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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 […]

The Long Idle Days of Summer – Not!

I’ve been slowing down the rate of posts over this untypical summer as, if regular readers have any sense, they’ll be lounging outside rather than glued to a screen reading my random ramblings. However, like any good journalist, I’ve been out amassing material for future publication, including a couple of weeks seeking out the […]

A Matter of Record

I’ve long been in awe of collectors of original 45s. Their knowledge and dedication in tracking down rare slices of vinyl, often from small production runs on obscure labels, leaves me with a feeling of cheating somehow when I load a CD chock full of rarities, farmed, sifted and labelled up for my listening […]

Hot Dang Dilly: Great Ghoulish Gigging

With all the bad stuff, big and small, going on in the world at the moment, you almost feel guilty at enjoying an evening quite as much as the Hot Dang Dilly Halloween Special, but that’s the joy of great records and a great act in a venue dedicated to real music. Little Carl’s […]

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Of all the Suit Makers in All the World, I Had to Walk into Chester Cordite’s…

I didn’t start this blog with any sense of mounting a crusade but, if I had any sort of a mission, it was to celebrate the people who bring genuine passion and authenticity to a vintage scene often plagued by those eager to sling a ‘vintage’ label on something because it ‘looks old’ and […]

Guest Blog – Dogs and Bikes – a Winning Combo

If you love dogs and/or classic bikes, you’ll love this blog by my friend Rick Parkington. Always worth reading, but particularly so in this post where he says goodbye to Finbar the Irish Terrier. It’s worth sharing in its own right as a piece of writing, but at the end he launches an appeal […]

Kenneth Williams and Friends at the British Library

I’d love to think that I’m so intimately connected on the cultural front that I don’t need Facebook to tell me what’s happening, but it doesn’t half come in handy sometimes. Without a handy post from actor and writer David Benson, I’d have failed to spot a one-off event at the British Library to […]

The Rockabilly Rave – Caution, May Contain Rockabilly

If, as the duke of Wellington pointed out 200 years ago this week, it’s as easy to write a history of a ball as of a battle, then trying to capture last weekend’s Rockabilly Rave at Camber Sands in a single blog post must equate to recording an entire campaign on the back of […]