Monthly Archives: April 2013

“And the Painted Ponies go Up and Down”

CARTERS STEAM FAIR

Just under two weeks ago after it rained, correction, bucketed down with rain in London, just before the sun finally decided to pay us a visit, my eyes were drawn towards, flashing lights, striking colours and vintage heavy lorries as a local common’s green grounds were taken over by Carters Steam Fair.

Based in South-East England, the famous travelling vintage fair that has been around since the late seventies, is renowned for restoring old amusements rides, showman’s wagons and trucks from 1895 to the sixties that use real mechanical organs and recently paid a visit to London.  Rides and activities include everything from The Paramount Chair-O-Plane, Dodgems, the Lighthouse Skid, Coconut Sheet, Penny Arcade, The Victory Dive Bomber, a beautiful carousel, and let us not forget the traditional funfair treats such as candyfloss for the sweet-tooth people like me!

Would love to see how this looks at night! So pweety!

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IMG_6642-001I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts doo-bee-dee-doo…

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My friend Ollie working on the Austin Martin ride for the toddlers!

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One of the vans I’m assuming some of them lived in!

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My favourite! (Photograph, not ride).

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The fairs we have nowadays are great, but nothing compares to the look, the atmosphere and all round family fun that can be had at a proper steam fair and all these unique qualities is what makes Carters Steam Fair so successful.
Carters are headed to Cobham next this weekend for any of you who live around the area.

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Flawless Flaws – Bastille “Flaws”

Flaws.  You have them, your friends have them, the person that was sitting opposite you on the tube the other day has them but Bastille sure as heck know how to make something so problematic so pleasing to the ear and eye opening.

Having heard previous songs from Bastille prior to hearing Flaws, such as Pompeii and Bad Blood, you instinctively know that you’re going to be in for yet another haunting, catchy, pop synth, drum and beat heavy tune from the four London based musicians; and Flaws most certainly lived up to those expectations.  The single debuted at number 21 in the UK charts from their debut studio album Bad Blood, one that the band’s lead singer-songwriter Dan Smith originally recorded in his bedroom by himself.  It’s safe to say that we’re incredibly glad that the group decided to re-record the song and put in on the album.  It’s rhythmic drums and anthem like chorus are just a couple of the elements of the single that illustrates why Bastille currently reign in both the Top Ten Single and Album UK Charts.

However the most prominent thing about Flaws that was touched upon in the opening sentence of this review are the heart-searching and laid bare lyrics.  They are honest and assertive and make you think about flaws in a whole new light, from something that can be deemed a weakness and imperfection, into realising they are inevitable in all people and at times make you who you are and it’s up to you whether you want address them and deal with them or just accept them.

Nevertheless, the group’s acoustic version performed for Sofar Sounds in particular, truly depicts this through the guitar playing by Will Farquarson full of musicality and Dan Smith’s raw vocals, all showing that Bastille sound just as on point live and acoustic as well as recorded and produced in the studio.

Flaws.  You have them, your friends have them, the person that was sitting opposite you the other day has them, but this lovely tune from Bastille most certainly doesn’t.

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Round and Round

Having a song stuck in my head isn’t anything new to me at all, but ever so recently I’ve noticed that I go through phases of having a song in my head for a week then a new one again the week after, it almost always happens week by week, like the earworms are on a rota.  Sometimes they stay for longer and sometimes for less.  In fact sometimes I can go a short…very short while without having anything stuck in my head.  So something I thought I’d and make a regular post is a Song of the Week post.

These will consist of oldies that have crept back to the surface of my mind, to anything that’s recent and songs I’ve just found irritatingly catchy.  Now I must warn you, the span of the music genres I like are very diverse not to mention so are the songs that randomly get stuck in your head from time to time which can be from the weird to the wonderful, so there may be some shockers there for some of you and might not be to your particular tastes, but if I’m honest, I’m surprised sometimes too by the things that get stuck in my head, so I may as well get them stuck in yours too 🙂

I may dabble in a review of each song, or I may just post the song up without any writing at all if I think it speaks for itself.  Either way, it’ll be a fun weekly post to add to my other posts!

I already have a post lined up for the first Song of the Week which is now thankfully out of my head, though a new one has already replaced it’s position in the hopes of sticking around for the next seven days or goodness knows how long.

I will as promised also be writing non music based posts, just still trying to get to grips of everything here so bear with me folks.

Hope you’ve all had great weekends and if you’re in London like me, are happy to see a little bit of sun return to us! JOY!

Dear World Wide Web,

Start a blog I thought – a thought that has been lingering around my mind and been on my to-do list for almost a year! That’s right, almost A WHOLE YEAR of procrastination! BUT here it is, finally got my act together and set this baby up and here I am sat writing my first proper blog post for you willing readers.

So right about now you’re probably wondering who this blog belongs to, what this blog is about and why it’s even here.  Thankfully I have answers to provide. Who am I? A London based 22 year old graduate with an itch to engage in creative ventures who can spend hours soaking in music, eating cupcakes, planning events, feeding my pitiful addiction to Home and Away and Neighbours and reading colourful blogs.

What will you find on Pocket Full of Songs?  Take everything I’ve mentioned above, subtract Home and Away and Neighbours, add posts about films, events, reviews, live music, projects, food, musings, things worth sharing and times all that by what I hope will be a tonne of inspiration and your grand total will be what you’ll hopefully tune into when you stop by.

Why have I decided to set up this blog I hear you say? Why? Firstly, it will no doubt be a writing outlet for me.  Something I hadn’t mentioned is that I like to write, from the little to the big.  For example, if a friend sends me a five word question text, I’ll respond with a paragraph of a story in return.  On top of that I like to get stuck into bigger tasks like writing reviews, most of which I’ll post on here and other forms of creative writing.  I thoroughly enjoyed writing essays at uni too, not kidding.
Secondly, this blog is also going to be a way of getting me to do more, more than I usually would and to get me out of my comfort zone by getting involved in exciting things that I can then come back and report to you guys about and then hopefully encourage you all to do the same which leads me to what this blog will primarily be about.  It’ll be an area that will enable me to share things with all of you.  Things that will make you smile, things that will make you (hopefully) laugh out loud, things that get you thinking, things that make you want to get creating and things that will again hopefully be helpful to you in whatever way it can.

SO, there you have it, there are probably a number of things I’ve missed out, but I guess all this will be the main foundation for this blog.  I’m thoroughly looking forward to interacting with you guys and getting to know all of you.
Until post number two, I’ll see you all soon and I apologise in advance for my future overuse of exclamation marks!!!

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter Weekend and Bank Holiday 🙂

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