Daily Archives: Wednesday, 19th Jul 2006

Nationwide Mercury Prize

Yes, it’s that time again – the nominees for the 2006 Nationwide Mercury Prize[1] have been announced, and of the twelve albums on the shortlist, three have been mentioned here, which shows the enormous influence my witterings have on the music industry[2]. Those albums come from:

And if you read my reviews, you’ll know that I’d be delighted to see any of those win. If I was forced to pick just one, then today’s answer is Guillemots. But ask me another day, and you’ll quite likely get a different answer.

Also on the list are albums I’ve heard, but not listened to enough to review from Richard Hawley and Muse. And I haven’t heard Tom Yorke’s solo album yet. I don’t know much about the other nominees. Well, Scritti Politi is a name from the distant past, but I haven’t caught up with what Green Gartside is doing these days.

Expect either a “woo hoo” or a “what the photon were they thinking of???” post when the result is announced later in the year.

[1] It used to be the Mercury Music Prize when it was sponsored by long since gone (renamed? taken over? who remembers?) telco Mercury
[2] Hey, at least my delusions are mostly harmless!

Minor trip report

Just to satisfy the curiosity of the thousands[1] of Losing it[1] readers who’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to, here’s a brief report.


Busy day. Too much running around dealing with things to get anything done. Only just managed to leave the office in time to catch the train I was booked on. Catching a later one wouldn’t have been too bad, but I might have struggled to get a seat. Not good. Anyway, I got to the platform a couple of minutes before the train arrived. I’d positioned myself in just the right position to be by the correct door. I got on, walked through the little corridor bit and into the carriage. Funny, the lights were off and all the blinds were down. And it was HOT. No, really hot. It would seem that the air-conditioning had died. I stayed in there for all of thirty seconds before deciding to find another seat, on the grounds that staying in there for the ninety minute journey to Leeds might be slightly unpleasant[2] :uhoh:

Fortunately, there were plenty of free seats elsewhere, complete with functioning air-conditioning. The train arrived in Leeds more or less on time, and I walked the short distance to the Leeds Novotel, where I’ve been quite a few times before. Checked in, found my room. All very nice – big room, with lots of space; usable desk; huuuuuge comfortable bed and a good bathroom. Rested for a while, checked some email[3] before going to dinner at a nearby Pizza Express.

Returned to the hotel and went to bed.


Woke up early, showered, had a good breakfast and headed to the office. Went with a colleague to a Top Secret Location[4], where we met Someone Else who was there to install some Special Equipment for us. After various trials and tribulations, we got things mostly working the way we wanted and left the location. Apparently, today has been the hottest July day since 1911. I managed to spend most of it in a very nicely chilled data centre.

Got back to Leeds in time to catch a much later train than I’d planned. Which turned up ten minutes late. Got home.

Exciting stuff, innit? :tongue:

[1] :lol: :laugh:
[2] Slight understatement :eek2:
[3] Wireless internet
[4] Not quite, but it’s pretty damn secure :cool: