In an effort to stop and smell the proverbial roses once in a while, here are ten things I have appreciated recently.
> The start of a new month - even just a week - and the potential that hovers impossibly in the air;
> Friendly and slightly drunk crowds appreciating my panda stories at Kendal Calling;
> Eric Morecambe pretending that the person behind has just goosed him, time after time;
> The sheen on Selected Ambient Works 85-92 that sticks to your brain long after the music has gone;
> Seeing Paul Foot on the back of a truck, realising he was arriving for a gig, going to see the gig, Paul Foot being brilliant;
> The hundreds of extra blog hits from Ukraine the other day, even though it was probably just a bot... hi, Ukraine!;
> Redrawing some of my performance stuff; including secret pockets to make on-stage handling easier;
> The spiky eccentricity of Die Antwoord: I want to be them but also definitely never want to be them, all at the same time;
> Staying off Facebook because it's a time and mood drain;
> Long conversations with friends. Wait. I can't end on this, it's too soppy. Er... The gas station scene in It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World. That'll do.