A couple of weeks ago I went to see Allo Darlin' and The School at Bush Hall, and they were both predictably excellent. They were selling their long awaited debut albums there as well, so I obviously bought them and they're excellent, especially the Allo Darlin' one. The School one is good, but it was only about half new songs, the rest was stuff that had been on their singles before. I don't think either of them are officially released yet, but they are soon so keep a look-out.
I also went to a different sort of school, which was Robin Ince's School for Gifted Children. This was good again, but I think I may be getting a little over familiar with it by now. As good as Jo Neary is, there are only so many times I want to sit through her se>< toys talk. Alan Moore was excellent though. It was the first time I'd seen him, and even though I knew he was hairy, I didn't realise quite how hairy.
Last weekend I went home for easter to show S all my friends, and Manchester. On Good Friday we did the traditional walk up Holcombe Hill1 in the rain then went round to my friends Mark and Sharon's house in the evening. For the rest of the weekend we got a culture overload - on Saturday we went into Manchester, and visited the Rylands Library, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Museum of Manchester. S also went to the Manchester Art Gallery while I ill-advisedly went to watch the football.
On Sunday we went to Salford Quays to the Imperial War Museum North, mostly to see the Don McCullin photo exhibition which was really excellent, and I'd recommend it to all my northern friends. After that we went and had a look round The Lowry. Lowry is excellent - his big industrial stuff is good obviously, but some of his weird little drawings are good too - I liked "Five adults and child being held by the ears". And although I can't find a photo of him which shows it, the gallery's got some photos in which he looks pleasingly like actor Peter Martin:
This week I've not done much apart from work. This weekend, I'm not going to do much other than watch sport on the telly, and some cooking and baking.
We now return you to your regular schedule of cats providing amusement. Annoyingly, I can't embed this, but still: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANU7Jwa9kEE
1Harcles Hill? Citation very much Needed.