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I cross-posted this from Moshville Times, but I’m stupidly excited. I just booked my train ticket from Berlin to Heide where I’m staying for Wacken and went to check the stage times as they’ve started to creep up on the festival’s website. Sabaton are headlining the first full day (the Thursday) and they’d promised a “unique” 20th anniversary show. Now, I don’t know if this is a cockup but I suspect not… they’re playing both main stages at the same time.

My imagination is running riot. This is going to be incredible!

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Wow. I needed a collage today. One picture just wouldn’t work. In short:

  • Last day of term with prizegiving, seeing pupils I’ve known for six years leave and head into the big, bad world
  • Drinkies with colleagues who have surpassed “people I see at work” and are very much friends
  • One of the best gigs I’ve been to in ages in the blazing sunshine at a wonderful outdoor venue (review link over on Moshville Times)

Today is a day I will look back on when I’m having a downer and remind myself that life can sometimes be so bloody awesome that it’s hard to believe.

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It’s hard to find a picture that does “music” justice, but this’ll do. I spent about 6 hours today, for the second time in a few days, sat on a coach ferrying pupils back from a canoeing trip. All well and good, but I get travel sick on coaches now after the robust stomach I had when I was backpacking seems to have left me. My stock solution is to:

  1. Recline as far back as I can (lying down is best)
  2. Zone out / sleep / doze / meditate
  3. Bang some tunes on my headphones

I remember coming back from the Gili islands some years ago on a very bumpy boat where 1 and 2 weren’t options due to the seating and bumpy ride. Number 3 – in particular Pantera’s Cowboys From Hell album on repeat – saved myself and my fellow passengers from a very chunky pebbledashing.

Despite having my eyes closed for umpteen hours, I still managed to lose myself in the likes of Machine Head, Sabaton, Falling In Reverse, Jupiter Falls, Body Count… Just check out my last.fm scrobble list for the full skinny.