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I am in the process of moving. Saying that I am counting my chickens (it is not all confirmed yet) but I wanted to get a head start so I am putting stuff in bags. Once again I am becoming aware just how much stuff I have accumulated and I am a bit annoyed at my past self.

…your living areas are bursting with useless junk. Then you die, your relatives sell everything, and start the cycle all over again.

Odo (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Q-Less)

None, or virtually none, of the accumulated stuff would be worth anything which makes getting rid of stuff a bit easier. I have books, CDs and DVDs and many of them will be able to go.

You might be wondering why I am keeping some of this stuff. I wonder the same thing sometimes. So why don’t I get rid of it all and rely on streaming services? One word: change.

Passion of the Nerd’s Videos are wonderful!

Buffy is the most extreme example of which I am aware. I am keeping my Buffy dvds because I don’t want to not have the best version of the show. The Friends DVDs have the full version – last time I looked on Netflix they were the shorter broadcast version.

This can also effect music, although less directly, owing to the various versions of the song – and often the same artist has many versions. This means having to give very specific instructions: Okay, Google. Play: Deep Space Nice Opening Credits season 4-7. For example.

That is not to say that all remastering is bad. I don’t own these but the remastered Star Trek: The Original Series is outstanding. They did an excellent job and managed to keep the spirit of the show. The episode The Doomsday Machine in particular looks amazing. To my eyes the special efforts blend well with the live action. It still has a 60s feel. The Blu-ray, I’m given to understand, has the option of playing the old or new version. This is the perfect compromise between old and new. Actually it is better than a compromise. A compromise means not getting all that you want – normally a fact of life – in this instance a thing not required.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Star Wars. Star Wars has been changed many times. Some changes make sense, such as a tidying up of the images and improving things like the Death Star explosion, but in other places unnecessary CGI has been added, and some scenes are worse off for them. To me the best example is Vader’s turn at the end of Jedi. The silence of it perfectly communicates what he is going through. We don’t need him to say anything. Now he says: ‘Nooo’.

At this juncture someone usual mentions that the film makers made it they can change it. And so they can – no argument. The problem is when a decision is taken that there is one true version. If Blu-rays were released of the original trilogy with just a bit of a clean up but otherwise untouched they would sell so well. You know they would. In closing I just want to say: ‘Han shot first!’

I also want to say that this post is the very definition of a first world problem. I know this. I know it is unimportant. Given the heaviness of the news recently I wanted something light for this week.

Places are coming out of lock down now. So I hope you are all doing well as we begin to get back to the new normal.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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The Untitled Blog Post

A great song by my favourite artist.

It is Sunday. Once again I am writing this in the eleventh hour; actually I have eight hours until you will read this. I wanted to share this song with you a song I think I have shared it before.


I had trouble getting out of bed this morning. Maybe I was just tired but I was too alert to go back to sleep and too sleepy to get up. This happens to me sometimes. On a work day I can force myself to get out of bed – in that case other people are relying on me and I need to be somewhere. When it is just me though it is easy to just stay in bed.

I haven’t listened to this one in years but it was in my mind this morning.

So I was in bed. I looked at some YouTube videos I wasn’t really interested in and wished I was getting up. Does this happen to anyone else here? That you really want to do something but some how you just can’t make your body do it? In the end it took about two hours and even now I am still feeling groggy maybe the morning isn’t the best time for me.

Sometimes they play this song in work…on Sunday! Now isn’t that ironic?

I want to be a morning person. I have spoken here before about getting up at 0500 and the days when I have have been productive. However they are also days when I don’t get enough sleep. My grogginess is nothing to do with sleep, not that I am a doctor of course, but I have felt more alert on days of six hours of sleep than on some days of nine.

Rushing around indeed, Dido

The problem is I seem to be neither a morning or an evening person. I would love to do an experiment of what times I would do things if I didn’t know about time. It would mean having another person around to record what time it was.

Not really relevant but I am talking about time. (Plus this episode is excellent.)

With work we all have to fit in to the idea of mornings being the beginning. Now that is a weird turn of phrase but it is true. The stereotypical job begins at 0900 but some people don’t really feel like they’re capable of doing anything till later in the day. Perhaps it is because I work shifts but I have not yet figured out my best time to get my stuff done.

Yeah. Pretty much.

I have got some of my stuff done this week but there is still so much more to do. And without access to a time machine it won’t be possible. There are so few hours and so many more distractions. I am also the king of procrastination and sometimes even when I have been productive I am not happy about what I have done but annoyed at what I haven’t done. And… you have probably guessed it the gym was one of the things that didn’t happen this week.

I can’t wait to watch this with my nephew.

When I am feeling uncertain, sad, worried, lonely, concerned, or just thinking of a future that may never be there is always nostalgia. Watching a show you know well can be helpful because you know how it ends. I may not manage to figure life out, I may not get published, I may not have reciprocal love but International Rescue will always save the day.

Whoever you’ve been today; happy, sad, lonely, worried, tired, or energetic I hope you’ve have an excellent day and that your Monday isn’t too manic.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.  

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Eurovision – 2018

venice-grand-canal-water-boats-161850.jpeg Last Saturday was the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song contest. This is something I watch every year. One year I watched it on catch up how sad is that?

I can’t really sit here and tell you it is good but it is something I wouldn’t miss – hence watching it on catch-up the year I couldn’t catch the show on the night.

