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Cripes, late December already? I'm not sure I'm ready for 2011 to end. Can I get an extension please?

The album got put back to next year because I got slightly distracted directing a documentary film for the Globe Theatre. I was following their touring company of 'Hamlet' on the road round the UK and Europe. I'd say 'swanning' or 'galivanting' but it's hard to swan with your own bodyweight in camera equipment.

Anyway, I'm back now and have shed the incongruous biceps. They didn't suit me. Nearly finished the edit and am looking forward to getting the music head back on... Might even write the title track for the film, because obviously I'm a giant narcissist.

So now I'm getting back into the album. Tonight I have just finished the second recording session with Brett Shaw in his marvellous studio. We've done a lovely mix of 'Enough', which is a sparse but slinky one about battening down the hatches. The brilliant Steve Durand had provided me with a wonderfully addled-sounding backing vocal but I realised halfway through the session that he'd reinterpreted one of the lyrics as "that's enough of constant beating". Hmmm. I wouldn't put it past me, but that's not quite it...

Brett and I will be gradually working our way through the remaining songs for the album over the coming months, fun times a-coming. Will post some new tunes as soon as I've decided which ones to release into the wild before the full album.

Merry Christmas one and all, have a sherry on me. xx