Chris Rand Writes

I Cannot Delete Dad

16 March 2015

When I first heard this, I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing. And a few years on, whenever my Mum rings me and the photo of my Mum …and Dad pops up, I think of this amazing poem.

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Movies of the Year 2014

31 December 2014

I set myself the extremely ambitious target of watching 52 movies released in 2014 during the year, and just made it.

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Greenwich O2 Arena Car Parking Tips 2014-2015

14 December 2014

This post is just to round up a few things I’ve found out about parking at the O2 and my own recent experience of event parking there, as most discussions you find through Google date back several years. I hope it’s useful.

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Songs of the Year 2014

11 December 2014

Despite listening to just as much music as ever, I could only come up with around 70 new songs I really liked in 2014.

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Baltic Cruise – a Port Guide and Tips

30 August 2014

We’re just back from a fabulous 14-day cruise around the Baltic on Celebrity Eclipse, and for the benefit of future cruise passengers planning their trip, I thought I’d do a quick port guide.

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A Movie A Week in 2014 – halfway stage update

29 June 2014

My target this year has been to see one film a week on the big screen, and at the halfway stage I’ve nearly done it – just the last-minute intervention of the World Cup got in the way.

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Old views of Cavendish Avenue

8 June 2014

I just noticed that the aerial views on Bing Maps are still showing the plot on which our house stands, before it was developed …so I thought I’d record them here for posterity.

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100 Songs of the Year 2013

11 December 2013

This year, thanks to Spotify – and Spotify apps like the one from Any Decent Music? – I was able to listen to half a dozen highly-rated new albums a week, most from acts I’d never heard of.

Films of the Year 2013

10 December 2013

By the looks of things, I would appear to have seen about 25 films this year, which I guess is about average. Picking 10 from that isn’t going to be too hard, is it?