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Octagon Chapel Bath – Update

This chapel was the first subscription chapel in England. William Herchell was organist there and his sister was in the choir. It is one of he most beautiful Georgian buildngs in Bath, but when the Royal Photographic Society moved out it struggled to find new purpose, especially after the main street entrance was sold for … Continue reading

Cameron and The Smiths

Some time ago,  former members of The Smiths, Morrissey and Johnny Marr “banned” the Prime Minister David Cameron from liking the band. Marr said: “Stop saying that you like the Smiths. No you don’t. I forbid you to like it.” I can understand their anger at the Prime Minister,but we live in a free country, … Continue reading

Widdecombe Fair

I recently made a wonderful purchase from an antiques store – this fine pottery mug, of indeterminate age, which came from a dealer in Burton on the Water, Gloucestershire. But the fair it refers to is on wildest Dartmoor, about half way between Buckfastleigh and Moretonhampstead, and now found in atlases as Widecombe in the … Continue reading

Pop Gateway to Opera

My parents constantly complained that pop ripped off ‘real’ music, but it works both ways. Many classically trained musicians do pop as well. I’d never heard of Verdi when I discovered this beautiful song by 10,000 Maniacs’ Natalie Merchant. I heard it on the radio last night. It’s still one of the loveliest songs I … Continue reading

PIL Chaos on American Bandstand

This was the band’s first appearance on the show, in 1980 but as John Lydon/Rotten had a reputation from the Sex Pistols, they must have expected something out of the ordinary. This is brilliant – the audience had no idea what was happening, but they all seemed to have had a great time. Full credits … Continue reading

Remembering Prince

Someone on the radio said this has become a really bad year to be a celebrity – Victoria Wood and Prince within a few days of each other. Prince was so many things – songwriter, singer, performer, producer, but his virtuoso skills on the guitar have been often overshadowed, though comparisons with Hendrix have been … Continue reading

Song for the Weekend

We’re supposed to get conservative as we get older, but my tastes are getting definitely odder. I hated Tiny Tim when I was young, but am actually considering getting his greatest hits. This is ‘Fill Your Heart’, possibly one of his least weird offerings. It’s gloriously joyful. Have a great weekend!