Hello everyone, I really hope it’s not too hot and sticky where you are right now (it’s absolutely sweltering here…)
Some very exciting news for you – next month, Another Kind Of Mind will be a whole FIVE YEARS OLD! I’m still slightly astonished by that, to be totally honest with you. To celebrate this milestone, I’ll be publishing a series of brand new and exclusive guest posts from some of my favourite bloggers and tweeters (hopefully!), so watch out for those (incidentally, if you’d like to send birthday cake and champagne, please do… *winks*).
As ever, watch out for more of the usual randomness you’ve all come to expect from this blog over the coming months, and I’ve got a number of special posts planned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One in August.
I also curate the Top Fifty Albums Lists blog and I’ve started updating the List of Lists there with some of your Best Ever Debut Albums lists (and will posting my own list very soon – I’m still battling with it, this one has not been easy!). If you’d like to submit your Top 50 too, please do – you can find out how here.
If you’d like to get in touch with me, you can always leave a comment here or tweet me. Also, if you’re interested in photography and street art, you can find loads of my pics on my Flickr page, which is regularly updated with new stuff (you can see some of the latest images at the bottom of this page). You can also find Another Kind Of Mind over at Tumblr, plus I’m on GoodReads too. Feel free to follow!
Now, who’s going to go get me an ice lolly…?
Hello everyone, I hope you’re enjoying the sunshine!
Now that I’ve finally moved into my new flat and have got most of the important unpacking and furniture stuff sorted out (as well as the ridiculous amounts of bureaucracy and paperwork which always go along with changing your address!), I am sure you will be glad to hear that I can now finally get back to Another Kind Of Mind a bit more seriously.
I’ve got all sorts of bits and pieces coming up for you, including the latest edition of my long-running Election Propaganda series which will be posted to coincide with this week’s European and local elections (although sadly I have not yet received anything through the post from UKIP, so I will be unable to be rude about them this time!).
I have also updated the Top 50 Albums Lists blog with the final part of my 1970s list, a few geeky stats, and some news about a brand new set of lists which will be coming up this summer. And if you’d like to submit your 1970s Top 50 to be included in the now semi-legendary List of Lists, you can still get in touch with me!
If you’re interested in photography, you might want to head over to my Flickr page, which I have recently updated with lots of new London street art images and some photos I took in the spring sunshine during a recent exploration of a rather lovely and historically interesting local cemetery (watch out for another picture I took that day in a post I’m planning for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One in August…).
You can (still) find Another Kind Of Mind over at Tumblr too, plus I’m also on Twitter (a lot!) and Goodreads (should you be curious about what I’ve been reading recently…) – please feel free to follow me at any or all of these sites!
Don’t touch that dial, folks….
Just a quick note to let you know I haven’t forgotten you all. I’m actually in the middle of moving house, so I’m currently surrounded by a ridiculous amount of dust and cardboard boxes and kept busy moving furniture around. All this could take some time – it’s going to take forever just to shift all my books and CDs, let alone anything else!
I’ve also been working on my 1970s Top 50 Albums list (you can find part of it here – the rest will be going up once I’ve moved), and adding lots of other excellent 1970s Top 50s to the ongoing List of Lists (which you can browse here). Feel free to get in touch if you’d like your 70s list included too.
I’ll be back soon with more of the usual random stuff, so don’t touch that dial….
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for Another Kind Of Mind (thank you stats helper monkeys, hope you had some time off over Christmas!).
