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Ramblings of an Unscholarly Mind… April 24, 2008

Posted by K in Diary, Extreme Nostalgia, Friends, Funny, Life, Lyrics, Maiden, Nonsense.
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To counter my absolute blankness when faced with the books I am supposed to answer 75 marks worth questions on, I opened my notebooks. I had a total of four notebooks this year (no, make that five…I think) to take, well, notes, and I had picked them all with tender loving care. My favourite one was the one with the champagne glass on the cover. It’s appeal is obvious 😉 Then there was the breathtaking art on the red one, which I reserved for one of my ex-favourite teachers. The one with the abandonment and music on the cover was rather nice as well, but the point I am trying to make, is that these beauteous notebooks…contain no classnotes.

I flip page after page, and find graffiti, doodles, graffiti, maiden, graffiti and…you get the picture. So I thought I would dedicate this post to my class time activities. Let me reproduce here the things that held my attention, while the rest of the class was (presumably) engaged in scholarly pursuit.

  • 29/02/08 (I have a habit of obsessively dating my ‘notes’) : In parentheses- Chucked out of previous two classes for not reading text *grin*

This would be the Conrad class, where for about 3-4 four classes the teacher taught 5 out of some 40 students, because the rest hadn’t read Heart of Darkness, teehee.

  • 15/02/08 (This is in Pallavi’s handwriting; we were mocking something, but I forgot what…) ‘Every woman needs her daily male’
  • 22/01/08 sees the pictoral, stick figure representation of The Life of A. Parthosarathy, and involves an attempt of said gentleman to understand his solitude…’cept there’s a power-cut and he forgets the question. I shall try and post a pic of it sometime.
  • 24/01/08: Pictoral depiction of two clouds trying to eat each other.
  • 18/01/08: ‘Fresh, crust, roast, crisp, crunch’. An enumeration of my favourite food sounds (I think I was hungry,lol)
  • 03/03/08: ‘We sail away… On ships of wonder’ Beautiful lyrics from Rainbow. Catch the Rainbow, I think. Minor case of ear worming, I think.
  • 29/01/08: A stylized ‘REAPERS REPOSE’. Two Eddies on the page, and the inevitable SCREAM FOR ME MUMBAI!!! Iron Maiden Somewhere Back in Time.
  • 17/01/08: “Give me freedom, or kill me!”
  • 20/09/07: In a Swift class, discussing the living dead, the Struldbrugs in Gulliver’s Travels – ‘Dead-in-Law’ Har har har.
  • 4/12/07: I was apparently in a ‘familial’ mood. Figures drawn of Eddie’s Mother, and Harlequin’s brother.
  • 17/01/ 08: scribbled along the margin top of the page- ‘sleepy sleepy sleepy Gray sleepy sleepy sleepy’. This was during a lecture on Thomas Gray, delivered by a teacher who is quite good, but unfortunately, possesses quite a soporific drone 🙂
  • 4/12/07(etched in blood, it says): (Hertfordshire) doesn’t get Maiden… Mumbai does. *GRIN* MODERN MAN fell asleep. Eddie woke him up and said “Will you scream for Bangalore? I am trying to shift the MAIDEN…INDIA…2008 venue.”
  • 17/10/07: Rama Rama Melodrama Sniff sniff sneeze Fly with the breeze Eat your pen Inhale.
  • 30/10/07: In a DH Lawrence Sons and Lovers class- ‘Mother did actually want to be a man’. ‘ Miriam…books did not matter to her’. (In my defense: I was busy admiring graffiti on desks in all DH Lawrence classes)
  • 29/08/07– Lots of Maiden… ‘Transcendental Eddie’.……’IRON MAIDEN OWNS YOUR SOUL (YOU JUST DON’T KNOW IT YET 😉 ) …………..Air Harris!……………FREEZE YOUR SOUL AND MAYBE EDDIE WON’T EAT YOU HAIR \m/

And so on, and so forth 🙂 I think I shall put up a post with all the graffiti I copied from desks…they deserve to be read 😀 What creativity people show, I tell you! 😀

