Leader of Birmingham.pm [pm.org] and a CPAN author [cpan.org]. Co-organised YAPC::Europe in 2006 and the 2009 QA Hackathon, responsible for the YAPC Conference Surveys [yapc-surveys.org] and the QA Hackathon [qa-hackathon.org] websites. Also the current caretaker for the CPAN Testers websites and data stores.
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On Saturday night, Nicole and I went out to see out mates Bleeding Hearts. They had their album launch party, both for the new album and the compilation album of the last 10 years. The venue was a great little haunt near the Jewellery Quarter, just off St Pauls Square, called The Actress & Bishop. The place was rammed. Speaking to Nick on Monday I dicovered that it was a sold out gig, even though a few extra people managed to persuade the doorman to let them in
The Bleeding Hearts played for nearly 2 hours (the support band, The Gaskins, played for a good while too) and i think everyone had a cracking time. Songs old and new, including a spot featuring the original bass player, Nigel, who is now their roadie! As it was an album launch party had come up with a few raffle prizes. Unfortunately a few people actually thought they were going to get some decent prizes. To give you an example, second prize was "A chauffeur driven trip around Birmingham, taking in all the sights"
We had a great night out, and even some of the Ark fans came along. Seeing as Gel, the bass player in Bleeding Hearts, was also in Ark, that perhaps makes sense. My partner in crime during my Ark days, Mikey (guitar tech), was there too. It was great to catch up with them all as I haven't seen some of them for 10 years. The only problem was, once people recognised me, I kept getting asked when i was going to update the website! The Ark website doesn't get a lot of hits, but I get a steady trickle of email with suggestions and questions each month.
Another gig I feel I need to mention, even just for my own point of reference