Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The moment I heard what Heaven sounded like.

As a guitarist I should be more than happy with what I've already got. A signature Les Paul, a Strat and a bloody Marshall - what more could I possibly want? No, scratch that. What more could I possibly need!?

Time for a story!

Yesterday my friend and flatmate Chris "Red" went to a music store to order an amp and I tagged along. He desperately... desperately needed one. Once at the store, what could have been a straightforward experience turned into a huge mindfuck. The store assistants completely disagreed with Red's choice and did everything in their power to change his mind. He did. Wise choice too. Anyway midway through this mindfuck one of them told Red to listen to one particular amp, an ENGL Screamer 50, before he made his choice. The ENGL was some 400 EUR over his budget but the assistant insisted [so many Ss - Ed] on Red hearing it. He grabbed a budget PRS, plugged it straight into the ENGL and switched it on.

I fell in love. Instantly.

I had never heard something so smooth, so pure, so tight, so versatile, so in-your-face in my life. I want it. I need it. I crave its heavenly sounds. Fuck my Marshall, THIS is the amp, the tone, I had been looking for ever since I bought my Les Paul.

I want that ENGL Screamer 50 Combo. It costs an arm and a leg but I'd sell my soul to own such a brilliant little amplifier.


Back [Again]!

After almost two years I've decided to update my blong once again. So many things have happened since I last updated:

- I'm in my final year at University;
- I added a Fender Stratocaster to my "collection" and sold my Ibanez [!];
- Manchester United lost a Champions League final (deservedly) against Barcelona;
- After winning three leagues on the trot, United surrendered the league to Chelsea;
- At the moment in time United are first in the league and, unless we do a nose dive, might be on our way to number 19;
- I've joined a band - Synergy & I've got the pleasure to be able to play with some great musicians every week;

...and lost of other stuff! Watch this space.


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Spaniels, Man United and Summer Holidays!

A few weeks ago, right after my exam I got a call from my dad that my 8 year old Cocker Spaniel dog was in his last hours. It was the biggest shock of the year for me. Just the day before I had called home and dad told me that Tinker (that was his name!) was merrily playing in his usual spot. Apparently he was severly sick with kidney failure and even though there were some signs, like a very dry nose, every time we took him to the 'vet' he told us that nothing was wrong. Nothing wrong my ARSE! Tinker peed a lot of blood in the afternoon and in a couple of minutes half his body was paralysed and he couldn't manouver his hind legs whatsoever. He didn't want to eat and couldn't be bothered with anything. Basically he was dying. After a very emotional few minutes me and my dad decided to put him to sleep since blood tests showed that nothing could be done whatsoever.

Fastforward two weeks and we now got a very, very cute Springer Spaniel female pup! She is the most playful little bugger I've ever met. Here's a few info on her:
- I've named her Perla (conincidentially Slash's wife is named Perla XD);
- She's nine weeks old;
- LOVES to bite EVERYTHING, especially my feet;
- Her hobby must be pooping since she does it quite regularly every day;
- Since she's still 9 weeks old she gets tired easily and therefore sleeps a lot too;
- She loves to cuddle;
- I never knew potty training a puppy was so darn tough.

Sleeping on my bed... ain't she adorable? =)

On a different topic - Manchester United were crowned Champions of England for the 18th time last May but lost 2-0 to Barcelona a week later in the Champions League final therefore surrendering the European title to the Spanish Champions - deservedly so, I might add. United's Portugese primadonna is off to Real Madrid after all for £80 MILLION POUNDS. Christ almighty Real Madrid are absolutely DAFT. Ronaldo wanted to leave, he only had two years left on his contract and they could have got him for so much less in a years time. Hey, no one's complaining in the United camp. Sir Alex (aka The Best Manager In The World[TM]) now has about £106 million to spend in the summer - Ronaldo = £80M, annual transfer budget = £20M, sale of Campbell - £6M. Although we haven't yet started the spending spree we will as soon as Ronaldo puts pen to paper soon. Who are we getting? Benzema? Ribery? Aguero? Only time will tell. I honestly only want one of the mentioned three since I'd like to see our youth more often next season. Macheda, Welbeck, Tosic and Ljajic have great potential! August 15th can't come soon enough!!


PS: Summer holidays!! Wohooooooooooooooooo!! Swimming, spending time with Redentine (3 years, 8 months and counting!), potty training Perla (-_-'), teaching English to foreign students who really don't give a crap and obviously kicking Oliver's ass online in PES09 (someday!). Ciao for now!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I'm back!

I was never really gone, just stopped bothering really. But Manchester United's win against Portsmouth last night promted me to write this:

Manchester United are [most probably] champions of England once again!

After a tiny blip which saw us lose two games in a row and draw at OT against Porto in the Champions League United are back to what they do best: win... without really trying. Yesterday we should be scored at the very least 6 but most didn't bother and two were enough. 


On another topic, I recently broke, then later repaired, my controller. I am obsessed with Mario Kart Wii's online component and after a series of really good wins I lost several ones to drag my points back to square one. Then I got disconnected and Nintendo chalked off DOUBLE the points I hate won since they thought I disconnected on purpose, which was not the case. Of course there was only one solution left and I grabbed the poor innocent controller and smahsed it in two. Thank God Nintendo's products are made of steel and it didn't go bust, except for the casing.

My article on this very topic on Kombo.com will be up in a week's time. I'll post it here as well when it does.


PS: Manchester United rock - forever and always. I'm sorry scousers but you were never meant to be as popular as us. Even when you were winning trophies we made more money than you simply because people love us more. 

Monday, January 19, 2009

Dimitar Berbatov - Class Act

Click HERE to watch it in HD. This is the stuff of a champion. 


RIP nannu Guzepp.

17th January 2009 is a date I will never forget. I lost what remained of my gradparents. In-nannu was, to be honest with myself, quite battered but he was still going. As my dad said and will continue to say is that he [in-nannu] probably lived till 86 because of his will power. We are 100% sure that he was suffering, a lot, but he never showed it and never ever had the thought of staying in bed to get better. Every single day since I can remember his daily routine was going to St. George's Basilica for about 3 consecutive masses and then off to a local bar to have a cup of tea with his friends. Every single day this routine never ever changed even when he was in dire back pain. I can only wish to have 1/5 of his will power - his spirit to continue going. 

Life is cruel. A man as strong and as independent as my grandpa should have never died this way. How can a man like him become bedridden in 2 weeks and die? It's just not fucking fair. 

Rest in peace nannu. Take care.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I just got robbed.

Some dickhead stole my car cover. I got it as a gift for Christmas since, being broke to the bone, I was using plastic as a shield against the elements. I usually keep my car parked in the same spot from Sunday night till Friday morning here in Malta. 

I feared this would happen. Plus this confirmed my theory that everyone here [Malta] is a fucking git and that there is no other place in the world like my native Gozo. Fuck all the cunts who think that this is funny and I hope that these fuckheads get caught. I always hated Malta and all its snobbish people who think that they know better. This sealed the deal I guess.