At the end of 2018, I went to see the Dresden Dolls playing a gig again for the first time in years. They broke up ages ago, and we all thought they were re-forming for one night only, but now it sounds like there might be more coming up. VERY EXCITING. Read more
I just spent a good few minutes staring into the middle distance in my office, trying to work out how to theme this post and what to write at the beginning of it. Then I opened my notebook and flicked through it absently. Then I clicked on my WhatsApp window and scrolled down a couple of conversations I’ve had with friends.
Then I snapped out of it and just started to write.
Normally I open these weekly round-ups with a spiel about something that’s been on my mind over the last few days, but very little has been in my head this week except a constant spinning to-do list, rolling down into an eternal deep. Read more
The book blogging community is eagerly awaiting the release of The Island by M A Bennett, a modern-day Lord of the Flies. I’ll be reviewing it on the blog soon, but in the meantime the publishers are asking us for our Desert Island Disc selections.
I’ve never actually listened to Desert Island Discs – I’ve tried to listen to Radio 4 several times over the years, but the lack of diversity grates and I end up switching channels. A quick google however has told me the premise of the show: imagine you’re marooned on a desert island. You have a limited number of objects you’re allowed to take with you. You are allowed: Read more
On Tuesday I turned thirty. Happy birthday to me.
I’m making up for never talking about or celebrating my birthday in the past by themeing a few posts around the number 30 this week. Also because it’s easy to come up with post titles that way, and I’m feeling lazy. Read more
I’ve been thinking about the purpose of this blog for a while. Partly it’s just a dumping ground for my general musings, partly it’s a place I can go when I’m trying to remember the name of that good book I read six months ago. Partly it’s a way to look back on the year at the end of it, work out what went well and what didn’t, and plan the following twelve months.
But one thing a lot of people use blogs for is something I haven’t done so far: a way of staying accountable. Read more
Over the past few days I’ve found myself missing busking.
I never really expected to miss it, because when you’re trying to make rent on a London flat by busking in the snow in February it loses most of its glamour and excitement. But it can be a lot of fun, and although you’re unlikely to make all your necessary money that way, it can provide a little bit of extra income. Read more
I love Spotify’s ‘Your Top Songs In 2017’ feature, which allows you to see what you’ve been listening to all year. Here’s mine.
Spotify has the ability to create a playlist of stuff you’ve listened to the most over the past year. It’s interesting to look at what I’ve been listening to (and always amusing to see Cecilia Bartoli next to Necro…)
These days I tend not to listen to many albums, at least not one track after another on repeat, the way I used to when I had cassette tapes and then CDs.
Now that Spotify is in my life, most of my music is organised into playlists with titles like “Fuck Yeah”, “Mother-Friendly Playlist”, “Leave Me Alone”, “Work Fucking Harder”, and so on.
But from time to time there’s still an album that captures me enough to make me want to listen to it all the way through, and then listen again, and then buy the CD to make sure I definitely have it forever.
Here are some of my favourite albums throughout my life.