I noticed that everyone (Pete and Rebecca) have updated their blogs - so i shall do the same ...
Sarah, first off, is okay. The course is pretty mental - every day it seems another deadline is given. But, as long as you balance your work and playtime I think you can cope. Up until last thursday we were at schools monday to friday, and then we had our observations to hand in - along with typing up all the notes up from the day. So, now we are spending 2 days at Uni and then 3 days at the school - so its alot nicer now.
I'm going through a U2 phase - watching DVDs and listening to the CD's, and - my god - they are the best band in the world. I cannot see why people don't realise - stranger than that, they were the best band ever a decade ago. Nevertheless, U2 are releasing a new album - U2-18 - which is a greatest hits album and two new tracks, one of which is on the website. It's U2 and Green day ... TOGETHER! I always thought that Green Days punk beginning seemed similar to U2, and then 'American Idiot', akin to U2's 'War' has put Green Day into the big leagues ... it will be interesting to see how successful Green Day will become. Not to mention how, as much as I love them, Coldplay have only made three albums and - as brilliant as they are - can they move to a more obscure music style? can they change their style successfully? Obviously Green day have adapted - though not completely erased - their teeny, bad-ass sound to a more politically-influenced -dare-i-say-it- mature sound. Only time will tell. Nevertheless ... U2 ... www.u2.com (you can hear the Green Day/U2 song on the site ... awesome!)
I attended the opening of the 21st Century Graduates Exhibition at Shrewsbury Art and Museum in Rowleys House, Shrewsbury. I must say, it was very strange -though made me want to paint more. Rachel and Richard joined me, and I thank you guys so much for that, and I think they enjoyed it too. I tried not to stand too close to my pictures (being self-portraits), and when the photographer wanted pictures I didn't know what to do! How can you not look like a complete arse when standing next to - in fact- posing next to big-ass pictures of yourself. God, I felt like a wally. I vow not to make another self-portrait unless/until something dramatic happens to me which would warrant a portrait. (E.G. A car accident). If yu are interested to see either exhibition, check out the following links (There are loads of different artworks, everything from photography and print-making to oil portraits (Me) and abstract expressionistic paintings) ... So, the preview gallery link is http://www.belmontartscentre.org.uk/html/galleries.html and the main one at Rowleys House is http://www.mediamaker.tv/documents/pr_exh01.html
I have just read Mark Haddon's 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' and thats really, really good. I am in the process of doing another entertainment review - and any feedback is greatly appreciated - and in the next review there is: Cinderella, Annie Hall, Scissor Sisters and the finale of Extras (watch the episodes on the bbc website - they are awesome! http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctwo/programmes/?id=extras).