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Everything

Following on from a couple of weeks ago when I was talking about the very British trait of being self-effacing I’d like to know if this is a worldwide thing or another British phenomenon. 

I often get asked what…

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The art of music

As the famous phrase goes, I don’t know much about art but I know what I like. I’m learning a little bit but I’m still an absolute novice. As I’ve mentioned previously, I love the vinyl revival. I love holding…

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The kids are alright

It’s alright, no really, it’s pretty good. I don’t know if it’s an inherent British thing, but I find being self-effacing to be natural. I’ve also been noticing this in the way we talk about the band and also in…

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On the record

I always call them records, being born in 1980, I caught the tail end of vinyl being used for all new releases although cassettes were a more popular choice when I started listening to music and then followed the CD…

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Who Are You?

What makes a band? Is it just a collection of people who have managed to get together regularly enough to actually make something happen? Is it a very specific group of people for each band? I’m not sure I have…

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We're Coming Home

Not being a football fan, I couldn’t really have cared that “it” didn’t come home. I enjoyed the positive feeling that the teams success brought, much like the Summer of 2012 with the Jubilee and The Olympics. I found you…

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Education, education, education

The famous speech by Tony Blair resonated through the airwaves a little over 20 years ago as he swept into Downing Street as the new Prime Minister. I say this with the massive benefit of hindsight but it’s not the…

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Stupid notions and contradictions

I guess we’re all full of our little contradictions, whether we realise it or just don’t like to admit it. Some of them make a difference to the way you see yourself and the way others see you whilst some…

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Perfect Day

What is a perfect day? You may remember from an earlier blog that I was asked to be best man for my friends’ wedding, well, the big day was this week and the only words I can use to sum…

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Who Writes The Songs?

Barry Manilow sang – I write the songs that make the whole world sing – except ironically, he didn’t. Well, he wrote a lot of songs, just not that one but does it really matter? 

Elvis Presley – The…

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Big Yellow Taxi

Death, it can often send us into a state of reflection. When someone we care about passes, we usually focus on all the good, funny and daft things a person has done and eliminate the thoughts of any wrong or…

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Hey, Punk

What is it about Punk, as an entire sub-culture that has given it such longevity? In Blackpool, we have just had the Rebellion Festival. The town is awash with mohawks, ripped jeans and all kinds of denim and clothes patches…