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2017 in Gigs

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 17:28:06 +0000

New Year’s Eve seems about the best date for my review of the gigs I saw this year (I know I’m not seeing another today). I saw 41 gigs in2017. That’s two more than in 2016 and a lot less than my average number (which is more like the high forties). Let’s get the disappointments out …

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When Smart Meters Aren’t

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 10:09:27 +0000

In a process that took ten years, from 1986 to 1996, the Conservative government privatised energy supply in the UK and turned it into a competitive marketplace. The British public resigned themselves to a lifetime of scouring pricing leaflets and frequently changing energy suppliers in order to get the best deal. This became simpler with …

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Brighton SEO

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:07:16 +0000

Last Friday, I was in Brighton for the Brighton SEO conference. It was quite a change for me. I’ve been going to technical conferences for about twenty years or so, but the ones I go to tend to be rather grass-roots affairs like YAPC or Opentech. Even big conferences like FOSDEM have a very grass-roots …

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Mail Rail Map

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:17:11 +0000

If you read yesterday’s post about my Mail Rail trip, you’ll remember that my slight quibble with the experience was that there weren’t any maps showing the route that the tour takes. Well, I’ve found one. And I think it explains why they don’t shout about the route. I was Googling for any maps of …

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Riding the Mail Rail

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 09:07:50 +0000

I rode the Mail Rail yesterday. It was very exciting. More about that in a minute. Before that, I went to the Postal Museum. I’ve often thought that the UK needed a museum about the Post Office. And the new (well, newish – it’s been open a couple of months) Postal Museum is a really …

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Previously on Game of Thrones

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:25:44 +0000

In just a few weeks, HBO will start to broadcast the seventh series of Game of Thrones. The show has a large cast, so I thought it would be useful to take a look at who’s still alive, where they are and what they are doing. To start, I’ve looked at all of the forty-two …

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A Gig Without Phones

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 09:31:26 +0000

On Wednesday, I went to a gig without phones for the first time since… well, since before everyone had a camera on their phone. I wasn’t planning to go to a gig on Wednesday but on Tuesday afternoon I received an email from Songkick inviting me to a secret gig by Haim. I accepted the …

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Top of the Pops and Me

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 14:56:19 +0000

In 2011, the BBC started repeating old episodes of Top of the Pops. Initially, they were showing one episode a week, as close as possible to thirty-five years after the original broadcast (starting with shows from 1976). More recently, they’ve been showing two episodes a week, so we’re currently in early 1983. I’ve been watching …

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2016 in Gigs

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:50:30 +0000

Time for my traditional round-up of the gigs I saw in the previous year. According to Songkick, I saw 39 gigs in 2016. That’s the lowest number since 2012 (when I saw 36 – but had the excuse that my leg was in plaster for six weeks and I didn’t get out much). Let’s start with …

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Listening to Leonard

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:57:11 +0000

Over the last week, I’ve re-listened to all of Leonard Cohen’s albums in chronological order. And, most importantly, I’ve rated them. Recent Songs (1979) Sorry, but this is the one that I really didn’t get. In “Humbled in Love” it contains one of my favourite Leonard Cohen songs, but the rest of the collection really …

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