Brontë Country: Haworth, UK

Our 8th anniversary celebrations was in Brontë Country, a town called Haworth in the UK. With the borders being closed (or horribly complicated to cross), we’ve had to rely on local holidays. Problem with that is that everyone, I mean EVERYONE has the same top 10 list of places to visit in England. On the…

Norm Houseman: Top 40 Radio

Most of the physical mixtapes that I’ve put together over the years were made up from songs that I heard on albums. Many of those albums would be obscure references to the (imagined) typical reader of this blog and the friends to whom I gave these mixtapes. I did my humble best to expand their…

Half-Year Wrap Up

So, apparently this is the time that some people celebrate half-Christmas with sandwiches made with Christmas ingredients? This isn’t going to be that kind of wrap-up. Just an update on how half of my 2021 has gone by and a list of some of my favourite things. BOOKS I went into the year setting myself…

Disappearance Holidays

Read all about our covid-safe, self-contained getaway (NOT A STAYCATION!) to the middle of nowhere, England!

Norm Houseman: Great American Songbook (Part 1)

The Great American Songbook, or American Standards, are songs that were written in the 20th Century that have lasted. There are more than 400 of them. This is the first of the playlists!