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DateUserEvent typeEvent descriptionRating
24 August 2012mathampsonfilmScott Pilgrim vs the World - +7000. Kinda want to watch it again immediately. Rated 4 out of 5.
16 June 2012mathampsonfootball matchVancouver Whitecaps vs. Colorado Rapids - 1-0 to the Whitecaps, with great assistance from the woodwork  
16 June 2012mathampsonconcertThe Dandy Warhols at Commodore Ballroom - Awesome show. Cool 'Come Dancing' style venue too #showingmyage Rated 4 out of 5.
13 June 2012mathampsonfilmLimitless - I'll have what he's having. Rated 4 out of 5.
11 June 2012mathampsonfilm4 Lions - Flawed characters, plot and not many laughs to make up for it. And I *really* wanted to like it. Perhaps that was the problem. Rated 2 out of 5.
10 June 2012mathampsonrestaurantKirin - Dim Sumday  
9 June 2012mathampsonpubThe Whip - Catching up with Lisa & co for the first time in aaages  
27 May 2012mathampsonholidayto UK for 3 weeks 
26 May 2012mathampsonpubThe Edinboro Castle in Camden 
26 May 2012mathampsonmuseumThe British Museaum in London 
25 May 2012mathampsondinner partyat Nik & Sarjana's flat in Lambeth 
25 May 2012mathampsonmuseumThe Natural History Museum in London 
24 May 2012mathampsonpicnicin Lincoln's Inn Fields 
24 May 2012mathampsonmuseumThe National Portrait Gallery in London 
23 May 2012mathampsonpubJaguar Shoes in Shoreditch 
23 May 2012mathampsonboat journeyto Millbank 
23 May 2012mathampsonmuseumTate Modern in Southwark 
23 May 2012mathampsonmuseumTate Britain in Pimlico 
22 May 2012mathampsonpubThe Queens Arms in Victoria 
22 May 2012mathampsonmuseumThe Ashmolean in Oxford 
22 May 2012mathampsonmuseumThe Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford 
21 May 2012mathampsondinner partyat Rich and Sarah's house 
21 May 2012mathampsonboat journeyto The Thames 
19 May 2012mathampsondaytripto Bradford on Avon 
1 May 2012mathampsonpubEl Caminos - Beer & tacos in celebration of Jo's 41st Tuesday  
29 April 2012mathampsonfilmInception - Rewatching with Nick & Hannah. Much clearer second time through.  
28 April 2012mathampsondinner partyat Columbia St - Having Lisa over for a bite and an evening's chatting  
27 April 2012mathampsonalbumBlueprint 3 by Jay ZRated 4 out of 5.
26 April 2012mathampsonpub8 1/2 - Back to an old favourite for the weekly post-badminton drinkies  
22 April 2012mathampsonbookThe Hipless Boy by Solly - Great, ideas led graphic book of short stories Rated 5 out of 5.
20 April 2012mathampsonbookSlaughterhouse 5 by Kurt VonnegutRated 3 out of 5.
14 April 2012mathampsonfilmHeat - Still epic 17 years later, with barely a tiny misstep in dialogue or direction. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 April 2012mathampsondinner partyat Jo's - Gettin tipsy with Nick, Hannah, and the hosts.  
9 April 2012mathampsonlong weekendin Galiano Island - Showing Robyn the gulf islands for the first time. Log cabin, wood burning stove and Orcas.  
25 March 2012mathampsonsnowshoe hikeat Cypress Mountain - Finally got up into the mountains this winter. Glorious day.  
24 March 2012mathampsonpubNarrow Lounge - Fun evening in a great hidden find on Main with Nick and Robyn.  
19 March 2012mathampsonfilmThe Brothers Grimm - Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, and some weird but good English accents Rated 3 out of 5.
18 March 2012mathampsonrestaurantKirin - Dim sum with the roomies.  
17 March 2012mathampsonpubThe Hub - St Paddy's day with the visiting Tomtin and Hayley  
16 March 2012mathampsonfilmMidnight in Paris - Everyone loves a Woody. Wish I could have picked up more of the classic lit in-jokes though. Rated 4 out of 5.
14 March 2012mathampsonbowling sessionCommadore Lanes and scored 124 - Not been 5 pin bowling before. Not very good at it it seems.  
11 March 2012mathampsonfilmThe LoraxRated 3 out of 5.
9 February 2012mathampsonbookGoldfinger by Ian FlemingRated 3 out of 5.
31 January 2012mathampsonfilmHugo - Lovely film, and great use of 3D for a change. Rated 4 out of 5.
30 January 2012mathampsonpubAlibi Room in Gas Town - Fun departure drinks with the OMI crew.  
29 January 2012mathampsonrestaurantKirin - Chinese New Year dim sum with the whole crew.  
28 January 2012mathampsonpubBarney's Cafe - A few last minute Saturday night drinks with Robyn  
27 January 2012mathampsonbookColony by Doug Naylor - Silly but fun quick read to recover from Snowy Cedars. Rated 3 out of 5.
21 January 2012mathampsonfilmThe Adventures of Tintin at Tinseltown Odeon - Really well done, capturing the books' spirit just right, Rated 5 out of 5.
20 January 2012mathampsonbookSnow Falling on Cedars - A bit slow, but nicely written, and with added Pacific North West historical interest. Rated 3 out of 5.
21 December 2011mathampsonrestaurantSt John in Smithfield - Tasty nose-to-tail lunch with Woolfy and Emily  
1 December 2011mathampsonattractionDr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden - Fascinating evening seeing the gardens for the first time while attending a Shark-fin awareness fundraiser.  
27 November 2011mathampsonweekendin Oak Harbour - Visiting Stefanie, Jake and little Erik  
27 November 2011mathampsonfilmDirty DozenRated 4 out of 5.
27 November 2011mathampsonalbumReady to Die by Notorious B.I.G.Rated 4 out of 5.
27 November 2011mathampsonfilmTron - Shiny HD fun. Rated 3 out of 5.
22 November 2011mathampsonfilmSource Code - Inventive Jake Gyllenhaal time twisting Sci-Fi Rated 4 out of 5.
14 November 2011mathampsonholidayto Florida for 10 days 
13 November 2011mathampsonfilmPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - Silly. But good for a flight. Rated 2 out of 5.
12 November 2011mathampsonweddingfor Maricar & Jaran in Orlando 
30 October 2011mathampsonbookDifferent for Girls by Louise Wener - Enjoyable insight into the middle leagues of Britpop from a pretty sane perspective. Rated 4 out of 5.
27 October 2011mathampsonalbumMonsters in the Closet by Swollen Members - BC Hip-Hop at its finest. Apparently. Rated 2 out of 5.
26 October 2011mathampsonfilmThe Ipcress File - Good recuperating from laser eye surgery fare with a typical turn from a 60's Caine. Rated 3 out of 5.
11 October 2011mathampsonalbumThree Cheers for Sweet Revenge by My Chemical RomanceRated 4 out of 5.
2 October 2011mathampsonfilmVon Ryan's Express - 60's war flick starring Frank Sinatra. Perfect Sunday afternoon fodder. Rated 3 out of 5.
29 September 2011mathampsonfilmThe Skin I Live In at Vogue Theatre - Vancouver International Film Festival's gala opening screening. Red carpet and everything! Rated 4 out of 5.
28 September 2011mathampsonconcertArctic Monkeys at The Orpheum - Excellent evening of shouty Britishness to remind me of home.  
24 September 2011mathampsonconcertBroken Social Scene at Malkin Bowl - Lovely evening for an outdoor gig, and a good one at that  
19 September 2011mathampsonice hockey matchVancover and Calgary 
16 September 2011mathampsonbookTravels With Charley by John Steinbeck - Fascinating travelogue round 1960's America Rated 4 out of 5.
15 September 2011mathampsonfilmWilde - Well done, but depressing, as I knew it would be. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 September 2011mathampsonfilmBobby Fischer Against the World - Not a life story I knew, and well done with it Rated 4 out of 5.
8 September 2011mathampsonholidayto Breckenridge, Colorado for 10 days - Via Seattle, Denver and a family wedding.  
3 September 2011mathampsonweddingfor Stephen and Olivia in Breckenridge 
25 August 2011mathampsonbookPerfume by Patrick Suskind - Inventive page turner. Now onto the film... Rated 4 out of 5.
25 August 2011mathampsonalbumOracular Spectacular by MGMT 
21 August 2011mathampsonlong weekendin Manning Park - Hike-in camping among beautiful alpine meadows. Only slightly marred by a billion mozzies.  
18 August 2011mathampsonrestaurantThai Sun - Ok cheapo Vietnamese. Rated 3 out of 5.
14 August 2011mathampsonbarbequein Columbia Street - Meeting the neighbours in glorious sunshine.  
13 August 2011mathampsonhouse partyat Jo's flat - Post beach pizza and racing demon with Nao and friends  
10 August 2011mathampsonrestaurantGranville Island Hotel - Groupon-powered burger noms Rated 3 out of 5.
7 August 2011mathampsonwalkin Lighthouse Park - A sunshiny treat for the pooches, with amazing views of Baker seeming to loom over downtown.  
6 August 2011mathampsonrestaurantFassil - Excellent and friendly local Ethiopian place. Rated 4 out of 5.
4 August 2011mathampsonrestaurantTopanga Cafe - Filling, but otherwise unamazing Mexican Rated 3 out of 5.
23 July 2011mathampsonbookSmiley's People by John Le Carre - Well-paced and satisfying end to the trilogy. Rated 4 out of 5.
22 July 2011mathampsonfilmHarper - Paul Newman as a Bullit-esque private eye following convenient clues to a predictable conclusion. Rated 2 out of 5.
20 July 2011mathampsonfilmSpy Kids 4 - Preview copy, watched to help with a project at work. Not as funny as the trailer. Rated 2 out of 5.
20 July 2011mathampsonrestaurantNew India - 2 for 1 eat all you can/like Wednesdays. Followed by hurty belly. Rated 3 out of 5.
16 July 2011mathampsonhouse partyat Jo's place - Racing demon til the wee hours. Turbocharged by Sambuca win penalties.  
14 July 2011mathampsonfilmThe Fellowship of the Ring - Lo, two years pass and I watch it again. I wonder if I'll ever stop doing that? Rated 4 out of 5.
14 July 2011mathampsonwalkin Grouse Mountain - First (and probably last :-) Grouse Grind with Robyn  
13 July 2011abedfordbookGame of Thrones by George R. R. Martin - Gripping, fantastical epic story based on an honourable family taking on corruption in the highest places. Spawned an equally awesome tv series. Rated 5 out of 5.
13 July 2011abedfordfilmX-Men First Class at Surrey Quays - Well put together, quite a thorough back story to the X-Men and where they come from. Decent movie. Rated 4 out of 5.
12 July 2011mathampsonrestaurantIndia GateRated 3 out of 5.
10 July 2011mathampsonweekendin Hardy Island - Excellent weekend at Randy's island retreat. Camping and campfires, drinking and dogs. Much fun.  
3 July 2011mathampsonwalkin Grouse Mountain - First Grind of the year - because my gondola pass has run out  
3 July 2011mathampsonbike ridein Steveston - A loop round the Richmond peninsula sea wall on an amazing sunny day. Hi there Summer.  
3 July 2011abedfordfilmTransformers 3D at West India Quay - Really enjoyed this but had to suspend all sense of reality. Transformers were brilliant, and it is emotional at times. Rated 4 out of 5.
2 July 2011mathampsonfilmBody of Lies - Pretty slick and smart spy thriller. Rated 4 out of 5.
1 July 2011mathampsonbarbequein Jericho Beach - Canada Day, with badminton and slightly under par weather  
28 June 2011mathampsonrestaurantOishii Sushi - Groupon fun n frolics Rated 4 out of 5.
28 June 2011mathampsonmuseumVancouver Art Museum - By donation evening, with pretty comprehensive Surrealist exhibition - though few world-famous items in there.  
20 June 2011mathampsonfilmThe Kovac Box - Would have just about justified an 'ok', had it not been for the awful dialogue and delivery throughout Rated 2 out of 5.
18 June 2011mathampsonhouse partyat Columbia Street - Our housewarming, with (quotes) the best burgers ever  
12 June 2011mathampsonmotorsport raceThe Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal - Despite the rain a fantastic spectacle, with a fairytale ending, including a run down the pit lane to watch the podium shenanigans Rated 5 out of 5.
10 June 2011mathampsonrestaurantLa Banquise in Montreal - Best poutine place in town apparently. A shame then that I regard poutine as little better than devil vomit. :-) Rated 3 out of 5.
10 June 2011mathampsonmuseumMusee des fine arts in Montreal - Excellent and free permanent collection in an interesting new building. Fancy old building over the road sadly closed for restoration.  
5 June 2011mathampsonmuseumMusee d'art contemporain in Montreal - Not massive, but many familiar names and a nice building, and only $10 so well worth it Rated 3 out of 5.
5 June 2011mathampsonmuseumArt Gallery of Ontario in Toronto - Awesome Gehry-designed building, and a large and beautiful collection. Sad to only have an hour there. Rated 5 out of 5.
3 June 2011mathampsontrain journeyto Toronto from Vancouver - Although slightly marred by grey weather, this was nonetheless a great trip along the epic cross Canada rail route. Rated 4 out of 5.
20 May 2011mathampsonhouse partyat Matt & Lisa's in Kits Beach - Woke up at 6am on the sofa. Must have been awesome.  
17 May 2011mathampsonalbumThe Boy With the Arab Strap by Belle and Sebastian - Just another BS album. Which is lovely of course. Rated 3 out of 5.
17 May 2011mathampsonalbumAll Day by Girl Talk - Good, but left me wanting to hear the individual songs as ever Rated 3 out of 5.
17 May 2011mathampsonalbumJurassic 5 EP by Jurassic 5 - Nicked off Robyn. Gav was right, V excellent. Rated 4 out of 5.
17 May 2011mathampsonalbumGood News for People Who Like Bad News by Modest MouseRated 4 out of 5.
17 May 2011mathampsonalbumHow I Got Over by The Roots - Another Robyn recommendation. Another really nice laid back hip hop album Rated 4 out of 5.
17 May 2011mathampsonalbumLiving in America by The Sounds - Backfilling with their first release. Nice pop album. Rated 4 out of 5.
16 May 2011mathampsonalbumGrow up and Blow Away by Metric - Deeper and less poppy than Fantasies but all the better for it Rated 5 out of 5.
16 May 2011mathampsonalbumComfort Eagle by Cake - I've no idea why I like Cake so much. But I do. Rated 5 out of 5.
16 May 2011mathampsonalbumIn Ghost Colours by Cut Copy - Neat pop album. Rated 3 out of 5.
16 May 2011mathampsonalbumWeather Underground by Geneva - More '90's backfill. Great cousins-of-Gene album though. Rated 4 out of 5.
16 May 2011mathampsonalbumTouch Up by Mother Mother - Weird style I shan't try to describe that definitely works. I shall buy more. Rated 4 out of 5.
16 May 2011mathampsonalbumCrossing the Rubicon by The Sounds - A great pop album, and perhaps more mature than earlier efforts Rated 5 out of 5.
14 May 2011abedfordtraining sessionParagon Gym in Shoreditch - Saturday morning catch-up training session. Not too tough, feeling much better about fitness levels after the trip to Nepal. Rated 5 out of 5.
13 May 2011abedfordrestaurantYellow House in Surrey Quays - Fairly pricey especially for this neck of the woods. Specialises in pizzas but they do a wide variety of typical British food too. Pizzas were great, as was a brownie for dessert. Service was slow. Rated 2 out of 5.
