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Wednesday 18th April

April 18, 2012

Another crappy day today smacking my head against any number of metaphorical brick walls, and even tonight, after spending two hours trying to clear up the remnants of the water leak that happened here at the weekend, also a real brick wall out of frustration. We are still without heating or hot water here, as […]

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Sunday 15th April

April 16, 2012

Gah, today was a rotten day, coming at the end of a rotten week. I am sick of having to put up with problems with water. Early in the week while driving to Oxford my car began to overheat because, after the thermostat packed in the water pump sprang a leak or six, so spraying […]

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Wednesday 11th April

April 12, 2012

Its approaching 2AM and I only got in from London an hour ago after attending a rather wonderful concert at Café Oto, so I am afraid tonight’s post is to be a brief one as I have to be up for work tomorrow. Today began extremely frustrating, several hours were spent trying to fit new […]

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Saturday 7th April

April 7, 2012

No post of value tonight I am afraid. I have been home all day, working hard on various things for the Cathnor label, of which much more tomorrow, plus a poster design for a forthcoming concert in Oxford, so I have spent the day with my eyes stuck to the computer screen and now have […]

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Wednesday 4th April

April 4, 2012

No post tonight I’m afraid, primarily because I am spending some time with Julie  (who I love) tonight before she goes away for a week and leaves me all alone (yay! oops, you should have seen the look I just got as she reads this over my shoulder) So I have little to nothing to […]

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Friday 30th March

March 30, 2012

OK, so I am afraid its going to have to be three consecutive nights without a music review. Tonight I have been out for a bit of a celebratory meal with Julie, and having broken the quite strict diet I am on right now by stuffing myself with Chinese food and beer I am suffering […]

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Thursday 29th March

March 30, 2012

Tonight then, as I hinted last night, I have no music review to write as I have been out to Reading with Julie, who I love*, to see Stewart Lee’s current touring comedy set, titled Carpet Remnant World. The chances of me not enjoying something Mr Lee does are of course pretty slim, but tonight […]

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Wednesday 28th March

March 28, 2012

No review tonight I’m afraid. Apart from being due my weekly break I also have spent time tonight listening to music I will write about for The Wire, and, having got home at nine tonight from work, I have to be up again at four to go back to the drudgery tomorrow so I can […]

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Thursday 22nd March

March 23, 2012

No post tonight I am afraid. Its pretty late as I type this as I have been out at Julie’s enjoying an evening of good food and great company. I was up early this morning helping out a friend, and then visiting the printers who are trying their level best to give me a nervous […]

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Sunday 18th March

March 18, 2012

Very tired tonight. (Look, its weeks since I wrote that!) I worked hard right through the weekend in the day job, including being up at six this morning to do a ten hour shift. As I have to do something similar tomorrow then I am ducking out of writing a review this evening. I have […]

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Saturday 10th March

March 10, 2012

Well I’ve written six review posts in succession, and I have worked today from 11am to 10pm, and have to be up for work agin at six, so I think I deserve a break tonight. Listening to, and writing about music has been a lot of fun over the past week or so, and the […]

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Thursday 1st March

March 2, 2012

Tonight I am both too tired to review the concert this evening, and am still finishing off four reviews for The Wire, so there’s no hope of me writing a report tonight I am afraid. This might just be the most exhausting holiday from the day job I have ever had, writing a lot, listening […]

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Tuesday 28th February

February 28, 2012

No review tonight as apart from a few hours this evening when I went to the official opening of Manfred Werder, Ben Owen and Patrick Farmer’s gallery exhibition at the Old Fire Station in Oxford. I have been engrossed listening to music and writing a lot all day for The Wire, so in many ways […]

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Sunday 26th February

February 26, 2012

No review tonight I am afraid. I came home from work tonight pretty damned exhausted, and as I have quite a hefty workload of writing for The Wire this month I had been busy listening my way through material for those assignments, in between drifting off to sleep every so often. There’s quite a lot […]

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Tuesday 21st February

February 22, 2012

No post tonight I am afraid, primarily because I am too tired to think straight, but also because I spent the evening with Julie and not with music. Actually this evening we did something I usually try and avoid, and paid heed to a religious festival by making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. In fact, the […]

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Wednesday 15th February

February 15, 2012

OK, so I am not writing again tonight, which is entirely Julie’s fault. She has talked me into staying at hers again, having had a nice time yesterday, partly because we still had a lot of food and drink left over and partly because we need to finish a game of Scrabble. I don’t have […]

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Tuesday 14th February

February 14, 2012

So today is Valentine’s Day, and as for once Julie and I are both off of work at the same time I have headed over to her place for a quiet night in with a couple of bottles of wine and the rare chance to cook together. So, writing a review tonight has been replaced […]

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Thursday 9th February

February 10, 2012

No post tonight I am afraid, primarily because I don’t feel all that well for one reason or another, nothing particularly debilitating but enough to make me want to go and curl up under the duvet rather than sit here trying to find words to write about music. I went over to see Julie this […]

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Sunday 5th February

February 5, 2012

So very tired tonight, but a couple of very nice days have been had. Julie and I began the day in Brighton, before picking up a passenger and bringing him safely back to Oxford in time to play a concert this evening at Art Jericho, which went very well and was musically extremely enjoyable. It […]

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Saturday 4th February

February 4, 2012

So, Julie and are are in a not so great hotel down in Brighton, as the freezing cold wind whips around the building outside an and the first flakes of snow are beginning to fall. In the morning we have to deliver a musician from here to Oxford safely for the gig advertised down there […]

