The Ting Tings at QMU Glasgow 24 May 2008

May 27, 2008

So, I finally got youtube to stop messing around and managed to get the video montage from The Ting Ting’s gig up. I uploaded it to VIMEO as well as YouTube just to try out this place, to be honest I’m not to happy with either site.  Vimeo is a much easier site to use and has some nice features but the playback always stutters during playback.  Youtube drastically degrades the quality of the video, however as many more people use and search youtube, this has to be the place to keep videos, also although the embeding code for both Vimeo and Youtube are below I’m fairly sure you will only be able to see one.

The Ting Tings at QMU Glasgow 24 May 2008 (46) from Grayza on Vimeo.

As for the gig itself – it was fantastic, lots of energy and really different and fun sound.  It was short, but as Poppadom commented  “I thought it was a good gig, it was fun though short… but they only have one album so I don’t know what else they could’ve done. Better a show that’s short and good than a longer one with dull fillers”

Also, to answer the question about the support group Modernaire – I only caught the last couple of songs and they didn’t really grab my attention much though, I thought it sounded a bit ‘Cassio Keyboard’ for my taste though I was intrigued by the sudden appearances of a chello – and the two girls vocals sounded good.

Southern Necropolis

May 27, 2008

I was on a mission to get some photos of angels – carved on gravestones that is.  I’ve been looking for these since last December when I made a video loop for the Carol Service at St Silas using photos of stone carved angels with various solarized effects going on.  Anyway, that was done in a hurry so I had to grab images using google so I wanted to re-do it with my own photos.  I’ve already looked around The Nacropolis near the Glasgow Cathedral, which is close to work and haven’t found any angels at all.

So sunny (but windy) bank holiday Monday I got on my bike with cameras and headed off around Glasgow with only a rough idea of where to go.  The place I had in mind turned out to be the Southern Necropolis. I still couldn’t find any angels I’m wondering if this isn’t a Scottish thing as most of our graveyards are full of celtic crosses which I assume are rare elsewher, perhaps I need to do more research.

However, the sad thing about this place was just how vandelised it has become.

Southern Necropolis - broken headstones

It is harder to see the headstones that are still upright among he toppled and broken ones.  There are still some nice little corners among the destruction, I was puzzled by one extremely modern monument that only had the name ‘Thompson’ on it.  It turns out that this was a replacement (in 2006) marking the grave of Alexander “Greek” Thompson (1817-1875) one of Glasgow’s most famous architects – more about this here.

I also found this young lady with a sad story behind itMore photos here.

The White Lady