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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

Soundtrack To My Life - 'High Tea Cast' Sam

soundtrack to my lifeThe internet is an amazing place for discovery of new interests and wonderful people.  I attended the podcasting session at Cybher that was run by The High Tea Cast and instantly became a fan of the ladies behind the scenes and the whole concept of podcasts.  I've managed to stop short of stalking the High Tea Cast team but only because Sam agreed to share her Soundtrack To My Life.  Here are her song choices and the story behind each one.


Dire Straits - Money For Nothing

This song reminds me so much of my childhood that when I hear it I feel instantly transported back to being five years old, in my Nan's front room, on a bright orange, 80s-style sofa.  My dad used to play Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Queen and Elvis on a loop to me, even when I was a baby (through headphones) and this song in particular makes me smile.

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Green Day - Welcome To Paradise

After going through a hideous boy band phase, I was introduced to Green Day's brilliant album, "Dookie", by a girl much cooler than me when I was 12.  I ran up to Our Price with my pocket money and bought it on tape and it didn't ever leave me.  I still have the battered tape now.  This song sums up everything I felt at that age - an outsider, confused and searching for an identity which I am sure I'm still looking for.

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Garbage - Only Happy When It Rains

Shirley Manson, my first female icon and the person i wanted to be most as a teenager.  Her swagger, her confidence and drawling voice, combined with that killer eyeliner, got me in a heartbeat and I still feel compelled to draw on my eyes and wear Rimmel Heather Shimmer lipstick when I hear her songs.  This track pretty much defined my goth/grunge phase and, although I grew out of that, I never grew out of Shirley.

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Bon Jovi - I'll Be There For You

When my husband moved in with me, he owned only two CD's and Bon Jovi was one of them.  Early on in our relationship we took a disastrous trip to Glasgow to see them play but in amongst all the things that went wrong we stood and watched Bon Jovi play this song whilst Mr S held me and whispered the words in my ear.  I don't think I've ever felt so happy and so loved.

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Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies

Being a huge fan of Irish Folk Punk, and Flogging Molly in particular, this song represents a new chapter in my life, having fun, being carefree and doing it with the most awesome people I have ever known.  I dare you not to dance along to this!

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You can find Sam podcasting and blogging over at The High Tea Cast (go and show them some lurve - they deserve it) and you can catch her on Twitter as @SamRSparrow.  

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