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Hello! How are you? How are things? What’s new?

I’ve been mental.

But you knew that already.

On Sunday I had a fun fun fun day, helping judge dressage at the Ascott-under-Wychwood, British Eventing One Day Event.

I have just checked the results website, I’m very pleased to see that the pony that I wanted to bring home (there’s always at least one of those) won her section, leading from the front all the way.

I’m thrilled to bits with this result.

The rider was a tidy youngster with a promising style, and the pony was a star.

On Saturday we went to see HP7b2d (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two – non-3D).

We went to the 22.30 showing, to avoid children.

The bottom line for me is simple.

No matter what certification the BBFC has awarded the film, it is *not* a children’s film.


I spent a huge chunk of Friday in the Salisbury area, then came home to join Soph in the studio, where we sat in front of a couple of microphones, listened to four Top Tracks and talked what some might consider to be amusing rubbish.

And by ‘some’ I mean Soph and me, obv.

On Thursday, after a day of work stuff, I went to band practice.

This month’s pieces were Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin on Heaven’s Door’ to warm up, Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing Cars’ for the main course and Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’ for the finger-shredding dessert.

There’s a video clip and some stills knocking around somewhere. I’ll find them if you want.

On Wednesday evening I was a singleton because Soph was out. I stayed home and annoyed the hell out of Twitter. And finished writing Part One (of three) of a new short story project. And practised guitar.

Tuesday evening I had my weekly guitar lesson. Then came home and continued trying to learn how to drive Sony Vegas Pro.

I can’t remember what happened on Monday, it’s lost in a haze of not enough sleep and too much being awake. But it’s safe to assume it involved trying to acquire more Vegas Pro skilz.

The Vegas Pro thing isn’t going too well.

I’m finding it simple to learn the ‘new’ features and facilities. But I’m finding it difficult to do the ‘old’ ‘routine’ functions that I can do in the old, free editing package.

For example, earlier today I recorded a very short, witty and (I think) amusing little film.

After making the film I fired up the nasty little free video editing package, added a title, two sets of credits, trimmed and edited the clip and added a soundtrack.

Five minutes from start to finish.

In the free software.

Then I fired up Vegas Pro and tried to do the same thing.

Half an hour later I’m still trying to figure out how to make the software do what I have already done – and done in a handful of minutes – with the free software.


I’m sure I’ll get the hang of Vegas Pro sooner or later.

And the short video?

Here it is:

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10 Responses to Insert something witty here

  1. Blimey Bren, it sounds like you’ve had a busy week!

    I loved the video….. it made me Google ‘how do birds shag?’

    Vegas Pro sounds like a bloody nightmare.

    • Brennig says:

      Apparently the pigeons weren’t really shagging, just messing about in a food-related way. I’m slightly disappointed to learn this.

  2. Masher says:

    Vegas Pro is the doggy’s danglies, but obviously has a steepish learning curve.

    Similarly, I used to use a cheap photographic editing package. When I upgraded to Adobe Elements, I found I kept going back to the cheap software to do the simple stuff like cropping and resizing, because I knew how to do it with that package. In the end, I removed the cheap software, forcing me to use Elements to do everything. And once I’d got the hang of it, it was just as easy.

    • Brennig says:

      I just need a leg-up on the first steps. I’m a bit frustrated I’m finding it so hard to get going.

  3. Clare Jones says:

    busier than me Brenn, and I agree Harry Potter hasn’t been suitable for children for the last 4 of the series.. I enjoyed it, but having not read the books needed to Google loads of questions afterwards… I refuse to read the books because ‘she’ won’t let you get them on e-readers.. $70 of my money she won’t get.

    • Brennig says:

      Well let’s face it, she’s not exactly going to miss a book-sale here or there is she?

  4. christina says:

    i wish i could play guitar. also, i like your blog. 🙂

    • Brennig says:

      Thank you Christina. I like the pics on yours. And I wish I could play guitar too. I’m just hacking my way around.

  5. Vicola says:

    I liked the bird video, it made me laugh. There’s not enough amusingly soundtracked videos of wildlife kicking about. Sounds like you had a busy week!

    • Brennig says:

      It made Soph laugh so much she actually wet herself. Honest. She’s still laughing now, which is worrying, because she started laughing 3 days ago. Hope you’re doing ok, V. x