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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


There is an industrial estate around the corner from us.  Part of the fence next to the entrance is a permanent shrine to a young lad who was the victim of a knife attack on that spot about four years ago.

The "shrine" is well maintained - there are always fresh flowers, a football scarf, messages, cards... but I can never understand why someone would want to remember the place of death rather than have a "nice" place to go.

 For instance, I couldn't go to bed number 12 on Ward 18 of the hospital where Mum died. I have to visit the graveyard where she is buried. And to be honest, I wouldn't want to visit the place where she died. It's like not allowing yourself to come to terms with what has happened.

Do you ever see "shrines" like this? I have noticed a trend of tying flowers to the lamp post where a fatal accident happened.  I can sort-of understand the initial laying of flowers at the scene but not for months, or even years, afterwards. What benefit does it have for people who have to view that every single day?  Does it serve as a reminder or a distraction?