Tracks Added – December 2014


A bumper crop to end the year as my Christmas requests were fulfilled by Santa.

This months additions are:

  • Train – Bulletproof Picasso
  • Simple Minds – Big Music
  • The The – Mind Bomb
  • Prides – Mixtape 2014 (single)
  • Peter Gabriel – Back to Front EP (SoS)
  • Alpine – A is for Alpine
  • Tchaikovsky – Serenade in C (SoS)
  • Radiophonic Workshop -Radiophonic Workshop (SoS)
  • Taylor Swift – Shake it Off (single)

It’s been a catchy month.… Read the rest

My name is Derek and I am a Fish

30 years ago I went to what was then the Apollo theatre in Oxford to see Marillion. This was during the Fugazi tour when they were still in their ascendancy and Fish wasn’t writing songs like Lavender.

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I remember the beginning of the gig very clearly.… Read the rest

The Best Shop in the World

This has to be my favourite shop in the world. It was situated directly opposite our hotel and with its unassuming frontage was easy to miss.

It’s a lamp shop but unlike any I had ever seen before. In the window were several brass instruments that had been turned into lamps and they were beautiful, stunning pieces of work.… Read the rest

Italy 2014 – Day 6 – And back again

Last days away are always hard as you have to balance the time you have available to do something meaningful with an eye on the clock to ensure you leave enough time to make your flight. Today was one of those days although with a flight not due to leave until 17:20 we had plenty of time for one last bit of sightseeing.… Read the rest

Italy 2014 – Day 4 – MC Escher

Today was a bit of a departure from the norm in that while we did all the usual touristy things we also went to a museum to see and exhibition of the works of MC Escher.

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His work fascinates me and is some of the most accessible art that I have come across.… Read the rest