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I haven't been around in a while.  

Anyone still readin?

omg.
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Originally posted by dashing at post

I took the MDNA.
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Untitled by Neil Brock
Untitled, a photo by Neil Brock on Flickr.

Last Sunday I went to Madonna's MDNA tour here at the local hockey arena. I dare say - it was fantastic! High energy, wild visuals and great sound! Room to dance (aisle seats, yo!) and hell, we could even SEE Madonna across the room - unlike her show here 3 years ago (her first ever - here) in the huge football stadium. I left that one feeling "well that was forgettable" and it pretty much was. Sunday's show made up for it. Please to make clicky on the picture above for a set of pics and video I took at the concert.

Right now I'm listening to Dead Can Dance's new one "Anastasis". This is it, on Youtube of all things.





I went to their show a couple of months ago and it was fantastic as well, but for other reasons!   Shows in the not too distant future include Canadian icons Men Without Hats (who's new album is getting rave reviews), my friend's (I call her that, but I just worked with her 20 years ago!) band (and up and coming Canadian icons) The Pack A.D. in late November (please seek them out on your local college/indie radio station) and before that on November 11, Canadian icons Neil Young and Crazy Horse.   In the intervening time it will be domestic bliss.   3 and 4 day work weeks through most of October.  If this crazy nice weather holds up, I should get out on my bike some more.    

Man eating plant says...
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rob_nickel
Man eating plant says... by Neil Brock
Man eating plant says..., a photo by Neil Brock on Flickr.

..."mmmmm, TASTY!" Actually I've never seen it catch such a large housefly before. Previously I'd only ever seen it with small fruit flies and such. I guess it's getting bigger...and...stronger...

Luckily I'm friends with it!


I'll stop now.
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rob_nickel
Originally posted by dashing at post

I can totally identify with this kid.
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rob_nickel
I might have done that as well.
Originally posted by dashing at post

Awwwwww! Was my first thought.
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rob_nickel
Originally posted by riotclitshave at post

James Mulvey and Ed Wells, bicycle racers, from the late 1890s. Dublin Heritage Center.

What are these people looking at?
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rob_nickel
Untitled by Neil Brock
Untitled, a photo by Neil Brock on Flickr.

Click through and see!


#1000
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The Old Oak Tree by Neil Brock
The Old Oak Tree, a photo by Neil Brock on Flickr.

I'm surprised to find that I now have 1007 pictures in my Flickr Photostream. This past weekend I went to Victoria, where this picture was taken (in Oak Bay actually, a suburb of Victoria) and flew home in a float plane courtesy of Harbour Air. Pics over on my photostream - click the pic to see em all. Sadly my pictures of Linda Blair chatting in a dimly lit theatre didn't turn out so great, so I didn't send any up to Flickr.


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Last night's Q&A with Linda Blair was a huge success! I thought we would be late (transit/cab troubles) but we made it in plenty of time and got an aisle seat halfway up the theatre. The evening started out with an "Inside The Actor's Studio" type interview with a local newscaster where it was revealed that she had done a fair bit of acting in commercials and two small movies before (since she was five), and was thinking that she'd like to get out of the business. She did her usual thing when the call for auditions came up for the screen adaptation of this "well known novel" and knew something was up when she was called back again and again. It was a few months before they finally made her an offer. When it was time for an audience Q&A, I stuck my hand up and asked what sort of concession was made for her as a kid in the rather grown-up world of filmmaking; did she have friends to chum around with. She seemed a little surprised by this question and thanked me for asking - and told us that it was a five-day work week and she went home on the weekend to be with her family, horses and friends. She also made mention of how her role in this influential and controversial film affected her relationship with her friends. Once it was out, she had to stop going to public school, some of her friends were "weirded out" by the controversy surrounding her, and so on. It was all very interesting, since I've had and interest in the story since it first entered my consciousness when I was about 13.

After the chat, there was a screening of The Exorcist (Linda didn't stick around) which to me was great because it was the original theatrical release without all these added scenes that showed up in the 90's. Regrettably, it was a DVD player hooked up to a digital projector and the picture quality was a little weak (compression artifacts and a strange flicker between chapters) but I was able to look past the technical glitches and enjoy the film for what it is.