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I feel more like I did when I came in than I do now.

Errr . . back in Ayr again, currently. Work is odd but varied. The weather's been nice. I had to go to Kate's first thing Monday, which meant driving along the coast of the Clyde (the Scottish riviera, don't forget) with bright sunshine dancing off the waves, the distant blue mountains of Argyll behind them and the various ferries and fishing boats beetling about in the middle distance. All as impossibly and indescribable beautiful as a sunny day on the West coast of Scotland is rare. Life's not so bad.

Actually, it was like that the last time I was there too. And when I went over to Arran. Have I mentioned that Lamlash is obviously a film set rather than a natural location? And what have you lot done with the soggy Ayrshire I grew up in?

The weekend was good, although a bit hectic. It would have been more so if I'd made the torchie's outing, but I hadn't the energy. Nice to see people, though.

It's Neubauten next week, of course - which of you are going to the Glasgow gig? I need to think about transport and whether anyone wants driven over. Also I notice that as well as starting the British bit of their tour tomorrow, Camera Obscura's new single is out this week. I liked the Grauniad review - "If smoking a pack of filterless Gitanes in one sitting, whipping up a tofu-noodle salad and then settling down in your old brown corduroy sofa to a double header of Betty Blue and Blue Velvet sounds like your idea of a party, then the swooning Mogadon-ed Sandie Shaw stylings of Camera Obscura will be right up your alley." Clearly I'm in need of some Gitanes and brown corduroy, because I think it's the best new song I've heard in at least many months. Ah well. What do I know?

To be entirely honest, though, while I liked Betty Blue a lot I've always thought Blue Velvet was a little overrated. I like it, but I wasn't knocked flat the way I expected to be given its rep. Oh well.

Also, The Tiger Lillies seem to have graduated from the Fringe to the proper Festival this year with their homage - "of sorts" - to Monteverdi. It's on a Saturday in August. Who fancies it, assuming we can still get tickets? There's loads of other stuff on soon, too, including an apparently serious piece of modern dance in Glasgow that advertises itself with a picture of two rather comely young female dancers, half-naked, squirting each other with chocolate sauce. They're definitely going to get a very highbrow audience for that show. I was going to make a joke here about my copy of the brochure already having its pages stuck together - with chocolate sauce, obviously - but that's a bit too obvious even for me.
I could go for the Tiger Lilies again (tho TBH I wasn't SOOO impressed last time but maybe expectations were too high..)
Ooh, Tiger Lillies could be fun....I remember back in the day there used to be a small clip of them on Bravo all the time....and the time I wandered into the Virgin Megastore in Times Square, NY and hearing music, thinking to myself "That sounds a bit like the Tiger Lillies". Went down to the basement, and the band were playing an instore set to promote the release of Shockheaded Peter. Of course I bought a copy and got them all to sign it!
an apparently serious piece of modern dance in Glasgow that advertises itself with a picture of two rather comely young female dancers, half-naked, squirting each other with chocolate sauce. They're definitely going to get a very highbrow audience for that show

I'm sure they will!!! What were they called again...
Look I'm up early!

You're not the real Charlotte.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH HER?
Gone are the days where Charlotte stays in bed all day! I'm sick of being lazy!

I even managed to wake Phil up in time for his meeting.
I *should* be going to the Neubauten gig, so long as it takes less than a week for a ticket to travel through the post, so I'd be interested in people's thoughts about travel...
> Camera Obscura's new single is out this week

Is this totally new, or off the album? I'm tempted to go and see them in Camden tonight, but I'm kind of skint and I'm worried the venue's too big for them.
Tears for Affairs - track 2. With a version of Super Trouper as a B-side if you get the right format.

I saw them a few weeks ago and they were good. Not incendiary, but they did the songs well and here was a nice warm atmosphere.
Hrm, tempting, I'll see if the local indie store gets any copies in.

I've always found them to be endearingly shambolic live in the past, with Tracey-Anne making up for stage-fright with whisky, but then I like that sort of thing. I'll probably have to catch them next time around though if I'm being sensible.