Monday, January 27, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014


Friday night dinner at Clive & Jeanie's including cholla

Researching YouTube

Handing back session with Mark Atkin

Thursday, January 23, 2014

YHEE End of sabbatical

Clouds over allotments against azure sky as I left for lunch at Rugoletta with U

Watching Star Trek Into Darkness with D, my first Trek in eons

Finishing When Sparks Fly proposal complete with pics to round off sabbatical

Monday, January 20, 2014

Saturday's HEE

Brushing shoulders with Chris Ashton, David Strettle, Steve Borthwick, Chris Wyles, Neil de Kock, Alex Goode, Schalk Britts, Alistair Hargreaves (The Viking), Michael Tagicakibau at Saracens in Hendon with N (thanks to Syd)

Seeing The Wolf of Wall Street for the second time on the big screen at Holloway Odeon with U & Leafy

Sitting chatting with N outside Sarries stadium while waiting for Syd

Friday, January 17, 2014


Reading about the Beat Hotel in St Mary Magdalene churchyard, Holloway at sundown

Chatting at Kipferl with Patrick Uden

Watching Dallas Buyers Club with U and N

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Reading back my blog post below on my last visit to Howth

The Elvis and busker stories in 'Springsteen & I'

Apple strudel from Parkway opposite the Hippodrome

Thursday, January 16, 2014


The yellow winter light at Sandycove for (3rd) visit to Martello Tower and Forty Foot

Steve Lock showing me his FAC51 Hacienda card

Catching up with John Had at Bewley's Hotel

Tuesday's Happiness Experiment entry


Working in the National Library of Ireland (like Leopold Bloom)

The Stag's Head, Dame Court with Elisabeth & Des, Sean & Orla

Checking out the set of 'Fair City' at RTE campus, Donnybrook

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

YHEE - Dublin, fair city

Views from the plane - luminous orange windsock, Godsky, clouds above sea, coast North of Dublin illuminated by low winter afternoon sun

Reading Ulysses on Sandymount Strand on my phone (Stephen in Sandymount bit near beginning)

Dinner & chat in Dublin with Colm from RTE - Mexican and pub around Dame St

Monday, January 13, 2014

YHEE home & family

Watching two brothers doing football training at Avenue House

Talking about history (mainly WW1) with D and looking at pictures

D's jokes when we were watching August: Osage County en famille "#team barbara"

Creative Accounting #410

Otis Redding = Bobby Womack = John Newman

Creative Accounting #409

Everly Brothers + Buddy Holly = The Beatles

Creative Accounting #408

August: Osage County = Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf + The Big Chill

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Robert Elms' New Year's Eve Show 31/12/13

This excellent show was a look-back at the best of the year's tracks and live sessions on Radio London. 

Title: Midnight in Havana
Artist: Louis Vause

Title: Dexys
Artist: She Got a Wiggle

Title: Joss Stone (Live)
Artist: Teardrops

Title: Where Are We Now?
Artist: David Bowie

Title: Get it Right
Artist: Maddy Carty

Title: No Love Dying (Live)
Artist: Gregory Porter

Title: The Ballad of Roza Shanina
Artist: Rae and Christian

Title: Handbags and Gladrags (Live)
Artist: Mike D’Abo

Title: The Best Jewel Thief in the World
Artist: Prefab Sprout

Title: Feel It All (Live)
Artist: KT Tunstall

Title: My Promise
Artist: Earth, Wind and Fire

Title: For a While
Artist: Alice Russell

Title: Calling Out To You (Live)
Artist: Tedeschi Trucks Band

Title: Keep the Faith
Artist: Alexia Coley

Title: Never Stop Building (That old Space Rocket) (Live)
Artist: Danny and the Champions of the World

Title: Brighton Beach
Artist: Rod Stewart

Title: Astral Travelling (Live)
Artist: Lonnie Liston-Smith

Title: Children Go where I Send Thee
Artist: Nick Lowe

Title: Come Rain or Shine
Artist: Paul Carrack

Title: Midnight Rider (Live)
Artist: Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra

Title: She (Live)
Artist: Laura Mvula

Title: Jericho
Artist: Leslie Mendelson

Title: Be Good To Me
Artist: The Delegators

Title: You Can’t Keep Rhythm From A Dancer
Artist: Tortured Soul

Title: Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Artist: Willie Nelson

Title: Maureen
Artist: Casey K

Title: When In Rome Do As The Romans Do (Live)
Artist: Cecile McLorin Salvant

Title: Part of Me
Artist: Tedeschi Trucks Band

My first music of 2014 - a souvenir

Jool's Hootenanny was absolutely superb this year so I'm keeping this as a souvenir:

Jools Holland & his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

John Newman
Ray Davies
Laura Mvula
Melanie C
Ella Eyre
Emeli Sande
Charlie Wilson
Lisa Stansfield
The Proclaimers
Ruby Turner
Dawn Penn
Lee Thompson& his Ska Orchestra
The Lumineers

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
That's Not What You Said Last Night

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Carry On
Singer: Lisa Stansfield

Don't Save Me

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
There Goes My Baby
Singer: Charlie Wilson

Feel the Love
Singer: John Newman (my first impression of him)

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Jumpin' In The Morning
Singer: Ruby Turner.

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
All Day And All Of The Night
Singer: Ray Davies

Waiting All Night

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
I Wish
Singer: Melanie C

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Green Garden
Singer: Laura Mvula

The Lumineers
Ho Hey

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Love Me Again
Singer: John Newman (highlight of the show)

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Oops Upside Your Head
Singer: Charlie Wilson

The Proclaimers
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Singer: Ray Davies

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
All Around The World
Singer: Lisa Stansfield


Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and Lee Thompson
You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)
Singer: Dawn Penn


Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Singer: Charlie Wilson

The Proclaimers
Letter From America

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
See Line Woman
Singer: Laura Mvula

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Never Be The Same Again
Singer: Melanie C

The Lumineers
Classy Girls

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Bangarang 2

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
A Fool For You
Singer: John Newman (blues/Otis)

Oh Well

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Wagner's Tannhäuser (Pilgrim's Chorus)

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Skin And Bone
Singer: Ray Davies

Finale: Enjoy Yourself

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Creative Accounting #893

John Newman = Otis Redding (but younger and paler)

Laura Mvula = Asa [Asha] (but less French)

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Buying My Generation and other vinyl in Alan's sale

Bumping into Saoirse at Kenwood

Reading John Updike in Kenwood library

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Co-writing with Doug M at British Library

Starting 2nd draft of When Sparks Fly

A steak dinner en famille - in Holloway

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Thinking outside Box - Today's Happiness Experiment entry

The overflowing pale green river at Castle Coombe

The knight with crossed legs in Castle Coombe church

A contemplative New Year walk from Hillhouse Farm to Dittering(?) drawing the conclusion below

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

A night walk with U from Hillhouse Farm, Box

Watching the beautiful Technicolor of The Sound of Music for the first time with U

Black satin trousers


I will enjoy my day

I will care about others