Friday 30 January 2016

I stumble across a neatly edited clip from River City earlier this year featuring yours truly….click above to watch!

ANOTHER (!) long lie. Yesterday’s alcohol-free day and exercise doesn’t seem to have made waking up any easier.

Ah well, can’t have done any harm.

Once the decks are clear I put a little more thought into a possible live album project. Looks like we need some serious cash before we can start any serious planning tho’.

While looking for something else online, I find someone’s edited and uploaded a clip from BBC Scotland’s River City that I appeared in back in May.

In the studio I search through various hard drives –backups, archives etc – and realise that I need another drive if I’m going to keep archiving stuff. At least, even, just to shuffle the archive files between drives. Apparently they degrade even if they’re being used. Jeez. 

I also need to make a decision on whether or not to keep the gigabytes’-worth of unused footage from various projects. I shuffle stuff around but not really sure if I’m achieving anything.

It’s getting late when I head back to the house for dinner and collapse in front of the telly and watch a documentary about Adele and chill.


Monday 1 August 2016

Maiju, Juuso and Margaret by the Black River

Maiju, Juuso and Margaret by the Black River

AFTER A great night’s sleep and a long lie at Maiju and Juuso’s we have a nice relaxed breakfast and plan our day.

My August eNewsletter went out as scheduled, so I only have a little bit of work to do before we go out for a drive…our plan is to to visit the Black River and maybe catch up with our friends Jukka and Katja – Jukka, of course, is Black River Bluesman 🙂

I fall asleep in the car and wake up in time for a walk and a beer. Jukka and Katja join us for  drink then suggest we go to their house for something to eat. It’s only a few minutes away.

We enjoy a glass of wine outside then have an amazing meal – salmon, local mushrooms, salad, home-grown potatoes, desert. As we’re leaving Jukka shows me a lovely Gibson guitar which I try out…Margaret decides to do a Facebook Live Stream, Juuso joins in on some kind of weird stringed instrument and Juuka blows the horn of death metal and some trumpet….we have great fun – and a great laugh doing it!

Next stop is Maiju and Juuso’s summer cottage to visit her daughter Ada and husband Kristian. It’s lovely to see them. We hang out for a while then Juuso drives us back to Helsinki.

It’s nearly 11pm and we’re all starting to get a little hungry so Juuso and I go to grab some pizza and we eat, drink and chat….and other late one 🙂

Amazing meal with Jukka and Katja at their home

Amazing meal with Jukka and Katja at their home..Maiju’s not in the pic – she’s behind the camera!


Tuesday 3 May 2016

I make my debut as an extra on River City and play my first ever open mic night...first appearance at 35.48..... :-) Click above to watch.

I make my debut as an extra on River City and play my first ever open mic night…first appearance at 35.48….. 🙂
Click above to watch.

ANOTHER early start into Glasgow. I drop Margaret off then take the car back to the garage in Maryhill.

They need their electrical guy to reset the service interval thingy and our heater’s been playing funny buggers, so he’ll have a look at that too.

I take a walk into town with the idea of a coffee and free wifi at McDonalds, but the torrential rain makes it a better idea to stop at Starbucks at Charing X where I have an overpriced coffee. I make up for it by sitting and using their wifi for a good couple of hours.

A further foray into town takes me to the Buchanan Galleries. I remember I have a voucher for a free coffee and cake in John Lewis, so I enjoy an hour in the cafe there and get some more work done courtesy of Buchanan Galleries’ free wifi.

I daunder back to Maryhill and get the car then pick up Margaret before the usual weekly Chinese supermarket/Costco/Tesco shopping experience.

Back home we drop some stuff off to Barbara and Betty, it away the shopping and go for a quick walk through the forest making sure we’re back home in time for my debut as an ‘extra’ on River City. I was lucky and got a pretty good spot…and to play a (small) bit of one of my songs in one of the scenes. Can’t believe it;s been two months since the filming.

My appearance generates some good banter on Facebook…then I go and make lemongrass and lime tofu and drink more beer.

After we eat I’m in no mood for ,more work so we veg in front of the telly with a  wee dram and take it easy.




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