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Fish? And Chips

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Strange butterfly feelings in my stomach. It could only be one of two things. It’s either because we’re about to go on tour and play a load of new songs I don’t remember how to play, and I am going to have to start learning all over. Or I’m pregnant!…………..Again!

I rush to the laptop and on my way to the Wildhearts tour page I get sidetracked and disappear down a very wobbly pathway. There’s an RAC van coming right towards me, and the driver is looking very, very sad and depressed. I’d say he was on his way to a breakdown.

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So, Let’s Recap…

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Jebus H Corblimey what just happened?

Only two weeks ago my family and I were sitting at Heathrow airport waiting for our flight to Sweden to meet and perform with Maria McKee, then to Finland to write with Michael Monroe.

Next I’m saying goodbye to my family at Heathrow where I’ll board a flight to LA. Luckily I can upgrade my seat to premium using my airmiles, so far so good.

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CJ’s Portobello Mushroom Pizza

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

CJ and his pizzaFirst off, I make this pizza all the time at home and I refine the sauce recipe every time I make it. For me a good pizza must have a great sauce because, let’s face it, you can get great toppings and cheese just about anywhere. I use Jamie Oliver’s pizza dough recipe as it’s very good and makes plenty of dough which you can freeze.

Here’s the link: Jamie Oliver’s Pizza Dough

I must stress that you should add semolina flour and try and find a good Italian Tipo ’00’ flour, although strong white bread flour will do and you can use normal caster sugar, it does not have to be golden. Make sure you follow Jamie’s recipe to the T and you will have perfect pizza dough.

Right the sauce…

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Up, Up And Away

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Just touched down in LAX, and after a visit to the wonderful Chelsea at the Viper Room we head off to our digs where we are confronted by some awesome Toadies fans who saw my show with them a few weeks ago.

Strangers truly are friends you haven’t met yet, especially in Korea Town, CA.

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Punk Is The New Rock Dinosaur

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Please watch this.

I used to think that punk was a pretty radical movement.

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Tired? What I’m Feeling Makes Fatigue Look Like A Panic Attack…

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Yeah, I’m tired. Breathtakingly tired.

Taylor doesn’t grasp the concept of touring just yet. Early mornings are his thing and sharing his exuberance is his way.

So after approximately 30 seconds of sleep I am awake and out the door to do a live radio show in Stockholm following the success of the acoustic show yesterday. They want a couple of songs played acoustic and an interview. On scanning the studio I see that I’m the least famous person to ever walk through these doors. There are signed photos and memorabilia by everyone from Angus, and Slash to Jimmy page and James Hetfield.

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Oh I Do Like To Be Beside…

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, oh I do like to be beside the sea, oh I do…………… blah blah blah. Hi, Ritch Battersby reporting, you may remember me from bands such as Striper, Peters and Lee, and other great Norwegian classics.

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Scrubbed From Head To Foot

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

After finally reaching the hotel, complete with super stealth power shower, the battering removal of the grime of three days of farm life and trekking frees the mind to wander through a myriad of corridors, each storing memories, each promising a banquet of misplaced delights.

Singing Panic Beach around the campfire with Maria McKee, enjoying, for the first time ever, an acoustic show alone- sans accompaniment- to a hushed and reverent audience, eating delicious crawfish while wearing a paper hat and attempting to join in with Swedish drinking songs…

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Couch Surfing

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

I’ve got to say, I’m really happy to find out that the DIY ethic has not completely died. Instead, it may be getting stronger.

Been on the road with The Sinatras for a few days now, and we’ve been treated better, put up in better conditions, and completely supported by our new friends more than I could ever have imagined.

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Crawfish, Schnapps And Song

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

If anyone has a more sociable method of dining than the Swedish then they’re keeping it a secret.

The show (which was sublime, by the way) included my set, many more players following, then I guested with Esther Rose Parkes on Am I The Only One Who Ever Felt This Way and finally got up for the finale to growl through Rocking In The Free World with the entire bill performing. A truly brilliant moment.

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