Monthly Archives: May 2014

SOUNDS INTERESTING – GOSPEL DYLAN

I’ve heard a few of the tracks but I needed Dorian Lynskey in the Guardian, 8.5.14, to tell me about Dylan’s Gospel, an album of righteous covers of Bob in spiritual mode, recorded in 1969 and now being re-issued, along … Continue reading

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CLASSIC FILTH NOTES

Must check out Ruth Wallis, famous for her “party records” – regularly seized by customs and other authorities – in the 1940s and 50s. YouTube has a clip of her on tour in Australia, which has a museum in her … Continue reading

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READING MATERIAL – 100 YEARS OF BRITS AT WAR AND SURVIVAL AT SEA

If I was a teacher, I would be bookmarking the impressive bit of research which enabled the Guardian to run a story  on 12.2.14 saying: When British forces pull down the union jack for the last time in Afghanistan this … Continue reading

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MORE GOOD PUTDOWNS

George Galloway, in speech that got him chucked out of the Commons in July 07, said being accused of improper behaviour by this government (Blair’s) was “like being accused of slouching by the Hunchback of Notre Dame.” In Seven mag … Continue reading

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ZODIAC WISDOM

Mark Manning, formerly Zodiac Mindwarp, founder and lead performer of self-spoofing 1980s metal band Love Reaction, has given some entertaining interviews about how he slid downhill to rock bottom and then found a sort of salvation as an author of … Continue reading

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MORE QUOTES TO KEEP

ON AGE “Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.” American columnist Bill Vaughan, quoted in The Week, 7.1.2012.   MILITARY MAXIMS & WINE WISDOM the late gavin … Continue reading

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BY HOMER SIMPSON & ABOUT THE CALL CENTRE

BY HOMER SIMPSON & ABOUT THE CALL CENTRE There is a great Homer Simpson line which goes: Maybe, just once, someone will call me Sir without adding: You’re making a scene.   It’s a line you can imagine being used … Continue reading

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HISTORY IN A NUTSHELL

Good talking point, raised by Christopher Howse, in Teleg. 23.1.2010, exploring the idea that history can be written as a list of neologisms, meaning the new definitions added to our language by each decade’s experiences. He said: “From John Ayto’s … Continue reading

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JOKES – BERNARD’S BEST

BEST JOKES OF BERNARD MANNING Can’t Google it, so I’ll need to do some free typing, which goes against the grain, but I want to save, from June 2007, a list of favourite Bernard Manning jokes as recalled by Telegraph … Continue reading

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SOUNDS INTERESTING – ROSANNE CASH

Robin Denselow, Guardian 1.5.14, reviewed Rosanne Cash as follows … She could have opened with her own hits from the 80s, the music of her legendary father Johnny Cash, or even songs from The List, her album of the country … Continue reading

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