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My favourite one is the dog one. “Must… hold… on…. mwaaaaaaaah!”


These are snippets from a conversation I was having. I think it’s worth recording and sharing. It’s mostly unedited:

“…but its crept in and suddenly we have it full on. i went away to japan and came back and realised that no one can be corrected anymore … i see it on the roads when people are on their phones, undertaking or generally just putting everyone else at risk. i see it on the street when people get in my way and you cant talk to them or excuse yourself. You can’t thank customer service reps for going the extra mile without them saying “theeeeeeeenks byeeeeeee” like they want rid of you. i see it on the internet where if you post something in all seriousness its wrong if you want to continue to discuss something in a serious tone – everything has to be fun. its every where … so many examples… i dont even ask people to move in the street any more; i put my hand/body in their space until they jump out my way. i tapped a guys face today as i put my hand to his face slowly before he moved – he refused to move so my hand went in his face. people then think youre the strange one for touching them when youve spent 3 attempts trying to walk past them in the street because they were on their phone and couldnt look up every 5-10 secs or so to watch for people walking in their way. people dont understand words any more or tone or overuse their tone. i feel more and more i need to use physical means which should only ever be a last resort. i:ve physically pushed so many people just walking down glasgow mostly chuggers who get in my way and don’t understand “no thanks” but other people you say excuse me twice to don’t it either. i still hold doors open for people. im not sure why.”

So, after exactly one year to the day I left Japan, I received a job offer for Milan. What does this mean for the blog?

In the short term it means less gig reviews as I’ll need to find out when/where gigs are over there and it appears bands tour Italy less than Glasgow.

On the upside, it probably means more actual blogging about the Italian experience rather than just Youtube links. If Italy is anything like Japan it’ll mean I have more time to myself, which means more poetry as I get more muses to inspire me to write. It’ll also mean more political commentary about Britain – an irony not lost on me as it makes me appear to care more about the country when I’m away from it than actually in it – simply not the case, let me assure you. It will also mean that I’ll have time to update all my photos on here and take a helluva lot more holiday type snaps.

How do I feel about the move? Nervous as ever; less excited about it than Japan – probably because I’m no longer a virgin to the experience; happy that I have job; ecstatic that I’m getting more EFL experience, particularly since it’s branching out to do business experience; amped to be able to still work on some of my gaming plans while I live abroad rather than being totally cut off from everyone like I was in Japan.

How does it compare to unemployment? Surprisingly, I am feeling the same cocktail of emotions as I did when I had no job.

A song that captures my feelings at this moment? The title of this song just  as much as the contents:


And my personal favourite:



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Meanwhile in Scotland…



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