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up to june 8.......a long time
well, well, well....it's been a while .......so here's a short one to ease us all back into it....i've written quite a bit but never sent anything...........................it feels a bit like that letter you never dared send ....the one you've just written but you don't entirely trust it's very words......so no point inflicting those words on anyone else.......i'm sure we've all been there......of course i realise that that conflicts with the very nature of this 'diary', but it's all about confidence...some days are better than others. actually the truth is that at such a crucial time of the album........tracklisting, rehearsals, titles, arguments and full on fist fights......i probably haven't been at my most objective........there is however one cert in my mind....i fucking love this record now........and that's not me attempting to whip others into a kind of mass marketing aren't we great type frenzy...........it's the god's honest truth, governor..........but before i can write anymore i'm going to conflab with the others so that we can get our story straight.........here's an idea............... it looks as though alastair campbell has made a few errors in judgement over the handling of his pm's media engagements recently and might want to seek further employment elsewhere in an effort to save some of his rapidly dwindling credibilty......and maybe, just maybe he could add some 'spin' to us radiohead fellas...........that would be ace to see 'al' doing interviews for us............tight-lipped, stern and fending off the press .............."listen sonny if you ask this lot another question about why they always seem such a miserable bunch of bastards i will personally make sure you never hear another record of theirs again...........and for the record meeting people IS easy.................." .................... ah yes that would be just fine..........no more questions as to how you got the name of the band, or what you thought of creep now some 7 years after its release....actually to be honest the interviews done so far seem to be of a different calibre compared to last time round........so consequently they're not or at least have not been so far too much of an effort ...........but that might also have something to do with us and our new-found spirit of glasnost.prost.

will write something more at the w/end. we're off on tour on monday...................
sunday, june 11th 2000
apologies for the last entry and the half-arsed attempt at some humour.......very embarassed re-reading it. that's what comes from having listened to the album twice in succession at half three in the morning....... and deciding to post something up...............so we leave tomorrow for france and the first show in arles on tuesday........very nice....will write some more from a tour bus in europe.
wednesday, june 14th 2000
we had to cancel the vaison show............so firstly apologies to everyone who had tickets and were looking forward to the gig......we'd even got the set list done with different new songs from last night and soundchecked them..........and what an amazing place.....a roman theatre like last night in arles. the freak rain was of course to blame.......the stage had a good three inches of the stuff from a twenty minute downpour and with another storm forecast for 9.30pm and alot of the equipment still damaged from last night's storm in arles the decision was made to pull the show.........somehow we got away with it last night but today just seemed as if it wasn't meant to be.......sorry again to those in vaison .....

so we're now en route to barcelona for the first show with a roof which may prove to be a fortunate thing judging by the lightning storms we're presently driving through....in spite of all this strange weather i have to say that it is so good to be on tour in southern europe.....quote of the tour so far from coz who said yesterday whilst dining amongst the roman ruins........"this is the best holiday i've ever been on!".......which may not sound very unusual... but within the context of radiohead touring again is something close to extraordinary.....see you in barcelona.
sunday, june 18th 2000
it's sunday so it must be milan and the royal palace - the king of italy once lived here in this monza palace........... in fact we've just been shown the theatre where he reputedly threw huge orgies. it's quite a place. barcelona and last night's show in frejus were immense......barca started a little weirdly with us and the audience getting used to the teatro tivoli, the most un-rock'n roll of venues(extremely ornate however).......eveyone stayed pinned to their seats until we returned for an encore. our day off in barca consisted of eating and drinking vast amounts, broken up by a two hour siesta...ideal.....the only downer to the frejus gig was when i announced on stage that england had beaten germany in the football through a shearer goal.....bad move this was zidane country and very partisan to boot.....nevertheless a great audience. i picked italy in our euro 2000 sweepstake so as far as i'm concerned we're playing on home turf tonight....it's very warm.
monday, june 26th 2000
athens, greece

arrived this morning to play the first of two gigs in the lycabetus theatre, which is apparently near the parthenon. no site of any greek antiquities as of yet, even from the top floor of the hotel.........this city seems huge and apparently we're situated in what a local described as a kind of no-man's land......lots of traffic outside the window......and parked cars everywhere which is explained by the fact that they operate a system here whereby car licences are issued for different days of the week in order to alleviate the serious traffic congestion ie you have a car and you're only allowed to drive that car on mondays, wednesdays, fridays and sundays...........what happens of course is that if you've got the dosh you then buy another car that you can drive on tuesdays, thursdays and saturdays...................mmmm.............we had an amazing time in florence..........played open-air, right in the heart of the old town at the piazza san croce..........it doesn't get better than this....went on and played in thessaloniki last night at the earth theatre..... a beautiful modern amphitheatre which had actually been dug out of the hill that overlooks that city.....a brilliant audience who exhibited great patience at hearing a set with nine new songs and a band which ignored repeated requets for creep(....understandable on their part, the requests that is, as this was our first visit) and pop is dead (..... cheeky bastards....)

getting a little worried about how easy it is to drink vast amounts of alcohol on tour...kick-started by the lovely laika people who apart from playing some great shows with us also happen to make the greatest margaritas outside of mexico itself......they are dangerous touring partners..

the new songs are working pretty well now in the set....'in limbo's still a little tricky but it's more than made up by the way 'the national anthem' and 'everything in its right place' is going ..........our crew by the way are doing an immense job working outside in incredible heats while we swan around like popstars..........