JM’s Best Album of the Noughties

Picking the Jordan-Maynard Organisation’s favourite album of the decade has not been easy. After attempting a vote which was longer and more complicated than the Afghan elections, I have decided that it would be easier if everyone just picked a few of their own personal favourites. Hopefully everyone will do so over the next few weeks.

So here is the longlist, in no particular order:

The Lark Descending (Chris Wood)
Rough Music (Eliza Carthy)
Bellow (Spiers & Boden)
Vagabond (Spiers & Boden)
Krulle Bol (This is the Kit)
White Chalk (PJ Harvey)
Back to Black (Amy Winehouse)
Graduation (Kanye West)
Mind Body Soul (Joss Stone)
The Seldom Seen Kid (Elbow)
19 (Adele)
Hope (Foy Vance)
Begin to Hope (Regina Spektor)
KC Rules OK (King Creosote)
Black Water (Kris Drever)
Bari (Ojos de Brujo)
A Tale of Two Cities (Mr Hudson & the Library)
Tired of Hanging Around (The Zutons)
Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not ( The Arctic Monkeys)
Arc Light (Lau)
Night Falls Over Kortedala (Jens Lekman)
Eye to the Telescope (KT Tunstall)
Farrar (Duncan Chisholm)
Keep Your Silver Shined (Devon Sproule)
The Bairns (Rachael Unthank & The Winterset)
Sunny Side Up (Paolo Nutini)
Franz Ferdinand (Franz Ferdinand)
O (Damien Rice)

It should also be noted that Flook’ ‘Flatfish’ narrowly missed out on a place as it was released in 1999.


I think this probably makes the entire thing pointless, although it could be partly because Tom and I have become more interested in music over the past decade.

Lies and Conspiracies


Is this an omen’ Some kind of government plot’

Maybe I shouldn’t get too carried away, I might turn into this lady:

Make Music! with Chris Redmond

Every year during the half-term holidays about this time I go to the Tower Arts Centre to do a workshop. Sometimes it has been art and crafts, drama or singing but this year and two years ago (2004) I went to the Make Music! workshop with Chris Redmond. The aim is to write and record or perform a song. But, with so many different ideas and styles our songs always end up a little strange. In 2004 we made a song called No Driving Tonight and this year we made a song about evil hamsters trying to take over the world.

It is the classic story of evil hamsters trying to invade but we fight back by spraying white power on monkeys’ heads to make them fly and the monkeys round up the hamsters. The hamsters think they will be made to suffer but instead the monkeys take them to a rock concert where our band plays and the hamsters realise that Earth isn’t so bad after all because it has rock music and hamsters and humans live in peace together.

There isn’t really a storyline to ‘No Driving’ but it is almost as strange.

Hear them here:

No Driving Tonight

Evil Hamsters

The Great Egg Hunt

I have also found The Great Egg Hunt entry so here is the link. I’m afraid these were all I could find though.

Web Reports are Back!

I have found the Compton site again but some of the reports have been deleted. I will put the ones I can back on our site.

Web Reports-Link Error

Lots of people have been complaining about links not working on my entries about web reports. Unfortunately the site for Compton Primary School seems to have been deleted (or maybe moved, please tell us if you find it) soon after we left, along with all the reports. I will delete the entries soon.

New Photos

I have some new photos in Clara’s Corner in the Photo Libary. So I am up to date (for now at least). The new photos are from our holiday in Africa, our residential trip to Beaulieu with school, my 10th birthday party and our school trip to Swanage.

Where’s my Honey

When Bruno the Bear woke up he was VERY hungry. He went to his cupboard to get some honey out. The cupboard was empty!

So Bruno went to find Harry the Hippo in the boggy swamps.
‘Hello Bruno’ said Harry.
‘Hello. Do you know where my honey is?’ asked Bruno.
‘Sorry Bruno, I haven’t seen any honey. Would you like an apple instead?’ said Harry.
‘No thanks’ said Bruno gloomily.
‘Well Georgina is bound to know where your honey is. Go and find her.’ said Harry.

‘Where is my honey,’ wondered Bruno and went to find Georgina the Giraffe in the African Savanah.

When he found Georgina she was munching on the leaves of a tall tree. Georgina had a very long neck; Bruno had to look up very far to see her.
‘Hello Bruno, where are you going?’ asked Georgina.
‘I’m looking for my honey,’ replied Bruno ‘Have you seen it?’
‘Sorry Bruno,’ said Georgina ‘I haven’t seen your honey. Would you like some leaves instead?’
‘No thanks,’ said Bruno, more gloomily.
‘Well go and find Lance then he’ll definitely know where your honey is.’

‘Where is my honey?’ wondered Bruno and went to look for Lance the Lion in the grassy part of the Savannah.

When Bruno found Lance he was chewing a huge slab of meat.

‘Hi Bruno,’ said Lance with his mouth full.
‘Hello Lance, have you seen my honey’ No one else knows where it is,’ said Bruno.
‘Sorry Bruno,’ said Lance ‘There isn’t any honey around here. Would you like some of this lovely meat instead?’
‘No thanks,’ said Bruno, getting even gloomier.
‘Well go and find Olivia. She’s bound to know where your honey is.’

‘Where is my honey?’ wondered Bruno and went to find Olivia the Ostrich in the sand dunes.

When Bruno found Olivia she had her head in the sand.

‘Hello Olivia,’ said Bruno. Olivia didn’t move. ‘Hello Olivia!’ he shouted. Olivia’s head popped out.
‘Hello Bruno,’ she said ‘I didn’t hear you there. What can I do for you?’
‘I can’t find my honey anywhere. Have you seen it?’ asked Bruno.
‘I saw some at your house yesterday. Let’s go back there,’ said Olivia.

So they went back to Bruno’s house but they still couldn’t find the honey they looked;

Under the bed.

In all his cupboards.

Under the table.

And even in the bookshelves.

But they still couldn’t find his honey!

Bruno went outside, sat on his favourite log and sulked. He reached inside the hole in the log and touched something. He brought the thing out.
‘My honey!’ he cried and started to tuck in.

Searching for a pet

Once upon a time there were a little boy and girl who wanted to have a pet. Their names were Bert and Susan and they lived with their mum and dad in a cottage by the woods. One day they went into the woods to look for a pet.
‘Let’s split up,’ they said when they got into the woods.
Bert looked around and saw two rabbits and a stray cat. Susan looked around and saw a dog and a…..

‘Wolf!’ the wolf leapt out from the bushes and pounced on Susan. It knocked her over but she punched it in the face. By this time Bert had arrived.
‘What’s going on?’ he asked.
‘This thing tried to kill me!’ she replied pointing to the wolf she had knocked out. ‘I think those rabbits look nicer.’
So they took the rabbits home and named them Patch and Bluebell and they all lived happily ever after.