A Design For Life 

Being apart from friends and family aside, the only real downside to being in Spain is missing Spring and Autumn gigs (festival mania seems to have killed of summer touring). This is compounded when probably your favourite live act, who you have just struck out on, also turn up on “Later”. JRS Oficina Espanol Primavera […]

Bad Bad News 

Leon Bridges is another of 6 Music find I want to pass on. The album it is from, Good Thing, is excellent too.

Lonely In The City 

Have loved the Lake Poets from first contact back in 2012 This, the lead song from the forthcoming (difficult) second album keeps the momentum well and truly going – fantastic.

State I’m In 

This is the single from a forthcoming EP by The Faded North. They are a Vienna based trio and my eldest lad is the drummer.

Mr Tillman 

We are going to see Father John Misty And Friends at Halifax our first weekend back in the UK. Here is his latest release

Everybody Needs You 

There has been a lot of great music out this year – check some other 2018 Friday Songs. (Of which at least 2 others have been produced by Laura’s hubby). This however is my favourite new release to date and the album is out today. We have just booked to see her at the Cluny […]


We don’t bother with TV out here in Spain. A consequence of this is that we listen to much more music and, more often than not, whole albums or playlists complied from an artists setlists. Last night this involved Lyle Lovett and Fatherson, songs from the latter came from the last time we saw them […]

2018 Civil Contract Verification: An Update 

Our interpretation of the LAA’s intent, expressed in in this previous post, appears to be correct. You seem unlikely to receive further specific, verification messages and are encouraged to commence providing the documentation required in Annex C of the IFA (we reproduce this from the above link): All Firms Evidence of current Quality Standard – […]

2018 Civil Contract Notifications 

The notification process for 2018 Face-to-Face (F2F) Civil Contracts is now well under way. You will probably have received an email inviting you to check the message board on your Selection Questionnaire ITT, at the Bravo solutions e-portal. (If you have not check anyway, but don’t panic it takes them some time for them to […]

Nameless Faceless 

We got to see Courtney Barnett at NOS Alive, in Lisbon, a couple of summers ago – same day as Radiohead – she was fab. She has a new album on the slipway and this is from it.