328/365 The Blues (Pottle)

328/365 The Blues (Pottle)
328/365 The Blues (Pottle) by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

It is Friday, so I am in my favourite pub in Beeston for my weekly 45 minutes. It is a ‘Blues’ themed pub, hence the poster of the Blues Brothers on the wall.

When the owners decided to create the Pottle of Blues they managed to buy a job lot of broken, unplayable LPs, so the walls are decorated with those too. I’m told they were all damaged, so there’s no music, and they do look the business on the wall.

Tonights ale was a Leatherbritches one – a fine pint.

327/365 Still too soon

327/365 Still too soon
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We are not even at the end of November and I’m already three weeks into Christmas music rehearsals.

I do like to get into the Christmas spirit – despite my repeated irritation at some of the over-commercial nonsense and forced jolity that goes on – but the fact that I start playing Chrimble music while October is a recent memory does erk me somewhat.

Still, we have some amazing music for our concert programme this year, including Three Kings Swing – which has a testing but fabulour repiano cornet solo in it. I’m really looking forward to playing that!

I’m not especially looking forward to playing Carols for hours on end in the cold, although it’s nice to provide music to Christmas shoppers.

I do try to get into the swing of it, even though I’m a complete heathen. Happy to go with the traditions of Christmas, if not the actual worship.

325/365 Earpods

325/365 Earpods
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I hate these bloody things.

Well, hate is too strong a word. I use them occasionally, and they do work OK, but they are ultimately disappointing headphones.

Why? Well, they are described as being ergonomically designed. The "design of the EarPods is defined by the geometry of the ear. Which makes them more comfortable for more people than any other earbud-style headphones". This is all well and good – they are certainly comfortable in the ear – it’s just that they in no way feel secure.

You’ve got to have pretty weird ears for these to stay in. They are fine while listening to something in bed or at your desk, but they constantly feel like they are going to fall out while walking, or turning your head a little bit.

They don’t sound too bad, but don’t fit well enough to exclude much outside noise, so traffic obliterates whatever your are listening to.

I got mine free with my iPhone, but wouldn’t pay the £29 they cost in the Apple Store – I’d spend the same money on some budget cans instead.

322/365 Angel

322/365 Angel
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It’s not often that I travel up here but I always take the time to marvel at this wonder when I do.

I was playing with a brass quintet at a wedding just north of Alnwick today, so was hurtling up the A1 with my friends Karl and Della. Karl was driving, so I had a chance at taking this photo through his windscreen.

I thought this photo turned out OK, even despite the muck on the glass! It’s a shame we didn’t have time to stop and admire it. It’s such an iconic, beautiful structure.