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Today’s post is a little plug for my friend Ben. He just released the first part of his debut album A Life Outside.

I may be biased but I do think his songs are some of the best I have heard in a long long time. The sound is beautiful, the lyrics are thoughtful… they’re just really good!

His album is available on itunes if that’s where you get you music from. But it’s also FREE for the first two weeks of release if you download it from Noisetrade (which is where I get most of my new music!). If you like what you hear you can leave a tip, but there’s no requirement to. Just download, listen and enjoy!

Here’s the link again. Just so you have no excuses for not going to listen ;)

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No I don’t wanna battle from beginning to end;
I don’t wanna cycle or recycle revenge;
I don’t wanna follow death and all his friends.

These lyrics from Coldplay are going round and round my head, illustrated with images from DRC and Afghanistan this week.

I discovered this song today. It talks about how we get so caught up in our own routines that we fail to see the injustice in this world as a problem. It’s so far removed from our daily lives that it is really easy to forget or become apathetic. Overcoming that apathy is such a challenge and I think only comes with a complete transformation of the way we think and imagine our world…

the excitement grows….

the anticipation builds…

and there they are!!!!!!!

dancing and singing along – yes, we know all the words!

all glittery and beautiful

backstreet boys love!

Our cd player in the office broke about three weeks ago. The cd was still playing but no sound emerged. This has affected our spirit and ability to read long boring EC papers – it is just so much harder without a little Johnny Cash or Carole King to help us along. I know, our cd collection was perhaps limited (although Richard bought in his Ryan Adams cds and I bought along Imogen Heap and Thandiswa), but these friends helped us through the long days immersed in policy papers and EU action plans.

Richard and I by necessity have now become anti-social internet music station listeners – anti-social because none of our computers have speakers so we are always listening to different things. I skip between deezer, last.fm and myspace depending on my current listening mood. Right now I am addicted to Morcheeba’s new album Dive Deep. A lot of the songs are on their myspace page if you are interested.

Which got me to thinking: Who did I lend my Big Calm Morcheeba album to??? Si and Ali originally introduced me to them years ago and someone bought it as a birthday present soon after. But I have not seen it in yeeears. I do remember lending two other cds to one friend who consequently forgot they weren’t his and gave them away to a friend in Uganda. If you are the culprit in this situation, can I have my cd back? Or at least know it is happy and well-used in it’s new home?

On a completely different subject, I went salsa dancing last night with some friends from my building, in a bar called Monte Cristo down town. Most of the other dancers in the bar looked like this while I bravely tried to ignore them and did the two basic steps I know over and over, interspersed with the odd twirl. It was fun!