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Book of Brilliant Things - Five things we’ve loved this week - 11th April)

1. The Beef and Dairy Network Podcast

The number one podcast for those involved, or just interested in, the production of beef animals and dairy herds...This is a hilarious comedy podcast by @benpartridge. At least, I hope it’s comedy, otherwise I would be seriously worried about the people working in beef and dairy....

2. Fast Forward: Confessions of a Post Punk Percussionist Vol II - Stephen Morris

New Order’s drummer’s second autobiography, covering the New Order years. It’s fabulous, following on from his equally great volume 1, Record Press Play. There are many books about Joy Division and New Order - this comes across as the most authentic and open. And the occasional insights into his life with Gillian (their keyboard player and his lovely wife), are touching but not overplayed - that's private and quite rightly so. Well worth a read.

3. Black Belt Eagle Scout

The brilliantly named Black Belt Eagle Scout is the moniker used by Katherine Paul, who grew up in the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community on the Puget Sound in Washington. A review of her album will be elsewhere on this site soon, but in short she makes fantastic, chilled out indie music. And she has the best band name I have heard in years! Check out her latest album - At The Party is on my April playlist.

4. Line of Duty, series 6

Awesome. That is all. And LOVED the H tile in the kitchen in episode 3 of the latest series! Thanks to Sarah Johnston for the picture and pointing it out!


5.Medical Grade Music - by Steve Davis

Yes, THAT Steve Davis. Snooker player extraordinaire. This book is written with his band mate, Kavus Torabi (ex guitarist with Gong, Guapo, Cardiacs, Knifeworld and more). Together, they have a band called The Utopia Strong and also DJ, playing an enthusiastic set of Gong, Beefheart, Magma, Voivod, Gentle Giant and strange left field prog, psychedelia and electronica. Check out @msmirandasawyer and her recent Guardian article.


The music is not for me and I may take a look at the book but it’s on the list this week because if you had told me in the 80s that Steve Davis would carve out a career as credible DJ, musician and author, I would have laughed at you. It's definitely “interesting” - I love the fact he’s developed this extremely unlikely new career and finally, he’s achieved his 80s nickname and really is interesting!!

See you next week, x





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