Fascinatin' Rhythm

May 11, 2012

Evolution of Song

Filed under: Music — Thurulingas @ 3:42 pm
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Having currently got lots of spare time on my hands, and at the same time having become addicted to the following video on youtube: , I thought I would have a go at identifying all of the songs contained in the 11 minutes or thereabouts of music therein.  So here is my list.  Do please, if you can identify any that I’ve missed, let me know and I’ll update the post.

Evolution Of Song — Titles, artist, and date.
1. Ave Maria (Gospel of Luke)
2. Pié Jesu Domine (Dies Irae, Thomas of Celano, 13th Century)
3. Gaudeté (Christmas Carol, 16th Century)
4. Mozart’s very fine musique (Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 18th Century)
5. Ah-a-a-ah (Queen of the Night’s aria, The Magic Flute, Mozart, 18th Century)
6. Halleluiah (Handel, Messiah, 18th Century)
7. Swing low, sweet chariot (Wallis Willis, 1860s)
8. Home On The Range (American trad., Higley & Kelley, late 19th Century)
9. Pack up your troubles (George Asaf / Felix Powell, 1942)
10. Smile though your heart is aching (Nat King Cole, 1954)
11. Ba-ba-doo ba (Glenn Miller, “In The Mood”, 1930s)
12. Leaning on a lampost (Noel Gay, “Me And My Girl”, 1937)
13. When I’m Cleaning Windows (George Formby, 1936)
14. I got rhythm (Gershwin, 1930)
15. It don’t mean a thing (Duke Ellington, 1931)
16. Hound Dog (Lieber/Stoller 1952, Presley 1956)
17. Love Me Tender (Poulton/Fosdick 1861, Presley 1956)
18. Baby Let Me Be (“Teddy Bear”, Presley 1957)
19. I’m All Shook Up (Presley, 1957)
20. My Peggy-Sue (Buddy Holly, 1957)

