London Ukulele Festival Award Nominations!

One of the highlights of our year was a great gig at the London Ukulele Festival near Liverpool Street Station in London. I’ve just received this message saying they’ve been nominated for various awards, but need YOU to help them out!

Festival Awards has just informed us that in fact we are also added to Best New Festival Awards Category. I think they had a record number of festivals enter this year and so are still putting the finishing touches to the first round.

Again please vote for us here

Best Small Festival
Best Family Festival
Best New Festival

See this for a flavour of it

Chocolate Bar Winner!!!

Last month there was a competition to win a chocolate bar run by Feelgood Organic Hampers based in Ireland.

It was an original idea for competition – emulate the great Ernest Hemingway. Not to write a grand novel with a stoical man as its central character, thankfully something shorter. He was once bet 10 dollars that he could write a story in 6 words. His winning story was:

“For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Similarly contestants had to write a six word story about chocolate. My winning entry?

“run over but saved chocolate bar”

(read the other entries here!)

Anyway the chocolate bar has not only arrived but it is one of the best things I’ve ever experienced. It feels creamy, tastes quite honey like (probably due to the fact its made from cane sugar). Its great – a Wilde Irish Organic Chocolate Bar, and it available from Feelgood Organic Hampers if you want to experience this joy as well!

Wilde Irish Orgasmic/Orgasmic Chocolate Bar
Wilde Irish Orgasmic/Orgasmic Chocolate Bar

September Engagements!

Not news of any of our gigs this month …. If any of you have met the lovely Katya at any gigs or the suchlike, after coming back from our Edinburgh Fringe Festival appearance I proposed. Anyway, she said yes! So all I can say right now it w00t!!!

Be Part of a Karmadillo NHS Themed Song/Video

The NHS-bashing hullaballo has inspired a Karmadillo song, Born On The N.H.S. It’ll be one of those with a hastily done video, so I’m putting out a call to arms.

There are three ways to go if you want to be part of it.

1. A picture of yourself with a poster or placard saying ‘Born On The N.H.S.’ and send an email to Bonus points are awarded for making the piccies in front of an NHS institution itself. ADDENDUM: As we are getting quite a few of these if you could actually send the photo with one of the words from: Born, On, The, NHS that would be cool. Or three of you hold up one letter each for an NHS type thing would also be groovy. Use your imagination!

2. We will also try to work in videos made of yourselves dancing or singing along to the words in front of your favourite institution. If this is the case please email me and I will get you a rough copy of the song to do this to.

3. We may be able to do the mix/a remix of the song to include snippets of personal stories – so you could make a video/audio recording of yourself saying a few sentences about what the NHS has done for you.

The body of the email should say that this is yourself and you consent to being in the video. If you are under 18 you should have your parent/guardian send it with their consent.

I’d be starting work on the video after finishing the Scottish jaunt so if stuff could be sent in for 30th August that would be great. Note: Date changed due to my slackness – 3rd September is when I’ll get to working on the video, So EMAIL BEFORE THEN!!!

First Karmadillo Teatowel Sale!

So we came up to Scotland with a batch of fresh off the presses teatowels so that we could start bringing out superior quality dish drying linen to the masses. The gig itself wasn’t the best attended – thanks to the combination of U2 playing round the corner in Hampden Park and  a big Celtic vs Arsenal football game happening that night also.

However amongst that small number was one person who did seriously approach me asking to see the teatowel after the gig. I was quite suprised that this inebriated guy actually wanted one. And he liked it, and bought it and I hope this evening when he does his washing up he’ll fall in love with the drying the dishes experience. One other person when I brought them out in response to the punters request said he thought I was joking. Unfortunately before I could get a photo of the original purchaser he disappeared into the night with a song in his step no doubt.

My heart goes out to all the Celtic and U2 fans for whom drying the dishes will remain a vacuous experience.

Anyway they’ll be the first items under the merchandise section when that goes online in a couple of weeks, but for now ….drum roll…. here is the first online picture of the hotly anticipated teatowel. Dry your dishes with that, baby!

The Karmadillo Teatowel First Image

When You Are The Moon

No, this is not a post referring to the excellent pair of comedians and their wacky sidekicks that form The Mighty Boosh, but this week I went to see The Moon. Unfortunately the Screen on the Green in Islington stopped showing it the day before we went to the cinema, so we watched it at a Vue Cinema..unfortunately with shaky projection for a quarter of the film (which they did give us a compensatory ticket for).

The film itself was just marvellous – a simple idea, well executed, well acted, and proper Sci-Fi – not the fantasy effects fest that Transformers 2, and unlike that particular CGI fest, still has me thinking about how good it was a week later. Definitely one to rewatch on DVD for me, but go and watch it if you can.

Mad Rush (Philip Glass)

After being pointed to this video of a Philip Glass piano piece I went and got the CD. Ironically last week I had bought a couple of tracks off Music In Fifths which did turn out to be unlistenable to but this reminded me of what he’s like when he’s good!