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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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Fish out of water

December 23rd, 2023 · Comments Off on Fish out of water · Life

I walked into town today to try and do some xmas shopping. Failed miserably of course. As soon as I go into a shop I am paralysed by uncertainty, like the proverbial rabbit in the headlights. Not all shops. I am fine in a bookshop, or a record shop, or somewhere selling computers or hi-fi. […]

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March 2023

April 1st, 2023 · Comments Off on March 2023 · Life

Apparently the wettest March for a long time, and it felt like it. It was a relentlessly depressing dampness all the way through, but with sufficient breaks in the weather for me to get out a bit more – and at least it has been getting a bit warmer.

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Not shopping locally

March 8th, 2023 · Comments Off on Not shopping locally · Life

The other day I realised that my slippers were falling apart. With all this working from home, combined with trying to stay in the warm as much as possible means that I get a lot more use out of slippers than in the past. After work yesterday I decided to go out and buy some […]

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January 2023

February 1st, 2023 · Comments Off on January 2023 · Life

This year I have been trying to keep track of what I am up to. Not keeping a diary as such, just noting down various stuff. The reason is that when it comes to the end of a year I look back and can’t remember much of anything.

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Practical money-saving tip

November 29th, 2022 · Comments Off on Practical money-saving tip · Life

At the weekend I had a walk into the town centre for a look around. I wasn’t going for anything specific. It was really just to get some exercise and to catch up with some podcasts while walking. As I was just outside County Mall I was about to go into HMV for a browse […]

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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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The pleasures of pre-ordering

August 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on The pleasures of pre-ordering · Life, Music

In the last year or two I have been discovering the joys of pre-ordering stuff online. I know that some pedants have issues with the term ‘pre-order’, but we all know what it means: ordering something before it is released. I guess you could call it ‘pre-release ordering’. In general I do not actually buy […]

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In praise of… Burning Shed

July 3rd, 2020 · Comments Off on In praise of… Burning Shed · Life

Time for another quick unsolicited testimonial, this time for the wonderful Burning Shed online shop. Here are a few reasons to love the website: Specialising in stuff a bit outside the mainstream – like prog, Canterbury scene and electronica Carries a lot of special box sets, vinyl and collectibles Is the official store for some […]

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Credit (note) where credit is due

February 20th, 2019 · Comments Off on Credit (note) where credit is due · Life

We are always quick to complain when we are unhappy with a shop or service. Social media makes it even easier, and bloggers are probably the worst. Never have there been so many ways to vent your consumer frustration, but when you get good service its nice to use the same channels to share that […]

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