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England v Paraguay, Odeon Leicester Square

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For nine quid, you can see the England games live on the Odeon's ginormous screen in HD, which is at least some consolation for those people let down by Sky's rubbish HD box installation process. The picture quality breaks down a little during fast-moving closeups, and channel HD2's commentary team isn't the best - at one point, I'm sure they said we were playing Colombia. But apart from that, it looks superb, and the cinema audience added just enough atmosphere.

The Sultan's Elephant

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Elephants! Yeah! The show reaches St. James's Street on a wet Saturday afternoon, and proceeds to make it even wetter for the people on the opposite side of the street from me. Heh heh heh.

Chuck Palahniuk, Purcell Room

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The Fight Club guy signing books after a public reading from his latest one, Haunted. Sadly, he didn't read Guts (widely regarded as The Most Disgusting Short Story In The World), but the one he read instead totally justified his decision to give every audience member an air freshener that smelled like barbecued meat.



Yes, I know there's a severed hand on the table next to him.

Billy Bragg, Shepherds Bush Empire

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It bloody is, honestly. (And that's former Small Face Ian McLagen on keyboards in the second picture.) The usual mixture of politics, jokes and yellable tunes. You could complain about how little new material Bragg has in this set, but those objections melt away in the final encore of the night - a lightning run through all seven tracks from his 23-year-old debut record, still sounding as good as ever (even though he admits the high end of his vocal register is shot to shit nowadays).

Soil And Pimp Sessions, Jazz Cafe

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Excellently frenetic jazz outfit from Tokyo. I stood too close to the front of the stage throughout the show, and ended up with my hair full of trumpeter flob.

Defaced LU poster, Seven Sisters station

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Yes, violence against women is undeniably a bad thing. But does this strike anyone else as just a tad overfuckingsensitive?
24th Apr 2006, 16:01   | tags:,comments (5)

Our plan was...

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...to find the most offensive team name you could use at an Amnesty International pub quiz without being thrown out.



Work it out from there.
7th Apr 2006, 00:09   | tags:comments (0)

Respect my raffle-winning skillz

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Battersea Arts Centre's Sausage Night: a benefit show for the venue, featuring a star-studded array of stand-up comics along with free sausages. Damn good fun, with the added bonus of me being one of the winners of their raffle, picking up this t-shirt signed by everyone who performed that night.