Laura loves to sing. Loud. And she doesn’t just imitate; she assimilates; she innovates. Her creativity knows no bounds. Emboldened by the finest of wines, swollen with the joy of life, she bursts forth in rapturous melody, remoulding the choicest morsels of the canon into scales known only to herself.

© Grumpy Axolotl



The saxophones had blown it, again. The notes were fine but they just weren’t nailing that rhythm. Two of the main stage-lights had blown and the guitarist had blown a valve in his beloved Marshall. Rumour was that Jodie had blown the bass player, and Rodger felt as if he would soon blow a fuse. Was this the life he had given up glass-blowing for? As he ran his hands back through his thinning grey hair, an electric fan in the wings picked loose sheets of music from his conductor’s stand and blew them across the stage. It was going to be a long tour.

Snails to Zen

Snails keep their eyes on the ends of antennae-like appendages which look as if they would ensure good reception of radio broadcasts.  

Which brings me to the topic of radio (If I start on about tv, I will never finish).

As much as I hate advertising, I love good music, and there are still, surprisingly, a handful of radio stations that play good music. So I listen to the radio in the car – usually on the way to and from work. Unfortunately, in between the great songs, there are long passages of PEOPLE YELLING AT ME! and I hate it! I used to counter the aural assault by turning the volume right down when the ads came on and then bringing it back up when I heard music come back. Eventually I got so pissed off that I just stopped having the radio on altogether … and something unexpected happened.

I began to notice that on radio-free mornings, I was much calmer when I arrived at work. Sometimes I will listen to a cassette-tape (remember those?) or MP3 player but, more often than not, It really is nicer with the sound off.

If you listen to the radio in the car, purely out of habit – I challenge you to try a few days without it and take note of how you feel.  Post your findings on your blog.