9 May 2011abedfordgym sessionfor 1 hour - First body pump class in about a month and it was great... however my muscles felt the pain for 3 days. Rated 3 out of 5.
8 May 2011abedforddaytripto Hampton Wick - A trip to Hampton Wick with Sam to buy our first wetsuits followed by lunch and some summer drinks in Kingston with Paul and Claire. Rated 5 out of 5.
7 May 2011mathampsonkaraoke nightFantacity in Vancouver - Seeing Gaz and Hils off in fine style. I'll miss them.  
4 May 2011abedfordpubNothing but the Blues bar in Soho - Met up with an old friend Cara and her boyfriend here and stayed for some wicked music. Jimmy and the Blues Dragons was the name of the band. Free entry, open till well after 12, awesome place. Rated 5 out of 5.
3 May 2011abedfordtraining sessionParagon Gym in Shoreditch - 1st session of the Level 3 course with our new teacher Hazel. A few intimidating stories floating around regarding her fearsomeness but she seems nice enough. Killer session though. Rated 5 out of 5.
26 April 2011mathampsonlong weekendin Kelowna - Lovely long weekend by the lake in the sun  
20 April 2011abedfordholidayto Nepal for 10 days - Short trip to Nepal to help our friends Nik and Sara celebrate their engagement\marriage. A completely different experience to all other countries I've visited. Rated 4 out of 5.
16 April 2011mathampsonhouse partyat Widya and Trevor's - Surprise birthday party for Yee. A particular surprise for her as we turned up 3 hours after everyone else :)  
16 April 2011mathampsonskion Grouse Mountain - First and only trip skiing of the season. Hadn't completely forgotten how in the decade since I last went :)  
15 April 2011mathampsonhouse partyat Randy's - Game two of the first round playoffs, with a brief interruption to go and collect my dad from the airport  
12 April 2011mathampsonpubHabit - Name That Tune bingo night, and a chance to catch up with Mike and Jen  
9 April 2011mathampsonrestaurantIndian Oven in Kits - Last supper with Ed & Sophie before they head back to Europe  
7 April 2011mathampsonfilmWithnail and I - Film night at Devon Manor, introducing some North Americans to one of my all time faves Rated 5 out of 5.
1 April 2011mathampsonpubCorduroy - Making the most of Gaz 'n Ed before they both escape home  
30 March 2011mathampsonhouse partyat 12th Avenue - Racing demon night number two, with some quality sledging and solid competition.  
27 March 2011mathampsonweekendin Whistler - First trip along the sea to sky since I arrived. Walking, snow shoeing and boozing in lovely spring sunshine  
20 March 2011mathampsonfilmAdam and Paul - Depressing, funny, interesting mish mash of genres Rated 3 out of 5.
19 March 2011mathampsonhouse partyat Jen's place 
19 March 2011mathampsonsnowshoe hikeat Cypress Mountain - Second snowshoe outing, again imperfect weather initially, but again really fun and beautiful  
18 March 2011mathampsonice hockey matchVancouver Canucks and Phoenix Coyotes - First ice hockey game, with free tickets from cousin Jo. Really, really entertaining, despite unexpectedly losing, Rated 5 out of 5.
17 March 2011mathampsonpubBilly Bishop - St Patrick's day outing with Gaz, Hils, Ed, Sophie and Robyn  
12 March 2011mathampsonsnowshoe hikeat Grouse Mountain - Finally made it before the trails closed, and had a really lovely walk in a winter wonderland  
10 March 2011mathampsonpubChaise in Main Street - Poutine avoidance with Robyn's visitors  
9 March 2011mathampsonrestaurantTanpopo's - All you can eat sushi with Robyn's visiting buddies Nicole and Kelly Rated 4 out of 5.
3 March 2011mathampsonfilmClockers 
27 February 2011mathampsonfilmDead Fish - Promising cast, but ultimately failed to be even average. Shame. Rated 2 out of 5.
25 February 2011mathampsonfilmVertigo - Twisty and twisted, a comfortable top 250 inhabitant. Rated 4 out of 5.
23 February 2011mathampsonfilmLucky Number Slevin - Second time through, didn't remember a jot of the plot. Rated 4 out of 5.
22 February 2011mathampsonfilmThe King's SpeechRated 4 out of 5.
20 February 2011mathampsonfilmUltraviolet - What is this I don't even. Rated 1 out of 5.
13 February 2011mathampsonfilmBlack Swan - Unnerving and creepy. Excellent.  
12 February 2011mathampsonrestaurantThe Top of Vancouver - Off to the revolving restaurant at the top of the Harbour Centre for an early Valentine's day treat. Rated 4 out of 5.
11 February 2011mathampsonconcertMother Mother at Colombia Light Festival - February. Outdoor. Raining. Time for a gig!  
11 February 2011mathampsonfilmDespicable Me - Fun animated fare Rated 3 out of 5.
8 February 2011mathampsonalbumShootenanny by Eels - Great album, up there with Daisies of the Galaxy in hit 'n miss ratio terms Rated 5 out of 5.
7 February 2011mathampsonalbumInfinite Arms by Band of Horses - Nice album, with bonus touches of Grandaddy - which is never bad Rated 3 out of 5.
6 February 2011mathampsonfilmWasabi - Besson & Reno together again for a cartoony French Japanese caper. Not wholly convincing. Rated 3 out of 5.
4 February 2011mathampsonpubYaletown Brewing Co. - Out for a raucous night with Lisa and friends. Nearly lost my voice trying to be heard :)  
3 February 2011mathampsonrestaurantSaravanaa Bhavan - Delicious South Indian cuisine, with huge dosas FTW. Rated 4 out of 5.
1 February 2011mathampsonbookThe Best of Rumpole by John Mortimer - Collection of amusing yarns from Britain's bizarre legal system Rated 4 out of 5.
31 January 2011mathampsonalbumTen Years of Tears by Arab Strap - As it says on the tin. Which is great, obviously. Rated 4 out of 5.
30 January 2011mathampsonweekendin Seattle - Probably the first trip of many, to a fascinating old US city  
25 January 2011mathampsonpubThree Lions - Trying out a new pub quiz, on Burns night, with free haggis to prove it, and an extended pool session at Fairview to improve it.  
25 January 2011mathampsonwalkin Grouse Mountain - Checking out the snowshoe routes, without snowshoes.  
23 January 2011mathampsonfilmFantastic Mr Fox - "If what I think is happening is happening, it better not be." Fun. Rated 3 out of 5.
22 January 2011mathampsonpubBierCraft in Cambie - Trying out the Belgian beer place with Robyn. God beer list, but pretty damn pricy  
21 January 2011mathampsondinner partyat Gaz & Hills - A nice evening of cheat and Cariboo  
20 January 2011mathampsonbookDr No by Ian Fleming - The usual enjoyment of the harsher, clumsier more realistic Bond that the books portray Rated 4 out of 5.
18 January 2011mathampsonbookPlayer One by Douglas Coupland - Engrossing as ever, though wish the glossary wasn't a separate turgid postscript. Rated 4 out of 5.
17 January 2011mathampsonfilmEmployee of the Month - Slightly ham fisted black comedy in the same vein as Falling Down Rated 3 out of 5.
16 January 2011mathampsonfilmLe Premier Cercle - Jean Reno not really stretching himself in this by the numbers heist flick Rated 3 out of 5.
12 January 2011mathampsonfilmIron Man 2 - Even sillier than the first one, therefore quite fun. Rated 3 out of 5.
12 January 2011mathampsonfilmIron Man - Silly, but it's about a comic superhero, so I can't really criticise it for that. Rated 3 out of 5.
12 January 2011mathampsonfilmGreen ZoneRated 3 out of 5.
10 January 2011mathampsontv showWeeds season 1 - Good series. Funny and light, with a slightly dark edge. Rated 4 out of 5.
9 January 2011mathampsonbeachSpanish Banks - A wintery walk by the sea with Robyn and the doogs.  
7 January 2011mathampsonpubFairview - Boozy night out with Gaz, Hils, Ed, Sophie and Brad. Not my finest pool hour though.  
6 January 2011mathampsonfilmThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Second time of watching, still engrossing. Rated 4 out of 5.
6 January 2011mathampsonrestaurantVera's Burger Shack - Celebrating Robyn's successful lease signing with probably the best burgers in Van so far. Rated 4 out of 5.
1 January 2011mathampsonwalkin Grouse Mountain - Robyn's first trip to the mountains, accompanied by an amazing sunset.  
31 December 2010mathampsonpubThe Billy Bishop in Kits - New years shenanigans with almost everyone at the Canadian Legion pub.  
29 December 2010mathampsonfilmHot Fuzz - Accompanying G in watching his christmas present  
28 December 2010mathampsonfilmThe Proposition - Australian Western, written by Nick Cave of all people, and therefore a typical happy-go-lucky chucklefest Rated 3 out of 5.
27 December 2010mathampsonfilmLittle Miss Sunshine - Just as brilliant second time through Rated 5 out of 5.
26 December 2010mathampsonfilmThe Getaway - A solid McQueen film, which oddly I'd forgotten a lot of, despite owning the DVD Rated 4 out of 5.
26 December 2010mathampsonrestaurantThe Keg - Steakhouse visit with G and his friend Honor Rated 3 out of 5.
25 December 2010mathampsonhouse partyat Gaz & Hils - Christmas morning with bubbly and smoked sockeye salmon - really nice  
21 December 2010mathampsonfilmGia - Ravaging true story of 80's modelling and the destructive power of heroin addiction Rated 4 out of 5.
19 December 2010mathampsonwalkin Queen Elizabeth Park - Enjoying a spectacularly clear winter day with Robyn & the doogs  
18 December 2010mathampsonrestaurantThe Reef - Post Saturday-in-the-office Groupon-fuelled Jamaican dinner with Robyn Rated 3 out of 5.
15 December 2010mathampsonrestaurantCampagnolo - Engine Digital's Christmas shindig, at a nice authentic Italian Rated 4 out of 5.
14 December 2010mathampsonpubThe Morrisey - Birthday shenanigans with all my non-tennis-y buds  
13 December 2010mathampsonfilmThe Hunter - Steve McQueen's last film. Odd mix of comedy and menace. Rated 3 out of 5.
12 December 2010mathampsonfilm500 Days of Summer - Kinda enjoyed it, then pondered for a bit and realised it was actually totally vacuous. Rated 2 out of 5.
11 December 2010mathampsonrestaurantBandidas Cafe - Veggie Mexican with Robyn, started as we meant to go on: With tequila.  
10 December 2010mathampsonfilmRed - Fun Rated 4 out of 5.
10 December 2010mathampsontv showCoupling series 4 - Such a shambles compared to the awesome writing in the first three. Pity.  
9 December 2010mathampsonpubThe Fairview - An evening watching octogenarian singers and comedians with Gaz. Totally normal. Totally.  
5 December 2010mathampsongame of footballin Kitsilano - First time out to G's regular pick-up game. Played ok til a twisted ankle slowed me down, good game tho.  
4 December 2010mathampsonalbumFantasies by Metric - Great pop album, in the same vein as the Sounds Rated 4 out of 5.
4 December 2010mathampsondaytripto Langley - Chop-your-own Christmas tree outing to Sean and Lisa's childhood stomping ground - with a brief stop to pick up the largest sandwich I've eve seen.  
3 December 2010mathampsondinner partyat Randy's - Nice pot-luck evening with Robyn and the tennis team.  
2 December 2010mathampsonrestaurantFish on Rice - Huge bentos and a nice post first day at work debrief with Robyn  
25 November 2010mathampsonfilmPaycheck - Hey, 'Minority Report' called - it wants its absurdly unrealistic plot back. Rated 2 out of 5.
25 November 2010mathampsonbookBlood Sucking Fiends by Christopher Moore - Ok, but I should probably stop reading comedies - books just don't make me laugh. Rated 3 out of 5.
23 November 2010mathampsonfilm3:10 to Yuma - A bit silly at the end, but otherwise a straightforward, solid western Rated 3 out of 5.
20 November 2010mathampsonconferenceBarCamp VancouverRated 5 out of 5.
19 November 2010mathampsondinner partyat Jo's place - Civilised dinner party, meeting some of Jo's work friends alongside an awesome stew  
14 November 2010mathampsonfilmThe Social Network at 5th Avenue Cinema - Kinda almost made my profession look sexy for a second there. Rated 5 out of 5.
14 November 2010mathampsonbookWalking on Water by Brian Clough - Blunt and brash, but never dull. Stupid damn FA. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 November 2010mathampsondinner partyat Yee's in Burnaby - Usual delicious dinner and shouty enthusiastic company.  
12 November 2010mathampsonpubThe Academic in Broadway - Absurdly noisy kids pub. Sod that.  
11 November 2010mathampsonfilmBabel - Interesting mix of semi-tragic stories with the common thread of communication failure Rated 4 out of 5.
11 November 2010mathampsonrestaurantFoundation - Attempting to demolish a stupidly large plate of Nachos with Robyn. The nachos won. Rated 4 out of 5.
8 November 2010mathampsonbookFrom Russia with Love by Ian FlemingRated 3 out of 5.
5 November 2010mathampsonfilmRead my Lips - Typically quirky gallic thriller/romcom with enough hints of Amilie to be compared. Rated 3 out of 5.
3 November 2010mathampsonlong weekendin Galiano Island - A weekday weekend away with C in glorious November sunshine  
1 November 2010mathampsonalbumFirst Impressions of Earth by The Strokes - Missing the stand out zingers from the first two. Perhaps it's more of a grower.  
31 October 2010mathampsonrestaurantFish on Rice in Broadway - Tasty, extensive and decent value if you get one of the Bento's. Nom. Rated 4 out of 5.
30 October 2010mathampsonhouse partyat My place - Halloween shenanigans / Housewarming with strong costume performances from all  
26 October 2010mathampsonfilmNosferatu (1922) - Getting up to speed for Halloween, and a public domain film dontcha know. Rated 3 out of 5.
25 October 2010mathampsonfilmBright Young Things - Don't understand how I've not seen this slice of Brit-set fun before. Spiffing. Rated 4 out of 5.
24 October 2010mathampsonfilmThe Tailor of Panama - A bit odd: Can't imagine Le Carre's original being so styalistically camp. Not awful though. Rated 3 out of 5.
23 October 2010mathampsonhouse partyat Gaz and Hil's place - Cards and a natter, accompanied with class North Shore hip-hop.  
23 October 2010mathampsonrestaurantFoundation in Main & Broadway - Awesome veggie nachos in hipster surroundings  
22 October 2010mathampsondinner partyat Jen's swanky pad - Nice evening with my new roomies in celebration of Lisa's graduation and birthday  
20 October 2010mathampsonpubSammy J Peppers - Catching up with Gaz post parental visits  
17 October 2010mathampsonlong weekendin Saltsping - 5 lovely days with the folks, Jo and John in a brilliant place. Again!  
16 October 2010mathampsonbookThe Honourable Schoolboy by John Le Carre - Second in the Smiley trilogy. Nicely paced, slow burner, which gently immerses you in east asia, then violently wakes you up with a action-packed final quarter. Rated 4 out of 5.
11 October 2010mathampsonalbumBright Lights and Other Revelations by Eels 
6 October 2010mathampsonattractionThe Harbour Center Lookout - A fun escalator ride up to amazing views of Downtown and beyond - totally recommended Rated 5 out of 5.