Playlist February 23, 2008

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Let me recommend some music-

  1. Temple of the King– Rainbow
  2. Catch the Rainbow– Rainbow
  3. Stargazer– Rainbow
  4. Gates of Babylon– Rainbow
  5. Man on the Silver Mountain ( Live and luscious 😀 ) – Rainbow
  6. Humanity– Scorpions
  7. Take Another Piece of my Heart– Janis Joplin
  8. Ride Like The Wind-Saxon
  9. Jet City Woman– Queensryche
  10. The Red Carpet Grave– Marilyn Manson
  11. Rocka Rolla– Judas Priest
  12. King in Crimson– Bruce Dickinson
  13. Navigate the Seas of the Sun– Bruce Dickinson
  14. Tears of the Dragon– Bruce Dickinson
  15. Trumpets of Jericho- Bruce Dickinson —Another Trumpets of Jericho-quite cool 8)
  16. Alexander the Great– Iron Maiden
  17. Powerslave– Iron Maiden
  18. Rime of the Ancient Mariner– Iron Maiden
  19. Revelations(Live)– Iron Maiden <—EXTRA AWESOME! 😀
  20. Iron Maiden-Iron Maiden <—Classic!! 😀
  21. Running Free(Live) – Iron Maiden
  22. Remember Tomorrow– Iron Maiden
  23. Thin Lizzy’s Whiskey In The Jar, or, as someone put it, Whishkey In The Jar

Most of this should be available on youtube…I’ll put in links later. Enjoy 🙂

PS- Couldn’t find Bruce’s Trumpets of Jericho, will see if I can upload it later. Just a little note about the bands-

  • Rainbow- Ritchie Blackmore( yep, the Deep Purple one) started the band; there were many many MANY line up changes, but I like the Dio years the best. The ones I’ve linked are mostly rock ballads, and really, Dio’s vocals are magical! He has got to be one of the best Metal vocalists ever. Check out his Sabbath years, as well as his solo stuff-Holy Diver (The video is so adorably corny 😀 ), Rainbow in the Dark etc.
  • Scorpions-well, they don’t need an introduction. Wish I’d been able to catch their gigs at B’lore and Bombay on the 16th(I think..) and 14th respectively. The vocalist is good, but not in the same league as Dio and Bruce, obviously 🙂 This is from their new album Humanity Hour.
  • Bruce’s solo stuff is mind blowing. Tyranny of Souls is readily available in Indian stores. Go buy! 😉 Oh yeah, for those who don’t know (shameless ignoramuses! 😛 )Bruce is Iron Maiden’s vocalist, commercial pilot, Olympic level fencer, author, radio jockey and soon-to-be screenplay writer 😀
  • The Iron Maiden stuff is from their earlier years. Some of this is probably going to be on the setlist for the Somewhere Back in Time tour. The live versions of Running Free and Revelations are from the 1985 Live After Death live compilations.

Urgh. February 8, 2008

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Why is good journalism so hard? I’ve been reading a few reports of the Maiden gig, and I’m surprised at the quality-again. If last year was bad, look at this. A quick google search would have prevented the gross inaccuracies.

I’ve a good mind to apply as a reporter for the next gig. Hmph.

Okay, couldn’t resist… February 5, 2008

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(Heeeeee 😀 😀 😀 :D)

Update: Links to SBIT 2008 Mumbai February 3, 2008

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(Media: Audio-Visual)

  1. Sky News http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=XWQw4fG8RxU
  2. Sky News (Flight to Mumai; Matt Smith)
  3. IBNLive Press Conference (Bruce is looking quite spiffy 🙂 )
  4. Bruce “You are the start of a million and a half people…this is the first of many times that we will return to India”
  5. Clip from Powerslave (Decent quality)
  6. Clip from Revelations
  7. Revelations 2 and a bit of Trooper
  8. Short clip of SIT Eddie
  9. “This is what not to do when a bird shits on you”
  10. Heaven Can Wait; Bruce on the rafters (or whatever you call them thingies)
  11. Misc clips from iPrash.com

(Media: Print, Photos)

  1. Sky News 1
  2. The Sun
  3. Sky News 2
  4. DNA
  5. Mumbai Mirror
  6. Mumbai Mirror 2
  7. HT Photo Janick and Dave


That’s all I could dig out for now. No doubt more stuff will begin to appear. Youtube has more videos but the quality isn’t that great.

