Category Archives: Arts

Phat Bollard

Phat Bollard were formed in 2010 in Calstock, Cornwall. They describe themselves as a folk group, although I would say they also got a punk edge and have some similarities to The Pogues. Phat Bollard travel all over the UK, … Continue reading

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Ignacy Paderewski

Born in 1860, Ignacy Paderewski was a pianist, composer and politician who went on to become the first prime minister of Poland. He was also a noted linguist and spoke seven languages fluently. Paderewski became the music superstar of his … Continue reading

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Au Revoir Simone

The world continues to go to hell in a handbasket, so let’s have some music instead… Au Revoir Simone is a ‘dream pop’ band consisting of Erika Forster, Annie Hart and Heather D’Angelo, all on keyboards, which is a tough … Continue reading

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The Gift of Idleness

Earning a living in middle-of-nowhere France used to be fairly easy. The housing boom in the UK produced a wave of Brits who came over here and bought rural properties, which were comparitively dirt cheap. Many of these properties needed … Continue reading

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Flowers, dense prose and Hand in Glove

I’ve just started reading Autobiography by Morrissey. The opening paragraph is four and a half pages long and contains lines like this: Past places of dread, we walk in the center of the road, looking up at the torn wall-paper … Continue reading

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Tomorrow belongs to me

This one’s for those jolly chaps at the NSA and GCHQ… It’s an oft asked question: how could the land of Schiller and Beethoven be taken over by a bunch of mass-murdering lunatics..? Actually, everything the Nazis did, including the … Continue reading

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Larkin around

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, ‘Monitor’ was a flagship arts programme on British television. In 1964, the year I was born, they put out an episode called Down Cemetery Road, which had John Betjeman interviewing Philip Larkin. Even if … Continue reading

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Happy in Hong Kong, Siberia and Tunisia!

In a previous post I was talking about the worldwide phenomenon that’s originated from a song called ‘Happy’, which was released by Pharrell Williams last November, and in particular how it has really caught on in France (here). France is … Continue reading

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We are happy!

I know that this blog might seem rather heavy duty at times. That’s because we are living through an amazing and momentous period of history. The human race really are at the crossroads:- with regard to the west, 9/11, the … Continue reading

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Salvador’s Trout

Ok, this will probably be the last ‘crown of sonnets’ for a while, because my brain is totally fried. Over the last four weeks I’ve bashed out three of the damn things; that’s a total of 21 sonnets, or 294 … Continue reading

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