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The Elephant in the Narrowboat

A few weeks ago Parsley and I drove down the M54 to find Mark, who hangs out on a canal boat recording studio making videos of passing folk musicians. I recorded three tracks with him, and they’re going to be … Continue reading

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Catweazle at 25

A huge honour to be asked to play at Catweazle’s 25th birthday yesterday. It’s been just over 11 years since I first tiptoed into the East Oxford Community Centre of a Thursday evening, and – as readers well know – … Continue reading

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Valentine Rd

Naff demo of a new tune! This is the third of The Parsley Tapes – it’s a song about walking along, on a pleasant day, down a street which scares you. The tune’s been in my head for months; I … Continue reading

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Rolling Around the Stuartswell

Who can explain or understand, from the middle of the maelstrom, the individual flecks of spray? The laser-cut wooden hurdy-gurdies, boats full of sheep, a church hall full of greyhounds, the taste of Irn Bru? Climbing the walls of a … Continue reading

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So Very Long 2018

Even by my own miserably poor standards for blog upkeep, 2018 was a miserable performance – one post in the whole year, albeit a brilliant one, is all that separates us from my last retrospective. Because of that, it seems … Continue reading

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Shute Barrington

All my fans are always asking me for the recipe for Shute Barrington, despite the fact that I have carefully guarded its secret ever since I invented it around ten minutes ago. Finally I yield, super-fans! Do as you will. … Continue reading

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So Very Long 2017

Those of you who have been with me a while will know that I like to close each year by documenting some of my experiences in an oblique way that really has meaning only for myself. 2016 was full of … Continue reading

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A New Old Aspect

In a characteristically glacial way, things are looking up here at FaceOmeter towers. There’s a new writing collaboration which I’m quite keen on, I trekked over to West Wales so that I could watch the Dapper Swindler melting a cheese … Continue reading

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Of Owls and Memories

Ten years ago to the day I took the Pilot V7 which is always in my right-hand trouser pocket and I drew an owl on my forearm. I can’t remember where I was, nor who with, but I remember there … Continue reading

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Enter the Jamsman

I’ve been fooling around with preserves lately. Don’t believe me? I have an instagram account solely for jam. It’s that serious. I moved house last year, and the new place came with a secret fruit garden. That is to say, … Continue reading

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