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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

Review : ZingZillas CD

I'll be honest here.  When I was asked to review this CD as part of my "bargains for Christmas" posting spree I knew that it would never enter the CD tray of my stereo.  As soon as Our Chief Tester of Toddler Toys (Anticyclone Amie) saw the CD, she pounced on it, babbling some nonsense, and refused to release it from her grubby little mitts.  Her mummy and daddy were ever so pleased and were looking forward to bopping along to the track listing back home.

At risk of sounding old, I had no idea who/what the ZingZillas are but I was assured that it is one of the best pre-school programmes on the BBC at the moment.  And my granddaughter seemed to agree.  She has been grooving away to all 26 of the tracks on the album and I know that she would have been pleased to receive this in her Christmas stocking.

Musical influences on the album (and on the show) are varied: rock, soul, jazz, samba, big band - I actually think it's a good way to introduce children to "real" music, rather than the artificially produced sound that you hear so much of today.

The album was released on 4th October 2010 and the RRP is £9.99.  It is available from all good retailers.

As an aside, should I be worried that one of the songs is called "Let's Hear You Scat" or is that my mind working overtime again?

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