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Andrew Giddings' Diary - August 2001
Hello you lovely people! (said in a Cockney accent).
Don't get too excited - this is more of a wish list than a diary, but before I abuse my position of Webmeister:
Spring has finally sprung on the island, I even had to stop myself admiring all the lovely flowers (said with a lisp) that line the lanes of the countryside.
Some of you may have heard through the grapevine that I moved house recently. Actually it was about a year ago, but I have actually occupied the place for only a few months. I now find myself ensconced in the beautiful Cotswold district of England and it is truly gorgeous. I'm still driving round quaint stone villages, going 'ooh....Ahh'.
By the way, you've doubtless been hearing about our little problem with Foot and Mouth disease, (I would have thought by now that there would be a more scientific and less horrifically descriptive name for it). Actually, while it's a serious threat to farmers and the livelihoods of businesses connected with livestock, the countryside is open, and contrary to a conversation I overheard between two American tourists, it's perfectly safe to eat the food and drink the water.
My new (old) house however is far less than gorgeous, in that it has been turned into a construction zone. I seem to be able to create a list of improvements on a daily basis, and of course the builders aren't going to argue, are they?
On the up side, I have a separate studio building, (no more spare-room recording!) and it's actually more inviting than the house! It's full of new equipment (I must update my equipment page), and it's christening session was on the much anticipated new album from talented singer/songwriter/vegetarian chef extraordinaire Vyktoria Keating.
We spent a month or two getting the backing tracks recorded and now the fun job of building around the songs beckons a little later in the year.
So, to the more immediate future, it's time to go touring again!
If you've checked the tourdates page lately you'll see that we have an interesting touring schedule this year. We will return to lots of our favorite places, as well as some we have never been to before.
And now, on to my list of favors:
I am looking for two, yes two, Roland D70 Keyboards to buy and store in the U.S.
They are not made any more, and consequently not widely available, but nonetheless brilliant instruments. There's (probably) an (undetermined) reward on offer to anyone who can help me locate said pieces. As always, you can email me at if you can help.
What else was it? Oh yes, I'm looking for a device that stops a neighbours dog barking at 7.30am on a Sunday morning! I've heard about some ultrasonic device that I can plant in the hedge and that emits a high-pitched noise that at least takes his mind off barking his head off. Any suggestions?
I spoke to the mighty Dave Pegg recently, we're going for a work-out later this week. Yes, we're going to work-out how many beers we can drink before we fall over.
Well, although it seems like I've been writing for ever, that's about it for now.
Thank you to everyone who commented on the new site design, I'm gradually updating pages as I go.
See you on the road!
p.s. While I'm in a nostalgic phaze, can anyone in OZ tell me where I can find a copy of (as far as I know) the only Rockmellons album with the track 'New Groove' on it?
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