8 January 2006

The range of personalities here is fascinating. The Kitchen Team (the more experienced GC students or ‘Crafties’) prepare the meals, simple vegetarian food cooked and served with care and not a little love. Especially the desserts. I probably eat half of what I’d eat in a normal day but never feel hungry. At lunch the … Read more

6 January 2006

Up at 5:15 staying with friends Moira and George in Troon. George drives me to Prestwick Airport. He’s just started a new job teaching English and Maths to convicts at Kilmarnock Prison, and enjoying it. Smooth flight to Luebeck and taxi to the station. Was going to walk around but it’s very cold (just been … Read more

16 November 2005

I make a point of not planning what I’m going to write here until my cursor has arrived in the input box. In doing this blog I’m influenced by, but not a strict follower of, the journal practice in Guitar Craft. The first statement there of theĀ  practice is:

Public Aims:

  1. To engage the listening community at an earlier stage of the creative process than is commonly available.
  2. To inform the listening community of the practicalities of that process.
  3. To de-mystify the process which is, essentially, practical.

Private Aims:

  1. To encourage the Diarist to recapitulate their experience.
  2. To provide the Diarist with a pointed stick.
  3. To expose the Diarist to public ridicule.

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Time to pass in the BA lounge before my flight home. Work-wise, a successful trip, also socially, enjoying time with old friend Adrian. London scruffy, modern, squalid and vibrant all at once. I enjoyed it this time. Went with Adrian to an excellent film A Very Long Engagement, a French film by the director of … Read more

Thursday the 13th

Slow start, alarm at 6.30 but didn’t drag the corpse from the bed till 7.30. Sat for breakfast on the floor, back against the warm radiator, which is another guaranteed way to avoid doing anything active. In fact I became engrossed in Brian Eno’s A Year With Swollen Appendices, which is a not uncommon occurence. … Read more