My album of the year is Invention of Knowledge by Jon Anderson and Roine Stolt.For those who love Tales from Topographic Oceans, Olias of Sunhillow etc this is a fully realised return to that sound and feel. Ok, Jon may still appear to be away with the fairies but how wonderfully this album projects Love, Peace and Eastern philosophy in a rich homage to Man’s powers of invention. Roine is less to the fore than with either Transatlantic or Flower Kings but his compositional skill dominates and his guitar threads its way through the mix subtly. A deeply satisfying album.
Christmas is a time for visiting relatives and this year we chose to organise seeing H’s parents and relatives over the weekend before. Since I always plan a run along a stretch of the River Thames, this year we decided to stay in Kingston upon Thames affording me the chance to include not only the river, but also Richmond Park. On arriving on Saturday evening I did a few miles on the Hampton Road, and took this shot of Kingston Bridge.
The schedule for Sunday meant I needed to be up early to get 10 miles in before breakfast, so I set off from the hotel at 7:30am into a wonderfully mysterious dawn.