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Saturday Smile 24th September

It’s been a while since I posted a Saturday Smile but I’ve had a good week so I thought I’d resurrect it for a one-off special.

Saints won three games in three different competitions this week, with three clean sheets.

Took my little Amelie Hamelie Hamster to the vet for a check up and she was perfectly behaved and is in 100% top health.

I am feeling like I am settling into my new job after two months of not really knowing what was going on. But this week my boss said that she had heard very good things about the work I’ve been doing, and was impressed with some of the problems I’ve managed to solve without having to ask advice or get any guidance. Still a way to go yet, but I’m getting the hang of it.

So what has made you smile this week?


Well this is a first. I’m used to next to nobody reading my Choon Choosday posts (although SOL usually stops by, not many others do) and I expected the same when I linked this track by Asa Chang and Junray.

I’ve linked my WP to my twitter (as I’m sure you’ve also done) and I was delighted and surprised to see Asa Chang himself retweet me. And a few hours later, Leaf (the label who released the EP) did the same.






Neither generated any traffic to my blog of course, and that really doesn’t make any difference to me. It’s the kudos that counts.


Choon Choosday: Asa Chang & Junray – Tsuginepu to Ittemata

Something a bit different this week. I know very little about Asa Chang & Junray other than he/they are Japanese and play experimental percussion and electronic music. I discovered them back in 2003 when a late night show somewhere played Toremoro – an extraordinary piece that sampled the doors on the Starship Enterprise backed with birdsong and flute before exploding into percussion and bombasitic electronic chords.

Sadly (and strangely) I couldn’t find it on YouTube, so instead I offer you the track that follows Toremoro on the Tsu Gi Ne Pu ep. Much more relaxing and a bit more accessible even, but still an absolute



Friday Fictioneers – Decorating

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Choon Choosday: Brian Eno – Music for Airports 1/1

I’m not sure when I first heard of Brian Eno and in what context, but I’m pretty sure it was around the late 80s or early 90s when I was listening to ambient house and someone must have recommended his Ambient series to me. Which I then went out and bought and fell in love with. Later, I found out that he had produced “Remain In Light”, my favourite studio album by Talking Heads, amongst others of theirs. And then I got hold of My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, and some years after that discovered he had produced Bowie during his best years working in Berlin.

So in short, Eno has produced some brilliant work, and here is a link to the first part of his best solo album. Just think, if I’d known he was in Roxy Music before I heard all the stuff above, I wouldn’t have given him the time of day. And I would never have discovered this




Friday Fictioneers – Sewing

so it was like Wednesday yeah and like my phone starts like beeping and I’m like omigod is that an email and I looked and it was like an email from Rochelle who does that Frific thing and it was this week’s prompt pic


which this week was a like picture from Sandra Crook so I’m like omigod I’d better write like a hundred words cause I didn’t last week cause I was like super busy you know so this week I have managed to write a hundred words and you can read them if you want I’ll like post them below but make sure you visit like the Frog aswell cause like everyone else has posted their hundred words so you can like read them there.


Every time I visit my grandparents, Gran is at her ageing sewing machine. Her eyes are fading, she prefers the radio over the television; her hands are slowing, her fingers twisting. But she can still thread the needle first time. “I’ve been using it sixty years,” she says, “it damn near threads itself.”

Something new always needs altering, something old always needs stitching. And Grandad keeps the machine running, does any maintenance himself.

“Make do and mend,” they say, “that’s how we were raised.” That’s why the machine still runs after all this time. And why they are still together.

Choon Choosday: Richard Cheese – Gin and Juice

O M Actual M-Fing G, how have I not posted Richard Cheese before?

Hallowe’en 1999, a friend of mine asked me to visit her in London for the weekend and we met with her new girlfriend and we toured a load of bars and clubs. That night, a DJ played Richard’s version of Radiohead’s Creep – one of the greatest covers ever, and it took me years to find out who it was by. They ended up getting married, and i gave them a Richard Cheese CD as a present and as a reminder of that night.

This is one of my favourite Cheese covers, and I’m delighted to share it with you. I don’t need to explain it, it will be obviously and clearly a





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