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Walking to work in the rain is particularly good at the moment. The swallows are fresh back in town and feeding, fighting and flirting over the water. Every morning is an avian air show of belly rolls, super-swoops and intense mid-air twitter fights. I've not seen our resident couple back yet (although timscience says he's heard some faint twittering in the eaves.

Speaking of timscience, it's been the first festival round of the year. Wittstock in Culham at the lovely Railway Inn, Music in the Park at Thame on the only sunny day in spring, among others. The time when I was going to festivals a lot was a bit of an odd time in my life, and when I'm back at one I feel myself dropping into that odd, alienated state of mind again; that sense of liking and not liking the situation. Thank goodness for carrying a camera.

Oxford Punt (marathon new bands multi-venue gig night) was this week and I managed a creditable 7 and a bit bands in 5 venues. New kids on the block include Deer Chicago, Dallas Don't, Secret Rivals, Tiger Mendoza and The Cellar Family. Good night all round -- interesting to see two new venues open up, too; the Junction, a roadworks-themed club in that dive opposite the registry office, and The Dukes Cut, which is now using its patio area as a stage (you can watch the traffic go by behind the performers through the huge glass doors). Nothing quite like watching the Number 5 bus sail by behind the band.

Comments

( 9 worms — Feed the birds )
glittertigger
18th May, 2012 08:26 (UTC)
I missed Punt due to having a job interview first thing the next morning. Glad to hear you had fun :)
cleanskies
18th May, 2012 09:58 (UTC)
Hope the interview went well!
jinty
18th May, 2012 14:52 (UTC)
Was glad to see your multiple tweets about Punt - you, Tim, and Alx, plus concourse too. Not like being there of course but a taster, a hint that this is stuff that is going on in the outside world.

Haven't seen you for ages! Are you around / not lurgied if we pop round at the weekend sometime (prob Sun)?
timscience
18th May, 2012 16:43 (UTC)
We're planning on visitng my nephew bearing birthday gifts this Sun. Saturday OK?
cleanskies
18th May, 2012 18:19 (UTC)
We are healthy and up for a visit but you would need to visit on Saturday (or we could come to you )
cleanskies
18th May, 2012 18:21 (UTC)
would be lovely to see you and aphra
Also, I may have picked the LEAST SUITABLE USERPIC EVER THERE

jinty
18th May, 2012 20:12 (UTC)
Hah hah!
Sat later on in the afternoon would be fine - we spend the morning coming up with a shopping list and then going to the market, then (hopefully) Aphra naps. Maybe after 4 or so? Either you to us or vice versa would be great.
timscience
18th May, 2012 21:02 (UTC)
Re: Hah hah!
4 or a bit after is fine. If you came to us that wold be lovely.
jinty
18th May, 2012 21:03 (UTC)
Re: Hah hah!
Great! Will see you then, then.
( 9 worms — Feed the birds )