There’s no other way

Arrived at 6 am and caught the tube to Brixton, then the bus up Brixton Hill and walked with my very heavy bags to Meike’s.  Arrive puffing from the effort – must get rid of some stuff.  Have a little chat with Meike and Alex before they go to work.
It’s a gorgeous day here in London.  32 degrees, the sun shining.  When it’s a sunny day in the UK you can feel yourself buoyed up by the collective good will of millions of people – they are that dead pleased that it’s a nice day.  I go for a bit of a walk around Brixton to get my bearing and a cool breeze brushes past me, suddenly I’m back in Bristol walking towards Temple Mead with a bag on my way to London.  I feel back at home again – I do have a real affinity to this place.
I’m meeting Meike at 2 in Covent Garden at her office.  We wander through the streets on the way to get lunch.  I really enjoy the easy company of my old friend and chat about things old and new.  After a really nice Thai meal we head off on the tube to Hyde Park corner to meet her friends Mags who has out tickets to Blur in Hyde Park.
After the support bands (I particularly liked Crystal Castles) we moved closer to the front for Blur.  They are clearly enjoying their day in the sun with Damon Albarn looking like the cat who ate the cream.  He was the one who wanted to push the indie band into being bigger and bigger, much to the chagrin of his fellow members.  Going indie again and then splitting up was a good move it seems compared to the way Oasis have gone.  They are loved by one and all here in Hyde park with everyone singing along to every song.  Tender is a massive fave with the crowd, they even start singing it while the band are having a little break a few songs later.
Mags is crying at times calling out to her husband (Damon), turning around to Meike “I’ve broken up twice to this song”, laughing and screaming out the words, crying again.  Blur is the band she grew up to and the nostalgia is over powering.  Meike asks me what is my band – her’s is stone roses.  I struggle to answer easily thinking of recent hobby horses but not “the” band.  Just too hard to make a decision.
Meike is her typically efficient way says half way through the last song (The Universal) that we should go before the crowds, but it’s all to late to for that.  Luckily we snag a cab and have beers until closing time at her local, the White Horse on Brixton Hill.  Exhausted we trudge home to a welcome pillow for me.
Have a look at the set list at http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/blur/2009/hyde-park-london-england-73d66ed5.html

Arrived into Heathrow at 6 am and caught the tube to Brixton, then the bus up Brixton Hill and walked with my very heavy bags to Meike’s.  Arrive puffing from the effort – must get rid of some stuff.  Have a little chat with Meike and Alex before they go to work.

It’s a gorgeous day here in London.  32 degrees, the sun shining.  When it’s a sunny day in the UK you can feel yourself buoyed up by the collective good will of millions of people – they are that dead pleased that it’s a nice day.  I go for a bit of a walk around Brixton to get my bearing and a cool breeze brushes past me, suddenly I’m back in Bristol walking towards Temple Mead with a bag on my way to London.  I feel back at home again – I do have a real affinity to this place.

I’m meeting Meike at 2 in Covent Garden at her office.  We wander through the streets on the way to get lunch.  I really enjoy the easy company of my old friend and chat about things old and new.  After a really nice Thai meal we head off on the tube to Hyde Park corner to meet her friends Mags who has out tickets to Blur in Hyde Park.

After the support bands (I particularly liked Crystal Castles) we moved closer to the front for Blur.  They are clearly enjoying their day in the sun with Damon Albarn looking like the cat who ate the cream.  He was the one who wanted to push the indie band into being bigger and bigger, much to the chagrin of his fellow members.  Going indie again and then splitting up was a good move it seems compared to the way Oasis have gone.  They are loved by one and all here in Hyde park with everyone singing along to every song.  Tender is a massive fave with the crowd, they even start singing it while the band are having a little break a few songs later.

Mags is crying at times calling out to her husband (Damon), turning around to Meike “I’ve broken up twice to this song”, laughing and screaming out the words, crying again.  Blur is the band she grew up to and the nostalgia is over powering.  Meike asks me what is my band – her’s is stone roses.  I struggle to answer easily thinking of recent hobby horses but not “the” band.  Just too hard to make a decision.

Meike is her typically efficient way says half way through the last song (The Universal) that we should go before the crowds, but it’s all to late to for that.  Luckily we snag a cab and have beers until closing time at her local, the White Horse on Brixton Hill.  Exhausted we trudge home to a welcome pillow for me.

Have a look at the set list at http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/blur/2009/hyde-park-london-england-73d66ed5.html