THE TOUR happened a while ago. It was back in November 2009. Two bands; one, a Cornish Folk four-piece ‘NinosKika’ headlining their way through days of grueling cross-country / cross-continent travel, vocal-strumming zombiefied but somehow keeping it together to perform Europe-wide. The second, Power Skiffle three-piece ‘Zapoppin” complete with Harmonium, Banjo, Cajon and a Gypsies Boot(!?).. their lyrical genius keeping the rest of us from falling off the perch.
Arranged by SLKL, the tour was destined to be a success. Presented with the title of Tour Manager, it was high time I got on board organizing the accommodation and the tight travel schedule to get our crew of 12 from A to B to C to D.. and all the way back again. Cost-effectiveness was key for a self-funded tour like this. I bartered my way through 4 countries vying for cheap accommodation, bonus discounts and free beers at every opportunity.
Taking the responsibility to log every stop of this - the first European tour any of us had experienced, the Zoom H4n Digital Recorder captured the live audience ambiance while recording a feed direct from the mixing desk; and allowed Jim Fresh and SLKL to put together the first Live album by NinosKika. Click to LISTEN now, and to SEE tour photo’s.
From the results, the friendships and of course the music, The Doomed Voyage was a resounding success.
I am not surprised that this is the most recent topic surrounding Food Intolerance (FI). It is after all, about time - all modern day revolutions have their critics at some point, and it seems everyone has a FI these days; from celebrities to high street shoppers, sportsmen to computer geeks.. Are our minds playing tricks on us, subconsciously helping us ‘fit it’ with our piers that carry true FI? Or have our bodies actually had enough of our day-in, day-out repetitive diets?
I am not an authority on FI however, I can use my simple mind to figure out that without the introduction of man-made processing techniques, we would not have many of the food items on offer today. For example, grains would be kept for those who can digest them properly - poultry; and cow’s dairy would be kept for those that it is initially provided for - their calves.
Is it a surprise that after so much interference we are starting to suffer? ..I should rephrase that.. Is it a surprise that with this much interference we have been suffering for so long? I’m just glad we can recognize the symptoms for what they are, rather than having to deal with symptoms of fatigue, runny noses and flaky skin for the rest of our lives.
I’ve almost settled into my new life for the next 3 months.. The blog construction is well underway (even if my current following is as weak as a calcium deficient, premature baby!).. Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube and Tumblr accounts all set up and ready to roll.. Next is SoundCloud, then Twitter.. oh, go easy now.. I forget that’s the main rival in this Google Buzz game!! Do you think I’ll have the Google Police after me now? Excellent. Always work against the flow!
I pick BUZZ anyway. Why bet against the makers of the most visited website in the WORLD?!
AWESOME. I have been in Brisbane, Australia for the last 4 days. After 36 hours of travel on 3 different aircraft, you’d think I’d be some way towards tiredness. Even after the initial journey; arriving at 2am, I was back in action at 6am to take the friend I’m staying with to hospital with Appendicitis!
SLEEP is a funny thing that I have never been a fan of. Since my earliest days, I was always up at the crack of dawn.. be it to play American Football with my big bro before school when I was 5, or for my daily paper-round when I was 11. I’ve slept with my curtains open for as long as I can remember.
MAKE the most of every day. I can’t boast that I have, but early mornings - even hungover early mornings - have certainly helped. Even so, I have always held a grudge against the sleep fairy that makes you tired if you don’t get a good 7 hours in.
MY DREAMS have been realized. It seems jet-lag has led the way to me not only needing just 4 hours sleep per night - with maybe a 1 hour top-up mid-afternoon. That’s 2 whole hours less than usual! Is this for real? Has the warm Australian climate given me waking powers I didn’t before recognize? Or, am I just building a MASSIVE sleep-debt that will creep up on me when I least expect it?
BETTER check this absolute gem out - written by that living genius Timothy Ferriss.
THE THOUGHTs will come they said. I can tell life-blogging is a serious thing - even though life itself isn’t! So, where better a place to start than the beginning of the next chapter. You see, there have been a whole bunch of other chapters before now, most of them confusing, some hysterical, some worthy of being fly-swatted against a wall but, all sinking to the bottom of the ‘Past Sea’. We now look to the future.
SO WHATis the book called?! ..The Ridiculous Life of James Econs?; ..Life Is Lunacy (by James Econs)? ..maybe, but what serious author has EVER come up with the title before writing the book!
I CAN honestly say that I have as much clue as to what this blog is about as you, the reader, do. The best part is, I can’t wait to see! The long and short of it is, I am on a massive adventure to find out what mega god-like force it takes to stop me from doing whatever the hell I want.