New beginnings and fulfilled ambitionsJune 9, 2007
Well the last week has been a big one for me in many ways. I finally handed in my notice at my overpowering, exhausting job in the week and was immediately placed on gardening leave until the middle of August. Gardening leave, for those unaware is when you are sent home to see out your notice away from work with pay, in my case as a thank you for the seventeen years of service I gave that company. So it feels a bit weird (a lot weird to be honest) but I suddenly have time on my hands and a big weight lifted from my shoulders. Whilst I obviously need to find another job, and I have interviews in the pipeline I’m not in a huge hurry and intend to make the most of this time off, something I haven’t been able to experience for a long time.
Alongside all this I’ve been madly posting out copies of the new release on my Cathnor label, sight by MIMEO. I try to keep my writing here separate from my Cathnor activities, so I won’t say any more, but this release has certainly kept me busy.
I also met up with my radio partner in crime Alastair to discuss the new series of audition our radio programme broadcast in London and on the internet by Resonance FM. We are hoping to be on air again in early July with lots of goodies in store for you…
So a busy week that didn’t see much time for writing or listening, but obviously I hope that will change very soon. I plan to swamp the internet with my tedious drivel over the next few weeks, so beware!
Tomorrow I’m off on a little adventure too. It may not seem much, but I’m heading off to Aberdeen, Scotland to see a concert by Keith Rowe, whose new CD The Room just released on Erstwhile Records is an amazing piece of music, something I feel totally unqualified to write about, but have been moved by a great deal over the last few days. The adventure though, comes from my method of transport… determined to have a break I am leaving the car at home and am making my way up to the distant wastes of Scotland by train. The journey will take the best part of eleven hours and will involve travelling overnight in a “sleeper” train, something I have never done, and have always wanted to do since I was very small. I have many unfulfilled ambitions in life, but it seemed fitting to mark the start of a new less stressed period of my life by ticking that one off the list