Google Wave is difficult to understand.

Google Wave GuideSo like the few tens of thousand people who have tried Google Wave, I am struggling to see what benefit it will have for me in the immediate future?

I am keen to give it a try out and to find out more about it, so I did a few searches online and stumbledupon this guide called “The complete guide to Google Wave” <how original?> by Gina Trapani & Adam Pash. The application isn’t even available to the masses yet and someone has gone and written a guide book on it and a PDF which is selling for $6’s. <nice & good luck to them>

Google Wave is a new web-based collaboration tool that’s notoriously difficult to understand. This guide will help. Here you’ll learn how to use Google Wave to get things done with your group. Because Wave is such a new product that’s evolving quickly, this guidebook is a work in progress that will update in concert with Wave as it grows and changes.

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Bowen is Google Waving to family and friends.

I have 16 invites to Google Wave on offer to family and friends. Please let me know (via email, facebook, skype, msn, twitter, txt) if you would like an invite. If you do not know what Google Wave is, then click on the link or images for an explanation!

If you don’t know me or don’t have my email address, then quite simply don’t waste your time posting a comment saying you want a Google Wave from me.

google wave invites

Snow Patrol at the Royal Albert Hall review.

Jo and I went to see Snow Patrol last night at the Royal Albert Hall in London. We had a box seat on the 2nd tier, which had an awesome view of the stage. The sound in the hall was breath taking. It certainly made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Normally concerts are very loud and the speakers almost pound you with sound, but that was not the case last night as the speakers in the hall are quite high up and one could hear every note clearly.

snow patrolSnow Patrol as a band were amazing and belted out loads of classic songs (Open your eyes, Chasing cars, If There’s a Rocket Tie Me to It, Crack the shutters, Set fire to the third bar etc), which had the crowd clapping and singing along. They did a few cover songs as well and performed “Ray of Light” a song Madonna did in the mid nineties. I preferred their version. They also sang “One day like this”, which has been made famous by Elbow. The violinists in the photo above are from Elbow.

Gary Lightbody, the lead singer is an incredibly talented young man and funny as hell. He was talking in-between songs and often ran into the crowd to hug fans. In fact at one point he promised to hug everyone in the crowd. He came across as very sincere in his thanks to the crowd. He was clearly moved by the ocassion and kept telling the crowd what an amazing venue it was?

He said something that was quite fitting, “15 years ago I would have only dreamt of standing here in this fine hall, let alone be playing to a crowd of people“, and it’s so true (well not the playing to a crowd part). 15 years ago Jo and I would have been in South Africa only dreaming of visiting the Royal Albert Hall. It is a very special place and we would recommend it to anyone who has never been. We saw Counting Crows here a few years back and that too was very special.

Certainly one of the best concerts we’ve seen.

Jo-Anna says – Son Of A Plumber

Here is a really cool catchy song by Per Håkan Gessle also known as SON OF A PLUMBER. He is also the same guy from the band Roxette & Gyllene Tider. A truly talented guy and one of Swedens most famous artist.

Monday
Jo-Anna spends an hour with her magazine
The day is kinda grey and so lazy
She goes ah-ah-ah-ah-ah…
And hey boy
Jo-Anna’s in the mirror in her dressing gown
Talking to a friend who lives uptown
She goes ah-ah-ah-ah-ah…

My love… and beyond
Oh, I wish she was
My love… and beyond

Jo-Anna says – I’m not the only one
Jo-Anna says – I’ll never be the one
But when she smiles there’s something in her eyes
That tells me I’m not like the other guys
Jo-Anna says – I have to give it time
Jo-Anna says – you just gotta make up my mind
Jo-Anna says – I have to wait in the line
And come back tomorrow

Monday
Sitting in a window in a cheap hotel
Lighting up the room with a candle, candle, candle
I go ah-ah-ah-ah-ah…
Hey boy
She says that I’m a mess any given day
But laughs as she leaves for a party
I go ah-ah-ah-ah-ah…

Jo-Anna says – I’m not the only one
Jo-Anna says – I’ll never be the one
But when she smiles there’s something in her eyes
That tells me I’m not like the other guys
Jo-Anna says – I have to give it time
Jo-Anna says – you just gotta make up my mind
Jo-Anna says – I have to stand in the line
And come back tomorrow yeah
Ummmmm na na na

Oh oh oh oh
Hey Jo-Anna
Oh oh oh oh…

My love… and beyond
Oh, I wish she was
My love… and beyond, beyond

Jo-Anna says – I’m not the only one
Jo-Anna says – I’ll never be the one
But when she smiles there’s something in her eyes
That tells me I’m not like the other guys
Jo-Anna says – I have to give it time
Jo-Anna says – you just gotta make up my mind
Jo-Anna says – I have to stand in the line
And come back tomorrow, yeah

I’m not the only one
I’ll never be the one
Hey hey Jo-Anna, uh uh uh uh…

Jo-Anna says – I have to give it time
Jo-Anna says – you just gotta make up my mind
Jo-Anna says – I have to stand in the line
And come back tomorrow oh oh oh oh

Jo-Anna says
Jo-Anna says
I never be the one
Jo-Anna says
Hey Jo-Anna
Hey Jo-Anna
Jo-Anna says
Yea yea yea yeaaaah
Jo-Anna says

The Real Guitar Hero – Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major.

