September 2014 Newsdumpster


Here, There and Disrepair.

We're about halfway through our 2014 Europe to No Good Tour and have two photo albums to prove it.  Here's the firstHere's the second.  We'll been in the United Kingdom for another two weeks before transferring over to the continent for a spate of shows in the Netherlands and Germany.  If you read August's Newsdumpster, you learned that way out in northwest Washington our US attack vehicle, i.e. the Blue Meanie, was damaged extensively in an electrical fire.  We had to fly home, pack our bags and fly to London to begin our current tour.  So many big, nasty parts were required that now, five weeks later, repairs are barely underway.  After that, we'll head back to the United States to a location yet to be determined, depending on if, when and where the Blue Meanie is ready for prime time.  In the meantime, our bloated photo albums will continue to bloat.

On the Other Hand, Good Luck Finding a Peanut Butter Cup Over Here.

One of the joys of visiting the United Kingdom is consuming the many foods that, as far as we know, are not available in the US.  Here is a soupçon of our favorites:

  • Cask Ales.  We've heard they exist in the US, but suspect they're getting hand pumps confused with slot machines.
  • Soreen loaves.  Maybe it's something to do with the availability of fresh sores in the US.
  • Steak and kidney pie  There are plenty of lame American variants like beef and mushroom, chicken and water or tofu and nap time, but show us the official offal.
  • Small, cheap, cars with diesel engines that get 60+ mpg.  Sure, we can get diesel luxury-branded cruisers, truck behemoths (the Blue Meanie being a rare, understated  example), or the occasional big-ass SUV, but little or nothing that actually makes practicle sense.  Plus, these cars are often a lot faster than you think.  Plus, they're edible.
  • Cheese and onion sandwiches.  Not just a great song by the Rutles, but you'll usually find Ken with one in each hand whilst in the UK
  • Milk Bottles.  Little candy shaped like milk bottles.  Doesn't sound like much, but they have an addictive quality much like an illegal product and Rebecca won't share them.  What's worse, they're from Marks & Spencer, ubiquitous in the UK, but nonexistent in the US.
  • Pineapple Lumps.  Okay, these may not be available outside New Zealand, but Ken thought we should mention them for no good reason..

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Monday, September 8, 8:00 PM
White Horse Folk Club
White Horse Inn, Bodle Street Green
Hailsham, S BN27 4RE (United Kingdom)

Friday, September 12, 8:00 PM
Green Man Folk Club
Hollybourne Theatre, London Road
Alton, S GU34 4EL (United Kingdom)
+44 (0)1420 562471
Doors: 7:30 PM   Tickets: £10

Sunday, September 14, 7:30 PM
Dreamer's Folk
Four Lanes
Redruth, SW TR16 6LR (United Kingdom)
+44 (0)1736 850630
Friday, September 19, 8:30 PM
Cafe Podium "Peter en Leni"
Damsterweg 20
9629 PD Steendam, GR (Netherlands)
+31 (0)598-430575
Sunday, September 21, 7:00 PM
Walter Müller Neusser Straße 54
Linnich-Kofferen, 52441 (Germany)
Wednesday, September 24, 7:30 PM
Barrensteiner Whiskybar
Wevelinghovener Straße 12
Grevenbroich, NRW 41515 (Germany)
+49 2181 7575725

Thursday, September 25, 9:30 PM
Amstel 100
Amsterdam, NH 1017AC (Netherlands)
+31(0)20 622 1330

Sunday, September 28, 5:00 PM
Taverne De Waag
Damstraat 29
Haarlem, 2011 (Netherlands)
+31 (0)23 5311640

Friday, October 3, 7:00 PM
Manheim Township Public Library
595 Granite Run Dr.
Lancaster, PA 17601-5190
Tickets: Free

Saturday, October 4, 2:00 PM
Allentown Public Library
1210 Hamilton St.
Allentown, PA 18102
Tickets: Free

Sunday, October 5, 3:00 PM
Noteworthy Sundays Concert Series
Washington County Free Library
100 South Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Tickets: Free--please register online.

Monday, October 6, 6:30 PM
Eldersburg Branch Library
6400 W. Hemlock Dr.
Eldersburg, MD 21784
Tickets: Free


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