Merry Christmas! See You In 2009

Merry Christmas, folks!

That’s all from me this year. I’ll be taking a blogcation and I’ll be back on the 16th January. (Except for a post tomorrow to capture people who get a uke for Christmas and make sure they’re turned into hardcore ukers).

To make sure my mum doesn’t get phone calls asking when my funeral is this time, I’ll write it in big, red letters:

I’m taking a blog holiday and I’ll be back on 16th January

Have a good one.

Tuesday Half Links

If you’re missing me already, you can read an interview I did with UkeToob.

And if you’re hurting for something to practice, Dav has posted a hat load of excellent tabs on Uker Tabs: Roy Smeck’s Music Box Waltz and Waltz of Yesteryear, Bob Brozman’s Ukulele Spaghetti, and Stars and Stripes Forever as done by Roy Smeck and as done by Jesse Kalima.

If you’re looking to download the So You’ve Just Got Your First Ukulele ebook, do it soon because from tomorrow you’ll have to sign up to my mailing list to get it.

The Guardian have a by-the-numbers bit about the ukulele being immensely popular this Christmas. It contains dazzling insights such as, “I’m not entirely sure why ukuleles have been so popular, to be honest… Who knows, maybe there is an underground ukulele movement going on,” “I don’t really know that much about ukuleles, but I’ve seen people play them on YouTube…” and, “I used it for about four months and then I just gave up.” And they say investigative journalism is dead.

Rather more insightful were The Re-entrants on Radio 4 – Click ‘Listen to the program in full’ and shimmy along about 8 minutes.

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