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Old 01-16-2013, 09:56 AM
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Today, I'm mostly down on the enormity of the mountains we have to climb. All we need is a few £M that doesn't need repaying & we'd be fine ;) I so want to have our drums at NAMM, but alas -------
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Today, I'm mostly down on the enormity of the mountains we have to climb. All we need is a few £M that doesn't need repaying & we'd be fine ;) I so want to have our drums at NAAM, but alas -------
No NAMM, thats too bad Andy. Someday I hope you guys have the biggest booth there!
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No NAMM, thats too bad Andy. Someday I hope you guys have the biggest booth there!
That would be cool, but you need big money to burn on that, & big profit margins to pay for it. It's bad enough for smaller US companies, but outsiders such as us run up over double the costs :(
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That would be cool, but you need big money to burn on that, & big profit margins to pay for it. It's bad enough for smaller US companies, but outsiders such as us run up over double the costs :(
The travel alone from the uk to calif.must be killer. We attend trade shows in the us and its astronical. tell you what, ship me a Guru kit on my fedx or ups account and i promise to get it to NAMM..Maybe
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Well, I might as well give some pleasure if I'm going to pour that much money down the drain ;)

Our estimate for a 20" x 10" booth including economy flights, economy hotel sharing a room, general expenses, & sea freight our stand + drums on super economy ticket = $18,000. Got to sell a whole lot of kits to get that back :(
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Our estimate for a 20" x 10" booth including economy flights, economy hotel sharing a room, general expenses, & sea freight our stand + drums on super economy ticket = $18,000. Got to sell a whole lot of kits to get that back :(
WHOA!! That's like about 5 sets per hour!
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As it takes an average of 70 hours to craft a shell set, I'm not sure how we could do that ;)
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Well, I might as well give some pleasure if I'm going to pour that much money down the drain ;)

Our estimate for a 20" x 10" booth including economy flights, economy hotel sharing a room, general expenses, & sea freight our stand + drums on super economy ticket = $18,000. Got to sell a whole lot of kits to get that back :(
And that doesn't include all the drinks you'd buy me for walking around and telling everyone I know to visit your booth.

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And that doesn't include all the drinks you'd buy me for walking around and telling everyone I know to visit your booth.

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True - better make that total $20,000 if you include Bo ;)
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Good grief. Today was the hottest in Sydney on record, 46C (115F). I've eaten more ice cream than is sensible.
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Good grief. Today was the hottest in Sydney on record, 46C (115F). I've eaten more ice cream than is sensible.
Today - currently blizzard, & looking at 1 foot of snow, log burner throwing out lots of heat, dogs resting in the inglenook fireplace. Different worlds eh!
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Waiting for this ' worst snowstorm since the 19th century' to strike.
I Check the weather forecast which claims the current staus is Foggy, I'm pretty certain if it wasn't for the house opposite blocking my view i'd be able to see the Eifel Tower!! it's clear as a bell!!
If you can't get the weather right as it happens how the hell are you gonna trust any predictions! people are buying bread and other supplies at the supermarkets as if there's a friggin' Zombie apocalypse coming, the media are at maximum scaremongering level and the sheep of our nation are sucking it all in and going crazy.
I don't know what has happened to our once unflappable country but it really is quite pathetic.
There should be no reason why anyone living in any kind of urban environment should have any fear of a bit of snow. People who live out in the sticks, living off the land or the land providing their income, I can understand they need to be prepared for harsh weather strikes. I might be worried if I lived on high ground with a family of 5, the snow whirling drifts up my door only to realise that I'd forgotten to drop into Tesco after milking my cows! we've only got half a tin of beans and a crust of bread! i've lent my snow chains to Big Al the goatherd and my tractor has thrown a tyre!!
Urbanites, Oh no, there are only 20-30 major retail parks/supermartkets/general stores/restaurants/pubs/bars/neighbours etc etc withing a few minutes of your homes! How will you survive this snowstorm!! God help us, you must get stocked up, you could be stuck here for hours!! trapped, with no chance of rescue from your snow embalmed urban tomb!!
Pathetic! no reason for this ridiculous panic. please get a grip!!

gotta go, i'm out of bread and milk and it's just started snowing!!

