Don’t Look Back In Anger

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Wow, nearly at the end of 2012…was it a good one for you?  It was a year of mostly highs for me.  This was the year that I started a new fitness habit, not to lose weight but just to feel fitter and healthier.  I also started a new business Alphabet Street.  I took the plunge and signed up for tennis lessons which has been, and will continue to be I’m sure, the most fun!  Then there was the Olympics!  There’s been 2 weddings and a funeral, and most importantly lots of fun and laughter with precious friends and family.  My youngest started school this year and my eldest went up to middle school. There was lots of music, Scott Matthews, Coldplay, Reading Festival, Radiohead & Turin Brakes.  Lots of plans made for next year too including The NME Tour, The Joy Formidable, Alt-J and Reading again.

Now, I’m not really one for making New Year Resolutions but here is a little list of what I’m going to try and do in 2013

*In no particular order*

  • Grow my business and learn as much as I can
  • Take more photos
  • Cook more from my lovely cookbooks
  • Go for Quality not Quantity
  • Try not to sweat the small stuff
These will get used more...

These will get used more…

What plans do you have?  I’d love to hear them…

All that remains then is to wish you a very Happy New Year and 2013, Let’s Do This! xx

Throwback Thursday

Aaaah…that time of year that is the institution of the X-Factor Christmas No 1… What will it be this year I wonder?  *actually not too bothered*

This was what was filling the airwaves back in 1975 – the year of my birth.  Not particularly festive I grant you but a classic all the same…

I do hope you all get a bit of a sing song going…

What was Christmas No 1 when you were born?

Throwback Thursday

It’s that time of year again…the School Disco.  My eldest daughter has hers tonight and is obviously highly excited.

My memories of the school disco are somewhat hazy now but I do remember the excitement of picking out what you were going to wear and hoping that the DJ would play your favourite song.  Molly has picked One Direction as her requested song *sigh* but back in 1984, my 9 year old self would have probably picked this…

What song would you have requested?

List Lust

My New Notepad

My New Notepad

I’m not sure if it’s a ‘Mum’ thing but I love a list…The way I prefer my list is the old fashioned retro way via pen and paper – the prettier the better.  There’s nothing better than cracking open a new notebook and having a lovely blank page in front of you *there are better things, but not many..*

This is a great time of year for lists of best stuff, but I’m going to fight the urge and not really do one *as such*

Another little retro habit of mine is buying cd’s – I like to listen to them in my car (which actually has a cassette player in it – *ask your mum*) and I still like the physicality of it.

These are the best albums I bought this year…In no particular order…

  • Jack White – Blunderbuss
  • Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
  • The Vaccines – Come of Age
  • Lucy Rose – Like I Used To
  • Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is An Animal

 

These are some artists that I really enjoyed listening to but never got round to getting their album…

  • Laetitia Sadier
  • Bat For Lashes
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Bobby Womack
  • Miike Snow
  • Blood Red Shoes
  • Santigold
  • Two Door Cinema Club

 

This is the stuff I’m looking forward to being released next year…

  • Atoms For Peace
  • Kings of Leon
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • The Strokes

 

And finally the new ‘album’ from Beck – Song Reader which has all the tracks in sheet music form.  This really appeals to my vintage retro side and my love of Beck, but my non-musical ability side is weeping slightly…

What’s your list like?  Please let me know…

Throwback Thursday

This is a bit of an odd throwback thursday in as much as the song for today is a re-release.  Hope you don’t mind…

As it’s now December, I can start rolling out some Christmas songs *huzzah!*

I first heard this song a couple of years ago when we went to see Tim Minchin.  Please take some time out to sit and listen to the lyrics as they’re just lovely…

You can buy it here and proceeds from the sale of the song during the month of December will go to The National Autistic Society.

*This is not a sponsored post

#awkward

On Thursday night, myself and my husband went to a really lovely local venue, The Stables, to see Turin Brakes.

Turin Brakes then...

Turin Brakes then…

I’d seen them before back in *gulp* 2001 when they supported James on their farewell tour.  I remember being impressed with them then and was further impressed on Thursday.

Now, the venue was amazing – but very intimate.  My husband, who thought this might be the case, had luckily booked balcony seats so we weren’t nose to nose with the band.  The Stables is a theatre normally so it was all seating (around 400 capacity) and the sound was amazing – so much so that at one point, the band stepped off the stage, unplugged the guitars and sang  – you could hear a pin drop, and them, perfectly.

in fact, you could hear a pin drop the whole way through the gig, and this is what made me feel a little awkward.  I felt I had to wait for the *slightly subdued* clapping so I could cough!  Rob commented that the applause was a little ‘mastermind’, a bit clean and polite if you like…

This has happened to us once before, we went to see Scott Matthews at the O2 in Leicester, but due to bad weather, we ended up watching him in the University SU bar, which was brilliant and so informal  – there were people sitting cross-legged in front of the stage, we were on bar stools *old lady legs* but I attracted the attention of the whole room – including Scott, when I chinked an ice cube in my drink *I’m not even exaggerating!*

Now, don’t get me wrong, I feel incredibly privileged to see bands in an intimate venue, to see the whites of their eyes, hear them breathing and even engaging in conversation (!) but maybe it’s me being overly english about the whole situation, but I feel as much on stage as the band do!

Have you been in this situation?  Do share!

Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with this…