The Past Never Disappears

My not-often spoken about job involves me trawling YouTube looking for videos that are incorrectly claimed. This week I’ve been on a bit of an Ultra Vivid Scene good mood – and have found all manner of oddities dating back several years. Any excuse to listen to this several times, eh?

And what a great song it is.

I probably wrote the blurb underneath it too, and let me tell you it is NOT easy writing lots of YouTube blurb. If you see any videos with useless text about the singles or album that the track has come from, that’s me in the late afternoon having run out of things to say but being desperate to set them live. Then again, if I were to post things like ‘Oh, isn’t this a great song? Remember when (insert tv show) used to play this all the time back in the eighties? How I miss the programmes like that” etc etc bla blah. It sounds like me rather than someone at the record label. So you can’t really win.

Anyway, on a completely unrelated note, my brainwashing of H is going well. She knows plenty of songs by The Breeders. Ruddy marvellous.

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2018. Great.

When you’re a parent all you do is babble about being a parent a lot. Which I do. I’m very proud of my daughter and every day she does a proper decent human being thing. So when she does that I allow myself a pat on the back that we’re bringing her up properly. (she’s 8 now)

But when you’re a parent you sometimes lose a bit of you which disappears for a while. Or maybe it’s just me. So many friends kept doing what they did when they had kids while I looked on enviously. Going to a gig and then dealing with the following day (and the overnight which would probably involve broken sleep). Repeat to fade… dealing with each day was hard enough let alone anything extra.

Then there’s the issue of having no family nearby, or any babysitter we could call on (or afford!) – these things don’t come cheap. So things have fallen by the wayside.

However, I’m getting out to gigs again, almost always work gigs (as they’re free tickets and we can afford a babysitter) and I don’t feel like I’ve missed out. Now I wish all these bands would do lower-volume afternoon gigs for the next generation of music lovers.

Given the majority of this site is old-school html and I don’t have Dreamweaver any more, I’d love to add my photos of Lush, The Breeders, Queens of the Stone Age, Absolute Bowie and more to the photo section. However, it’s not that easy.

Then again, in the days when this site would be somewhere great old photos live, vs now when it’s on YouTube or Instagram within seconds, maybe that’s just how it’s meant to be.

I’ll get around to it. Probably in the next year or so.

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Still Here.

Today I received an email offering me an apprenticeship in setting up a blog. To the address on this site.

Which was quite sweet of them and all that, targeting this poor little old blog which probably dates back to around 2003 even though I’d deleted most of the old posts.

It’s not really for me though. Maybe if I was starting out… but still.

I also currently have about seven blogs, though not all active. Heck, my life is active enough without trying to juggle more things.

So yes, still here. Must dash though, we’ve got Rainbows in a minute… got to keep the Girl Guiding thing going, right?

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Beautiful Noise

So.. five of my photos from this site have made it on to the excellent documentary ‘Beautiful Noise’ – I bought it on DVD and we got around to watching it last night. It’s great, a good snapshot of the time, and is up to date enough it’s covering bands reforming – a most enjoyable evening anyway!

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The Shame

2013, and I’ve barely updated in a year. Sorry blog. I have nothing to report that isn’t elsewhere, being a parent uses up a lot of time, and having ‘me’ time is a rare thing these days. Honest.

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no posts since February? Poor. Poor.

Have a photo.

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This didn’t fit onto my other blog, but will do just fine here. A Story Of Five Mugs… Kate Takes 5 does listography every week, and this weeks theme was mugs. I have mugs, I have many many mugs; some come, some go, but these ones stick around.

Mug #1. PPL.PPL Mug
I was very heavily pregnant and going for meetings at PPL near Covent Garden in my last few weeks of work, taking the tube and having a good gush at how lovely their mugs were. Actually, this happened the once. I saw the mug, and whispered (quietly, I thought, though it was probably quite loud, but so what, I was pregnant and that’s all that mattered) “I want you to steal me one of those” to one of the managers I dealt with. Most excellently, he did just that, we stuck the mug into several bags to protect it disguise my evil deed, and out of the building I went, never to return with the mug. Interestingly, I went back a few weeks later and there were NONE of these mugs left. They’d all mysteriously “disappeared”… that or PPL had known I was coming back. I love the guitar logo, and how it’s kind of embossed into the mug. Apparently there’s something wrong with it, but oh, I love it. I’ve never stolen a mug since.

Mug #2. Duran Duran.Duran Duran 2000's tour mug
Duran Duran were my second true love, my first proper one being Hazel O’Connor (in a musical sense, you understand). They were my first gig back in 1983 at Leeds Queens Hall on the ‘Seven and the Ragged Tiger’ tour, and afterwards my dad bought me a silk scarf, and a bootleg t-shirt (which frayed and shrunk) from the dodgy vendors outside. Fast forward to some year in the 2000’s when the original lineup reformed (Andy Taylor was still on guitar), and they played Wembley Arena. I parted with my hard earned cash, and to make up for not buying any official merch, bought this mug (and a wooly scarf, I think? Oh and a proper t-shirt). It still goes down extremely well with all my female friends when they pop in for a cuppa. I’m a John girl, myself. They really are like a box of Quality Street, right?