There was an incident with the UK entry:  And I have to say the way SuRie recovered was remarkable. It didn’t help the UK in getting votes but isn’t it supposed to be about the taking part? I say ‘Yes’.

It is no secret that the UK hasn’t done well in Eurovision. We won in 1997, second in 1998, third in 2002, and then the infamous Gemini happened 2003. Since then the best we have done is fifth in 2009. If the UK wants to do better they might want to submit something good!

smiling woman wearing white and beige showing thumbs up

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That was a little mean. While I would say that Daz Samson and Scootch were a crime against music I have enjoyed other recent entries.

This was enjoyable:  

And so was this:  Even if I have no idea after four years I have no idea what it means.

I liked this one too:  And it certainly didn’t deserve to do as badly as it did.

This years entry was nice:  It didn’t make me embarrassed to be British and it fit nicely with the others.

The winner this year was Israel:  Which was not one of my favourites. Maybe I just don’t get music. And ‘not one of my favourites’ is putting it mildly. I have seen worse, the aforementioned British entries of Daz Samson and Scootch, but I have also seen a lot better ones too.

The weird thing about Eurovision is that one or two songs always end up jockeying for first place. Given all the countries participating, and surely all with different tastes, it would be reasonable to expect a more even spread of points.

I didn’t have a standout favourite this year but here are some I liked. The first one that stood out for me was:  It may have something to do with the fact that the singer is rather beautiful.

There were other good songs too of course. Ireland’s song was lovely.  That is pretty much what I would expect from Ireland – although the did give us a singing Turkey one year. And the staging, if not the song, of Moldova was very interesting.

In conclusion it was a mixed evening with some good songs, few face palms, and a, to me,  rather incomprehensible winner. So yes nice simple songs were rejected in favour of a woman making chicken noises. So about normal for this show.


I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.


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Emma Blackery – Cardiff – The TramShed

My father sometimes says that I was born an old man. He’s probably right. To unpack EMMA-BLACKERY-SQUARE-600x600 that a little let me explain what I mean.

I have never been someone who enjoys clubs or loud music; at nursery I once got a joke told amongst the staff; and my idea of a fun evening is usually sitting at home in relative quiet.

So going out to an actual concert was never something I did growing up. I went to my first concert at 26. That concert was Emma Blackery and last night I went to another of her shows at the Tramshed in Cardiff.

It was a good show. Emma was on top form and it was a most enjoyable evening. She mentioned the terrible events in Manchester last week, and thanked us all for coming to see her, supporting live music, and showing that we were not giving in to fear.

I have to say though, old man comment coming, I don’t understand the idea of the boombox. I’m not even sure if that is the right word. It was the speaker that just seemed to be putting out noise rather than amplifying the actual music. For me it rather drowned out her voice and made my ears ring so I couldn’t hear so well when she spoke or sang a quieter song.

I told you I was an old man.

Nevertheless it was an enjoyable evening. And I feel sure I will go and see her again when she next comes to Cardiff.  Maybe next time I can go with someone.

Emma Blackery is one of my favourite singers. When I manage to drag my butt to the gym a couple of her songs are on my playlist. And when I get a really bad day The Promise and Perfect help me greatly. 

Emma was supported by  Rusty Clanton and Valeras.

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Not Enough Time

“I believe there are currents in the Universe, eddies and tides that pull us one way or the other. Some we have to fight, some we have to embrace. Unfortunately the currents that we have to fight look exactly like the currents we have to embrace. The currents that we think are ones that are going to make us stronger, they’re the ones that are going to destroy us. And the ones that we think are going to destroy us, they’re the ones that make us stronger. ”
Vir Cotto, “The Geometry of Shadows” Babylon 5

It occurred to me the other day that I often say, if only to myself, that I don’t have time to do things. I’ve found though that this is not true. Its simply a matter of what we choose to do. If you get home and binge watch Stargate SG-1 then you’re not going to get much done of an evening.


I might need to clean my keyboard!

I chose the above quote because it feeds nicely into this – that will become clear in a moment. I think that when I get home from work I want to watch TV and relax – the truth is I actually feel better if I’m productive. I’m the kind of person who becomes stressed when not meeting his own deadlines. I set myself tasks and feel bad when I don’t do them – even when, in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter.

I know that I’m not the only one who feels this way. Everyone has some sort of neurosis or craziness. I know I’m not normal but there is no normal. Every one is a strange confluence of their likes and dislikes. I’m listening to a Eurovision song at the moment – I bought several of the albums – so what? However I also have Mozart and the Corrs, Lordi, James Darren, S Club, Britney Spears, and so on. And with that I lost any street-cred I might have had.

I no longer care.

Well I say I no longer care. I used to care what people thought. I cared so much that I would be afraid to say what I liked. Now I say I don’t care. There is a little voice in the back of mind is saying that I should care. Its an odd thing.

This post has ended in an entirely different place from where it started. However like a good school essay lets see if I can wrap it all up in a bow…

Perhaps all this comes from influence of others. I don’t really know anyone who likes the music I like. My friends enjoy going to the club, drinking, and dancing. I prefer quiet evenings. Hitting my target of blogging once a week, trying to get the flat looking good, these things actually make me feel good. While there is a time and a place for Stargate it might not be an everyday thing.

Someone I know said that I was boring. She didn’t say it in a nasty way but maybe, from one perspective, I am. I like my own company but sometimes it would be nice to be alone with someone else. Even if you’re both working on your own projects it can be nice to just have company.

I have been thinking of getting a fish!

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