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John Patterson
Black belt, cat minion and music addict.
Black belt, cat minion and music addict.

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We went to see U2's "Joshua Tree 2017" tour at Twickenham last weekend.

(Don't click through if you're avoiding show / setlist spoilers.)

Got there in good time so got a pretty good spot (for a stadium gig!), felt like we were just about far enough from the HUGE screen to appreciate it, but close enough to the tree-shaped b-stage to see the band up close at times.

The support act was Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Their whole set was pretty good, but obviously the Oasis songs stood out and got a great reaction from the crowd. It was almost 22 years since the last time I saw Noel live, and he played a couple of the same songs then!

When it was time for U2, Larry walked down to the b-stage, settled in to the drums, and launched straight into the beat for Sunday Bloody Sunday. The rest of the band joined him for a set of pre-Joshua Tree songs there, with no visuals or extra production - just the band on a relatively small stage, up close to us. What a great way to start the show!

The main part of their set was their landmark The Joshua Tree album, performed in full. For that, they took to the main stage, and it was matched up with sweeping films on the amazing, huge screen behind the main stage. It's never been my favourite U2 album, but it really is packed with amazing music, and this was pretty special. It's given me a new appreciation of the album, and I've been listening to it a lot since the gig.

The encores set brought things a little more up to date, although they still didn't play anything more recent than Vertigo (which is fine - the last tour was all about new stuff, and I'm sure the next one will be too). More of an overt campaigning vibe in this section of the show, tying the songs they played into themes around refugees, inequality and women's education.

It really was a fantastic evening. The band were on great form, and it felt like a celebration of lots of wonderful music, with a lot of joy in the crowd.

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Alton Water 10k done! Much better conditions than last year, thankfully, and I felt like I had a good, strong run. Chip time 51:35 for me (a four and a half minute course PB) and around 1:04:23 for +Margaret Patterson​.

Great to see lots of other RFYLers running it too, and supporting us around the route 😀

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Not a bad marshalling spot, earlier this morning! Just waiting for a few hundred #parkrun runners to show up.

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Nightmare journey to get there, but a great talk at today's Essex Egyptology Group meeting by Carol Andrews on Ancient Egyptian jewellery.

As an aside, it turns out that Carol Andrews wrote one of the first two books I got about Ancient Egypt, as a kid. Good to see she's still going strong!

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Running on top of the world (or that's how it felt), yesterday morning - with M, Jo and Chris.
Boxing Day Trot via Penny Pie, Slaley Forest and Cow Byre
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With yesterday evening's run. I've completed my major running goal for the year - I have run a half marathon every month (and two in Feb).

They've all pushed my limits, and they haven't really got any easier. So I'm really pleased to have done something I wouldn't have believed I could, even last year, but it's with a grimace not a grin.

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Ipswich parkrun Santa run 🎅 and carols this morning. Starting to feel a bit more like Christmas, now!
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New shoes! His 'n' hers. Should keep us going for the next half a year, at least ☺️

Last night's run took me to over 1000km so far this year - one of my running goals for the year. Not an overly ambitious one, but I'm still pleased :)

Ran my 50th parkrun today! Started at the front and ran my fastest ever 400m ... then paid for it for the rest of the run ;) Finished in 25:28 in the end.
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