Daily Archives: 04/21/2012

Meet Hagrid

We said goodbye to our beloved Minnie last Saturday morning and still miss her terribly – anybody who’s ever had a pet become a real part of their family in the same way can appreciate how the sense of loss carries on for weeks and months afterwards when being abruptly reminded of small things which you used to do together.

Time moves on and new dogs come along to do their best to fill the void – to that end, meet the lovely and utterly insane Hagrid, a two-year-old Saluki/Greyhound cross who is best described as a Lurcher who thinks that he’s a lap dog.  It’s not much of an exaggeration to suggest that this dog wouldn’t disgrace his J.K. Rowling created namesake’s bestiary of  unusual creatures – there’s certainly something magical about his ability to stand upright and nearly leap over the garden wall or to displace the water from his bowl everywhere but his mouth…

No, I'm not ready for my close-up - fetch some kibble, if you please...

He’s come to us on a weekend visit, but I’m probably not breaking any family confidences in telling you that he’s hopefully going to be staying put and filling the canine-shaped gap in our life from this point on.

Hagrid is an endlessly curious two-year-old who loves to say hello to any dog that he meets and can currently be seen dragging me around various woodland walks in my city – he seems to know where he’s going and it would be rude to correct him (yes, he and I will be going to training classes – but if you’re in my area for the next few weeks, I apologise in advance for the daft, white furball running amok and sniffing your pooch’s behind without so much as an introduction).

Welcome Hagrid – may your time with us be long and happy.

 

 

 

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Make Mine Metal…

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Diabulus In Musica - a most unexpected treat...

Sometimes, a record just sneaks up on you.  Such is the case with Spanish symphonic metallurgists, Diabulus In Musica, whose latest album “The Wanderer” made it into my hyper-nerdy collection of European Metal Bands fronted by three-octave wielding neo-divas after checking out samples on Amazon and iTunes.

It’s a rare band who can win you over via ninety seconds of streamed thrashing and wailing  but this band managed to do it – they’re at the heavier end of the spectrum for this kind of band.  Less akin to the more recently radio-friendly tunes of Within Temptation, more akin to the full-on, everything-and-the-kitchen-sink theatrics of your blissfully unfashionable Euro bands like Xandria or Edenbridge.

Hmm...a symphonic metal band you could happily take home to meet your parents...

In fact, I’d go as far as to say that Diabulus In Musica could comfortably slot into a True Metal summer festival like the UK’s Bloodstock or Belgium’s Graspop without too many of your self-appointed taste police questioning their credentials.

You can check out the first single from the album, “Sceneries of Hope”, at YouTube and marvel at the parp-tastic keyboard intro (see if you can beat my record of waiting five seconds before yelling ‘prog!’ at nobody in particular).

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04/21/2012 · 1:35 pm