Another cemetery photo, another of the Magnificent Seven
, this was a walk after a half-day at visit, then the bus home. It was also a journey which gave me enough time to listen to Electric
, the new album from the Pet Shop Boys and probably my favouritist music of the last year. Bare in mind that most of the time I'm listening to my iPod or iTunes. Since it was uploaded in September I've listened to it fourteen times. Possibly that's not lot but other tunes I've listened to 14 times include most of PJ Harvey's Stories from the City, Stories From the Sea
, loaded up in 2007, a good chunk of stuff from The Orb, loaded in 2006 and a selection of Manic Street Preachers stuff, put up in 2005, probably when I first had a computer with a big enough memory to hold all my music and not fall over. My relationship with music is a mostly cerebral one, as I like a lot of music you can dance to and do not dance to it. The whys and wherefores of this are not particularly ones I've thought too much on but I expect deal with a lot of insecurity, teenage gawkiness, the fact I'm still uncoordinated in my movement today and some body images too. I don't feel I'm missing out on anything, which is why I'm quite happy to sit and tap my hands on the back of the chair in front at a gig while everyone is big fish, little fish-ing on the dancefloor. Something as defiantly rhythmic as Electric
is very good for giving you a pace to work to when walking any distance and the fact the Pets never write meaningless lyrics also helps.
Ahh, the Boris dangleway. It would be amusing to follow it's complete failure as a serious mode of transport of London if the public weren't subsidising it. I've been on it twice now, once from south to north years ago to see what it was like and then this time north to south because I was right by it for something else and needed to get back to Peckham in a hurry. In theory there isn't really anything wrong with it, it's just that Boris is playing Sim Mayor and thought it more important to unlock the Prestige points for having one rather than actually putting it anywhere useful. The two times I went on it I had minimal queueing, having my Oyster I didn't need to queue with the tourists for tickets and inside the queues to get on where short, due to the poor placement of the ride meaning there aren't many passengers
. The actual journey was smooth, though that's because they have to close when the weather is bad or the winds too high. I presume Boris has done a deal with Emirates that they will hold on until he's not mayor any longer so that the inevitable closure of the cable car will be pinned on whoever replaces him.