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Tonight's the night

...when Lorna, Jo, Rachel and myself will finally get to see Depeche Mode in concert, after 8 long months of pre-squee and worry. We sat around watching most of Lorna's DM-dvds in the den last night, while enjoying pizza, Chinese take-out and Guinness, and it was fun; but tonight, we're going for the real thing. There's also an after-party in Edward's in Birmingham that we may go to -- Lorna wants to talk about the gig and share the experience with like-minded individuals, and with us, she's unlikely to get it (because we're mean like that and like to torture her; e.g., I've found out that she gets very indignant when I say that Martin's got poodle-hair and questionable dress sense).

So, as you've already noticed, Wednesday night I got a little tipsy. We started our pub crawl in Whitefriars, where the demon drink seduced me with a brew called Damson Porter. It was very nice. It was Open Mic night, too; and two young men -- well boys really, called Ken and Luke, set up at the back of the pub and let rip with covers of rock classics, which they did very competently. More than that, they embellished on the material as well, leading me to wonder if they couldn't do any original stuff. We didn't have time to find out though, as the pub crawl beckoned.

There was nothing much going on in The Hope and Anchor, so we went straight on to The Jailhouse, where we found that Roddy Radiation and Kirk Brandon were playing. This was too good to be true: we were on a kind of alternative 2 Tone Trail, and here we were, in our second pub, bumping into The Specials' guitarist and the frontman for Spear of Destiny! Jez, Lorna's housemate who'd come with us, introduced us to his mate Pugs, whose claim to fame in the 80s consisted of having named The Courtyard, one of the most influential venues in those days...but the sad fact is that there's not many of Coventry's famous bars and hangouts remaining.

After a while and a couple more pints we relocated to another pub, the name of which escapes me, where again, someone with talent was playing (Karl Sweet). On the way over, we passed a film crew, filming in the courtyard of one of the churches. It was for Lady Godiva, in which ASH will star. We couldn't see through the rain and the umbrellas whether he was there or not.

Then when we came home, Lorna and Jez encouraged me to go on LJ and tell you all about it. No wonder they were falling about laughing!

I slept well, and waking up without a hangover, decided to go to Nottingham and check out the shops there, which Lorna had said were better than Coventry's. I don't know about that, but there were certainly a lot of them. And, yay! a Starbucks, so I could finally have the caramel macchiato grande that I always order. That was about the high point of my day really -- the sun was shining, but it was awfully windy, and the castle art gallery and museum was closed for refurbishment while the costume museum turned out to have permanently closed. I kicked myself for not having asked laura_isaac for her contacting details, as she'd said if I ever was in the area...

One thing I've discovered on this trip of mine, is that I can't use my credit cards, and I'm spending cash hand over fist. There appears to be a new law or directive in place that all credit card transactions have to be validated not just with a signature the old-fashioned way, but also, by giving in your PIN-number. I've had my credit cards for years. I've never had to remember the PINs. So I don't know them and my cards are useless here.

Hey! Since when do we have a Current Location-field? It's crap, isn't it?

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freakspawn
Mar. 31st, 2006 08:43 am (UTC)
I noticed that about the location, only today though!

Have fun today, whatever you decide to do!

It's looking like Edwards8 is the only thing for us, I've checked Cov, nothing going on!

Oy! Your mean, poor Martin, what has he ever done to you???? :P:P:P
gamiila
Mar. 31st, 2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
Birmingham it is, then -- we'll be zombies in Stratford, but that just can't be helped.
freakspawn
Mar. 31st, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna check the train/bus times for this evening. If you and Jo don't fancy it, we don't have to go, especially if it is gonna be really awkward coming back! But we can talk about that later over food;)

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anonypooh
Mar. 31st, 2006 09:38 am (UTC)
oopsie - yes they started insisting on PINs 14th February - best learn yours for October!

You certainly managed to fall into lots of interesting musical alcohol venues - lucky things.
gamiila
Mar. 31st, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC)
We'll see if we can't find some this weekend, okay?
freakspawn
Mar. 31st, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
Oh I should do that shouldn't I?!
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_mysteria_
Mar. 31st, 2006 11:25 am (UTC)
Hey you! Is that the collective 'us'? 'Cos I don't remember mocking Martin at all ;)
gamiila
Mar. 31st, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC)
That's true. I'm the only one mock-mocking Martin (I love him really, but don't tell Lare that!), while Rachel delights in contantly bringing the conversation back to The Cure! ;-)
freakspawn
Mar. 31st, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
I heard ya!
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bogwitch
Mar. 31st, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
I am all a-squee for Monday!

As for Chip and Pin, you are supposed to still be able to sign. I found this on the official Chip and Pin website.

>>I am visiting the UK as a tourist or on business and I don't have a chip and PIN card - will I be able to use it in shops?
You don't need to worry. Your cards will still be accepted in UK shops and by other businesses including hotels and restaurants. You will simply be asked to sign, just as before. The changes taking place after 14 February 2006 only apply to chip and PIN cardholders.

http://www.chipandpin.co.uk/faqs/affect.html#visiting

- if you are not being allowed to sign, the shop is doing it wrong.


Kirk Brandon in a pub? How the mighty fall. If he ever was 'mighty', mind you...

curiouswombat
Mar. 31st, 2006 12:24 pm (UTC)
I would guess the problem might arise if the card has the chip in it - which many modern European ones do, I gather, but gamiila doesn't know the PIN to go with it.

If you don't have a note at home somewhere of the PINs Gamiila, ask for new ones, and then if neccesary change them to ones you can remember, before your next trip to the UK.

Actually, as it seems to be being quite successful over in Britain, you might have to learn them for home as well soon!
gamiila
Mar. 31st, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, my VISA, Master and AmEx were all issued with a chip and PIN all those years ago, but since I never saw the need to withdraw any money on my credit cards (the rates being extortionate), I never bothered to learn the PINs needed for that service. Now it looks like I'm going to have to cancel my cards when I get back, and get new ones with new PINs -- as the credit card companies quite rightly refuse to divulge my current PIN numbers to me over the phone.

Though I can see why they've brought in the measure, I can't help but feel a little frustrated at it all.
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gamiila
Mar. 31st, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
I am all a-squee for Monday!

Oh? Who're you gonna see Monday? Did I miss a post? Shame on me!

Kirk Brandon in a pub? How the mighty fall.

Sad, really. He was wearing a bow tie, too.

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__kali__
Mar. 31st, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
OMG! Depeche Mode. Ace! Have great fun there.
gamiila
Apr. 10th, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I did, I had a fantastic time.
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