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Once:

Busy week ahead. I’ve got a mad week of work stuff – as ever, and I need to try and make some headway with some of the local Green Party organising stuff that I really need to focus on.

Which is to say, that this blog. Specifically, this one. Not any others, this . . . → Read More: Once:

Odd:

Not long before Christmas, as Leicester City jumped to the top of the Premiership, somebody mentioned on the radio that they were still placed at 20/1 at the bookies. I did a bit of digging around, and did find an online bookies that had them for that price.

They also said that if . . . → Read More: Odd:

Stables:

Having been to a couple of gigs at the Stables over the years, I’ve somehow ended up on their mailing list, which means that every 3-4 months, they send me a brochure full of old singers, and tribute bands that I scour through carefully to see if there is anything in there that I . . . → Read More: Stables:

Loud:

Thursday evenings I go to speech club. First rule of speech club is…

Anyway, I had to evaluate a speech for vocal variety this evening. One of the things I had to evaluate was the use of volume, and of tempo, and of pitch.

I stood up, did a bit of a preamble, . . . → Read More: Loud:

Ideal:

Mrs M has popped down the pub, so I’m watching the Nutribullet special on one of the shopping channels.

“I’m not going to make any medical claims,” says the presenter, “But I have a lot of friends with Type 2 Diabetes, and they all take chia seeds. Look it up on the internet.”

. . . → Read More: Ideal:

Boom:

I started listening to ‘Indie Cindy’ again last week, and considered again the reaction it was met with when it was originally released a couple of years ago. Look at drowned in sound: “There are worse things in life than being the fifth-best Pixies album” or Paste magazine’s “The songs still sound like pallid . . . → Read More: Boom:

Special:

As we get older, and our time without commitments becomes less, we find that we have to pick and choose. No longer can you pop off to London on a gig whim. You have to plan, you have to make arrangements, you have to work out how late you can stay.

So yeah, . . . → Read More: Special:

Pre-release:

Back in the day, I never used to pre-order records. It was all about the ceremony (in my head, anyway) of popping down town on the date of release – finding the store that had the record, getting back home and playing it. To me, it was a big deal.

Obviously, thats not . . . → Read More: Pre-release:

Update:

Hi. Me again. You may remember me from the bygone times when I used to update the blog. Well, things have been busy – you know how it is. It doesn’t mean I don’t think about you.

So, way back when, I mentioned my 3 tasks for the year.

1 – Get . . . → Read More: Update:

Toothless:

The original release buzz passed us by, but J watched (and rewatched) “How to Train Your Dragon” a month or two back, and since then he has gone dragon crazy. Obviously, with the release of the sequel this summer, we were going to be taking him to see the new one, but we hadn’t . . . → Read More: Toothless: