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Going between these 3 photos cracked me up in the hotel bar after Monday’s Stereophonics show at Cardiff…

Going between these 3 photos cracked me up in the hotel bar after Monday’s Stereophonics show at Cardiff…

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Since I’m so greedy…

It’s been a while, but I had to write.

I got the first wage from my new job today, I love my work again and it is for a much more worthwhile cause than the last and is based in one of the most beautiful locations I have seen…

Yet I can’t be happy.

I can’t be happy while the lodger I took in this April still has keys to the house. I’m not going to go into too many details, but there has been a clash of personalities and I gave him just over 3 weeks notice earlier this month that I wanted him out before October.

I hadn’t even been at my new job a week before I started to resent the thought of coming home to a place I share with someone I consider to be abusing my good nature. I’d made the mistake of letting him pay just £25 a week for the room he agreed to pay £100 when he got a job for, letting him work off the rest. Yet our priorities are not well aligned and while I’ve been made redundant and found a replacement in that time… he just makes excuses time and time again.

Meanwhile, in an effort to motivate him to take action I started expecting full rent but the arrears have been building and I’m getting sure he had no intention of paying me back considering I had no means of contacting him short of ‘waiting up’ for him to come in after work.

He is 20 years older than me and I feel like his mother!!!

So after being blanked for the best part of 3 weeks, short of 2 very quick exchanges to remind him that I do, infact, mean what I said about wanting to evict him, he unblocks me on Facebook so he can beg me for more time.

Before he moved here, he said he would leave if I asked. So I have asked… and yet, as I expected, it looks like he will disappoint me again.

Had a problem today with a black guy and rejected his offer of accommodation. I’m under pressure with finding a place to go by Sunday and trying to keep up to date with my course work. I want you to show some compassion and allow me to remain with you until I am able to move to a safe environment. PLEASE!! PLEASE!!

My response was to make him aware of 2 more affordable flats on the same row as ours… and he responded with excuses, but I left him to think about what to do and ignored him and his request for my friendship on Facebook, while I tried to concentrate on work; I hate being in a bad mood, and he really put me in one.

Got somewhere in the [general area]. Just got to check a place out Monday on [such and such a road] near [such and such a building], then I can decide which one I prefer. No deposit necessary, landlord white from Morecambe.

Now at this point, I lost it with him… by the time I read it, I was already at home waiting for him to come in and expecting to have an argument when he did so. I could not leave his attitude to his housing predicament unchallenged.

Sorry but what has the colour of anyone’s skin got to do with anything?

Forgive the pun, but his true colours were really shining through and I did not like what I saw… Here is a man who, after blocking me in a childish rage and ignoring me for the best part of 3 weeks… comes asking for compassion after [inadvertently on his part] hinting of his racist tendency.

The only problem he has, is the one with his attitude… he was offered accommodation and didn’t take it because of the colour of the landlords skin? At least, that is how I interpret his message, which the latter one seems to confirm… after all, why mention skin colour at all if it was not an issue?

And he calls this trying?

Anyway, I ignored him when he got in so he explicitly had to come and initiate the argument I resented the thought of even having to have… he tried to plead his case, telling me how difficult life is with no money and I was getting bored of hearing the same thing in umpteen different ways.

Then he started accusing me of being greedy because I started to ask for the money I was due on the room at the time. It was not an unreasonable request, I was no longer in work and wanted to make my redundancy payment stretch so I didn’t claim. The money from the room was the only income I had for 2 months. Yet the 4 figure sum of potential lost earnings I have given up and had already written off for him (for work that wasn’t worth a fraction of the credit I gave him for it) since he arrived was not enough.

Because I am greedy…

Well I don’t actually need the money I get for him being here any more.

I don’t need the bad vibes, resentment and stress of having to share my house with him either…

Oh and his answer to my question?

It’s just a matter of preference based on past experience, including this one today. I just feel more comfortable with white skin, simple!

