World Cup 2018 Part 3: Quarter Finals

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Uruguay 0 – 2 France

Lloris has made some amazing saves this World Cup.
I suspect that he may be putting magnets in the ball.

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Brazil 1 – 2 Belgium

Fernandinho’s own goal

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93rd minute stretchy last minute save from Courtois

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Sweden 0 – 2 England

Watching at my local pub.

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Russia 2 – 2 Croatia

Croatia won on penalties  – (Croatia 4 – Russia 3)

Kramaric’s goal for Croatia.

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World Cup 2018 Part 2: Round of 16

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Drawings from the round of 16. Winner stays, loser leaves.

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France 4 – 3 Argentina

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The 10s.

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Uruguay 2 – 1 Portugal

Ronaldo and his weird shorts action.

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Cavani scores 2 goals.

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Spain 1 +3 – 1 Russia +4

Penalties

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Croatia 1- 1 Denmark

It was exciting for the first 4 minutes, when both teams scored, but then it got a bit dull. It went to extra time and then penalties.

Most interesting moment was realising that everyone on the pitch except the goalies are in red/white/black.

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hmmm… bored….. LOOK! I’M ON TV!

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darn…. lost on the sweepstake…

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Brazil 2 – 0 Mexico

This World Cup has been quite bland for outrageous hair-dos. The Mexican team had fun with a bottle of bleach, strangely on the day that my colleague Adam came in to work with freshly bleached hair. This led to us speculating that he was moonlighting as a Mexican footballer. Sad to see Mexico knocked out.
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Belgium 3 – 2 Japan

Chadli scores Belgium’s 3rd goal 20 seconds before the final whistle and saves us all from extra time.

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Colombia 1- 1 England 3

England win the penalties. For. The. First. Time. Ever.

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Xavier, Snapped Ankles

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At the Shaklewell Arms, London.

I can’t find any information about Xavier, they sound a bit like Boredoms but more groovy. I loved their set and I hope I get to see them again.

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Snapped Ankles remind me of an 80’s squat party band; anarchic, visual and drum heavy. I’ve never seen the Shacklewell Arms so packed and everyone was dancing. You can’t not enjoy Snapped Ankles.

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Argonaut, Rabies Babies, Thee Dinner Ladies, Militant Girlfriend

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All ages/family friendly daytime gig put on by Loud Women at the Lexington.
Saturday 30th September.

All ages kid-friendly gigs are the way to go for so many reasons!

1. You get to hang out with your friends who have kids and can rarely come along to gigs.
2. Kid-friendly gigs are in the day time! You can also fit another gig in later in the evening, so doubling your gig-going potential.
3. Kid friendly gigs are just MORE FUN! Where else do you get offered sherbet dib-dabs or Love Hearts as you walk in the venue? Where else is the promoter of the event dressed as Wonder Woman? Where else do you find yourself enthusiastically making lightning shapes while watching the excellent Argonauts?

I’d never been to such a fun gig. The kids had a great time, and so did the adults.

Argonauts kicked off the afternoon with a fantastic set and lots of props, and everyone loved them. They handed out kazoos and gave us dancing instructions for audience participation, encouraged a stage invasion for ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ and passed around bananas for their singalong version of ‘The Banana Splits’ theme.

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In between bands there was stories for the kids while the grown ups drank beers.

Next on was my band, Rabies Babies. This show was the second time that our guitarist Laura’s toddler son has been at a Rabies Babies gig, he doesn’t really like us. We are too shouty and he gets frightened. This time he didn’t cry for the whole time we played, so we are slowly winning him over. We re-worked out set – we dropped some of the inappropriate sweary songs and added some kid-friendly songs. Our drummer Mike ended up playing guitar and drums at the same time for one song so Laura could run about on stage pretending to be an elephant. There was a boy of 5 or 6 who was right at the front and slam danced and pogoed non stop all the way through our set.

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Thee Dinner Ladies are just plain and simple brilliant garage. Musically they are right up my street, they are garage punk with equal measures of punk and garage. Shouty fun male & female vocals with flirty lines like “you’re only shopping cos you fancy me”. All this, plus the whole band are dressed spectacularly as dinner ladies. Who doesn’t love a dinner lady?

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Sadly I missed the final band, Militant Girlfriend, as I had a train to catch to get me to a wedding in Sheffield, hopefully I’ll get to see them soon.

Roll on next Little Loud Women show!

Why Birds Sing

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The Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon.
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London.

First half pieces & text by Olivier Messiaen, Kate Wakeling, Brett Dean, György Ligeti.
The first half of the performance ended with the musicians placing ticking metronomes on the edge of the stage, kneeling next to them and making origami cranes. The audience were invited to add their own cranes during the interval.

The second half was Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, The Pastoral. The orchestra stood, playing the whole symphony from memory, surrounded by paper cranes and fairy lights, some parts of the symphony were played in the dark, with the musicians wearing illuminated paper cranes on their wrists. Because the musicians were playing from memory they were able to move around and change positions. In the second movement the strings moved back and the woodwind came to the front, which absolutely changed the perception of the piece. The bird songs between the flute and oboe became far more prominent and alive.

The encore was a repeat of a part of the Pastoral, but with the orchestra spread out amongst the audience, so that the we were surrounded by the music.

It was incredible.

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watch a clip of the encore

Womens Euros 2017 #22

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Netherlands 4 – 2 Denmark

What an exciting final!!!! This has to be the most exciting final in the history of football!
The pitch was filled with amazing players, but one of my favourites from the whole fantastic tournament has to be Van De Sanden. What a star!

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Womens Euros 2017 #20

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Denmark 0 – 0 Austria (penalties)

I watched sneaky bits of the first half at work, then cycled home, found my brother Jamie hungry on my doorstep, after a London to Edinburgh cycle ride. Gav was supposed to be cooking dinner but he was in the pub, so I cooked dinner in record time and we made it on to the sofa, beers in hand, to watch the penalties after extra time.

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Womens Euro #14

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France 1 – 1 Switzerland

I watched this game two days late as a way of getting around the shockingly bad ‘live stream’ from All4. I already knew the final score, I already knew that England will face France on Sunday. I hadn’t caught any of France’s games so far in the tournament, and since they are favourites to win I was interested to see them play. They are amazing and this game had me on the edge of my seat even though I knew the final outcome. What excitement! I must admit that I was quite happy when Renard got a yellow card ten or so minutes in to the game and so will not play on Sunday. Minutes later a red card left France with 10 players on the pitch and they proved that even outnumbered they are a massive force to be reckoned with.

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DAM at Kamio

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2017_06_20_DAM014 London had a shit week. I want to cry and scream with rage. And it is over 30 degrees. London is too crowded and dirty and sad for hot weather. It is sunny, and there is a big cloud of sadness and anger. The cloud of the Finsbury Park Mosque attack the day before, the cloud of Grenfell Tower, the cloud of London Bridge, the cloud of disappointment that we still have a government that we do not agree with or vote for, the cloud of Brexit, the cloud of Westminster Bridge. Too much. Give us a break. We are all being nicer to each other to ease the pain, but we hurt. If any other band had been playing on tuesday night then I wouldn’t have gone.

I’m sure Dam know a thing or two about rage and sadness and being attacked. They are from Palestine. They are Palestine’s longest running hip hop band, they’ve been making music for around 20 years. I only came across them a couple of years ago, when they released the excellent anti-gender violence song Who You R.

Within minutes of Dam bounding on to the stage all of the tension I felt inside started to melt. They were medicine for my soul. This band are so full of positive energy, hope and catchy tunes. It was impossible not to dance. They preach a serious ethic with a smile and a wicked sense of humour. “We are Dam, from Palestine. Our country is occupied, but we have a scene… Hey, you should all move to Palestine, I hear London isn’t so good lately”.