Europe – Oct 2014

Originally it was meant to be: London (2 days off/de-jet-lag), Cannes (work), Aix-en-Provence and surrounds (holiday/family visit)

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One week before departure it became: London, Cannes, Amsterdam (work + 1 day off), Aix-en-Provence and surrounds.


Finally, mid-trip, it became: London, Cannes, Amsterdam, Vienna (work), Aix-en-Provence and very few surrounds, Nice.


16 days, 10 flights, 6 hotels and 1 spare room, 1 rental car, a few trains, several buses, countless taxis.

2.5 days London, 3.5 days Cannes, 2 days Amsterdam, 34 hours Vienna,  2.5 days Aix-en-Provence, 12 hours Nice.

Australia, England, France, Netherlands, Austria, France, England, Australia.


Playlist – 2014 (the first half)

My playlist for the first half of 2014 includes two songs I’ve been loving for at least a year, but were never available before now.

California (Cast Iron Soul) – Jamestown Revival

Red Eyes – The War of Drugs

Seasons (Waiting on You) – Future Islands

Take Me to Church – Hozier

Hollywood – RAC featuring Penguin Prison (been trying to get hold of this one for ages, finally released with the album)

Jerk Ribs – Kelis (ditto)

Supernova – Ray LaMontagne

This is the Last Time – The National (yes, the album is last year, but this has got play this year, and so I could sneak it in)

Control – Broken Bells

Avant Gardener – Courtney Barnett

Helpless Blues – The Bamboos

Magic – Coldplay (yes, yes I know. Nothing about this album grabs me except this song which won’t get out of my head. There’s one every year.)

Like I Need You – Kan Wakan

Angels of Fire – The Jezabels

Conviction – Meshell Ndegeocello

This Love is Here to Stay – Thomas Dybdahl

Waitress Song – First Aid Kit

Just One of the Guys – Jenny Lewis

Sherman (Animals in the Jungle) – Tom Vek

Cheap Sunglasses – RAC (featuring Matthew Koma)

Coming Down – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (featuring Matt Berninger)

Lazaretto – Jack White



Playlist – 2013

(Belatedly) My final playlist for 2013 ended up like this:

Little Numbers – BOY

Lanterns – Birds of Tokyo

Miracle Mile – Cold War Kids

Lightning Bolt – Jake Bugg

Joy to You Baby – Josh Ritter

Time to Run – Lord Huron

Entertainment – Phoenix

Diane Young – Vampire Weekend

Do It Again – Camera Obscura

Oh Sailor – Mr Little Jeans

The Way We Move – Langhorne Slim & the Law

The Woodpile – Frightened Rabbit

I Remember You – Rilo Kiley

Grace for Saints & Ramblers – Iron & Wine

Rumble and Sway – Jamie N Commons

Don’t Swallow the Cap – The National

Hold Me – Tom Odell

Ain’t That the Way – Divine Fits

Head in the Dirt – Hanni El Khatib

Made to Love – John Legend

Strong – London Grammar

Get Lucky – Daft Punk

Get Lucky – Daughter

I Sat By the Ocean – Queens of the Stone Age

Elephant – Tame Impala

State of the Art (AEIOU) – Jim James

You Already Know – Arcade Fire

No Destruction – Foxygen

Riptide – Vance Joy

Creep in T-shirt – Portugal. The Man

Right Action – Franz Ferdinand

A Ton of Love – Editors

Come Save Me – Jagwar Ma

Everything – Nine Inch Nails

Dangerous – Big Data

Falling – HAIM

Is This How You Feel? – The Preatures

Do I Wanne Know? – Arctic Monkeys

Birth in Reverse – St Vincent


Playlist – 2013 Part 1

I’ve been buying a lot of music so far this year, after a slow start.

My playlist for the first half of 2013 is:

Little Numbers – BOY (Mutual Friends)

Lanterns – Birds of Tokyo (March Fires)

Miracle Mile – Cold War Kids (Dear Miss Lonelyhearts)

Lightning Bolt – Jake Bugg (Jake Bugg)

Joy to You Baby – Josh Ritter (The Beast in its Tracks)

Time to Run – Lord Huron (Time to Run EP)

Entertainment – Phoenix (Bankrupt!)

Diane Young – Vampire Weekend (Modern Vampires of the City)

Do It Again – Camera Obscura (Desire Lines)

Oh Sailor – Mr Little Jeans

The Way We Move – Langhorne Slim & The Law

The Woodpile – Frightened Rabbit (Pedestrian Verse)

I Remember You – Rilo Kiley (Rkives)

Grace for Saints and Ramblers – Iron & Wine (Ghost on Ghost)

Rumble and Sway – Jamie N Commons

Don’t Swallow the Cap – The National (Trouble Will Find Me)

Hold Me – Tom Odell (Songs from Another Love EP)

Ain’t That The Way – Divine Fits (Aint that the Way EP)

Head in the Dirt – Hanni El Khatib (Head in the Dirt)

Made to Love – John Legend

Get Lucky – Daft Punk (Random Access Memories)

Get Lucky – Daughter

I Sat By the Ocean – Queens of the Stone Age (…Like Clockwork)

No Destruction – Foxygen (We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic)

Evil Friends – Portugal. The Man (Evil Friends)


Remember yesterday, when I re-capped the week in a colourful hey-i’m-finally-learning-to-play-with-photoshop post?

Here we are today and already a whole new post is required to catch-up on what’s happened since the last one. Today has been a day of, shall we say, Events and Contrasts.

It has included, so far, in only partly particular order:

  • needing to get up quite early (even allowing for extra hour’s sleep afforded by the end of daylight saving) because of errands and stuff
  • emptying in the fridge
  • doing a pleasing and thorough grocery shop
  • putting a big dent into the front bumper of my car by driving into my front gate instead of, you know, the driveway I drive into every day
  • thankfully only denting the plastic bumper and not breaking any lights or panel work
  • seeing my cousin off at the airport
  • my cousin, miraculously, not leaving anything behind (this is completely unheard of)
  • my football team blowing a gigantic lead and losing heartbreakingly
  • a nap
  • cleaning the house top to bottom including mopping the floors (this last point being relevant because it’s a miracle equal to my cousin not leaving anything behind, but also because of other events that will be revealed in a moment)
  • going out a second time for the groceries I forgot
  • managing to drive safely into the actual driveway
  • several loads of washing
  • discovering that having not washed clothes for more than two weeks I still had not made a dent in the ‘good’ underwear supply, but had run out of hoodies
  • getting all the towels dry before the rain started
  • putting the char siu pork in to marinate
  • undertaking the semi-regular roasting of the almost dead tomatoes and chilies ritual (later to be pulverised and turned into sauce)
  • making a variation on this recipe from Lucy of the Design Files (such variation being, of course, almondless)
  • the house being subject to a sudden (though expected) storm with rain so heavy that it leaked through the exhaust fan in the toilet which it only does when the rain is very heavy at a certain angle
  • such leaking ruining, of course, the only recently and miraculously mopped toilet floor (bastard!)
  • going out in the pouring rain, getting out the ladder, and cleaning out the gutters because it’s the easiest way to see I’ve done them properly but also because they were rapidly overflowing despite being recently cleared, for which I blame the lack of recent rain which has resulted in a lot of dry leaves dropping from the nearby trees
  • adding ‘get the quote to replace the gutters’ on to the list of things I absolutely must do this week no matter how busy I am, together with ‘book the bloody car in for a service and perhaps now some panel work’ and ‘get a quote to replace the security doors’, noting all these things have been on The List for weeks, but The List is now written in red

…And t now it is 5pm.

And I’m going to have a tumbler full of wine.