|Andy soundchecking in Birmingham|
|backline tech Del Haggar's sidestage guitar shop|
|Ravel was here...|
|...and so was Cliff.|
|Epstein's Lucifer in the Birmingham Art Gallery|
|Cambridge Corn Exchange|
From Warrington, overnight to Portsmouth to wait around a bit for the afternoon ferry to Bilbao. It was relatively plain sailing all the way, 23 hours worth. The view from my cabin was unchanging, except of course at night when it was invisible.
Then it was back in the bus for another 12 hour overnight drive to Lisbon. It seemed as if we were travelling in a grey mist the whole of the journey so it was a pleasure to be greeted by sunshine and blue skies upon emerging from my dark inner sanctum on the bus into the Lisbon light. The gig was at the concert hall of the University. Denis and I negotiated the metro and made our way to the Barrio Alto where we enjoyed the view at the Miradore and then repaired to a little restaurant in one of the old callées and enjoyed a pleasant lunch of octupus and sardines washed down with some refreshing vinho verde. So that was nice.
|the vinho verde|
|my view of the soundcheck|
After the show, back on the bus for an overnight drive to Madrid. It's all go....