August 2023

  • The most powerful video ever posted to YouTube

    The most powerful video ever posted to YouTube

    I first saw this video when it was release on YouTube and immediately knew this guy had created something very special. It wasn’t the usually mind-numbing drivel that seems to dominate the search result. It was thought provoking, challenged the norms of always being online and most importantly of all, got me to examine my…

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  • I’ve never seen the likes, before or since.

    I’ve never seen the likes, before or since.

    I’ve always been a fan of Last Night of the Proms. It’s a huge celebration of how great is it to be British. Many classically trained musicians love playing the old classics in what had become a traditionally selected programme of music. However, I’ve never seen a Proms night quite like that in the video.…

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  • The City Hall was saved

    The City Hall was saved

    Back in 2013, can it really be ten years ago, Newcastle City Council had to respond to comments they were planning to closed the iconic music venue, Newcastle City Hall. Far from being a council administrative building, as some may infer from its name, it is a concert venue with a capacity in excess of…

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  • A tale from a Captain

    A tale from a Captain

    It seems like everyone is talking about the Women’s World Cup Football Final today, but it isn’t the first world cup. Ask a football fan when the first world cup was held and they will probably tell you it was in Uruguay in 1930. But if you go back to 1909, you’ll find teams competing…

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  • When I went through the Time Tunnel

    When I went through the Time Tunnel

    My parents were great believers in the Sunday family trip out. They both had connections to towns on the River Tyne in the northeast of England, so imagine my delight when my dad announced we were going to go through the Time Tunnel. That had been my favourite show on TV for a while. At…

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  • I didn’t understand at the time, I just thought it was cracking song

    I didn’t understand at the time, I just thought it was cracking song

    I remember when this song, Luka, was in the charts. Suzanne Vega seemed as though she was on every radio station I tuned into. It was a great song and I went through a short phase where it would feature heavily on CD player. (Yes back in the days of CDs) It wasn’t until years…

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  • Now then grapple fans

    Now then grapple fans

    The ceremonial unmasking of Kendo Nagasaki. Many a wrestler tried to unmask him in the ring. None of them succeeded. However, if I recall correctly, he always vowed that he would never be unmasked unless he was defeated in the ring. He was one of the many wrestling characters who would appear on World of…

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  • There are some times you’ve just got to tell it how it is

    There are some times you’ve just got to tell it how it is

    I’ve always been a fan of Spike Milligan, or to give him a formal introduction Terence Alan Milligan KBE. Like most folks, I think, I first heard of him on the Goon Show when one of the BBC Radio Stations was repeating them. Then his TV Shows Q5, Q6 etc. However, I think his most…

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  • Playing in the woods

    Playing in the woods

    When I was a kid, there were three things that I was absolutely obsessed about. I probably spent the most time in the local woods up until I was around fourteen years of age. I was a keen BP Scout and my friends and I were forever learning about fieldcraft and building temporary shelters in…

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  • The song that changed my opinion about Miley Cyrus

    The song that changed my opinion about Miley Cyrus

    Miley Cyrus. I’d only really known her as the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus whose big hit was Achy Breaky Heart. I think the most famous song I’d heard from Miley was Wrecking Ball. It wasn’t really my cup of tea and I couldn’t understand why she was so scantily clad. However, let’s jump back…

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  • My first love

    My first love

    Looking back through life certain songs trigger certain memories. For me, Showaddywaddy will always hold a special place in my heart. I think it was 1976 or maybe 1977 when I encountered the band on the jukebox at my local Boys’ Club. It was Judo Club night and this gorgeous girl had joined for the…

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  • Wolf Lands – Strange Tales from East and North Yorkshire

    Wolf Lands – Strange Tales from East and North Yorkshire

    After three years of work. Many an artistic disagreement. Hours and hours spent in the field. Wolf Lands, the long awaited documentary from Lightform Media has finally dropped on Amazon Prime. Exploring strange happenings in East and North Yorkshire, the film brings forward a number of eyewitnesses, each recounting their own, often terrifying experiences, of…

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