New beginnings and fulfilled ambitions

June 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 :)

Comments (5)

  • Brian Olewnick

    June 10, 2007 at 7:34 am

    Congratulations on the gardening leave. (We use the less appetizing term “severance pay” over here). Enjoy the time!

    And congrats on “sight”, a great record.

  • patrick farmer

    June 10, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    hope to see you around soon chappy x

  • Dominic Lash

    June 13, 2007 at 4:00 am

    Congratulations on the freedom, Richard! And thanks for the link to that photo of Radu – it’s priceless. (By the way, the performance of the bass piece isn’t happening on the day I mentioned now – I’ll let you know, maybe you will be around.) Very much looking forward to hearing both sight and the room.

  • Richard Pinnell

    June 13, 2007 at 4:10 am

    Thanks guys… and thanks to other people that said congratulations elsewhere.

    All feels a bit weird, and scary, but as every hour passes it feels liek the right thing to do. first day at home today and feels odd, no phone ringing, no stress, so quiet…

    Hmm think I’ll go put some music on 😉

  • Richard Pinnell

    June 13, 2007 at 4:12 am


    I’m pleased that that concert is being rescheduled, didn’t want to miss that one… I swear that now I have more time on my hands I will make it to one of the gigs you organise!!! :)

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