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Entries from June 26th, 2020

New research in from the department of the bleeding obvious

June 26th, 2020 · No Comments · Life

I see the department of the bleeding obvious have been at it again, according to this story in today’s Times. It is a study about people’s attitudes to the lockdown. Apparently people with smaller cramped homes are less happy about being confined to their home than people with more space. Also people without mental health […]

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In praise of Tim Burgess

June 26th, 2020 · 1 Comment · Life, Music

When I listed the various people, mostly entertainers, who helped make the lockdown pass a bit more easily I missed a few people out. For example I forgot the always brilliant Jonathan Pie and his lockdown video diary. I also forgot Darren Maclaine and his little impressions of famous singers doing the thems to TV […]

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On the road again

June 26th, 2020 · No Comments · Life

Yes, its the long-overdue reprise of using song titles as blogpost titles! I was reading an article in The Times today. I shan’t link to it because it is behind the paywall and it is not so much the article itself as the comments that I was interested in. I really should stop reading comments […]

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Today’s bright idea #11 – laptop screens

June 24th, 2020 · No Comments · Life, Technology

It has been a little while since I blurted out one of my bright ideas, about six years actually. In that time I have still had ideas of course; some of them impractical, some of them impossible and the rest just stupid – in other words, the same as usual. I just couldn’t be arsed […]

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Not siblings!

June 20th, 2020 · No Comments · Life

I have been watching a DVD box set of the 80s TV show Shelley. I found myself wondering what Josephine Tewson, the actress who played the landlady, Mrs. Hawkins, went on to do, so I looked her up. It turns out she did quite a lot that I had not seen and also was in […]

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Lockdown survival aids

June 20th, 2020 · No Comments · Life, Music

Let’s be honest here, the lockdown has really ended now hasn’t it? OK, there are no pubs, cafes, theatres, music and sports venues, but otherwise I think a lot of people are now treating it as all over except where it suits them to pretend it is all still going on – I am thinking […]

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Is this where prog rock actually started?

June 16th, 2020 · No Comments · Music

The other night I was watching a re-run of an old Sky Arts show from 2016 – Trailblazers. This one was all about prog rock. I have watched a few of these. They are entertaining enough, with lots of nostalgia-inducing clips and Noddy Holder’s distinctive voiceover, but ultimately they tend to promise more than they […]

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Roll Credits

June 5th, 2020 · No Comments · Life

Another thing that struck me while working my way through the box set of the Goodies was the sparsity of the credits. We are so used to movies where it takes 15 minutes to scroll through all the many credits, though most of us give up before they start listing the PA to the stunt […]

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