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The Vapors at Dingwalls (November 2016)
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at 09:35 PM
To be honest, I couldn't remember too much about The Vapours, other than Turning Japanese
and News At Ten
. But a great show - one of their first since 1981! - amongst some dedicated fans. (Thanks to Adrian for the invite.)
Ian Moss at The Borderline (July 2016)
Posted by Richard on Saturday 16th July 2016 at 10:44 PM
Rolling back the years! Ian Moss (lead guitarist of Aussie rockers Cold Chisel) was in town to play an acoustic set at The Borderline. Jeremy managed to swing a business trip over from Germany; Adrian and I had less far to travel.
Electric Light Orchestra at the O2 Arena (April 2016)
Posted by Richard on Sunday 12th June 2016 at 05:39 PM
I was a huge fan of the Electric Light Orchestra back in the day. Now, more properly known as Jeff Lynne's ELO - with only Lynne and Richard Tandy left from the classic lineup - they have a new album out, and they're back on tour. Loved it!
Adele at the O2 Arena (March 2016)
Posted by Richard on Sunday 12th June 2016 at 05:08 PM
Laura brought me to see U2
at the O2 as a wedding anniversary treat at the end of last year. I reciprocated with a late present to see Adele.
The Stranglers at G Live, Guildford (March 2016)
Posted by Richard on Sunday 12th June 2016 at 04:34 PM
Back to see the Stranglers for the fourth year in a row. Parts of the gig were definitely for the die hard fans - as Baz said at one point, "You should have bought the f***ing album back in '79"!
U2 at the O2 Arena (November 2015)
Posted by Richard on Friday 27th May 2016 at 11:40 PM
In 1983, I bought a 'spare' ticket to one of U2's last university campus gigs at Exeter. The ticket turned out to be stolen and I didn't get in. Not U2's fault, but I had a bit of a downer on them for a while after that!
Samoa v Japan at Stadium MK (October 2015)
Posted by Richard on Friday 27th May 2016 at 11:36 PM
I was lucky enough to see one game at the 2015 Rugby World Cup: Samoa v Japan in Milton Keynes. Fantastic atmosphere, with most of the crowd adopting a team for the day.
Barbarians v Australia at Twickenham (November 2014)
Posted by Richard on Thursday 26th May 2016 at 11:14 PM
A trip to Twickers with my good mate Adrian to watch Australia take on the Barbarians for the Killik Cup. A great, open game of rugby with 11 tries, and Australia just holding on for a 40-36 win.
Monty Python at the O2 Arena (July 2014)
Posted by Richard on Thursday 7th August 2014 at 11:57 AM
Monty Python Live (mostly): One Down, Five To Go! From the moment the show was announced, Bill made it perfectly clear to me that my main purpose in life was to ensure that he had tickets. Well, mission accomplished.
The Stranglers at G Live, Guildford (March 2014)
Posted by Richard on Thursday 7th August 2014 at 11:48 AM
We saw The Stranglers last year
at G Live, and were keen to see them again on their 40th Anniversary Tour. Still a great show, but to be honest, I preferred last year's - a few too many lesser-known tracks for me, this time round.
Keane at the O2 Arena (November 2012)
Posted by Richard on Thursday 8th August 2013 at 10:53 PM
Our first of two visits in three days to the O2 Arena was to see Keane. Really enjoyed it, but probably not quite as much as the woman sitting directly in front of us!
London 2012 Paralympics (September 2012)
Posted by Richard on Thursday 8th August 2013 at 10:51 PM
Having missed out in the lottery for tickets to the Olympics, Adam and I got our chance to visit the Olympic Park for an afternoon watching Paralympic athletics a few weeks later. Thanks to Andy for the tickets!
The Wall at the O2 Arena (May 2011)
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 12:01 PM
With Roger Waters in town to perform The Wall, the time was at last right, to visit the Millennium Dome, aka the O2 Arena.
Hampton Court Flower Show (July 2009)
Posted by Richard on Friday 27th November 2009 at 12:59 AM
Having 'done' Chelsea last year, we decided to get our horticultural fix this season at the RHS
Hampton Court Flower Show. Weather was a bit dodgy, but Laura did buy a watering can and I got a great hat!
Brookwood Boat Rally (May 2009)
Posted by Richard on Monday 15th June 2009 at 11:28 PM
OK, so this might not have been our first walk along the Basingstoke Canal. But it was a very nice day and the Brookwood Boat Rally was in full swing. Very colourful.
London to Brighton Bike Ride (June 2005)
Posted by Richard on Thursday 25th August 2005 at 11:56 PM
Clearly I hadn't learnt my lesson from last year, because once again I entered the British Heart Foundation's
London to Brighton bike ride - this time cycling with Team Oracle. I really believe that if I'd done a little training and it hadn't been 30°C in the shade, I might have beaten my personal best!
London to Brighton Bike Ride (June 2004)
Posted by Richard on Wednesday 14th July 2004 at 11:01 PM
After 3 months solid training (right!), it was time for Andrew, John and Richard - collectively, the 'Chapped Cheeks' - to make their mark on the British Heart Foundation's
London to Brighton Bike Ride. Against the odds and all predictions, the team left Clapham Common at 7:30 in the morning and reached Brighton sea-front - 56 miles away - on the same
Woking Bikeathon (May 2004)
Posted by Richard on Sunday 9th May 2004 at 07:03 PM
Having lived in Woking for eight years, I eventually got round to entering the annual Woking Bikeathon (in support of Leukaemia Research
). I had Adam and James for company for the 29 mile 'long' route.