Creativity

☂️ Everything Under One Umbrella

Earlier // yesterday, I sorted out the Newsletters I have for a few projects; I had too many newsletters, all for minor things. So, I gathered them together and made one ‘Andrew Backhouse’ Newsletter It will cover The Parish News, Sound Map Of Harrogate, The Jazz Show and as an Artist. I hope it will do okay. There will be a fair few ‘unsubscribes’ to start off with, but that is the lay of the…

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Family

RIP Paddy

RIP Paddy – he was a good pup. The realisation that I have seen Paddy for the last time has come true. I do not know if you remember, but in my post Xmas 2k16 Mk. II I mentioned that I thought I had seen my dog for the last time – well, he is now buried next to Mutt in the garden. On the Sunday evening of the 12th he suffered what appeared to…

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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…

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Creativity

Me & The BBC

I have been invited to record a session on the local BBC Station – York & North Yorkshire! Whilst I missed the live broadcast – having burned out after a hard week at work – I was asleep by 7pm on a Saturday. However, Jericho Keys played my track Dub Horns on his show BBC Introducing – York & North Yorkshire. At the end of playing the track he invited me in to record a…

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Activism

Heroes The Both Of Them

They are coming home! My very dear friends, Andy & Tracey, have just completed the life-changing 4001 mile cycle journey from San Fransisco to New York. The whole town are proud of them. For more of a detailed account, they have both been blogging about their adventures on their own respective Blogs – Tracey’s Blog & Andy’s Blog. I had the good fortune to build Tracey’s Blog for her at www.thecyclingnurse.co.uk. Every day (nearly) I…

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Family

Dornoch Adventure Blog 2016 – Pt. III

Well, I have made it home – we (Kathryn & myself) returned to Yorkshire on Monday evening. Knackered. I managed to sleep most of the journey but Kathryn was coming down with a heavy cold – plenty of Lemsip Capsules were purchased at Edinburgh Waverley Station and then it was down to York to catch the train to Harrogate.[google_map_easy id=“4”] Granny really enjoyed her birthday – she is a lady who does not like a…

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Creativity Review (Of Sorts)

We’re Just Back From Happygate

…. and had a great time. We (Kathryn & myself) called down to Valley Gardens this morning to see our good friends Stewart and Karen perform (independently of each other) at the first ever Happygate. I was knackered from a night of ill thought out scheming but the weather was mainly dry but for one or two showers. Run by a committee of volunteers with any profits going to local community groups and charities, this…

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Creativity Review (Of Sorts)

A Review Of The Unthanks In Harrogate

So, where does someone (me) start when reviewing a band that they do not know much about? Well, this is a review of The Unthanks in Harrogate. There are far more qualified people who could lay claim to being an authority on the matter – Indeed, I know very little about the scene they come from. However, they have a new fan out of me. There are no easy one-liners to capture who or what…

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Family

An Obituary

Whilst paying a visit to leafy Warwickshire, I happened upon this article in the Leamington Courier …. This is the most personal Blog post I have written – yet I did not write it. The subject matter involves me (I am one of the 11). As people who are close to me know – I respect the privacy of others – that is why I have tried to omit the surname of my family from…

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Activism

A British Person’s View Of Brexit

Where to start, really. I woke up on Tuesday in Great Britain and will fall asleep today (Friday) in Little England. Hats off to the Leave Campaign. They fought a very aggressive campaign and won. We live in a democracy and ultimately we will suffer the Government we deserve. I am grateful that I have the chance to still complain about the state of the British – however – I will ask you this; when…

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Creativity

The Day We Went Bat Hunting

After a farily uneventful weekend of sleep and slobbing, I decided to try and make one last hurrah for the weekend. The plan conspired after a telephone call to my Dad who mentioned that the Bats had started to fly around Dark Walk Woods on an evening. I figured I had the right sort of microphone (a BatBox Baton) and the appropriate recording equipment (Olympus LS100) so I invited some loved ones to Valley Gardens…

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Family

Prague: Been There

Well, we arrived back in the drizzly UK around 4 hours ago – and I already miss Prague. Why – well, because it is an inspirational city. It draws on such a rich seam of history that it is impossible to pop out for a coffee without needing to reference a great scholar / movement / Saint. An example of this is that on our last day we were getting thirsty so we called in to the nearest cafe…

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