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Saturday, 1 July 2006

festivals and freecycling...

Thomas Dolby at the o2 Wireless FestivalThe week's sped by and I've not taken the opportunity to write about the fun on Sunday; I was kindly invited to the o2 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, to see the likes of Thomas Dolby () , Goldfrapp () and Depeche Mode () sing and play.

With four stages (and one especially for o2 customers, of which I can't count myself as one) to choose from, there wasn't a dull moment; we saw Matisyahu on the Xfm stage, and Cord on the Myspace Fender stage, both of whom put on rousing performances.

I even manged to catch the last quarter of an hour of the England-Ecuador match, which I was pleased about!

In an attempt to reduce, re-use and recycle, I've taken the plunge into Freecycling; I think it's a brilliant idea, and yesterday I donated a child's bike and a folding dining table to good homes. It's fairly painless, really - especially when they collect!

Finally (sorry - this is turning out to be a long blog entry, isn't it!) I've invested the last of my overtime money in a much-desired piece of kit. I'm finally the owner of an MP3 player... it's a 20GB iRiver H320, which is a fairly rare beast these days, since they've stopped making it. The beauty of it is that it's got a stereo mic in, so I can use it to record band practice, recitals by the children and - although I've not actually mustered the courage to do so - my own voice and music.

It's a bit fiddlier than the ubiquitous iPod, but its features are amazing - MP3 recording, radio, picture viewer and, if you download Rockbox, you can even play Doom on it! (I installed Rockbox, but the interface is a bit rubbish, and it only seems to record in WAV format, so I'm back to the standard iRiver features for the time being!).

I bought my iRiver for about £140 from Amazon, but it's worth bearing in mind that it's the American version, so you might need to buy a plug adaptor!

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Posted by james at July 1, 2006 12:46 PM


 
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