So, I’ve been slacking this month and have only just managed to get my mixtape done in time for us to start a new mixtape challenge afresh in May. We don’t have a theme yet, but watch this space and we’ll come up with one shortly. If you have any ideas, let me know on Twitter. This month’s theme for the #13for2013 mixtape challenge was Holiday Destinations.
Since the theme was set, I’ve been lucky enough to book a holiday to Seville and Malaga in sunny Spain, so I decided, quite simply, to base my holiday around those places, with a few general references to holidays/spain in general. Enjoy!
Final call for the playlist at gate 8…
Recycled Air by The Postal Service
Sunny Seville by Super Furry Animals
3am Spanish by Hockey
Spanish Sahara by Foals
From Africa to Malaga by JJ
I’m going to Spain by The Fall
Seville by Pinback
Mañana by Desaparecidos
Holiday by The Get Up Kids
Spanish Bombs by The Clash
Spanish Harlem by The Drifters
Jump in the Pool by Friendly Fires
Phew! It’s almost time for May’s mixtape, looks like I just made it…
So, a new month dawns and with it comes a new #13for2013 mixtape challenge. If you haven’t heard of the challenge, you can find out more about how it came about here.
Anyway, last month we had an amazing response to our Animal-themed mixtape challenge, with people going conceptual with the Chinese zodiac, people monkeying around and a whole host of people joining us to make mixes who hadn’t done previously; including Slick Nick and Vinny and Lauren.
This month, the theme has been suggested by Bob Flood. In light of the current lack of spring, sunshine, vitamin D or anything to make us feel remotely like the seasons have changed, he’s suggested we go on a musical trip with this month’s mix theme being:
So, take that theme and go nuts with it. Maybe you want to take us on a muscial journey to one place. Maybe to several of your faves. Maybe to somewhere you’ve never been but like the sound of. From Blackpool to Bali (or maybe Miami to Ibiza?), it’s totally up to you.
Do get involved if you like the sound of it, the more the merrier! It’s mixtaping for music’s sake and you can do it however you like, blog post, Spotify playlist, YouTube playlist. It can be as complex or as simple as you like, the only sort-of rules are:
- Stick to 12 songs
- Stick to the theme of holidays (however loosely…)
- Share your playlist with us on Twitter; use the hashtag #13for2013 and tag me @GemStGem or Tom @ThomHoops
- Finish your mix by the end of April, ready for the next theme.
I’ve already got a few high expectations for mixes based on my favourite submissions from last time. No pressure…
If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for future mixes, send them my way.
Apols for the lack of posts, it was my birthday last week and my wonderful chap whisked me away to the land of whisky, snow and Irvine Welsh.
We had a wonderful couple of days in Edinburgh, more pics to follow, but for now, let this picture of the very beautiful Edinburgh Castle in the snow whet your appetite.
That’s what’s in front of me.
I’m blogging from the seventh floor of my Sorrento hotel on the last day of my holiday. It’s been completely wonderful with lots of delicious food and vino, peaceful walks, snoozes, reading and gymming.
I feel like I’ve totally recharged my batteries, ready to tackle the new ‘term’ of work with fresh eyes and a fresh mind.
I’ve been reading a lot about The Tao (and, more specifically, F*ck It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way by John C. Parkin) and have been learning how you should just let life flow around you and through you, and go with it rather than kicking against it.
I’m going to live more like that. Just take what happens as it happens and know that everything will always be okay, stop trying to make things go one way but instead follow the natural flow of the world and get ready to accept everything it has to offer.
Well zen, like.
I want to plan a road trip to visit loads of awesome seaside places around the UK. I spent many a happy summer in Skeggy and Cleggy as a kid and I think it’s time to rediscover the Great British Seaside.
I asked on Twitter where to go and received lots of awesome-sounding suggestions, here they are:
Whitby – @LaurenPotts, @middleplanet
Staithes – @LadyRach
Blackpool – @CharMar
Seahouses, Bamburgh, Craster, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Farne – @EllenSCole
Robin Hood’s Bay – @NatalieHarris
Weymouth, Bournemouth, Ayr – @LouiseReviews
Cornwall (not Newquay) – @ThomHoops
Aberdovey Wales, New Quay Wales, Fowes Cornwall – @DigitalOutside
Southend, North Cornwall – @MikeTreat
Scarborough – @PhilKirby
Northumberland Coast – @katherineross
Anywhere but Rhyl – @shuttershimmer
St Andrews – @Lotpop
Teignmouth – @LaylaRobleh
Thanks to everyone for their suggestions! If you have any more suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments section.
