Thursday night, peagles arrived, complete with PC (including water-cooling whatnot and an obscenely large monitor). As it was already the dead of night when he arrived we didn't do much that evening, just sat about talking for a bit. Then on Friday we were off to Norwich for a musical day :) First was Robert Fripp playing soundscapes in Norwich Cathedral, just after lunch. This isn't quite my cup of tea when recorded (like most non-vocal non-songs-based music), but hearing it live was great & the surroundings really added to the atmosphere. And I got a chance to look round Norwich Cathedral which I've not done before.
We then spent the afternoon pottering about (while my hayfever got worse & worse - worst day of the year so far, even after the antihistamines). We had dessert in a cafe called Olives, where the waiter discussed my choice of coffee with me - I'd wanted the Cathedral blend originally, but he said that was rather strong so I decided discretion was the better part of valour (ie I'd already had slightly too much coffee that morning) and went for one of the others that he recommended (Guatamala something, I forget precisely what) which was still strong but not over the top. After finding the venue for the evening and pottering around town a bit I remembered where The Belgian Monk was & we had a couple of beers there - it sells Belgian beers & is an experience a bit like a real ale pub, but with lager. Dinner was at Pizza Express. One of these days we'll go out somewhere for dinner with Paul that isn't a chain, but given we were trying to get dinner before 6pm choices were limited.
Then it was time for the main event of the day - a Burning Shed (a small independent record label) event at The Garage. First on was a chap called Andy Butler who played guitar - hooked up to a bunch of effects stuff so he did everything from percussion to melodic lines & built up whole pieces just him on his guitar. Next was Tim Bowness & a variety of people (including his band for some of it), doing a variety of his solo stuff, some Centrozoon and some Bowness/Chilvers stuff. After the interval Steven Wilson did a set - mostly solo - where he played all sorts of things, some Blackfield, some Porcupine Tree, some of his solo stuff. And then Tim Bowness came back on stage (with his band, too) and they did a set of No-man songs (which as I said on Friday is the first time No-man have played live in 12 or so years). All in all it was very good :)
Saturday, we had too much beer. That's the single most notable feature of the day ... while we were drinking we were mostly playing Quake3 CPMA Freeze Tag, and as the day/evening/night wore on we were gradually getting more & more close to being beaten by the bots. Sunday had more computer games & a roast lunch before Paul had to leave to get back home & sorted out for the week ahead. J and I and Jo played some more Freeze Tag later - but Quake4 this time. Q4Max's latest release has Freeze Tag in it, which is cool :)
And this morning, I'm too damn tired, but not as bad as yesterday when I was also hungover ;) Good weekend, though :)