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"Can we have more baby-oil for the girls please?"

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Saturday 13 May, 3.30pm (Come Together Festival, Henley, Oxfordshire): We’ve just come offstage after our set at the Come Together Festival in Henley-on-Thames. Playing nearly an hour’s set before lunchtime left me feeling a little light-headed, but it was a great lark and everyone seemed to have a good time.

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Going head-to-head with Liberty X

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Saturday 6 May 2006, 6.30am (Lightyears HQ, Chiswick, London): We don’t have to be in Aberystwyth until 3pm, which should mean not leaving London until about 10 in the morning. Except that Tony has decided we have to set off at 7.30am in order to make it to the Red

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Why you should always lock your roof box

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Tuesday 24 April, 4am (Withington, Manchester): Our UK Tour kicked off tonight with a gig upstairs at Manchester’s Fuel Café. We headlined the show, supported by our new cheeky Northern friends Avenues and singer-songwriter Tom Barnes (accompanied by George, an extraordinary violinist who played her instrument like a lead guitar).

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Al The Loveable Stoner

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Tuesday 11 April, 6pm (Rond Point, Meribel, French Alps): Those of you who’ve met Tony will know that, just occasionally, things irritate him. I don’t know whether it’s the lack of meat in his diet, or his over-exposure to cheese, but there’s a certain bio-chemical quirk in his personality that

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"Poke me and I'll hurl"

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Previously on The Lightyears European Tour blog… …Monday 10 April, 11.30am (Lightyears Chalet, Saint-Bon, French Alps): Tony’s looking fragile this morning, having spent the entire night fighting a losing battle with a seriously hardcore stomach bug. Everyone’s nervous he may not make it out the door, let alone to the

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Postman Pat, Pete Doherty and puking

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Tuesday 4 April, 3.30pm (Lightyears Chalet, Saint-Bon, French Alps): Everyone’s looking a bit battered by this point, as the hefty gigging schedule starts to take its toll. Tony is beginning to regret his decision to drum whilst standing up, on account of the fact that our 2-hour sets leave his

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LYs hit the Alps

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Here we all are, munching freshly warmed baguettes with a side serving of prime quality French ham, sipping a round of hazelnut coffees and soaking up the fresh Alpine air. Beyond the front door of our chalet stands a magnificent, snow-topped mountain range, speckled with clusters of expensive-looking ski lodges

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