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Hello dear listeners! Well, the run up to my album release this Monday has been an intense time. I haven't played my guitar as much as I'd like. Instead I have played the role of an ADMIN DONKEY. The heavy load of admin I have been carrying gets no lighter. I lay down one straw and pick up a bale. (Of emails). Gimme a sugar lump, listeners! 

The sun's been shining though, which is rare here in North Wales, so I've been conducting business calls, and taking my breaks outside In The Garden. Which led to a song, originally titled In The Garden. With a verse that goes 'Sydney, wait for me, I'll be there, Sydney, wait for me, save a chair, it's been more than 100 years, Sydney, wait for me, in the copper mines, by the windmill, in the garden...'. It was kind of inspired by Sydney the ginger cat, but subconsciously I drifted to thoughts of Sydney Jones, a long-ago ancestor, she worked in the copper mines, in Parys Mountain. I'm thinking of meeting the ghost of Sydney Jones in the sunshine, in the copper mines, by the windmill. It's not always immediately apparent what songs are about. I was intoxicated by the sun. 

Fashion Tip Of The Week: homemade 'Free Pussy Riot' tshirt. Use sellotape and spray paint. Wear it and spread the word, sign the petitions, make donations, get these righteous punk grrls out of jail!!!! 

Music Tip Of The Week: Race Horses - My Year Abroad 

Book Of The Week: Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? - Jeanette Winterson 

Quote Of The Week: 'What is 'no'? Either you've asked the wrong question or you've asked the wrong person. Find a way to get the 'yes'. (Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?) 

Exercise Tip Of The Week: Headstands. If you can't sleep, if you're feeling a little overwrought, just turn yourself upside down for a bit to feel better!

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