Yes, I know it inspired Tolkein to write The Hobbit

Confession: I have lived for eight and a half years in walking distance of Moseley Bog and had never actually visited until this morning. Not entirely sure why that is, or what it was I’d pictured that had prevented me from setting foot inside until now (despite...

Taking my ball and going home

It turns out that everything I post on both this blog and my music blog gets automatically reposted on a site called The Brummie. Recently, I’ve been a frequent contributor, without even really realising it. I kind of have mixed feelings about that. First, I...

Right… where were we?

I’m back – suitably rested and refreshed. I’m in Birmingham and I start back at work today. Things may resume. I’m realistic enough not to aim for normality, but I’m ready for a bit of routine again. As of today, my research sabbatical is...

Local photo walk

This morning, Jake and I decided to go for a walk. It was foggy and the leaves had been starting to fall, so we thought we’d take our cameras. We had just planned to go around the block, but before long, we found ourselves strolling through Highbury Park. It was...

Mostyn’s Music Management Mentoring

My friend John Mostyn knows a lot about managing musicians and bands. He’s done it for a while now. He downplays it these days, but you may have heard of, for instance, The Beat and Fine Young Cannibals. Lots of stuff since, of course – but those are the...

Bit of a Culture Shock

I went to a church just down the road this evening to watch the Culture Shock concert. This group of musicians — all of whom live very locally, but who represent a whole range of different faiths, cultures, backgrounds and musical traditions — got together five days...