After the grimmest week in politics that I can remember – like the moment we saw the exit poll results on General Election day last year, but strung out 24 hours a day – I felt the need to do something. My friend Nikki (whose piece about Thursday I recommend you read here) dropped off some Stronger In posters to stick up in our front windows: a tiny, tiny thing in the grand scheme of things, and I wish I’d done some proper campaigning weeks ago now, though. May this week be over and done with as quickly as possible and deliver a decent majority for Remain. I’d be happy if we never had another referendum in my life – particularly one as stupid, unnecessary and divisive as this one.

Better things:

The post brought three new/old records:

Bert Jansch’s From The Outside, another excellently presented and re-mastered reissue from Earth Recordings. Not his best album, but good to hear.

Harry Beckett’s Still Happy, ’70’s Brit-jazz-funk reissued on a new label based along the road in Plumstead, My Only Desire Records (which I learnt about from this write-up on Richard Williams’ excellent The Blue Moment blog).

Alasdair Roberts and James Green’s Plaint of Lapwing. If it sounds as good as it looks, it’ll be very good indeed.

A quiet afternoon swim at Charlton Lido (10 of us in the pool at 3pm on a summer Saturday – I do worry how they’re going to keep it viable while maintaining their policy of doing almost no promotion or marketing…). Made some progress with my front crawl in anticipation of a free lesson c/o Speedo booked in for next Saturday; not sure if I’m looking forward to it, but I do need it.