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Sunday, 26 January 2014

This song is not about religion

“The phrase losing my religion is an expression from the southern region of the United States that means losing one’s temper or civility, or being at the end of one’s rope.”
wikipedia

This is one of my favourite songs of all time. I really appreciate that I was not only brought up listening to R.E.M. – Man on the Moon was another particular childhood favourite – but that I got to see them live twice before they broke up in 2011.

Oh, and this song is the same age as me.


Oh life, it's bigger
It's bigger than you
And you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh no, I've said too much
I've said enough

That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no, I've said too much
I haven't said enough

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

Every whisper 
Of every waking hour
I'm choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt, lost and blinded fool, fool
Oh no, I've said too much
I've said enough

Consider this
Consider this, the hint of the century
Consider this, the slip
That brought me to my knees, failed
What if all these fantasies come
Flailing around
Now I've said too much

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
That was just a dream

That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no, I've said too much
I haven't said enough

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
Try, cry, why try
That was just a dream
Just a dream
Just a dream, dream

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Weddings & Wars: an 8-bit history of the world

A friend shared this video with me on Twitter earlier today. He’d been telling me to listen to Will Varney for a while – I hadn’t got around to it yet… but this video won me over. I’m a sucker for an 8-bit style animation and I like the song too!


Glory Days the gatefold

I took some photographs of the gatefold record sleeve I designed for Sarah Gillespie’s Glory Days. As always, you can see more of these and a bit more of a write up over on my website: go go go!


Friday, 24 January 2014

Ouzel Valley Park

Last Sunday (yes, it has taken me this long to post a blog) I visited Ouzel Valley Park for the first time. I have no idea how I didn’t even know it existed – it’s next to Willen Lake and the place where I go to yoga classes. It was sunny, I took some photos. I’d like to go back again soon.


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

79 DAYS TO GO

I’m more than a bit excited about my impending Japan trip. I decided at the weekend that it was time to start some serious planning (or Japlanning) so I bought a notebook specifically for this purpose. Plus I like to be super organised and prepared – I am travelling nearly 6,000 miles to a very different country all by myself!

My choice of imagery for the front matches my phone.
A notebook with enough sections for every different location on my trip.
And a general section for Japan as a whole at the beginning.

So far I’ve just been doing some cutting and sticking of maps and things that I’ve gathered. I have much more to compile…

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Floods & Frost & Frozen things

Went for a frosty Sunday morning walk with my camera.

Little Japan.
Little Stonehenge.
First of many tree photos.
First of many ‘trees in the water’ photos.
Bandstand.
A little Black-headed Gull.
Black-headed Gulls and Lapwings.
I don’t think that sign should be in the lake.
That red thing sticking out of the water is a bridge.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Future City

Whether I love or hate Milton Keynes (I think I’m indifferent right now but it varies), there’s no escaping the fact that I was born here… and, at least for the next few months, I still live here.

Future City is an exhibition at MK Gallery that looks back at the utopian origins of Milton Keynes and considers the future of the city – technically Milton Keynes isn’t even a city, it’s a town. Unfortunately today was the last day for the exhibition so it’s highly unlikely anyone reading this that hasn’t been will be able to go… all the more reason for me to share some photos!

When Bradwell Common was literally just a common.
Model of Milton Keynes features some things that were never built
(or haven’t been yet at least).
A plan for Campbell Park/Central Park that never was.
Paintings by Stephen Gregory.
Sketches of Milton Keynes from the ’80s.

“I bet the world will end and they will still be building Milton Keynes.”
– Elizabeth, aged 8.