us and frank cat Fi | 27 Jun 2010
Lancaster University gig list autumn1974 – I went to all of them!, originally uploaded by Fi (sleepycat-gallery.com).
This is the line up advertising flier of the Lancaster University gigs in 1974!
I think I went to all of them…
The best memories are Queen (of course), Alex Harvey Band (a real eye opener for a 17 year old girl like me), Cockney Rebel, Sparks (first date with Allistair I think), Horslips were brilliant and of course the exquisite Bad Company. If I remember right Mott the Hoople were cancelled that year.
WHAT a line up!
And look at the prices £1 a ticket!!
Heady days (mostly due to patchouli oil and dank Afghan coats) and happy times and a thrill in the teenage air.
us and frank cat Fi | 24 Jun 2010
We went together to Hutton in the Forest in glorious weather and fabulous surroundings and met Sally and Jess there for a picnic and Shakespeare’s most popular play. Bliss – until we froze as the sun set and got nibbled big time by midges.
us and frank cat Fi | 21 Jun 2010
Best film I did at the festival…
Chrissie, Lolly n Me do Beverley.
Hippy flowery tents.
Laughed til we cried.
All squashed up in one tent sheltering from the rain.
I broke my toe (tent guy rope incident).
There was a sneak thief pilfering from tents in the night (scary) who even stole some of our food.
High winds that made our tent into origami.
Saw loads of good live music.
Gave up on tents on evening 2 and decamped to Chrissie’s house for the night. GOOOOOD plan.
Ate at least 2 curies each day and quite a lot of wonderful cake.
us and frank cat Fi | 17 Jun 2010
I should have been packing the car ready for the Beverley Festival but as the weather was so glorious I sprawled in the garden which is full of blooms just now. It was hot, bright and a joy. Hector is still glued to the TV for the World Cup but did go and pick up fish n chips which we ate outside in the garden from the paper – the only way to eat them.
us and frank cat Fi | 12 Jun 2010
A week full of sorting through boxes and bags and cases full of photographs, clothes, books and paperwork. Thousands of photos are whittled down to a couple of small boxes, but on the way I looked at so many of times past, some way back in the 70′s. Some of me have made me really aware of my age now This morning I have spent an hour shredding all the paperwork that was my Dad’s and related to business and home life in the 1970′s. Strange and poignant to see copies of letters written by Dad and knowing he had been gone coming up 30 years now.
Its left me feeling a bit shaken up – the past snuck up and bit me on the bum!
Hector has had yet another trip to the tip with much of the stuff…. but is going to be happily ensconced in front of the TV for the footie World Cup later. He has a temporary new TV with a bi screen for the duration of the World Cup and set it up in the dining room so he can watch it in HD on a comfy sofa in peace and then when its all over sell the TV again.
us and frank cat Fi | 06 Jun 2010
There’s only one thing wrong with a massive clear out of a loft that has been untouched for more than 16 years…. the memories and especially the faces peering out from photographs and the poignancy hits you right between the heart strings.
us and frank cat Fi | 05 Jun 2010
Put your head in a bucket and eat Revels. Or see Bill Bailey doing Gary Numan in French and playing it horns…. genius and hysterically funny
Sally and Jamie and I went to Carlisle to see Bill Bailey live. He was wonderful, funny, clever, a genuinely nice bloke and erudite enough not to need to use any swear words or foul language. This bit of film someone did was of my favourite bit of the show…
us and frank cat Fi | 03 Jun 2010
us and frank cat Fi | 02 Jun 2010
Dappled dusk on a dark day for our beautiful county of Cumbria, originally uploaded by Fi (sleepycat-gallery.com).
us and frank cat Fi | 02 Jun 2010
A body, thought to be that of the suspect – taxi driver Derrick Bird – has been found in the Boot area of the Lake District.
The first fatality was in Whitehaven before the gunman drove south, apparently shooting people at random.
During the worst of it we were aware that a relative who is in the emergency services was caught up in it so it was very scary. she is safe but is now involved in the aftermath and dealing with fatalities.
Whitehaven will become synonymous for this terrible tragedy just like happened to Hungerford, Dunblane and even Lockerbie.
And on the same day another story of gun deaths – 3 in this case. On any other day this story would have been the headline.
us and frank cat Fi | 01 Jun 2010
Wednesday 5th May 2010. Six of the UK’s most deserving women were today honoured at SHE magazine’s third Inspiring Women Awards. The annual event, held in the Ballroom at London’s Claridges hotel, paid tribute to the extraordinary achievements of six ordinary women, all nominated by SHE magazine readers for their life-changing work.
THE CHAMPION: Nicola Minichiello, Olympic Athlete and World Champion in women’s bobsleighing.
When she crashed into a concrete wall at 70mph during the third heat of this year’s Winter Olympics, Nicola’s first thought was not whether she would survive, but of the gold medal she had lost. This commitment illustrates the resolve that got her to the Olympics. Brought up by her single mother on benefits and the victim of racist bullying at school, Nicola’s passion for athletics got her into teacher training. “Sport saved me. It was an opportunity to get away from my environment,” she says. She soon became a dedicated heptathlete. Her speed and agility didn’t go unnoticed and two weeks after her brother’s death from a heroin overdose, when she was 24, she was asked to audition for the British bobsleigh team. “I thought, ‘What the heck, life is too short’.”
Last year she won the world championship with brake-woman Gill Cooke. In the summer she teaches to fund the team – she bought her £8,500 bobsleigh on her credit card, which she is still paying off. Before this year’s Winter Olympics Nicola faced yet
another hurdle when she lost the sight in one eye – due to inflammation of the retina – and was operated on just 16 days before the games. Then came the crash. “It’s just one of those things I’m putting down to experience. Crashes happen.”
Next on her agenda is defending her world title and continuing her work with the Youth Sport Trust. “If there’s one person who I can influence, then that for me is fantastic, especially if it’s a young person. It’s an honour to be in that position.”
us and frank cat Fi | 01 Jun 2010
On a bank holiday weekend when Hector took Ross to Wembley (which he was VERY impressed by) to watch Rotherham I spent a quiet time at home. A real treat was a visit from Sarah and her friend Meryl. Was lovely to see her and to meet Meryl again.
When he got home on Monday lunch time we headed out into the Lakes and a drive over Newlands Pass and over to Buttermere and Crummock Water.
A lovely afternoon.