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Crisis? What Crisis?

November 18th, 2014 · No Comments · Politics

I finally finished reading Crisis? What Crisis?: Britain in the 1970s by Alwyn Turner. It took a while. I would probably have read two or three novels in the time it took me to read it, even though it is a much shorter book than many other history books that often weigh in at 700 […]

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Britain is a miserable sight

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments · Life

I came aacross an eye-catching quote this evening: Britain is a miserable sight. A society of failures, full of apathy, and aroused only by envy at the success of others. This is why we will continue to decline. Not because of our economic or industrial problems. They are soluble. But because the psychology of our […]

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This is an ex-Python. It is no more.

July 21st, 2014 · Comments Off · Life

Well I watched the last ever Monty Python show on TV almost live (had to pause it to take the dogs over the field) and was a bit underwhelmed. To be fair, I think this was one of things where you just had to be there. I remember watching an old episode of Fawlty Towers, […]

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Looking back at nostalgia

June 8th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Life

I don’t know what to make about this short article about nostalgia on the BBC website. It all sounds reasonable enough, or as reasonable as pschobabble can be, and yet my own experience doesn’t follow it at all. It says that people prone to nostalgia (which I am) are less likely to have lingering thoughts […]

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Hello again Yellow Brick Road

March 28th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Music

Apart from the lack of any vocal talent or looks, the thing that stopped me being a top rock star was a problem remembering the words to songs. Some people (like Jayne) can sing along to something they have only heard a few times on the radio. I can’t even remember all the words to […]

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Arctic Monkeys at the BRITs

February 19th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Life, Music

This is not really about the Arctic Monkeys or even about the BRITs. It is more about a grumpy old man’s grumbling about, well about being grumpy and old mainly. I watched a bit of the BRITs tonight, and that in itself is saying something because I did only watch it for a while and […]

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Delicate sound of thunder

February 12th, 2014 · Comments Off · Music, Technology

This evening I watched the first half of Pink Floyd’s Delicate Sound of Thunder concert film that was broadcast on BBC Four over the weekend, which gave me a chance to indulge in at least a triple dose of nostalgia. The concert footage was from their 1987-89 tour, filmed during August during the US leg […]

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A little bit of politics there

January 28th, 2014 · Comments Off · Life

During the holidays I used some some Amazon gift tokens to treat myself to, amongst other things, a box set(*) of Ben Elton concerts to make up for getting rid of my old VHS of his. I wasn’t sure what I would make of them but with nearly seven hours of stand-up for just over […]

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Today’s bright idea #7

January 8th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Life

Today’s bright idea is one that I actually think is quite a good one. You know how BBC Four have been showing episodes of Top Of The Pops of 35 years ago, week-by-week in order, in their totality? It isn’t really watched for the music so much as the nostalgic feeling, mostly from the music […]

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My favourite year

January 5th, 2014 · Comments Off · Music

The other night I sat down to watch the story of Top Of The Pops in 1979, followed by a compilation of clips from that year. Without question, 1979 is my favourite year for music. I know that others will prefer 1983, 1972 or 1967, There may even be some poor misguided fools that think […]

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