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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

The Best Intro Of The 80s?

You know how the intro to a song draws you in? Or sends you spinning back to a specific time and place? Or you know just when the singing starts?

As part of a bigger project I'm attempting I did a bit of crowd-sourcing and got a few of my friends to suggest their favourite intro of the 80's. This is just a rough-around-the-edges idea but I have been having a play in Audacity (a sound editing programme) and came up with this.

All tracks are in chronological order which possibly doesn't work with the mixing but that's something I can reconsider. The full track listing is further down the page.


Full track listing (hear it on Spotify):

YearArtistSong
1981QueenUnder Pressure
1981Human LeagueDon't You Want Me Baby
1982YazooDon't Go
1983The CureLove Cats
1983Iron MaidenWhere Eagles Dare
1983New OrderBlue Monday
1983The SmithsThis Charming Man
1984Pet Shop BoysWest End Girls
1984Frankie KnucklesYour Love (original mix)
1984Van HalenJump
1984OMDTalking Loud And Clear
1985Dire StraitsMoney For Nothing
1985The SmithsHow Soon Is Now
1986Spandau BalletThrough The Barricades
1986EuropeThe Final Countdown
1987Pet Shop BoysIt's A Sin
1987AhaThe Living Daylights
1987The Bee GeesYou Win Again
1987WaxBridge To Your Heart
1988Guns & RosesSweet Child Of Mine
1989ErasureA Little Respect
1989Holly JohnsonAmericanos


Is your favourite in here? What would you like to see added? 

Let me know what you think.