That creaking sound you hear...

...is this blog trying to live. I'm not promising to post much, but I am at least trying to get the thing working again. This blog lives on a Raspberry Pi in my house. It runs on the excellent Ghost. I got it running using the latest version of Ghost at the time, which was v0.6.0, and then left it. I posted stuff, I tweaked the theme, it worked. Then I just stopped posting, because that's what happens. Blogging always goes in phases. But one day I went into the admin interface and saw that Ghost was now…

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Reports of my...

...etc etc. You know how it is. Blogging comes and goes in phases. I used to be pretty prolific – hell I was doing this in 1998 before the word blogging existed, and we had to phone up the web server and shout the 1s and 0s down the line. I'm well, my family are well, things are all OK. That's what really matters. I'll be back sometime, when there's time.…

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Clive's Album of the Year 1995

In 1995 I reached legal USA drinking age, ST:Voyager started, Richey Edwards disappeared, Kevin Mitnick was arrested, Nick Leeson collapsed an entire banking firm, Yahoo!, sarin gas, the Oklahoma bombing, Windows 95, the DVD, eBay, and OJ Simpson was acquitted. Bon voyage was bid to (as always, etc.) Larry Grayson, Peter Cook, Gerald Durrell, Donald Pleasance, Vivian Stanshall, Ronnie Kray, Kenny Everett, Ginger Rogers, Rory Gallagher, Jerry Garcia, Sherlock Holmes, Paul Eddington and Dino. Honourable mentions Faith No More - King For a Day… Fool For a Lifetime When my mate Justin came round with this album, I had…

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Guitars updated

Just made a bunch of updates to the guitars page, including updated photos of several of the axes, plus a little detail on the sad fate of Project Jem.…

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Clive's Album of the Year 1996

1996 was a leap year, and was designated as the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. So that went well, then. A blizzard hit the eastern States of the US killing over 150 in January, and the next day a cargo plane crashed into a market in Kinshasa killing 300. The IRA ceasefire ended with the Canary Wharf bombing. Deep Blue beat Kasparov. Pokémon. The Dunblane Massacre. Mad cow disease. The Unabomber was arrested. Chechnya. The N64. Yeltsin. Dolly the sheep. Apple bought NeXT. Setting out on the final journey were (as always, etc.) François Mitterand, Gene Kelly, Bob…

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Clive's Album of the Year 1997

1997 was the year I first got a modem and discovered the Internet, a move that ended up providing me with a career but started with a £10/month Demon account and a 19.2kbps (it was supposed to be 28.8kbps but I think it was a bit fucked and it never once connected at that speed) modem. Mike Judge's King of the Hill started, there were some strange lights in the sky, a load of idiots killed themselves, the first burials at space took place, Tony Blair, WinNuke, Harry Potter, Steve Jobs returned to Apple, South Park premiered,…

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Clive's Album of the Year 1998

1998 marked the end of a few chapters for me, and the beginning of actually having a proper job and getting on with things. Nineteen European nations banned human cloning, an earthquake in northeast Afghanistan killed over 5000 people, the Kosovo War began, it was discovered that Europa has a liquid ocean (under ice) and that the universe is indeed expanding at an accelerating rate, Titanic won 11 Oscars, Windows 98, Omagh happened, Bear Grylls (aged 23) climbed Everest, a different earthquake in northern Afghanistan killed about another 5000 people and two guys started a company. Auf wossname to Sonny…

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Prejudiced, but not proud

Personally I think everyone is prejudiced to some degree. You can't help it, it's in the way people think. If I learn that someone who I've never met is a - let's pick something at random, sayyy... a Morris Dancer - the information I have on that subject will begin to fill in that person's profile in my head. I haven't met them, but my thinking about them has just become coloured by the way Morris Dancers are described in my mind. This is prejudice of a sort, and I don't care. I suppose it's only potentially problematic prejudice if…

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Clive's Album of the Year 2013

2013 was the last year of my 30s, and was a pretty OK year for me all round. I didn't have to move house, no-one super-close to me died, my work situation was good, and I played a couple of gigs. There was a pretty intense meteor over Chelyabinsk, Russia, a papal resignation, a 3D-printed ear, some Snowden disclosures, an Egyptian coup, an Indian Mars orbiter and a pretty bad typhoon. Oh, and a prince. 10-4, over and out, sayonara, take it easy to Michael Winner, Hugo Chávez, Clive Burr, Uncle Monty, Margaret Thatcher, Storm Thorgerson, Ray Manzarek, Iain Banks,…

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Clive's Album of the Year 1999

In Summer 1999 I met a girl. We hooked up for a bit and it didn’t really work out. But then in Autumn I met another girl. We hooked up and 15 years later I’m proud to call her my wife. :) The Sopranos and Family Guy both debuted on US television, Melissa "attacked the internet", the Columbine massacre happened, Jill Dando was shot dead on her doorstep, The Phantom Menace um… happened, Napster debuted, we had a total solar eclipse which I peered at through the clouds on a rooftop in Soho, having landed my first London job,…

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