For tour diaries by Rod Smallwood, go here

(Let me know if any link doesn’t work)

MAIDEN!!!! INDIA!!! 2008!!! SCREAM FOR ME ‘M’BAI! February 2, 2008

Posted by K in Diary, Maiden, Music, Parikrama, Photos, Reviews/Rants.
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I’m baaaack!!! Time for a review, and this time, since the hysteria of seeing Iron Maiden for the first time isn’t applicable, it will be a more mature account. *cough*

I SAW THE PLANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I SAW THE PLANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I SAW THE PLANE TWICE!!!!!!!!!!! I saw it parked in a bay when I landed (distant view, but oh, most faintworthy!!!!) AND TODAY WHEN I WAS ON THE WAY TO THE AIRPORT I saw it taking off. I mean, this is sweet justice, for short people like me. We may not get to see much of the stage (Sob. Boo hoo.) BUT WE SEE THE PLANE!!!!!!! Or I did, at any rate smilie

In case you’re wondering why I go on so about the plane, here’s why.



Custom made piece of genius smiliesmilie Flown by Captain Bruce Dickinson.


(Photo courtesy Melville Sequeira)

In case I haven’t mentioned already…Ed Force One (Flight no. 666; seriously, and always) carried some 20 tonnage of equipment (Every song had a different back drop), all the band members and all the crew!

Okay, back to the gig. I was quite apprehensive about the Mumbai crowd because I had heard bad, baaad things about them. I was supposed to meet two lots of friends at the grounds and funnily enough it turned out that they knew each other and were meeting up anyway 😀 I ended up seeing a lot of familiar faces, 3 people from school.

However, back to outside, at 3:PM when I reached the MMRDA grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex, I was astounded to see a line a few 100 people deep. Gates opened at 4, so I was fretting and expecting to see a mile long line by the time I reached, as is what happened in B’lore.

Not Mumbai, it seemed. There were ticket counters outside the venue, as was an official merchandise outlet. The infrastructure was waay better this time; not only was there no shortage of drinkable fluids, vendors were actually bringing them up to you throughout the concert.

I was very surprised at the size of the venue. I had imagined it to be bigger or atleast the same size as the Palace Grounds. It seemed tiny and till just before Maiden, there didn’t seem to be too many people around. We had decided to stand centre middle; ie. close to the mixer board where the sound is generally the best, and where, we imagined, we would get the best view, all things considered. The other option was go right up front and risk being caught in a mosh pit. Well, the sound was good, way better than Bangalore, and even though we were so far back, I got to see more of the band on stage than last time, although I missed the energy that comes with standing closer to the stage. As far as I could make out, the stage was built higher this time, and there was a ramp at the back for Bruce to do his stuff. And ofcourse he climbs the steel supports on the sides again smilie

There was some serious pushing once Maiden began, but thankfully it subsided before it got crazy. There were, apparently 3-4 mosh pits somewhere about, however and I REALLY wonder how people can mosh to Maiden…Maiden is headbanging stuff, not let-me-hurt-you-you-hurt-me-stuff…

