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Last updated 1 minute ago [Aug. 8th, 2009|09:35 pm]
Matt Flaherty
that's better
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Last updated 160 weeks ago [Aug. 8th, 2009|09:13 pm]
Matt Flaherty
160 weeks ago. That's a long time. Why don't I ever get into this stuff? I'm a web applications developer. You'd think this would be my sort of thing. I guess I just never really much feel like talking about myself. I'm bad at keeping in touch with friends even by email. I'm not into gadgets. I don't have an iPhone or a Blackberry. I don't even have a camera on my mobile phone. Not anymore. That one broke and I got a new (old) one. Do I even still have any "friends" on here? Apparently I do have some. I haven't spoken to any of them in at least a year. I think the last one I actually saw in person was sexyworld. When was that? No idea. Well anyway, here's a hello to all those who still list me as a "friend". I hope you are all well. I'm fine. I'm all alone at the moment. My family have gone on holiday and left me to whatever it is I get up to at times like these. Today that has mainly consisted of replacing a rotten window sill and reading the New York Times and PolitiFact.org. In maybe a half an hour I'll go upstairs and pick up the book I've been reading. This is why I never talk about myself.

I've got the itch to play gigs again and I'm looking for an established band that needs a competent guitar player. If anybody has any leads I'd appreciate it. If you want to, you can follow me on twitter where I'm also listed as flayman. Hint: it will not significantly increase your tweet frequency. Thank you and good night.
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Shine on you crazy diamond [Jul. 11th, 2006|02:34 pm]
Matt Flaherty
[mood |nostalgicnostalgic]


The death of Syd Barrett has prompted me to post for the first time in more than a year. No longer blown on the steel breeze, may he rest in peace.
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move along, nothing to see here [Jul. 8th, 2005|08:01 am]
Matt Flaherty
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

I was a bit late in yesterday by coincidence. I might have been stuck on the Tube otherwise. When I got to Waterloo I heard over the loudspeaker that the entire Underground was closed due to a power failure. My first reaction was to laugh. "How pathetic!" I thought. Maybe the cause wasn't yet known, but if they'd announced what was really happening I would have turned around and gone home. Instead I got two buses to Angel, Islington. While I was on the 243 somewhere around Holborn a number 30 was exploding a few blocks away. I arrived at work in reasonable time really. It's amazing how you can sort of drift through a situation like yesterday without even realising what's going on.

For me the most upsetting thing about yesterday has not been the events which claimed the lives of several dozen, but rather the rabid and irresponsible journalism. Contrary to what was reported on Sky News and even the venerable BBC, there was no discernable mass panic and hysteria in the city. I walked from Angel to Waterloo in the mid afternoon and all I could see was Londoners going about their business. Maybe that's because we're so accustomed to massive disruptions to our planned journeys. I got home more quickly yesterday than I did the day Waterloo was shut last year due to flooding. The prevailing attitude on the street seemed to be one of "I wonder when they'll open the Tube again?" My parents in the States were relieved that I was okay after they'd been innundated with relentless views of "devastation and human suffering" on BBC America. I'm fortunate that I don't know anyone who was killed or injured and I sympathise with anyone who does. But this kind of sensational reporting plays right into the hands of the terrorists. Londoners would be better served by accurate reports of our reactions to the events. We did remarkably well. And the police and emergency services responded with a high degree of readiness. For that I think we ought to be proud and not a little reassured.
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funny dalek [May. 5th, 2005|01:30 pm]
Matt Flaherty
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(no subject) [Aug. 29th, 2004|10:03 pm]
Matt Flaherty
Hi. It's been a little while. Sorry. I promise to do better. So I got my guitar back finally. It was a week ago in fact. I trucked down to Guildford to pick it up from the Duty Manager's office there. There had been a slight misunderstanding in that I'd earlier been led to believe that Guildford would send the item up to the Lost Property office at Waterloo, but after waiting for a week I phoned up and discovered that they couldn't send it because it was too big to fit in the secure container(?). Anyway, no big deal. There was no charge to pick it up. I got it back and that is good.


What else? Oh yeah, I got my bike fixed too. This is turning out to be kind of a boring post. Okay, moving on. Today I went to rhodri's place to do the remainder of guitar work for the upcoming Free French release. We only had about four hours to do it today and I didn't think that would be enough time, but it was. We got loads done today. The five remaining tracks were all recorded with numerous overdubs and lots of stuff that we came up with on the spot. It turned out really well and we began to feel very excited about how good it is all sounding. Yeah, it's gonna be good. I'm looking foward to hearing these mixed.
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thanks for last night [Aug. 18th, 2004|09:26 am]
Matt Flaherty
[mood |pleasedpleased]

Hello all. Last night's gig at the 100 Club opening for Spearmint was great fun. I think we will remember it for a very long time. I'd like to personally thank my friend Tom Pounder for unexpectedly turning up to see us. Apart from a couple of my wife's mates, none of my other friends turned out despite a very targeted information operation. It was a packed crowd nonetheless and scissorkicks comfortably helmed the mixing desk to provide us a great sound. I'm really looking forward to the next gig in September and another in early November with Scarlet's Well. But for now, I'm glad for a bit of rest. To top off the perfect evening I actually did make the last train home... and made it for 9am in the office. Zzzzzzzzzzz
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Tonight's the Night! [Aug. 17th, 2004|10:07 am]
Matt Flaherty
No, not that crappy Rod Stewart Musical! Come see the Free French at the100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, W1D 1LL. Doors open 7:30, we expect to start around 9. Guaranteed not to suck, or double your money back*! Be there and be square! Here's a map.

*Terms and conditions apply. Band's performance to be judged by band. Your home may be at risk if you fail to keep up repayments.
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strapless [Aug. 16th, 2004|01:04 pm]
Matt Flaherty
Forgot to mention, in the middle of the third song at last Thursday's gig my guitar strap came off and I had to go down on one knee to play through. This totally messed me up as you can imagine and of course my vocals were nowhere. My favourite tune of the set as well! That's the first time this has ever happened and it will be the last because I am going to get one of those locking straps. Or better yet, a friend has informed me that you can use the clay stopper from a bottle of Grolsch to lock your strap in place. I find this intriguing as I would obviously rather spend my money buying beer. Hmmn, I suppose I'll need two... Anyone with similar experiences?

EDIT: And what was your makeshift solution?
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Bury [Aug. 13th, 2004|10:42 am]
Matt Flaherty
I've been very stressed at work this week, well last week too I guess. Let's start there. On Monday of last week we had a meeting to discuss the timeline of our current project. I saw that I had some major deliverables for today actually. But I knew I would be taking three days off to go to Rob and Kelly's wedding in Ire and rehearsing for and playing last night's Free French gig in Bury St. Edmunds. That would mean leaving work early and getting home late. I decided I'd try to catch up on work while at home or one the train and also try to be in the office earlier.

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