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Further to my post of yesterday, here’s a quick shot of the new ‘Cakes’ line up, featuring our newest member Mr Ewan Cameron (second from left)…

New line up Cakes

New line up Cakes

This was taken at a small ‘taster gig’ we did last week or so just to ease him in gently!

www.kingalfred’s cakes.co.uk

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(Apologies for the scarcity of posts recently – have been a bit laid up with a damnable bug over the last three weeks or so…)

Anyway, just to say that the folk trio (now a quartet!) I play in, King Alfred’s Cakes, are doing a gig at my local arts centre this coming Friday (3rd Februaru 2012) if anyone is in the vicinity and fancies popping in…

We are playing at the second of a new night of monthly folk events (“First Fridays at the Maltings“) at the Maltings Arts Centre, a great arts venue right in the heart of St Albans.

'First Fridays' at the Maltings Poster

'First Fridays' at the Maltings Poster

Click this link to download a PDF of the poster: MaltingsPoster V1>>

In addition to ‘The Cakes’ (featuring our new member Ewan Cameron on flute, whistle and clarinet!) will be a support slot from New Roots finalist Simon Stephenson (guitarist and singer), as well as a special guest appearance from Gerald Roberts & Alan Andrews for a few tunes…

Doors open 7.30 ish and the music gets going at 8.00pm. The is a very nice bar area, and of course our CD ‘The Ships’ will be on sale!

Venue address:
The Maltings Arts Theatre, Level 2, The Maltings, St Albans, Herts AL1 3HL
More details on all the artists appearing can be found from the following sites: 

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Navaro album launch gig

On the tiny off-chance that anyone is in St Albans on 26th January, here are some details for the forthcoming Navaro album launch gig…

Plans are afoot to play a load of the new songs off the album, as well as some old favourites from the back catalogue. Special guests are also threatened to appear…

Navaro gig

Navaro gig

As ever, more details from the band site here >>

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I’ve just found out that my mate Paul writes the following site: www.bikelightsreview.com

Bike Lights Review site

Bike Lights Review site

For any keen cyclist out there, or just for anyone that has to cycle home in the dark winters of the UK, this site seems a great idea… Paul clearly takes his subject very seriously and keenly ‘test drives’ all the products he reviews or recommends…

Illuminating! (see what I did there!?)

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2011 in review. . .

Once again, those nice people at WordPress sent me this automated report on my blog…. numbers seems up on last year – but I could do better. . .

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,600 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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So, back to reality after the festive season finally comes to an end. . .  Happy New Year to everyone out there – I think we are all hoping that 2012 proves to be an improvement on 2011?!

To get the year off to a good start, I thought I’d share a little present that my old mate GG gave to me for Xmas! Last year we had been discussing soldering irons (like one does!) and I said that I had been looking for a really powerful one for a few little maker-jobs in the shed. Having bought a disastrous cheap ‘gun’ type soldering iron from Toolstation (although I have to say their customer care was excellent and they let me return the faulty product with no questions asked), I had just about given up on the idea. . . However, opening my stocking I received the following:

120Ws of pure soldering power!

120Ws of pure soldering power!

The photo doesn’t really do it justice but I have to say it’s a monster!! (as ever the iPhone is there for scale!). Its made by Weller and is a 120W version – the tip is massive and, although I have yet to fire it up, I am sure it will do the job admirably! I have a feeling it’s going to get through a whole bucket load of solder though so I might have to choose my jobs quite carefully!

Stay tuned for a proper review once I’ve given it a proper test run. . .

 

 

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