Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Pin your ears back for a dozen instrumental gems from when music was great!

"Jungle Street" was recorded by London trio, The Scorpions, in 1961 - and deemed not good enough for release. A remastered version finally scuttled onto the market in 2014 - sounds pretty good to me! Now, where did I put those winkle-pickers...

Drummer Earl Palmer (1924-2008) boasted quite an impressive CV, what with playing on Fat's Domino's "The Fat Man" in 1949, and going on to record with...

British censors ended the 1930s Hollywood horror boom - a desperate cinema owner revived it

The '30s Hollywood horror boom began on 12th February 1931, when Universal Studios released Dracula, starring the heavily-accented Hungarian stage actor Bela Lugosi in the title role. It ended five years later, when Universal...

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Behind the first window in this year's St Michael & All Angels' advent calendar - a Sara Grønmark re-creation

That was copied from a mosaic...

Years from now, they'll be asking: "Where were you when ex-Labour minister Alan Milburn quit the social mobility board?"

Alan Milburn - a hugely significant figure
And here's the thing - you'll remember Milburn's resignation instantly, as if you were back there, re-experiencing that momentous event which had the whole of the British nation crowded around their TV sets and mobile phones and iPads and (Get on with it! ed)...Well, anyway, whether you were making a cup of tea when BBC Radio News cut into Farming Today, or were slouched in front of the TV set watching some Mancunian nonentity tellings wildly amusing anecdotes about their "Nan" on Breakfast TV, or popping round to the corner shop for a pint of milk when a distraught stranger ran up to you with tears in their eyes and sobbed "Oh my God! Have you heard? Alan Milburn has resigned from the social mobility board because of the government's lack of commitment to social justice! What's to become of us? Yes, I know he had served his time and was due to be replaced anyway - but, still, it's a terrible shock. How am I going to break the news to my kids? That's Christmas ruined!"

Okay, you might think that four members of the Great and the Good flouncing out of some...