Pick up a magazine. Any magazine. Start flipping through it, taking especial notice of the headlines, bylines and pull-quotes.
Isn’t it funny how many of them seem to be particularly significant to your life right now, to your current situation, to your aspirations and to your fears?
Ask a question in your head and flip through the magazine again. More likely than not you’ll find the answer you seek in a headline, a byline, a pull-quote or some random text that just happens to catch your eye.
Is there something magical about magazines or is this symptomatic of how the human brain works?
As anyone who has been following me via other social media channels will no doubt know, my book “I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan" came out last week. This is a chance for someone who hasn’t bought it yet to win a copy as long as they use Twitter.
But I’m not just giving away a copy of the book; the lucky winner will get all of the following:
a copy of my book of course
an 18-track Best of Toyah CD
a 3-track CD single Killing Made Easy featuring Toyah on vocals
All you need to do to win is send a tweet recommending the book that includes the URL of the book’s microsite http://toyah.org plus the hashtag #teenagetoyahfan. Otherwise what you put is up to you - you have 107 remaining characters to play with!
I will pick the winner when we reach 100 tweets or in 24 hours, whichever comes sooner. I’ll announce who it is both via my own twitter feed at @catmachine and on here.
UPDATE: 6pm, Tuesday 8 November
Winner of this #teenagetoyahfan Twitter raffle is @PACPHOTOGRAPHIE
For some reason a memory resurfaced this morning. It was of the pep talk we had from one of the teachers about filling in our university application form. When it came to filling in the “hobbies and interests” section he had the following pearl of wisdom to impart:
"NOT pop music. Don’t put ‘I am into Heavy Metal’. If you’re interested in the history of popular music from jazz and blues through to the present day then by all means put that in, but just listening to it is not an interest.
"If you listen to classical music it’s fine to mention that."
This sounded hypocritical. If just listening to music wasn’t enough to qualify as a hobby then surely this would apply equally to pop and classical? Why was one a valid hobby and the other not? It struck me that it was more likely that this advice reflected his own tastes rather than any genuine advice.