Hello my dear, patient readers.
You may have noticed that I haven’t posted for quite some time.
I apologise for this. Sometimes life just gets in the way – and sometimes, like this time, it’s a matter of having to battle the serious ill health that occasionally pops up and completely floors me, this time resulting in a change of medication which is currently knocking me out in a most interesting fashion.
And just to make matters worse, I now also have a broken ankle!
My ankle is still very painful and I’m on some rather spacey painkillers too (which is only adding to the fun…), but I have been looked after wonderfully by all the medical staff who have treated me so far (yay for the NHS!), and by my fabulous family and friends, both online and off.
It is frustrating to be pretty immobile and unable to do many of the things I take for granted (including writing), and I’ve turned into a bit of a Dalek when it comes to the stairs – but at least I have a cast-iron excuse to lie on the sofa and binge watch Euro 2016 when it starts later this week!
As a result of all this medical mayhem (ahem) I may not be able to post much over the next few months, but I have put together a selection of bits and pieces that I hope you will enjoy – including some more choice vintage selections from the BFI film archive to be going on with.
I was also thinking that it might be nice to have a few guest posts from a few cool and groovy people while I’m laid up. If you are interested in contributing something, please get in touch (you can leave a comment here or tweet me).
Last year, I posted a list of recommended books about music. The initial list was made up of my selections, but when I asked for any books I may have missed, the wonderful people on Twitter sent me so many new titles that I had to compile a second list!
I have recently updated both lists with even more recommended texts, and you can check them both out here:
Recommended Reading: Books on Music (my personal list)
Recommended Reading: Books on Music – Your Choices (the Twitter crowdsourced list)
If you have any more books that you’d like to see on the crowdsourced list, please do get in touch here on on Twitter.
Urgh. So, it’s January. And I must, again, apologise for my quietness on the blogging front, although I am sure that many of my readers will understand how things go when ill health rears its ugly head. Anyway, I do have some new odds and ends coming your way over the coming weeks, including, of course, more historical meanderings and the kind of general randomness that tends to happen round here rather a lot.
However, next up will be my long-awaited Albums Of The Year post – although it won’t be in any particular order on this occasion because I gave up trying to do that some time ago. As far as I’m concerned, 2014 was a year of waaaay too many great albums to even think about which one was the ‘best’, and it’s all so subjective anyway (as I am sure you will tell me in the comments and on Twitter!).
Then, since the first indication that 2015 is general election year has already dropped through my door, my occasional Election Propaganda series will be returning with a bang – this time, on Labour’s plans for the NHS. Watch out for more Election Propaganda posts over the coming months as I dissect the partisan rubbish that all the political parties send through the post in the run up to May…
Oh, and after all that ridiculous ‘Blue Monday’ nonsense (ummm… depression doesn’t work like that) earlier in the week, here’s the actual ‘Blue Monday’ for you. I recommend that you crank the volume and dance like no-one’s watching round your living room/office to this work of musical genius:
Much to report, but I’m going to start by sending a huge thank you to Rick, Fi, Ian and Rose for their brilliant 5th birthday guest posts – and an equally huge thank you to everyone who read those posts and responded on Twitter, Facebook and in the comments here. A fantastic way to celebrate five years of Another Kind Of Mind!
If you missed any of the birthday posts, you can find all four of them here:
I have lots planned for the next few months, including more in my World War One series of posts, a bit of the usual general randomness you’ve all come to expect round these parts, some dramatic and destructive 17th century history, and my recommendations for building a library of books about music.
And, on the subject of music, I have also been busy adding loads of new Debut Albums Top 50s to the List of Lists over at the Top Fifty Albums Lists blog. Please get in touch with me if you too have compiled a Debut Albums list and haven’t sent it my way yet!
As well as all this, my offline life is about to get busier again and I may not be around quite as much in the near future – I’ll be beginning a part-time MA course with the Open University in October (but don’t worry, it won’t stop me blogging…!).
Thank you again for all your recent input and responses – and here’s to another five years of Another Kind Of Mind.
PS: Despite the fact it’s only September (how did that happen anyway?), I’ll soon be turning my mind to my now-traditional Christmas posts. I’m not sure yet as to which seasonal topics I’ll be covering this year, so if you have any bright ideas or suggestions, please get in touch – it would be great to crowdsource a few Christmassy posts for this festive season!
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 Bad News:
Just a quick post to let you know that as of today, I have mothballed the Another Kind Of Mind Facebook page. Sadly, the stats are telling me that it is hardly reaching anyone and that this situation is only going to get worse now that new rules for pages have been introduced by Facebook.
The page will continue to exist but it will no longer be updated. If you were one of the few that the Facebook page was reaching and you wish to continue being updated about new material on Another Kind Of Mind, please subscribe to the blog directly (you can find the details at the very bottom right of this page), or follow me on Twitter.
Incidentally, I have removed as many references to the Facebook page as I can find – but with more than 250 posts on here, trawling through them all will take some time! If you do spot any that I have missed, please leave a link to the relevant post in the comments here or on the Feedback page.
Thank you to all the people who liked, commented on and shared the page – I am sorry to see it go, but it is no longer worth my while to continue updating it, especially as I am using Facebook less and less in a personal capacity.
The Good News:
There are some brand new Christmas blog posts coming soon! I will also be speculating about the end of the world (or not) and – assuming we’re all still here by December 31st, obviously! – exploring New Year’s celebrations through history. Watch out for those in the next few weeks – but if you can’t wait until then, you can find some of my previous seasonal posts here.
Also watch out for some more weird history (even weirder and darker than before), some excellent news from Syon Lane Community Allotment, and whatever else I turn up in the meantime…
Get the beers in readers, Another Kind Of Mind turned one on Saturday!
I can’t believe a year has gone by since I moved my blog to WordPress; those twelve months have gone so quickly, it’s been a blast.
A huge thanks to all of you who have read, commented on, shared and rated my posts so far. I absolutely love hearing from all of you and I really appreciate you taking time to let me know what you think – your comments and suggestions are wonderfully thought-provoking and often inspire new posts, which makes it all worth while for me. I have the best readers…
Please keep it up, you guys rock!
Here’s a few of the treats I’ve got in store for you in the coming weeks…
– Find out what I think about what you think about bad movies (it’s coming, I promise!)
– Discover some more amazing facts about the River Thames
– Read my review of last week’s Hip-Hop History event in Ladbroke Grove, West London
– Learn why I think history is so important (and why Baldrick (almost) got it right…)
– Get sentimental about the magic of mix tapes (and let me know what tracks you would put on yours!)
And probably lots of other bits and pieces too, including some more fascinating photos (hopefully).
Right. That’s that done. Where’s the party then?
Things have been very quiet on the blogging front for the last couple of months – and quiet is something you wouldn’t normally ever be able to accuse me of… ;)
Real life has unfortunately and rather annoyingly got in the way of my attempts to write as much as possible recently, but I hope to remedy that in the very near future with some lovely shiny new blog posts for your reading pleasure – especially as this month marks Another Kind Of Mind’s first birthday on WordPress!
To celebrate this momentous occasion, I’m on the look out for some brand new guest posts. Having enjoyed last month’s excellent guest post on Brazilian football by Martin from Marshall Law, I wanted to see what else my readers could write about… Got an idea for an interesting post? Pitch it to me in a comment right here or on the Facebook page!
In the meantime, I’m really looking forward to writing the upcoming post on bad movies, it has been so much fun reading everyone’s wonderfully opinionated comments and responses – a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the discussion so far!