June is never a good month for me. Every announcement of exam timetabling has me wanting to kick the UMO after yet another clash with the Download Festival!
Whilst this year's Download was no less spectacular than that of previous years; (Alice In Chains provided an exceptional set) it wasn't quite the same for Bakersfield's finest. The mighty Korn found themselves performing with a series of equally-competent stand-in vocalists due to Jonathan Davis' exhaustion; reason unknown.
In a non-stereotypical turn of events, the reason for his absence turned out to be 'Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura', an ailment Davis has endeavoured to explain to followers on the band's official website.
Here's to hoping that the awareness Davis brings will translate into an increase in platelet donations; the National Blood Service has reported an annual 17% shrinkage in UK whole blood and component donations over the years. With demand quickly outstripping supply, there's no time like the present to get that all-important annual act of altruism in. Don't just stand there. Donate to be different.