tattooists and nail bars are the new jewellersAs you may have spotted, I haven't thought this through, but reducing business rates in the high street is only going to delay the inevitable.
home furnishing means a big TV, Sonos and Alexa
nothing needs dry-cleaning
banks, building societies and post offices have had their day, so have bookmakers
charity shops need to reinvent or die
market stalls that sold fruits, veg, fish, meat are replaced by stalls selling instant food
big stores sell everything, specialist stores that sell the obvious don't have a role anymore
did you know only 1/3rd of Iceland's sales are frozen? (just thought I'd throw that in)
everyone needs to be somewhere (to paraphrase Bluebottle/Spike Milligan) - 'coffee shops in the day' are the 'new pubs in the evening'
A nice mix of the new, the new-to-FdM and the returners, I hope - 'the new' coming from the likes of Moon Goose, Hanford Flyover and a whole bunch of artists on the members club 'Deep Sea Exploration' compilation CD, the new-to-FdM including The Orb, Chad & Jeremy, The Lemon Clocks and London Underground and the very welcome returners such as Soft Hearted Scientists, Jack Ellister and The Bevis Frond.
An unexpected start to the 'live' year with SEN3's album launch at Ronnie Scott's, supporting the two and only Sly & Robbie; then on to the 17th Dream with The Bevis Frond, Groundhogs, The Chemistry Set and Sendelica leading the way at what must surely have been our best festival so far; and then to the Thunderbolt in Bristol, where a full-house braved the downpour for a great one-dayer.
It's not all about the music, you know - we try to come up with a few things each year that distract you briefly from our latest cock-up - slide puzzles, rubik's cubes, festival money boxes and ear-plugs, special edition bandanas and wax-melts...although I'd like the 'Absolute Shower' lathe-cut single scaled new heights or plumbed new depths, depending on your viewpoint