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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 Unsung Heroes Of Christmas

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I wrote about my five favourite Christmas songs last year so as a seasonal addition to the Soundtrack To My Life series this year I have sourced some of my most favourite Christmas songs (or covers) that I think deserve a bit more air time. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas wherever you may be. If you want to join in with Soundtrack To My Life in the future please scroll to the bottom of the post for more details.


Jona Lewis - Stop The Cavalry

This almost falls into the category of "shove some sleigh bells in the background and it's a Christmas song" (ref: Stay Another Day by East 17) or "make the video Christmassy because of its November/December release date" (ref: Power Of Love by Frankie Goes To Hollywood)  because it has the line "... wish I was at home for Christmas..." in it.  But it's a song from the 80s - which is my era - and is one of the songs of my childhood.

Ant & Dec with Robbie Williams - White Christmas

This Saturday Night Takeaway show closer from a few years back remains one of the funniest moments in (modern) television for me. 

 Carol Of The Bells - Pentatonix

In the film Home Alone, Kevin runs in to the church and the choir are singing this song (it's also played when he is running home to set the traps for the baddies).  It's one that I love so much and looked for a choir version of it to share.  But then I found the Pentatonix verson (totally a capella) and thought that a more modern arrangement would be more appropriate.  This vocal group are SO COOL! 

Mavis Staples - Christmas Vacation 

As mentioned in the afore-linked Soundtrack To My Life Christmas post from last year, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is one of my favourite Christmas movies (I *heart* John Hughes) and as soon as I hear this theme tune then Christmas can commence!

 Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey and The Roots - All I Want For Christmas Is You 

Mariah Carey must love Christmas because she'll be raking in the royalties from 1st of December each year.  I had never really warmed to her as a singer (too much warble and wavy-hand stuff for me) but when I first saw this version of her song I loved her for being able to take the mickey out of herself.  Plus Jimmy Fallon totally ROCKS! 


Soundtrack To My Life
Soundtrack To My Life is a music series that I started in June 2012 and continued as a guest post opportunity.  It remains as popular as ever and gives you the opportunity to share music tracks which transport you back to a moment in time the second you hear the opening bars.  You can view all previous Soundtrack To My Life entries by clicking on the mix tape to the right.  If you want to participate in 2014 please complete this form and I'll be in touch very soon.