21. Hard Day’s Night (Beatles, 1964)
22. Good vibrations (Beach boys, 1966)
23. Barbara-Ann (The Regents 1961, Beach Boys 1965)
24. Summer Holiday (Cliff Richard, 1963)
25. From Me To You (Beatles, 1963)
26. It’s Not Unusual (Reed/Mills, Tom Jones 1965)
27. Why Why Why (“Delilah”, Tom Jones 1968)
28. I’m A Believer (Diamond/Monkees, 1966)
29. Hey Hey We’re The Monkees (Monkees theme, 1966)
30. Daydream Believer (Stewart/Monkees, 1967)
31. I see trees of green (“Wonderful World”, Thiele/Armstrong 1968)
32. Hey Jude (Beatles, 1968)
33. I think I’m gonna be sad (“Ticket To Ride”, Beatles 1965)
34. Paperback Writer (Beatles, 1966)
35. Stop In The Name Of Love (Motown, Supremes 1965)
36. Respect (Otis Redding 1965, Aretha 1967)
37. With no one beside you (“Tragedy”, Bee Gees 1979)
38. Staying Alive (Bee Gees, 1977)
39. In a rich man’s world (“Money, Money, Money”, Abba 1976)
40. So I say (“Thank You For The Music”, Abba 1977)
41. Waterloo (Abba, 1974)
42. Knowing me, knowing you (Abba, 1976)
43. Doo-doo doo-doo (“Mamma Mia”, Abba 1975)
44. Oh ho, ho! (“Kung -fu Fighting”, Carl Douglas 1974)
45. God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols, 1977)
46. I see a little silhouetto (“Bohemian Rhapsody”, Queen 1975)
47. Go, walk out the door (“I Will Survive”, Gaynor 1978)
48. YMCA (Village People, 1978)
49. ABC (Jackson 5, 1970)
50. Billie Jean (Michael Jackson, 1982)
51. Thriller (Michael Jackson, 1982)
52. Her name is Rio (“Rio”, Duran Duran, 1982)
53. Don’t You Want Me (Human League, 1981)
54. Like a Virgin (Madonna, 1984)
55. Da! Da, da da, da-da da (“Jump”, Van Halen 1983)
56. Never Gonna Give You Up (SAW/Rick Astley, 1987)
57. Wake Me Up Before you Gogo (Wham, 1984)
58. So I took a big chance at the high school dance (“Walk This Way”, Aerosmith 1975, Run DMC 1986)
59. You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon, 1986)
60. I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton 1974, Whitney Houston 1992)
61. Instrumental (“Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Nirvana 1991)
62. Ice, ice, baby (Queen/Vanilla Ice, 1989)
63. In west Philadelphia (“Fresh Prince of Bel Air – Theme”, Will Smith 1992)
64. I’m a creep (“Creep”, Radiohead 1993)
65. I’ll Be There For You (Rembrandts, 1994)
66. No no, no-no no no (“No Limits”, 2 Unlimited 1993)
67. Ezer Goode, Ezer good (“Ebenezer Goode”, The Shamen 1992)
68. Confidence is a preference (“Parklife”, Blur 1994)
69. Three Lions (Skinner, Baddiel, Lightning Seeds, 1996)
70. So Sally can wait (“Don’t Look Back In Anger”, Oasis 1996)
71. You’re my wonderwall (“Wonderwall”, Oasis 1995)
72. Bye Bye Bye (N*Sync, 2000)
73. Everybody Rock Your Body (“Everybody”, Backstreet Boys 1997)
74. I Want It That Way (Backstreet Boys, 1999)
75. If you wanna be my lover (“Wannabe”, Spice Girls 1996)
76. Stop Right Now (Spice Girls, 1998)
77. If it hadn’t been for cotton-eyed Joe (“Cotton-Eyed Joe”, trad. 1800s, Rednex 1994)
78. Humm-digga hah (“Macarena”, Los Del Rio 1994)
79. Been spending most our lives (“Gangsta’s Paradise”, Coolio ft. LV 1995)
80. Loving angels instead (“Angels”, Chambers/Robbie Williams 1997)
81. Let Me Entertain You (Robbie Williams, 1998)
82. Right about now, funk soul brother (“Rockafeller Skank”, Fatboy Slim 1998)
83. Livin’ La Vida Loca (Ricky Martin, 1999)
84. Hit me baby one more time (“Baby One More Time”, Britney Spears 1999)
85. Cause I’m Slim Shady (“The Real Slim Shady”, Eminem 2000)
86. Look at the stars (“Yellow”, Coldplay 2000)
87. I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier (“All These Things That I’ve Done”, The Killers 2004)
88. I’m Mr. Brightside (The Killers, 2004)
89. I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor (Artic Monkeys, 2005)
90. You’re Fit But You Know It (Streets, 2004)
91. Sha-la-la la-la (“Is This The Way To Amarillo”, Christie 1971, Christie/Kay 2002)
92. Ra-ra rum-pa-pa (“Bad Romance”, Lady Gaga 2009)
93. Pa-pa-pa-pokerface (“Pokerface”, Lady Gaga 2008)
94. I see you driving round town (“Forget You/Fuck You”, Cee Lo Green 2010)
95. So come on, get it on (“Shine”, Take That 2007)
96. When I see your face (“Just The Way you Are”, Bruno Mars 2010)
97. Ground control to Major Tom (“Space Oddity”, Bowie 1969)
98. Lives in a house, very big house in the country (“Country House”, Blur 1995)
99. Hey, I’m a rocket man (“Rocket Man”, Elton John 1972)
100. You’re All That Matters To Me (Curtis Stigers, 1992)
101. It burns burns burns (“Ring Of Fire”, Johnny Cash 1963)
102. Is This Love (Whitesnake, 1987)
103. (Baby You Can) Drive My Car (Beatles, 1965)
104. How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees, 1977)
105. Let Me Love You (Mario, 2003)
106. Come on let it shine (“Shine”, Take That 2007)


April 11, 2012

If I Say ‘Yes’

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thurulingas @ 1:14 pm
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I wonder how many people who conduct surveys have ever been to a Cooperative shop?  IMO, their simple survey process is easily the best I’ve encountered, and I’m pretty sure it could be adopted more widely, satisfying HR managers and their gimlet eyes the world over.

