18 February 2007

Rock N' Roll & Free as a Bird...

It's been almost a month since my last update, so here's a quick update on the events over the past few weeks...

Roger Waters Concert

Famous guitarist Roger Waters from Pink Floyd came to Sydney in late January and played some of the band's greatest hits. The first half of the concert was mostly a mixture of the best from the Pink Floyd albums, while the second half was a feature of the entire album 'Dark Side of the Moon'.

I accompanied Dad who had been long awaiting the opportunity to see Pink Floyd songs played live. Notable hits for me were the encore songs 'Another Brick in the Wall' and 'Comfortably Numb'.

Evanescence Rock Sydney

Last night, Evanescence returned to Sydney in one of the best concerts I've attended. Second only to Disturbed from last year and only because the audience were nowhere near as active as back then.

The sound mix was perfect this time around, though their support band was really quite a disappointment. Nevermind, Evanescence were capable of more than making up for that with all their great songs, hits and a few snippets of music by other bands as well. Five of us went along to scream out the lyrics of each of our favourite songs and our vocal chords paid the price (as did my neck!) Too many great songs to mention, the stage lighting was excellent and Amy-Lee was appreciative of how loud the crowd were after every song.

Take to the Sky...

No one would be surprised to hear that I have flown before, as a little kid when my Dad used to be a regular pilot at our local flying clubs, to more recently, travelling in airliners to holiday destinations. But today, I took control for the first time (under instruction) of the pictured plane. No, I didn't take that photo, but I was just lucky that the promo photo used on Basair's website was of the plane I captained.

This was all part of an initiative which began last month with an information seminar where I received a free introductory flight with Basair, one of Sydney's Pilot training flying schools. I was given charge of opening up the throttle on the Tecnam 2002JF for take off, and then keeping her straight and steady during our flight out from Bankstown, to Parramatta, over to Prospect and returning to base. It was a great way to get a feel for flying, and just what is involved in controlling a light aircraft in the air.

Needless to say, the introduction has me wanting to go back for more... What with Dad now in the process of renewing his own Pilot's licenses, this is as good a time as any to get myself into the air up there...

I'll try and get into a more regular rhythm with the postings as some busy events are coming up shortly!

Until then...