The Quiet Life1 Jun 2020The Quiet Life Lemonrock. The Story So Far. 2000 - 2020.Well, here we are again. June 1st. Our special day.Anybody under the age of 36 was still at school when this website was created. And for those who were lucky enough to go to university, Lemonrock didn't exist on your graduation day if you're 40 or younger.Yes, we are pretty mature. We predated Facebook by 4 years. Twitter by 6 years. We arrived only 2 years after Google.Over the years, there have been balloons, cakes, Champagne, wine, and... pizza (I know how to live).Alas, our 20th anniversary - 1st June 2020 - joins the sober ranks of anyone who has had a lockdown birthday, anniversary or other significant event.Cue the hopeful, "not so bad" music: I don't actually remember my own 20th birthday, but I do remember my 21st. There's a comforting parallel here.So, with a little sadness, and a gutload of hope, I hereby postpone any Lemonrock celebrations until next year.See you all on the other side, folks!Please look after yourselves, and each other.Mac
R.I.P. Tom28 May 2020R.I.P. Tom You can tell when somebody's genuine.Tom Bagge was genuine. He was in love with life, in love with music. You could just tell.Tom's passing is a sad thing to experience. He was loved by so many people, and he had this energy about him.I remember one day, maybe ten years ago, and Tom suddenly turned up at a gig as a spectator. It was at The Mermaid pub in St Albans.We were all enjoying the band. The Mermaid lends an atmosphere of intimacy, happiness, contentment, enjoyment, when bands play there, in the tiny corner under the TV that can be seen from all around the pub.Tom popped his head in, this one evening. He was visibly in awe of the band. Even although he was a superb musician himself, he enjoyed the atmosphere of other bands' gigs. I like that about people. Tom was bursting with excitement. He turned to me - and whoever I was with - and looked us straight in the eyes with a cheeky grin - "Wow, isn't this *amazing*", he was saying... "Such a *great* atmosphere, isn't live music just *great*?" And we all looked at him and smiled, and nodded, and laughed, and said how much we loved live music too, and wasn't this special and amazing.It was special and amazing, and so was Tom.St Albans, and London Colney, are poorer places, now that Tom's not here to light them up with his enthusiasm and twinkly-eyed mischief and zest for life. I'll miss you Tom. It was an honour to have known you.Machttps://www.facebook.com/tom.bagge.5
Is It Safe? (III)19 May 2020Is It Safe? (III) I had to laugh. Headline news: EasyJet has admitted that a "highly sophisticated cyber-attack" has affected approximately nine million customers. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52722626 Here's how highly sophisticated it probably was: 1. Go to the library 2. Go to a free PC where the last person was using EasyJet 3. Launch the web browser 4. Use the back button until you reach the last person's login page 5. Steal their details / hack their account Very sophisticated. I reported this flaw to ICO in October 2018. https://ico.org.uk/ Seems that the Big Boys are too busy being Big to be Careful. Stay Safe, and ALERT! Mac Original EasyJet / Virgin Media vulnerability blog: https://my.lemonrock.com/editor?page=blog&_start=44 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3824347
Quick Update11 May 2020Quick Update Hello everyone. I hope you are keeping well.A couple of updates:* We have automatically now marked all gigs as 'TBA', no matter how far into the future they have been booked. This is to make it clear that as the lockdown continues, live music gigs are not at the top of the list of gradual changes that will happen over the next few months.* Over the next week, we'll be launching Lemonrock Online Gigs - an alternative way to enjoy music, brought to you by your local bands. Stay tuned!Best wishes,MacP.S. QuizMaster is attracting more players, and is great fun! Try it at 11.15am, or offline![Icon : Freepik]
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