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Woollen Signs

Posted on May 8th, 2012 by tonieee


I walk past this sign whenever I go for a walk by the river during my lunch break. It always makes me smile, partly because it’s so colourful and jolly but mainly because it makes me think that they make their signs out of wool!

Banjo Party Time!

Posted on May 6th, 2012 by tonieee

Banjo Party Time LP cover

We’re having a Banjo Party Time in our house as provided by the Geoff Love Banjos. I got this from a charity shop about 15 years ago because the cover is so ace! I haven’t listened to it in a long, long time and finally got round to digging it out from the pile of records hiding behind the guitars in the spare room. It’s all very jolly, instrumental banjo versions of 1920s songs and sounds as good as it looks.

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Real life sonic screwdriver!

Posted on May 1st, 2012 by tonieee

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Why don’t we ever just listen to records?

Posted on April 29th, 2012 by tonieee


Ralph is away camping so I’ve been taking advantage of the opportunity to just sit and listen records which is such a rare treat. These days I normally only listen to music while performing some other tasks.

So far I’ve listened to:

    • Shreds and Patches by John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris
    • Buckfast Bottles in the Rain by The Just Joans
    • Deliverance by A Hawk and A Hacksaw
    • Out of Sight, Out of Town by Standard Fare
    • Below the Salt by Steeleye Span
    • Holst’s The Planets performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Cleaning records

    Posted on April 29th, 2012 by tonieee


    I love listening to vinyl because of the procedure you have to go through of getting the record out, putting it on the record player and dropping the needle onto it. It is so much more satisfying than just pressing play on an mp3 player.

    One of the thinks I like the most about vinyl is cleaning them and I just got an lp out to play and I got really excited when I realised it needed cleaning!

    I’ve got three record cleaning devices: a carbon fibre brush for everyday cleaning, a Nagaoka rolling cleaner for when records are a bit dirties and a cloth which is for records that are really filthy – it usually only gets used on charity shop records.

    My favourite is the Nagaoka – it’s got a lovely yellow, sticky roller thingy – but it does cover the record in static which attracts loads of dust so I have to clean it again with the brush. But that’s okay cos it means I get to clean the same record twice!

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    Recorder and records

    Posted on April 28th, 2012 by tonieee


    Today I got a wooden recorder from a charity shop. I’ve never played a wooden recorder before and I expected it to sound different to a plastic one but it sounds the same to me.

    The language in the instructions is quite old fashioned: “A wise player keeps his recorder in a case or carton. He blows a new recorder only a short time in the first days. If protects it against stove- and sun-heat and against a rapid change of temperature”.

    I also got a couple of records: an lp of French harp music that sounds like the soundtrack to every 1930s black and white film and an lp of early medieval music that unfortunately jumps too much to be listenable.


    I Am A Robot by The Thyme Machine

    Posted on April 26th, 2012 by tonieee

    Songs about robots are the best kind of songs.

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    Posted on April 23rd, 2012 by tonieee

    We’ve just made the Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean out of lego during a period of enforced telly off time – unhappy child converted to a happy one!


    Today I’ve been listening to CATNAPS

    Posted on April 20th, 2012 by tonieee

    I think you should too:

    “I Sat on the Edge of My Bed and I Sang You Velvet Underground Songs” is the best name that I’ve heard for a song in ages and it’s a great song too.

    My favourite on the album is “It’s Bad Enough” – it has trumpets! Not enough indiepop bands have trumpets.

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    My favourite joke

    Posted on April 20th, 2012 by tonieee

    Knock knock
    Who’s there?
    Knock knock
    Knock knock who?
    Knock knock hoo hoo, the owl detective!