If you’re not familiar with a Coop store, allow me to enlighten you.  It’s exactly like any other supermarket.  The addition comes in the form of the pre-payment screen of the ubiquitous card-reader.  Before payment, and throughout the item scanning process, right up until you choose to pay via card, it displays a single question with a Yes/No answer.  Hit the answer you agree with, and that’s it, you’re done.  No follow-up questions, no difficult choices to make (do I ‘Disagree strongly’ or merely ‘Disagree’?)  I don’t have any metrics for their response rate, but the ease of participation would indicate to me that it’s considerably higher than street-walkers pestering people for time.  If anyone has any links to data on this, I’d be grateful if it were sent my way — and I’ll see if I can find some myself after posting this.

The scourge of any establishment with a HR department must be the employee survey.  My experience of even the best-designed surveys is that they are teeth-grindingly tedious, fail to capture the detail of your response, and unfailingly have a catch-all comments box at the end, the apparent function of which is to serve as a black hole into which all your frustrations can be poured, never to see the light of day again.  The Cooperative survey method has at least the recommendation that it is unobtrusive (you don’t have to answer the question if you prefer not to), random (to an extent), and invites participation as a low time cost.  These are all surely pluses that outweigh the simplicity of the data set thereby obtained.

P.S. The title of this post is Five Star’s 80s hit.  Go listen!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBfDaqkxCLE

November 3, 2011

The songs I’m singing

Filed under: Music — Thurulingas @ 11:02 am
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Been a while.  But in my absence, I have been productive.  No, no, hear me out!  This post contains some of what I’ve been working on this year, musically.  I just hope the images work.

I’ve called the piece ‘Threnody’, which, language fans, is a real word.  Dictionary.com defines it as “a poem or song of mourning or lamentation”, and it’s the first in a planned set of similar works.  I first encountered the word ‘threnody’ as a girl’s name in a book when I was just a teenager, and it’s stuck with me since then.

The piece itself was written in response to a recorder player asking people on a forum to write some music for him, and I accepted the challenge.  This piece was actually the second thing I wrote, and, while it’s not perfect, and some of the chords may sound wrong, it’s what I meant.

You can listen to it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjkvnMla4lo


April 23, 2011

Red-blooded woman

Filed under: Books,Resolution — Thurulingas @ 1:58 pm
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Book #2 in my resolution series, a classic novel per month for the year 2011, is Mikhail Bulgakov’s biting satire on Russian bureaucracy and the writing establishment, The Master and Margarita.  On one level a proto-fantasy about a man and the woman who loves him enough to strike a deal with the devil, on another a study on societal attitudes to authority and corruption, this was recommended to me by several friends well-aware of my love for the more modern forms of fantastic fiction, and I was looking forward to seeing what this relatively recent Russian master would offer.

Cover: The Master and Margarita

The edition I read was the Vintage edition, available here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Master-Margarita-Vintage-Classics/dp/0099540940/

Covers like this make me somewhat suspicious, as they suggest an artist being cleverer than is perhaps necessary.  Without reading the novel, who is to know what the symbolism is?  Whereas for me, a cover should entice a reader into wondering what is represented, this cover is so seemingly abstract that it is almost an in-joke, sniggering at the obtuse who don’t get the reference.  It also reminded me strongly of the old Gollancz series of classic SF novels with plain yellow covers.

Nonetheless, I took the plunge.  The novel is divided into two sections, the first dealing with the devil’s appearance in Moscow and introducing us to the main players in the farce.  The second part then introduces us to the eponymous heroine, unseen to this point, though referenced by her lover the Master from his cell in an asylum.

The first section is beautifully written.  The exchange between Berlioz, his young poet companion, and the devil, is pregnant with meaning and unmeant irony, and readers conversant with the conventions of fantasy will have winced along with me as Satan predicts various catastrophes and is poo-poohed by the admirably materialistic Berlioz — casting Satan in the unaccustomed role of Cassandra.  The various magical and fantastic happenings that then transpire are strongly reminiscent of some of the oldest works of fantasy, and I was reminded constantly of Lord Dunsany’s The King Of Elfland’s Daughter in the way characters act and react to the magic that is happening around them.

