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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 - The Christmas Volume

Last week I posted about my top three Christmas songs that aren't really about Christmas.  As we're now building up to Christmas I thought that the last Soundtrack To My Life of the year should be my five favourite seasonal tunes.  




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It was a toss up between this and Johnny Mathis' When A Child Is Born but the video and the childhood  memories of the Boney M song tip this one over the edge for me


Pretty underrated and not over-played on the radio which makes it even more special, I think.  But Freddie and the gang hold a special place in my heart anyway.


Yes, predictable but I've chosen this video from Top of the Pops where people could magically be heard without microphones and Sting's miming sounds just like everyone who is missing from the original line-up (apart from Paul Weller who sounds just like Bono).  This version just gets funnier and funnier the more you watch it.  And, FYI, this is the house were we don't mention Band Aid II or Band Aid 20 because they just didn't happen, right?


I know... you could have written this post for me, couldn't you, but this is my karaoke song and it celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.  I quite like my husband singing "you're an old slut on junk" at me every so often but only because I can retaliate with "scumbag" and "arse" without him going off on one at me.


This is probably my favourite Christmas film.  As soon as I hear this theme tune, I know Christmas is almost here.  



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So, tell me... what is your favourite Christmas song?

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