The opening acts finished their stuff quite quickly this time, which was strange. There was a good half hour-forty five minute gap before Maiden came on. Nervereck, the CRI winners, were quite good; I liked them although the crowd was impatient to get Maiden on-stage. They did not get half as horrible a reception as fTn last year, and deservedly. Lauren Harris came next (good on you, Steve 🙂 ) and she was waay better(than last time). Her USP was more than simply her looks (all the men and some women couldn’t take their eyes off her…as usual) or, as Akriti put it, ” I have to admit she has great hair”, and she didn’t repeat her annoying HOW YA DOIN BANGALORRE this time. She has a powerful voice, and I don’t think I’ll mind seeing her opening for Maiden once again. It’s not my type of music but I dig her vocals 🙂 Her drummer is one cool cat, hehe. She looks to be oldish and has a platinum blonde almost mohawk, and the guitarists are pretty good too. Parikrama was the last and final opening act, this was their fourth time opening for Maiden in a year, and they were naturally ver grateful to Maiden and management. They also made us thank DNA, and for once I agree, and say again THANK YOU DNA (bring ’em again 😉 ) Their set seemed really short this time, they did the new stuff, which I like, but I wish they had played Open Skies again. The mad violinist has got even madder, Imran Khan smilie

The crowd was steadily growing by now, as I mentioned, and once Maiden came on, whoa, it was difficult to move. Blore, however, was more crowded, and the crowd at dear old Bengaluru had more energy!! From where I was standing, I could barely see people jumping and when I began jumping, two people gave me weird looks and said to each other ‘yeh to/isse to char gai hai’. Those two weren’t Maiden fans anyway, they just came coz they wanted to see a live concert. So whatever, I knew I looked mad, but this was about getting mad, anyway. I just hope my hair didn’t whip into too many people. I asked Akriti, who was directly behind me, but either she was too nice or she was so busy having the time of her life that she didn’t even notice smiliesmilie

I felt sorry for the people I was standing next to; I sing horribly and I was, well, singing along, singing wrong a lot of times, because I suck with lyrics in the ordinary way anyway, and in the middle of a gig how can I be expected to keep my wits about smilie

The setlist was mostly predictable but what the hell, we all loved it smilie

  1. Aces High (AMAZING live!! Churchill’s speech included)
  2. Two Minutes to Midnight
  3. Revelations (YAYAYAYAYAYAY smilie)
  4. Run to the Hills
  5. Fear of the Dark
  6. WASTED YEARS!!! smiliesmiliesmilie The crowd went MAD!
  7. Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Bone chilling, out of the planet, beyond words. Met up to expectation and more. He introduced it like he did on LAD, and I knew it was coming, so I went on like a broken record, saying ‘This is what NOT to do when a bird shits on you’ and then laughed like a maniac when he finally said it. ‘kin AWESOME!!!)
  8. Hallowed Be Thy Name (the classics and by now run of the mill, got the greatest crowd response. I’ve got to admit, the Mumbai crowd is more tuneful than Bangalore! smilie Bruce noticed too, you guys are good singers, he said smilie. )
  9. POWERSLAVE! (Bruce did many costume changes, more than I expectedsmilie He began with those BNW and DoD trousers, an armour like triangular jacket and a funny cap (beanie some called it…) on his head. He lost the cap soon, had a brilliant mask on for powerslave, an AMAZING cape for some, and ofcourse, he donned the red costume for Trooper again!!)
  10. The Number of the Beast (It was amazing when the crowd screamed out the intro words with Bruce… Woe to You Oh Earth and Sea… The 666 bit reverberated a fair bit, I can tell you!!)
  11. Can I Play with Madness (Another massive favourite)
  12. The Clairvoyant (I love this song, get goosebumps everytime I hear it)
  13. Iron Maiden ( always, ALWAYS a killer! The most simple song lyrically but BOY oh boy what madness it evokes and invokes in you!!smilie)
  14. MOONCHILD (A surprise; as Bruce himsef said, they haven’t done this in a while)
  15. Heaven Can Wait (AWESOME!!! Especially the chorus bit. I caught a passing glimpse of the fanclub members who got to go ‘whoa-o-o-o’ with the band..lucky bums!)

Bruce was quite chatty and funny. The Bombay/Mumbai confusion got a little time. “Good EVENING Bombay, Mumbai, whatever”. “When we were growing up we read about a place called Bombay,” he said. “And now, we’re told, it’s called Mumbai…We were told, no matter what you do, do NOT call it *pause* *pause* MUMBAI!” We all loved it, ofcourse smilie “So what we’re going to do is compromise and call it ‘M’ Bai!!” That had the crowd roaring with laughter again.

