Honest Mickey, a really safe place so I would not lose it. I never just chucked it in a pile marked ‘miscellaneous  stuff’.  I have seen it several times and continued to be aware it was there and I was going to deal with it, and now, when I am ready, it has decided to go the place of the  jar of umobushi plums that I bought a couple of weeks ago. Into hiding. So now I will start the blame game. My office was in fact designed as a bedroom for a baby. Looks great with a  small cot in it. If you put a 4ft 6” wide bed in it, what ever angle you have it, you can only open the door halfway and you can  only enter by shuffling sideways. We used to have our bed in it, but the room is so small that the condensation from 2 people sleeping in it started to turn our old mattress mouldy ( probably too much information). I now have so  many bits of paper, CDs, DVDs, about 80 old videos, 100 old 8mm videos, files and teaching notes from the last 15 years, music books, useful things, a keyboard, 2 guitars, a paper cutter ( cannot spell that  french word today) a printer, a tower computer, a filing cabinet, 2 chest of draws, 2 chairs and a set of steps that doubles as another stool, 8 shelves of books, an ironing board, a big basket full of wool, 2 cardboard boxes full of wool and me. I yearn and dream of having more space, but would it help??????. I hear Mickey, who has known me for 25 years snort. No it would not. So I now will start to dismantle everything to find a cd with no case and an a4 piece of paper with a list on it…sorry Mickey…will try harder next time.I also checked out the South Brunswick De Clutter Club for some hints and tips and to paper seed for some tidy inspiration.

SONG OF THE DAY  Funky Mouse  – Gitika and the clan

before posting the song…I have to apologise to the several sets of amazing morris dancers who ended up in this track without them knowing. I hope they know how much I love morris dancing and they are added out of deep respect. these lovely girls and women are one of the stars of funky mouse

I just watched funky mouse again and it really cheered me up!

I can’t believe that  most people will  have forgotten about this  ancient and rather unusual festival of ours.  The 30th  of May is National Megaphone Day. A long forgotten festival dating back to  the late 17th century, when it had a different name, to do with commoners and noise. The festival was introduced to ‘give the plebs a voice’ just for one day, mind. For many years in market towns around Britain, the plebs and servants  where allowed to  walk round the towns with megaphones and anything they could bang, making as much of a bally hoo as they wanted with absolutely no danger of lock up or  prosecution. All the big wigs went undercover for a day and hid away from the noise. The law has not been repealed so if you want…get out there with your leather or papier mache megaphone, find a market town and make an awful din and quote the Royal charter of 1685 passed  by  Jolly old King Charles the II just before his death (feb 1685). The custom  was quickly quashed by the puritans, who did not like the idea of anyone doing anything that might make them feel better about themselves. It had a bit of a resurgence around the 19th century in some  smaller market towns around Leicestershire like Ashby-de-la Zouch. A few Morris dancing packs  and their prancers keeping going, but it is just not well known enough yet. Now is the time  to bring it back, with a bang, take a friend( or friends) and  a picnic….and your finest shouty voice. Long live the megaphone- shout!

 SONG OF THE DAY  The Wedding Song -Anias Mitchell

from Hadestown, an album that has moved me more than anything I have heard for an age album. I have been listening to it all afternoon and have not got to the end as I have to keep replaying the tracks. So into this at the moment and the whole thing of lots of musicians getting together and collaborating. I miss this.  Here is a  live version.  Different male vocalist on album, Justin Vernon. Such a beautiful song and a great album.