Hello all - hope this finds you all fit and well - now I've finally put in another appearance
My Old Man kindly bought tickets so that I could go and see Jerry Lee Lewis in his 80th Birthday Farewell Tour. He (The Killer) was only playing 2 gigs over here. The one in London was quickly sold out so we decided to make a long weekend of it and go to see him in Glasgow. What an experience! Having been brought up on his music, I've always loved him but never thought I'd get the chance to see him in my lifetime. His age is obviously showing - he doesn't bound around like he used to, but he can still belt out the songs! TBH, I saw what I thought were 'mask-like' features in his face which can be a sign of Parkinson's Disease. If he does have it, it doesn't show in his singing or piano playing! What I found odd was that there was absolutely nothing on sale except for gig programmes. Not a t-shirt or CD in sight - and apparently it was the same at the London gig. Never mind, it's no great loss. Before we went into the theatre, it was announced that cameras/photography wasn't allowed. Disappointing, but I buried my Canon in the bottom of my bag. Once inside that seemed to change a bit. Just about everyone had their smart phones out and they announced that photograph would be allowed but NO VIDEO - not that that stopped anyone. Everyone seemed to be taking videos of his songs. I took a couple of still photographs on my smart phone but they weren't very good and anyway, as someone on here once told me: "Sometimes you just have to put down the camera and enjoy the moment." So that's what I did. I may not have photographs, but I have fantastic memories.
The day after the gig, we travelled down to Edinburgh for a couple of days and did a day trip to the zoo. It's the only zoo in the country with Giant Pandas and, as I haven't seen one since I was a very small child, it was a treat I wasn't going to miss. Yang Guang was busy eating when our group was ushered into the viewing gallery and it was difficult to photograph him when he was constantly hidden behind his dinner, but I did try! Because Pandas are solitary animals (except at breeding times), Yang Guang and his partner are kept separately and only one of them is allowed out at any one time.
Taking any photographs at the zoo was a challenge. Most animals were behind glass and some were behind glass and metal grills, but I did manage to get a few usable shots.
I hope there's not too many errors in this journal entry - I'm typing with a broken right index finger - I managed to slam it in my car door - so hard that the door closed completely and it took me a couple of minutes to free myself. When I finally managed, I knew the finger was broken (it's also rotated a few degrees!!) but I'd also lacerated the finger badly and I had a hell of a job to stop the bleeding. I couldn't do anything much about it at the time because I really had to get to work. The show-jumping at the equestrian centre isn't supposed to start until I'm there to provide medical cover, so I had no option but to find an adhesive dressing and head out. That was almost 4 weeks ago and I'm still having trouble with that finger. It's quite painful, very sensitive to touch where the laceration has healed and I can't completely bend it. Typing has been a problem - I've lost almost all my 145 wpm speed and I haven't even tried to play my piano. Might give that a go tomorrow before work
I see dA has made some changes while I've been gone and overall, I like them. Uploading images seems to be easier and quicker and I think I like the new layout. I let my premium membership lapse and it looks like that's now called 'Core'. I won't renew it yet - I'll see how things go for a while.
Again - I hope this finds you all good and well. Stay safe everyone!
PS: Is there anyone who can tell me how to change the information at the top? The bit where you put what mood you're in, what you're reading and listening to, etc? Need to change mine, but can't work out how! Thanks