6 October 2010mathampsonwalkin Lighthouse Park - Beautiful park, with first growth trees and lots of vantage points to look at the Gulf islands or back at Vancouver - and glorious wether for the folks to boot. Rated 5 out of 5.
5 October 2010mathampsonrestaurantTanpopo's in the West End - Met up with Bernie and Brian (for the first time since 2002) along with the family for all you can eat sushi, sashimi, gyoza and so on. Delicious, and great for $20. Rated 5 out of 5.
4 October 2010mathampsonrestaurantThe Observatory in Grouse Mountain - Luckily a great view of the sunset and nighttime Van, accompanied by really good haute cuisine - thanks Pa! Rated 5 out of 5.
4 October 2010mathampsonwalkin Gastown - A nice bit of exploring with the folks  
3 October 2010mathampsondinner partyat Jo's place - Nice chilled evening introducing the folks to Pebbles  
3 October 2010mathampsonattractionVan Dusen Gardens - Beautiful and peaceful botanical gardens - lovely place for a city stroll  
2 October 2010mathampsonrestaurantNaam in Kits - Veggie dinner with Jo, Buraj and Daria, planning their India trip, with my folk's assistance too  
2 October 2010mathampsonrestaurantGranville Island Hotel - The usual slow service, but a lovely sunny day to sit on the patio and watch the boats go by  
1 October 2010mathampsonkaraoke nightShanghai Chinese Bistro - Hitting the Karaoke booths for Graham's birthday and a spot of Lithium. Yeah-eh-eh-eh-ehhhhhhhh.  
1 October 2010mathampsonattractionEye of the Wind in Grouse Mountain - Introducing the folks to the bears, and climbing the turbine for a beautiful view of the back country. Fascinating to see the blades that close up too.  
30 September 2010mathampsongame of footballin Jericho gym - First weekly indoor game with the Sunday league guys. Really good fun, won't be missing these if I can help it!  
27 September 2010mathampsongame of footballin Robson Park - Kick about on a rubbish pitch in the pouring rain. Way more fun than it sounds :)  
26 September 2010mathampsonbike ridein New Westminster - Something of an epic. 50km, to New Westminster and back, down a great mostly car-less route following the skytrain  
25 September 2010mathampsonrestaurantGranville Island Hotel - Post tennis lunch in the unseasonal sunshine  
25 September 2010mathampsongame of tennisJohn & co in Granville Island 
24 September 2010mathampsonhouse partyat Janney's - Celebrating and comiserating my departure with a film night and drinks  
24 September 2010mathampsonfilmThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Pretty well judged adaptation, with the right things removed. Along with good casting and cinematography. Still damaged by reading the book though. Rated 4 out of 5.
18 September 2010mathampsonfilmInglorious Basterds at Gaz and Hil's - Ok, but little of the cinematic invention or dialogue that made Tarantino's name Rated 3 out of 5.
16 September 2010mathampsonpubThe Keefer Bar - Great evening, but damn: $7 a bottle. Drinking in this country is a wallet basher  
13 September 2010mathampsonalbumOk, Cowboy by Vitalic - Radio Soulwax inspired purchase. The Rock 01 is *such* a good coding track. Rated 4 out of 5.
12 September 2010mathampsonfilmEurotrip - That annoying mix of hillarious and utterly rubbish that American trash comedies do so well nowadays. Bring back American Pie, and never let Vinnie Jones talk. Rated 2 out of 5.
11 September 2010mathampsonhouse partyat Jo's place - Watching the women's US Open final with the tennis girls and a *lot* of food  
11 September 2010mathampsonalbumTake London by Herbaliser 
10 September 2010mathampsonexhibitionNew Frontier Festival - Opening night party of a Downtown elctronic art and sound fest with Gaz. Got remarkably tipsy. Ace evening.  
5 September 2010mathampsonfilmThe Terminator - I'd forgotten how 80's this is in places, and that they use Ray Hausenthingy stop motion. Still totally watchable though. Rated 3 out of 5.
5 September 2010mathampsongame of footballin Trafalgar Park 
4 September 2010mathampsonrestaurantNaam in Kits - Finally made it, at Gaz and Hil's invitation, to the famous veggie place on 4th. Delicious and good value. I can see why my UK Canuck friends recommended it. Rated 4 out of 5.
3 September 2010mathampsondinner partyat Yee's place - Delicious hot pot, with astonishing selection (and amount) of things to throw in.  
1 September 2010mathampsonfilmEnigma - As good as the book. That is to say, alright. Rated 3 out of 5.
31 August 2010mathampsonrestaurantBao Bei - Chinese tapas-style place Downtown. Pretty darn good. Rated 4 out of 5.
31 August 2010mathampsonbookElenor Rigby by Douglas CouplandRated 4 out of 5.
30 August 2010mathampsonpubCascade - Pub quiz night, and, with a scant 26/50 a pretty tough one too.  
29 August 2010mathampsonweekendin Garibaldi Lake - Including a climb up to Black Tusk on Sunday. A really beautiful part of the world.  
26 August 2010mathampsontv showAndrew Marr's History of Modern Britain - Excellent Rated 5 out of 5.
25 August 2010mathampsonpubBrowns in Kits - Catching up with Gaz & Hills post UK jaunt  
25 August 2010mathampsonbookWorld War Z by Max Brooks - Uber realistic account of a global zombie pandemic, told via interviews with survivors. Unnervingly good. Rated 4 out of 5.
24 August 2010mathampsonlong weekendin Hardy Island - 4 days camping on the shore of a mostly empty island. Gorgeous, with added dolphins.  
20 August 2010mathampsonalbumTongue N' Cheek by Dizzee Rascal - Nothing else as good as Bonkers, but some growers on the 2nd half Rated 4 out of 5.
17 August 2010mathampsonflightto Vancouver - Cheerio Blighty. Stay gorgeous, and I'll be back to visit in a year-shaped jiffy.  
15 August 2010mathampsondinner partyat Wilton Road - Relatively quiet evening in with Nik, Dave & Steve, watching the sun set from the roof  
14 August 2010mathampsonrestaurantThe Norfolk Arms - Nice gastro tapas with Nik, Dave & Paul  
13 August 2010mathampsonpubThe Portobello Gold - Catchup with my Beeb homies. I miss those guys.  
12 August 2010mathampsonexhibitionMagnificent Maps at The British LibraryRated 4 out of 5.
12 August 2010mathampsonexhibitionThe Surreal House at The Barbican CentreRated 3 out of 5.
11 August 2010mathampsonfilmThe Devil Wears Prada - Sure, bit of a feelgood hangover movie, but since it made me feel good when I had a hangover... Rated 4 out of 5.
11 August 2010mathampsonalbumOur Love to Admire by Interpol 
11 August 2010mathampsonfilmThe Abyss - Not as good viewed as an adult, which is a shame really. Rated 2 out of 5.
10 August 2010mathampsonpubThe Shaston Arms in West End - Out with Nik, Dave, Annie, Olly and co for some boozy fun  
10 August 2010mathampsonrestaurantApium in Shoreditch - Nice lunch catchup with Rich, debriefing from the wedding and planning their trip to BC  
9 August 2010mathampsondaytripto Oxford - Spent the whole day painting flat #2. Ending with a lovely dinner round at Rich and Sarah's.  
7 August 2010mathampsonweddingfor Gav and Alix in Norfolk - An awesome day, with everything going right, even down to the now traditional ripping it up to 'poison' half way through the evening  
6 August 2010mathampsonpubThe Castle - Catching up with old school Beebers and seeing Jane off to Manchester  
4 August 2010mathampsonpubThe White Hart in Littleton on Severn - Taking Diego and Manu down the pub for dinner in the sunshine  
4 August 2010mathampsonattractionBristol Zoo - Introducing Diego to gorillas, lions, snakes and so on, in a really well designed and maintained zoo. Some lovely pics to follow.  
3 August 2010mathampsonalbumSuperheroes by You Love Her Cos She's Dead - Yay for being able to buy amazon.co.uk mp3s again briefly. Yay to for more 8-bit shoutiness. Rated 4 out of 5.
3 August 2010mathampsonalbum by Justice - Hit & miss, a few powerful stompers, then it all goes a bit disco Rated 3 out of 5.
3 August 2010mathampsonalbumMaths + English by Dizzee Rascal - Know this one well from Spotify, but have to buy a proper copy for Canada. Only £4 tho :-) Rated 4 out of 5.
2 August 2010mathampsondaytripto Oxford - Cleaning and painting the new flat with pa. Busy day.  
31 July 2010mathampsonrestaurantRegency Cafe - Welcome back breakfast with Bob, C and Nik  
31 July 2010mathampsonflightto London - My reverse holiday begins. Will be around in the smoke from the 9th: Clear your diaries!  
29 July 2010mathampsonbeachJericho Beach - Boozy leaving party on the beach with the tennis gang  
26 July 2010mathampsonpubCascade - Second stab at pub quiz. Still some way from glory. We'll be back.  
21 July 2010mathampsonbookThe Honorary Consul by Graham Greene - Appealing South American kidnap drama, with sadly unconvincing characterisation Rated 2 out of 5.
20 July 2010mathampsonfilmSpy Hard - And it was awful. Rated 1 out of 5.
19 July 2010mathampsonpubCascade - Girls v boys for the pub quiz, ending in an honourable draw - if you do the maths a certain way :-)  
18 July 2010mathampsongame of footballin Trafalgar Park 
17 July 2010mathampsonbeachJericho Beach - Listening to the folk festival and taking a quick dip.  
13 July 2010mathampsonrestaurantCongee Noodle House - Catching up with Jo and co after buying a tent for the weekend Rated 3 out of 5.
12 July 2010mathampsonwalkin Grouse mountain - Second time ever on the grind. 1 hr 2 mins. There's a cear target for next time then...  
12 July 2010mathampsonbookThe Road by Cormac McCarthy - Zoomed through it in a couple of days, partially because of the lack of punctuation, and partially because it was excellent.  
11 July 2010mathampsonconcertVancouver Symphony Orchestra at Deer Lake Park - Complete with the Imperial March from Star Wars as a bonus track at the end. Rated 4 out of 5.
11 July 2010mathampsonfootball matchNederlands vs. Spain - Watched in a Greek restaurant in Canada with Swiss and Indonesian company. Good game, gutted for the Dutch though...  
11 July 2010mathampsongame of footballin Trafalgar Park - Second time out with this group, with marked improvement in my fitness. Still tactically rubbish at 11 a side though.  
10 July 2010mathampsonbookMurder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie - Complete with classic unmasking finale Rated 3 out of 5.
9 July 2010mathampsonbeachJericho Beach - Last minute clouding over dented it slightly, but not cold.  
9 July 2010mathampsonrestaurantBurgoo - Lunch with Jo, in a nice little bistro, albeit with a slightly wintery menu. Rated 3 out of 5.
8 July 2010mathampsonbeachJericho Beach - Possibly my first ever swim in the Pacific. Really nice, and good to see Jo back too.  
6 July 2010mathampsonbeachJericho Beach 
6 July 2010mathampsonbookMr Nice by Howard Marks - Amazing life story. Inspiring and saddening, often simultaneously. Rated 5 out of 5.
5 July 2010mathampsonpubCascade - The pub quiz that never was, then ice cream from an awesome dozens-of-favours parlour on Main  
4 July 2010mathampsonbarbequein Janney's - Tennis club round for tea (and wine, and salmon, and sausages, and tofu etc.)  
4 July 2010mathampsonfilmBuffy the Vampire Slayer - Silly 80's flick, seen for the nth time Rated 3 out of 5.
4 July 2010mathampsongame of footballin Trafalgar Park - Trying out a different pick up game, mostly populated by upsettingly fit seniors. Being outrun by 50+ guys was an education. Nice bunch though.  
3 July 2010mathampsonrestaurantQuattro in Kits - Delicious Italian, and lovely wine, with a socking great bill to prove it  
3 July 2010mathampsongame of golfat Musqueam - a couple of mini putting compos with John  
2 July 2010mathampsonbarbequein Jericho Beach - Partially in honour of John's birthday, partially because it's a beautiful place to hang out  
2 July 2010mathampsonfilmGrosse Pointe Blank - Still awesome after all these years. Some of my favourite filmic dialogue and banter, up there with the Player and Clerks  
1 July 2010mathampsonbarbequein Stanley Park - Canada Day shenanigans with Hilary's aquarium colleagues  
30 June 2010mathampsonfilmZombieland - Great zom-com, aside from an ill-judged Bill Murray cameo Rated 3 out of 5.
29 June 2010mathampsonpubHabit in Main - A few drinks with the usual suspects to celebrate John's birthday and argue about gun control and police corruption  
27 June 2010mathampsondinner partyat Randy's massive deck 
27 June 2010mathampsonfootball matchEngland vs. Germany - Balls.  
26 June 2010mathampsondaytripto Victoria in Vancouver Island - A lovely trip to see Nicole and Giles, meet Anais and explore Victoria  
24 June 2010mathampsonattractionVancouver Aquarium - Great day out, with backstage passes courtesy of Hilary  
19 June 2010mathampsonbookCity of Thieves by David Benioff - Harrowing but pacy story of two mistfits during the convincingly depicted Leningrad siege Rated 4 out of 5.
18 June 2010mathampsonfilmUp in the Air - A simple but well scripted, pacy and generally well-exected morality tale about isolation and friendship Rated 3 out of 5.
18 June 2010mathampsonfootball matchEngland vs. Algeria - In the Lions with Gaz and Hilary. Another missed win. Sort it out lads.  
17 June 2010mathampsonpubVan Lawns tennis club - World cup national flag competition goes my way. Yay for pointless knowledge. :)  
15 June 2010mathampsonattractionLions Gate Bridge - Finally directed one of my biking jaunts to the north shore, albeit for about 5 minutes  
14 June 2010mathampsonbookDreams from my Father by Barack Obama - Fascinating. That such an intelligent and thoughtful man is in the Whitehouse is a thing of wonder to me. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 June 2010mathampsonpubJericho Tennis Club - Watching Max in the BC provincial championships and seeing Owen Wilson discover the Pacific's really quite cold this time of year  
13 June 2010mathampsongame of golfat Queen Elizabeth park - Discovering I'm not utterly useless at pitch n putt. Well, the pitch bit anyway...  
12 June 2010mathampsonpubSeafood Grill - Post-tennis gossip with the girls  
12 June 2010mathampsonfootball matchEngland vs. USA - Not as dismal performance as everyone else thought,but then I'm ever an optimist. Nice to meet Gaz, Hills and friends for the first time too.  
11 June 2010mathampsonbarbequein Janney's - Jo, John and Andrew round for a quiet Friday natter  
11 June 2010mathampsonbookPride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame Smith - Really good. Now want to read zombieless version Rated 4 out of 5.
10 June 2010mathampsonalbumLight & Magic by Ladytron - Getting set to party like it's 2003. I'm *so* like totally with the programme Rated 4 out of 5.
6 June 2010mathampsonfilmThe Men Who Stare at Goats - Some laughs, but generally a mess of contradiction between the believable and the paranormal. Rated 2 out of 5.
5 June 2010mathampsonbeachJericho Beach - A nice afternoon chatting, reading and throwing stones at each other. Followed by ping pong and a swim at Miyuki's place  
4 June 2010mathampsonpubThree Lions - Friday drinkies with Jo and crew  
4 June 2010mathampsonalbumCrystal Castles (II) - Looking forward to this one. Plus, mini win: Canadian iTunes & 7digital both cheaper than UK.  
3 June 2010mathampsonfilm1941 - Spielberg, Akroyd, Belushi, Candy, Lee. Sadly rubbish. With added racism. Rated 1 out of 5.
