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A year end list

January 1, 2015

2014 wasn’t a lot of fun for me personally. It had its highlights- most of them involving travel and the chance to get away from the daily drudgery. A trip to Paris, a couple of short escapes to Wales and most memorably, ten wonderful days in the Outer Hebrides kept me going, but on the […]

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Where the hell have you been?

October 7, 2014

So it has been a long time since I posted anything here, or have written anything for anywhere to be precise. It has been maybe four or five months, I am almost too ashamed to go and check. The truth is, I just haven’t had the time, but if you were hoping I had gone […]

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By way of an apology…

November 5, 2013

Its been the best part of three months I think since I lasted posted a review here. I am pleased to report that tonight I will post a new one, and hopefully now I will be able to maintain a routine of two or three new reviews a week. This enforced hiatus was unexpected, but […]

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder

March 13, 2013

And the pile of unwritten about CDs grow taller. Apologies for yet another bout of inactivity here. Those that know me personally will know that my day job has been pretty demanding this year, and will continue to do so for a little while longer yet, and this, coupled with quite a bit of writing […]

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2012 and all that.

January 2, 2013

So I kind of knew that the minute I relaxed my ‘write every day’ rule then it wouldn’t be difficult for me to lapse into long periods of inactivity here, but trust me, if I had continued to post daily here over the last few weeks the content would have been either all unbearably unreadable […]

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Wednesday 19th September

September 20, 2012

So the trip to the Isle of Skye was stunning. The island was everything we hoped for and more, and the rest and complete break from both music and the internet in general that I managed refuelled the batteries nicely. Somewhere in me I have something to write about the experience of Skye, and in […]

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4AM In an airport waiting lounge

February 2, 2007

The patron saint of restauranteurs is St Laurence of Rome. Don’t ask me why, but that’s the kind of thing you learn at 4AM in an airport waiting lounge. That little gem of information came courtesy of a napkin that came free with my ‘Great British Breakfast’, which was a superb example of just why […]

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Love, painting, a boat, muppets and air conditioning…

January 30, 2007

As I alluded to in my last brief post its been heavy going around here lately, mainly because of my dayjob, the stressful workload causing me to neglect the blog for too long, and also a few other things in my life at the same time. To try and make up for any neglect I […]

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And so we start again.

January 6, 2007

Yep, with 2007 less than a week young I caught my first live show this afternoon, the first mini concert to be put on in the Sound323 basement for over a year, and possibly the last as Mr Wastell has new plans for that space. So, encouraged by personal invites and free alcohol, around 30 […]

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Another year, another list.

December 31, 2006

So 2006 comes to an end. Its been a funny old year. On a physical level I’ve not had a good year at all. My job has reduced me to an exhausted wreck most of the time, as everyone that knows me is sick of hearing about. 2006 has seen me unwell at regular intervals, […]

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‘Twas the night before Christmas

December 24, 2006

So yes its that time of the year… the frantic present buying and wrapping is over and done with, work can be forgotten for a day or two and this is my chance to wish a tolerable Christmas to all of those that may read this. If you don’t celebrate Christmas well I hope you […]

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Can you keep a secret?

December 22, 2006

A recent I Hate Music thread asked for people to nominate their ‘secret’ CDs of the year, releases that perhaps have slipped under the radar yet warrant a mention. here are mine, two modern composition discs I have enjoyed listening to a lot, and a CDR release; Jakob Ullmann – A Catalogue of Sounds (Edition […]

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You just had to be there…

December 21, 2006

OK so as the year drags its weary heaving carcass to a close we reach that time for writing ridiculous lists about the music we have enjoyed over the past twelve months. Well the pile of CDs not yet listened to remains a little too tall to be able to settle on a favourite CD […]

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The one about the two Irishmen, a Swissman and a hotdog…

December 18, 2006

So tonight after a long day at work I am pleased to be able to just relax at home after three days of charging backwards and forwards to London for the LMC’s 15th Annual Festival. As with all festivals it had its musical high and low points for me, but overall despite the exceptionally aggravating […]

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Preparing for the Festivities

December 13, 2006

Yes its that time of the year again, we all get excited, the preparation needs to be done, but once its in place much merriment can be expected. You make any travel arrangements you need to make, you contact friends so you can all meet up and have a great time together, the entertainment is […]

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Sorting out my piles

December 11, 2006

Rarely a day passes without at least one CD falling through my letterbox (or rather gets left out in the rain thanks very much Mrs Postlady, grr) so its not unusual when coupled with regular trips to Sound323 for there to be a considerable pile of music waiting to be heard at the end of […]

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Stress and the CD

December 10, 2006

Music is one of my escapes from this relentless assault on my blood pressure, but stress is never far away. So whilst browsing the contemporary classical sections of the big music chains on Oxford Street this afternoon I found a disc of the “Ka” and “Ttai” piano suites by Giancinto Scelsi, a CD on the […]

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So why Learning to Listen?

December 10, 2006

Because we don’t. Or I don’t, well, not enough anyway. Sure I sort of listen, there’s music playing in the background right now as I type this for instance, but is my attention fully with Sabine Ecklertz’s trumpet right now? Not really. I need to listen more, really listen, not just in bed before falling […]

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Hello

November 30, 2006

So, a blog. Lets not beat around the bush, I’ve decided to start writing here after reading recent blogs by friends and people I admire and thinking that this is a nice thing to do. In particular over recent weeks the pages by Brian Olewnick and Robert Kirkpatrick have been an inspiration. Although I have […]

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