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Following the huge success of Shed Night 4 (in which our gallant heroes performed the gargantuan task of clearing out my shed workshop) I seem to have right-royally mucked things up again recently by filling said-shed so full of found items, spill-over from the house and general rubbish, that I can no longer even get inside let alone do anything creative in there:

Help me!!

Help me!!

Things are now so bad that i feel utterly helpless to fix the problem – doe anyone out there have any de-cluttering suggestions !? *

*Shed Night 5, (“Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here…”) may be called for. . .

Shed Night 5

Shed Night 5

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How’s this for a bit of radical thinking / crazy design!?

My mate Dave Trombone has just taken delivery of his ‘pBone’, the world’s first plastic trombone:

pBone

pBone

Designed and made by a bunch of crazed Warwick-based designers/trombone fanatics, it retails in at about £50, plays and sounds as good as any student model, and weights about half what a normal trombone does…

Dave is looking forward to showing it off at a gig very soon… check out the pBone website for more details and videos of professionals using it to good effect.

Trombone-tastic!

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For the first time ever, I have just had the chimney in my house swept – and not a moment too soon from the amount of soot that came down!

What I really loved however was the ‘art’ and passion of the fabulous Mr M who did the job for me for me – using self-made equipment that has survived since the time his father started the business.

Here are a few shots – I particularly like the brush sticking up out of my chimney – not something one sees every day!?

The start of the process

The start of the process

Out comes the brush!

Out comes the brush!

A view of the tools

A view of the tools

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

The hearth cover - lots of plywood, glue and foam!

The hearth cover - lots of plywood, glue and foam!

I guess it just goes to show that, whatever one does for a living or hobby, a degree of professionalism, charm and enthusiasm goes a long way – Mr M certainly seems to have a thriving little business going and it was  joy to have him in the house!

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Just a nice photo…

Things have been a bit disrupted lately, so I’ve not had the time to make, do, go see or play much recently, let alone post anything very remarkable of late unfo – I guess the bloggers life goes like that sometimes?

Still, not to be discouraged, here’s a photo I took recently that just shows how fabulous my favourite season (Autumn) can be and how lovely bits of my home town are in this most atmospheric of times…

St Albans Abbey

St Albans Abbey

This a view taken across the grounds towards St Albans Abbey (the red head in the foreground is my lovely cousin over from NZ for a few short days – get out of the way, cous!)

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Finally, The Cakes have entered a studio to do some preliminary work on their long-awaited CD! (and finally, I have got around to writing about it – apologies, things have been a bit manic recently, hence the lack of regular postings!)

King Alfred's Cakes in the studio

King Alfred's Cakes in the studio

Here are some photos taken a couple of weeks ago when we spent a day under the expert guidance of Josie Lloyd in the studio…

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A day of ‘live’ recording ensued, and the rough mixes have just arrived. There is a way to go yet, but at least we have made a start!! Will post more news when we have something we can actually start playing people!?

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