Welcome to justthoughtsnstuff

I started posting to jtns on 20 February 2010 with just one word, 'Mosaic'. This seemed an appropriate introduction to a blog that would juxtapose fragments of memoir and life-writing. Since 1996, I'd been coming to terms with the consequences of emotional and economic abuse that had begun in childhood, and which, amongst other things, had sought to stifle self-expression. While I'd explored some aspects of my life through fiction and, to a lesser extent, journalism, it was only in 2010 that I felt confident enough to write openly about myself. I believed this was an important part of the healing process. Yet within weeks, the final scenes of my family's fifty-year nightmare started to play themselves out and the purpose of the blog became one of survival through writing. Although some posts are about my family's suffering - most explicitly, Life-Writing Talk, with Reference to Trust: A family story - the majority are about happier subjects (including, Bampton in rural west Oxfordshire, where I live, Oxford, where I work, the seasons and the countryside, walking and cycling) and I hope that these, together with their accompanying photos, are enjoyable and positive. Note: In February 2020, on jtns' tenth birthday, I stopped posting to this blog. It is now a contained work of life-writing about ten years of my life. Frank, 21 February 2020.

New blog: morethoughtsnstuff.com.

Sunday 14 February 2016

mosses, cherwell boathouse, david bowie, better camera, e j moeran

A dark Valentine's eve. The brightest things were the mosses. Loved the patterns the twigs and bleached grass stalks made.

Off to Oxford on the bus earlier for a wonderful meal at the Cherwell Boathouse.

Have been listening to The Man Who Sold the World (J's choice) and Hunky Dory (my choice).

Upgraded my phone last week - better camera.

Have downloaded E J Moeran's Symphony in G minor, which I used to have on CD and now can't find (in a box somewhere, no doubt - but where?). A brilliant piece of music that I wanted to have close by again. Excellent version can be listened to here: http://www.moeran.net/Audio/Symphony.html.

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