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Welcome to this Blog.

It’s about my enthusiasms – mainly photographic history, music and artsy stuff – now & then.

Launched in November 2011, I wrote a blogpost everyday for 18 months – and now & then since.

The site disappeared into cyberpsace for a few years, but is now back.

Check out the ‘Random Articles’ on the Home Page to get a flavour of the site.

deaf school

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

deaf school

Books about rock and pop music can sometimes disappoint, particularly if they are poorly written or the story they tell is already familiar. But two books I’ve enjoyed recently certainly don’t fall in to that category. ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story Of Modern Pop’ by St.Etienne’s Bob Stanley (Faber & Faber) is a huge tome, but it’s one I can recommend to any lover of pop music. Think you’ve heard it all or said before? Think again. By tracing the development of the single or ’45,’ the book...

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solid air 2

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

solid air 2

There’s been a Nick Drake and John Martyn thread running through my occasional recent posts. So it’s timely that both artists were coupled in the latest edition of ‘Johnnie Walker’s Long Players’ on BBC Radio 2. The show’s format is that Johnnie and music journalist David Hepworth talk about and play tunes from two classic albums over the course of an hour. Martyn’s ‘Solid Air’ and Drake’s ‘Bryter Layter’ are linked together in a myriad of ways as the programme...

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adam holmes

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

adam holmes

Songwriters come in all shapes and sizes as today’s BBC Radio 4 documentary about Nick Drake’s mother Molly proved. Hearing her musical creations getting a national airing (two of them amazingly performed by Tracey Thorn) also illustrated that a song can have a life of its own in the hands of a wonderful singer. Fortunately, songwriting, as we learned in the programme, is a skill that passes from generation to generation. So whenever the work of a songwriter reaches my ears and grabs my attention, I try and spread the word. Adam...

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small world

Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

small world

Proof positive that the world of rock ‘n roll is indeed a small one was evident in a new documentary film I watched last night about veteran rockers Status Quo. Either that or my rather sad ability to connect assorted members of the rock fraternity is still in decent shape. For instance, you wouldn’t have thought that Paul Weller would turn up in an 80-minute trip through the career of the Quo. Hardly natural musical bedfellows. But there he was, warmly remembering that the 12-bar boogie merchants were his first proper gig,...

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three in one

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

three in one

That old maxim about waiting ages for a bus and then three arriving at once is one that applies to my own popular music pleasures. This week has seen the release of the new Prefab Sprout album ‘Red/Crimson’ (Icebreaker), as well as the 5.1 surround sound reissue of XTC’s 1992 album ‘Nonsuch’ (Ape). But the Daddy of them all in terms of scope and size is Island’s 18-disc John Martyn box set ‘The Island Years’ (Island). This very morning I clogged the aisle in our local Sainsburys, reading various...

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nick drake OAP

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

nick drake OAP

Dead at 26, Nick Drake is forever young in the hearts and minds of those who know and love his music. So it’s a rather sobering thought that today would have been his 65th birthday. Being a senior citizen in the UK (presuming he still lived in these islands), he would have qualified as an old age pensioner (or OAP) for a free bus pass and various other benefits. 19th June is a significant day in the story of my own attachment to Nick’s songs. That’s because it’s 15 years virtually to the day that my radio documentary...

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ray manzarek RIP

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

ray manzarek RIP

In the summer of 2007, I was lucky enough to spend an invigorating few hours in the company of the Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Elektra had just remastered many of the band’s recordings and Manzarek was in the UK playing a few gigs and doing promotion. I’d heard Ray in an earlier interview and just thought his wonderful speaking voice and a bag of records would make for a engaging programme – and so it proved, The suggestion went into his management, and within days he sat down in a radio studio in London and proceeded to...

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respectable rebellion

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

respectable rebellion

It’s finally here – an album I wrote about way back in September last year is launched today with a special gig in their native Yorkshire. And the wait’s been well worthwhile. ‘Respectable Rebellion’ from Union Jill is a record I’ve been lucky to enjoy listening to since the turn of the year, thanks to a pre-release copy from my good friend John Wood. John engineered the album with Clive Gregson producing. And the result is a set of songs that any lover of acoustic music, harmony singing and the social...

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in his own words

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

in his own words

The recent death of the conductor Sir Colin Davis at the age of 85 was a sad moment for anyone who enjoys classical music. So it was pleasing to see his life and career marked so promptly in a special programme on BBC Four. What became clear while watching ‘Sir Colin Davis With Love: In His Own Words’ was that it had been commissioned and recorded shortly before Sir Colin’s recent illness. What emerged in John Bridcut’s sensitive and thoughtful portrait of the man were a number of deep truths about classical music and...

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lighthouse world

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

lighthouse world

Anyone who’s spent time living on an island or near a coastline will have a lighthouse story. I was brought up on a peninsula – surrounded on three sides by water – so daily life was punctuated by these magnificent structures. As their original use has been superseded by satellite navigation and automated ways of alerting shipping to coastal dangers ahead, lighthouses have found new roles. As long ago as 1984, I spent a week on holiday staying in a former lighthouse cottage, battered by the wind and waves of the Atlantic...

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