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
And a big thank you to everyone who has read, shared, liked and commented on Another Kind Of Mind this year. I couldn’t do it without you. Happy New Year to you all, and I hope your 2014 rocks…
Over the years I’ve written a ton of posts on a festive theme, which have all proved to be very popular with you lot – in fact, it’s become a bit of a seasonal tradition round these parts (indeed, one of my long-time readers reckons I should actually write a book on the subject! I might. One day). There’s so many of these Christmas posts now that I figured it was about time I put them all in one place for easy access. So if you’re feeling Christmassy and fancy a good read, click on any of the links below to find out more…
- Dreaming of a White Christmas? – Snow Facts (2009)
- The Little Ice Age and London’s Frost Fairs (2009)
- Christmas Superstitions (2009)
- The Sun Stands Still: the Winter Solstice and other Midwinter Festivals (2009)
- You Better Watch Out!: A Brief History of Santa Claus (2009)
- Twelfth Night, or What You Will (2010)
- How to have a very merry green Christmas (2010)
- A 17th Century Christmas Miscellany (2010)
- A Victorian Christmas Miscellany (2010)
- A Wartime Christmas Miscellany (2010)
- Festive Felonies (2011)
- Mulled Wine: Mulling it over (2011)
- The Solstice Fire (2011)
- Christmas in London: The Geffrye Museum (2012)
- Christmas in London: The Shoreditch Angel (2012)
- Christmas in London: The Natural History Museum (2012)
- Christmas in London: The Trafalgar Square Tree (2012)
- Stir-Up Sunday (2013)
- Charles Dickens and the Story of ‘A Christmas Carol’ (2013)
(I’ll also be adding links to any future Christmas posts as they’re published, so watch out for those too…)
I can’t quite believe it’s nearly December again; 2013 has gone by in a real flash (isn’t that – god forbid – actually a sign of getting old!?). I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support on Another Kind Of Mind this year, it really does mean a great deal – especially during the long periods of frustrating ill health which have made it difficult for me to post as regularly as I would have liked over the last twelve months.
All this has left me with quite a backlog of half written and long-promised posts, the drafts of which have taken to glaring accusingly at me from my Dashboard every time I log in to WordPress (inasmuch as the draft of a blog post can actually glare, of course…). Nonetheless, I really do need to get them properly finished off and posted before some of you die of boredom waiting for me to finally get them done!
However, there are some brand new posts in the works too – coming up over Christmas and the New Year will be plenty of the usual Another Kind Of Mind seasonal treats (as ever!), plus a good loud blast of my albums of the year for 2013 (warning: some of them really are quite noisy…), a few opinionated rants and, of course, any other divertingly interesting odds and ends that may turn up there or thereabouts in the meantime…
And over at the Top 50 albums blog, I’ve recently added a few more links to some great 1990s lists from various Twitter folk (if you still haven’t sent me your 90s list yet, please do get in touch here or on Twitter and I’ll add your Top 50 to the blog). I’ll also be sharing my 1970s Top 50 albums list with you over there in the New Year – I’ll post the full list here too, so watch out for that some time in January if you’re a music lover!
Also, if you’ve got any brilliant suggestions for new posts, I’d really love to hear from you – all ideas will be given due consideration, and you’ll be credited in any resulting posts. Get in touch too if you think you might like to write a guest post on Another Kind Of Mind sometime in the New Year. It’s easy. Simply leave a comment here or tweet me with your idea. Are you ready… set…. GO!
Oh, and for those festively-inclined folk who are already in a Christmassy frame of mind, you may be interested in some of my previous seasonal posts, which can be found here.
More than three hundred posts.
Over six hundred comments.
Almost fifty-three thousand views.
And you, the reader…
Yes, today is Another Kind Of Mind’s fourth birthday. I can’t quite believe that, but it’s true. I never imagined this blog would make it to four years, let alone be as (comparatively) successful as it has been.
Thank you, all of you. Thank you for reading, for commenting, for liking, for sharing, for all your support. For making this slightly eccentric and opinionated personal blog what it is today – and for continuing to inspire me and make me smile every time I log on to WordPress.
And a very happy birthday to Another Kind Of Mind!
