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False Alarm

April 9th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

Over the weekend our Jack Russell had us worried. He was having trouble eating, looking like he was choking when he had food or a treat. Although he can be a bit of a drama queen it was very disconcerting because that is exactly how I felt last year and that turned out to be cancer of the oesophagus. [Read more →]

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2010 – Drunk Girls

April 9th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

2010 was a bit of a blur for me. A busy year. There was a general election in May and I was standing against Francis Maude in Horsham. Although there was almost zero chance of winning (Fortunately. I don’t think I would like to be an MP!) I wanted to put in a good effort and use it as a way to generate more activity and membership in the Horsham party. I think people were quite surprised to see us pop up with a Labour street stall in Billingshurst. After all that, I moved house and that is always stressful.

It was possibly the Herculean task of packing all my books, CDs and DVDs that persuaded me I have too much stuff and led to me cutting back on buying too much more. At the beginning of the year my ginger kitten got run over and I got a replacement, Diego, who has had more luck and is still with us. [Read more →]

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2009 – Bonkers

April 8th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

I couldn’t pick anything other than Bonkers by Dizzee Rascal for the 2009 slot on my playlist. We are big fan of Mr Rascal (As Jeremy Paxman once called him) in this house. In fact our grandson is named after him – his real name of Dylan Mills and not his stage name of Dizzee Rascal obviously – so there is that connection, but this is also such a great tune, as anybody who has watched the footage of Dizzee at Glastonbury will know. [Read more →]

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2008 -Senior Twilight Stock Replacer

April 8th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

There have been several milestones or turning points in how I interact with music. There was the point where I started owning it so I wasn’t completely reliant on whatever the radio played, there was the portable tape machine letting me listen on the move, there was the MP3 player, and then the download which shifted ownership from physical product to just the music. 2008 saw, perhaps, the biggest change. It was the year Spotify came along. I’m glad it did because there was pratictally bugger all going on for me otherwise in this year. [Read more →]

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A Friday afternoon in Crawley

April 7th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

On Friday I had my last meeting at the Town Hall, a portfolio briefing to tie up some loose ends and approve a business case. After that I went out for some lunch with Jayne and we went to two new(ish) places in Crawley. [Read more →]

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2007 – Thou Shalt Always Kill

April 7th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

Either not a lot happened in music in 2007 or I just can’t remember it. There were only a couple of albums released in the year that registered much with me and very few singles. Looking at the list of songs from the year on Wikipedia it seems like half the singles were by somebody-I-don’t-know featuring somebody-else-I-don’t know.

The only single I can remember buying was Starz In Their Eyes by Just Jack. A tremendously catchy tune. I can also remember rather liking the James Blunt single 1973 when I heard it on the album Jayne bought. [Read more →]

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2006 – Diablo Rojo

April 7th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

Some time last year I decided to put together a playlist with one song from each year of my life. Some time later I decided to write about it here. I expected that I would be writing about the tracks themselves, what I liked about them, why I picked them and so on. What has actually happened is something very different. I have been writing about my relationship with music and the history of that: not so much about the music itself but how I listened to to it, how I discovered it, and other peripheral things like that. [Read more →]

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2005 – Start Wearing Purple

April 7th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

In 2005 we got to hear the Kaiser Chiefs’ album, Employment, that was eagerly anticipated after a couple of big singles in 2004. The anticipation was displaced to Arctic Monkeys who released I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor but made us wait until 2006 for an album. Meanwhile Franz Ferdinand were already on their second album, You Could Have It So Much Better. Although not as exciting as the first one, it added to the momentum of the new scene of bands influenced by the post-punk bands like Gang of Four. Fittingly, I saw Gang of Four play live in 2005 with the reformed original line-up. [Read more →]

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Lagging behind

March 30th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

I am now lagging behind Mrs. Skudder. Last year I got a scooter in January. I enjoyed it so much I bought a second-hand motorbike in about June and then Jayne and I got our CBT so we could ride it. Since then Jayne has joined several womens motorbike groups and been off to various events with them, including a weekend camping. All I have done is go down to Brighton with her for the Ace Cafe rideout and gone out on a couple group rides – on the first one I came off and on the second one I got lost. [Read more →]

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2004 – Tekitoi

March 24th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

Yes I am looking to ‘world music’ for this year’s entry on the playlist. Not that I bought a lot of it this year. All I can think of is Angelique Kidjo’s Oyaya! album and Rachid Taha’s Tekitoi album. The Kidjo album was continuing her homage to Latin music. I really prefer her more African albums but absolutely love the track Congoleo on this one. I had a few odd Rachid Taha tracks on compilations but this was the first album of his that I bought. The track that got most attention was his cover of Rock the Cassbah, but there are quite a few strong tracks on it, not least the title track which I chose for my playlist.

I did get to see Rachid Taha play live in the summer at the Croydon World Party. I took the kids up there while Jayne was at work. I thought it might broaden their minds a bit, but even if they didn’t take to the music there were lots of entertainments and food. I’m not sure what they made of Taha, but they did really enjoy seeing Rodrigo y Gabriela, as did I. I immediately went out and bought their old albums that I had missed out on. The whole day was brilliant, even the journey because we got to go on the Croydon trams. [Read more →]

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