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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…

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I Want

I want to do this full time. Not write a blog, although I’m enjoying the therapeutic nature of it. If you haven’t tried it, have a go. Get some of your thoughts out of your head and I can guarantee…

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Why do we like what we like?

This question can be applied to pretty much anything I guess; People, Film, Food etc. But I am thinking specifically about music at the moment. What is it that forms our opinion of what is good or not. Is it…

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And The Crowd Goes Wild

It’s the culmination of every dream scenario I’ve had my entire life, I’m sure I’m no different from you in this. As a young boy, playing out football, wrestling or a little later Rugby League then music scenarios, either alone…

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Heroes

We talk about heroes too often. It’s a term that is used to describe pretty much anyone we like. Whether it is in music, sport, film or television or any other medium for that matter. Art, and sport, can touch…

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Celebrities. Who cares?!

What is it about celebrities that we take into our hearts so much. 2016 was described by many on my Facebook feed as being an awful year, people becoming distraught as some of their favourite famous people passed away. The…

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What's in a name?

I’m going to try desperately hard not to harp on about the plight of the independent musician/band on this one, even though it is obviously a subject close to my heart being as I am one and in one. If…