Sunday, September 18, 2005


Woke at 6am again. A mosquito has been holding a dinner party on my legs all night. Spent another four futile hours uninstalling and installing itunes and joined four forums of insomniacs who are having similar itunes5 problems. Have now reached the point where I can actually open itunes, but only if I’m not online and Norton is disabled. Great.

So yesterday the TH and I were invited by Gil, the lovely bad boy of rock, to a ‘block party’ in Brooklyn. Quite intrigued by the whole concept and my urban image of a block party ….
As it happens I was glad I hadn’t dressed like Missy Elliot because it was a low-key middle class affair consisting of a bouncy castle, a raffle for hurricane victims and a few families out on the street with barbecues. We arrived too late to witness what had clearly been a main attraction – a martial arts group who had been, wait for it, breaking blocks. (So is that what a block party’s all about…..?!) The afternoon stepped up a notch when the very authentic and entertaining Jug Addicts (with whom Gil plays washtub bass) performed an hours set out on the street. A pleasant enough afternoon sitting around on the pavement drinking beer and having our accents adored by the locals. Can’t really imagine anything like it happening back home in my London neighbourhood. It would take at the very least a coronation or a Portillo defeat.

Great to catch up with the bad boy again, especially as he’s flying to the UK today for the annual Kenny Young and the Eggplants UK tour. Quite sad to be missing this as I’m usually heavily involved in said tours, keeping the boys in check along with the super efficient gnomeheid, who is also now living in NY. Quite how they’re going to manage touring without either of us is a story yet to unfold……I could relate some very surreal previous tour-happenings such as the time they arrived to stay with me accompanied by an armed police escort, or the bubble gum dispenser incident….but another time.

The Eggplants are very quirky and sing oddball songs about important rock n roll concerns such as giant squirrels, seeing Elvis in a pizza, kebab shops and Rambo going shopping…...  They’re very funny and adorably lovely people. So if you get a chance, get down to their London gig at the Water Rats on Friday September 30th. Failing that, you can catch them live on BBC Radio 6 on Tom Robinson’s ‘The Evening Sequence’ on Wed 28th at 8pm or click here for full UK tour dates.

Today went up to the Upper East Side for tea with one of my closest friends and soul-mate, JB. We’ve known each other for something like 10 years but have only managed to see each other maybe twice a year at best. I think we’re both finding it a little strange to now be only half an hour away from each other and we’re going to have to ration ourselves into this new phase slowly. But having said that, I’m SO excited that I can now just easily call him up and pop up to see him. A really fun afternoon catching up and choosing possible furniture in Crate and Barrel. Of course, being us, we chose about four different types of bar…….

Executive summary (is Phil reading this or what?): Hanging with NY mates



Blogger purplemafling said...

Hi sis finally made it having just sussed the german blog cos not an English word allowed near this school let alone a dictionary!Anyway enough of me think you should use strange cupboard for scared English sharks or as spare gin cooler. Xxxxxx the hausfrau

8:24 AM, September 19, 2005  
Blogger codenameLizzy said...

Do you have a blog?
Ja ja ja!!!
Lizzy x

2:23 PM, September 19, 2005  
Blogger est said...

sharkey u r soooo funny !
think tiz time to publish those journals now you no longer need to leave town..
love to jb
x est

3:43 PM, September 19, 2005  

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