As the kind of solipsistic chap who imagines that music stops when I walk out of the room, or that the light goes off when I exit, I would imagine that you’ve all been sat around waiting for WordPress to work again since I’ve been on my holidays, listlessly kicking around a can maybe, or smoking*, or just going to bed really early to make the time pass quicker. ‘But fear not’, said he, for mighty dread had seized their troubled minds, ‘I’m back!’.
We had a lovely time in a thatched cottage in deepest, quietest Dorset – Thomas Hardy country**, spending all our free time walking, reading, quaffing fine local ales, doing literary pilgrimages and just generally pottering around cliffs and seashore. As usual, I took no music with me at all which is great, it always acts as a bit of a head flossing for me and I only found one LP to buy the whole time I was away^. So I’m all unpolluted, clean and raring to go again now. Grr!
And waiting for me when I came home was a wonderful little present that had travelled all the way over to me from Canada^^, courtesy of Aaron^*. It was only a Chris Hadfield Lego minifigure!! Yes, a minifigure of everybody’s favourite singing astronaut and all around awesome guy – complete with Lego Larrivée Parlor guitar, trademark ‘tache and appropriately logo’d overalls! I have to say this is simply the best Lego gift I have received in the last 30 years, thank you Aaron.
Now for a suitably space-themed LP to photograph Lego Chris on …
Spacious (he’s so) spacious
(I believe in) space
779 Down (in Dorset).
*does anyone, apart from my parents, actually do that anymore?
**the Dorset tourist board not having quite cottoned onto the fact that 1537-stoner-druganaut faves Electric Wizard are from nearby Wareham, are yet to brand it ‘Electric Wizard Country’. Which is a shame as their nudity-to-LP ratio is only to be commended.
^History Of The Byrds: the 1973 2LP compilation with the brilliant Byrds Family Tree in the gatefold. Which shamefully describes Gram Parsons ‘as the nigger in the Byrds woodpile’ – I’m still angry about that; who fucking signed that off?!
^^former colony, big place with cold bits in, home of Moe Berg (and others), I’m pretty sure it’s over that way (points out of window, on a subtle line between #65 and #67 (just to the left of the park).
^*they made his name with two ‘A’s, because using only one did not convey enough excellence. True story.