February 28, 2010


Playing about with I discovered this page which shows the top 18 artists it has captured me listening to via the ‘scrobbling’ gadget… the mighty Prefab Sprout have a pretty commanding lead there!

Page 2 is below


Love at the Five and Dime – Nanci Griffith

February 14, 2010

I posted about the Nanci Griffith concert Mrs Fleet and I attended a couple of weeks ago. The sound quality isn’t great, but this video gives a nice view of the Griffith concert experience, with a nice little tale about the wonders of Woolworth stores before the song. I suspect the video dates from the early ’90s.

Energy Gizmo

February 13, 2010


British Gas have provided us with this handy gadget which measures in real time your household consumption of electricity. It’s rather effective as it’s hard to walk past it would looking at the numbers on the screen and then rushing round turning unnecessary things off in order to try to get the kW number to go down. Should be good to save a few quid.

Nanci Griffith

February 6, 2010

On Wednesday night Mrs Fleet and I were able to send Miss Fleet and Rothmans off to my mother’s and to go to watch Nanci Griffith in concert at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. I’ve been a fan of Nanci’s for the best part of 20 years but have never managed to get to see her live before.

It was well worth the wait. The glorious pure crystaline voice was in good shape, and Nanci is a delightful, anecdotal presence, tiny, slender and straight backed with her hair pulled back into a rather severe bun (apparently the fault of the Breakfast TV people that morning who made her hair “look like Albert Einstein”).

The YouTube video above is of a much younger Nanci singing Kate Wolf’s Across the Great Divide. Nanci has always been a great interpreter of the songs of others as well as a fantastic songwriter in her own right, and this is one of my favourites of her covers.

In a couple of weeks we are off to see another favourite of mine, and another great, slightly eccentric singer songwriter, Imogen Heap, in Oxford.

Frog Epic Fail

February 5, 2010

This Frog isn’t fast enough on the draw to catch the wily Dragonfly…


January 29, 2010


I always find something to smile about whenever webcomic XKCD updates, but I actually found this genuinely rather poignant!


January 23, 2010


from Barefoot