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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 - Sam B

soundtrack to my lifeIf one person needed to join in with Soundtrack To My Life, it's my friend Sam.  We have had interesting music chats in the past, share a love of vinyl and come from an era where Woolworths was the (only) record shop of choice.  Sam is neither a blogger nor a tweeter (I know... in this day and age too!) although she did dabble in blogging about a year ago but real life events took precedence.  I'll leave a couple of links for you to read at the end of this post and you can pester her to take it back up again.  In the meantime, over to Sam. 


Boney M - The Rivers Of Babylon

This song just reminds me of being happy and being a kid.  It has lovely childhood memories associated with it of a great family holiday in Tunisia and having no worries, no stress and just enjoying being a child.  I hear it and I'm transported back to the 1970's

The Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays

I'm 11, about to go to high school and I've just met my best friend, Helen.  She knows me better than anyone else and 33 years on we are still going strong through the ups and downs of life!  We would sit and watch this on Top of the Pops and I was intrigued by the video - when videos were still a big novelty and not everyone did them.

The Housemartins - Happy Hour

This song just reminds me of FREEDOM.  Being 18, leaving home and going off to college.  It was a great time in my life with endless possibilities and new experiences, meeting lots of people from all different walks of life.  Things weren't going too great back at home but I was miles away, wrapped up in my new life and being selfish like only 18 year old's can.

Faith No More - Epic

A horrible time in my life, living at the opposite end of the country where I didn't really know anyone, had no job and was in a crap relationship that I knew wasn't working.  I was living in a house full of hippies who didn't do any housework, going bonkers!

The Raconteurs - Steady As She Goes

I have to feature my favourite band.  It's very apt.  And I like to think of it as my theme song in life.
Just keep swimming...


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So I promised to link to a couple of Sam's blog posts from last year.  Here is "I wish that I knew what I know now, what I was younger" and "In praise of vinyl".  She describes herself as a "grumpy, underachieving Notherner" but she's pretty great really.

If you want to join in with Soundtrack To My Life you can complete this form and I'll be in touch when your feature is due to go live.  Click on the mix-tape to the right to read all the "Soundtrack To My Life" entries.