Friday, 28 December 2012

Monday, 10 December 2012

I Won Something

Dragged out tonight to Red Note at the Traverse, one of their “Noisy Nights”, this time music set to little films. During the interval they set a “10 – minute Composer’s Challenge” viz: “If you write a piece for Violin, Cor Anglais and Viola in these 10 minutes on the manuscript paper provided, we’ll play the best one right here, right now.” I won, and they played it to a little film made starring members of the audience. Hooray.

Jackie Shave–Violin Gareth Hulse-Cor Anglais Jane Atkins-Viola David Organ-Video

Friday, 7 December 2012



Came home to this; well, at least they’ve made a start.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Don’t Yodel

Yodel left a card two doors along, saying a parcel had been left with me. In fact, the parcel was for me, and had been left next door.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Vienna ECNP

13th-17th October. Ian and Linda there. Prater, MUMOK excellent

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Lodger 1971

Ruth’s niece Jane lived here for a year in 1971, came for a visit.

Dead Ivy 2


Another weekend of hard labour getting rid of the ivy on the scullery.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Last Flush

Started the tidying up of the back. Included hanging out the bedroom knocking the rogue ivy off the wall.


Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Kitchen SOS

Lucy on TV getting a kitchen makeover on “Home” channel. Outshone Nadia Sawalha.

Lucy's Kitchen

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Friday, 17 August 2012


Dancing Mice are from Edinburgh and do quirky pop-lite, which on their fifth album "13 Difficult Lessons" covers quirky indie all the way through to quirky folk. Opening with the almost lo-fi 'The Tall Blonde,' the band's charmingly ever-so-slightly-out-of-time ramshackle jangling (with banjo accompaniment) is catchy enough to raise a smile, as are 'Cool' ("He's so Eurovision, simple tunes that hide precision" - this is music about music) and 'Thrills,' a song which sounds quite tipsy. 'The Red Shadow' brings in some electo-vibes, while 'Assembly' is a lovely waltztime groover sounding not unlike bands such as Dark Ocean Colours. 'The Man In The Islands' sounds excitingly like a Julian Cope out-take from 1991, 'Scarred By Love' is the longest track on the album and easily the least successful, but 'Time Alone' is a good cut, 'Fathers And Sons' raises another smile (great instrumentation) and album closer 'The Dance Of The Black Mouse' is electro-bonkers in the nicest possible way. Mostly successful, the band's humour, music and lo-fi ambition supports an entertaining listen.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Monday, 30 July 2012

Tense 40 Minutes

On the phone to Virgin regarding broken broadband. reset, remote assistance etc, they sorted all sorts of things on the “Superhub” website and it still didn’t work. So they took the tack that it must be my computer. Then, it worked. Chancers.

Customer feedback 0/10


Saturday, 19 May 2012

Gig 39 – 13DL Launch


Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh 18/5/12
Launch of 13 Difficult Lessons
Setlist: A Physical Husband, The Tall Blonde, Cool, The Red Shadow, It’s Abnormal, Arizona, Assembly, Four Times on the Floor, Selling The Party.
Sound: Leonora. First class from beginning to end. Again, I had amplifier on stage as monitor. Reception: Thunderous applause and shouts of “Encore”.


Sunday, 6 May 2012

Advance Notice


The Raft presents:

Dancing Mice album launch

+ The Standard Error + Dancing Mice + Matthew Deary

Friday 18 May @ Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh

Dancing Mice – indie/electropop – five CD albums.
Perform melodic, quirky songs mainly about people: some famous, some obscure, and some others. This is the launch night for their new album 13 DIFFICULT LESSONS

Friday, 4 May 2012

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Farewell PA Speakers


After many years of fun and faithful service, now passed to Tim Ciubitaru-Martin and his band Men in a Bottle.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

13 Difficult Lessons (2)

Arrived today, looks better than I expected, the lyrics are legible and the colours are sombre, but warm.

Saturday, 3 March 2012


Saw Mercury for the first time.
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Friday, 10 February 2012

Quick Turnaround

Mastering back already from Discwizards, remarkably good job long may they exist.

Monday, 6 February 2012

13 Difficult Lessons

Final tweaks done, off to Discwizards . Very likely some headaches, there always are.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Recording and Mixing Done


13 Difficult Lessons finally polished off last night. Cover to be tweaked, then off to DiscWizards for re-mastering and manufacture.

What Our Politicians Get Paid For



10:36 (11 hours ago)
to undisclosed recipients

You may recall you contacted me either recently or in the past about the Daylight Saving Bill, which would allow for a trial period in which the clocks were put back.

I thought I would give you an update, as the Bill was discussed again in the House of Commons last Friday.

I took part in the debate, and the vast majority of MPs supported the proposals. There was opposition, however, from a few MPs, mainly from the Scottish National Party and the Conservative Party. The outcome was that the Bill ran out of time. As this was a Private Member's Bill, unless the government takes up the proposal, this effectively means the Bill is dead, at least for this Parliamentary session.

I realise this news will disappoint you, but I thought you would want to know what happened.

If you have any further comments, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Mark Lazarowicz

MP for Edinburgh North & Leith

Follow me on Twitter @marklazarowicz


Anthony Moffoot

21:53 (5 minutes ago)
to Mark
Hello, thanks for keeping me  posted. I should tell you that I am pleased the bill has failed; I remember the trial 40 years ago, it was horrible and it seemed wilfully perverse and pointless to repeat it.


Sunday, 8 January 2012

Gig 38

Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh 7/1/12
Henry’s Christmess (sic) Do
Setlist: A Physical Husband, Tamagotchi Girl, Watching Waters Rise, Cool, Mouse In Love, It’s Abnormal, Blue Screen, Selling The Party, Christmouse.
Sound: Leonora. First class from beginning to end. I had amplifier on stage as monitor,we will probably do this again.
Reception: Enthrallment , some exceptionally complimentary commments from complete strangers.  “Cool, controlled, tight, other-dimensional.”
Notable for: Equipment failure- Roddy’s pedal shorting, his amp getting switched off, Gavin going silent when fuzz pedal switched on. Oh how we laughed. No , really we did.
Special guests: William and Fiona