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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 - Lorraine

Soundtrack To My Life
Today I introduce Lorraine to Soundtrack To My Life. Her Twitter bio makes her sound like my spiritual twin with her mentions of blogging, snooker and swearing. She originally fancied stopping at just the one song (Queen) and I probably wouldn't have minded on this occasion - or she could have just chosen five Queen/Freddie songs. Luckily for you, she chose four more and here they are.


Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody 

Roll your eyes all you want. I've got something special about me, that I only share with a few thousand other people born within a couple of weeks of me. Bohemian Rhapsody was number 1 on the day I was born, and again on my 16th birthday. If you don't sing along, there is something seriously wrong with you. Really, why am I even going to choose another 4 songs, when it doesn't get more perfect than this? (Oh, yeah, right, Nickie will kill me, that's why)

Portishead - Sour Times (Airbus Reconstruction)

I grew up a couple of miles down the road from Portishead (the place) where Portishead (the band) originate from. And spent many happy hours in their presence, at other bands' gigs in my not-so wild & mis-spent teens. Aside from the fact that Sour Times is a stunning song on its own, and has been the soundtrack to some slightly less than lovely moments, this version is special. My friends' band were invited by Portishead to collaborate with them for this extended mix, and it blows it into a whole different dimension.

Fools Garden - Lemon Tree 

I went to college in Ilkley in West Yorkshire. Thank assorted deities I didn't include On Ilkla' Moor Bah Tat on this list (wait, there's still time...). A very small town, with half a dozen pubs, one alleged nightclub, and at the time, more students than were really necessary. The college and nightclub are long since history. However, this song was pretty much the club anthem, for no obvious reason. I remember the last night of my finals year, the DJ playing Lemon Tree and telling the leavers we'd never hear it anywhere again. Thanks to the internet, he turned out to be a liar. No-one remembers it except me, and it makes me popular with Germans.

Alannah Myles - Black Velvet 

1990. I'm 14, and slightly obsessed with Atlantic 252, and America's Top Ten, both of which played this before the official UK release. I was a strange kid and took too much enjoyment from liking things other people wouldn't, or couldn't This song is at least at the more sensible end of that spectrum. Anything after 1994, I'm drunk and it seems like an exceptionally good idea to sing this in karaoke. Fair warning - find me a karaoke machine right now, and I'm all over it like a woman possessed. It's not a pretty sight.

England Dan & John Ford Coley - I'd Really Love To See You Tonight 

When my beloved & I got together, he worked for a local community radio station. The vast majority of their playlist was atrocious. It was a close run thing between this and Rupert Holmes - Escape (the Pina Colada Song) as to which really summed up his time at the station. Seriously. I'm talking about 2005 here. And even now, these songs still feature on a daily basis! England Dan & John Ford Coley though, have achieved legendary status in our house, partly for the amazing suits & moustaches, and partly for the name. It's my standard desperation answer in pub quizzes now - one day it might be right. Maybe.


Soundtrack To My Life

Say "hi" to Lorraine on Twitter and have a nosy at her blog - Squeaky Baby - I am LOVING her recent London themed post.. 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.