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Today - currently blizzard, & looking at 1 foot of snow, log burner throwing out lots of heat, dogs resting in the inglenook fireplace. Different worlds eh!
Today, I'm at work, outside it's -5 C°, a little snow and blackice, production room is about 3 C°, different worlds indeed, I wouldn't mind either eating ice cream with Grea or chatting with Andy next to the fireplace, as it stands, I'm freezing cold...
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It's Friday and it's come none-to-soon. I really need a new job but finding one that pays what I'm making probably isn't going to happen so here I sit :( Thank goodness for my drumming when I get home...it keeps me sane (and allows me to hit things without getting into trouble!)
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If you can't get the weather right as it happens how the hell are you gonna trust any predictions!
In the old days the weather bureau were a standing joke - you'd do better trusting old people's arthritis than their predictions. In recent years they get it right nearly every time. They predicted that today would jump dramatically, just as they successfully predicted other sudden hot spells. Credit where credit's due from this end.

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Waiting for this ' worst snowstorm since the 19th century' to strike.
I Check the weather forecast which claims the current staus is Foggy, I'm pretty certain if it wasn't for the house opposite blocking my view i'd be able to see the Eifel Tower!! it's clear as a bell!!
If you can't get the weather right as it happens how the hell are you gonna trust any predictions! people are buying bread and other supplies at the supermarkets as if there's a friggin' Zombie apocalypse coming, the media are at maximum scaremongering level and the sheep of our nation are sucking it all in and going crazy.
I don't know what has happened to our once unflappable country but it really is quite pathetic.
There should be no reason why anyone living in any kind of urban environment should have any fear of a bit of snow. People who live out in the sticks, living off the land or the land providing their income, I can understand they need to be prepared for harsh weather strikes. I might be worried if I lived on high ground with a family of 5, the snow whirling drifts up my door only to realise that I'd forgotten to drop into Tesco after milking my cows! we've only got half a tin of beans and a crust of bread! i've lent my snow chains to Big Al the goatherd and my tractor has thrown a tyre!!
Urbanites, Oh no, there are only 20-30 major retail parks/supermartkets/general stores/restaurants/pubs/bars/neighbours etc etc withing a few minutes of your homes! How will you survive this snowstorm!! God help us, you must get stocked up, you could be stuck here for hours!! trapped, with no chance of rescue from your snow embalmed urban tomb!!
Pathetic! no reason for this ridiculous panic. please get a grip!!

gotta go, i'm out of bread and milk and it's just started snowing!!

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Hahaha, good rant, & I agree. We get a good snow fall most years, and I do live fairly high up & our nearest settlement with a worthwhile shop is 15 miles away. we have about 1 mile of single track lane to get to our house, & most of it is a 1 in 4 gradient. Got just about 1 foot of snow right now. That's enough to freak out most urbanites. Hell, 1 inch is enough to freak them out. Yuppies in 4x4's with low profile tyres, wondering why their continent conquering schoolrunmobile doesn't cut it in 1" of snow ;)

We have an old little standby 4 x 4 that's equipped with chunky winter tyres all year round. It can handle about 18 inches of snow. more than that, & it's screwed.

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Today, I'm at work, outside it's -5 C°, a little snow and blackice, production room is about 3 C°, different worlds indeed, I wouldn't mind either eating ice cream with Grea or chatting with Andy next to the fireplace, as it stands, I'm freezing cold...
Just running through the final designs & wood spec's for our new snare range. Someone's got to do it :) Dean's currently freezing in the shop - poor bugger :(
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.....that and watching Lance Armstrong all day, I guess.

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No, not him Abe = pathetic.

Because I'm a stupid 52 year old child, I decided to take my Quattro down our drive to "test" it's grip in well over 1 foot of snow. What a cretin! Car currently abandoned until I can be arsed to dig it out tomorrow. There must be a drummer joke in there somewhere :)

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No, not him Abe = pathetic.

Because I'm a stupid 52 year old child, I decided to take my Quattro down our drive to "test" it's grip in well over 1 foot of snow. What a cretin! Car currently abandoned until I can be arsed to dig it out tomorrow. There must be a drummer joke in there somewhere :)

The drifting snow has done a cool remodel of the rear profile.
Wow.......didn't think it snowed that bad over there.

I grew up in Minnesota, that pic reminded me of that time......and why I am not going back. Cold just hurts, especially for 6 months out of the year.

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No, not him Abe = pathetic.

