Posted in January 2014

Protecting Apostrophes

Apostrophes can cause all sorts of problems. On one hand, they are essential for clear communication, and when they are wrongly used, they can be funny to those who know enough about them. But they also take up extra ink on roadsigns, and so they are being phased out in some areas. Because really, the … Continue reading

Songs about London Travel

I did a post a while back on the last tram of London. Here’s Robyn Hitchcock singing in an underground tram tunnel aided by a woman playing a saw of course. This is lovely and very very English. I love anything that lists old names. A while back I heard a couple of Americans waxing … Continue reading

The Dawn of Madchester

The Sex Pistols played a gig in Manchester on 4 June 1976 which has become famous for having future members of almost every famous band in Britain in the audience. In fact it is such a famous gig that it is impossible to know how many people who later found fame were there, as it … Continue reading

A Sad Day for Democracy

Last Tuesday, a controversial bill -called the Gagging Bill – limiting the amount that charities and voluntary bodies can spend on campaigning, was returned to the House of Lords, who had rejected it previously. This time their vote was equally divided so it will now become law. What saddens me is that whole page ads … Continue reading

The Perfect Wedding Song

Steve Tiltson is one of the most revered and successful singer songwriters on the British scene. He sings in a lovely gentle baritone and is a really engaging storyteller in between the songs. His repertoire ranges from traditional songs, his own takes on modern life, and new songs that sound like old ones. He discovered … Continue reading

Satchmo Dancing

Here is some more from David Byrne’s book, How Music Works. Music has been part of human culture for as long as there has been such a thing as culture, but it changed dramatically with the invention of recorded sound by Edison in 1887. His first machine was not to record music – it was … Continue reading

A Shipwreck

This is from the journal of Sir Henry de la Beche, pioneer of geological surveys and heir to a plantation in Jamaica, as edited by Richard Morris, one of his descendants . Henry was about ten when he and his mother  were returning from a visit to their property in 1800, As it was war … Continue reading

Plague Years

The word ‘plague’ tends to summon up images of Biblical times, or Middle Ages, as most people don’t realise that the illness, or at least the bacterial that causes it,  has never died out.  as the bug is still present in parts of Asia,  and scientists are now warning that it may come back, with … Continue reading