Monthly Archives: January 2017


Me and the good lady wife, Kathryn, went to see the film T2 Trainspotting at the Everyman in Harrogate. Quite an occasion actually. It is the first time we have visited that cinema since it opened last year – what a cinema. All shiny and new.

It pains me to say this, but it wins over the Odeon, where I used to work. The thing the Odeon has going for it is it’s faded grandeur. The fact that folk would rock up to the art-deco building with it’s chandeliers and gold plate banisters in their finery was something that made me proud to work there.

However, Everyman Cinema has leg room and wins on that account. We sat comfortably on our two seater sofa and spilled popcorn all over the place.

I would write a short review of the film T2 Trainspotting, but there are far more valued opinions when it comes to film. I will leave it at the fact that both me and Kathryn really enjoyed it. Here is the trailer:

… but there was something not quite right with the experience. In the script of the film, Sick Boy asks Renton if he is taking a holiday – visiting his past life. That is what I was doing watching the film.

There are moments throughout the film about breaking free from the past. About taking a holiday through past memories, looking up old flames and there is plenty of reference to Heroin.

I enjoyed the film immensely. It would have been tough to follow up the first – indeed, it was almost a homage to the first film. Tying up the loose ends.

But, life doesn’t imitate cinema. There are no directors to tie up loose ends in real life. It is hard not to empathise with one or two of the characters (except Begbie) and it made it an unsettling experience. As in, I too can relate to some of it – through health not heroin – and it made me think of the things I would be doing had I not been ill. Probably tending a cash till in a high street shop or something, but it is nice to romanticise how things could have turned out but for the if’s/ what’s / but’s.

Guess I chose life.

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NYE 2016/17

That was that – Kathryn is tucked up in front of the telly & I am about to head to bed.

I thought about writing a homily to 2016 – a turbulent year that, warts and all, shaped me and my life – for the better or worse it is yet to be seen. I lost family members but my music career started to take off …. swings and roundabouts really.

So, instead of writing a bit about 2016 (which you can read about here) I figure I would like to focus more on what I hope to achieve in 2017. As stated, my music career is in it’s infancy but I was played on the BBC this very night – give below an ear look:

With this – one of my resolutions is to make music with more people. I have always held that music is a unifying force – it brings people together. I would like to spend a good portion of my time making music in 2017, but with other people. There is an energy and vibrancy when you are in the creative presence of friends – something I love – and more of that please.

Another positive I would like to take from 2016 is my employment. I have come on leaps and bounds with my web design over the past twelve months – moving in to freelance work and now sniffing around for more work. TreeBark Design has been the excuse to wake up on time and the reason I am a happier person. Another reason I am so happy at this junction in my life is my wife, Kathryn – I will be make a point of spending more time with her in the coming year. 2017 will be busy, but fun.

Yes, we have lost a lot of familiar faces in 2016 – but, if 2016 is to be remembered for the death of people, let it be for the 400,000 who died in Aleppo. I will continue in the early months to campaign for environmental issues and human rights affairs across the world – with renewed vigour I will still be petitioning and making a nuisance of myself to the local MP, Andrew Jones, whilst I can still type.

So, here is me, Andy Backhouse, wishing you – dear reader – the very best of starts to what will hopefully turn out to be a vintage year.

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