🎶 What is the greatest song of all time, and why is it Tin Soldier by The Small Faces?
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This Ray Davies live version is superb:
This is the age of machinery
A mechanical nightmare
The wonderful world of technology
Napalm, hydrogen bombs, biological warfare
📷 Zero information.
🎶 It’s Album Club time.
📚 There’s being curious and fascinated with the natural world, and then there’s this.
🎶 Wilder Maker’s Drunk Driver just turned up on a playlist. I can’t express how much I love this song.
📷 Bought this mat online and got it out of the box today. I’m pretty sure the warning wasn’t on the website. 😳
📷 “Unlike the rest of you animals…”
Signed up for the Leesman webinar on the future of knowledge work and hybrid working on 21 March.
📚 Finished reading The Pianist by Władysław Szpilman. An incredible memoir of a Jewish man who somehow survives years in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War 2. I saw the film years ago; his encounter with Wilm Hosenfeld, a merciful German soldier who keeps him alive through his kindness, is a relatively small part of the book. Extracts from Hosenfeld’s diaries and an additional epilogue add significant context to the story:
“You can’t help wondering again and again how there can possibly be such riff-raff among our own people. Have the criminals and lunatics been let out of the prisons and asylums and sent here to act as bloodhounds? No, it’s people of some prominence in the State who have taught their otherwise harmless countrymen to act like this. Evil and brutality lurk in the human heart. If they are allowed to develop freely they flourish, putting out dreadful offshoots, the kind of ideas necessary if the Jews and the Poles are to be murdered like this.” — Wilm Hosenfeld
🚴♀️ Getting a flat tyre on an indoor turbo trainer is rare, but it happens. This morning is the first time I’ve ever snapped a derailleur hanger though. Ride over. 😢
📷 This is a cat that does not often sit on laps. I couldn’t resist taking a snap.
🎶 I’m so grateful that the Smoke Fairies introduced me to Samana at one of their gigs. Ascension, Samana’s first album, is still regularly in my ears. My favourite track is The Art Of Revolution, but there are so many highlights.
🎶 More Smoke Fairies goodness has dropped through my letterbox. It’s a DVD of their lockdown-era performance of Through Low Light And Trees at the Italianate Glasshouse in Ramsgate, along with a set list from their De La Warr Pavilion show. These are fabulous.
🎶 It’s Album Club #144.