There’s something distinctly non-Western in the denoument of the second half.  Where we might expect a morality fable to go, instead we have deals with the Devil coming off, and Satan actually coming across as something of a soppy romantic.  The theological aspects of the relationship between Satan and Matthew (his seeming heavenly go-between) are rather dubious, though perhaps a more enlightened view of infernal punishment and those who do and do not deserve it than has been evinced by the Church in the real world.

I actually found that, despite their featuring in the title of the novel, it wasn’t the Master and Margarita’s story that I was most interested in, but that of Satan and the in-story novel about Pontius Pilate.  While it was satisfying to see a somewhat happy ending for our two ostensible protagonists, the true centre of the book was the literary creation of the Master and its treatment and eventual restoration.  Which is perhaps as Bulgakov intended in the novel’s theme of artistic integrity and how the accepted powers of the literary firmament can short-sightedly slight true artistic endeavour.  What other reason can there have been for Satan to visit Moscow at that particular time?

A truly enjoyable read, in any event.  Onwards!  The next novel I shall tackle in this series will be Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime And Punishment.

April 22, 2011

Today is where your book begins

Filed under: Books,Resolution — Thurulingas @ 6:21 pm
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So, new blog post, and finally, the beginning of a resolution I’ve had in mind for a while: to read a classic novel every month this year.  Hopefully, this resolution will be so successful that I will just do it every year as a matter of course.

So, the first novel in this year’s series was loaned to me a long time ago by my brother (who never reads, so it came as something of a shock).  It took me a while to get around to it, and it was actually the genesis of this resolution, something of a spur to get on with it by creating an occasion around it.  And the novel in question is Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations.  I’ll confess to never having seen any of the many adaptations, though I knew the main character was Pip, and that it featured a Miss Havisham.  That was the extent of my knowledge.

Cover: Great Expectations

The edition I read was the Penguin Classics edition, available here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Expectations-Penguin-Classics-Charles-Dickens/dp/0141439564/

My brother had warned me that it would take some time to get into the Victorian style in which Dickens wrote, but actually I found the contrary: I was immediately immersed in the sense of time and place that is conjured with the opening paragraphs.  That wasn’t surprising to me, really, as Dickens was very much a writer of his own time, and his use of the local idiom to place the reader firmly in a geographical context as well as a chronological one was only to be expected.

What I hadn’t expected, though, was the sense of real jeopardy Pip is almost immediately placed in with his encounter in the marshes, which (as we come to realise) forms the central spur for all the action that follows thereafter.  The characters are extremely accessible, none moreso than Pip himself, and one really feels an attachment to him with the revelation of his persecution by his sister.  This early in the novel it’s clear that we are meant to identify with Pip, and cheer when his gradual betterment begins to occur.

It’s thus disappointing when Pip fails to live up to our expectations and treats Joe with such disdain as his station in life improves (though he has no idea why).  Now my sympathies switched almost entirely to Joe, and with Pip’s removal to London almost hoped that he would suffer some reversal that would bring home to him the changes in himself.  The latter part of the novel, with the revelations about Miss Havisham, Pip’s unknown benefactor, Estella, and Pip’s eventual return to Joe, was devoured rapidly, and the final scene was rather bleaker than I’d expected.  (I noted with interest that Dickens’s original ending was even bleaker than this, changed at the suggestion of one Edward Bulwer-Lytton, whose name has become such a byword for terrible beginnings.)

So, an excellent beginning to this series of classic novel reads.  Next up will be Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita.

January 26, 2011

Here’s some thoughts for you to chew

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thurulingas @ 5:05 pm

So, it’s been a while since I posted, and there’s a lot to talk about!  Each of these probably deserves a topic of its own, but I’m currently into brevity and compression, so, yeah.

1. Driving test: duly passed, first time, licence now updated — look out world!  Woo-hoo!  Don’t know when I’ll actually get myself a car, probably not this year (or at least, not until well after we move buildings to Salford Quays).  But it’s on the horizon now, and I’d kinda like the independence and freedom it would bring (or so I imagine).

