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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Small World Made Of WIN

Yesterday was, as my son would say, made of WIN. First up I was interviewed by Andrew Ford for Australian radio's Music Show discussing Terry Riley's In C and A Rainbow In Curved Air. Then, as the day got underway, commissions for two lots of liner notes came in. Good news also came in from Debbie who had returned from the doctor's having been officially pronounced as being on the mend after a particular virulent stomach bug had laid her low last week.

Debra was cheered even more to discover that Sam and Jo had posted a new pic of our lovely grandaughter enjoying some time on her play mat: the pair of us grinned like fools at the picture for ages. Then there was a useful telephone interview for a thing I'm doing for Prog mag, and then the band, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, said some very nice things about my writing in relation to the positive featured reviewed in the latest edition of Prog and over on BBC Music. 

Today it was off to Newcastle for a change of headspace. Rather than proceeding directly to the Lit & Phil I took a detour into this rather unlovely building...


Somewhere in the midst of all the scaffolding is a gents outfitters (as they used to be called) called Slaters. It's like walking into a time-warp; a shop that has 1950s level of staffing (ie lots) and men in suits with tape measures at the ready who call you sir at the drop of a hat.  Inside the shop on the first floor there was a fine view of the street below and some rather dramatic clouds above...


After concluding the business in hand I arrived you know where...


In the spot I watch the gathering guided tour...





After a while David Almond came in to carry on work on his latest novel. He was then joined by Jack Arthurs who had come to the Lit & Phil to meet me. It turns out that David was at Jack's recent CD launch. Small world or what...


2 comments:

steven said...

"skellig" david almond? good gravy man you move in rarefied circles!!!! i have read that book to two classes i've taught who i thought would "get" the book and maybe even be changed by it . . . . give him a hug from me next time you cross paths would ya sid!!!! oh and hurray for the WIN day for you sid. those are such exceptional days . . . . . hard earned, but you're worthy aren't you!!!! steven

Sid Smith said...

Hi Steven,
yes it's the same David Almond. He and I used to work for the same education dept back in the 80s. Our paths recently crossed again at the Lit & Phil. Lovely bloke and good to have a natter with.

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