29 May 2010mathampsonhouse partyat Sandra's flat - Marni's 70th birthday. Present? A mini push scooter. Awesome.  
27 May 2010mathampsonbookCurtain by Agatha Christie - Clever, quick and unexpectedly funny. Odd choice for my first Christie though - being Poirot's last case. Rated 4 out of 5.
26 May 2010mathampsonfilmExit Through the Gift Shop at Tinseltown - Interesting and funny docu-story of street art, filming and mental illness Rated 4 out of 5.
23 May 2010mathampsondaytripto Steveston - Down to Richmond on the Skytrain for some coastal cycling and fresh fish 'n chips  
22 May 2010mathampsonbookHouse of Suns by Alastair Reynolds - Vast scale space opera expertly interwoven with a human story. Excellent, as ever. Rated 5 out of 5.
20 May 2010mathampsonrestaurantChutney Villa - Nice Thali with Jo and John, after a 15:20 ride to Jo's place. 15 mins flat beckons...  
16 May 2010mathampsonhouse partyat Daria's - Poker night, won with some outrageous beginner's luck. Oops.  
9 May 2010mathampsonbeachJericho Beach - Awesome weather for my second day in the country, so beach time it was.  
6 May 2010mathampsonrestaurantSekara in Victoria - A spicy farewell meal with C Bob, Nik and the folks, setting ourselves up for a night watching the election Rated 3 out of 5.
5 May 2010mathampsonrestaurantBodeans in Westbourne - Decent meatfest, with the Beeb clique on generous form Rated 4 out of 5.
4 May 2010mathampsonconcertAsh at Electric Ballroom - On form, in a cool smaller venue - great night Rated 4 out of 5.
3 May 2010mathampsonrestaurantBig Bang in Oxford - Decent grub as the backdrop for yet another goodbye outing, this time with my lovely university friends Rated 3 out of 5.
3 May 2010mathampsonweekendin Littleton - Back for a family dinner, with a final carfull of stuff and some sad farewells  
30 April 2010mathampsonpubThe Marquis of Westminster in Victoria - Wonderful emigration party, with lovely folk coming from far and wide to ensure I actually leave.  
25 April 2010mathampsonfilmHackers - A solid contender for the worst film I've ever seen. Jolie and Miller and some top class 90's Hollywood IT. Rated 1 out of 5.
24 April 2010mathampsonpubTattershal Castle - Catching up with SJ and a newly-homed Dave  
23 April 2010mathampsonpubSeven Stars in Holborn - Out with my motley crew of lovely colleagues  
21 April 2010mathampsonbookTom Holt by The Portable Door - Fun little comic fantasy novel. Rated 3 out of 5.
21 April 2010mathampsonfilmDie Hard 4.0 - Surprisingly well done invincible action hero flick with some novel cinematography and some great 'destroy everything' scenes  
17 April 2010mathampsontv showSnuff Box - Awesome lost Fulcher & Berry series from BBC3/2006. Seek it out! 'Whisky!!' Rated 5 out of 5.
16 April 2010mathampsonpubThe Brickhouse - Nice little club to serve as background to a fab evening out with Ollie, Annie and Hennigannery. Then on to Fire!  
15 April 2010mathampsonpubThe Olde Explorer - Happy birthday Jase!  
12 April 2010mathampsoncomedyEd Byrne, Rufus Hound and others at The Monday Club - Top night with no duds. Recommend this night to anyone. Rated 5 out of 5.
11 April 2010mathampsonweekendin Oxford - A nice jaunt on the boat with Nik and C - willing summer into existance.  
10 April 2010mathampsonrestaurantPierre Victoire in Oxford - Tasty meal with Becky, Ian et al. Particularly good branch that one. Rated 4 out of 5.
9 April 2010mathampsonpubMarquis of Westminster - Welcome back drinkies with Charlotte and Bob  
5 April 2010mathampsonfilmThe three burials of Melquiades Estrada - Understated modern western, where everything goes awry for every character Rated 4 out of 5.
5 April 2010mathampsonlong weekendin Littleton 
2 April 2010mathampsonfilmHot Fuzz - Fun. Again. Rated 4 out of 5.
2 April 2010mathampsonfilmBack to the Future - Surprised by how little of this I remember, great hangover movie nonetheless Rated 4 out of 5.
1 April 2010mathampsonpubGrand Union - Delightful evening wishing bye bye to Smithy and planning a filming expedition to the boat  
31 March 2010mathampsonrestaurantGBK - Catching up with the lovely @abi281. Emigration, Africa and awesome authors on the menu  
31 March 2010mathampsongame of footballin Westway - Fun, with a few local Ronaldos making up numbers. Picked up an annoying ankle injury tho  
28 March 2010mathampsonmotorsport raceThe Australian Grand Prix - Now *that's* more like it. Legion position changes and lots of shouting at the telly  
27 March 2010mathampsonrestaurantAbout Thyme in Victoria - Great beef medallions and really good sevice, and on my doorstep too. Nom. Rated 4 out of 5.
27 March 2010mathampsonbookGeneration A by Douglas Coupland - Everything I like about his writing: Full of great ideas, characters and storytelling Rated 5 out of 5.
26 March 2010mathampsonrestaurantMestizo - With Fraser, Jase, Andy & Alex - the oldies and the goldies of BBC NM :-) Rated 3 out of 5.
25 March 2010mathampsonpubThe Goldhawk - Catching up with vision and bantering with Glando. Mmm, peppery coffee...  
24 March 2010mathampsonfilmAntichrist - Dark, visceral, but ultimately excellent effort from Lars von Trier Rated 5 out of 5.
24 March 2010mathampsongame of footballin Westway - On the most part an awful display, with the teams all mixed up by injuries.  
23 March 2010mathampsonfilmAlice in Wonderland at IMAX - Little to do with the books, but a fun visual treat nonetheless Rated 4 out of 5.
23 March 2010mathampsonrestaurantGourmet Burger Kitchen in St Pauls 
22 March 2010mathampsondinner partyat Victoria - Catching up with Rich over a slapped together roast chicken salad  
20 March 2010mathampsondaytripto Oxford - First boating of the year. Drizzly, but nice to catch up with Rich and Sarah  
20 March 2010mathampsonrestaurantCafe Noir in Oxford - Delicious comfort food in generous portions with tasty wine to boot Rated 4 out of 5.
19 March 2010mathampsonpubThe Bull - Catching up with Alex for a bit of old-skool csd-ery.  
18 March 2010mathampsonfilmTaking Lives - Not bad serial killer thriller set in Montreal, though predictable and with fairly flat characters Rated 3 out of 5.
17 March 2010mathampsonpubThe Churchill - Happy St. Pats with Jon, Brian, Chris and no car bombs  
15 March 2010mathampsonbookAll the President's Men by Woodward & Bernstein - Reads like a thriller, totally engrossing, though ends too abruptly Rated 4 out of 5.
15 March 2010mathampsonfilmBad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans - Werner Herzog and Nick Cage. Odd and unsettling in a good way. Rated 3 out of 5.
13 March 2010mathampsonclubHernan Cattaneo in Ministry of Sound - Surprise! I'm not too old for this kind of thing at all!  
12 March 2010mathampsonpubClerkenwell House - Mel's 30th welcomed in 90's style with music and costume to match. Jessica Rabbit getting a massage from The Dude's carpet being a memorable feature.  
10 March 2010mathampsonpubThe Champion in Notting Hill - Good luck on the other side Kimble!  
10 March 2010mathampsongame of footballin Westway 
8 March 2010mathampsonweekendin Brussels - Featuring the Atomium, a brewery tour and just a smidgen of clubbing.  
8 March 2010mathampsonrestaurantChez Leon - Mussels in Brussels. Nom.  
7 March 2010mathampsonpubDelerium in Bourse, Brussels - Back to bar with 2000+ beers and a quality election of 90's rock CDs  
7 March 2010mathampsonattractionAtomium in Brussels - Just as enjoyable for a second visit - and (bonus) I hadn't just had my camera nicked this time.  
6 March 2010mathampsonclubStop Suffering, Start Dancing in Les Halles Saint-Gery, Brussels - Awesome night out with Dave and Tim, frightening the locals with some big-assed boogieing  
6 March 2010mathampsonattractionCantillion Brewery in Brussels - Interesting tour of a very traditional brewery, with a certifiable guide.  
5 March 2010mathampsonpubThe Castle - Nice night of nattering with the usual (and some unusual) suspects  
4 March 2010mathampsonpubThe Portobello Gold - Damn Tequila. Damn Dave. That is all.  
3 March 2010mathampsongame of footballin Westway 
1 March 2010mathampsonfilmTop Secret - Zucker Abrahams Zucker, and starring Val Kilmer. You get the gist, though it was no Airplane. Rated 3 out of 5.
27 February 2010mathampsonpubTwo Rooms in Soho - SJ's birthday and Nik's return, ending with some cultural tourisming in a goth club on Wardour Street.  
26 February 2010mathampsonpubThe Bull - Proper old skool night, with Beeb old timers hanging from every rafter. Ace.  
25 February 2010mathampsonrestaurantCubana in Waterloo - Okay, but I really must find some better haunts round there - any suggestions? Rated 3 out of 5.
25 February 2010mathampsonfilmAvatar at IMAX - Crushed my (admittedly meager) expectations underfoot - well done. Rated 4 out of 5.
25 February 2010mathampsonlectureInformation is Beautiful by David McCandless - Entertaining insight into the process behind his gorgeous output Rated 4 out of 5.
24 February 2010mathampsongame of footballin Westway 
22 February 2010mathampsonlong weekendin Normandy - Another fun, health-stretching trip to Chris' barns.  
18 February 2010mathampsonalbumX Marks Destination by The Whip - A Blease recommendation I think, backed up with solid Spotify 'research' :)  
17 February 2010mathampsongame of footballin Westway - Big pitch, and a 'Butler triple' of goals (4), mostly toe punts :-)  
16 February 2010mathampsonpubThe Champion in Notting Hill 
15 February 2010mathampsonfilmAngel-A - A very French B&W love story, featuring the put-upon grocery boy from Amelie and an angel. No, really. Rated 3 out of 5.
14 February 2010mathampsondinner partyat Tom's place - Rugby and fantastic home made curry with Ben, Kim, Tom and Emily  
13 February 2010mathampsonbookHow to be Good by Nick Hornby - Not only a pretty poor book, but a pretty poor book I've read before and forgotten about. Doh. Rated 1 out of 5.
12 February 2010mathampsonpubPontefract Castle - Happy birthday to Vanessa, after a cheerio to W12 snifter with Jon at the other castle.  
10 February 2010mathampsongame of footballin Westway 
8 February 2010mathampsonflightto Heathrow from Cairo - I'm back, baby!  
7 February 2010mathampsonattractionHatshepsut's temple - Totally different to the other temples, it makes a great spectacle from a distance, although there's not a lot to see when you get close up Rated 3 out of 5.
7 February 2010mathampsonattractionValley of the Kings - One of my favourite visits. A spooky place, with amazingly vivid colours inside the tombs giving it a different feel to any of the temples Rated 5 out of 5.
7 February 2010mathampsonballoon tripover Luxor - A dawn ride over valley of the kings, queens, and Hatshepsut's temple. Breathtaking. Rated 5 out of 5.
6 February 2010mathampsonattractionKarnak - The big daddy of temple complexes, including the amazing pillared Great Hypostyle hall, and several detailed obelisks Rated 4 out of 5.
6 February 2010mathampsonattractionEdfu - Like a supersized Philae, accompanied by some rightly famous beautiful granite statues of Horus Rated 4 out of 5.
5 February 2010mathampsonattractionKom Ombo temple - A typical temple, this time in its original position though, with large expanses of hieroglyphs spared from the ravages of time and Christians Rated 4 out of 5.
5 February 2010mathampsonboat journeyto Miqalla from Aswan - Three days spent on Feluccas, mostly unable to sail properly because of high winds. Relaxing, cold and utterly brilliant. Rated 5 out of 5.
3 February 2010mathampsonattractionSt Simeon's Monastery - A fun camel ride to a remote and dilapidated monastery, enlivened by an insane guide with barely any English and lots of miming Rated 3 out of 5.
2 February 2010mathampsonattractionNag Gharb Siheil - A wonder round a Nubian village, accompanied by dinner in one of the houses.  
2 February 2010mathampsonattractionAbu Simbel - A 2:30am start to cross the desert to two temples for Rameses II and his wife. Again relocated, but superbly done. Rated 4 out of 5.
1 February 2010mathampsonattractionPhilae Temple - Defaced by Christians (a running theme it turned out) but impressive nonetheless. All the more so for having been relocated from a submerged island.  
1 February 2010mathampsonattractionAswan High Dam 
1 February 2010mathampsontrain journeyto Aswan from Cairo - Overnight sleeper train to Aswan, staying up late getting to know the rest of the group  
31 January 2010mathampsonfootball matchEgypt vs. Ghana - Only watched the first half, in a cafe in Cairo - was gutted to have to leave for the train at half time though.  
31 January 2010mathampsonmuseumCairo Museum - Fascinating to see so many things I've read or heard about, from Tut's hoard to the Narmer palette to Akhenaten's unique heretical statues. Rated 5 out of 5.
31 January 2010mathampsonattractionThe Pyramids in Giza - Amazing start to the trip, a wonder of the world on the first morning. Rated 5 out of 5.
30 January 2010mathampsonalbumThe Red Album by Weezer - Pork n Beans on my iPod for Egypt Rated 4 out of 5.
30 January 2010mathampsonflightto Cairo - Going offline for 10 days, see you on the other side.  
27 January 2010mathampsonmuseumthe Science Museum - The monthly 'Lates' evening. Kid free, with bars throughout: A regular fixture from here on Rated 4 out of 5.
27 January 2010mathampsongame of footballin Westway - The extra Christmas helpings still making themselves felt, but a bit of goalhanging garnered my fair share of goals  
26 January 2010mathampsonrestaurantKym's in Victoria - Nice Chinese, with a truly charming and charismatic hostess: Rare enough nowadays to warrant a return. Rated 4 out of 5.
25 January 2010mathampsonbookZima Blue by Alastair Reynolds - I'm not always a short story fan, but his, as here, are always thoughtful and engaging Rated 4 out of 5.
24 January 2010mathampsonfilmJackie Brown - All the baddies dead, all the goodies richer. (And I finally managed to follow the money this time) Rated 4 out of 5.
24 January 2010mathampsonrestaurantPizza Express - Email screenshot of 1/2 price voucher to manager, he prints it, brings it to table and crosses it out. Weird.  
24 January 2010mathampsontv showSpiral - Dark but engrossing - an excellent French police series off BBC4 Rated 4 out of 5.
23 January 2010mathampsonfilmMichael Jackson: This is it - Unexpectedly glad I saw this - interesting and insightful Rated 3 out of 5.
23 January 2010mathampsonfilmLesbian Vampire Killers - *Exactly* as average as we thought it would be. Rated 3 out of 5.
23 January 2010mathampsonbookFlashman by George Macdonald Fraser - Genuinely funny light historical romp. May well pick up more from the series. Rated 4 out of 5.
23 January 2010mathampsondaytripto Oxford - Including dropping in on Tim & family. Now back to the smoke for less wholesome entertainment.  
23 January 2010mathampsonrestaurantRegency Cafe - Restorative full English with Nik & C in the brilliant 60's caff round the corner Rated 5 out of 5.
