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Last weekend the acoustic ‘jazz’ trio did a gig at the excellent Museum of St Albans. Here are a few photos of the general set up during sound check, taken by the excellent Al Rogers:

We particularly liked the shots with the ice cream van!

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I’ve been doing a lot of sorting out in ‘Star Command’ recently (my loft / general dumping ground which is meant to be being converted to my new office!) – amazing what one finds during the course of such activity!

Amongst a million old back-up disks from various defunct computers, here are some old photos of what I think were my first ever welded sculpture attempts. Taken sometime in 2005, the photos are really small as I am guessing that was the limit of my digital camera technology back then!

The first set is of ‘DeerDog’, a hybrid animal that combines the characteristics of a dog and a deer! Made from all sorts of rusty iron parts (mainly old garden implements and a bits of bicycles) I was always really pleased with the ‘cheeky’ look of this little fella – friendly, attentive and playful!

DeerDog!

DeerDog!

DeerDog head on

DeerDog head on

Down boy!

Down boy!

The second set is a of a ladybug-like creation, made from an old wok, some cutlery, parts of an old cooker and a coat hook. I remember the wok was really hard to weld to successfully – I am guessing it is stainless steel? I’d be really interested to see it now and see if the shiny parts have rusted at all?

Bug!

Bug!

Bug close up

Bug close up

These were made and sited in the parents’ garden of an old friend I have unfortuantely lost touch with – I’d love to know if they are still there and, if so, how they look now!?…

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CD player for The Shed!

Walking past a local skip the other day I found this old CD player… (minus the power supply!)

Skip find CD-player

Skip find CD-player

Taking it home, I managed to hot wire it (via an old connector from the bits box) up to an old modem power supply that I’d kept for no good reason, but which seemed to have about the right voltage output. I gave the whole thing a bit of a clean and blow me down if it doesn’t work perfectly!!

It will make a fantastic addition to the shed – I already have a headphone connection lead that allows me to play my iPod through the old stereo system I’ve got installed in there, and this works fine with the CD player too!! (roll ol the next Shed Night where I shall try it out properly with some ‘sounds’!!)

I love being a scavenger…

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Oops! I realise a whole month has nearly gone by and no postings! Shame on me… I have not been idle however, and here is the first in a series of ‘catch-up’ posts charting recent activity:

A few weeks ago Gerald and myself (minus the redoubtable ¬†Alan unfortunately) did a short set at a charity fundraising do for the excellent Single Parent Project. Set up to bring financial aid to single parents in Southern Africa, the night was very well run and attended, and a substantial sum was raised…

More details on the project can be found on their website here, and here is a photos of us doing our stuff. . .

Gerald and Clive

Gerald and Clive

Continuing the trio’s tradition of doing gigs in unusual places, this coming Sunday 20th November the three of us are doing one in the Museum of St Albans… do come along if you are in the area!

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