Mug #3. Park Avenue
Park Avenue Mug Oracle Page 126Park Avenue Mug Oracle Page 126

Ohh please tell me you remember Park Avenue? It was Oracle’s soap opera – yes, Oracle – the ITV version of Teletext, if I’m remembering correctly. My friend was going out with Jon Homer who wrote the reviews for Channel 4 (and made up a band and did fictional reviews of theirs too, I wish I could remember their name), so I bossed him into giving me a Park Avenue mug (mainly as I didn’t believe they didn’t exist, and mainly so that in years to come (approx 20?) I could show it off on my blog and have many gushing admirers saying “errr, what?”). Park Avenue! A daily text soap opera! I only remember one character was called Jocasta, and may have had a magenta font for her words, and how quickly you had to read it before the page changed. Ahh, the days before the internet. Our kids would laugh at us…

Mug #4. Glenn Hoddle.Glenn Hoddle Spurs Legend mug
I have NO shame. I love Glenn Hoddle. One time we saw Tottenham play and he came out onto the pitch for an interview – my HERO, I’ve never run that quickly to get to my seat, ever. He’s misunderstood, you see. I could go on about it, but I wont. I have ‘Diamond Lights’ five times, and ‘It’s Goodbye’ (the follow up) twice. Glenn is my hero, and I have a mug to commemorate this. I also have a signed picture of him when he was Chelsea manager which is hidden away somewhere, as it’s them, and not us.
Mug #5 – Marmite.Marmite Mug
I love love love my Marmite mug. Shaun and Holly bought me one as a birthday or Christmas present, and then Naomi at work gave me a spare one. In fact, everyone gives me Marmite things, the cookbook, the toast rack, the lunchbox, the chocolate (the one Marmite product I can’t bear). I have a Marmite archive in the cupboard, one jar of each type sitting there waiting to be eaten when the time is right. I have Marmite bagels in the freezer “for emergencies”. Shaun is Australian, and so therefore takes the exact opposite in all this, going the way of the Vegemite. Having been to Australia several times, I can safely proclaim that Marmite has by far the best marketing campaign and song (I claim ‘My Mate, Marmite’ over the ‘Vegemite Song’) and so wins hands down. Mmmm, Marmite.


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My Best Ever Holiday

Salzburg from Festung HohensalzburgIn 2004 one of my childhood dreams came true; we went to Salzburg.

For many, Salzburg has a rich history of all things Mozart, including most of the Salzburgers, but for me all I wanted were things Von Trapp. My favourite film of all time is The Sound Of Music – I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve seen the film or the play, so having the opportunity to visit and see a lot of areas featured in the film wasn’t going to be something I’d pass on.

On arriving in Salzburg you’re surrounded by mountains – the magical Alps, a quick bus ride and we made it to our hotel. Salzburg is beautiful, a city which has small passageways with shops to discover, chocolates (Mozart, of course), gardens, and so much more.

Oh, and of course The Sound Of Music tours! Starting and ending in the Mirabell Gardens, the centrepiece for most of ‘Do-Re-Mi’ in the film, I was living out my inner Julie, running down vineyards and jumping up steps. Fortunately, my husband joined in! Unfortunately we didn’t get to Julie’s hill, and we didn’t get inside the Rock Riding School (where the music competition is held at the end), but we still got to see a lot of the sights. The coach tours take you right out of Salzburg to the two different houses used in the film (which are miles apart), as well as the gazebo used in ‘Sixteen Going On Seventeen’ – giving all potential Liesl’s and Rolf’s the chance to pose in front of it. As well as this you get right out to Salzburg’s Lake District – the beautiful St. Gilgen and Mondsee and TSOM Liesl and Rolf Gazebo

Salzburg itself has some lovely shops – as well as your more modern regulars – I had to take a photo of  the McDonalds sign, if only because it was *so* Salzburg. It’s somewhere that’s easy to walk on foot and get around – and getting out of the city is also very straightforward by bus.

McSalzburgWe took a bus to St. Leonhard, and from there a cable car up the largest mountain nearby, Untersberg. Unfortunately the day we went wasn’t the best… but the views going up were worth it.

Placed around Salzburg were cows – several of them, all painted differently. I’m not entirely sure what they were commemorating, but it was fun to spot them.

Unfortunately our holiday was only a few days, so we didn’t get to explore as much as we’d like – the good thing about Salzburg is you can do a lot of walking, but there’s still so much to do. The Festung Hohensalzburg has amazing views, St. Peter’s Monastery dates back to 696 – and is one of the oldest parts of the city.

With my rusty German language skills we got by – a lot of bars and restaurants had english menus, and quite a lot of people spoke English. Salzburg is definitely somewhere I hope to go back to one day.


This is my entry for the Tots 100/Al Fresco Holidays ‘Win Your 2012 Summer Holiday’ competition in conjunction with Thomson Al Fresco.

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Yes Yes

Happy Christmas, Happy New Year and so on. Ours was a nice quiet one, no travel to York, no travel to Australia – we stayed at home and did nothing. It was LOVELY.

My back still hurts several months on, but not as badly – it’ll just take a long time to heal, whatever it is I did to it. I’ve been told one side has more tense muscles than the other which is nice to know but would be nicer if there was something which would fix it. Pilates classes have helped.

So yes, 2012. Speak to me again this time next year, and let’s hope it’s a good one…

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Lots to say, little time to say it.

so for now, I’m going to see if this works.

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