Because I'm a stupid 52 year old child, I decided to take my Quattro down our drive to "test" it's grip in well over 1 foot of snow. What a cretin! Car currently abandoned until I can be arsed to dig it out tomorrow. There must be a drummer joke in there somewhere :)

The drifting snow has done a cool remodel of the rear profile.
Looks like a Bentley front now actually! Have fun tomorrow : )

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Wow.......didn't think it snowed that bad over there.
It generally doesn't, except for a few isolated places. I just happen to live in one of them. This time out, snow was fairly widespread over much of the UK. That's quite rare, but most places only got 4-6 inches. We got well over 1 foot in a few hours, & that's typical for us maybe twice each winter. That said, last year there was almost nothing, the year before, we had 2.5 feet in 28 hours!

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I think you're right Abe. An Audi front with a Bently back end. Thankfully not Bently money or running costs :) I actually managed to dig the car out an hour ago.
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No, not him Abe = pathetic.

Because I'm a stupid 52 year old child, I decided to take my Quattro down our drive to "test" it's grip in well over 1 foot of snow. What a cretin! Car currently abandoned until I can be arsed to dig it out tomorrow. There must be a drummer joke in there somewhere :)

The drifting snow has done a cool remodel of the rear profile.
Nice. That's just a regular work day in Canada.
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i used to sing in a boy band, but i sued for the right to be in a girl group and won !!!!

i was not offended when Ruth Pointer walked past and asked "So who's the new girl ?" because deep down, i knew that she was my girl.

later we went out for cheeseburgers and she told us about 1967.

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i used to sing in a boy band, but i sued for the right to be in a girl group and won !!!!

i was not offended when Ruth Pointer walked past and asked "So who's the new girl ?" because deep down, i new that she was my girl.

later we went out for cheeseburgers and she told us about 1967.

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To look like Barbie proportionally, a healthy woman would need to add 61 cm to her height, subtract 15 cm from her waist, add 13 cm to her chest, and 8 cm to her neck length. Because Barbie’s neck is twice as long as the average human’s, it would be impossible for her to hold up her head.

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It just got a whole lot heavier as well.

Now, I have no problem with driving in the snow. It's easy, it's just knowing what to do.

The problem is the idiots that don't know how to drive on the snow delaying those like me that know what they're doing. Practice at six, better leave now (3PM).
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ROFL!!! ...what's that? ..a bargieraffe? .. I love it :)
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Close Henri - it's a long necked spotted Girarbie® :)

Interesting how things go - I noticed the complementary hemispheric weather during our winter in 2012. Whenever we had a wicked cold snap you guys would be talking about heatwaves.
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The singer picked me up in the end after I couldn't drive myself. Getting your numberplates nicked isn't exactly the crime of the century but they're sending forensics down tomorrow afternoon so I'm not touching the car until they've been. Presumably the people that took the plates had a car identical or similar to mine so it probably links in with reports of a stolen car. My car would be pretty difficult to steal - I've seen the AA try to get in without the keys and it took half an hour, so it's probably also linked to a burglary.

The singer and I managed about two hundred yards before we had a huge skid and did about two miles before we called it quits and bailed out of the band practice. None of the roads had been gritted, despite Kent Council saying otherwise (in fact, we know the councillor that declared that the roads had all been gritted on TV - hilarious) so I look forward to having the folks around for the next few days unable to get to work. This is despite the fact that all of us are actually capable of driving in snow - unlike the majority of this wretched population.
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Cops are interested in plate theft because, while it's not a big crime, solving that crime will quite likely lead them to car rebirthing operations and the characters who run those "businesses" always have their fingers in a number of pies.
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According to several people I've spoken to, they're not usually interested around here. It probably fits into a pattern. I'll chat to them tomorrow and see what they say but part of me is looking forward to the anally-retentive process of drilling and fitting new plates.
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Does anyone know who played drums on the studio recording of Englebert Humperdinck's 1976 hit "After the Lovin" ? I don't have the album, it may be on the credits on the sleeve. But can't find anything on the internet.. I played this and a couple other tunes on a gig so far last July. Just wondering. Nice easy song to play to. Catchy.

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Fighting some kind of flu, I think. Dry cough that rattles the fillings in my teeth and takes me to the brink of vomiting, aches and pains and alternating hot/cold flashes. Last night I slept under a pile of blankets and still shivered uncontrollably. Staying home sick today. Ibuprofen seem to have helped.
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