Have you seen this video? I don’t know the full story behind the making of it, but it goes something like this;
There was this competition where contestants were asked to add their musical talents to the famous piece of music by German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel. It was originally scored for three violins and basso continuo and paired with a gigue in the same key. (Information on Johan Pachelbel from Wikipedia).

This kid Matt Rach and his guitar came up with the following:

The video is just over 5 minutes. Watch it, it’s truly incredible.

The bloody best song in the world.

I’ve just been listening to ‘Blood on blood’ by Bon Jovi on last.fm (well it was on Youtube from Last.FM). It’s one of their best songs ever – I think. This was a song from the New Jersey album from 1988. I have probably listened to this song a thousand times over the years. By far my most favorite song of all time. I hope like hell they play it next year at their Circle Tour Concert at the O2, which we have tickets for. 🙂

Blood on blood – Bon Jovi

I can still remember
When I was just a kid
When friends were friends forever
And what you said was what you did

Well, it was me and Danny and Bobby
We held each other’s hands
And held tight to a promise
Only brothers understand

But we were so young (so young)
One for all and all for one (for one)
Just as sure as the river’s gonna run

Blood on blood
One on one
We’d still be standing
When all was said and done
Blood on blood
One on one
And I’ll be here for you
Till Kingdom come
Blood on blood

Well, Bobby was our hero
Cause he had a fake I.D.
When I got busted stealing cigarettes
Bobby took the rap for me

Danny knew this white trash girl
We each threw in a ten
She took us to this cheap motel
And turned us into men

We were so young (so young)
One for all and all for one (for one)
Just as sure as the river’s gonna run

Blood on blood
One on one
We’d still be standing
When all is said and done
Blood on blood
One on one
And I’ll be here for you
Till Kingdom come
Blood on blood

[Solo]

Now Bobby, he’s an uptown lawyer
Danny, he’s a medicine man
And me, I’m just the singer
In a long haired rock’n’roll band

Through the years and miles between us
It’s been a long and lonely ride
But if I got a call in the dead of the night
I’d be right by your side

Blood on blood, blood on blood

Blood on blood
One on one
We’d still be standing
When all is said and done
Blood on blood
One on one
And I’ll be here for you
Till Kingdom come
Blood on blood

Blood on blood

Some facts about the New Jersey album from Last.FM:
New Jersey is Bon Jovi’s fourth album, released on September 13, 1988. Approximate sales were in excess of 7 million copies in the United States and over 18 million copies worldwide. The album is the band’s third highest selling album worldwide, and their second highest selling album in the United States.

New Jersey was an immediate success, debuting at #1 in the United States and across the world. Additionally, it spawned two #1 singles, “Bad Medicine” and the ballad “I’ll Be There for You”.

New Jersey holds the record for the rock album to spawn the most Top 10 singles, with five singles charting on the Top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. No other hard rock album has since equaled or broken this feat.

You are NOT playing the game PLAY.com

Sony E-Reader 505 at play

Above is a recent order from Play.com – I bought my wife a Sony E-Reader PRS505 digital reader for her birthday in September. (look at the price then).

Look at the price today 2 months later. Yup, almost £100 more expensive. Christmas is just around the corner and PLAY.com have decided to RIP OFF GREAT BRITAIN!

Sony E-Reader 505 at play £235

Play.com – You guys should be ashamed of yourselves. How you can charge this much money for an old device is beyond me? I was blowing your trumpet not so long ago, but I can safely say I will NOT be shopping at PLAY.Com from this day forth!

Look, Bowen will be going concert mad in 2010!

I was just watching Bon Jovi on the telly singing “We weren’t born to follow” – good song. The band is looking oldish, but then again who wouldn’t after 26 fine years of rocking the planet. It’s no secret that Bon Jovi have been my favorite band throughout my life.

Bon Jovi

I had all their tapes at one time, then all their CD’s (still do although they are in a suitcase somewhere), all their bootleg concerts (I think I have over 60 concerts downloaded from various sources), I even got CD’s from Ritchie’s, David and Jon’s solo careers.  I’ve been to three concerts over the years (too few) and next year in June we will be watching them live at the O2 with the Wright’s, friends who equally enjoy this band.

I can’t wait!

June the 11th 2010 – Bon Jovi – The Circle Tour live at the O2.

In the same month we are watching another band I have enjoyed over the years and that is Green Day. They have also been around for over 20 years. You wouldn’t think so looking at them, although Billie Joe Armstrong the lead singer wears make-up (I think to cover up the wrinkles – ha ha ha).

Green Day

Their album “American Idiot” is still my favorite. There are some classic songs on this album (American Idiot, Jesus of Suburbia, Wake Me Up When September Ends, Give me novocaine etc).

Green Day will be playing live at Wembley Stadium on Saturday the 19th June 2010.

And finally to top of the concert month I will be joing a few friends at Glastonbury. It’s the 40th show and promises to be the best ever!

Glastonbury

I’ve never been, so hoping it’s going to be special. Glastonbury 23rd June to the 27th June 2010.