Lonesome Dave Ferguson at the Grand Daddy Hotel

Fri 22 April 2011

One-man-blues-band Dave Ferguson has been a regular fortnightly performer at the Grand Daddy Hotel’s rooftop trailer park forĀ  ages (the last two years, I think). I only saw him there once previously (and then again at Ramfest earlier this year) but thought he was really cool. He’s about to leave for Europe (or is on his way by now, I’m not sure…) and gave his last performance at the Grand Daddy laaast Friday, so Jess and I went to check it out…

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Cool As Folk II At the Assembly

Thurs 21 April 2011

I missed the first Cool As Folk which happened last year, but am so glad I didn’t miss the second one that happened last Thursday.

The event was presented by GreenPop, an exciting organisation aimed at planting trees in under-greened areas, and their decor alone made the evening memorable; a large tree mural greeted everyone as they arrived and, upstairs, the stage was transformed into a forest, it was really beautiful.

Two Minute Puzzle

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This is my brother…

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chris & his fire... chris & his fire...

chris & his fire... Fire

…he is a pyro.

 

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Swellendam, 9 years later

16 & 17 April 2011

Last month my mom attended and photographed the FASX Airshow in Swellendam, and last week she went back up to do a photographic slideshow presentation and talk for some of the organisers and people involved. We used to visit Swellendam a lot during school holidays so I was keen to come with and see how the place had changed since 2002…

We stopped at the Worcester One Stop on the way up and met some friendly Swedes (with fantastically stereotypical Swedish names) on 2 pink busses. I have a bit of an obsession with all things Scandinavian (and Swedish in particular) so this random meeting was an instant weekend highlight for me. One day when I have large amounts of excess cash, I’ll seriously consider taking a European tour with the Pink Busses.

The pink busses The pink busses

We then passed this crazy pumpkin place…

And in Ashton, we saw an awesome old cash register in a butchery and this rocking discotheque discotique…

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Wolftown band launch with The Bone Collectors at Mercury Live

Sat 9 April 2011

The Bone Collectors have a great name – one that made me curious about them as soon as I heard it, plus, their next scheduled gig happened to be a band launch – doubly cool. Wolftown was the ‘new’ band being launched – I later discovered that they were the reincarnation of The Ragdolls, another band (with a cool name) who I never got around to seeing…

Mercury was pretty empty when we arrived, which made the promo girls in their elaborate costumes and the sheriff-types in chaps and spurs stand out even more. I felt underdressed, a feeling which gradually gave way to a sense of being under-tattooed as the venue started filling up.

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