Well my preference is to live with someone who’s demeanour and attitude is not so tainted by the colour of skin…

Simple!

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Stereophonics have been touring worldwide relentlessly for over ten years. The road is a place where all the clichés are true. It’s beautiful. It’s ruthless. It’s excessive. It’s mind bending. It’s funny. It’s scary. It’s tiring. It’s lonely. It’s intriguing. It’s fascinating. It’s hysterical. It’s uncomfortable. It’s luxurious. It’s creative. It’s expressive. It’s numb. It’s madness. It’s calm.

It’s where I have been for most of my adult life, and mostly I have loved every minute, but as the biggest cliché goes, what happens on the road - stays on the road.

People in bands and crews have strange life cycles and body clocks which lead the head to places that you wouldn’t normally go to, which in it’s true beauty and madness can lead to creativity and amazing songs. It brings on longing, euphoria, claustrophobia, understanding and learning, and that is what life is about. That is what growth is about and the songs you hear tonight that have been written through my teens, twenties, and thirties have all those elements and that’s why they have moved me and moved you.

Three things I was once taught. Make um laugh, make um cry and make um wait.

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Kelly Jones - Decade In The Sun tour book, 2008.

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"Just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are."

John Green, Paper Towns (via vaniwin)

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Who else went to brush that loose hair about the way?

Who else went to brush that loose hair about the way?

(Source: fact0r)

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emptvlive:

stereophonics ° dakota (mahogany session)

album: language. sex. violence. other?, director: n/a, label: V2, web: http://www.stereophonics.com/

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"You’re so lucky!"

This is what people keep telling me, but I’m a serial denier; not about the fact that I have done some pretty cool stuff over the years (since this is usually when I get branded as lucky). However, I do deny the possibility that fate, karma or whatever belief system (if any) it is you follow conspired in my favour every single time something fantastic happens to me.

I keep telling people who claim I am lucky that I am no more or less special than they are and that there is plenty more they can do to nudge life in their favour, if only they realise they can!

"Oh but it’s not easy!" I hear them retort.

I never said it was easy. I just said it was not impossible and if I can steer my life to do some pretty amazing things, they could be doing them too!

Of course, out of context some of the things I’ve experienced sound pretty amazing; ‘in my wildest dreams’ stuff for many even. After all, not everyone can say they got a thank you off Kelly Jones one week when something he saw triggered his memory to want to personally thank me… then to see him again a week later and have a hug off him too.

What I do to improve my chances in life is to break down what I know I want into more manageable chunks and work on more smaller and realistic tasks… each of them building on others to ultimately achieve the bigger goal.

So many people get so blinded by the bigger picture or the unlikeliness of the final outcome that they seem to think they’ll never get there… so they don’t even try!

If they don’t even try, then they are most definitely leaving it down to just luck and of course that dream they have is likely to stay just that; a dream!

One of Kelly’s favourite messages when signing to anyone is a short “be lucky” and I’m pretty sure he’s not blessing you with luck and good fortune either - but rather aiming to inspire you go out and make things happen for yourself.

In my experience, the more you work at something you want, the luckier you are in getting it.

If only more people believed it enough to try it for themselves when I tell them that they could become just as lucky as they perceive me to be…

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It’s not often I’m in front of my own camera after a show, but I gave my friends husband my camera to hold and he got a little click happy, capturing those natural interactions as you do. This is the only photo he took of me with Kelly but I’m glad he did.
Without it I would have had no idea Kelly was smiling away as I was frantically trying to find the page in my self published Javier Weyler diary I wanted him to sign.
Now I’m not sure if he was laughing at whatever my friend (stood opposite) was saying or if he was amused because he had just discovered that there was probably a different (and perhaps predictable or surprising) theme to my version of the diary compared to hers (which was my self published version featuring him).
Either way it makes me smile…

It’s not often I’m in front of my own camera after a show, but I gave my friends husband my camera to hold and he got a little click happy, capturing those natural interactions as you do. This is the only photo he took of me with Kelly but I’m glad he did.

