Category Archives: a) the front page

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JAMBOREE BAG 7

 JEREMY CLARKSON AND ALL THAT Nodded my way through Marina Hyde’s comment on the latest “Clarkson affair” in Guardian of 3.4.14.  Full piece, plus 1500-plus comments, at   http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/02/revulsion-jeremy-clarkson-progressives-bigots/ Extracts: “Maybe race rows are cheaper by the dozen, in which … Continue reading

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JAMBOREE BAG 6

To be filed … NOTES FROM THE CELLAR – ON PAINTING MDF In a piece on careers in construction I once read, somebody was quoted as saying dismissively: “If you can piss, you can paint.” That might apply in the … Continue reading

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MORE SOUNDS INTERESTING …

  * Times has apparently been having a correspondence about good funeral songs. On 10.3.2014, a letter from Prof. John Murrell of Cambridge recommended Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’ve Gone, sung by George Melly. I’d want Miles Of … Continue reading

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Quotable quotes on …

SAVILE & THE BEEB Anyone who knows anyone at the BBC will appreciate Jonathan Maitland’s quote from an insider there at the height of the Jimmy Savile revelations … “I don’t know how it will end but one thing is … Continue reading

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ONLINE & OFF – HISTORY OF R’N’B

  One of my favourite compilation records is Gaz’s Rockin Blues, put together by a DJ called Gaz Mayall, who turns out to be son of John Mayall, of the Bluesbreakers. In nov. 2005, he wrote a very quotable piece … Continue reading

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WRONG-EYED MUSIC

Simone Felice: Call him Simon and file him under Wrong-Eyed Music. My Brennan MP3 deck is a beautiful thing when it is working as it should – it has had a couple of bugs, which Brennan were endlessly patient about … Continue reading

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JAMBOREE BAG 5

Service has been interrupted by the business of moving house – on the subject of which, more later. Meanwhile, here goes with a somewhat ramshackle post, still to be sorted, in the interests of clearing the decks a bit.  CASHOLOGY … Continue reading

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MONEY, ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND FRENCH KNICKERS

 Interesting report from Kim Willsher at http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/27/benjamin-carle-100-percent-french-made-in-france On a Frenchman’s attempt to live exclusively on French-made products. In his summing up of the experience, Benjamin Carle said:  “A T-shirt is more expensive in France but I can be sure it … Continue reading

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COMING ATTRACTION – DARLENE V. LALA

  Even the Today programme (Radio 4, 25.2.14) has now trailed the launch of the much-praised new music documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, about backing singers, so I had better post my notes, although I haven’t actually seen it yet. … Continue reading

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READING FOR KIDS – ON PUNS, BOLLOCKS ABOUT COSSACKS AND OUTER SPACE

It occurs to me that if I was trying to teach, or if I had a publisher who took me to lunch, I might propose that there could be an interesting language lesson to deliver on the subject of puns, … Continue reading

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