I’ve been losing so long


I’ve been out walking
I don’t do too much talking these days
These days
These days I seem to think a lot
About the things that I forgot to do
And all the times I had
A chance to
I’ve stopped my rambling
I don’t do too much gambling these days
These days
These days I seem to think about
How all these changes came about my ways
And I wonder if I’d see another
I had a lover
I don’t think I’d risk another these days
These days
And if I seem to be afraid
To live the life that I have made in song
It’s just that I’ve been losing
So long
La, la, la …
I stopped my dreaming
I won’t do too much scheming these days
These days
These days I sit on cornerstones
And count the time in quarter tones to 10
Please don’t confront me with my failures
I had not forgotten them
La, la …
Performed by Nico
Written by Jackson Browne

Book Review: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

A slightly shorter version of this review was published in The Star on 1st November, 2017.

la_belle_sauvage_cover.jpgTHE BOOK OF DUST, VOL ONE: LA BELLE SAUVAGE

Author: Philip Pullman

Publisher: David Fickling Books, 546 pages

ISBN: 978-0857561084

HIS Dark Materials (HDM) Trilogy is one of my favourite series of all time and so, I was quite nervous about reading Philip Pullman’s latest novel, set in the same world introduced in those books, the first of which, Northern Lights (also known by its US title The Golden Compass) was published 22 years ago.

This new story tells of events that occur ten years before what happens in Northern Lights, serving as an introduction to what we already know. Indeed, part of the worry was if this backstory was worth knowing. If so significant, then why hadn’t not knowing made a difference to how much I enjoyed HDM?Read More »

Remembrance of Things Past

I have a new post up on my blog about my family. Feedback would be most welcome. Thanks.

A ‘Mix-Tape’ for Kit

I used to make mix-tapes for friends but I think they only work for those who are excited about listening to stuff they aren’t familiar with.

I thought I’d start making mix-tapes and maybe mix-shelves (book recs) for friends again, but as blog posts.

This one if for Kit who has begun a new phase of her life. No hidden messages, just some songs I think  she’ll enjoy. Read More »

Book Review: A Quiet Place by Seicho Matsumoto

a quiet placeWhile away on a business trip, Tsuneo Asai, a section chief in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, learns that his wife, Eiko, has died suddenly back in Tokyo. It transpires that Eiko suffered a fatal heart attack while walking up a hilly street in a part of the city that Asai is certain would have been unfamiliar to her.

Why was Eiko there in the first place? Apart from knowing no one there, Eiko had a weak heart and would have surely avoided walking up the rather steep hill.

When Asai pays a courtesy call to the woman who tried to help Eiko and in whose cosmetics store his wife died in, he notices a love hotel on the street and begins to question what he think he knows about his wife’s life, and what he’s been told about her death.Read More »