2020 – the far future!

Last year lots happened. One of the biggest events was saying goodbye to a house we loved and an area and neighbours we did not (actually we didn’t say goodbye – fuck them!). We have really nice neighbours now and a great new house in a great new town, which is a really corrective experience for us. Moving itself was horrible, and the logistics of moving our lovely hens (now sadly down from 4 to 2) was stressful and difficult.

I wrote some stuff down in a post called “Positivity”, which in and of itself was a fairly positive step for me.

This year I plan to be more sustainable and fight the good fight for climate change, which has really been getting me down. I also plan to write more; I’ve already started by getting all of my notes in order and moving has enabled me to join a group and regularly visit a dedicated writing space (more on this later).

The job’s still going well, we saw some great gigs last year and visited some nice (albeit more local) places. I also got to animate and draw more, and lead a more structured existance. Though there’s still work to be done.

I’m still a narky bastard, but with the world in the state it’s in it can be hard not to be. The very future of the planet is at stake, so staying positive can be a chore and at times delusional.

I’m hoping as we get more settled in our new home we’ll make some longer, more nourishing relationships, and this time round, I’ll get some people reading my stuff. Output and writing exposure is now key. I managed to post a blog most months last year which felt really positive too.

As I said this time last year – if anyone’s reading this and cares and/or is a writer, give me a shout on the usual channels. Looking for writing buddies. Let’s talk. Updates soon. Promise.

Oh, and Happy New Year. Let’s make this one really count, for everyone’s sake!

The beginning of the rest of your life…

Frome. Day 12. Already. We made it. We’re here. Still settling, of course, but early reviews are resoundingly positive (after ridding ourselves of the bad taste from getting screwed out of heaps of money from solicitors, removals men and basically anyone involved in what became a needlessly messy process). We’re home. It’s done!

Mooching

There’s something great about mooching and I imagine in these days of online shopping even fewer will experience it. Charity shops, record stores, pre-owned video game gaffs, they’re my stomping ground again for the first time in a long time – at least six or seven years. For a long time after that, and especially in the last four or so years, I’ve been more reliant on Amazon. I’ve started to feel guilty about my shopping habits and their effect on the planet. There’s nothing like picking up a bargain and celebrating the success with a well-earned pint and a packet of crisps (seriously – there’s nothing like it) before heading home with a spring in your step.

Bat For Lashes “Lost Girls” – Natasha Khan

Today marks the release of Bat For Lashes fifth studio album “Lost Girls” following a three-year hiatus since “The Bride” (2016).

Exhausted by the long-awaited end of her ten-year deal with Parlophone, Brighton-born Natasha Khan left London for LA to pursue a career in film scoring. She was unsure wether she’d ever make another album.

Free from the pressures of this major label deal -her first three albums were nominated for Mercury and Brit Awards- Khan has paradoxically come up with her most accessible album to date and it’s a doozie (my favourite of her previous albums being “The Haunted Man”).

Inspired by films like The Lost Boys, Goonies, Karate Kid and more recently A Girl walks Home Alone at Night (2014), Lost Girls is of course very 80s, but also so very Bat For Lashes. It’s fresh and nostalgic. Currently my favourite tracks are “Jasmine” and “Kids in the Dark”. As ever, there’s a narrative, characters (this time vampires) and a delicious world to get wrapped up in… If you dare.

You can of course find it in your local record stores and Spotify, etc.