Good Grief – It’s Charlie Brown in London

When the news broke of Charles Schulz’ retirement from cartooning in 1999, followed by his death the previous year, a little bit of my childhood died with him. Admittedly, I’d not read a Peanuts cartoon for a long time, and the ubiquitous application of the Snoopy motif to anything and everything in the late […]

Living With Buildings at the Wellcome Collection

Having indulged ourselves in the clothing of the 1930s, the next stop on our post-Xmas whistlestop tour of current exhibitions took us up to the Euston Road and the Wellcome Collection where the galleries are always guaranteed to set you thinking and where the underlying medical theme can produce a surprisingly diverse range of […]

The 2 Rs – Rockin’ in Soho

At one level, it shouldn’t work – a Saturday afternoon club in a venue more used to the rhythms of Diana Ross and the Village People, and with a dance floor dominated by a couple of shiny poles with bases taking up a good few feet on either side – but it does. Maybe […]

Rockin’ on the Seafront – Rockabilly Rebellion No 2

When Trev ‘Rock Ape’ Stewart lost the venue for last year’s inaugural Rockabilly Rebellion in Weston Super Mare half way through the planning for it, we imagined we’d end up in a venue far from the sea. However, we’d not reckoned for Trev’s powers of persuasion, which saw us not only back on […]

Sun Records on Stage

I’ve got to confess to a certain innate snobbery about any form of jukebox musical. Perhaps it’s that cringe that goes with the words, “You’ll love this, it’s your sort of music”, or maybe the vision of hordes of day-glo-clad Strictly wannabes performing massed dance routines to bad covers of 50s pop hits with […]

Grandpa’s War – a Century On

Although a blog is, by definition, pretty personal, I tend to stick to the lighter side of family life. But with the centenary of the end of the First World War this weekend, I thought I’d break from the usual round of eulogising about midcentury stuff to add my contribution to the stories of […]

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    Typewriters, Radios, Cameras – and they all work! Nirvana in Exeter

Typewriters, Radios, Cameras – and they all work! Nirvana in Exeter

After a week touring south Devon, from Exeter as far down as Plymouth, it would be easy to fill an article with a blow by blow account of the antiques, vintage and collectibles shops we found and the purchases we did or didn’t make in each but, frankly, you could get the former from […]

Confessions of an Occasional DJ Part Two- Going Vinyl

WARNING: this article contains material that non-vinyl devotees may find incomprehensible, or just plain weird.

When I made my first attempt at capturing the world of the rock’n’roll DJ, I’d just embarked on my own quest to bring the cornucopia of music from the Big Beat era to the ears of my unsuspecting neighbours. With […]

Rockin’ by the Sea with The Houserockers and Friends

Our quest to explore the rock’n’roll scene in our new home in the west of the country continues to unearth unexpected delights. Last year’s Rockabilly Rebellion in Weston Super Mare turned out to have a more regular counterpart in the Sunday afternoon Rockin’ By the Sea events at the Old Pier Tavern in nearby […]

Farewell Liz Fraser – the Original Carry On Blonde

And so another stalwart of British film and television comedy and drama leaves us – one who was there when TV was in its adolescence – and the BBC can’t even bring itself even to give her a mention on their news website. But clearly a spat between two daytime chat show presenters […]