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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

A "Golden" Moment

I've just been driving three boys - aged 10, 11 and 12 - to the local leisure centre so that they can go swimming. I had the radio tuned to the local station and was listening to the presenter announce that the travel update and news would follow the next song.

The opening bars of one of my favourite 80's songs drifted from the speakers and I started humming along quietly.  As the chorus approached I heard a murmuring of lyrics from the back seat of the car... then, all of a sudden, I was treated to a chorus of voices singing:



"GOLD! ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOUR SO-OOOUL. 
YOU'VE GOT THE POWER TO KNOW, YOU'RE INDESTRUCTIBLE... 
ALWAYS BELIEVII-IING..."


Ah, kids of today - they know a good song when they hear one.