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>Magical Otters @ Misfits, Nagoya May 16th, 2008


On Friday Brian Cullen and the Magical Otters got back together again to provide their usual brand of drunken inspirational shouting and yelling and banging things. Ah – sorry. No, that’s what I do. The other, rather more accomplished musicians, struggle bravely on whilst I let out months of pent out aggression and drink copious amounts of beer. Although in my advancing years the amounts are slowly declining.

As always we prepare meticulously by turning up an hour beforehand and try to get the drums working. In this case I think I finally managed to get sounds from them about ten minutes before we were due to start and get them mostly working at the appointed time. Therefore our rehearsals started at the point of the first song in the set. I’m sure nobody noticed ;).

Anyway – here’s just a taste of that night – a real life Otter’s set right down to the high fidelity sounds and blurred vision. Yes, I know it says June 2008 but we can move in time you know … see you at Shooters on the 6th of June 2008.

More Otter’s stuff at Brian’s site … http://briancullen.blogspot.com/

>Nagoya Aquarium


IMG_0325 It was Selina’s birthday yesterday (ten years old – TEN YEARS!). Happy Birthday little one. Today we all went to Nagoya Aquarium which we’ve been going to for … well, nine years now! It was a hot day, 28 degrees. Nowhere near as hot as it gets and without the humidity that will come after the rainy season but having spent a year in the UK with a crap summer it was hot. The aquarium never gets old for me and Alisa just LOVED it. Both Selina and Hugo never really showed any interest in animals as such (the first time we took Selina to the aquarium she just fell asleep I think). But Alisa loves all that stuff.

The dolphins (as always) were great and they have a killer whale as well which is cool. There are a number of shows during the day where you get to see them doing cool things. If it’s too hot (or too cold) you can always view it from under the water in the viewing chambers. They’ve had music events there as well and I can see that would be cool. It’s very chilling and relaxing down there (unless you go at the beginning of golden week with three manic kids and the rest of the Nagoya population). When you’ve done that part there’s the normal aquarium to go to where you can see a lot of fish, crabs, turtles, penguins and most other things. When you’re there with somebody like Alisa it makes it all worthwhile.

if you’ve ever in Nagoya go and visit. It’s a nice day out. With car parking (but excluding food and pressies) it cost us about 6,000 Yen (30 quid).