Mark Armstrong is preparing to die.

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DISPOSAL
I've always preferred the idea of burial. After Death of course. (2016: Though my will now requests cremation)

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RELIGION
I am not religious. Definitely not. However, I'm nor sure that having a funeral as part of a service makes any odds anyway. Plenty of people who aren't religious get married as part of a religious service, it's just a traditional thing. Having said all that, as someone who splits their time between 80% Agnosticism and 20% atheism, it would be wrong to have a properly religious service. I've seriously considered joining the Humanist Society, but I'm not sure I'll ever get round to it. I suppose they must have some suitable service sans the big man upstairs. (2016 update: I'd probably like a humanist service, though I don't want to alienate any remaining living relatives, after all the funeral is for them as much as the deceased)

GUESTS
Anyone who knew me is welcome. The more the merrier. Let it just be a time for quiet reflection, some drink and it would be nice if somebody got laid too.

MUSIC
I'm a little dubious on the whole "I'm dead, this is my music" thing at funerals. I've not been to one where there has been someones music. I'd feel pretty weird if it was something rubbish, or something I didn't like. Or something mawkish or cheesy or sentimental. I can understand hymns and something more culturally standard really, it's common currency. However, I may still list some things that I'd like played but I really don't know when: Brian Eno - 1/1 (track 1 from "Music for Airports") I love this piece, it just never quite resolves and I just find it so evocative of peace, permanence and a sense of melancholy. There is so little to it. To be honest, I find it quite hard to express how this piece makes me feel!

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Since contributing to this in the early 2000s, I have come uncomfortably close to death, having been diagnosed with late stage cancer in May 2010. I hadn't been expecting to find myself aged 38 and thinking about "getting my affairs in order" as they say. I'm now writing this in October 2016, the 6th anniversary of being clear of cancer. 5 days ago I saw Bill Drummond at close quarters at a small showing of his film about The 17. 4 years ago I sang in The 17 during the time where I was undergoing lengthy chemotherapy. (For now, I'll leave the words I wrote 10+ years ago in the other sections)