Posted by: Andrew Skelton | 29/03/2012

Epicurean’s Answer*


Despite the continuing beautifully warm weather, and amazing light, I haven’t taken any photos for your (or my) edification, as Cake sang on the rather anthemic song “Sheep Got To Heaven” – “I’m not feeling alright today, I’m not feeling that great”. My buoyant mood hasn’t dissipated, I still seem to be as High (metaphorically speaking) as a Red Kite but I’m afraid the virus which apparently I have contracted (having seen a Doctor this week) doesn’t seem to have left just yet and so my planned repeat trip to the Nature Reserve in search of Vipera berus will have to put on hold for another day especially if I can manage to get out of the house before dawn (she’s staying over at the moment) when the snakes will be at their most dormant. If, Dear Reader, you’re in the UK, if you know where there’s some of these beautiful snakes… and you can find me…then I’d love to hear from you so I can go and photograph them. “I do like it when a plan comes together”

How strange, it was only last night when I was speaking to my Dad about the range of Canon white lenses with their pros and cons. I concluded the one lense I would find the most useful alongside my current lineup of glass was the mythical 200-400mm lens that Canon have shown pictures of, I’ve even tested it, but a release date and price have not yet been muted. Well, wouldn’t you, a certain rumour site suggest it will be out before the end of the year.. but here’s the negative side… it’ll cost around $11,000!

On a more positive note, I’ve quite often mentioned a Indie Band from the 80 and 90’s called Cud; they hailed from Leeds and should have been bigger than any of the Madchester scene,well in my opinion they should have. Well, a few years back they reformed for a one off gig which I only found out about a month or so after the event – to say I was disappointment would have been a bit of an understatement. I’ve kept my ear out for any repeat gigs ever since, so you can imagine my excitement when one of the band members hinted there would be a tour this year. The closest of the dates is in London towards the end of their stint, and I purchased two tickets (a friend is going with me) – I just have to wait, now, until June when they play. Mind you, Half Man Half Biscuit are playing in Oxford before that which I’m planning to go to. It’s becoming a real 80’s Gig fest!

* A track from Cud’s first studio album – “When In Rome, Kill Me”

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