So it turns out that Nottingham is the gun crime capital of the UK. Guess where we had our last show? I was expecting some sort of Merry Men/Robin Hood style legacy to be in place but I wasn't really thinking it would be crime...
The funny thing is that Tim reminded me on the way up that England has less than 20 gun related murders every year compared to America's many thousands. It then donned on me that 20 people killed every year could have been accomplished by one nutter with one gun, and that he probably lives in Nottingham. But I also figured then that everyone would know where he lives and we'd all just stay clear.
Anyway, no ill fate befell us in Nottingham, save the fact that the venue had no idea that we were playing and the night was billed as an open mic. Hilarious. If I could imagine the English equivalent of a sports bar on Colfax Ave in the states I think this would come pretty close. Tons of gruff townies sporting huge beards and little dogs who were all deep in their cups and heavy in their stares. Needless to say we had a great time.
The highlight of the evening was when our dear friends Kolya and Parisa surprised us with a visit from Ireland! It was great to spend some time with them, short as it may have been, as I hadn't seem them in quite a while. I do wish I could have made it out to Ireland on this trip but I suppose that will have to wait till next time around...
Now that the tour has wrapped up, Tim and I are planning a relaxing day of going for a walk around the countryside and having a sauna. Proper.
I've got a couple days before I travel back to the states and I reckon this would be the time to do some actual sight-seeing. Though a large part of me just wants to sit on my ass for about 5 days...we'll see who wins.
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