I was about two years old (back in the 80s) when my mum met my late step-dad. She met him at a disco, he helped out with the DJ equipment from what I understand, and he left that gig/job after a while, and walked away with a mix tape of chart hits of the time. I would borrow it with care and affection a few years later when I had my own cassette players, but as with most over-played cassettes it would start to get chewed up in the player, and so a copy was made for me. The copy was lost but the original still exists in my mum’s collection, and I’m still reminded of it when some of those chart hits from way-back-then come on the radio.

One of the songs is Wishing by A Flock of Seagulls.

When I started focussing on my singing more earlier this year, this track became one that I added to my list of “I want to sing that”. Today I had the urge for some singing practice and as I began it felt like a good day – my voice was obliging and… I got in the groove, so to speak. Wishing was one of a handful of songs I attempted to sing, and record. I record myself so I can hear my voice more objectively, but listening to myself singing usually makes me cringe, more so than when I’m actually trying to sing, but I’m gaining confidence – I’m forgetting I have neighbours and I just get on with it – belt out what I need to, and today, I enjoyed it a lot. After I finished behind the microphone, in my now dark room (it was now evening and I ended up reading lyrics by torch-light!), kneeling on my bedroom floor where I drown myself out with my stereo’s speakers, I went back to my computer and began playing the tracks back.

Wishing was a good one and I was compelled to plug in my keyboard and try and play along… and after a few hours of adding layers of the tune, and even the drums, to my singing, the result was a recording that made me smile – I’m so happy with my progress, the confidence more than anything.

It all needs work, more practice with the singing, and I’d like to add some guitar-playing to it too, and I really threw it together in Audacity… not that I’m trying to play it down or fish for confidence, I just know where I’m at, but this was the first time I’ve ever really put a piece of music together with so many layers…and stripped out the original (I’m used to just playing or singing along)! I’m happy with this…

You can read/hear more on my Music page.


Posted by on 25 November, 2015 in Music


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WordPress & Twitter

WordPress & Twitter

I have WordPress set so that it automatically tweets to my Twitter Feed when I post a new post.

This is all I really use Twitter for.

I occasionally log in to Twitter and de-hoard the tweets by removing anything over a year old.

I had considered, just now, removing this link between the two and clearing out all the tweets, since the whole thing seems pointless, but when I logged in to Twitter I noticed something peculiar…

All my WordPress tweets are muddled up – things I posted on my blog last year, or the year before, or the year before that… has been added to my Twitter Feed for this year :/ Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on 23 November, 2015 in Blogging, Internet


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Start – Day – End

Start – Day – End

Have you ever thought about what makes a good day for you?

I actively pondered this recently, rather than just assume I know, and what I realised was; it’s largely down to how I choose to start and end each day.

What goes on during the day might be somewhat out of my control – work commitments are varied, the weather changeable, I can’t always predict which friends I might meet and chat to, and family might call on me for something with little notice.

While these things may be out of my control, how I approach them is up to me. I don’t have to make every day like this – it’s good to have days off from a routine – but a healthy routine that you can return to can help you feel more balanced. Read the rest of this entry »


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*knock knock*

That’s the sound a motorist heard on the back of their car today, moments after they pulled out of a side road ahead of me.

I was cycling along, between 20-25mph, they arrived at the junction to my right (we drive/ride on the left here), they saw me, and they pulled out.

Everything was fine with me at this point – I’ve had motorists do this before and I always “assume” that because they’ve seen me, and the road ahead of us is clear, that they’ll pull out only to the middle so we can both carry on our way – I live in the countryside and irate motorists are few and far between. A few times now though motorists have left me either with no room (forcing me to go onto a grass verge on one occasion), or on this occasion I was close enough to rap my knuckle on the back of their car (whilst maintaining my speed) to politely illustrate how little room they left me. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on 19 November, 2015 in Cycling, Health and Fitness


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Hoarding the To Do’s


I’m not sure why some people create To Do lists, while other people seemingly manage their way through life by essentially ‘winging’ each day. I can only guess that some people’s day-to-day lives really are that simple and straightforward or they forget a lot of stuff (or don’t care so much about what they do forget) – this isn’t a criticism, it’s an observation and reducing my number of To Do’s is now my intention. Perhaps others are better at dealing with each task as it turns up on their mental doorstep. Perhaps others are better at remembering what they need to do and don’t burden themselves with anything else; doing away with the need to write it all down. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on 16 November, 2015 in Blogging, Books, Health and Fitness, Hoarding, Psychology


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Running in the dark…


…now there’s a first.

We’ve had rough weather for a couple of weeks – rain every day pretty much and 50mph winds for the duration. The heavy wind makes my sleep unsettled – the ceiling of my bedroom is the roof of my house and the skylights rattle with each gust. I’ve taped them shut which has reduced my worry about them being sucked away into the night, but the sounds still disturb me somewhat.

This morning was one of the strange ones for me where I wake up before it’s light in my room – my work life is so relaxed that I can often schedule my first client for a sociable hour in mid-morning on a week day, so I’m not used to waking up in the dark, and there’s generally no need for it on a Sunday.

With the windows rattling, bits of roof banging and clattering, and the metal grate I fitted to my chimney to keep the birds out making unhelpful noises too, after an hour or so of being awake in the dark of my room I decided to give in and turn my lamp on and see what time it actually was. “7am. Great.” I hadn’t gone to bed until gone 1am either, and I like 8+ hours sleep, but I felt awake enough.

With that I decided I was either going to read in bed like I had done the morning before when this happened (after which I curled back under the covers until the postman woke me a couple of hours later), or “oh my god are you serious?” I was going to go for a run “but it’s still dark outside.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on 15 November, 2015 in Cycling, Health and Fitness


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Bundled Software – opt-out

It’s easy to miss those extra check boxes, or even the one’s they hide below the OK button – you just want to quickly install a simple piece of software… click click click… and damn, you’ve ended up with a whole list of other stuff you didn’t want.

I have a copy of the VLC Player installation file on a memory stick and this week when I plugged it into a client’s computer their security software flagged it up as a potential threat – I recognised the .exe and ignored it. Now I just plugged my memory stick into my own computer, something I’ve done many times before with this file on, and now Microsoft Security Essentials has decided to deal with it (without giving me an option to not) – I didn’t even know what it had dealt with until I opened MSE and looked at the History.


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Posted by on 12 November, 2015 in Computers


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