed soon so they can release an album and come up north on tour!

Mindless Self Indulgence - I think these guys made it onto my 'Look Them Up' List cuz they played Leeds last year. They're a bizarre mix of dance and rock music. Really seems to work though. The lyrics don't exactly match my new straight-edge lifestyle (not many do!) but it's damn good to dance to!

Cajun Dance Party - started listening to this band last year and I thought they were going to make it big, but they seem to have disappeared off the radar. I think they've been on tour in Europe and Japan. Worth a listen.

Scarlet Harlots - another band from Orange Unsigned. They were knocked out, but may (hopefully) be voted back in. Just like been sat in on a band's jamming session.

And the not-so-small ones:

Los Campesinos! - sound like a bunch of kids having fun. Who doesn't wish they could join them?! Currently on tour in the USA. "One blink for yes, two blinks for no. Sweet dreams sweet cheeks, we leave alone"

The Kills - they've been around for ages, but took a while to catch on. And then ages longer to mention it! "I want you to be crazy cuz you're boring baby when you're sane" (warning about their page - someone's put a track on there which starts up straight away. Don't know where it is and doesn't sound like them either)

Neon Neon - Griff and Boom Bip. I have to skip over a couple of tracks on the album cuz I really don't like them, but I love so much of it - Dream Cars, Alderaan, Raquel, Trick for Treat, Lust U, Belfast...

Strung Out - heavy punk band, been around for years. Introduced to me this year. I can imagine they'd be a great band to see live.

Against Me - another punk band that have been around for years and only introduced to me this year. Not nearly as heavy as above, but good music. Missed their Salt Lake City gig in October by two days :-(

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Monday, 5 January 2009

Going Teetotal

Last time I went teetotal, I told my friends who are all around 18-20 years old. They were surprised and couldn't understand why I would want to stop drinking. This time I seem to have chosen to tell more 'mature' people. Most assumed it was just for January, and weren't expecting my reply of "for good". Still surprised, but this time they seem to think I'm brave and that I'm doing something difficult.

I guess I never considered it to be that big a deal, but maybe it is. People - including me - drink for a variety of reasons: confidence, socialising, to turn a bad night into a good night, to forget, to numb, and I guess just cuz it's 'normal'. But it also brings negative effects, which are part of my reason for stopping. I'm fed up with bad hangovers, not remembering nights out, and doing stupid or embarrassing things cuz I've lost control of how much I've been drinking.

And aside from the things I'm trying to prevent by going teetotal, I'm hoping to gain some things. A healthier liver and fatter wallet to start with. Confidence to chat to strangers and dance sober. The chance to have real fun - to enjoy a night out for its merits, not cuz everyone got wasted to make it seem more fun. Real instead of Dutch courage.

Five days in. I had a great New Years without drinking, and when I was out on Saturday. And I'm quietly confident about it lasting. I'll be the designated driver for the rest of my life! But providing no-one throws up in my car, I don't really mind.

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Thursday, 1 January 2009

Telford friendly 29th December 2008

Hope you all enjoyed the competition in Telford despite the incredibly cold weather! Thanks for coming and we hope you enjoyed yourselves. And once again F&D had the loudest and proudest fan base!

Quick run through of results:
Junior A team (Becky, Georgia W, Alex, Alys and Robyn) finished 3rd in the A final. Unfortunately they were in first place until the last race, when they were eliminated for obstruction.
Junior B team (Sophie W, Ellie, Eden and Sophie G) finished 3rd in the B final. A very good result for a young novice team.
Senior A team (Eleri, Suzi, Louisha and Ceri) finished 1st in the C final after winning most of their races.
Senior C team (Anna, Anya, Yasmin and Sam G) won a tie-breaker to get into the B final, then won most of the races and finished 1st.
Senior B team (Mari, Nan, Wednesday and Sam M) finished 2nd in the A final, to a very good Berwyn & Dee team.

But I'm sure all the teams will be showing their true colours by the spring!

And thanks to Alex and Ross for filling in as fifth members of the senior teams.

If anyone is interested in looking at the photos taken, the website is http://www.pmimaging.co.uk

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