I’ve been considering a shopping ban for a long time. That I’ve never done it is really for a number of reasons, but I suppose it mostly boils down to reluctance to push myself that hard. However, over the last year particularly, as I’ve forced myself to face some of the terrible little habits I’ve … Continue reading The shopping ban
I was sick last week, so rather than listening intentionally to something a bit less familiar, I returned to an old favourite and write about that for week two. Not long after this album was released, I went down to Cornwall for a few days to attend an university open day in Falmouth. I had … Continue reading A Year in 52 Albums – 2/52: A Short Album About Love – The Divine Comedy
I love this album. I knew it a little already – it is an album I have on vinyl (bought as part of a mixed lot of Tormé albums before I’d ever listened to him at all), but as such it was often put on in the background – as a lot of jazz is … Continue reading A Year in 52 Albums – 1/52: Mel Torme – Swings Shubert Alley
I want to live much more intentionally. Reflecting on the past year, there’s a lot I’d like to change, but particularly the way I think about and use money. I’ve done a lot of the groundwork on this in the last year, facing fears and terrible habits: eradicating some of the worst entirely (I hope) … Continue reading A new start, and a year of challenge
It had come back before. In 1996, I was 16 and much more excited than my friends seemed to think I should be about a Doctor Who TV movie. I had just about the whole range of merchandise advertised in the radio times - posters, bag, t-shirt, watch, baseball cap, postcards. I had literally been … Continue reading Ten Years…
In honour of a couple of things - the wee chap's birthday in just 2 weeks time (when he'll turn an incredible 9 years old!) and that I'm going to the setting of this poem in just a couple of days... here is a poem for National Poetry Day. Memory of Sandy Footprints "Have I … Continue reading It’s National Poetry Day!
The last month has been so full of poetry that I feel a bit spoiled... Attending the CLPE Poetry Award at the House of Illustration was inspirational and a great evening too, with all of the nominees reading from their collections and a chance to explore the HoL's wonderful Quentin Blake exhibition. It was a lovely chance … Continue reading Learning to Love (and other modest poetry adventures)