Friday, 29 August 2014


Student at 60 is 63. And too busy planning holidays and a new kitchen to be working on the lyrics. And the mobile phone contract is ending and getting a new one is a nightmare. Do I really need a smart phone? Or an old person's large buttons calls only PAYG? Well, maybe we haven't come to that yet.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Some progress

I have started to develop spreadsheets for the lyrics in 'Songs from a Room' - Cohen's second album, from 1969. I suppose that seems like ancient history to some people. I am looking at the pronouns - who is speaking? who is he speaking to? who is he speaking about? Cohen often mixes up these roles - he speaks as if about a third party and then it becomes apparent he means himself.

Yesterday we went to a party at Dinosaur's other grand-parents. He was very well behaved and charmed everybody. And I got sunburnt. On a cool day in Yorkshire. Probably no-one else present had this issue - I really do have very sensitive skin. So today its Aftersun every few hours.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

The book

Back from a good holiday in Portugal blogged at . And now its time to get back to work. The dissertation is in but I have no serious intention of just sitting back and retiring, even though it is occasionally tempting. But that would be the beginning of the end!  So I've started to look in detail at Cohen songs other than the ones I analysed for the dissertation. The general idea is that I'll write about the student experience, the overall statistical analysis of the whole set of lyrics and then a set of detailed analyses of the more interesting songs.

I am not a student anymore but this 62-year-old is not retiring!!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Holiday time

We are about to take a river cruise in Portugal - blogged as usual here:

I sill have not firmed up the forward plan, but the chances are that I will be expanding my Cohen dissertation into a book. But in the meantime, there's a holiday wardrobe to plan. Toes are already purple with sparkles! And hair is still looking good.