He indicated that India was now firmly on their touring map, so all of us basically get to see Maiden again…and again…and again…smiliesmiliesmilie He was in top form, his vocals are better than they have ever been, and his amazing stage presence is getting un-representable in the mere words of a mortal! He had fun with the crowd, asking us to “SCREAM FOR ME LONG BEACH haha” “I guess that only works in Long Beach”. He did many manic laughs and BOY do his manic laughs sound great! smilie While introducing the band, he introduced Nicko as the most sartorically challenged one, to an appreciative roar. I think Steve must have got the loudest cheer (YAY, hehe :D), and we were all chanting Bruce’s name as he paused theatrically before announcing himself. Actually, I dont remember if he did finally introduce himself smilie

There were a fair few foreigners again, with a Bangladeshi contingent this time ,who got themselves clicked with their flag. Sky News, Sam Dunn and several news channels were covering the gig. The press conference before the gig too can be found on the net. I shall link to them later.

There was an official merch store, and they had some cool stuff, including three tour shirts and an eye of Horus cap. I wish I had bought a tee, in hindsight. Shall hopefully see them around in stores like last timesmilie

Maiden began with a recording of Doctor Doctor and ended with Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life as usual. I love them both, they are so typically maiden and appropriately indicative of what is to follow. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life especially seems to me to sum up all that is maiden- British, humour and british humour smilie amongst other things
I am SO glad I went!! I might have enjoyed the B’lore gig much more ( I would still rate that gig higher, for whatever reasons-mostly because of the crowd), but this was royal!!! I am sure I have left out many other amazing (there goes that word again! 😀 ) things, but I am still wallowing in the after-effects of the SECOND MAIDEN GIG OF MY LIFE!!!smiliesmilie

So begins the world tour of 2008…Somewhere Back in Time indeed!

SCREAAAM FOR ME MUMBAAIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 1 January 24, 2008

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Woooo what about the Setlist now?smilie

MAIDEN…INDIA…2008!!!  smiliesmilie

Lets see…

  1. Aces High (opener, obviously)
  2. Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  3. Heaven Can Wait
  4. REVELATIONS smilie
  5. Wasted Yearssmilie
  6. 2 Minutes to Midnightsmilie
  7. The Troopersmilie
  8. Powerslave smilie
  9. Flight of Icarus
  10. Iron Maiden (smilie)
  11. Run To The Hillssmilie
  12. The Clairvoyant
  13. INFINITE DREAMS! smilie
  14. Hallowed Be Thy Namesmilie(One song I have never liked Live…)
  15. Can I Play With Madness
  16. Fear of the Dark. (Not the same period, but Rod’s words heresmilie)

Obviously they won’t play 16. But one can always hopesmilie

Iron Maiden Tickets January 20, 2008

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WHY are the Iron Maiden tickets not out in Delhi as yet?smilie

More importantly, WHY does Delhi not have an outlet as yet??smilie

Let there be an outlet let there be an outlet let there be an outlet let there be an outlet…smilie

December 1, 2007

Posted by K in Abstract Ramblings, Diary, Life, Maiden, Music, Nonsense, Reviews/Rants.

The exams are yet again upon me. I, yet again, am grossly under-prepared. Actually, as of now, my condition is better described as ‘not prepared’. The grotesque thing is that I couldn’t care less. Moving on…

India refuses to trade arms with Burma. Finally, and yippitty yay! Now he can say “Congratulations India”. ‘He’ being a member of the Burmese Government in exile.

Life in Metro-movie that tries too hard. Unsuccessfully.

The fests are upon us. And we are upon exams. Need I rant more?

Lauren Harris is supporting daddy’s band again. Steve-really.

One goes to watch Aaja Nachle tomorrow. One hopes one has not done foolish thing.

One wishes life would wipe up after itself. One takes one look at a definition of life and gives it up as a hopeless case.

One…… has writers block.

Maiden India 2008…Eddie gets high and goes global :D September 8, 2007

Posted by K in Maiden.

Yes, they come again! In their own jet plane! Let the insanity begin! 😀