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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 - Cathy

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I first 'met' Cathy in a Google Hangout last year.  It was my first HOA and I was a bit nervous.  Cathy's online persona is 'Wandering Sheila' which derives from the fact that she is from the land of Oz and has found herself in the UK after travelling through Italy.  She says that her name also comes from the fact that she loves to discover new places.  I'll link to Cathy's particulars at the end of the post.  Here are her song choices...


My sister introduced me to Muse and this would still have to be one of my favourite songs of theirs.

Anu is an Australian singer. She didn't write this song. It was written by Neil Murray and first recorded in 1987. It makes me think of my home country, Australia (and if I am truly honest, a touch homesick).

Having lived in Italy for over 7 years in total, I have gained an appreciation of foreign music. I found this song when I was looking at Zero Assoluto songs in general on youtube. Occasionally you come across songs in two languages. This one features Nelly Furtado singing part of the song in English. 'Appena prima di partire' means just before you leave.

I love the fact that English radio stations play some songs that date back many years. This took me back in time when I was living in Australia and listening to Rage on Saturday mornings.

I love listening to this song on a sunny day. We've had a fairly bad summer here in England, but there have been a few days where sunshine has been present and I've listened to this song.


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You can find Cathy talking about her life away from Down Under over at her blog, Wandering Sheila.  Catch up with her on Twitter as @cathylpowell or on her Facebook page.  

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