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Getting carried away

January 27th, 2024 · No Comments · Music

When I treated myself to a turntable for my 60th birthday I had intended to have a small collection of records. Or small-ish. My brother-in-law, Rob, had mentioned to me that he had been finding vinyl collecting a bit habit-forming and addictive and, as I am finding out, it can also be contagious because I […]

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2023 – Ghosts Again

January 6th, 2024 · Comments Off on 2023 – Ghosts Again · Life, Music

As a born and bred Essex boy from Basildon, its amazing that I have got this far into my lifetime playlist without putting a Depeche Mode track on it. South-East Essex has been represented by Doctor Feelgood and Yazoo already, but it has taken this long for our biggest export to get included.

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June 2023

July 5th, 2023 · Comments Off on June 2023 · Life, Music

After months of dreary rain, cold, and high winds, I finally found some days suitable for flying my drone. The first attempt was just me on my own, down at Wytch Cross to get the hang of it. As I managed that without any disasters, I went down to Arundel to meet up with our […]

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King of Glastonbury

June 26th, 2023 · Comments Off on King of Glastonbury · Music

Last night I watched Elton John’s Glastonbury set with a big grin and moist eyes. It was absolutely monumental. Yes he is getting on a bit, and everybody moaning about his voice is missing the point. He knows very well that he does not have the range that he used to have, hence the adjustments […]

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Ten years making all the difference

February 5th, 2023 · Comments Off on Ten years making all the difference · Music

I was looking at some of the releases over at SuperDeluxeEdition today, and two in particular caught my eye. One was the 50th anniversary special edition reissue of Elton John’s Honky Chateau, and the other was the 40th anniversary reissue of OMD’s Dazzle Ships.

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All wrapped up

January 14th, 2023 · Comments Off on All wrapped up · Music

I have inadvertently become one of those people who keep their vinyl LPs in plastic sleeves. This is not because I am precious about my small collection. I have always looked after records, or tried to, but have never been distraught if the sleeves got a bit tatty. Admittedly vinyl costs so much now that […]

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2022 – Dirty Rat

January 11th, 2023 · Comments Off on 2022 – Dirty Rat · Music

First things first. I realise that I have started to get carried away. Having created a playlist with one track per year of my life about 5 years ago (I think) I subsequently decided to write a little post about each track but I have ended up writing about everything else in the year and […]

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Digging in the crates

October 30th, 2022 · Comments Off on Digging in the crates · Music

At the moment I am still enjoying the novelty of having a turntable again and the rituals of playing a vinyl record. For a start there is that way of holding an LP by the edges and flipping it over, which just can’t be taught or described; you just do it, and even after so […]

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Just like starting over

October 9th, 2022 · Comments Off on Just like starting over · Life, Music, Technology

Quite a long time ago I sold my turntable (a gorgeous Linn Sondek LP12) and all of my vinyl. We were moving to a smaller house and the vinyl was taking up a lot of space, not to mention the space needed for a proper rack for the turntable, amplifier, speakers, etc. I found that […]

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2021 – Cosmosis

February 7th, 2022 · Comments Off on 2021 – Cosmosis · Music

Well. 2021 was another year of not going out much wasn’t it? Another year of (mostly) working from home, and then staying at home afterwards. There was fresh air of course, as I was getting out for regular walks and shattering the 10,000 step target on good days – though a lot less for a […]

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