Back from the festival

Well the gap in the blog is over because I’m back in Leeds after visiting Rotterdam for the North Sea Jazz festival. I’m currently in the process of getting the pictures of the trip and reviews for all the acts and the festival as a whole sorted so I won’t say a huge amount in this post about it all other than that it was the most amazing musical experience ever and I’ve heard and seen some of the best in world jazz and I’m positively raving about it and will be for some time 😀

It would seem I took the weather back to the UK with me from Rotterdam as the sun is just as strong and hot here as it was over there. Still its nice to be out in the warmth, although my tendency to burn easily is slightly hampering in these conditions to say the least.

I arrived back in Leeds to find my stuff in the same mess in which I had left it. No surprise of course but it did leave me with rather a lot to do when everything else was factored in. I have my stuff to sort, North Sea to review, a couple of projects to complete, a few sites to upgrade and a load of goods people have purchsed from me to send off in the post. Add to that the heat that makes working upstairs at my computer impossible in the afternoon where the sun streams through my south facing window and turns my room into a sauna, its all rather challenging. Still I have massive amounts of time to do everything so its no big deal.

In true student spirit I’m meeting some friends tonight in our favorite (air conditioned) haunt for a few drinks, and if that wasn’t enough I’ve booked tickets to go and see Michelle in Jersey this August which is really exciting; I’m told its a wonderful place and if the weather holds its going to be just perfect.


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  1. Matthew Said,

    July 21, 2006 @ 10:08 am

    Will be interested to read your reviews and see your photos – I went this year as well (second time for me), and will almost certainly go again next year.

    My photos (they are pretty terrible I have to warn you) are at

  2. Kieran Said,

    July 26, 2006 @ 9:54 am

    Thanks for your post! I am still writing the reviews but expect them to be live in the next day or so. i checked out your photos, I like the interesting ones from around Rotterdam – what are those odd shaped buildings?

    As for your pictures of acts I had similar camera issues to you. I just couldn’t hold the camera still enough with the correct exposure to get a clear image, so my pictures were either non-blurred but dark or correctly lit but blurred. The only act I succeeded in getting remotely good shots of was the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Band and that was because I was sitting down and was right near the front.

  3. Kieran Said,

    August 25, 2006 @ 1:11 am

    Just to update this post; shameful though it is my reviews are still not finished, but I hope to get them online soon. As for my photos, as part of my new gallery system, they have now been published and are available on this link:

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