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Thursday, 19 August 2004

Doing something with time chaos

Having returned recently from a holiday in France, I find myself struggling to make good use of time. If I was as wasteful with other areas of my life, it would be a criminal offence!

Last weekend I went on a spending spree, and bought some of the Led Zeppelin back-catalogue which is missing from my collection. The first two albums really are something else - both released in 1969. I can't help wondering how it was possible to produce albums of immense creativity and exploration every six months or so back at the end of the 60s, whereas these days average time is every three years or so to produce an album.

It makes me truly respect the work of bands like Led Zep and The Beatles. It wasn't just the breadth and range of what they did, but the speed with which they did it too.

On holiday I read Mark Haddon's 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time'. I know I must be the last person to read it. I really enjoyed it - no need for a review. There are already loads of them out there on the net. I also read 'A Walk in the Woods' by Bill Bryson which was a good read - made me laugh out loud which is unusual (maybe the wine had something to do with it). Finally I read Anthony Clare's 'On Men' which was thought-provoking and infuriating too. I can't say I entirely agreed with what he had to say in the book - but some of the points were poignant. Verdict - heavy going, but worth the effort for the arguments it can cause.

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