A Fine Day

Today the weather  is really lovely – really my kind of weather. About twenty degrees, very sunny, some clouds, hardly any wind, so I went out on my battered old bike, going outside into the woods around Nijmegen and did a long ride. A lovely ride indeed. I left the house uploading the video from yesterday and now’s it ready. So anyone who missed that can watch it now on Vimeo. Not the greatest quality, but there you go. And no there is no translation or subtitles available:

Shadowplayers

I know, I should be working hard on all sorts of things, like my own youth fantasy novel (still untitled, but already 44 pages are done), but its summer time, so always a bit slow, and I was early buying myself two birthday presents. Scream City 5 is a fanzine dedicated all things Factory and just released. I have number 4 too, and would love to get the first three issues. At the same time James Nice also published his book on Factory Records, called ‘Shadowplayers – The Rise And Fall Of Factory Records’, and obviously you know I love Factory Records. I named Korm Plastics after Factory Communications, not wanting to be called ‘Records’. The book is a great, though, in Nice’s own words ‘an accountants history’, but it sets various popular myths straight. I know there is a lot of Factory music I still haven’t heard, and a lot is crap also, but there is something about the label which I really like and that’s the sheer anarchism of it. All those mistakes, money spending – in many ways it reminds me of my years with Staalplaat, although on a much smaller scale. Anyway a great read at 400+ pages. I read Wilson took eleven different drugs on his 40th birthday. I don’t think I can top that in a few days when I turn 45. Back to my own small world.