Alabama 3 At The O2 Oxford And The Great Phones At Gigs Debate

I don’t go to anywhere near as many live gigs as I used to. I can’t stand the big stadium gigs anymore and prefer to stick to smaller venues supporting independent artists wherever I can. The O2 in Oxford is probably the biggest venue I’ve been to for a while now and even that still feels quite intimate.

Friday night we went to see Alabama 3 at the O2 Oxford. I’m not known for my love of dancing at gigs, mainly because I have no rhythm, coordination or style on the dance floor but Alabama 3 is a band that no matter how badly I dance or how uncool I look I don’t care, I defy anyone to go and see them and not venture beyond the ‘tapping your foot on the spot and swaying a bit’ moves.

They were brilliant, I danced, I drank and I ached like f%*k the following day but it was worth it.

I rarely take pics at gigs unless I have a pass to take the ‘real’ camera in with me. As someone who’s a little on the short side it’s hard enough to see anything of the band at most venues as it is without someone waving their phone in the air in front of me trying to make a wobbly, out of focus, video that they can post on social media.

But it’s still nice to have clips we can look back at and most of the time there isn’t an official video and if there is it costs too much to be able to use and arguably by posting on social media we’re helping the band by promoting them?

With that in mind here’s a video that I found on youtube of my favourite Alabama 3 song. Buy their albums, go see them and Dance 🙂


Scavenger Hunt 101 – A Locally Owned Store.

The only store you could ever need. Music and coffee on tap. what more could you want (a bigger bank balance maybe?)


Scavenger Hunt 101 – the full list

Scavenger Hunt 101 – A Flag Other Than My Native Country.

Common People came to Oxford on May 28th and 29th. The sun shone, the (very expensive) wine flowed and the music blasted out across South Park.


(Photographic Scavenger Hunt 101 – the full list)

I have to admit to being a bit out of practice on surviving a festival and although Common People was a two-day event we only went for the Saturday, too much sun, too much excess and too much money spent on day-one put us off going back for the second day but it was a lovely day. What’s not to enjoy, live music, friends and a drink (or several).

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A Plague Upon Us.

We seem to have a Plague of Ladybirds in the new house. Within seconds of opening a window they’re everywhere. There are a lot of infestations that could be worse.

  • They’re Cute
  • They’re Red
  • They’re Pretty
  • They Eat Aphids (lots of Aphids – up to 5000 in an average Ladybird lifetime)
  • They have white feet (who knew?)


Prints and Cards available in my shop.