Category Archives: a) the front page

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what the smoke signals say

FLOATING VOTER’S NOTES Politicians are naturally tempted to ban smoking in cars with kids.  But that is partly because on issues like smoking,  most of them have no idea what they do to the depths of the electorate.  To the … Continue reading

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D for DOGS

DOG BEHAVIOUR Must check back some time on Deborah Orr’s defence of dogs in the Guardian of 22.2.14, following the killing by dogs of two babies in one week.  She had 960 comments when I looked a day later …. … Continue reading

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SKIFFLE: COOLER THAN WE REMEMBER

For print, this piece would have all the hyperlinks shortened, but that’s a time-consuming business and I’m letting it slide a bit until somebody shows some interest …   Haven’t had so much good ol’ 1950s fun since Carl Perkins … Continue reading

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YEAH TO YEAH YEAH YEAH

There is a great pleasure in reading the history of your own times, especially when it is good enough to remind you what you missed.  And Bob Stanley offers great pleasure for almost everybody in Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story … Continue reading

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JAMBOREE BAG 4

CHECK LIST My reviews and links to follow later but I note the following recommendations. Neil McCormick, Teleg  15.2.14, on Angel Olsen:  “26-year-old from Missouri has been making a quiet stir among listener who like their music raw, smart and … Continue reading

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JAMBOREE BAG 3

 Been away for a bit and although I could have blogged from another desk, I do like to take a break from being online. I am now unloading a bit randomly, in the interests of getting a few new posts … Continue reading

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Classic smut from the Hot Club (Nov. 2012)

this is a repost of a lost item … High point of the Hot Club of Cowtown’s show in Leeds, as they know it will be, and enjoy as much as we do, is what they call The Pussy Song, … Continue reading

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STAX – NEW BOOK AND SOME OLD FAVOURITES

 Neil Spencer in Observer 19.1.14, at http://tinyurl.com/qzrukc7/ reviewed Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion, by Robert Gordon, and provided a link to Carla Thomas singing Gee Whiz, which was the studio’s first big hit – http://tinyurl.com/ny44not/  Here follows … Continue reading

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YOUTUBE V. SPOTIFY – THE RESULTS

 Better late than never, I have been giving Spotify a run and finding it useful, although not quite as comprehensive as it likes to think.. I always have a pocketful of recommendations for records to check out and up to … Continue reading

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READING FOR BOYS – THE ORIGINAL ARK

In furtherance of my vague idea of a book of the sort of stuff I might  have liked to read at the age of eight or nine, I have saved below a slightly shortened version – trimmed but not shorn … Continue reading

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