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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

Musical Monday : Desert Island Discs

I was asked by Kate over at The Five F's to choose my Desert Island Discs - just eight pieces of music that I would be prepared to to listen to over and over again.  This sounds easy but it isn't.  Music affects people in many different ways, especially according to what mood they are in when they listen to it.  I spend more time hitting 'NEXT' on my mp3 player than I do actually listening to the tracks.

Anyway, here are a few that are stock favourites.  Songs or tunes that make me catch my breath and stop for a few minutes to sink into the arrangement of sounds and words.

Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush - Don't Give Up

Duran Duran - The Chauffer
(well, there had to be at least one Duran Duran one in here, didn't there...)

Crockett's Theme

Together - Hardcore Uproar

Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere

Oceanic - Insanity 

The Bangles - Hazy Shade of Winter

Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
(A classical piece but it's also the haunting music used in the film "Somewhere In Time" - one of my all time favourite films)

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Post Script
There were LOADS of tracks that just missed the cut for one reason or another.  If I'd have written this blog post yesterday at least three of them probably would have been in the list.  They included:
Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
The Voice Within - Christina Aguilera
Because Of You - Kelly Clarkson
Amazing - Janelle
Affirmation - Savage Garden
Running Up That Hill - Placebo

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What about you?  What are your ultimate favourite pieces of music that you never tire of listening to?  In the true spirit of memes I'm supposed to pass this one so feel free to pick it up and link back to me when you've done it.