It’s been a while since I fell in love with a song I heard on the radio. Love this one.

Take Back the Radio by Katy J Pearson


Currently reading: Manhattan transfer by John Dos Passos πŸ“š

I grew up on buying vinyl records but I’m not wholly back into the resurgence of the format. I’ll buy the odd special edition but I just don’t have the energy to care about looking after a new collection.

Cardiacs' Tim Smith: a one-man subculture who inspired total devotion | Music | The Guardian:

Tim Smith, who has died aged 59, made a bizarre kind of rock music that was so wrong it was right – and his boundless enthusiasm was so infectious it created an army of followers.

It seems some folk are so desperate to try Roam that they’re willing to pay lots of money to buy beta accounts off other users. Madness.

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edge of red coffee mug

Our bumbling Prime Minister is going to get us killed. I’m not prepared to sacrifice myself, family, friends, and colleagues, for the sake of a rotting economy.


RIP Little Richard πŸ’¬

Winter froze the river

And winter birds don’t sing

So winter makes you shiver

So time is gonna bring you spring

Laura Nyro, Time and Love πŸ’¬

Some favourite song lyrics.

Steve McQueen jumped the first one clean

But the great escape

He tried to make was not to be

Maybe next time Steve

From Absent Friends by The Divine Comedy πŸ’¬

Kraftwerk: their 30 greatest songs, ranked! | Music | The Guardian:

From cycling soundtracks to anti-nuclear protest music, we celebrate the work of the late Florian Schneider and the groundbreaking group he co-founded

Good list.

Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories | Netflix Official Site:

Patrons of an otherwise mundane Japanese diner find simple yet profound connections with one another based on the shared love of a particular dish.

Took a chance on this last night and I loved it.

Carter, tears of terror mingling with make-up and the rain, squeezed the accordion. There was the long-drawn-out chord that by law must precede all folk music to give bystanders time to get away.

Another Terry Pratchett gem from Lords and Ladies. πŸ’¬

“They all laughed when I said I wanted to be a comedian. Well, they’re not laughing now.”

Bob Monkhouse πŸ’¬

Lots of bird activity in the back garden today. I think a robin is building a nest in one of the bushes.

Oh, won’t you stay

We’ll put on the day

And we’ll talk

In present tenses

Joni Mitchell, Chelsea Morning πŸ’¬πŸŽ΅

Sad to hear that Dave Greenfield of The Stranglers has died. The Black and White album was one of the first records I ever bought and I still have the same copy.

The Stranglers - Black and White album

They were both silent for a moment, and the silence wound out around them and filled the kitchen, to be sliced into gentle pieces by the soft ticking of the clock.

Terry Pratchett at his most poetic. I love this line from Lords and Ladies. πŸ’¬

I removed and re-added my Letterboxd feed and it seems to have posted every update for the last few weeks. Apologies to anyone whose feed I might have flooded.

I watched Thor:Ragnarok next in my lock-in Marvel movie marathon. The straight up comedy did not work for me at all. Big events were supposed to be happening and I was made not to care. Next!

Vintage Ronald Searle.

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I’m reading a book about reading books.

Book - The Year Of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller

There’s a Twitter thing going around asking people to post a photo you’ve taken from a place you’ve been but you don’t appear in. “Just a pic, no description”. I’m doing it here.

Things just got serious. I’m drinking coffee instead of my usual tea! Kindle primed with books of prose poems and Japanese short stories. I downloaded Berlin Alexanderplatz too so plenty to read.

I’m trying my hand at writing little lipograms. A lipogram is a piece of writing that forces you to omit a certain letter eg the letter β€œe” which is the hardest to omit in English. It’s difficult but fun and gets the brain cells working.