31. May 2007 · Comments Off on hupp-pah! · Categories: Uncategorised · Tags: ,

we went to the barbican on tuesday night, for the first night of their “1000 year journey” festival of gypsy music. featuring on tuesday were the kolpakov trio with eugene hütz, followed by mahala rai banda.

the trio belted out an impressive collection of traditional songs, with a little bit of spastic romanian tap-dancing thrown in. there was the occasional “hupp-pah!” and even a little bit of “aii aii aii aii aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiyeeeeeeeee!” mr hutz’s moustache is just as impressive in real life, although i wish i’d been able to see gogol bordello (they played in camden last night, but it was sold out by the time i heard of it and i was also meant to go to a work function). mahala rai banda were huge, both in numbers and sound, and the sit-down theatre was soon fairly full of dancers in the aisles.

london’s delightful weather continues, since the rainy long weekend the rain has stopped intermittently for a few hours at a time. this weekend we’re off to sweden, for my first-ever trip to famous falun. unfortunately the big draw for the trip is a funeral – obviously i’d much rather visit in happier circumstances.

07. May 2007 · Comments Off on harrumph · Categories: Photography, Travel · Tags:

well, google’s takeover of blogger seems to be less than seamless – my old blogger account is either gone or inaccessible and i’ve had to resort to setting up a completely new one.

oh well, it had been ages since my last blog anyway 😛 maybe some other day i will restore all the posts from the archives.

anyway. today i have had a photo sorting frenzy, and i have a whole lot of new stuff to show. Actually it’s all not that new, as the comments show …

vallda sandö, sweden (christmas)
lulworth cove, UK (last summer)
budapest, hungary (girl’s weekend in march)
marrakech (easter)
chelsea physic garden, london (visited with tracey in february)
la palma, the canary islands (last december)
brighton, UK (last november)

the day started out dim and rainy so i took the opportunity to sit indoors and deal with photos, erina (who’s currently staying with us) is similarly updating her own blog, and linus was/is on the playstation. last night for erina’s birthday we took her out to le quecumbar, where a fantastic band “the bright size gypsies” were playing. i always enjoy the live music at le quecumbar, but these guys were particularly brilliant. they’ll be playing the first sunday of every month, so go and check them out for some entertaining gypsy jazz.