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February 2009

UK Tour Update

by Tim 18th Feb | 444 comments


Slightly updated list of places and venues below. Go to the GIGS page for details and links.

[A note on Inverness: I’m really sorry this date was pulled. Apparently the venue were unable to confirm my booking, so we had to bow out. We’re hoping to put a show on in Edinburgh that night instead. Which will be great, as I’m not going to the festival this year, but a bit sad, cos I really wanted to get further up north. Sigh. ]

Manchester Lowry; Derby Assembly Rooms; Warrington Parr Hall; Swansea Grand; Swindon Wyvern; Cheltenham Town Hall; Cardiff St Davids Hall; Southampton Guildhall; Norwich Theatre Royal; Buxton Opera House; Dublin Vicar Street; Brighton Dome; St Albans Alban Arena; Stoke-on-Trent Victoria Hall; York Grand Opera House; Cambridge Corn Exchange; High Wycombe Swan; Birmingham Town Hall; Coventry Warwick Arts Centre; Bradford St Georges Hall; Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall; Bristol Colston Hall; Reading Hexagon; Newcastle City Hall; Perth Perth Concert Hall; Dunfermline Alhambra; Edinburgh Usher Hall; Glasgow Pavilion; Aberdeen Music Hall; Bournemouth Pavilion; Belfast Ulster Hall; Sheffield City Hall; Oxford New Theatre; London Hammersmith Apollo; Northampton Royal & Derngate; Nottingham Playhouse; Birmingham Symphony Hall.

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MERCHANDISE 

People have been asking about merchandise on this tour. I’m going to be selling the brand new recording of “Ready For This? – Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London”. The album contains the songs from the show I’m touring, but was recorded with a big-arsed band. Yippee. It’s pretty weird and very cool, I think. We’re also doing the “MIT NIHCNIM EVIL 9002” t-shirts that have been pretty popular in the UK and a new “Ready For This?” tour t-shirt, which has my big head on the front, looking all broody and thinner than in real life. And – of course – there’ll be new canvas bags, the “So Live” DVD and my old “Dark Side” and “So Rock” live recordings.

TOUR NEWS

So, just a couple of weeks til I start my tour of the frickin world. By which I mean Australia and New Zealand. And by New Zealand, I mean Auckland. And by Australia I mean some bits. The shows are selling pretty fast with some already completely sold out, so I reckon you should book, eh. 


Auckland 
Festival Club, Red Square  – Thursday 5 – Saturday 7 March 9.30pm, Sunday 8 March 7.30pm
Click here for info and tickets. 

Adelaide – BOTH SHOWS SOLD OUT
Her Majesty’s Theatre – Friday 13th – Saturday 14th March, 8.00pm
Click 
here for info and tickets.

Gold Coast
Gold Coast Arts Centre – Sunday 15th March, 5.00pm
Click 
here for info and tickets.

Brisbane  FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT SOLD OUT
The Powerhouse – Wednesday 18th – Sunday 22nd March, 9.30pm
Click here for info and tickets.

Byron Bay
Bangalow A&I Hall – Saturday 28th – March, 8.00pm
Click here for info and tickets 

Wollongong  FRIDAY NIGHT LIMITED SEATS ONLY
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre – Thursday 2nd – Friday 3rd April, 8.00pm

Click 
here for info and tickets.

Sydney  SATURDAY NIGHT SOLD OUT, SUNDAY LIMITED TICKETS
The Enmore Theatre – Monday 30th March, Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th April 8.00pm

Click 
here for info and tickets.

Geelong
Performing Arts Centre – Thursday 9th April, 8.00pm
Click 
here for info and tickets.

Melbourne
The Forum Theatre – Tuesday to Sunday, 14th – 26th of April, 7.15pm Tuesday – Saturday, 6.15pm Sundays

Perth – SATURDAY NIGHT SOLD OUT, THURSDAY NIGHT LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE
Concert Hall – Wednesday 29th –  30th April & Saturday 2nd May, 8.00pm

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Homeopathological

by Tim 18th Feb | 68 comments


EDIT: this was a post in which i replied to an email sent to me by a Homeopath who had found some comments I made in an Australian newspaper disparaging. A justifiable criticism, as I am often disparaging towards alternative medicine in both my act and – if the topic is raised – in interviews. 

I have removed it, as my job is to find funny ways of putting these opinions across, and in posting my response unsatirically I was crossing over into science blogging – a very well-populated sphere.

I am glad I posted it, because it created a conversation, and hopefully even made a few people look a bit further into this particularly insidious form of mumbo-jumbo. 

However, I don’t want to get into a situation where people Google me and find an abrasive essay on alternative medicine. I’d rather they found a stupid song. 

If you are interested in this topic, there are a million places to go. Check out Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science blog. Or go to Quackwatch – an extremely thorough resource. Steve Novella’s Science Based Medicine blog is- like all his work – wonderful.

Or for some building blocks type any of the following phrases into Google or Wikipedia:
Causal Fallacy
Confirmation Bias
Falsifiability
Scientific Method
Pseudoscience

… and get in amongst it.

This is the shit that gets me excited. This is my porn.
Is that wrong?
Happy reading. Tim.x
[insert laugh track]