22 January 2010mathampsonpubThe Mitre - Nicely refurbished, & ready to play host to childish Beeber shenanigans. Points lost for overpriced food tho.  
21 January 2010mathampsonkaraoke nightKaraoke Box in Soho - A reliably good night with great company and a songlist to match.  
20 January 2010mathampsonrestaurantBoisdale in Belgravia - Another great steak at the cosy Scottish jazz bar round the corner. Nom. Rated 4 out of 5.
19 January 2010mathampsonrestaurantHot Stuff in Vauxhall - Awesome Indian Rated 4 out of 5.
17 January 2010mathampsonpubThe Curtain Up in Baron's Court - Valiant pub quiz effort. Distinct cigar shortage at end though.  
17 January 2010mathampsonattractionCabinet War RoomsRated 3 out of 5.
16 January 2010mathampsonfilmAlfie (1966) - Stone cold classic, and so much better than the all surface no feeling 2004 shambles. Rated 4 out of 5.
15 January 2010mathampsonhouse partyat our place - Awesome shindiggery, conducted 'til the early hours. I *heart* my friends  
14 January 2010mathampsonconcertPoor Souls of Pompeii at Water Rats - Si strutting his alpha-sticksman stuff for an excellent set. Super.  
13 January 2010mathampsongame of footballin Westway - And now, three hours later, I can just about feel my fingers again.  
10 January 2010mathampsonrestaurantMango Tree in Victoria - Nice Thai place just round the corner from me, with a Top Table Jan half price offer as an added bonus. Rated 4 out of 5.
10 January 2010mathampsonpubBar Soho - A fun little chav-fest in honour of Yuka's temporary return.  
9 January 2010mathampsonbookThe Blair Years by Alastair Campbell - Spawling, ineloquent but utterly fascinating. I'd recommend them to anyone. Rated 5 out of 5.
8 January 2010mathampsonpubThe Bull in Westfield - Surprisingly decent pub given it's in a soulless shopping centre.  
6 January 2010mathampsonfilmSherlock Holmes - Pretty good. A big barrel of pseudo Victorian silly, sure, but still pretty good. Rated 4 out of 5.
3 January 2010mathampsonbookA small town in Germany by John le Carre - Thoughful thriller set to the complexity of 60's German politics. Rated 3 out of 5.
2 January 2010mathampsonkaraoke nightNiko Niko in Percy Street - Ropey place, with a crap selection of songs, but fun was inevitably had anyway. Turns out the final countdown goes with literally any track :-)  
1 January 2010mathampsonhouse partyat Gav & Alix's in Thame - Bonfires, bad puns and eclectic DJing. 2010 welcomed in the traditional way.  
30 December 2009mathampsonpubThe Enterprise in Holborn - Unexpectedly boozy evening with Dave W and friends. Damn O' Pramens.  
30 December 2009mathampsonalbumTarot Sport by Fuck Buttons - More electronica from Phonica thanks to Bobica  
28 December 2009mathampsonrestaurantThe Cathrine Wheel in Marsham - Nice Christmas catchup with Charlie, James and Sue  
22 December 2009mathampsonpubThe Castle - Last pre-Xmas drinks with the gang FTW.  
20 December 2009mathampsondinner partyat Hannah's place - Christmas comes early again, with all the trimmings and a festive film too. Lovely.  
20 December 2009mathampsonfilmStardust - A pleasant surprise of a fairy tale, that I wouldn't have picked in a million years, but was actually well cast, fun and funny Rated 4 out of 5.
20 December 2009mathampsonhouse partyat Tim B and Julie's - Gluhwein & German electronica. Gawd bless you Blease.  
19 December 2009mathampsondaytripto Oxford 
18 December 2009mathampsonrestaurantBenito's Hat - welcoming George back for Chistmas with drinks and a bite at this ace Mex place nr Goodge st. Rated 4 out of 5.
15 December 2009mathampsonpubThe Rocket - Christmas shenanigans with Frameworks and co.  
14 December 2009mathampsonrestaurantMeestizo - Birthday om noms with C and Bob Rated 4 out of 5.
14 December 2009mathampsonalbumHarvest Festival by Joe Goddard - Thanks Bob!  
12 December 2009mathampsoneventSantaCon 09 - Amateur pacing led to an earlyish end, but still an awesome day out for Sergeant Santa  
11 December 2009mathampsonexhibitionAnish Kapoor at Royal Academy - Finally made it, on the last evening, after literally months of faffing. Rated 4 out of 5.
10 December 2009mathampsonchristmas partywith OMG at Driver - Awesome pissuppery with lots of charming work folk in a decent trendy king's x boozer  
9 December 2009mathampsonbookLife on Air by David Attenborough - Recommended. Enthusiasm, knowledge and modesty making for a compelling read. Rated 5 out of 5.
9 December 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway - A man down, and a panning - but still teh awesome funnery  
7 December 2009mathampsonfilmLe Mans - Ok, maybe not McQueen's finest, but probably the best racing film ever: Classic era and tense cinematography Rated 4 out of 5.
6 December 2009mathampsonbookBattle Royale Vol5 - A 60% off whim from Books etc. Interesting to try out some proper right to left, grand story arc manga. Rated 3 out of 5.
4 December 2009mathampsonpubThe Cross Kings in Kings Cross - Out for Smithy's birthday, joined by the search team on a mission, and with the dodgy midnight texts to prove it.  
4 December 2009mathampsonrestaurantBrowns - So the Christmas shenanigannery begins with CMC veterans and hangers on like me. Bring it on :-)  
1 December 2009mathampsonfilm2001 a Space Oddessy - Cinema night with a rearranged sitting room and a couple of rows of colleagues for company. Rated 5 out of 5.
29 November 2009mathampsonhouse partyat Walton - Chris and Andy's annual shindig with a home built pizza oven to play with.  
27 November 2009mathampsonpubThe Castle - Fun end of the week shenanigans for Emily's birthday  
25 November 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway - A loss, but really good game nonetheless, with everyone playing out of their skins  
23 November 2009mathampsonfilmA Serious Man at Shepherd's Bush - Um. What? The Coens at their most obtuse, yet still totally watchable. Rated 3 out of 5.
22 November 2009mathampsonfilmKamikaze Girls - Livening up a Sunday evening with a stylistically bizarre Japanese comedy Rated 3 out of 5.
22 November 2009mathampsonconcertInfected Mushroom at Matter - Great show and lovely company, in a merely ok superclub  
20 November 2009mathampsonpubAlbertines - Kim's birthday celebrated in style. Erudite conversation and sobriety reign.  
19 November 2009mathampsonfilmThe White Ribbon at Curzon Mayfair - Some brilliant scenes, but no idea what to make of the whole. Yet. Rated 4 out of 5.
18 November 2009mathampsonpubThe Castle - Swift post-footie half on the way home with the usual suspects.  
18 November 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway - Good match, only minorly marred by crushing my finger with the final save  
17 November 2009mathampsonrestaurantBoisdale in Belgravia - Great Scottish steak in a cosy, lively atmosphere. Ace. Rated 5 out of 5.
15 November 2009mathampsonweekendin Littleton - Taking Sally back to see the folks and Pat.  
14 November 2009mathampsondaytripto Wells - Chauffering the folks down to visit Pat, Kath and their lively kids. Nice day, biblical storms notwithstanding.  
11 November 2009mathampsonpubThe Churchill Arms - After discussion with Andy and Brian, it turns out I'm a bad person. Damn. Was holding out for that halo.  
11 November 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway - An honerable draw, and my first ever headed goal. Nice.  
10 November 2009mathampsonpubThe Goldhawk - Team retrospective done. Beer consumed. All is well.  
8 November 2009mathampsondaytripto Oxford - Nippy but beautiful last day's boating before winter. Roll on April...  
7 November 2009mathampsonperformanceFireworks at Battersea Park - Or more precisely from the river bank opposite for a different perspective.  
6 November 2009mathampsonpubPrince Albert in Notting Hill - Hair of the dog only gets you so far it seems. Mmmmm, sleeeeeeep...  
5 November 2009mathampsonpubThe Castle in Holland Park - Claire's birthday and Laura's leaving, celebrated with drinks and origami.  
4 November 2009mathampsonbookLife Sucks - Graphic novel about the mundanity of being a vampire. Better than it probably sounds. Rated 4 out of 5.
4 November 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway - Not bad after an abysmal start, an getting my hat trick with the last kick was a nice touch :-)  
3 November 2009mathampsonpubMarquis of Westminster in Victoria - Dinner with a visiting Timo in one of my favourite Victoria pubs.  
2 November 2009mathampsoncomedyDoc Brown, Mark Watson et al at The Monday Club - Ok, but no real standout acts this time. Rated 3 out of 5.
1 November 2009mathampsonrestaurantSpicy World in Victoria - Out with a visiting Wolfie. Ow. Eyes bigger than stomach as usual :) Rated 4 out of 5.
1 November 2009mathampsonmotorsport racethe Abu Dhabi GP - Awesome Webber/Button last-lap battle, watched with a visiting Woolfie for added entertainment.  
31 October 2009mathampsonfilmMagnum Force - Not as good as Dirty Harry, but not bad nonetheless. Rated 3 out of 5.
31 October 2009mathampsonfilmAlfie (2004) - The too cool for school Jude Law remake. Not utterly awful, which was a surprise. Rated 3 out of 5.
29 October 2009mathampsonpubGarden in Latimer Road - OMG drinks, meeting new folk and then scaring them.  
28 October 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway 
28 October 2009mathampsonlectureJavaScript - Optimising where it hurts by Jake ArchibaldRated 5 out of 5.
27 October 2009mathampsonfilmUp at IMAX - Moving and funny. Can't say the 3D made much difference, but who cares? Rated 4 out of 5.
26 October 2009mathampsonperformanceI'm sorry I haven't a clue at the Old Vic - Just brilliant. Two shows-worth of old skool comedy genius. Rated 5 out of 5.
25 October 2009mathampsonrestaurantKazan in Victoria - Decent mezze surrounded by swanky decor, and right next to the flat to boot. Rated 4 out of 5.
24 October 2009mathampsonrestaurantDa Scalzo in Belgravia - First international rule of food broken: Great place found within 200m of a coach station Rated 4 out of 5.
23 October 2009mathampsontv showQuestion Time - Didn't give Griffin enough rope for my liking, but it was still pretty damaging for him. Good.  
22 October 2009mathampsonpubThe Goldhawk - Totally sober analysis of the events of the day. Ish.  
21 October 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway - Oh dear. That didn't go well. A man down though, so at least we had an excuse.  
20 October 2009mathampsonpubthe Queen's Arms - voucher assisted dining with Charlotte - debating her difficult career choices  
19 October 2009mathampsonfilmDirty Harry - Long time no see, and still good. Always like that Bullit/Driver style unexplored character backstory. Rated 4 out of 5.
18 October 2009mathampsonmotorsport racethe Brazillian GP - 20 heart attacks later - phew / wahoo & congrats Button! Rated 5 out of 5.
18 October 2009mathampsondaytripto Oxford - First bit of boating for ages, and unexpectedly bumped into my bud Tim on the river too.  
17 October 2009mathampsontv showThe Day Today - Finally picked it up on DVD. Death to VHS! Rated 5 out of 5.
16 October 2009mathampsonpubMetropolitan in Westbourne Park - Nice pub. Though with a slightly arse journey home. At least had Gaz for company.  
15 October 2009mathampsonbookLittle Brother by Cory Doctorow - A scarily believable techno-warning about privacy and rights in the near future. Excellent. Rated 5 out of 5.
11 October 2009mathampsontrain journeyto Bristol - Going to meet my nephew for the first time!  
10 October 2009mathampsonfilmCloverfield - Pretty good. Then again, I enjoyed Blair Witch, so what do I know? Rated 4 out of 5.
9 October 2009mathampsonpubThe Castle in Holland Park 
9 October 2009mathampsonlecturePHPUnit best practice by Sebastian Bergmann 
7 October 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway with work folk 
5 October 2009mathampsoncomedyAlan Carr, Frisky & Mannish et al at The Monday Club - Awesome songs from F&M. Hope to see them again. Rated 4 out of 5.
4 October 2009mathampsonpub93 Feet East in Brick Lane - Hennigan 4's 30th. Hammered on a nightbus. Yay. :-)  
2 October 2009mathampsonexhibitionBeyond Scale at Tate Britain - Avant Garde bleeping among the classics, and a couple of free cocktails FTW  
1 October 2009mathampsonbookTintin - Explorers on the Moon by Herge 
30 September 2009mathampsonpubThe Prince of Wales in Holland Park 
30 September 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway with work folk 
27 September 2009mathampsonbookTintin - Destination Moon by Herge - Purchased on a nostalgic whim instead of nephew presents. Oops. Rated 4 out of 5.
27 September 2009mathampsontv showDimitri Martin - Person - "It's funny the way 'finger puppets' sounds ok as a noun..." The man's a genius. Rated 5 out of 5.
26 September 2009mathampsonrestaurantUno in VictoriaRated 3 out of 5.
26 September 2009mathampsonrestaurantVeeraswamy in Regent Street - Tasty old skool indian with my dad, 40 years after he last went there. Rated 4 out of 5.
24 September 2009mathampsonpubThe Stinging Nettle in Goldhawk Road - Goodbye to James - see you in Malta!  
21 September 2009mathampsonlong weekendin Herefordshire - Fantastic family reunion in a lovely country farmhouse Rated 5 out of 5.
17 September 2009mathampsonpubThe Defector's Weld - Catching up with the Bleasdales et al  
16 September 2009mathampsonpubThe Champion in Notting Hill - Catching up with Andy, Brian et al after Japan.  
16 September 2009mathampsonfilmHowl's Moving Castle - Really nice Ghibli classic. Must hunt down more of these. Rated 4 out of 5.
15 September 2009mathampsonbookLord Have Mercy On Us All by Fred Vargas - Inventive detective novel, suffering only slightly from its translation from French. Rated 4 out of 5.
15 September 2009mathampsonmotorsport raceItalian Grand Prix at Monza - Managed to avoid the result 'til now. Take that, internet! Rated 4 out of 5.
14 September 2009mathampsonfilmSunshine Cleaning - Sweet and occasionally poignant indie comedy drama Rated 4 out of 5.
14 September 2009mathampsonflightto London - Back to blighty after a wicked trip. Next, jetlag!  
14 September 2009mathampsonfilmThe Hangover - Annoyingly funny. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 September 2009mathampsonrestaurantMongai Fusuhtsu No Yataiaji Ramen in Ebisu, Tokyo - Delicious last supper. Cheerio Japan :-( Rated 4 out of 5.
13 September 2009mathampsonattractionTokyo City View in Ropppngi Hills, Tokyo - Twilight from the 56th floor, after a brief catchup with Porge. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 September 2009mathampsonbookBritten & Brulightly by Hannah Berry - Really good twisty turny graphic detective novel with a distinctive artistic style. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 September 2009mathampsonbookPlayer of Games by Iain M Banks - For the third time. To my mind his best after Excession. Rated 5 out of 5.
12 September 2009mathampsonrestauranta yakiniku place in Shinjuku, Tokyo - Barbecued guts. Yummy. No, really. Rated 3 out of 5.
12 September 2009mathampsonrestaurantDeote No Iseya in Minowa, Tokyo - "#1 tempura in Japan" says aging local on next table. I don't disagree. Rated 5 out of 5.
11 September 2009mathampsonshopping tripfor Manga and vinyl figurines in Nakano Broadway, Tokyo 
3 September 2009mathampsonpubHobgoblin in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo - Fully throwing myself into Japanese culcha. Innit. Rated 4 out of 5.
