Saturday, 30 October 2010
moat in the square lined with statues. The market goes around that
today with all manner of things to buy. I bought my body weight in
fruit for €5 to flush out last night's wine. It's still hot weather
and I'll stay another day. Tomorrow four days of rain starts so it
will be wet riding to Slovenia.
Friday, 29 October 2010
hands. It's a club show house concert-style, unplugged and informal. A
really nice group of folks.
Last night's show was in a Julien's restaurant. Nice food and drink -
hot rum, now that's a keeper. But crap audience if eaters. Man they
eat a lot here.
Good job too as it would have been a nightmare on and off the trains
and up countless stairs and when i'd had time to ride it the in Rome
and the coast roads around Iscia the drivers were maniacs. Letchia who
I left it with works for Felt cycles and gave me a new outfit ready
for the colder weather. Mind you, I had to stop to take it off as it's
18 degrees today so I'm in shorts and short sleeves.
Thursday, 28 October 2010
There were over 40 people there. He is a law lecturer and Chairman of
the Microbrewery appreciation society. He organises food competitions
and trips to wine tastings.
I played a club show in Latina the night before. Those are not a patch
on a well-attended house concert though.
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
answer his questions about football: how many people live in Stoke
City and how far Manchester is from Liverpool. And he told me the
story of his friend who cycled from Italy to Mumbai, only to lose an
eye when he was robbed by a man with a catapult while sleeping in a
explains more the places.
Junior and Bruno are two young guys I met on the train from Rome to
Pescara. They got off at the base of Mount Armor (bitter). It's quite
late in the season and they couldn't afford professional gear. I hope
they make it ok.
Sunday, 24 October 2010
coast of Napoli (which lived up to it's reputation, chaos and piles of
rubbish everywhere). The island was one of the locations for the
Talented Mr Ripley and I always wanted to see it. It's the end of the
season and people are shutting up shop. I got a nice hotel for €100
for three nights. It's raining but not too cold, and very quiet. A
good place to relax.
Saturday, 23 October 2010
Friday, 22 October 2010
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Musicians, mathmaticians and language students mostly. We had a big
jam-singalong which was good but bad because they were all better
players than me.
I could stay longer in Graz especially in a funky little house like
that, but people were talking about their travels to India and
Indonesia so I'll play there first. And while talking about getting
better food of an evening, someone turned me onto the http://gen.ecovillage.org/
movement and maybe I could play for those communities. It's funny
how things move along.
Monday, 18 October 2010
blog. I've been doing a lot of cooking as well, a food as well as a
music service. I'm carrying my own ghee and spices with me. Tonight in
Graz I get some nice soup and homemade apple strudel (about my 4th in
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
sharing with thus 60 year old lady from Guatamala who snored. She's
been travelling for 8 years performing ceremonies. It was a hectic
house with kids running in and out and quite an informal show.
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Rational. A very pretty place hidden out in a backstreet, all original
red furnishings and yellow light bulbs. That place had history. So did
the audience, there were some characters. It made a nice change from
Saturday, 9 October 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Monday, 4 October 2010
This one was less trouble after I threw it across the room a few times
(cruelty not pictured). People say I must like animals because I'm a
vegetarian, but the reason is because I don't like them. It was the
mosquitos that kept me awake last night. I've had a run of bad luck
sleeping what with allergies to feathers before the animals and
insects. The show went well though. The Belgians (pictured) have been
Sunday, 3 October 2010
house I was staying in. Jumping on me, scratching, shitting, meowing.
It was nice in Gent though, despite only 8 people coming to the show.
A waste of tone really. I felt bad taking there money. I'm not booking
any more of them. House concerts are far superior.
Friday, 1 October 2010
(pronounced Goose), with Gerard (pictured in his clogs) and his wife.
He works as a science supply teacher for international schools, so
goes off to China, Singapore or Africa or anywhere a teacher needs
covering for a few weeks. It's a beautiful old house with a big
orchard, he used to keep pigs and bees in it but only has sheep now.