I've been quiet for the past week because I've been busier than Mr Busy running a busy business in Busytown.
My cartoons got an airing at The Lowry when I performed fragments of my 2018 show to a room of theatre bods. I've been planning event bookings at the Burgess, which almost derailed when I had to go to hospital with a poorly leg. And I bogged off on a retreat with writing friends to recharge, revive and re-e-wind the crowd say bo selecta.
Things I've learned in the past week:
> The recording of Factory Floor's album 25 25 was delayed by a spider.
> When you pick a kicked-over Mobike off the floor (the hire bicycles that can be found across Manchester), they bleep at you angrily.
> I know way more LCD Soundsystem tracks than I realised.
> Children don't know what cassette tapes do.
> If you join the syllables of Nickelback, Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, Menswear, Air and Aerosmith, you get NickelbackstreetboyzIImenswairosmith.
> Cumbria community hospitals are very friendly and have doctors whose first name is Johnson.
> Never google the lifespan of an alpaca.