Live: The Wedding Present

San Fran Bathhouse, Wellington
6 July 2017

It’s a cold Wellington winter midweek night and we shuffle into San Fran, hands in pockets and hunched over against the chill. Luckily we have the Wedding Present (although sadly not the Chills) to embrace us and wrap us up like a warm jersey.

There’s an easy manner to the band – something that comes from having been playing for 30 years now, the teenage angst long-gone, the realisation long ago having come that they would reach a certain level of acclaim, and no more – “we’re the semi-legendary Wedding Present”, Gedge tells us. This all brings a level of comfort, a sense that what we have here is a gathering of old friends, come to enjoy some music together.  He tells us how nice it is to see us, that it’s a bigger crowd than they had last time here. Pause. Deadpan: “we’re on the up”.

We get a set that covers their whole career, opening with the wonderful ‘Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft’ and ‘What Have I Said Now?’ before exploring more recent albums. Crucially, this isn’t just a nostalgia fest – there are songs from 2016 here that are almost as well-received as the earliest ones.

We get a Jean-Paul Sartre Experience cover (not for the first time ever, in spite of Gedge’s claims), he momentarily thinks he’s in Auckland, before wheeling out a quiz question on Wellington (it turns out, we have NZ’s oldest zoo). A race through some classics (‘Dare’, ‘Dalliance’, ‘My Favourite Dress’, ‘Kennedy’) and they’re gone. A good night.

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Running – 29/7/17

Continuing my recovery from WUU2K by taking it nice and easy. Hit the trails up to Makara Peak, not a long run but tried to push it a bit up Varley’s Track. I still don’t like running Wahine uphill, but I hit a segment PB on the way down. Kept running basically the whole way up from Makara Carpark to Peak, but didn’t set a PB. Good indication that walking can sometimes be faster than running, huh? Did some household props exercises afterwards for the first time.

Feeling a twinge in the left knee still.
Distance 7.03, time 49:54, pace 7:06m/km, mostly trails, hills. Nice sunny day but cold, conditions good. Few bikes out there but only passed one.

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David Bowie – always 69

We’re nearly one year on. Where were you when you heard? It was one of those events. I was in Auckland, it popped up on someone’s phone, and we all thought it was a joke. Not a very fun… Source: Da…

Source: David Bowie – always 69

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Running diary – 7 Jan 2017

  • Distance: 8.43km
  • Time: 46:40m
  • Pace: 5:32m/km
  • Surface: trails
  • Terrain: hills
  • Run type: hills
  • Training plan: Les Mills 1/2 Marathon
  • Route: Skyline Walkway

Ran Montgomery Ave to Skyline Walkway, then northbound until after the Chartwell turnoff, then back and down Park Vale Rd to supermarket. Good run, listening to Mitski and Sturgill Simpson. Feeling strong – found climbing the uphill section before Johnston’s Hill easier than usual. Had to slow for the odd cow.


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Running diary – 6 Jan 2017

  • Distance: 6.19km
  • Time: 37:22m
  • Pace: 6:0m/km
  • Surface: road
  • Terrain: downhill
  • Run type: recovery
  • Route: home to gym

Easy recovery run followed by gym session. Good quad workout in the gym.

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Running diary -5 Jan 2017

  • Distance:7.60km
  • Time: 40m
  • Pace: 5:16m/km
  • Surface: road, track
  • Terrain: mostly flat
  • Run type: tempo

40 minute slow run, with 15 minute tempo run in the middle. Ran the 15 minutes around Karori Park, goal was to keep pace at 4:15m/km; mostly managed this but faded at the end, suggesting I am pushing slightly above my ability. Second and third fastest Strava times for Karori Park laps, and fastest 2 mile time.

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Running diary -4 Jan 2017

  • Distance: 5.16km
  • Time: 29:52
  • Pace: 5:47m/km
  • Surface: road
  • Terrain: mostly flat
  • Run type: recovery

Nice easy run down South Karori Road and back.

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