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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

Christmas Music Quiz : THE ANSWERS

Thank you to everyone who joined in the Typecast Christmas Music Quiz over the weekend.
How do you think you got on?



(if you're  having problems with the player you can also hear the mash-up on this YouTube link)



  1. Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid
  2. Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea
  3. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
  4. Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End) - The Darkness
  5. Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord - Boney M
  6. Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin Stevens
  7. Mistletoe And Wine - Cliff Richard
  8. Last Christmas - Wham
  9. Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues with Kirsty McColl
  10. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Perry Como


There was only one person who got all ten right and that person is.... *drum roll*...


A special mention to Ria and Shaun who would have got all ten right too but they both thought that number three was Justin Bieber (feat. Mariah Carey).  As IF I'd have that little toerag featuring on my blog *gasp*