I’m really liking the idea of Scottish/Northumberland seaside as I’ve never been up there, also never been to Brighton or Cornwall so looking into that too. Probably won’t be until next summer that I get around to it, but I’ve always said that there’s so much of this country that’s absolutely beautiful but that I never visit, so I’m looking forward to exploring it a bit more.
In light of my upcoming trip to Sorrento (three weeks tomorrow I’ll be there!) I have created a Holiday Mixtape as part of the little mixtape exchange that Swashbuckling Stuff and I have had going for the past few months. If you fancy making a mixtape and sharing it, please do! The more the merrier.
The theme and rules for this challenge go like this:
My Holiday Mixtape:
Choose 11 tracks
Make a Spotify (or Grooveshark/we7) playlist
your mix needs to be themed around holidays, with one song for each of the following categories. I’ve put my songs under each category so you can see what’s on my mix:
Postcards from Italy – Beirut
In the aeroplane over the sea – Neutral Milk Hotel
Holiday – Dizzee Rascal
Beach Girls – Sleigh Bells
Club Tropicana – Wham!
That’s amore – Dean Martin
Scenes from an Italian restaurant – Billy Joel
I’m on a boat – The Lonely Island
Left and Leaving – The Weakerthans
Home – Crystal Fighters
Enjoy! Leave a link in the comments if you make a mixtape.
I want to live here:
I’ve wanted to go to the Faroe Islands for years and seeing this awesome little igloo house with a grass roof has made me want to visit there even more.
I once had a dream about the Faroe Islands where all of the rocks in the sea were really brightly coloured jewels and I was flying over the rocks, really fast and close. I can even remember how the springy, spongy grass felt as I sat on it in my dream, watching Puffins play on the jewel rocks below the cliff I was sat on. It was really windy and wild, but I felt really calm.
The pictures I’ve seen of the islands so far really remind me of the South island of New Zealand, particularly around Queenstown/Te Anau. Really lush and magestic, with terrifyingly awesome rocks rearing out of the water and heart-stopping cliffs dropping away from your path. The blue water also looks like the glacial water you get in New Zealand too. Beautiful. I have a thing for nordic-esque countries, though. I loved Sweden and Iceland when I visited those places, and I imagine the Faroe Islands to be quite similar, but with more of a small town feel to them.
I’m basing my entire knowledge of the islands on one dream and a quick flick through Google Images, but that’s enough for me for now. I know there are negatives, like the fact that the rocks in the sea aren’t made of Jewels, the Faroese kill whales and it probably rains even more there than it does in Leeds, but still.
Where would you live, if you could live anywhere?
Okay, I promised more about Bruges, here are some of the highlights…
Leaving the UK behind:
Belgian beer (Delirium Tremens Red, mmm!)
More Belgian beer…
And finally, my favourite… Coconut beer!
I’d highly recommend visiting Bruges if you get the chance (or the thirst).
I can’t stand hippies. Or festival goers. Or mud. Or wackiness. Or not showering. Or rubbish bands.
The most perfect festival in the world is Primavera Sound in Barcelona. All on concrete, by the sea, no grass, lots of beautiful hipsters, easy to smuggle Sangria in, sunshine, hotels not tents and pizza cones.
This country is a proper no-go when it comes to festivals.
I’m heading on an epic journey south on Friday to see my long-time friend and #oneaday veteran, Drando McFieldyson*.
Very lovely hipstamatic image courtesy of Keriflic on Flickr
I’ve never been to Bournemouth before so I’m not too sure what to expect. I do like to be beside the seaside, though (let’s face it, who doesn’t?) so I’m looking forward to sea air, pier action, sandcastle building and other such loveliness.
My favourite seaside place ever is Whitby, not least because I’ve had some amazing times there with both friends and familia, but just because it’s got such a unique feel to it. It has an amazing sense of history, much of which I’m sure is down to Bram Stoker and my overactive sense of imagination, but it seems like every bit of Whitby tells a story. I love visiting new places to see if they do the same. I love imagining how they looked years ago back in their heyday and imagining what went on there.
If anyone knows Bournemouth well and has any tips or recommendations for things to do, give me a shout.
Also, I have a six-hour megabus journey down to Southampton and then a little jaunt across to B-town itself, so if anyone can suggest any good ways to keep myself amused on the bus, I’d be most grateful.
* Names have been changed to protect identities.