A little list, from which relevant people hopefully will find something suitable. PLEASE EMAIL JOHN with anything you decide to get from this list so we can avoid double-ups and returns! Apologies for the short list, but I'm low on inspiration and time, and there aren't many people who need to use this this year! xoxo. C.
Let's start with the biggest and most unlikely. Everything else in no particular order :-)
I really need to return my friend's audio interface and get one of my own, but there never seems to be quite enough room in the budget to do so. This is the one I have my eye on: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 which has been recommended by several people and I've used it myself at Morley College, so it's a good'un as well as being pretty :-) (Note that there may be cheaper versions than the one this links to - check out the "other sellers" link and do check for postage costs!)
Jenni Gottschalk's Experimental Music Since 1970 - borrowed this from the library but it's more of a dip-in-and-out kind of referency book than read it all at once, so would be useful to have on hand.
Tim Rutherford-Johnson's shiny new book Music After the Fall: Modern Composition and Culture since 1989 - this has been getting great reviews and looks really interesting.
Georges Perec Species of Spaces - nice to have an academic excuse to read some Perec I don't actually own yet :-)
Basics: I'm running through these notebooks at a rate of one every two months! So it certainly would make me happy to have a couple on hand - they're such a nice size, nice paper, nice colours. Pretty much the perfect notebook. I use the medium-size plain paper versions because they allow for more freeform scribbling - note that as you click on the different colour covers in this page, if they don't have stock of the plain version it will switch the style (to ruled, dotted or squared paper), so double-check it's picked a plain one before ordering!
Palmer & Pletsch: Fit For Real People is still on the list, especially as I'm thinking of starting to tackle making trousers sometime this year - eeeeeep!
I'd still like to replace our broken Wii so I can traipse around being Harry Potter or Indiana Jones when I need a break - secondhand without cables would be fine (options from about £20 on Amazon).
A sewing reference book would be useful - mama has recommended hers which is available secondhand from 1p plus postage :-) (not in print any more) or the internet recommends the Readers Digest one (which is available new but at vast cost, so secondhand again is fine). Either one would be good to supplement the basic project-related info in my (excellent) Tilly Walnes book.
Yoko Ono's Grapefruit - this is a lovely book of conceptual scores. Recommended by my supervisor as a delightful thing to dip into every now and then. Having seen it, I agree with him :-)