Kathryn turned another year over today — she grows in beauty every day and is a joy to be with. Gorgeous all-round life-companion, wife, friend & dog-walker she is everything to me; Kathryn, I love you.

We woke up around the same time, today — 09; her Birthday — and she was soon out of the door to her clients (hounds). I had to get her to open her presents as she was just wanting a nice cup of tea & a sit-down. Gift Enforcement had to be metered out.

I have bought Kathryn a SONOS Play:1, and she seems to love it. Obviously, it will be playing more Hardcore Punk than Dub, but then it is her speaker. I had a bit of fun setting it up the other day and loved the noise of the SONOS Smart Device.

I also got Kathryn a t-shirt from Major Tom’s Social — her favourite pub. It is a tee designed by the talented Kate, who works there.

We pottered around for a few hours and then headed out to a venue that was new to us — we had not been to Starling before but it had big boots to fill in Major Tom’s stead. The temporary relocation of Funs was welcome but … just a temporary phase.

The pizzas were good — some bits better than Tom’s and some bits worse than Tom’s. The staff were pleasant but anonymous — the vibe lacked and there was an event going on every room that made the group members look at you when you burst out laughing — and boy did we laugh; me and Mrs B* were joined by Simon & Scooby — and for a brief period graced by the presence of Michelle & Reef.

We managed to cover everything from Health Care to Onion Sandwiches and we had established that I have spent too long in Harrogate.

But, the most important thing is that Kathryn went away smiling. She has really looked out for me over the past year and it was nice to spoil her. This was a small group of friends who came together to catch up — we all met at Tom’s (Si & Scoob & Me) and I think that is where the majority of our future liaisons will be — thanks Starling; you were awesome but not for us permanently, but a welcome break. Happy birthday Mrs B*! x


Andrew Backhouse is a Yorkshire-based artist working with time-based media and digital collage. He is a self-confessed radio geek and he hopes to share his wonder. He also wants to share his naivety and enthusiasm for finding something interesting. Henri Chopin, AGF, and RuPaul influence Andrew’s artistic enquiry. Documenting “The new shiny thing,” Andrew tries to share his excitement for it. But, he also asks about its authenticity and worth.

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