theFLUTEBOY

Merry Christmas

Allow me to wish all my readers a peaceful time of the festive period. I am happy to say that I will not be DJ'ing tonight, and instead will be in the warm. They will have to pay me well to drag me from my chocolate and Bacardi!

When I think back to where I was 20 years ago, I am reminded of how bloody fortunate I am. In December of 1995 I was in Birmingham selling The Big Issue. Earning a survival and sleeping in a dank hostel in Edgbaston. I am only thankful for these people for taking me off the street itself and into relative safety. The street is cold and relentless, and you are at the mercy of anyone who wishes to inflict harm just for the sake of it.

When I last lived alone in Bedfont, I lived those four years without a carpet in the property, and even the first ten months without a fridge. To many people that could sound unbearable, but compared to those sods living it rough, it is the lap of luxury. I had a bed and a roof, and many didn't. I must not forget that.
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Mmm... cake!

Today my partner has turned 30. Time for growing up, I am afraid! There will be a party for her on Friday at the local pub, with me providing the DJ entertainment. Family members will be travelling some distance to see her - Somerset for example - and there will be another chance to see my sister. The last time I saw her was in October of last year, and that was the first time in 15 years we had seen one another.

The DJ side of things has been going well. Upgrading my old and thoroughly worn equipment is happening bit by bit. I recently replaced the old mixer case - a carpeted affair that was held together with spit and gaffa tape. When I broke the old case up to dispose of it, the smell of dust and old smoke permeated the room! This case literally drank all manner of unsavoury aromas through the years. But that has been dealt with now. Next on the hit list is this ye olde mixer that decides for itself whether to give me both stereo channels on a couple of faders. And a crackly headphone stage. I don't demand the best, just a smidgen of reliability please!
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