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When we were renovating our bathroom, before we put the new tiles on the wall, there was a little hole in the wall where we’d removed a towel rack socket. It was just about big enough to write a small note, fold it up, and seal it up, hopefully to be found by someone far […]

Trying to plan a wedding in lockdown

Quick piece of advice: don’t. For those unaware, Jack and I were originally meant to get married on 6th June 2020. Needless to say, in April 2020, we had to postpone. June was still during the first lockdown, and with a guest list of 80 or so people, it just wasn’t possible to plan anything […]

Seasonality

I’ve been thinking a lot in the past few days about seasonality, especially the cyclical nature of the world around us. Thanks to their, what I imagine to be, hefty social media advertising budget, you may well have heard of Ffern, the artisan perfumery based in south west England who create small batch, organic, seasonal […]

Will working out work out?

Not for the first time, I was home alone and had just about enough motivation and energy to say: let’s do a workout. Not entirely sure why the thought crossed my mind, but I’m worried that I’m following the all too familiar path of starting off with the best of motivations and intentions and failing […]

Always listening with theatre in mind

I’m always listening to music. Nothing new there, but even during the most trivial of tasks, I like to be listening to as much, and as much new music as I can. Doing my shop at Tesco earlier today and I found myself listening to a new album I’ve discovered, Gen by the Vandalia Trio […]

Deepfakes, Bridgerton, Chopin

Perhaps a great way of getting me to blog more often is to treat it as a personal diary. No need to publicise what I’m writing, but a nice chance for me to put down ‘on paper’, as it were, a record of my day to day. I’m worried about the impact that deepfake technology […]

Lessons learned from a 13 year old Thomas.

Digging through some old stuff, I came across my old hard drive from my early teens. It’s an absolute treasure trove of memories, projects I remember working on, homework, coursework, and even my old music library. What really stuck out to me though was going through my old vlogs (yes, I used to vlog alongside […]

Resolutions? No. Targets.

The last day of the year, huh. I’ve decided against New Years’ resolutions. The only two I’ve ever really been successful with is to spend some time every day learning French (just approaching my 700 day Duolingo streak) and to go vegetarian at some point in the year, and that was back in 2016 (I’m […]

Singing Princess

Little curiosities in music are my jam, especially when it comes to film scores. I’ve been listening back through Harry Gregson-Williams back catalogue while dog walking recently, with those soundtracks including The Chronicles of Narnia series, the live action Mulan remake, and alongside collaborator John Powell, Chicken Run and most notably for this blog post, […]

My Top 10 Albums of 2020

Where better to start again than with a retrospective? There’s plenty that could be said about 2020, but for now, I’ll leave it up to a future post to pick over the miserable carcass of the year. If nothing else though, 2020 was an exceptionally good year for music. The return of disco? Check. Heavy […]

My 2̶0̶2̶0̶ 2021 Resolution

Every year, around the 28th / 29th December, I end up back in this spot. I umm and err about how I can ‘build an audience’ in the next year, consider what my content streams ought to be (is this a millennial cross to bare?) And every year I feel like a nudge closer to […]

lofi hiphop

For years now, I’ve always found it a little difficult to contentrate on anything for long periods of time. I can usually manage 40-50 minutes and then it’s like, a switch in my brain, and I lose all concentration. To help combat / ease this, I’ve always turned to music. And over the years, between […]

Sweat, sweat, and sweat.

There’s the old adage that healthy eating is only one half of the weight loss puzzle. The other half is exercise. So, dear reader, this evening, I did my first LIIT (Low-Intensity Interval Training) session. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. But having a long chat at the weekend about motivation, I got […]

10 Books Challenge

Ever the intense curator of my social media channels, I don’t usually partake in the ’10 days to post 10 x things’ challenges, and always feel a bit of a killyjoy for not taking part! A few weeks ago, my good friend Charlie tagged me in a ’10 books without explanation’ sort of challenge. I […]

The inevitable follow-up post.

I confess, when I published my last post (here) at 3am a few days ago, I certainly wasn’t expecting the reaction I got. Over the past few days, I’ve received so many lovely comments, advice, messages, phone calls, even letters(!). It’s all been a little overwhelming. So, let me start here: thank you. And I […]