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Sunday 21 December 2014
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Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

That is the title of an ancient hymn we sang at church this morning. However, pondering on the words, I thought I might give myself a break from blogging until the New Year. That isn’t a firm promise and I may post a few more times in 2014 but I won’t push myself to write something just because I want to hit my daily blogging target. Anyway, I’ve got a plan bubbling away for the New Year, so putting down the blog for a week or two will give me time to work on that a bit more.

So, in case I don’t see you before, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Saturday 20 December 2014
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Not Dressed Up

Somewhere in the preparations for last night’s studio session with The String Project (I see we have a band website at last!) I forgot the bit about the evening being videoed as well as doing audio recordings. It would be fair to say that I wasn’t the most smartly dressed person in the room!

On the other hand, I was not only behind the double bass but also in a corner largely out of shot – playing a big bulky instrument does tend to leave you jammed in wherever you can fit. We’ll see what comes of the look but I am looking forward to the recordings, which probably include some of the best takes we’ve captured so far. Watch that new website for news.

Friday 19 December 2014
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Card Orientation

Which way round do you put your cards in the envelope? Today I’ve been working on another batch and I always put the fold in first. Rationale? Assuming the recipient slits open the card along the top of the envelope, there is a small chance their opener might snag inside the card and cause it damage if pulling against the fold. However, if the opening of the card is near the top of the envelope then they won’t suffer this fate.

That said, I can’t remember the last time when I ran into that problem myself. Maybe everyone else inserts cards the same way (although, thinking of previous posts about insertion, I don’t count that as particularly likely) or maybe I’m just overthinking it. Never mind; almost done.

Thursday 18 December 2014
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Almost Down to Minutes

I’ve reached that point where I’ve only got one more working day left this year. The time available to accomplish things is down to hours and not far off minutes; time to tidy and perhaps explore a couple of ideas but not to risk changing any systems that might break while I’m not in the office.

Of course, “working day” is a bit of a misnomer as there’s still plenty left to do at home. Right back to the list of cards that need to be dealt with!

Wednesday 17 December 2014
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Disappointingly Good

Hunting through the library the other day, my eye was caught by a Patricia Cornwell novel, All That Remains, that boasted the cover blurb “Cornwell still does it better than anyone else” (Daily Mail). I used to eagerly seek out her books about Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta but found that the series became increasingly overblown as she tried to up the ante. The pursuit of justice, peppered with some science, was left behind and when I decided that Scarpetta had jumped the shark, I started to ignore the rows of Cornwell novels.

Was it possible that she was back on form? It was a free library, a small book and the back cover synoposis and first couple of pages seemed promising so I took a punt and have to say that I’ve been enjoying it. The cast of leading characters was familiar but seemed to have settled down into a more comfortable maturity – Scapetta’s sidekick, Marino, was even described as beginning to look old – and I pressed on as the mystery unravelled.

However, a few things were nagging away at my mind. How comes niece Lucy was still at school? I thought she’d shaved her head and was jumping out of helicopters as super-spy with a sideline in computer genius? My memory may be fuzzy on that point but I got another jolt when I questioned why Kay Scarpetta would be using a pay phone when lost in the countryside rather than at least trying her cell phone. Detective neurons kicked in and I checked the inside cover where I discovered that the book was originally published in 1992; I was reading the 2014 reprint of the 2010 reissue. D’oh!

On the positive side, I haven’t read this one before and it’s good. I might even be tempted to check out one of the more recent books in the series. It is just a shame that it is probably a buried treasure rather than a whole fresh seam of gold to mine.

Tuesday 16 December 2014
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Past it

That was a busy weekend but I think I’m now almost over the Christmas preparation hump – a couple of packages dispatched, cards beginning to flow out and the last of the presents at least on order and expected imminently. So now I can turn my mind to some music activities over the next few days and then, possibly, even rest at the weekend!

Friday 12 December 2014
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Darkest Peru

Thanks to a kind gift, Jane and I recently got some vouchers that will allow us to go to a couple of cinema shows. Today we saw Paddington, which I would happily classify under amazing. I think there was a TV series of Michael Bond’s stories on when I was growing up but the tale of the bear from Darkest Peru arriving in London and joining the Brown family was certainly part of my cultural heritage. Paul King’s adaptation could have been twee, childish or any number of derogatory adjectives but I came away deeply impressed.

It is humourous: “Mr Brown, are you putting those earbrushes in your mouth? That’s disgusting!” says Paddington after a a disagreement from the night before. It is beautiful: Paddington sees a black and white film of his relatives in Peru and is transported into a technicolour moment of memory of halcyon days. It also manages to be surprisingly profound; I can’t imagine that the pro-immigration message puts it on UKIP’s list of top family DVDs from 2014 but, given that everything we watch influences our views, I think this is one to see.

I’m still in two minds about whether the big screen cinema experience hasĀ  a future when home entertainment has evolved so much but would have no qualms about recommending this excellent film for your viewing at the earliest possible opportunity.