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I finally met Guy Garvey!

Well, we’re pretty much a month down the line from the Brexit vote, we have a new Prime Minister and not a day goes by when there’s not some huge story either on the political front or some new terrorist activity.

All pretty depressing stuff for certain and its hard sometimes to see beyond where we will be a year down the line.

Yet despite all the doom and gloom, we’ve had some brilliant sporting success in the last few weeks; Wales going against the odds and reaching their first semi-final in Euro 2016, Andy Murray the new mens Wimbledon champion again, and Chris Froome still as yellow jersey holder in the Tour De France. My nephew was ball boy too, even did a stint at the mens final, hopefully I will be getting some nice Ralph Lauren freebie soon.

Not forgetting of course the Rio Olympics are just around the corner! All inspiring stuff! My sons are wielding tennis rackets wildly so cross the garden at your peril 🙂

Its been a great few weeks for me with music too. Field Day festival was just brilliant! I went on the Sunday with my old mate Alan and regardless of the boggy ground and grossly over priced beer (fiver for a tin of red stripe!), it was worth every penny of the ticket price. I totally love John Grant and PJ Harvey so having them on the same bill was wonderful. Lots of other great artists there too but very happy I saw Steve Mason. I hear he is at Cambridge Junction in October so I may need to make the visit.

My pinnacle? I finally, finally FINALLY!! got to meet the wonderful Guy Garvey! He was the curator at this year’s Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall and following his solo concert on the Friday I managed to catch up with him and his lovely new wife Rachael Stirling before they went in to their after show party. Both me and my brother did get a bit giddy, felt like teenagers meeting One Direction, but he was a true gent. Had a lovely photo with him and he kindly signed my set list. I went to bed a very happy woman!

On holiday next week so more soon! We have tidied up the website a little and after Marcus’s huge busy work schedule, we will be looking to change things a lot!

Thank you for your continued support




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Philanthropic Parking, Beer, Wedding Present and Good Friends

This was a story that broke this week and warmed the cockles of my heart.

It was so nice to hear a business man buying a car park then allowing it to be used for free. This gesture was done purely to “give something back”.  I hope his business and those in his local community see the benefits of this. Car parking is a major issue no matter where you are here in the UK and of course there are opportunities aplenty for businesses and individuals to rent theirs for money. Nevertheless is someone is willing to share space for free then that’s a winner in my book.

In other Spareground news, it’s been the simple pleasures in life that have appeased; good beer, good company and good music. This weekend saw the Cambridge Beer Festival draw to a close after a week of rain free days and payday loaded punters. Sadly for me, leaving it to Friday meant I missed out on a couple of beers I fancied trying, Wimbledon Common Pale Ale from Wimbledon Brewery and the Tiny Rebel’s Cereal Killer ‘Breakfast’ IPA. (Their terminology, not mine). Both stocks were completely wiped out by Friday.

Nevermind, the Bristol Beer Factory’s ‘Sunrise’ and Crafty Beers’ “Sauvignon Blonde’ made more than worthy replacements!

Sunday evening was spent seeing a band I have loved for years, but only seen once back in 1990! If you love good old shake your bones, rattle your ears guitar music then you may be familiar with The Wedding Present. As I am now a bit too delicate to mosh these days, Cambridge Junction 2 was the ideal venue. I sat at the back with a perfect view, my good friend headed to the front.  Both of us happy. Support band Deadwall put in a great opening shift before David Gedge and co took to the stage. The gig went through the whole Saturnalia album before visiting some of their back catalogue favourites, Kennedy, Brassneck etc as well as a track off the upcoming September 2016 release “Going, going”. .  Lucky for us, we met David Gedge afterwards. Both of us probably got a bit star struck but he’s a great guy and didn’t seem to mind us fawning too much. 😀

Yes, my mate Alan. We’ve been pals for thirty years now, and it’s been cracking to have a weekend largely with him, beer and the Wedding Present!

Life’s simple pleasures.

Still, it’s work tomorrow and I am off to Riga in Latvia for a few days , soul filled with contentment and gratitude.

Here’s a photo of the Wedding Present taken from the comfort of my seat.


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Happy Birthday Spareground

Here we are in 2016, where the Spareground website celebrates its 10th birthday.

10 years down the line, its been worked on, left, worked on a bit more, left even longer yet despite this, the website is still ticking along!

We are still being found by those who want to list or search for space of whatever description.

A thought occurred to me recently, is Spareground still relevant in 2016? There have been many ‘sharing’ websites that have come and gone in this time and you sometimes wonder if we have become a little self absorbed and selfish to the point where the idea of someone sharing our space or even using our space for a fee is abhorrent.

Yet listings are still happening and this is with no jazzy marketing or promotions, no celebrity endorsements or connections to the media of any form. It makes you think that with a good push in the UK, what could happen?

So here we are,… still. New blog site and new content to follow.Who knows what else.