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Realising I haven’t posted anything for 2017


Not that 2017 has been uneventful, far from it, I’m just out of the habit of updating this site. I’m reluctant to make New Year’s resolutions as I only manage to keep them going for a few months, so watch this space to see how 2018 goes…

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Remembering Classic Kids Telly


The Royal Mail launched some great stamps today featuring classic children’s TV characters – it did make me feel old though as I remember watching most of the old ones – Mr Ben and Bagpuss were a particular favourite – disappointed not to see Morph and I’m not sure Peppa Pig is a ‘classic’ – Charlie and Lola would have been a far better choice.

I like the little detail of having the characters break out of the stamp format – bit of a die cut challenge!


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Remembering 1,000 Airplanes on the Roof


I’ve been sorting out CDs I hardly play any more ready to sell on ebay. Came across some Philip Glass CDs and remembered that in the late 80s, while I was at Liverpool Polytechnic I went to see him live in Glasgow with my mum, 1000 Airplanes on the Roof is described as ’science fiction music drama’ and was a cross between a concert and a film, lots of back projection of strange scenes and some brilliant music – I haven’t forgotten it.

The character “M” recalls encounters with extra-terrestrial life forms, including their message, “It is better to forget, it is pointless to remember. No one will believe you.” Are the surrealistic details an accurate recollection of a voyage through space, part of a drug-induced nightmare, or the beginning of a mental breakdown?

Michael Walsh (Time) called it “part Freud, part Kafka, and part Steven Spielberg” and declared that “operatic design may never again be the same.” Peter Goodman (New York Newsday) said, “the powerfully hallucinogenic musical monodrama … is a child of the ’80s in every way.” Michele May (Potomac News) called it “a light show, a ballet, a spoken opera, an art exhibit, a lesson in Zen. Above all, it is a totally innovative entertainment form.”

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Thinking about camping


Just finished a pitch for the new KeyCamp brochure which reminded me about our camping holiday last year in Cornwall. We’d brought a Coleman Weathermaster tent in order to survive the typical English summer, just as well as while we were there the Boscastle disaster happened – 20 miles away from the campsite we were on! Woke up the next day with friends texting me asking if we were ok – I texted back ‘why?’! Holiday was a bit of a washout, but with all this hot weather maybe it’s time to get the tent out, could combine a trip with sailing the Heron?

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Remembering my Saab 96


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