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The Friday Song – Randy Newman’s ‘I Miss You’

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Embarrassment is a tricky emotion to convey in a song. And when it is used (I think Madness once had a song called 'Embarrassment'),  it tends to swamp everything else. It becomes shame. In Randy Newman's 'I Miss You', from...

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How many books really ‘spark joy’? Damned few….

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It has been clear-out time. I have been off the booze, filing the accumulated correspondence of the past three years, tidying up anything within reach. I have become a crashing bore, in fact. And it will be worth it, this...

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Five Kiwi pieces

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As I sat in Wellington Airport, waiting for my flight - the first of three long flights home  -  a small earthquake occurred. The terminal building shivered for about 30 seconds. I looked around me. People continued chatting and checking...

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Springtime in New Zealand – and I’m on my way

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Tuner? Check. Spare strings? Check. Knockout pill for the flight? Check. It's the final countdown before my first tour of New Zealand. I'll be playing, and doing workshops, at the Wellington Folk Festival, and then travelling the North Island (with one...

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When the flower children grew old…

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One of the pleasures of watching a CD go out into the world is seeing which songs, if any,  are noticed enough to strike a tiny, distant note in the prevailing noise of the world. Of the songs on Enough About...

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Dogs: the enemies of creativity

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Occasionally when I look at my dog Ruby, I remember a conversation I had in about 2005 with my friend, neighbour and fellow-author Roger Deakin. I told Roger that, after years of living with cats, I was thinking of getting...

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