I had an amazing time at the Transfab picnic and saw many of the usual suspects there before getting dragged off to the Troubadour with christinaalley and other chums to hear bands. Christina has written better about all of this than I am in a position to tonight...
I suddenly realized last night how glad I am selfishly for the smoking ban simply because it meant that I could spend several hours listening to music in a basement and not know that I was going to spend days coughing. Ethically, it's a toughish call; selfishly, I like being able to go places.
Oh and cool thing of the day. You all know about Xerxes, right - King of Persia, tried to conquer Greece, misrepresented in 300 as giant queen with lots of piercings.
Otherwise remembered for:
the famous aria known as Handel's Largu or 'ombra mai fu' which the title character of Xerxes sings, here sung by Richard Tauber. It is all about his love of trees - and this, it turns out, is the other thing about the historical Xerxes. He was a keen horticulturalist with a particular fondness for shrubbery. I think it is sweet that one of the major cultural referents for him links to something that is actually true - kind of makes up for Miller.
You should all read Tom Holland's Persian Fire which does the events leading up to the Second Persian War (= battles of Thermopylae, Salamis and Platea)really really well.