Caught a bus half-way into town for an appointment at the hairdresser's. Got a reasonably short cut, but still just about long enough to part. The hairdresser's salon had Virgin Radio on, who played "Clocks" by Coldplay - a song I only recognised because it had been in an advert which I had enjoyed. As usual the singing is a dirge but the piano line is pretty cool and I am now ¼ of the way towards forgiving them for "Yellow". I planned to do "before" and "after" shots of my hair, but my digital camera's battery is flat.
Walked into town, purchased a Hungry Jack's sandwich for brunch and ate it in the park outside the central library. Someone walked past wearing a T-shirt saying "Tony Blair is a dick", which amused me. Went to see Confessions of a Dangerous Mind at the cinema's early £2.95 showing, which was very entertaining. Full marks for the particularly cheesy decades-old American game show music and an appearance of Gene Gene the Dancing Machine. Funniest moment: the mugging cameo appearance by the FCC agent who tones down the Dating Game contestants. (Robert John Burke as Instructor Jenks, or do I misunderstand?) It started to drag a little towards the end, but I'd happily see it a second time.
Walked home on the first really springlike day of the year. Bought the Guardian and the Evening Gazette for jobs listings. Called in at Middlesbrough Theatre, who confirmed the appearance of Tim Vine on June 11th, but who can't sell me tickets yet. Tickets should become available in the next day or two - probably when I'm away in Abingdon, alas. The parents are off to Saltburn-by-the-Sea to enjoy the weather. All told, a very good morning.
Oxford folks; Thursday afternoon looks inconvenient for people (though I could still be swayed should one or two others pipe up...) so I shall counter-propose Sunday lunchtime. My coach home leaves Gloucester Green at 1:45pm on Sunday and it will be a ~£40 blow if I miss it. Would Oxford folk be interested in meeting up somewhere for Sunday lunch instead? Somewhere central and cheap would be ideal but I'd settle for the Radcliffe Arms as being probably as close to this as we're likely to get. (Unless...?) It'd be great to see you!