Posts Tagged ‘science fiction’

Rainy June

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

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Argh! So much has happened since I did a proper blog I don’t know where to start. With a list of course!

  • In October 2010 I had the start of my first ever tattoo. It was finished in February 2011 and is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I love it and I am so grateful to the artist Henry Hate. He is like the Juliette Binoche character from Chocolat but for tattoos. I went in with an idea and came out with my soul on my skin.
  • I did my first ever solo tour of the UK. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to book any Wales gigs this time round but I’m hoping to soon enough. I went to Bristol, Cambridge, Glasgow and Ayr. The Scottish gigs were with tour buddy Dave Hughes who is like a cross between Shane MacGowan and Macaulay Culkin and knows more about Bruce Springsteen than anyone I know. I had tonnes of fun and adventures along the way. The new set-up using a small 80s keyboard rather than my big full-size one works much better (even though it does leave me with nothing to hide behind!).
  • I have new hair. It is short-ish and blonde. I adore it. The best hairdresser I’ve ever had did it. You can find her on Twitter. If I ever get a world tour, Sapphire is coming with me to do my hair.
  • I finally got to the Out Of This World exhibition at the British Library. It is fantastic. The only frustrating thing is not being able to touch and smell the original copies of these wonderful books. I will be going back again before it finishes.
  • My favourite wannbe-rollergirl’s boyfriend arranged an incredible birthday surprise treasure hunt for her around the National Galleries and Trafalgar Square. Her closest friends all dressed up as characters from her two favourite stories: Alice In Wonderland and Mary Poppins. It caused a bit of a ruckus when security tried to chuck us out though and we ended up being chased by around 7 security guards. It all ended in a tea party. I was the Cheshire Cat, obvs.

Future things:

  • The Very Exciting Thing I am doing is now underway. I still can’t say much about it but as soon as I can I will let you know. At the moment it is just in the research stages.
  • I booked my first holiday for about 5 years: In October I’ll be visiting one of my best friends in Bangkok then we’re also going to Bali too! I almost fainted when I read the confirmation emails. I have been ordered I’m not allowed to do any work at all while I’m there. I might have to sneak some online time to dispel any withdrawal symptoms!
  • The new single Milk and Water is almost ready. It has been a labour of love.
  • The artist development programme I created for Drake Music has finally been given a little bit of money for the first session. I’m really looking forward to it although it means more work for me!
  • Lots of changes have happened that make me think East London might not be the place for me soon, I love it here and of course my heart will always belong to London but I’m thinking more and more about moving away. I won’t be going too far and I’m sure you’ll read about this in the forthcoming year.
  • And FINALLY I am planning my next party. It won’t be until the autumn and will have a very different feel as well as be a more ‘exclusive’ event. More to follow!

So all in all a transforming few months. Not sure what’s next, which is (as you know) how I like it. Exciting times. #followthesigns

BBA Halloween Party – oooooooh!

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Halloween Party poster

GIG-a-bites

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

On Monday 10th August I played Blang! at London’s infamous 12 Bar Club. I was blown away by the response. For those of you who couldn’t be there, why not?!! But here are some clips of the night. Enjoy. x

Dinosaur Planet woohoo woohoo

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Last night I went to see MJ Hibbett’s Dinosaur Planet. His one-man-and-a-guitar musical comedy (in the style of a sci-fi film) was absolutely brilliant. I laughed, giggled, gasped and very nearly shed an emotional tear (won’t tell you when).

The show, at the Wilmington in Islington, was a preview of his Edinburgh fringe performances and acted by way of a warm-up. The singing was a little bit shaky in a couple of places but this really wasn’t the point of this wonderful show. The story had everything you would wish for in a science fiction adventure and his brilliant spoken/stand-up/narration between songs was perfectly delivered. The focus was on the great songs. My favourite was A Little Bit which I thought was really beautiful. There were a lot of little touches/references aimed at us geeks and the whole concept worked really well – I hope they make a film of it.

Before Dinosaur Planet was Chris T-T. (okay, full disclosure: Chris T-T is my big brother) Chris usually does politically charged folk-rock beardy music. This time he was playing improvised piano!!  I loved this, particularly the second piece which seemingly messed around with time-signatures or at least with the accents and weighting so it sounded as if there were different time-signatures – I’m not sure. Bits of the pieces reminded me of well written songs, they seemed to have melody and structure even though they were completely improvised. It might be cheesy of me to say so, but in places his playing reminded me of some of the current american musical theatre composers such as Jason Robert Brown or Adam Guettel (this is meant to be a compliment if you are reading this Chris!). He finished with four of his acoustic songs which went down a treat with the friendly crowd.

The piano in the pub had a sticky key which added to the ambience of the sound (PJ Harvey used the roughness of piano recordings to beautiful effect in her piano album White Chalk on occasion including the sound of  a sticky key).

A lovely evening filled with friends and family and hello to new friends too.

xx

p.s. there’s a spider in the room, I tried to pick it up with a newspaper but it ran too fast so I squealed and dropped the newspaper on the floor whilst running away from it. I hope it finds a new home.

Giants

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

I am reading this:

Giants

It is about these and other very large mythical/mystical creatures.

The stories were selected by the great Isaac Asimov, he’s also written a forward that explains some of the science behind the fiction (amazing).