Life Apologies if you experienced heavy rain fall and/or widespread flooding today. It was totally my fault and I'm not proud of myself. Let me explain. Over the weekend I invested in the Pro version of Winamp, which includes amongst other things an obscenely easy way of making cd mix compilations. Create a playlist using the tracks that you want to appear on the cd, put them in the order that you want them and burn the playlist. After all those years huddled over the pause/record buttons on a hifi as I shuffled through my LP, tapes and compact discs it feels wrong, like I'm transgressing some great law of humanity.

Sorry I'm going off on a tangent. Because I want to have the kind of random music that I enjoy on my pc when I'm writing when I'm elsewhere in the flat, especially the balcony, I've been burning some compilations themed around nouns. And last night I created a cd with the following tracklisting:

Wasting The Rain - Shea Seger
Only Happy When It Rains - Garbage
Sunshine On A Rainy Day - Zoe
Rainbow Lake - Wendy & Lisa
Purple Rain - Sina Nordenstram
Dry The Rain - The Beta Band
Rain Dance - Badi Assad
Rain Love - Rosalie Deighton
Who's Gonna Stop The Rain - Anastacia
The Rain Song - The Bangles
London Rain - Heather Nova
It Look Like Rain - Jann Arden
Summer Rain - The Primatives
Crying In The Rain - Carole King
Flowers Never Bend With The Rain - Simon & Garfunkel
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head - B J Thomas
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall - Bob Dylan
Rain, Rain Beautiful Rain - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Rain or Shine - Ray Charles
I Listen To The Rain - Beverley Craven
Prelude "Raindrop" - Frederic Chopin

Now I want you to look over that list again. Can you spot the common thread? Evidentally when I played the cd last night it was like the modern Sony equivalent of a rain dance. I mean never mind the song itself, some of those titles are just asking for trouble. So I'm deeply sorry. When you're filling in your insurance claim in the box marked cause you can forgo the spirit crushing 'Act of God' and put in 'Act of Stu' instead. I should warn you though -- I'm playing it again now -- so remember to take your umbrella out with you tomorrow and a pair of wellington boots.

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