Gig: Post Modern Jukebox

Reading time: 2 mins

Everytime I listen to the current hits of the day I come away with a catchy tune in my head. Sure it’s auto-tuned, heavily produced, and reliant on a hook rather than things like a melody or a smart lyric but they are catchy nonetheless. And yes, I am big a huge snob about this…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 4 mins

Apple Music’s Archaic Album Categorization→ Benjamin Mayo sums up one of the most annoying features of Apple Music: the way the service thinks everything is an “album”, making it extremely inconvenient to find what you’re looking for. These artefacts of compact discs show up again when looking at an artist page. And this, amongst other…

Writing sparks

Reading time: 3 mins

Struggling with the duvet cover I paused and reminded myself just how good it is to slide between fresh bed linen. A few more wafts of the duvet and several curses later my bed was made. It took a lot of willpower not to just climb in right there and then. What an odd phrase,…

Podcast: The West Wing Weekly

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Geek alert: I frickin LOVE The West Wing. If you’ve never seen the show then this episode by episode ‘following along’ podcast will make each moment richer. Scrap that, if you’ve never seen the show, drop everything and watching the Pilot episode. If you enjoy that, then subscribe and listen to the first episode of…

I met a spaceman

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Ground control to Major Tom… Ground control to Major Tom: Lock your Soyuz hatch and put your helmet on! I can still remember the first time I heard Space Oddity. I can recall just how otherworldly it sounded to me and while that was largely down to Mr. Bowie (an entirely other being for sure)…

Weekend Reading

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In Conversation: Quincy Jones In both music and manner, Quincy Jones has always registered — from afar, anyway — as smooth, sophisticated, and impeccably well-connected. (That’s what earning 28 Grammy awards and co-producing Michael Jackson’s biggest-selling albums will do. Quite the interview this, to say he’s not shy about revealing secrets is… well just go read it….

Gig: The Lovely Eggs

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I’d not long finished my dinner and was doing the dishes. Standing at the sink I pondered what to do next and tried to think of reasons not to do any more chores, after all hoovering can always wait until tomorrow, right? We will ignore the fact that my hoovering was probably about a week…

Podcast: 99% Invisible

Reading time: < 1 min

One for all you beautiful nerds, 99% invisible covers an endlessly fascinating series of topics loosely arranged around design and architecture. 99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. From graphic design and prop making for movies,…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 5 mins

I Quit Twitter and It Feels Great It has been one year and 28 days since my last tweet. I deactivated my account shortly after President-elect Donald Trump tweeted, “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!”…

New Bands and Small Venues

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For a while now I’ve been on a mission to discover new music. That might just be music that is new to me, or it might be actually new up and coming bands that I’ve not heard of, but I’ll happily admit that the recap of my musical year that Spotify provided was a bit…

Team Training at the gym

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Gym wanker post alert. Last year I started going to the gym. I was doing a ‘BootCamp’ which was less ‘being shouted at by angry army types’ and a lot more ‘encouraged to push yourself during HIIT sessions’. There were two sessions at week, including a 9am start on a Saturday, and once I got…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 4 mins

Björk on creativity as an ongoing experiment You collaborate with a lot of people, often over a long period of time. How do you find a good collaborator, and what do you think makes a good collaboration? There’s a different story with every collaborator. It’s really like friendships. Because Björk. Story Ideas: How to Beat…