3 September 2009mathampsonattractionMetropolitan Government Offices in Tokyo - 45 floors up for free. Ace. Rated 4 out of 5.
3 September 2009mathampsonattractionYasukuni Shrine in Tokyo - First shrine of the trip; The one for Japan's WW2 soldiers.  
3 September 2009mathampsonattractionImperial Palace Gardens in Tokyo - Very pretty, peaceful and Japanese. Rated 4 out of 5.
2 September 2009mathampsonlong weekendin Hong Kong 
1 September 2009mathampsonattractionOcean Park in Hong KongRated 3 out of 5.
1 September 2009mathampsonattractionThe Peak in Hong Kong 
29 August 2009mathampsonfilmStar Trek - Not bad. I'm a sucker for the "how it all started" of a series. Rated 3 out of 5.
28 August 2009mathampsonrestaurantSakara in Victoria - Tasty Sri Lankan fare with C and Rob Rated 4 out of 5.
27 August 2009mathampsonfilmDomino - Shit film. Kinda enjoyed it. Rated 2 out of 5.
26 August 2009mathampsonrestaurantBengal Village in Brick Lane - Out with my bro. Thali FTW. Rated 4 out of 5.
25 August 2009mathampsonlong weekendin Edinburgh - The annual festival jaunt. A few shows and a bunch of late nights with Tim, Katie & Dave  
25 August 2009mathampsonrestaurantBella Pasta in Edinburgh - Pepperoni, roasted pepper & red onion FTW. Rated 3 out of 5.
24 August 2009mathampsoncomedyPeter Duncan - Not what were expecting, turned out to be a bit of a luvvy, with an overemphasis on his own show tunes. Rated 2 out of 5.
24 August 2009mathampsoncomedySanderson Jones at Another heartbreaking but ultimately life... - ...affirming show about death. Slightly stilted but honest delivery, with good material. Rated 4 out of 5.
24 August 2009mathampsoncomedySpank at The Underbelly - Loud, shouty and clearly aimed at kids. Ace. Rated 3 out of 5.
23 August 2009mathampsonrestaurantThe Sizzling Scot in EdinburghRated 4 out of 5.
23 August 2009mathampsonpubThe Scottish Malt Whisky Society in Leith 
22 August 2009mathampsoncomedyPeter Johansson at The Fringe 
22 August 2009mathampsontrain journeyto Edinburgh - After 1 hours sleep. Fool.  
22 August 2009mathampsonclubHernan Cattaneo in Ministry - Awesome all nighter with Dave and a briefly UKified George Rated 4 out of 5.
20 August 2009mathampsonpubThe Prince of Wales - Nice little catch up with Mel, Brian & co  
18 August 2009mathampsonbookMillennium People by JG Ballard - Beguiling and almost believable account of the London middle classes starting a class war for the noughties. Rated 4 out of 5.
18 August 2009mathampsonlong weekendin Normandy with Chris & Jo - Action-packed with cycling, kayaking and, erm, mini-golf  
17 August 2009mathampsonbike ridein Normandy - And 75km back again...  
16 August 2009mathampsonkayaking tripon l'Orne in Normandy - With most folk coupled up, it fell to me and Tom to behave like children and start the splash-fest  
15 August 2009mathampsongame of golfat Normandy - Well, crazy golf actually, in the blazing French sunshine.  
15 August 2009mathampsonbike ridein Normandy - 75km through Suisse Normandy (with fat panniers) to Chris and Jo's place  
13 August 2009mathampsonfilmCalifornia Dreamin' - Good, though slightly disjointed, tragicomic Romanian effort. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 August 2009mathampsontv showSpaced, series 2 - Again! Rated 5 out of 5.
11 August 2009mathampsonpubThe Goldhawk - Sprint reviewing in an all new, beer-based sylee  
9 August 2009mathampsonpubthe After Skool Club - Yay for not being 12. We all roxxor. :-)  
7 August 2009mathampsonpubThe Castle - Out for one or two enormous Pimms. Tsch. Gaz!  
6 August 2009mathampsonfilmPush - Like a grittier X-men, without being all that gritty Rated 3 out of 5.
6 August 2009mathampsonalbumCrystal Castles - Another Spotify tested purchase, with 7Digital proving a decent sales partner for them, at £6 for 18 tracks. Rated 5 out of 5.
6 August 2009mathampsontv showSpaced, series 1 - Yet again. It will literally never get old. Rated 5 out of 5.
4 August 2009mathampsondaytripto Oxford - Ambitious trip to make after work - especially since I'm just leaving Oxford at 11...  
3 August 2009mathampsonfilmGonzo - the Life and Times of Hunter S ThompsonRated 4 out of 5.
2 August 2009mathampsonfilmMan on Wire - Surprisingly engrossing and moving, and how the hell did they get away with it? Rated 4 out of 5.
2 August 2009mathampsonbookWho Moved My Cheese by Dr Spencer Johnson - Inspirational. I think I'm a Haw, but would love to be a Scurry. :-) Rated 5 out of 5.
2 August 2009mathampsonmuseumThe National Gallery - Looking for an exhibition that opens in June 2010. Oops.  
2 August 2009mathampsonbookThe Annotated Alice by Lewis Carroll - Nonsensical compendium, with annotation recommended by Tom C. Rated 3 out of 5.
2 August 2009mathampsonbookMatter by Iain M Banks - Annoyingly paced, with a glacial build up and picosecond knock down, but still a great Culture novel. Rated 4 out of 5.
1 August 2009mathampsontv showThe Wire series 2 on BBC 2 - Note to self - don't take 3 weeks to watch the last two episodes of a series if you don't want to seriously screw with the dramatic pacing. Rated 4 out of 5.
1 August 2009mathampsonrestaurantCaramel - Hangover cure, with Charlotte and Bob  
31 July 2009mathampsonpubWindsor Castle - First time out with my lovely work friends in a while. Piss-taking in epic measure.  
29 July 2009mathampsonfilmNoi albinoi - As recommended by Brian's avatar. Engrossing Icelandic film, like 'let the right one in' minus the vampires. Rated 4 out of 5.
29 July 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway 
27 July 2009mathampsonpubSlug and Lettuce in Clapham - A last night out before Mike escapes back to China.  
26 July 2009mathampsonbarbequein Nr. Lambourne - Post wedding lamb spitroast.  
25 July 2009mathampsonweddingfor Rich and Sarah in Lambourne - Lovely wedding and awesome reception for a lovely and awesome couple..  
24 July 2009mathampsonpubThe Nordic Bar - Nice. Massive scary pics of the seventh seal actor not withstanding.  
24 July 2009mathampsonrestaurantPreto in Victoria - All you can meat. What's not to like? Rated 4 out of 5.
23 July 2009mathampsonconcertGraham Coxon at Roundhouse - Free tix thanks to the charming Emily something or other we met outside :-) Rated 3 out of 5.
22 July 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway - Two hours. Second with pros. My legs *hurt*.  
21 July 2009mathampsonrestaurantGastronomica in Victoria - Nice antipasta and cheeses in a newish local deli Rated 3 out of 5.
17 July 2009mathampsondriveto Bristol from Oxford - Back to see the folks and chill for the weekend  
16 July 2009mathampsondriveto Oxford from London - Night on the boat before a Friday full of flat chores  
16 July 2009mathampsonalbumYou Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into by Does it Offend You, Yeah?Rated 4 out of 5.
15 July 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway with BBC folk - Big pitch, 5 a side - and I wonder why my legs ache?  
13 July 2009mathampsoncomedyReginald D Hunter and Phil Nichol at The Monday Club - Both practicing for Edinburgh. Likeable deep south routines and brilliant, edgy poetry respectively. Rated 4 out of 5.
11 July 2009mathampsontv showThe Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy - The original TV series, lent by Stickles. Dated, but with genius at its core. Rated 4 out of 5.
11 July 2009mathampsonexhibitionWalking in My Mind at The Hayward - Stop the presses! Apparently artists are all slightly insane. Rated 3 out of 5.
9 July 2009mathampsonpubThe Prince of Wales - OMG funnery. Sleepy now.  
8 July 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway - Big pitch, big stitch: Curry != exercise food :-)  
6 July 2009mathampsonfilmBig Nothing - Forgettable Shallow Grave-alike. So forgettable in fact I had actually forgotten I'd seen it before. Rated 2 out of 5.
5 July 2009mathampsonfestivalGoodwood Festival of Speed - Have no idea why I've not been before. So much cool stuff to see: Love it. Rated 5 out of 5.
4 July 2009mathampsonfestivalHersham Ale Festival - Out with Chris and Jo, ending with croquet-pool at 3 in the morning  
3 July 2009mathampsonfilmThe Royal Tanenbaums - Second watch. Really interesting characters and no plot. Enjoyed it. Rated 4 out of 5.
2 July 2009mathampsonconcertBlur at Hyde Park - Awesome, of course. Rated 5 out of 5.
1 July 2009mathampsonfilmFrost/Nixon - Gripping, even though it was a subject I know lamentably little about Rated 4 out of 5.
1 July 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway - Big pitch. One cracker, several equally awesome misses :-)  
28 June 2009mathampsondaytripto Lincolnshire - Big, sunny family party for Barry's 60th. Scorchio!  
27 June 2009mathampsonpubthe Pheonix in Victoria - Birthday shenanigans draw to a peaceful conclusion. Woo.  
24 June 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway - A million shots. One goal. Plus ca change.  
23 June 2009mathampsonpubthe Maple Leaf in Covent Garden - Out with the Hennigannery for Lions rugby and a swift half  
21 June 2009mathampsondaytripto Gav & Alix's place in Thame - Sun + BBQ. Yay for summer  
20 June 2009mathampsonhouse partyat Sandra's boat in Kensal Rise - Bonfire and sound system in central London FTW  
20 June 2009mathampsonbirthday partyfor Julie at Sun & Doves - Meeting Jane & Mike's Ivy, and devouring the EU sugar mountain  
19 June 2009mathampsonfilmYes Man - Amusing Liar Liar type vehicle for Jim Carrey. Not as bad as you might expect. Rated 3 out of 5.
18 June 2009mathampsonrestaurantSpacca Napoli - Still a hilarious name, and happy birthday to Bob... :-)  
17 June 2009mathampsonfilmWaltz with Bashir - Harrowing yet fascinating - and beautifully animated too Rated 5 out of 5.
15 June 2009mathampsonpubthe Queens Arms - Welcoming Charlotte back to the smoke for a bit  
15 June 2009mathampsonlong weekendin North Wales - Richard's stag: Canyoneering, fishing boats, mountains, barbeques and bonfires. Tired now. Rated 5 out of 5.
13 June 2009mathampsonbarbequein Madryn - Spit roasting half a lamb on Richard's clockwork contraption  
13 June 2009mathampsonclimbin North Wales - Coasteering in the freezing Irish Sea. Awesome fun, especially the last, terrifying jump, which was ~10m... Rated 5 out of 5.
12 June 2009mathampsoncyclecovering 67km in 2hrs 30 - Bangor to Madryn, partially in pitch black. Arrived to applause from the other stags.  
10 June 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway 
8 June 2009mathampsonconcertDesigner Babies at Water Rats - Pekka and friends truly rawking away any vestige of my hangover Rated 4 out of 5.
7 June 2009mathampsonhouse partyat Tom's flat - Happy birthday Yuggers: Now what happened to all that vodka?  
7 June 2009mathampsonfilmSuperbad - Supersilly Rated 4 out of 5.
7 June 2009mathampsonmotorsport racethe Turkish F1GP - Watching Button win again, with one eye open, groaning occasionally, from the comfort of Tom Y's sofa  
6 June 2009mathampsonkaraoke nightKaraoke Box in Smithfield - Messy, but awesome. Those damn Hennigans!  
6 June 2009mathampsoncycle raceSmithfield Nocturne 
6 June 2009mathampsonfootball matchKazakhstan vs. England - 0-4. Not wholly deserved: Why do we always play badly against weak opposition?  
5 June 2009mathampsonpubCastle in Holland Park - Worky chatting with Yugly, Tinitin, Scrappy and thesmith  
4 June 2009Timsatanic ritualhosted by Mat Hampson in Temple of Evil - looking forward to another great ritual  
3 June 2009mathampsontv showIntroducing the British on BBC 4 - Hilarious and fascinating set of promotional govt. films from the 40's to the 80's. Rated 4 out of 5.
31 May 2009mathampsonalbumDying to Say This to You by The Sounds - First purchase from a Spotify recommendation. See, music industry? See? Rated 4 out of 5.
31 May 2009mathampsonpicnicin Ealing with Tom, Andy, Rich, Ben & Kim 
31 May 2009mathampsonbookAdvertising is Dead, Long Live Adverting! - Great coffee table tombe, bought on an Amazonian whim. Rated 4 out of 5.
30 May 2009mathampsonhouse partyat Dave's flat - Barbeque and Rock Band FTW  
29 May 2009mathampsonconcertthe Manics at Roundhouse - Best album and gig in yonkeroonies. Just brilliant. Rated 5 out of 5.
28 May 2009mathampsonpubThe Garden in Latiner Rd - Boozing with colleagues? OMG!  
27 May 2009mathampsonfilmLethal Weapon 3 - Seriously. Why the hell did I watch this again? I need help. Rated 2 out of 5.
27 May 2009mathampsonfootball matchMan U vs. Barcelona - Well, more precisely caught up with Rich while Utd got mullered in the background  
27 May 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway - Big pitch, but still managed an average performance. Woo. :)  
27 May 2009mathampsonfilmTerminator 2: Judgement Day - Director's cut on Blu-Ray. Fancy. Rated 4 out of 5.
25 May 2009mathampsonflightto Prague from London 
25 May 2009mathampsonattractionTV Tower in PragueRated 5 out of 5.
24 May 2009mathampsondaytripto Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic - Visiting the incredible ossiary and its 40,000 bones Rated 5 out of 5.
23 May 2009mathampsonattractionPetrin Tower in Prague - Included a quick detour to the mirror maze, a mere 14 years after my first visit Rated 5 out of 5.
22 May 2009mathampsonflightto London 
20 May 2009mathampsontv showShooting Stars - First ticket ballot for a live recording I've won, and I'm happy to report... They're back baby! Rated 5 out of 5.
20 May 2009mathampsontv showGenius on BBC 2 - As good on telly as radio. Dave Gorman's pretty good if you ask me. Rated 4 out of 5.
19 May 2009mathampsonfilmBody of Evidence - Nice to watch a Blu Ray for the first time, but still an average boy spy flick. Rated 3 out of 5.
19 May 2009mathampsonalbumStalking for Dummies by Gemma Garmeson - Fantastic, of course. I'll miss the gigs when she escapes to Spain :-( Rated 5 out of 5.
17 May 2009mathampsonfilmThe Da Vinci Code - Formulaic pap. Of course. Oh well. Rated 2 out of 5.
15 May 2009mathampsonpubThe Prince of Wales in Holborn - Post shooty bevvies, with some backwards Trivial Persuit thrown in  
14 May 2009mathampsonfilmPersepolis - A convincing insight into Iranian life in the 80's and 90's. Really nicely done. Rated 4 out of 5.
13 May 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway 
12 May 2009mathampsondinner partyat our place - Ending the evening with a couple of fiercely contested rounds of Buzz on PS2. Old skool.  
11 May 2009mathampsoncomedyDave Gorman, Doc Brown, Tim Meo & Robin Ince at The Monday Club - Marginly below par, but par's very high at this club, so enjoyable anyway Rated 3 out of 5.
10 May 2009mathampsontv showCharlie Brooker's Newswipe on BBC 4 - The man's a genius. End of. Rated 5 out of 5.
10 May 2009mathampsonpubOxo Tower - A quiet sunday evening drinky with Kirin  
10 May 2009mathampsonmotorsport raceSpanish Grand Prix - Enjoyably topsy turvy season continues. Gopher it Button.  
9 May 2009mathampsonpubWindows in Hyde Park Hilton - Bit of a cheesy attempt at being classy, but an undeniably amazing view. Rated 4 out of 5.
9 May 2009mathampsonattractionHighgate Cemetary West - Enchanting and facinating. Entry and a guided tour only £5 too. Rated 5 out of 5.
9 May 2009mathampsonalbumOur Earthly Pleasures by Maximo Park - Bed+ hangover + iTunes on phone = random music buying  
8 May 2009mathampsonpubThe Castle in Holland Park - Hitting the bottle with colleagues and Charlotte  
7 May 2009mathampsontv showThe Wire, series 1 on BBC 2 - Okay, okay: Everyone was right. Am now officially hooked. Rated 5 out of 5.
6 May 2009mathampsonrestaurantThai Square in Aldwych - Word to the wise: Silver set menu = Enough food for a pile of hungry hippos Rated 4 out of 5.
6 May 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway 
4 May 2009mathampsonrestaurantMasala Zone in Covent Garden - Using a 10 offer of Charlotte's. Still rubbish poppadums though. :-) Rated 3 out of 5.
4 May 2009mathampsonfilmLet the Right One In at Curzon Soho - Haunting, convincing and tragic. Fantastic. Rated 5 out of 5.
4 May 2009mathampsonweekendin Oxford with Charlotte 
3 May 2009mathampsonrestaurantAl Shami in Oxford - Out on the town with Charlotte after an afternoon's boat DIY  
3 May 2009mathampsonpubMal Maison in Oxford - Cocktails the hotel inside the former prison. Amazing place, well worth a visit. Rated 5 out of 5.
2 May 2009mathampsonhouse partyat Sandra's boat in Little Venice - Brilliant boat-based boozing beside BBC buddies  
1 May 2009mathampsonpicnicin White City - Drinks and frisbee on the lawn for the first time this year.  
27 April 2009mathampsontv showBeing Human on BBC 3 - Affecting, engaging and occasionally amusing too. Eagerly awaiting more. Rated 4 out of 5.
27 April 2009briskialbumMade in Italy by Tania Vulcano - Set from WMC in Miami - Excellent minimal tunage! Rated 5 out of 5.
27 April 2009mathampsontv showStewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle on BBC 2 - Not everyone's cup of tea, but as a fan... fantastic. Rated 5 out of 5.
26 April 2009mathampsonfilmEnigma - That rarest of things: A film as good as the book. Both average. Rated 3 out of 5.
25 April 2009mathampsonpubWalkers Wine and Ale Bar in Trafalgar Square - Find of the evening while on a crawl with Dave W - Hidden downstairs bar was quiet, with nice staff and lots of comfy leather seats - good Saturday night venue Rated 5 out of 5.
25 April 2009mathampsonrestaurantColosseo in Victoria - Ok pizzas, but not as good as could have been sourced from the pizza express next door Rated 2 out of 5.
24 April 2009mathampsonrestaurantBibendum - Om nom nom Rated 4 out of 5.
23 April 2009mathampsonfilmIn the Loop - World-class swearing in the funniest yet most depressing film I've seen in a long time. Iannucci == genius. Rated 5 out of 5.
22 April 2009mathampsonpubThe Stinging Nettle - Pub quiz. Respectable 4th out of ~10. Definitely 1929 for the oscars though ;-)  
22 April 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway with Colleagues - Back to the smaller pitch, back to 3 goals a game. Phew.  
21 April 2009mathampsonfilmBetter off Dead - 80's John Cusak teen movie. Like a surreal Ferris Bueller. Not an abject failure therefore. Rated 3 out of 5.
19 April 2009mathampsonweekendin Oxford with Kirin, Rich, Sarah, Kathy and Rollo - Kicking off the boating season  
17 April 2009mathampsonpubThe Ladbroke in Holland Park - Introducing Hennigans to my work friends and learning the meaning of 'bobfoc'.  
15 April 2009mathampsonpubVesbar in Shepherd's Bush - post-ace-spaces launch celebrations  
15 April 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway - Big pitch exposes massive incompetence for second week in row...  
14 April 2009mathampsontv showRed Dwarf, Back to Earth on Dave - pretty cool meta-plot, but remarkably poor acting and timing - just like it ever was I guess :-) Rated 4 out of 5.
13 April 2009mathampsonlong weekendin North Wales with family - No TV, net or mobile. Replaced with unspoilt coast and glorious weather. Fair enough. Rated 5 out of 5.
10 April 2009mathampsontrain journeyto Bangor from London - 4 hours late on a three hour journey. Thanks for that. Rated 1 out of 5.
7 April 2009mathampsonbookNemesis the Warlock, book one by Pat Mills et al - Not my typical graphic novel, but kept my attention nonetheless Rated 3 out of 5.
4 April 2009mathampsonfilmAn Inconvenient Truth - Terrifying. Everything's buggered. Am feeling guilty about breathing now. Rated 4 out of 5.
4 April 2009mathampsonfilmThe Day After Tomorrow - Convincing fx, undermined by weak absent-father-rescues-son sub-plot alongside complete lack of real science Rated 2 out of 5.
4 April 2009mathampsondaytripto Oxford - Again!  
3 April 2009mathampsonkaraoke nightKaraoke Box in Farringdon - Quiet night. Except for the Hennigurning, broken sofa, arse grabbing and a spot of Lithium...  
3 April 2009mathampsonpubThe Churchill Arms in Notting Hill - Thoroughly enjoyed freaking Jon out with the iPhone anonymous testing hack  
2 April 2009mathampsonpubVesbar in Shepherd's Bush - Short, sensible chat with our Vision colleagues. Followed by long, rediculous one.  
31 March 2009mathampsongameResistance 2 on PS3 - First PS3 game completed. Totally awed by gfx, but decent FPS too. Rated 4 out of 5.
30 March 2009mathampsonfilmI'm a cyborg but it's ok - Endearing and slightly nuts Korean film about, well, being nuts Rated 3 out of 5.
30 March 2009mathampsonrestaurantGourmet Burger Kitchen in Covent Garden - Lolz with Abi for the first time in way too long  
30 March 2009AbiSawyerrestaurantGBK in Cov Garden - GBK always great - even better with Mat. Rated 5 out of 5.
29 March 2009mathampsonrestaurantMuang Thai in PimlicoRated 3 out of 5.
29 March 2009mathampsonmotorsport racethe Australian Grand Prix - Ace race, ace result for Button and Brawn - and back on the BBC too. Awesome. Rated 5 out of 5.
28 March 2009mathampsondaytripto Oxford 
27 March 2009mathampsonpubThe Stinging Nettle in Goldhawk Road - Yay for Fridays!  
25 March 2009mathampsonfilmSaw II - Terrible dialog, but that's not really the point I guess. Wonder how I'll sleep tonight... Rated 3 out of 5.
25 March 2009mathampsonrestaurantUno in Victoria - Yay - the swanky Italian opposite's started doing pizzas again  
25 March 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway with BBC folk 
24 March 2009mathampsonfilmOffice Space - Yet again. Never gets old. Rated 5 out of 5.
22 March 2009mathampsondaytripto Wells - Helping paint Patrick's house with the Sidebums  
21 March 2009mathampsondaytripto Oxford - Househunting with Richard and Sarah  
20 March 2009mathampsonpubAlbertine in Shepherd's Bush - Swift bottle in honour of Mel's birthday - in a really nice wine bar: Will head back for more cheese soon...  
16 March 2009mathampsontv showSurvivors, series 1 on BBC 1 - Convincing "end of humanity by plague" series. Let down by utterly pathetic lack of ending. Rated 4 out of 5.
16 March 2009mathampsonhouse partyat Tom Y's place - Poker night. Pretty good one: Managed to fluke a win despite never having played before :-)  
15 March 2009mathampsonfilmWatchmen at IMAX - Unique, engaging and convincing. Best comic conversion I've seen by some distance. Rated 5 out of 5.
15 March 2009mathampsonweekendin Oxford with Uni friends - Pub crawl for for Gav's birthday. Nice to see them all - and Geoff too!  
13 March 2009mathampsonkaraoke nightKaraoke Box in Faringdon - Another narrow avoidance of arrest as waitress arrives in the middle of 'Michael'  
11 March 2009mathampsoncomedyThe Comedy Store Players at The Comedy Store - First time I've ever been - excellent. Like classic "whose line..." right down to Josie Long in the cast Rated 5 out of 5.
11 March 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway with Beeb folk 
10 March 2009mathampsonfilmMy Super Ex-Girlfriend - So dire I'd forgotten I'd seen it before. Lucky I was ill. Rated 1 out of 5.
8 March 2009mathampsonweekendin Bristol with family 
5 March 2009mathampsonfilmTropic Thunder - Decent recommendation from my hairdresser Rated 4 out of 5.
4 March 2009mathampsonpubTwo Floors in Soho - Cheerio drinks for Nik before he escapes to Japan  
4 March 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway 
3 March 2009mathampsonhouse partyat my place - Wii games night with Jon, Brian & Abi  
28 February 2009mathampsonalbumDoggystyle by Snoop Dogg - Never say I ain't at da cuttin' edge  
27 February 2009mathampsontv showHustle series 4 on BBC1 - The TV equivalent of a holiday novel. Rediculous, brilliant pap. Rated 4 out of 5.
26 February 2009mathampsonrestaurantNational Portrait Gallery restaurant - Amazing black pudding, and clumsy cabaret from the waiters too. Rated 4 out of 5.
24 February 2009mathampsonconcertGemma Garmeson at Cafe 1001 - Great as ever - and now there's an album! Rated 5 out of 5.
23 February 2009mathampsonrestaurantTas in Waterloo - Nice Mediterranean food, not too pricey either. Rated 4 out of 5.
23 February 2009mathampsonalbumSimple Things by Zero 7 
22 February 2009mathampsonfilmIron Man - Proof IMDB voters are geeks - not bad, but no way 8/10 Rated 3 out of 5.
21 February 2009mathampsonrestaurantGourmet Burger Kitchen - With Nik, Dave and Steve - catching up on western food after Thailand  
21 February 2009mathampsonbike ridein Battersea Park 
21 February 2009mathampsonfilmUnderworld - Using action sequences set to metal to stave off jetlag Rated 2 out of 5.
19 February 2009mathampsonfilmRocknRolla - Poor. Collection of average set pieces in Guy Richie's now predictable style. If I wasn't on a plane I'd probably have walked out. Rated 2 out of 5.
19 February 2009mathampsonfilmWall-E - Nice. Not much in it for adults though. Rated 3 out of 5.
19 February 2009mathampsonflightto London from Bangkok 
19 February 2009mathampsonbookThe War of the Worlds by H G Wells - Much better than the recent film :) Rated 4 out of 5.
18 February 2009mathampsonflightto Bangkok from Krabi 
18 February 2009mathampsonboat journeyto Phi Phi from Krabi 
12 February 2009mathampsonbookTinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre - Really good one: A detailed insight into cold war intelligence via an internal mole hunt in the British service Rated 4 out of 5.
9 February 2009mathampsonboat journeyto Phuket from Phi Phi 
8 February 2009mathampsonflightto Phuket from Bangkok 
6 February 2009mathampsonfilmMonsters Inc. - Still fun. Especially when trapped on a plane. Rated 3 out of 5.
6 February 2009mathampsonfilmBangkok Dangerous - Average. Nick Cage being himself in a hackneyed plot about an assasin's last job. Rated 2 out of 5.
6 February 2009mathampsonflightto Bangkok 
6 February 2009mathampsonfilmGhost Town - Not as funny as the trailer, but not bad nonetheless Rated 3 out of 5.
4 February 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westfield with BBC folk 
2 February 2009mathampsontv showOutnumbered series 2 - Ace. Must be compulsory viewing for parents. Rated 5 out of 5.
1 February 2009mathampsonmuseumTate Modern - Then a wonder along South Bank in the snow. Brilliant.  
1 February 2009mathampsontv showScreenwipe series 3 - Consistently high quality and funny. Not a witty review, but totally true. (more info)Rated 5 out of 5.
31 January 2009mathampsontv showDexter series 1 - Pretty cool, with a great anti-hero. Slightly let down by the cliched twisty-turny ending Rated 4 out of 5.
31 January 2009mathampsonfilmWanted - Unbelievable pap. Which I quite enjoyed. (more info)Rated 4 out of 5.
30 January 2009mathampsonpubThe Castle in Holland Park - Being educated about Mayans and film emotion as melody  
29 January 2009mathampsonfilmSlumdog Millionaire at Vue Shepherd's Bush - Really nice film - great lyrics, ok melody ;-) Rated 4 out of 5.
28 January 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway with BBC folk - Hat-trick in the first five minutes. Pretty average outing ;-)  
24 January 2009mathampsonfilmPriceless - Like a French 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'. Fun. Rated 3 out of 5.
24 January 2009mathampsonalbumRadio 1 Live Lounge 3 by various artistsRated 2 out of 5.
23 January 2009mathampsonshopping tripfor an iPhone - Replacement for dozy loss. A white one this time. Rated 5 out of 5.
22 January 2009mathampsondinner partyat my place in Victoria - Cooking for 9?! - luckily Brian's torte served as adequate distraction to my cheffery...  
21 January 2009mathampsonpubCharterhouse in Smithfield - Catching up with my bud Rich for the first time in waaaaaay too long  
21 January 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway with BBC folk 
20 January 2009mathampsonpubThe Fire Station in Waterloo - Out with Kirin, making friends with footballers  
19 January 2009mathampsonfilmThe 40 Year Old Virgin - Snigger. Rated 3 out of 5.
18 January 2009mathampsonfilmHostel - Like "Kill it, Cook it, Eat it", but with humans. Rated 3 out of 5.
18 January 2009mathampsonalbumEmpire by Kasabian - Vulture shopping in Zavvi  
18 January 2009mathampsonalbumHullabaloo by Muse 
17 January 2009mathampsonkaraoke nightKaraoke Box in Farringdon - Dave and Al's birthday - bundle!!  
16 January 2009mathampsonpubDefector's Weld in Shepherd's Bush - Saying cheerio to my most excellent colleague Dan.  
15 January 2009mathampsonpubDefector's Weld - Merry new year with Jon & the wife  
14 January 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway with BBC folk - New boots != Kaka-esque. Still, way better than my old trainers  
13 January 2009mathampsonfilmEquilibrium - Nice Matrix style action sequences. Not a lot else. Rated 2 out of 5.
12 January 2009mathampsoncomedyDave Gorman, Terry Alderton, Robert White at The Monday Club - Alderton's multiple personality and White's autism-fueled obscenity were both awesome Rated 5 out of 5.
11 January 2009mathampsonfilmHancock - Average. Would have been improved had the slightest effort been made towards character development. Rated 3 out of 5.
10 January 2009mathampsonclubSilver in Underworld - Oldest people in the place by 10 years. Not ideal, but a laugh anyway  
10 January 2009mathampsonrestaurantHache in Camden - Nice place, burgers ruined by stodgy untoasted rolls though. Rated 2 out of 5.
