Just a brief update to confirm my continued existence to those of you not in touch with me via other means.
I am still living in Durham with Liz. Liz has nearly finished her PhD. I now work for Durham County Council (how thrilling). I still do my music fanzine, occasionally play the bass, and occasionally have time to game. I am still hairy.
You may have noticed I don't update my livejournal much anymore.
So this message is basically for any people who are not in touch with me on facebook or by email or on myspace or whatever.
You can keep in touch with me in these ways:
email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
Anyway while I'm here, a brief update:
I'm still living in County Durham with the lovely Liz. I recently lost my job working for Kevan Jones MP but am just about to start a new job in the next week or so, so no need to panic. I am also still publishing a bi-monthly rock and metal fanzine, HEAVY, which is now up to over 800 copies per issue. Not huge numbers but not bad for a 'zine. If you want a copy of the next issue, Issue 11, which is out next week, send me your address.
I have also recently joined a newly-formed band called Metal Pariah (I know, I know...).
Seasons greetings, etc.
Sun, Dec. 30th, 2007, 12:31 pm
Bit short notice, but just to let Edinburgh people know, myself and the Liz will be in Edinburgh for new year's eve (ie tomorrow night).
We have no firm plans about where in Edinburgh we'll actually be, so if you're about, let us know what your plans are!
About time for a brief update.
Fingers crossed, Heavy Magazine issue 4 will be out this weekend with features on NWOBHM and AOR, plus various rock news/reviews/listings. I've put the page count up to 20 and I'm printing 200 copies. Responses have been pretty good so far but I'll need to increase the amount of advertising money I'm getting from it if I'm going to increase the print run any further.
My wee brother is in Durham this week with my Dad so it'd nice to be able to see him. He seems to be dealing with the impending divorce pretty well.
Aside from that everything is good except Liz is stressing because she's too busy.
Oh, also I now have a Facebook account under my real name 'Jamie Thomas', and there's a Facebook group for the magazine ('Heavy Magazine') too.
Fri, Jul. 13th, 2007, 02:07 pm
Ages ago I promised a picture of the bass I got for my birthday.
Thu, Jul. 5th, 2007, 02:40 pm
Been a while so I thought a brief update was in order.
Recently published Issue 2 of my old rock & metal fanzine 'Heavy'. The first issue, in April - May, which was a bit of a test run, was very popular. I only printed 60 copies and they all disappeared very quickly. So this time I printed 120 copies, and again within less than two weeks I've only got a handful left.
So I'm working on Issue number 3, out early August, and will be doing 180 copies this time, and putting the page count up from 16 to 20 pages. I'm giving them away for free in local record shops, rocks discos, and at the pub, so I'm bearing hte printing costs myself. For issue 2 I managed to sell £30 worth of adverts, and for issue 3 I've so far sold £40 worth of advertising space, so the cost to me is actually pretty low. Which isn't bad as it's just a silly hobby, and an excuse for me to force my opinion about music down people's throats.
To be honest I had assumed Issue 1 would be not only the first, but also the last issue, as I expected people to either (a) not be intested or (b) tell me it was crap. But apparently people like it.
Liz's cool illustrations are helping it look good, too. I'll scan some of her artwork and post it here for you to see.
That's enough prattling about my stupid fanzine. Ahem.
We're getting ready for our PARTY at the end of the month. Looking forward to seeing a few of you guys there! Bad news is that we're pretty much out of crash space - essentially if we haven't promised you a bed, we won't be able to give you one. However for any of you that decide to join us at the last minute there is plenty of university accomodation in Durham available at very cheap rates. Check out Liz's journal / facebook for more info.
On the subject of rock discos me and Liz have recently been attending a semi-regular rock disco at Durham Cricket Club run by the curiously named DJ Burt Ramrod. It's a total 70's and 80's air guitar fest which as you might imagine suits me down to the sticky, beer-stained ground. Seriously though there's a really good crowd too - it's like rocksoc used to be, back when it was any good (I'm told things in the Fraser Suite ain't what they used to be).
Apart from all that, my boss, Kevan Jones MP, didn't get a job in the recent reshuffle, so it's business as usual in the office.
Keep on trucking!
Death to EMO!!
Tue, Mar. 13th, 2007, 07:55 pm
I have a stupid plan.
I am writing a fanzine about old-fashioned rock music.
Articles for the first issue include "How grunge killed rock music", which I have already just about written. My mate Sean has given me a piece on "Why Trivium are shit". Other items will include a brief history of Thin Lizzy, and listings of good rock nights and rock record shops in the North East.
Let me know if you want one.
In other news, my Dad has now moved out of the house which will become my Mum's once the divorce is complete. This must be a good thing as the atmostphere must have been shitty with them both having to live under the same roof.
Anyways, Chuck Norris humour aside, now time for a proper post.
Briefly, Xmas was nice but a bit busy. We had Xmas day at home in County Durham. Liz's parents came round for Xmas dinner and stayed the night with us because the next day we drove to Derbyshire to see her side of the family. Had quite a good time. Received various gifts, including -from Liz - the PS2 game 'Canis Canem Edit', which is surprisingly good.
Then for a fews days in between Xmas and New Year we flew up to Shetland to see my parents and my wee brother, who will be 11 in a couple of weeks. Everything seemed nice which, in retrospect, is a bit odd given what happened just over a week later.
New Year in Edinburgh was good. Saw lots of people - if you were there, you know who you are, and it was good to see you. If you weren't there a belated happy new year. Quite a few of the people at the Dublin St. party were folks I hadn't seen for a while. But no-one had changed much :)
Then the bad news. Just over a week after new year I got a call to inform me that my parents are splitting up. I hadn't expected it, but looking back there were signs of trouble. No blazing rows or anything, but they'd stopped really having anything in common.
So there it is anyway.
I'm kind of upset obviously, but mostly I just feel a bit numb about the whole thing.
I was most worried about my brother but I've been keeping in touch with him, by phone, every few days, and he actually seems to be dealing with it okay.
I think things will be fine for them in the long run, but it's a bit hard to know how to deal with it at the moment.