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June 2010

Being on tour can be confusing

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20100615mentals-tour-photoBeing on tour can be confusing. With my appalling sense of direction I have often been lost in a motel room. The downside is that people are often offended when I am lost in their motel room and not mine. The upside is that every day is a new beginning for me.

Our Western Australia jaunt was a heap of fun. We’re just about dead from the amount of hospitality we were afforded over the week and the gigs were great. I particularly liked the re-furbished Esplanande hotel in Port Hedland. You can’t beat an old pub.

As I type I am sitting on the plane with our glorious and victorious Wallabies team fresh from their game last night and they look a bit tired. I know that because they’re asleep.


Did I mention that it was cold in Hobart?

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Cold enough that one could forget that one has genitals, but the gigs were fantastic. Two nights in Hobart in a packed pub meant that even during that weather we still managed to work up a sweat on both nights. There was snow on Mt Wellington when the rain had cleared enough so that we could see it.

After Hobart we had a nice drive to Launceston, stopping at Ross for lunch on the way. Ross is an old and pretty town. Driving there I was looking up ” did you know? ” trivia about the town. Did you know that in the space of about twenty years some twelve thousand female convicts were processed through the ‘female factory’. Makes you think and it wasn?t that long ago.

Did I mention that Launceston was cold? Launceston (Lonnie) was good too but again, cold. Just south of there is a little town called ” A Little Piece Of Heaven “. It’s a specialist lolly shop and I had a mission to buy some Choo Choo bars for a friend in NZ. The mission was accomplished. I must give a plug for the shop because it had the most amazing range of sweets I?ve ever seen! And I don?t even eat them. By the way the Lonnie gigs were great too.

I’ll be back soon with news from Western Australia.



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This band has been on holiday for a few weeks while Martin has been holidaying in Spain with his wife to celebrate the birthday of the lovely Kate. She’s around thirty I think. The rest of us have been far from idle. Greedy has been having an affair with a bathroom renovator, Mike has been saving innocent taxi customers (me), and Rob, well I don’t quite know what he’s been doing but I’m sure it smells like a Cuban cigar. As for me, I’ve been conducting an experiment to observe the level of atrophy one man can achieve while watching Judge Judy.