Stereophonics, Edinburgh Castle, Keep the Village Alive, July 2016

Category : Blog, Gig Reviews, Music, Music Venues and Gig Guides

Our final Stereophonics gig of 2016 was Kirstys Christmas surprise. It rained, and it rained, and it rained, and then it rained some more. Brilliant gig though 🙂

Prior to the gig, we enjoyed an awesome meal and sample of whiskies in Usquabae.

This is the set list, though it’s at the very least in completely the wrong order!

C’est La Vie
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I Wanna Get Lost With You
Play Video
Local Boy in the Photograph
Play Video
Have a Nice Day
Play Video
Mr Writer
Play Video
Maybe Tomorrow
Superman
Traffic
Mr and Mrs Smith
I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio
Been Caught Cheating
Sunny
White Lies
A Thousand Trees
Handbags and Gladrags
(Chris Farlowe cover)
Vegas Two Times
Violins and Tambourines
Graffiti on the Train
Indian Summer
The Bartender and the Thief
Just Looking
Pick a Part That’s New
Dakota

Stereophonics Gigs So Far! :)

Category : Blog, Gig Reviews, Music

2015
Newcastle Arena – Dec 2015 – Keep the Village Alive
Nottingham – Rock City – Nov 2015 – Keep the Village Alive

2014
Doncaster Dome – Mar 2014 –

2013
TITP – 2013
O2 Arena – 28th November 2013

2010
Word Gets Around – Hammersmith Apollo – Oct 2010
Summer in the City – Cardiff City Stadium – June 2010
Newcastle Arena – March 2010 – Keep Calm & Carry On- 11th

2008
Newcastle – December 2008 – Decade in the Sun
Sheffield Hallam Arena – Feb 2008 – Decade In The Sun
Cardiff INternational Arena – December 2008 – Decade In The Sun
Carlisle Sands – July 2008 – Decade In The Sun

2007
Newcastle Arena – Nov 2007 – Pull the pin

2001
Newcastle Arena – Nov 2001
TITP – July 2001
Donington park – July 2001

2000
Leeds 2000

Stereophonics – Leeds 2000, Performance & Cocktails

Category : Blog, Gig Photos, Gig Reviews, Music

My first ever Phonics gig 🙂

Setlist:
http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/stereophonics/2000/temple-newsam-leeds-england-33d75845.html

Roll Up and Shine

The Bartender and the Thief

T-Shirt Sun Tan

A Thousand Trees

Pick a Part That’s New

Hurry Up and Wait

I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio

More Life in a Tramp’s Vest

Local Boy in the Photograph

Just Looking

Traffic

Mr Writer

Lying in the Sun

I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio

Stereophonics, Newcastle Arena, Keep The Village Alive

Category : Blog, Gig Photos, Gig Reviews, Music

Photos:
https://goo.gl/photos/1uSEctabwMdR1DLL9

Set list:
http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/stereophonics/2015/metro-radio-arena-newcastle-england-23f2f46f.html

C’est La Vie
I Wanna Get Lost With You
Superman
Vegas Two Times
A Thousand Trees
Have a Nice Day
Indian Summer
Graffiti on the Train
Roll the Dice
Mr Writer
Just Looking
White Lies
Song for the Summer
Handbags and Gladrags
(Chris Farlowe cover)
Violins and Tambourines
Been Caught Cheating
Mr and Mrs Smith
Traffic
Sunny
Local Boy in the Photograph

Encore:
The Bartender and the Thief
I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio
Maybe Tomorrow
Dakota

Gisburn Forest – Red “8” Trail

Category : Blog, Cycling, Cycling Blog, Cycling Routes, Sport

The Gisburn Forest red “8” trail is as brilliant as it is brutal. Unforgiving and seemingly never ending. It’s all worth it for “hully gully” – the closest you’ll come to dancing on your bike, or riding down a roller coaster!!

I also did the blue as a warm up – even that was pretty good and tricky in places!!

Cycling Snowdon!

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North Wales – Penmachno Trail, Llanberis

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The Penmachno trail was an excellent woodland, mostly natural trail. Mostly single track with some monster climbing, but generally lots of fun!

