Sunday, July 30, 2006

Stag Weekend part 1


A excelent weekend thankyou team I am very tired but have had excelent fun here are some shots of the weekend many more to folow soon.

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Friday, July 28, 2006

Five weeks and enough scrummy food to feed an army



I have certainly learnt a thing or two about food in the past few weeks. I've seen sides of lam cut up large bits of beef chopped it to their cuts, tasted some superb fair trade citrus fruit, eaten some excellent food, and sampled some splendid whisky. Oh and had great fun all with the Waitrose Events team. It's been long very hot days but I think the sweating pays of with the extra food I've been eating. I've now been won over to the waitrose ethos, hey I now eat bananas which I never used to. There picture is of Gary Grace the butcher extraordinaire who repeatedly won the word game in the demonstrations. So he is a Superman.

Thanks to all the Waitrose team I've really enjoyed it.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Breakfast time in Yorkshire


Correct PPE for eating runny eggs.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Norwich Lord Mayors Day – Chapel Field Gardens Music Festival



This weekend saw me looking after front of house at the bow up stage in Chapel Field Gardens in Norwich with Coastal Audio and Synergy Audio. When the guys said it was going to be a blow up stage I was expecting some kind of bouncy castle thing but it was a proper raised stage with inflatable roof, which was fine other than the drone of the fans and the whine of the escaping air. We were using Synergy’s Proel Line Array ground stacked with four extra subs, Yamaha M7CL on monitors and DM2000 with me at front of house. It all went together nice and easily as soon as we had resolved the issue of the FOH tent being on the floor and then explaining that some 8’x4’ sheets of ply and some tyres would not suffice as a platform, I know some engineers like to have a little boogie as they are mixing but to have the whole thing bouncing around would just make me sea sick.

All the bands that performed were good, some we’re really great, and my favourites were Sargasso Trio and Kissmet, Balkan Bateria Soundclash we’re also very intresting and the Drum and Bass numbers were great.

It was really hot over the weekend but thanks to a supermarket giving away surplus produce at the end of a show we were well stocked with Clementine’s and with the help a smoothie or two we kept up the liquid intake and got our 5 portions aside from Jake who still believes Pringles should count as a portion of fruit and veg being made with potatoes. As the days were fairly long and busy there wasn’t much time for antics so we were all quite well behaved. Cheers to Jake Will and Chubby. Top weekend.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Waitrose, the Royal Show Stoneleigh and Great Yorkshire

It's been such a disappointment not having wireless access in these show grounds and being at home long enough to put my washing through the machine before setting off a gain. But I've time for a little catch up this morning.

The Royal Show at Stoneleigh was HOT damm HOT, inside and out side the tent, it also didn't help having two ovens and large chiller unit chucking out heat into the tent. But at least it was a walk in chiller, it wasn't uncommon to find some one 'tidying' it making the most of the cool ness.

The first day of the show was a bit of an epic as once I'd set every thing up I went down to Milton Keynes to do the over night out of My Fair Lady and then straight back to Stoneleigh via the shower to do another full day on the show fueled by coffee. It's the rock and roll life style. It took me good week to fully recover.

Although I am a late comer to the Waitrose Events Team party with the help of Mrs Moon, cookery writer extraordinaire , Miss KT Bishop TV chef superstar and I have been able to create the 'and' part of my title all members of the Events Team have. Technician and Breakfast creator is mine, egg and bacon sandwitches a plenty, or what ever else is available, and being Waitrose the supplies are superb.

So Stoneleigh sweated away and there was two days at home before I set off for Yorkshire, which was much cooler. Being the home ground for the Redwall team the designers of the Waitrose stand a group of them came over to join us dinner in the Waitrose tent. A great evening topped off by a very amusing whisky tasting.

Well my trip home is brief as I'm now off to Norwich for the Lord mayors Fair, I'll take my camera and get some pictures for the beginning of next week.