Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Motorblog MOTORHEAD 2009 TOUR DATES!: Others will be added, of course, but for now -
March 6th - Desert Rock Festival, Dubai, UAE.
April 10th - Estadio Malvinas, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
April 12th - Master Hall, Curitiba, Brazil.
April 15th - Fortaleza Arena, Fortaleza, Brazil.
April 17th - Chevrolet Hall, Recife, Brazil.
April 18th - Via Funcheral, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
April 21st -Coliseo Cubierto El Campin, Bogota, Colombia.
June 5th - Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, Sweden.
June 13th - Waldrock Festival, Burgum, Holland.
June 26th - Metalway Festival Interpenas, Zaragoza, Spain.
June 28th - Devilside Open Air, Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
July 2nd - Roxempro, B'est Festival, Bucharest, Romania.
July 4th - Rondo Arena, Czech Republic.
July 5th - With Full Force Summer Open Air, Leipzig, Germany.
July 11th - Rock Am Bach Open Air, Merzig, Germany.
July 15th - Ippodromo Capanelle, Rockinrome, Rome, Italy.
July 16th - Fortezza Da Basso, Florence, Italy.
July 17th - Piazzale Villa Contarini, Padova, Italy.
August 31st - Open Air Festival, Wacken, Germany (Sold Out).
November 11th - The Pavilion, Plymouth, Devon.
November 12th - Colston Hall, Bristol, Avon.
November 13th - The Newport Centre, Newport, Wales.
November 15th - The Oasis, Swindon, Wiltshire.
November 16th - Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham.
November 17th - City Hall, Newcastle.
November 19th - The Academy, Glasgow.
November 20th - The Academy, Leeds.
November 21st - The Apollo, Manchester.
November 23rd - The Corn Exchange, Cambridge.
November 24th - Cliffs Pavilion, Southend.
November 25th - The Guildhall, Portsmouth.
November 27th - The Solent Hall, The BIC, Bournemouth.
November 28th - Hammersmith Odeon, London.
November 29th - Civic Hall, Wolverhampton.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bloatermog Bugs Won't Go: Winter seems to be dragging miserably onward for everyone, colds from last November keep returning for an encore, and we never seem to be able to shake them off completely.
This is also the worst month of the year for depression, not only are there the above bugs to contend with, but the weather is cold, bleak, and damp, has only just risen above freezing point, and has the longest, (almost 6 weeks!), gap between pay days.
So it is no wonder we are feeling cheesed off, but tonight I will be tuning in again to Express FM to hear yet another author interview with host, Rob Richardson
The 'When Upton Had Trains' book brought with it, as the village's now favourite scribe and bard, the necessity to join and be voted in as Secretary with the 'Friends For Upton Library.' The 'Friends' are dedicated to generating focal points which will raise the awareness of the library to the general public, thus generating more members, leading to a larger turnover of books; and those errant hours reinstated.
Perhaps your library is suffering in the same way? Upton has had 11 hours chopped off its opening times, (with the librarian's also suffering an 11 hours a week pay cut!), as it is not being used as often as it should. Other come-hither and time consuming attractions like surfing the Internet, Play Station, X-Box Live, DVD and game rental, a myriad of TV stations, and cheap books on Amazon and EBay have either stopped people reading; or they are buying their own in prefernce to borrowing. Thus, the libraries are being neglected, so alternative come-hither attractions are essential.
The committee voted for my input in the form of a talk about how the 'When Upton Had Trains' book developed from humourous poetry and youthful anecdotes in a local community magazine to fully-fledged publication, and as Secretary, I must also (or if you like modern-day buzz words, I have been TASKED to) find other (far more famous and renowned) local authors to talk about their publications, and this is in hand.
If you haven't visited your library lately, please do so, they may also be struggling; the other seemingly far more attractive delights in the sweetshop of electronic amusement may well see our libraries rendered extinct if we don't do something to help.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Motorblog 'Lemmy Gets His Tats Touched Up': Go to You Tube and type those words in, and you will get LA Ink's Kat von D doing so to Lemmy's forearm tattoos - (as mentioned in the MHB's December fanzine).

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Bloatermog Relapsed: Not many postings lately, Xmas, New Year, bitterly cold weather; and illness.
A cold / cough bug knocked out the Southampton show on the tour, but luckily, Exeter made up for it.
Wife, Jane, had the same bug, but we're not sure if it's because she had the flu jab, (they recommend it for nurses, which she is, and she's been OK with it for 8 or 9 years), but it saw her having 5 weeks off work to get over it. She didn't, though, really get over it properly, and every shift was a struggle up to, through and after Xmas and New Year; and she'd get home looking totally worn out; and was.
Early AM on Saturday she woke up freezing cold, uncontrollably shaking and with a severe pain under the rib cage. It needed urgent treatment and I phoned the doctor who told me to take her to A & E at Poole Hospital; this was at 03.30. After some tests and an examination they told her she had pluresey / pneumonia symptoms, prescribed some anti-biotics and told her to "go home and rest." So this is the reason she's not been herself lately - and now I know I can get her back fit again.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Bloatermog Happy New Year: Seems we're all freezing our pips off, it's cold enough here never mind further up the country / world!
Motorhead are quiet (unplugged) so not much news there, except Lemmy will be playing The Head Cat gigs in mid-January, (see fanzine 83 for dates and venues), in lieu of those cancelled when Slim Jim broke his wrist.
The 'When Upton Had Trains' book had a 2nd printing and has now clocked up 300+ copies, so that's great news, too.
Everything back to normal now, and if not, then Monday morning will put it all to rights for certain.