First off, apologies if any of you have been getting weird tweets and emails from Another Kind Of Mind which lead to dead links or blank/unfinished posts – it’s just me being completely technologically inept whilst playing around with WordPress on Android (which seems to have a rather annoying habit of posting stuff without me touching a thing). Hopefully, I’ll have it all figured out soon…
You may have also noticed that the blog now looks very different. After using and liking this new theme on the Top Fifty Nineties Album blog, I decided it was time for a change here as well. Personally, I think the new look is much better, and I hope you do too – plus this particular theme is configured to show properly on both computers and mobile devices, so you can also now read Another Kind Of Mind on your tablet or phone if you so desire!
On the subject of the Top Fifty Nineties Albums blog, my list is now complete. If you missed out on my reviews, you can still find them all there, along with a few geeky stats and links to loads of other great lists sent to me by various Twitter people. I’ll be adding more lists and other bits and pieces as time goes on, so keep an eye out for that if you’re a music fan.
Elsewhere, street art fans will want to check out my Flickr stream, which I’m regularly updating with lots of interesting images from various sites in and around London. You’re also welcome to follow me on Twitter (where I mostly ramble rubbish and/or talk about music), or over on Tumblr (where Another Kind Of Mind’s slightly eccentric and distinctly vintage photography-obsessed little sister blog lives).
And I’ve got some good stuff coming up for you right here (alongside quite a few long-promised and much-delayed posts!), including more sideways glimpses into the history of my favourite city, another musical memorial bench, how to be a telly ‘tec, and a few other bits I probably haven’t thought of yet. Plus, Another Kind Of Mind will be celebrating its fourth birthday at the end of this month, believe it or not – so I’ll also have to think up a way to mark that surprising anniversary!
Finally, I’ve had a few responses to my call-out for mondegreens, but I still want more! We’ve all misheard a lyric or two whilst listening to music and I want to hear your favourites – leave a comment or tweet me your contributions, and the best will be included in an upcoming post.
Ah, go on. You know you want to…
Yes, the music lists are back! Only this time I’m doing it all slightly differently…
As the title suggests, this new list is of my Top 50 albums of the 1990s (if you are a music fan you’ll know that this was a brilliant era for great albums!). I was in my teens and early 20s during the 1990s, and it was a formative period for my taste in music – a lot of the choices on this list have a very deep emotional resonance for me, and I decided I wanted to write about that. So, instead of inflicting fifty geeky music essays on you, I set up a dedicated blog for this challenge, and it is that I have been working on over the last few weeks.
When the whole list is completed, I’ll be posting a rundown of the full Top 50 on Another Kind Of Mind (of course), but in the meantime you can catch up with all my selections so far on the new blog here.
And if you’d like to see even more Top 50’s of the 1990s (and a few links to the results of previous music list challenges) as compiled by some of the lovely people on Twitter, you can find them here.
I’ve had some fantastic feedback on my list choices and the new blog already (there’s still 20 albums to go!), and I’d love to hear what you have to say. Feel free to head on over to the blog and leave a comment, or check the list as it goes out on Twitter (hashtag #CB90sTop50) – I look forward to hearing from you!
I realise all has been very quiet on the blogging front here lately – but worry not good readers, I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth….
There are lots of shiny new posts to come, however – including the very long-awaited (and, it must be said, rather rude!) second part of the most ridiculous names in sport post, more bizarre and sinister episodes in the history of medicine, another selection of the weirdest words in the English language, the story of why a yew tree in a quiet west London churchyard commemorates of one of the saddest events in 17th century history, even more music lists, and anything else that catches my fancy or makes me cross enough to start typing like a demon.
I’m also still after your mondegreens (see here for an explanation of this), so leave me a comment or send me a tweet with your favourite misheard lyrics and you might find your contribution used in an upcoming post!
I know many of you enjoyed the street art photos I posted at the end of last year, so you’ll be pleased to hear that my Flickr photostream is currently being regularly updated with more images from various parts of London. If you know of any good places to see street art in the capital, I’d love to hear from you too.
You can also find Another Kind Of Mind on Tumblr, where I post lots of typically random bits and pieces, and I’m often to be found being geeky about music and ranty about politics on Twitter too – feel free to follow if you are on either or both!