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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 meets Listography meets Six Songs Of Me

soundtrack to my lifeKate warned me that there would be another Listography along soon.  When I read it and saw she'd cheated slightly I realised that I had to incorporate it into a Soundtrack To My Life entry for many reasons.  She has stolen the idea from a Guardian music section feature called Six Songs Of Me so it breaks the Rule Of Five that we both have for our features but as one is an 'encore' I'll let it go this time.  Feel free to join in at Kate's or here in the comments.  Normal Soundtrack To My Life service will resume next week.


What was the first song you ever bought?

The first song that I bought was Planet Earth by Duran Duran.  I remember saving up my pocket money and going to Woolworths with my dad and my sister (she chose Shakin' Stevens, This Ole' House).  It was 1981 and it was the start of a beautiful love affair that continues until today.


What song always gets you dancing?

Wow, such a difficult question.  Given half the chance, I'm first on the dance floor and you have to drag me off at the end of the night (or I voluntary leave before the 'Erection Section').  If it's got a beat, I'm there.  I'll choose It's Like That by Run DMC vs Jason Nevins for this simply because I heard it the other day for the first time in a while.  I've always wanted to be in a dance off.


What song takes you back to your childhood?

Because music is such a big part of my life, and always has been, you can pick any song from the mid 1970's to the late 1980's and I'm transported straight back to the lounge in our front room listening to some tunes on our radio and record player with the lift up lid.  I select Pretty Little Angel Eyes by Showaddywaddy for this one and wallow in nostalgia for a couple of minutes.


What is your perfect love song?

My perfect love song isn't really a love song.  I always think back to the song that I called "Our Song" - Dub Be Good To Me by Beats International because of the lyrics.  And that's what a song is about, after all, isn't it?  However, I'm going to show what an old romantic I am and choose the 18th variation of Rachmanioff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini which John Barry chose to run through the film score for Somewhere In Time.  I promise you, if you haven't seen this film, make it priority as soon as possible.  It is available, in full length, on YouTube (clickety click)


What song would you want at your funeral?

There's a few but I don't want to spoil the surprise.  If I put you in charge of music for my funeral though, I would like I'm Yours by Jason Mraz played simply for the lyrics in the last verse...

"Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you're free
Look into your heart and you'll find that the sky is yours
So please don't, please don't, please don't
There's no need to complicate
'Cause our time is short
This oh, this oh, this is our fate, I'm yours"


Encore:  What song makes you you?

Follow Me by Uncle Kraker.  No explanation needed, just listen.



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