Boy With The Arab Strap (E) 

My eldest is 30 and this has its 20th anniversary today. Feeling old. Happy Birthday both. It is also THE most joyous live experience* especially the night they did it at the Sage with a full f**k off orchestra in tow. We have a 30th anniversary to celebrate next year and are really tempted by […]

Trick of the Light 

This is just lovely.

All Change 

We simply have not had time to run advance Webinars on the new 2018 Civil Contract due to the pressure of other areas of immediately demanding work. We hope to do this sometime in September or October but appreciate that this a little after the fact. We have however been directed to this change in […]

Love is Magic 

He’s one of our very favourites and we got to see him again last week – 1st ever standing gig at Birmingham Symphony Hall. Brilliant. This is the latest “single” and the video has dogs.

A Natural Woman 

The first present I bought the now Mrs SP was a double cassette of Aretha’s then greatest hits. Irreplaceable.

Gold Rush 

It has been a struggle to make a choice this week between Idles – “Danny Nedelko”,  Villagers – “Trick of the Light”  and this by Death Cab for Cutie. Adore the power and passion of the former, the exquisite songwriting of the 2nd but for the simple joy of a pop music it ended up […]

2018 Civil Contract Update 

Verification of 2018 Civil Contracts closed last Friday however final confirmatory messages have not been received by some late verifiers yet. Of those who have received messages after the deadline some have proved negative i.e. verification documents have been determined non-compliant and contract documentation has not been issued. They have been told to re bid […]

2018 Civil Contract Verification – Final Alert 

The final verification deadline for mainstream 2018 Contract verification if this Friday – 20/7/18. You need to make sure that you have provided compliant documentation in support of your bid by then or risk the contract offer being withdrawn. If you have any queries in this regard, please ring Simon on 07970 494805 There are […]

Letting Go Of The Reins 

I met and was gifted the Maple and Mahogany EP by its singer Jason last weekend. It is excellent and right in that seam of Americana we adore. As usual I have opted for a live recording rather than the official video.

Street Fighter Mas 

A couple of the classics aside, jazz is not, as they say, my bag. I came across Kamasi Washington via BBC 6 Music however and was blown away by his short and probably more accessible album, “Harmony of Difference”. This is from his much longer and latest release “Heaven and Earth”. Got to listen to […]