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January 2005
Sunday, January 30th, 2005

First up, big up Chips, and the people of Manchester, for a fucking brilliant night the other. We had an excellent time, and I enjoyed climbing all over your tables and busting up your roof. Safe.

I was woken up by my water heating today, which was doing some weird rumbling, and spent the rest of the day cleaning and unpacking boxes and things. I haven’t actually been with my stuff since June. None of it. I’ve been living out of my goddamned grannycart, and now I don’t have to. I kind of freaked out for a few days, but I’m starting to settle in now. With my stuff. I forgot about most of it. I have all these goddamned cloves and DVDs and books and CDs and records. And pieces of paper. And photos. And Batman figures.

Yep, shit is getting cosy for me over here. I figure I got a fortnight before my neck starts getting breathed on like baby dragons. Just enough time to get all this Equipment working. I am confused my my monitors, if I gots the red AND white phonos in the mixer at once the sounds all ghost-soupy. Any clues?

So, I was on the train back from Manchester, watching Barbershop, and my battery ran out. I was all, Goddamn! Because I didn’t have and CDs or paper or pens or books. But then I notice they have goddamned PLUG HOLES underneath the table. On the train! So I plugged my thing back in and even got to watch the special features.

Barbershop< by the way, is pretty bittersweet. This side of boxes and trains and Ikea packaging, I've not been plugged into the world. Casual glances at newsstands reveal nothing but the depths of Pete Dickerty's self obsession, and Abi Titmus' cleavage. Happily, you people keep my inbox stuffed with knowledge, like this grim shit from my boy Kid West. MAybe you saw this, maybe not. Readumanweep. January 28th, 2005 9:49 pm
BBC obtains Iraq casualty figures

Coalition troops and Iraqi security forces may be responsible for up to 60% of conflict-related civilian deaths in Iraq – far more than are killed by insurgents, confidential records obtained by the BBC’s Panorama programme reveal.

Official figures, compiled by Iraq’s Ministry of Health, break down deaths according to insurgent and coalition activity. They are usually available only to Iraqi cabinet ministers.

The data covers the period 1 July 2004 to 1 January 2005, and relates to all conflict-related civilian deaths and injuries recorded by Iraqi public hospitals. The figures exclude, where known, the deaths of insurgents.

Conflct-related civilian deaths in Iraq. July 2004 to January 2005 3,274 civilians killed in total

2,041 by coalition and Iraqi security forces

1,233 by insurgents

12,657 civilians wounded in total

8,542 by coalition and Iraqi security forces

4,115 by insurgents

The figures reveal that 3,274 Iraqi civilians were killed and 12,657 wounded in conflict-related violence during the period.

Of those deaths, 60% – 2,041 civilians – were killed by the coalition and Iraqi security forces. A further 8,542 were wounded by them.

Insurgent attacks claimed 1,233 lives, and wounded 4,115 people, during the same period.

Panorama interviewed US Ambassador John Negroponte shortly before it obtained the figures. He told reporter John Simpson:

“My impression is that the largest amount of civilian casualties definitely is a result of these indiscriminate car bombings.

“You yourself are aware of those as they occur in the Baghdad area and more frequently than not the largest number of victims of these acts of terror are innocent civilian bystanders”.

The coalition has yet to respond to the figures.

— Sunday, January 30th, 2005

Friday, January 28th, 2005

Woo hoo! I stole some internet off of somebody! In my house! HAHAHA!

And, what I did, was I used it to sign up for some super fast broadband of my VERY OWN!

Glory days.

So, fuck CEO of Rocafella, Dame Dash is hitting back with, potentially, the biggest power move in rap history. Black owned distribution! Whoo!

Meanwhile, people vote. What for, remains unclear. We watched Evil Dead 2 last night. Shit was sweet.

Anyway, me and that Dogg are heading up to Manchester later, to play the Chips party. When we were in Crack Village we did it one time, and it was amazing, so I’m hyped.

Details –

Akira the Don – LIVE!
Guest DJ – Martin Moscrop (ACR/Factory Records)
Chips DJ’s Golden Egg, XeroX, Superchat, Jimmy Jamez, Miss Spent and LA77.
Charlie’s, Harter Street
9 till late £5

Yesitis.

— Friday, January 28th, 2005

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

I get good email. Sophie wrote and said, “these would look funny on your website“, which transpired to be truth.

And lots of you wrote and said you enjoyed our PWEI supporting. As did we. So jolly good all round, eh?

In the PlayLouder office today, Melissa shows me internet thieves sharing my EP with artwork and reviews and everything, which is pretty amazing. And someone’s made a ringtone of my Drinking Song. CLASSY.

I am off to test my jacuzzi now.

Not everybody can test a jacuzzi mind (or spell it), so those in the area would be advised to check out Templeton Dek and co at Cardiff Coal Exchange. And those in the Manchester area are advised to come see me, WORD.

— Thursday, January 27th, 2005

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

I’m off!

They dropped it!

WOO HOO!

Still not sure if it’s wise to go into details yet. I’ll have to check that. But my peoples: I AM OFF!

So I can move into my house properly. And make noises in it. Straight away!

Glory be.

A big thank you to my Donettes, Blonde Jeremy and Natalie Monroe, for last night, and to Wataru Idol, for making my and Birddogg’s show even acer. And to the PWEI crowd for not bottling us. And to Jeff for the Subway. And Paul for sardonic majesty in general.

— Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

So, apologies for the lack off updates. Generally, when I’ve not been on a train, I’ve been onstage, and neither of these ports have unsecured wireless internet connections for me to jump on.

But, to let you know, the PWEI shows are going fantastically, thank you. In addition to Birddogg, I have Wataru from Piranha Deathray Trio on bass, along with Jeremy from the same and Natalie Monroe on Donnetes duty.

Big places full of people who don’t necessarily like you at all are cool.

Anyway, I forgot my headphones so I can’t make songs on the train today. And I feel distinctly ungood, as I drank two nights in a row. I am sure you did too. But that is not the point.

So I watched a South Park and I typed a bit, and wrote numbers down because my battery is dying, and Lisa from The Play Centre rang me and said my brother’s paining of the ODB is in Arena. Which is lovely. He is in Prague, apparently that is lovely too.

Ugh, my guts are twisting.

— Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

Sunday, January 23rd, 2005

It is dark outside, you know, and I am up before everybody else.

Because I have a house.

It is in London.

And I am in Bishopstoke.

But I have a house.

Wade and Birddogg and I – we have a house.

This thing I am not supposed to talk about means I can’t actually SLEEP in it yet… hence the early up. I shall get the ten past eight, and maybe by eleven or so I shall be near my house.

It has started to fill with my things.

I haven’t seen all my things in one place since JUne 2004, you know.

Not only is it filling with my old things, but with things New, like that keyboard.

As big as me.

We are rehearsing at 1, for tomorrow’s Pop Will Eat Itsef shows. Those have crept up sharpish, eh. Someone told me Clint never showed in Nottingham. WEAK! I hope they’re good. I am sure they will be.

— Sunday, January 23rd, 2005