I went through a wee stage where I posted comments on every gig I went to, but I haven't done that in aages. Maybe I'll start doing that again because I'll never remember who I've seen play. Memory like a sieve, you see. Or a large collinder. Anyway. Monday night I saw the Foo Fighters again at the Glasgow SECC. My least favourite venue but they rocked as always. Was a shame about the ned standing next to me who insisted on phoning his mate every two minutes and shouting down the line. Twat. Interestingly though, whereas in the past the crowd would all get their lighters out for the slow songs, the crowd all now produce their mobiles to video snippets of the show, producing a similar effect with hundreds of phone screens glowing in the dark. Wonder if phones will be banned from gigs once they're able to record a decent amount of video?
Last night we saw the Dropkick Murphys support the Pogues playing the Glasgow Carling Academy. Dropkicks were really good, for those who might know who they are. The Pogues (Fairytale of New York) really shouldn't tour anymore. "Lead" Shane McGowan was completely pissed, and coupled with the fact he doesn't have teeth, he couldn't talk nevermind sing, merely producing garbled nonsense which, judging by the cheers, made sense to the drunken audience. The whole thing had a Catholic overtone due to the Pogues being Irish, emphasised by McGowen's garbled "F**k the huns" (an anti-prodestant statement), which I think is unacceptable in modern-day Scotland. I believe religion has no place at concerts, football matches, pubs, and popular culture in general - something I'm sure many will disagree with.
Putting the backwardness of religous divides to one side, as it were, society in Scotland and the UK has made another liberal advancement recently with the introduction of Civil Partnerships which allow same-sex couples to effectively get married. It's not welcomed or accepted by the Churches so you still can't get married as such, but a civil partnership will afford you and your partner all of the legal rights associated with marriage. And that's good enough for me. I think it's truely a good step forward, and as much as I've always hated the idea of marriage (because I've never seen one last!), I would like to end up a partership with a dude I love that not only I see as valid, stable, and long-term, but the law too. I want that. I do.
Here's to a loving and secure future.
Christmas. I hate Christmas. I'm sorry, but I really don't like this time of year. It's stressful and expensive and lonely and I would prefer to go into hibernation for the whole of December. Anyone with me? We'll dig a wee burrow in the hills and sleep all 'cosied up', waking every so often to eat Dairy Milk chocolate and Frosted Shreddies. Sounds good to me.
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