2. New bike!  I actually rode to work for the first time on my new bike this morning, and it was great fun.  It’s been ages since I was on a bike, but you know what?  It was really easy to remember how to do it.  I’m sure there’s a simile in there somewhere, but I can’t come up with one, so please supply your own!  Reckon I’ll be cycling a lot from now on.  Might even keep an injury/near-miss count.  Watch this space.

3. New Year, new resolutions.  First and most urgent, my resolution to read at 1 book a month by a different author, that would be considered a ‘classic’ novel.  First up: ‘Great Expectations’ by Dickens.  I had lots of suggestions on FB for novels to add to my list, but please feel free to add your own suggestions here.  This may even become a recurring resolution, if it works out.

4. PC build — I will add the second part of the build when I have more time.  Suffice it to say now that it went very well, and I’m extremely happy with the result.

5. Music: two things.  Piano teacher — acquired, yay!  First lesson tonight, in which we’ll just talk generally about what I want, where I am music-wise, and what we might aim towards.  Second thing: Halle Choir joined!  First piece we’re doing is Delius’s “Sea Drift”.  Madeleine Lovell is the new chorus master of the Halle, but due to family issues won’t be taking up her post until March.  I want to find a singing teacher up here, but need to get some recommendations from people I trust.  Debbie didn’t have many contacts up here, so I’ll have to cast my net wider, I feel.

6. Xmas — fun.  Parents: well.  Brother: bonded with, but still annoying.  Ireland: snowy.

And that is all.  Hie-yahh!

October 1, 2010

You wanna be starting something

Filed under: PC Build — Thurulingas @ 1:50 pm
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So, I embarked on the first phase of my PC build project this week, and progress has definitely been made.  I’ve been following several different sets of instructions, but probably the most useful has been http://techreport.com/articles.x/13671 which lays it all out pretty clearly.  I’ve also bee using the Custom PC magazine Masterclass article from a few issues back.

The first step then: motherboard, processor, heatsink fan and memory.

Motherboard The motherboard unboxing was fairly painless — made sure I’d earthed myself, and used my new anti-static wrist-strap religiously.  The motherboard is freaking huge, larger than I’d expected (but that was nothing compared to some of the stuff I’d be unboxing later).  It came with a variety of cables and mounts, a big box of screws and plastic thingummys, none of which I had any idea of their puprose, at that early stage.

The board itself came wrapped in an anti-static bag, as shown below.  Custom PC mag recommends assembling the base components outside the chassis, using the mb box as a base of operations.  I followed this recommendation, and it was good advice in the main as I found it easy to organise myself around the box.

Motherboard (bagged) This pic shows the motherboard unboxed, still bagged, with the various components and cables that came along with it.  Included in this were the port shield for later replacement into the chassis, some switch combination bits, and cables.

Motherboard (unbagged)Now unbagged, you should be able to see the motherboard clearly, and I used this point to acquaint myself with its various areas — time that was to prove invaluably spent later on.

The cage in the middle, opened up in the pic to the left, was to receive the processor.  To the left were 6 DIMM sockets for the memory.  Above the cage were the expansion slots, 3 PCI-E and 3 PCI.  I had thought this motherboard was enormous — it would prove to be only just large enough when it came to installing some of the expansion cards later on!

Round the edge of the board were various fan connectors, chassis switch connectors, power inputs, and sundry other mysterious and vaguely intimidating gubbins, including the ports.

Next up, then, was marrying the processor to the MB.

Processor (boxed)Processor (unboxed)

Processor (unboxed)The processor itself was a tiny thing, but came (unexpectedly to me) with its very own heatsink and fan arrangement.  I had already purchased my own processor heatsink and fan, so rejected the bundled one from Intel and proceeded to install the processor in the MB cage.

processor in motherboard cage and there you have it — processor safely ensconced in its cage.

I was slightly concerned that I might have failed to marry the two correctly, but there didn’t seem to be any sense that they would ‘click’ in any way according to the instructions that came with the processor.  Just align them correctly, and bind securely with the cage, and all would be well, it seemed to imply.  So I ignored my misgivings, and soldiered on, hoping that all would be well.

But you’ll have to tune in next time to find out whether all was indeed well!  This is the end of Part 1.  PArt 2 will concern itself with heatsink shenanigans, PSU paroxysms, and cabling.  The chassis will be unboxed.

