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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

My Oldest YouTube Favourites

sheet music"Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die."
Paul Simon

I remember hearing a comedian talking about Google Maps and Streetview, saying that you have the whole world literally at your fingertips and where do you go first?  Your own house!  

It's the same with YouTube. I save weird little clips of all genres all the time so I scrolled right back to page ten of my favourites (I somehow have accumulated 939 favourites.  I should really have clear out...) and it's like stepping back into the 1980s.  Now, where's my puffball skirt and my blue eyeshadow...?


I have no idea where I found this clip from and the sound is ever so quiet.  Five Star were one of my favourite bands in the 1980's and their concert at Preston Guild Hall in 1986 was my first foray into live gigs.  I got a tad over-excited the other week when the official Five Star twitter account started following me and retweeting me when Denise Pearson was on The Voice UK.

There had to be a Duran Duran number in there, didn't them.  
This is my favourite version of The Chauffer.

One of my all time favourite films.
"Tallulah" is my nickname on many forums across internet land thanks to this film.
I also NEED Future Cinema to come up North so I can see Bugsy Malone!!!

Remember when this video was "cutting edge technology"?
I'm sure we can all do better ourselves now with Window Movie Maker.
However, the song is definitely a classic.

I had forgotten all about this song and hadn't heard it for ages.  
I've now downloaded it, added it to my phone, played it over and over on YouTube, probably to the extent that everyone in the house is sick of hearing it.