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2003 – Milkshake

March 23rd, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

Music has always been an important part of my life. Its a source of entertainment but also emotional support, distraction, inspiration and excitement. I had wondered whether, when I turned 40 towards the end of 2002, I would continue to get enthused about new music or just retreat into the old favourites and leave modern music to the younger generations. [Read more →]

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2002 – Let’s Push Things Forward

March 22nd, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

I think that 2002 was a good year for music. Looking at the albums I bought I can see they are split between ones I got from the market stall in Lower Marsh and ones I would have had to go up to Tower Records for. Or possibly I was getting some from the Internet by this time. It wouldn’t have been from Amazon though. Back in 2002 I still thought of Amazon as being for books and would go to Play123 for music or DVDs. [Read more →]

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Operation inflation

March 22nd, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

Well. Had a meeting with my surgeon today. Instead of the original estimates of a 7-hour operation followed by a hospital stay of 7 to 14 days, where they might try to send me home after 5 days it now looks a bit different. Because they want to put in a tracheostomy for various reasons I am looking at a 12-hour operation followed by at least 14 mights in hospital but possibly a week longer. [Read more →]

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2001 – Me Gustas Tu

March 17th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life, Music

After the false start of 2000 the decade started to perk up a bit in 2001, which is when the pedants would insist that the decade started anyway. It perked up musically and it perked up personally as well. [Read more →]

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I finally got a date

March 15th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

Had a phone call from the hospital. They have had a look at the results of my CT scan (good news – the tumour has lost a lot of mass, although it still give me problems with eating) and fixed a date for the big operation where they take a big chunk of my oesophagus out.

That will be April 10th. Its good that it is the earlier of the three possible dates I had, but bad that Easter falls at about the time I would hope to be discharged if it all goes very well. I know that the hospital are notoriously bad at discharging patients on weekends and public holidays so if I am not quite ready before Good Friday I’ll end up there another four days until Easter Monday has gone.

It is all a bit scary, but also exciting because it is one step closer to being cured.

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2000 – Music

March 15th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

The year 2000 is another one of those years when I wish I had never started doing this because it wasn’t a great year for music. I hoped for more from the new milennium. Yes I know that, strictly, the millennium starts in 2001 but the general feeling is that it started in 2000. And, by the way, for anybody who is getting bored with all this, I am a bit as well. I hadn’t realised just how many years I have been going!

Anyway, looking at the lists of hit singles of the year and albums that were released, I don’t seem to have many of them. I can’t believe I cut back on buying music, in fact I know I didn’t, but I must have been getting mostly older stuff. Possibly snapping up greatest hits collections or something like that. [Read more →]

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1999 – Smooth

March 14th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

I really liked listening to Santana when I was at school. I only had the Caravanserai album myself, but other people there had other albums and it was all good stuff. I really lost touch with his music after Moonflower. Nothing seemed to get any publicity and so I never noticed it. I was happy just listening to the old stuff anyway. All of that changed in 1999 when Supernatural came out. He was taking the approach John Lee Hooker had on his later albums and it was stuffed with guest appearances. More importantly it had some memorable catchy songs and was like a festival of Latin American-flavoured music. [Read more →]

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First world problem

March 13th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

One of the many side effects of the ECX combination of chemotherapy is that skin on the hands and feet can get sore or red and can peel. Amongst all the jargon and technical terms this particular side effect stood out because of its blunt, Ronseal ‘does-what-it-says’ name: “hand-foot syndrome”.

I did have several of the side effects, but this hand-foot syndrome is the one that is still causing problems. My fingertips got very dry, cracked and peeled. They are starting to feel more normal now but I still have a situation where I have trouble using the fingerprint reader on my phone. There is one part of my thumb that registers OK and it takes a few attempts to get that exact bit of the side of my thumb on the reader. Half the time I end up having to actually swipe up and put my PIN in!

The humanity!


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1998 – Gimme Some More

March 11th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

This was the year I really clicked with Busta Rhymes. I got the Turn It Up remix single and was totally smitten by the Knight Rider bassline in it. On the back of that I bought his Extinction Level Event album and although it was a bit frustrating with so many short tracks I found plenty to enjoy especially Gimme Some More. His fast rapping technique on that is just outstanding and stopped me in my tracks.

Busta Rhymes is still my favourite rapper and the only one I have ever seen live. I have always avoided rap concerts because of their reputation for starting hours late and being a bit of a shambles, but a couple of years ago I took our son up to London to see Busta at the O2 and it was amazing. And he only started about 30 minutes late! That was fine for all the Londoners there, but a bit of a pain for those of us having to catch the train back to Sussex. Just like the albums, the songs were too short.  As soon as you get into one it ends. Just for once you want something that lasts more than 3 minutes, even if they are three brilliant minutes.

For all those reasons and for the memory of first hearing it through headphones on the way to work, I have slipped Busta Rhymes onto my playlist for 1998.

Not that I was so impressed with all the rap I heard in this year… [Read more →]

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1997 – Brimful of Asha

March 10th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

There were quite a few good songs in 1997, and a few that bring back specific memories. Brimful of Asha by Cornershop  falls into both camps. At this time I was going to a few clubs with my wife and her sisters. We all lived and/or worked in London so had plenty of choice. Sometimes it was a club in Lewisham, but more often we went ‘up west’. [Read more →]

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