That is all.

September 23, 2010

Crash, bang, wallop — what a picture!

Filed under: cars,Driving — Thurulingas @ 10:17 am
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First driving lesson last night, taken my the estimable James (who is very attractive, and a nice guy).  But wow, driving has changed quite a lot.  There are a number of acronyms to learn and make second nature, too: the POM (Prepare, Observe, Move) for moving off from the left; LADA (Look, Assess, Decide, Act) for roundabouts; the classic MSM (Mirrors, Signal, Manouevre); SCALP (Safe, Convenient And Legal Place) for parking or pulling up.  And I’m sure there’ll be a few more introduced in the next lesson 🙂  But I enjoyed it, and didn’t disgrace myself too badly.  James is a laugh, and we got on well.  Looking forward to the next lesson!

I’m-a living in a box

Filed under: PC Build — Thurulingas @ 9:45 am
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All the components are here assembled.  All I need now is the courage of my convictions, and a large whiskey, and I’ll be ready to embark on my first ever PC build project.

It’s going to be tough, there’s no getting away from that.  There’ll be laughter, and tears.  There will be crying, and sighing, and anguished noises aplenty.  But I shall come through the other side stronger than before!

Well, OK, perhaps not.  But it’s certainly going to be fun, a challenge, and quite likely to take more time than I’ve anticipated.

Anyway, this is going to be a fairly major project, and I’ll be documenting each step (forwards and backwards) with imagery of all unboxings.  But the final spec is this:

Antec 1200 Full Tower caseCase: Antec 1200 Full Tower

NEC MultiSync EA231WMiMonitor: NEC MultiSync EA231WMi 23-inch

XFX 750W Black Edition PSU (Black)XFX 750W Black Edition PSU (Black)

ASUS 1366 P6X58D-E S/L MotherboardASUS 1366 P6X58D-E S/L Motherboard

Intel I7-930 Bloomfield Quad Core ProcessorIntel i7-930 Bloomfield processor

Corsair 6Gb DDR3 XMS3 Dominator memoryCorsair 6Gb DDR3 XMS3 Dominator memory

OCZ 60Gb Vertex SSD DriveOCZ 60Gb Vertex SSD Drive



XFX/ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics CardXFX/ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Card

Thermaltake Frio - CPU Heatsink + FanThermaltake Frio – CPU Heatsink + Fan

Logitech USB MicrophoneLogitech USB Microphone

Logitech Webcam C250Logitech Webcam C250

Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave - with MouseLogitech Cordless Desktop Wave – with Mouse

Logitech X-530 PC Multimedia Home Theatre Speaker System - (5.1)Logitech X-530 PC Multimedia Home Theatre Speaker System – (5.1)

Edimax EW-7128G Wireless LAN PCI Card Edimax EW-7128G Wireless LAN PCI Card

LiteOn 8x Internal Blu-Ray Combo Lightscribe - SATALiteOn 8x Internal Blu-Ray Combo Lightscribe – SATA

So, there you have it.   Build will commence this weekend, after I’ve reviewed the Custom PC build masterclass and made sure I’m ready — and cleared some space!  Each subsequent post will be an unboxing and then an assembly post.  The first step is the assembly of the main components outside of the case: motherboard, processor, memory and PSU, hooked up to a monitor, to check that they’re all functioning before mounting them internally.

Wish me luck!

September 16, 2010

Who’s gonna drive you home tonight?

Filed under: Driving,manchester — Thurulingas @ 3:07 pm
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So, I have arrived in Manchester, the frozen north.  And one of the first things I’ve done is finally sort out driving lessons, and hopefully the test.  All before Christmas, ideally!

Signed up to 12 hours of lessons with BSM, and I’m hopeful that my prior experience will mean I won’t need much more than that.  Fee includes the theory test, but not the practical test, but does include a pass promise such that, should I not pass first time, test fees are refunded.

First lesson is Wednesday next week.  Wish me luck!  And watch out if you’re going to be on the streets of Manchester that evening!

Post title: classic track by the Cars!  Also used in the first Transformers movie to excellent effect 🙂

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