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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

What Was The First Album You Bought?

Duran Duran, Seven and the Ragged Tiger, album cover

Thirty years ago this month I walked into Woolworth's and bought Seven and the Ragged Tiger by Duran Duran

As mentioned in my "First Five Albums" post moving up to high school in 1983 meant that I felt a bit more grown up and the discovery of Duran Duran cemented that feeling.  So I saved up my pocket money, did some extra jobs around the house and asked Dad to drive me into town one Saturday.  This album was never off my portable record player in my bedroom and, when I was allowed, I played it on my parent's stereo in the front room, taped it (sshh, pirating at such an early age - who knew?) and did the stop-start-stop-start to write down the lyrics to the all the songs in my best handwriting.

It was the start of a musical love affair that still continues to this day.  But thirty years!! Where does the time go?  

What was the first album you bought?