Without it I would have had no idea Kelly was smiling away as I was frantically trying to find the page in my self published Javier Weyler diary I wanted him to sign.

Now I’m not sure if he was laughing at whatever my friend (stood opposite) was saying or if he was amused because he had just discovered that there was probably a different (and perhaps predictable or surprising) theme to my version of the diary compared to hers (which was my self published version featuring him).

Either way it makes me smile…

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Behind the Lens

"You take too many photos!
You can’t enjoy the show!”
I enjoy it very much indeed
more than you’d ever know…
For I look on towards the back,
catch their silent signals and chat.
With your eyes locked on the singer
you probably missed all that!
It doesn’t matter where I am
all the band are well aware
whenever they are in my frame
they know fine well I’m there!
If I linger they will pose
and catch my camera’s eye,
occasionally smile or snicker
with a satisfactory sigh.
All the while the eyes have it
they see me line up the frame
and smirk knowing I’m waiting
but they still play the game.
We know all the routines,
and will talk without words.
I just watch with amusement
as band taunts go unheard.
So, I take lots of photos
yet miss little in the show.
My camera makes me part of it…
but I guess you wouldn’t know.

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richsno1:

Me: Don’t you be running away on me now Richard! [on spotting him just about to get into a car]
Richard: I’m not running away from you Rosie… I’m hiding!

self-prisoner replied:

ahahah))) when was it?

This was when they came out after the Graffiti on the Train launch gig (Mar 4th 2013).

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  • Me:  Don't you be running away on me now Richard! [on spotting him just about to get into a car]
  • Richard:  I'm not running away from you Rosie... I'm hiding!

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"You know, people always ask us if our songs are factual or not…And, don’t kill me, but… Jenny really wasn’t a friend of mine. But…Andy was"

Brandon Flowers  (via brandonflowersquotes)

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fluttershyismyspiritanimal:

Sometimes, people treat you shitty for a lot of reasons. They may very well love you.
It might not be what you want or even what you need, but that doesn’t change the fact that they do love you in their way.
You have to let people love you how they love you.
You don’t have to be with them, you don’t have to be friends with them even, but you don’t get to dictate what defines love for someone else, and they don’t get to define it for you.

fluttershyismyspiritanimal:

Sometimes, people treat you shitty for a lot of reasons. They may very well love you.

It might not be what you want or even what you need, but that doesn’t change the fact that they do love you in their way.

You have to let people love you how they love you.

You don’t have to be with them, you don’t have to be friends with them even, but you don’t get to dictate what defines love for someone else, and they don’t get to define it for you.

(Source: iheart-photos)

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localgirlinthephotograph:

Signed Copies! :0)

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Argh, screenshots from a video I’ve yet to see. This is gonna hurt me to watch, I know it! My heart is aching just at the sight of these.

I seriously should be over this by now… but this, this for me is the true personality of the new album(s), and one I don’t expect I’ll ever get the opportunity to experience as I’d like to, the real spirit of the album ‘in the flesh’ as it were.

This is why I’m still [stubbornly if somewhat forgetfully] sulky… any unspoken of disagreements long forgotten or considered moot in my eyes. What’s done is done, and in that regard I do think I’ve moved on. I don’t have a need to dare to ask for answers any more.

There are none.

I just hope there is video footage of Javier playing one or two of the new songs in amongst the extras of the deluxe CD (digital? heck no!)… I hope… as much as it will pain me to watch it…

Thinking about it, it would be nice to see the Summer in the City DVD they had in the pipeline… or just any new [to me] video footage featuring Jav enjoying himself with the band I love. Sure it’s gonna tear me to pieces to sit and watch it, but I am willing to endure that emotional pain…

He is happier now than ever after all… and more into the social media side of things now too.

Every cloud and all that…

(Source: asp3rula)

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