10 January 2009mathampsonbookModern Toss - Everybody loves a bit of Mr Tourette and Home Clubber Rated 4 out of 5.
9 January 2009mathampsonpubThe Churchill Arms in Notting Hill - With Jon, Andy and Brian.  
8 January 2009mathampsonpubThe Defector's Weld in Shepherds Bush - A swift half with Identity, Frameworks and Glow folk to kick off the new year.  
7 January 2009mathampsonfilmSaw - Scary and gruesome. Smashing. Rated 4 out of 5.
7 January 2009mathampsongame of footballin Westway with BBC peeps 
6 January 2009mathampsonfilmCool Hand LukeRated 4 out of 5.
5 January 2009mathampsontv showJonathan Creek new year special on BBC 1 - Always love these. Fingers crossed they decide to do more. Rated 5 out of 5.
3 January 2009mathampsonrestaurantGaucho in Chancery Lane - Mmmmm. Argentinian steak. Rated 5 out of 5.
3 January 2009mathampsonshopping tripfor a new bike - Trek 1.2 2008. It's *soooo* light. Oh, and ladies: I got a load of lycra thrown in too... Erk. Rated 5 out of 5.
3 January 2009mathampsonfilmDaredevil - Bit rubbish, but ok hangover fodder Rated 2 out of 5.
2 January 2009mathampsonpubElbow Room in Angel - Some new year catchup beers and pool with Nik, and 3 Hennigans. Smashing.  
2 January 2009mathampsonalbumFeed the Animals by Girl Talk - Top quality indie-pop mashups + a Radiohead style 'name your own price'. (more info)Rated 4 out of 5.
1 January 2009mathampsonbookDiaries: In Power by Alan Clark - Gives great insight into both his massive personality and the inner machinations of parliament. Rated 5 out of 5.
1 January 2009mathampsonfilm39 Steps - Despite the strangely stilted voice-overing, an enjoyable remake. All the more so since I seem to have forgotten every single detail of the book. (more info) 
1 January 2009mathampsonfilmAirplane - Happy new year indeed Rated 4 out of 5.
1 January 2009mathampsonhouse partyat my place in Victoria - New year with Gary, Gav and Alix  
31 December 2008mathampsonrestaurantSpicy World in Victoria - My favourite local curry house: Excellent all included Balti dishes Rated 4 out of 5.
30 December 2008mathampsontv showseries 4 of Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe on BBC4 - The best programme on TV. End of. (more info)Rated 5 out of 5.
30 December 2008mathampsonfilmHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Entertaining vehicle for (seemingly) every British actor alive Rated 3 out of 5.
30 December 2008mathampsonshopping tripfor shoes and a jumper in Victoria street 
29 December 2008mathampsonfilmSuperman Returns - Deeply average Rated 2 out of 5.
29 December 2008mathampsondriveto London from Bristol - With Brian for company again  
28 December 2008mathampsontv showTop Gear series 12 on BBC2 - Ending with a hysterical episode crossing Vietnam, watched with most of the family (more info)Rated 4 out of 5.
27 December 2008mathampsonfilmIt's a mad mad mad mad world - Quality 60's caper comedy recommendation from Lee (more info)Rated 3 out of 5.
25 December 2008mathampsonwalkin Littleton on Severn with Pa and Jasper - One of four long Christmas strolls in glorious winter sunshine  
23 December 2008mathampsondriveto Bristol from London - Drivin' home for Christmas as an awful man once sang  
22 December 2008mathampsonfilmTo Die For - A bit dated, but interesting time shifting writing and direction save it. Just. (more info)Rated 3 out of 5.
21 December 2008mathampsonrestaurantSpacca Napoli in Soho - Decent restaurant with an astonishing name. A recommendation from Bob & C Rated 3 out of 5.
20 December 2008mathampsonfilmPlanet Terror - Nuts, but funny. Reminded me of Bad Taste Rated 4 out of 5.
20 December 2008mathampsonrestaurantDim T in Victoria - Woolfie back visiting for Christmas  
19 December 2008mathampsonleaving partyfor Julie at The Castle 
18 December 2008mathampsonchristmas partywith former CMC folk at The Fat Badger - Nice pub. Tolerant staff :-) Rated 5 out of 5.
17 December 2008mathampsonfilmFour Rooms - Bizarre and self indulgent. Several great names having an off day. Rated 2 out of 5.
17 December 2008mathampsonfilmScary Movie 3 - One great gag about 5:03 in. Little else to commend it. Rated 2 out of 5.
17 December 2008mathampsondaytripto Bristol and Cardiff - Meeting the BBC web teams with Tom C  
16 December 2008mathampsonchristmas partywith the Frameworks team at Great Queen Street restaurant 
15 December 2008mathampsonbookNeither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson - Bit old now, but still produces a few good chortles and guffaws Rated 4 out of 5.
15 December 2008mathampsondaytripto Manchester - Planning the future of Barlesque with the local CSD team.  
14 December 2008mathampsonalbumThese are the Mistakes Amateurs Make by The Poor Lost Souls of Pompeii 
13 December 2008mathampsoneventSantaCon 08 in London - the rain perhaps took some of the shine off, but nothing the booze couldn't put back on (more info)Rated 4 out of 5.
9 December 2008mathampsonfilmIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Rediculous. I mean seriously, what were they all thinking? :-( (more info)Rated 1 out of 5.
8 December 2008mathampsonfilmShanghai Noon - Lame. Sorry Jackie. Rated 1 out of 5.
7 December 2008mathampsontv showCoupling series oneRated 5 out of 5.
7 December 2008mathampsonweekendin Lincolnshire with family - Christmas came early this year.  
6 December 2008mathampsonalbumTurn on the Bright Lights by Interpol 
5 December 2008mathampsonpubTVC - 'Just the one' with Andy and Brian  
4 December 2008mathampsonbirthday partyfor Ben at The Champion 
3 December 2008mathampsonfilmRenaissance - Bland plot, poor dialogue, amazing animation (more info)Rated 2 out of 5.
3 December 2008mathampsongame of footballin Westway with BBC folk - Two hours this time - think I'm going to need a zimmerframe by Friday  
3 December 2008mathampsonlectureThe World in 2009 by Daniel Franklin of the Economist 
2 December 2008mathampsonfilmVanishing Point - I now want a 1970 Dodge Challenger. That is, even more than I did before. Rated 3 out of 5.
1 December 2008mathampsoncomedyMike Wilmott, Doc Brown and Hal Cruttenden at The Monday Club - With Rich Hall watching his buddy from the sidelines: Good gig Rated 4 out of 5.
29 November 2008mathampsonfilmEnduring Love - Daniel Craig in form: Upsetting and believable Rated 4 out of 5.
29 November 2008mathampsonrestaurantJenny Lo's in Victoria 
24 November 2008mathampsontv showHouse Series 1 - Great characters, but not enough to make me come back for more Rated 3 out of 5.
24 November 2008mathampsonbookKnots and Crosses by Ian Rankin - Leightweight, but not bad, good holiday read Rated 3 out of 5.
23 November 2008briskibookHowards End by E.M. Forster - A book all about a house. Rated 5 out of 5.
23 November 2008mathampsonfilmLife of Brian - Still awesome Rated 5 out of 5.
22 November 2008mathampsonconcertCarter USM at Brixton Academy - Yay for 30-something moshing Rated 5 out of 5.
22 November 2008mathampsonclubJuan Atkins in The CoronetRated 4 out of 5.
20 November 2008mathampsonconcertSigur Ros at Ally Pally - I need some new superlatives: Simply astonishing Rated 5 out of 5.
19 November 2008mathampsonrestaurantRhodes 24 in Tower 42 - food as good as the view :) Rated 5 out of 5.
18 November 2008mathampsonfilmBurn After Reading at Cineworld Haymarket - Back to Fargo territory. /Me (heart) the Coens Rated 4 out of 5.
17 November 2008mathampsonpubThe Anchor in Holborn - Out with Iain and Karen, long time no see :)  
16 November 2008mathampsonfilmQuantum of Solace at Odeon, West End - Enjoyable, if slightly soulless (more info)Rated 2 out of 5.
16 November 2008mathampsonbookGhostwritten by David Mitchell - Enjoyed this: A collection of loosely interwoven stories with a collective theme (more info)Rated 4 out of 5.
15 November 2008mathampsonpubde Hems in Chinatown - just a couple of late ones with Nik & Dave: I can't do 3 nights in a row any more :)  
14 November 2008mathampsonbirthday partyfor Marky B at the Prince Albert 
13 November 2008mathampsonbirthday partyfor Kim at the Princess Victoria 
12 November 2008thesmithWebappArtemis which is for recording everything I do - i fucking love this and wish it did it all for me without my active involvement. (more info)Rated 5 out of 5.
12 November 2008mathampsongame of footballin Westway with BBC folk 
12 November 2008rich13WebappArtemis which is for recording everything I do - and bloody clever it looks, too Rated 4 out of 5.
10 November 2008mathampsonfilmOld BoyRated 4 out of 5.
9 November 2008mathampsontv showDead Set on Channel 4 - Sorry Mr Pegg, you're wrong: Running zombies are awesome (more info)Rated 4 out of 5.
9 November 2008mathampsonfilmThere Will Be BloodRated 3 out of 5.
7 November 2008mathampsonrestaurantMuhib in Brick Lane - With Nik & Dave Rated 3 out of 5.
4 November 2008mathampsontv showThe US Election on BBC NewsRated 5 out of 5.
3 November 2008mathampsoncomedySarah Millican, Mike Wozniak and Iain Lee at The Monday ClubRated 4 out of 5.
2 November 2008mathampsonfilmRatatouilleRated 3 out of 5.
31 October 2008mathampsonperformanceThat Mitchell and Webb Look at Television CentreRated 3 out of 5.
26 October 2008mathampsontv showNo Heroics on ITV 2 - Bit of a guilty secret, but actually well written and utterly hillarious (more info)Rated 5 out of 5.
23 October 2008mathampsonlong weekendin Berlin with Nick, Fraser and two ChrisesRated 5 out of 5.
21 October 2008mathampsonconferenceWeb Expo Europe in BerlinRated 3 out of 5.
20 October 2008Splorpdemonic sacrificealong with Steve Cram in Truro - hopefully will sacrifice mouse  
17 October 2008mathampsonexhibitionCold War Modern at V&ARated 5 out of 5.
16 October 2008mathampsonconcertThe Dears at Porchester Town HallRated 3 out of 5.
15 October 2008mathampsonfilmSleuth (1971) - Eccentric, but enjoyable Rated 3 out of 5.
14 October 2008mathampsonfilmAmerican Beauty - I'd forgotten how good it was - even watched over several mornings on my phone Rated 4 out of 5.
13 October 2008woolfypubgrain barge in bristol - painful night, why do I do it....  
9 October 2008KatiealbumHard Candy by Madonna - Madonna's latest album Rated 4 out of 5.
9 October 2008KatiebookThe Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - a moving story Rated 4 out of 5.
9 October 2008Splorpdwarfat Shandwick Place in Edinburgh - obviously on their way to a mine Rated 4 out of 5.
8 October 2008mathampsonfilmSpiderman 3 - Quite literally the worst film I have ever seen. Rated 1 out of 5.
8 October 2008mathampsongame of footballin Westway with BBC folk 
8 October 2008SplorpbookTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeRated 5 out of 5.
8 October 2008mathampsonlectureDigg by Kevin Rose 
8 October 2008Splorpdemonic sacrificealong with Mat Hampson in London - sacrificed an earwig Rated 4 out of 5.
7 October 2008mathampsonfilmLucky Number SlevinRated 4 out of 5.
7 October 2008Splorpdwarfat Princes Street in Edinburgh - Not easily seen in crowds Rated 4 out of 5.
6 October 2008SplorpfilmBourne Ultimatum at My house - Complete drivel Rated 1 out of 5.
6 October 2008Splorpdwarfat Brandon Road in Bath - Cast spell on passer-by and turned them into stoat  
6 October 2008miketsesmelisboatingon Hudson and East River - Trip around Manhattan island... Statue of Liberty etc Rated 4 out of 5.
5 October 2008SplorppubAu Bar in Edinburgh - Drank some Deuchars Rated 5 out of 5.
5 October 2008Splorpbook120 Days of Sodom or the School of Licentiousness by Marquis de Sade - Kinky Rated 3 out of 5.
5 October 2008Splorpdemonic sacrificealong with Fatima Whitbread in Whitby - sacrificed a worm. Dark Prince not too impressed. Rated 2 out of 5.
4 October 2008mathampsonpubO' Neils in Holborn - A lock in with tequila - what could go wrong?  
4 October 2008mathampsonfilmGone in 60 Seconds - Worst Photoshop ever in the opening sequence. Which was the best bit of the film. Rated 1 out of 5.
3 October 2008mathampsongame of golfat Urban Golf in Smithfield with Dave, Steve and some PaulsRated 5 out of 5.
3 October 2008Splorpdwarfat Queen Street in Edinburgh - scuttled off Rated 2 out of 5.
3 October 2008Splorpdwarfat Slateford Road in Edinburgh - May have been frightened by elves Rated 3 out of 5.
2 October 2008Splorpdwarfat High Street in Balerno - They cast spell on passing child Rated 1 out of 5.
2 October 2008Splorpdemonic sacrificealong with Dame Judy Dench in Bath Theatre Royal - tried to sacrifice a frog, but missed with dagger Rated 1 out of 5.
2 October 2008Splorpdemonic sacrificealong with Daley Thompson in Aberdeen - sacrificed a tortoise.  
1 October 2008mathampsongame of footballin Latimer Road with BBC folk 
1 October 2008Splorpdwarfat Lothian Road in Edinburgh - scuttled off into burrow Rated 1 out of 5.
1 October 2008SplorpalbumDeath Magnetic by MetallicaRated 4 out of 5.
1 October 2008Splorpdwarfat Dalry Road in Edinburgh - transmogrified into toad after being spotted Rated 5 out of 5.
1 October 2008Splorpdwarfat George Street in Edinburgh - Startled by warlock  
30 September 2008mathampsonbookThe Prefect by Alistair Reynolds - Not a patch on his peak, but still enjoyable Rated 3 out of 5.
30 September 2008charlottemengagement partyfor Katie and Lewis in BristolRated 5 out of 5.
28 September 2008mathampsonboatingon the Thames with Charlotte - Surprisingly, the first time I've been on the Thames boats: Bankside to Millbank. Rated 4 out of 5.
28 September 2008charlottembookNoughts and Crosses by Ian Rankin - Too predictable for me I'm afraid Rated 2 out of 5.
28 September 2008charlottemfuneralfor Claire at Lincoln Cathedral 
27 September 2008charlottemwalkin London with MatRated 5 out of 5.
27 September 2008mathampsonexhibitionSkeletons at Wellcome Trust - Thirty odd skeletons uncovered in London, from the 17,000 strong Museum of London collection Rated 4 out of 5.
27 September 2008mathampsonwalkin London with Charlotte - Saw Billy Bragg playing on the south bank, with half the crowd playing along on their own instruments Rated 4 out of 5.
23 September 2008Splorpdwarfat High Street in Juniper Green - was attempting to sell magic beans from knapsack Rated 1 out of 5.
16 September 2008Splorpdwarfat Bryers Road in Glasgow - was carrying axe. Probably on way to forest Rated 2 out of 5.
9 September 2008Splorpdwarfat Kelvingrove Road in Glasgow - was slugging from bottle of mead Rated 2 out of 5.
3 August 2008RJPbookFeersum Enjin by Banks 
21 May 2008testbookWar and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 
1 January 1970frankfilmThere will be Blood at Vue, Bristol 
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