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Friday 3rd February

February 4, 2012

OK so today went a bit pear-shaped in the end. I didn’t get home from work tonight until gone eleven, and then had to rewrite one of one of the two pieces I had submitted to The Wire, and as I have to be up early to drive to Brighton tomorrow morning the planned review […]

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Thursday 2nd February

February 3, 2012

No post from me again tonight, as I have spent the last four hours solidly working on the final touches to the two Wire pieces I have been writing. They are done now (I think) and normal reviewing service will be resumed here tomorrow. Once I had written enough tonight to be able to stop […]

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Tuesday 31st January

January 31, 2012

Just to explain the lack of writing here for a few days, I am currently irking on a couple of pieces for The Wire, a review of the John Cage, Empty Words release on Wandelweiser and a full page piece on a new DVD from the recently exhumed Random Acoustics label. The amount of material […]

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Monday 30th January

January 31, 2012

No post tonight I am afraid. I haven’t been in the best of health all day, a bit worried that a badly bloodshot eye I woke up with didn’t clear up all day. I am off of work tomorrow, with a lot of writing for The Wire to get finished, but I might have to […]

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Saturday 28th January

January 28, 2012

No post tonight as taking an evening’s break from writing, though there is music playing in the background as I type. I’m tired and am going in to work early tomorrow morning so I am going to do something really unusual and get to bed early. Seeing as I can’t think of anything else of […]

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Thursday 26th January Again

January 27, 2012

Just a few thoughts on today now that the annoyance of the ten hour listen going wrong has left me, and an evening of cooking and eating with the woman I love calmed me down and let me put it in perspective. Just to be clear on what happened- there is some issue with the […]

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Sunday 22nd January

January 22, 2012

No review tonight. I have written six consecutively again, so on the seventh day Richard rested. He also drove all of the way up to Cambridgeshire today, to see a friend, play with some dogs, buy a stack of books and listen to some music, so although he had a good time in excellent company, […]

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Sunday 15th January

January 16, 2012

I’m not going to write a review tonight I am afraid. I worked today, on a Sunday, which is an unusual occurrence for me, and the extra day has left me pretty tired. However I have been listening to music since I got home from work, and one CD in particular, but after what was, […]

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Friday 13th January

January 13, 2012

Well I almost made it to seven consecutive CD reviews, but tonight I have to bow out and the review of the Chrysakis/Somervell I promised will have to wait until tomorrow. I will head to bed shortly with that CD playing, so it will be a disc I am much adversed in by the time […]

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Friday 6th January

January 6, 2012

Taking a night off of writing tonight as I have written eight lengthy posts in succession and as I have a quiet house tonight I intend to soak in the bath listening to a CD before getting off to bed early for a change. I have been spending a lot of time with three or […]

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Sunday 1st January

January 1, 2012

So, given that I didn’t enjoy 2011 much from a personal perspective, I have to say that yet again it was filled with wonderful stuff when viewed from a musical point of view. One regret for me this past year was that, due to the many other pressures on me, I didn’t get to as […]

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Saturday 31st December

December 31, 2011

So, good riddance to 2011. I haven’t enjoyed all that much of this past year. I’ll post my thoughts on the music of the year tomorrow, but for now some non-musical, perhaps more personal ups and downs of the year. The big milestone for me personally was turning forty in March, which seemed to be […]

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Wednesday 28th December

December 28, 2011

Out of respect to Julie’s father, whose funeral took place today, and of course to Julie and her family, I’m not going to attempt to post anything tonight. Everything went very well today, a beautiful humanist service and the chance for so many people that knew John to pay their respects and pass on their […]

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Tuesday 27th December

December 28, 2011

No post tonight I am afraid. Other things more pressing as we prepare for a funeral tomorrow. I returned to work today, to start clearing up the post-Christmas mess, but I also spent a little time beginning one last attempt to resolve the issues I have here with the hacked RSS feed at this blog […]

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Sunday 25th December

December 25, 2011

A week or two back, listening to the radio while driving to work, I caught part of a phone-in discussion about the BBC’s annual Sports Personality of the Year Award. Somebody had rung into the programme criticising the shortlist of nominees, and asking why a particular rugby league player had not made the cut given […]

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Saturday 24th December

December 25, 2011

A little delirious tonight, partly because I am just so very very tired after working myself into the ground this week, partly because I have drunk most of a bottle of chablis since getting home at about eight, and partly because I am just very happy that all of the silliness is over for another […]

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Friday 23rd December

December 24, 2011

Home at midnight tonight, and hour earlier than the last two days, but as I have to be in work much earlier tomorrow, and because every muscle aches and my head is killing me there is still no hope of me writing anything solid here I am afraid. I haven’t listened to one minute of […]

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Thursday 22nd December

December 23, 2011

Let’s face it, I’m not going to manage a proper post here before Christmas Day. I will, as I usually do, manage to write something for these pages on the day itself, mainly because I have very little interest in any form of celebration myself and will probably spend the day with a stiff drink […]

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Wednesday 21st December

December 22, 2011

Sorry again… Its 1AM and I have just got in from a really tiring day at work that began at midday. I have been listening to some music as I have driven to and from work, and have enjoyed it quite a bit, but the CD in question has been listening for a forthcoming Wire […]

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Tuesday 20th December

December 20, 2011

No post today as the all-encompassing strains of the silly season take their toll. Today I managed to spend an hour or so wandering around Oxford city centre in an attempt to pick up the few Christmas presents that I cannot avoid buying, and it was hell. It snot so much the sensory overload of […]

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