Zip World Velocity

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Europes longest and the Worlds fastest zip wire really did not disappoint. They say it’s the closest thing you can get to flying, and when the world opens up below you after you fly over the top of the open face quarry, and then the man made reservoir below that you certainly can understand why they say that. A unique and bizarlley not very scary experience. Thoroughly recommended!

http://www.zipworld.co.uk/what-to-expect-at-zip-world-velocity/

Zipworld Velocity

North Wales – Coed y Brenin

Category : Blog, Cycling, Cycling Blog, Cycling Links, Cycling Routes, Sport

The Coed y Brenin trail centre in North Wales is huge with several red and black options available.

We did the Dragons Back red route which was a fun and challenging route of mostly single track through the forest.

http://www.mbwales.com/en/content/cms/Centres/Coed_y_Brenin/Coed_y_Brenin.aspx

http://www.mbwales.com/en/content/cms/Centres/Coed_y_Brenin/Dragons_Back/Dragons_Back.aspx

Some photos:

Tignes Off Piste!

Category : Blog, Boarding Blog, Boarding Resorts, Snowboarding, Sport

Do NOT attempt any of these routes. You WILL die. This guide is purely for my own memories and future reference. Do NOT try and follow them. If you are going Off Piste only do so with all the appropriate training and a guide who knows what he is doing. And even then you might die!

Tignes and the Val D’isere ski valleys or the Espace Killy as it is collectively known is a haven for off piste skiing. Having been there for three weeks in total now I have still barely scratched the surface of what is out there. Below are some of the off piste runs I’ve done (excluding the off piste which is immediately accessible from the side of the groomed slopes or under the lifts.

Some of these were found from the links below, and some from a day out with a guide from the ESF. This is a very affordable way to get shown around bits of the mountain you wouldn’t otherwise dare to reach!

Sache Valley

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We did a couple of routes into the Sache Valley. These are easily accessable and very doable runs. Something to remember here is when the valley flattens out try to keep the piste in view to your right. When you spot the ski patrol hut, head back over to the piste. This may be a difficult trek but the bottom half of the valley is not really worth the effort and dumps you on a horrible walk-out to rejoin the piste further down with a scary looking drop into a frozen waterfall!

So anyway, the access to the start of these routes is simple – at the top of the Aiguille Percee and Marais chair lifts, take the small hike up to the right of you (as sat on the Marais chair) or directly in front and to the left of the Percee chair – you’ll see it – it’s obvious. There are two options. Head left at the top and you can drop in around the back of the valley into a wide open, not massively steep bowl, or head right and tackle one of the coulouis. The first couple will scare the pants off you, but if you go far enough, you’ll find one which has a bit of a narrow, steep drop in, but quickly opens up into a huge bowl. You can’t go too far wrong once you get to the bottom of these drop-ins, though as above – if you can head back to the piste to avoid the second half of the valley and the dodgy walk out.

Glattier

glattier

Accessible with a short walk from the top of the Chaudennes chair lift it is possible to drop into the Glattier valley (shown on the piste map) crossing over the blue piste and down into the valley. You can drop through the trees at the end of the run and will eventually pop out on to the road where there is a bus stop where you can pick up the free shuttle back to the main resort areas.

Lognan

lognan

Again, only a very short walk required from the top of the Merles chair. Drop in to the area marked “Lognan” on the piste map. There is a large area to explore here just in between the pistes marked on the map. You’ll end up on the road with a short walk back to Tignes le Lac or Val Claret.

Palafour Corridors

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As you look up at the mountain face at the Palafour lift, you will see a number of corridors dropping down on the right hand side. These are accessible with a short walk from the top of the Palafour lift. As you get to the top of the Palafour lift, you will see a short section of avalanche barriers. Walk on the inside (downhill side) of these barriers towards the corridors. Once you are done, you will drop back on to the red “Blouets” run which you can take to head back to the village.

More Tignes / Val D’isere Off Piste info

As  I say, I have barely scratched the surface here, I hear there is some great stuff off the Montet and Signal drag lifts in Le Fornet, and up Grand Pre in Bellevarde – so something to explore next time I go 😉

Here are some further links

http://www.chamonet.com/ski/area/grands-montets.html

http://www.chaletchardons.com/off-piste.html

http://www.tignesnet.com/ski/area/off-piste.html

http://www.powderbeds.com/blog/val-d-isere/val-d-isere-s-top-5-off-piste-ski-routes

As I said though, don’t do any of this or you will DIE.