An apology and several new beginnings…

First of all, I must apologise both to this blog and the entire blogiverse for letting this blog get out of control. There are a million reasons, moving, re-structuring, re-locating relatives, pressure of work, but none of them seems to justify not posting here for the last 3 months.

However, a lot has happened these last few weeks, not least of which is the launch today of 2 New Blogs, both of which are incredibly tightly focussed compared to life here in Alienboy’s World.

With the start of the new football season getting excitingly close, I haven’t been able to resist the opportunity of launching About Manchester United , the blog that does exactly what it says on the tin, it’s all about the greatest football club in the world! This will naturally feature one distant fan’s view of his home town club, one of the persistent features of an ever-changing life!

Another ever present feature of life is food and, to help my continued efforts to diet and lose weight, I’ve started All I Ate Today which is going to detail EVERYTHING I eat, meal by meal, course by course, every little munchie day by day, the whole truth WILL be told. That and a whole load of tangentially connected foodie thoughts can be found.

So, hopefully as life starts to take on a little more definition, after a long period of fluidity and change, a little more stability will allow this blog of mine to grow to a size worthy of an entire world, Alienboy’s World .

Rocket Festival, Antequera 29 April to 1 May 2005

Thanks to a blog i found today, Agenda Personal, I found out about the awesome Rocket Festival (Festival site in English & Español) taking place in a beautiful hidden valley near Antequera (links to city info in English, Español and more info on the new serendipitous discovery World66). I haven’t had time to check it out personally but W66 appears to be a great wiki travel guide, “the travel guide you write” (my italics) and their site has a Creative Commons licence too – well worth a more detailed visit I reckon.

The Rocket Festival runs from the Friday (29/4) to the Sunday (1/5) and “is a three day festival of contemporary and traditional music, performance and sculpture set in a beautiful site in the heart of Andalucia in the deep south of Spain. Local artists, performers and crew are working with guests from across Europe to create a truly international festival with a strong Andalucian influence.

The ethos of the festival is to bring together as diverse a range of entertainment as possible. Artists from Malaga, Granada and Antequera will share a stage with artists from Britain, Austria, France and elsewhere in Europe.

Musical styles will vary from traditional and modern Andalucian music through blues, jazz, rock, reggae to the best live dance music and DJs. The main stage powered by the Innerfield Soundsystem hosts a wide variety of local and international bands.

The Dance Tent powered by Turbozone features DJs and Live Acts from Spain, England and the rest of Europe playing Breakbeat, Drum and Bass, House and Techno.

A strong focus is placed on traditional and modern circus and performance with demonstrations and skills workshops for people of all ages.

Look out for the spectacular 21st century sculptures in the arts and crafts area – workshops for young and old alike are available to learn some new skills.

The Rocket Festival is open to people of all ages. A lively kids area is provided to keep the young ones entertained with the skateboard ramp and BMX track in the Extreme Area for the older and more adventurous.

The site of the festival is a tranquil valley 15km from Antequera below the stunning Sierra De Camorolos mountain range. The site has excellent access via the A45 Malaga – Cordoba motorway with regular cheap flights to Malaga from all over Europe.

A key objective for the festival is to promote the importance of nature and the environment and this has been a big influence on the choice of venue. Through the festival and our approach to recycling the festival aims to increase ecological awareness and respect for our surroundings within the community.

If you want to get involved or find out more about the festival please get in touch. CONTACT US.” And they mean it too – 6 hours work earns you a refund of the massive 40€ entry!

Welcome to the World!

And yet another blog is born. Let’s hope it’s as fun and useful as I hope…

This blog is going to be a personalised mixture of useful or interesting information, details of (any) interesting events or thoughts about my work, currently a strange mix of villa rental in Spain, for which see http://www.antequeravillarental.com, a small luxury boutique hotel, see http://www.cortijolasvinas.com, my latest adventure as the Spanish and Hispano-American representative of a potentially fantastic new business http://www.liveaccounting.com

Then there will also be the usual mixed commentary on the personal and public challenges of adjusting to a new life in a new country, a new language and culture and all that goes with it.