Something pretty upsetting happened to me today. I haven't played a cassette in my old school stereo for years but today I just fancied listening to this one tape. And it didn't work. Neither cassette deck would play. Thinking about it now, it's not the end of the world, but at the time... devastating. A quick search online revealed these things can be fixed or just buy a USB deck and convert all those tunes captured on the ribbons straight to mp3s through iTunes. Cheered me a little. And drowning my sorrows by buying some cracking new tunes and discovering new artists has helped too.
Of course, I should have guessed something tragic like this would happen today as the closure of my favourite high street music store HMV hit the headlines this morning. I suppose I'm not helping the cause by plowing hundreds of pounds into iTunes... Just call me a hypocrite.
Rewinding now, it got pretty crazy towards the end of 2012. Caught my breath after that fabulous trip to New York, then it was straight into the wonderful distractions of the Tivo box (pausing live TV and being able to record all those great shows again, yay!), the Kindle (an early birthday present) and being able to stream LoveFilm through my Wii to watch stuff on the big screen. My week long 30th birthday celebrations were up next. Good times and even better memories! After that I touched down in Canada for a bit to visit family and when I came home it was the phenomenal Alanis concert, full swing into getting ready for Christmas and working lots of hours selling festive stamps... "Comedy or Religious Sir?" ...
I had a magic Christmas but got sick possibly with the norovirus for New Years, although at times it felt more like full on flu. Still getting over that one, but on the plus, have just inherited an SLR camera. Between getting stuck into the camera, working on those new years resolutions, being hooked to the Prison Break boxset and finally finally finally buying a new sofa, I am just managing to catch my breath now.
Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.