No nonsense

Hmm. Bit arty farty.


This photo, taken earlier today at an appropriately grey Groot Constantia, looks like one of those that usually gets some sort of daft emotional or motivational line plastered across it.

I waited for you till morning


never ever stop believing.

or whatever nonsense.

Please note that I haven’t done that.

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Sheffield is my planet

This is… odd. But strangely interesting and rather revealing too.

It’s an autocomplete map of the UK – what Google thinks you’re about to ask when you put in “Manchester is…” or “People from Birmingham are…”. This shows us the stereotype of each city in the UK:


Of the places I’ve lived, Sheffield is my planet (ok), Newcastle is a hole (I disagree) and Oxford is hellish (it had its moments).

Have a look around, but a couple of highlights include “Swansea is the graveyard of ambition” (allegedly a Dylan Thomas line), “Worcester is the Paris of the ’80s” (apparently a T-shirt slogan from Worcester, Massachusetts) and, in the words of Hugh MacDiarmid, “Edinburgh is a mad god’s dream”.

Meanwhile, it turns out that Cape Town has the disappointingly predictable responses, “Cape Town is it safe” and “Cape Town is a racist city” – the latter just like Aberdeen. Maybe it’s something to do with granite.

As for the title of this post, Sheffield is my planet is revealed to be a city council initiative to combat climate change.
How exciting.

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No blog because…


And a quiz with the Tall Accountant (he says “Hi Mom!”) and the Drilling Accountant.

Tomorrow, ok?

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2013 Isle of Man Snow Photos

Some nice ones here.


Photo credit:, where there are lots more lovely things to look at.

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Delta Machine

Delta Machine, Depeche Mode’s 13th studio album is already a hot contender for the coveted Album of the Year. And there’s a very simple reason for that – there’s nothing new here.
I’ve said before that  “old” bands should stick to what made them popular, and I’m happy to stand by that statement. Straying too far from their roots invariably disappoints the existing fan base, when they don’t need to take risks because they actually have nothing to prove. No such problems with Delta Machine: this could easily have been released alongside Violator back in 1990. It’s perfect, vintage Depeche Mode: dark, moody, introspective, soulful electronica.

There’s lots of noise being made about Heaven, but I actually prefer this live version to the one on the album.

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And while it’s all good, for me, the standout tracks include My Little Universe, with Gahan’s repeated, compelling assertions of grandeur gradually being overrun by heavy electronic noise, and the deliberately awkward, unapologetic dischordance in Secret To The End.
And then there’s Broken, which is (in my humble opinion) quite possibly the best song Depeche Mode have ever done. And I know that’s a big claim after 33 years of their existence, but it really is perfect. It’s on repeat. A lot.

If you have never been a Depeche Mode fan, this is probably not going to be for you. But if you still hark back to those heady days of tracks like Personal Jesus and I Feel You, wow, you’re in for a treat.

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