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Simple Minds: Themes For Great Cities

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**this blog contains affiliate links SOME PROMISED LAND Graeme Thomson is not a name I’m familiar with and I suspect neither is mine to him, but it’s clear from the intro he is not just a Simple Minds enthusiast but a poet (the Scots are awfully good with words and of course music – see my Hats off to the Scots blog for the proof).  Thomson goes through each band member with prosaic praise and wonderfully aims to ‘remystify’ his subject, to approach the music from within (that is to…read more

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Singapore: Merlion Memories

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*this blog contains affiliate links TO THE ESPLANADE A long time ago in 2007 I visited Singapore with my then girlfriend. It was a lucky break but also a strange holiday. Like China, Singapore has changed since but some of the renewal process had taken place; The Esplanade was built for example. It’s there soon after arrival at Changi – a destination in its own right, and check in that we ventured first. The exterior shape – it’s known locally after the stinky fruit the Durian – offered a good…read more

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Tim Bowness: Catching Up with the Velvet Ghost

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*this blog includes affiliate links *It would be difficult to discuss Tim’s output without mentioning No-Man and some of his collaborative efforts. I mentioned being on the road since 1999 and it’s that year I met Tim at the now defunct 12 Bar Club in London’s Denmark Street where I also briefly chat to Steve Jansen and Peter Chilvers. I’ve not met Tim in person since but we have maintained a periodic dialogue over the years. The story begins some years earlier… PAINTING PARADISE: THE NEW ROMANTIC NINETIES It’s the early…read more

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On Track… Hall & Oates

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*this blog includes an affiliate link Every now and again someone, in this case fellow Brit Ian Abrahams, sends me their book to review and on this occasion I was happy to receive it. Stranger still is the fact that someone other than me is a fan of Hall and Oates on this side of the pond (along with Dylan Jones author of Sweet Dreams). The forward tells how author Ian Abrahams got into their work in of all places Cornwall! More or less around the same time I had…read more

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Steve Hogarth: Here There and Everywhere

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*this blog includes affiliate links WHO IS THIS GUY? The late eighties were, as I’ve most likely said elsewhere, a time of discovery. Now in the age of Wiki we can look up anyone of interest and know all about them in moments but back then it was all detective work, piecing together fragments of information.  For those of us music junkies or audiophiles who took time to read the sleeve notes, certain names appeared. I can’t remember which one went first, it could have been The The, it could…read more

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Swansea: City By The Sea

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*this blog contains affiliate links PREVIOUSLY Three cities, three sisters, three connections on the map, dotting the southern Welsh coastline. The second largest is Swansea, a mere 40 odd miles west of Cardiff yet I’ve barely been there. This is only my fourth ever visit and by some considerable distance my most comprehensive. The first was in 1986, a rushed affair which took in HMV (where I saw David Sylvian’s Gone to Earth and INXS Kiss the Dirt single). The second I can’t remember and the last one was at…read more

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Cardiff: The Northern Parks (Three into One)

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These blogs were originally published as separates. Here to stem the number of blogs about any one city and future blogs I’ve amalgamated them into one (call it three into one if you like). Starting with… THE MEADOW If Bute Park is Cardiff’s Hyde or Central Park and Roath Park is its Regent’s Park, then the (unnamed) Meadow Walk is possibly its Hampstead Heath (I’d now say that was more likely Cefn-Onn below). And to think I only knew the north of Cardiff for its city train line but living…read more

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A Lyrical Oasis 25

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RELEASE HISTORY April 1997 saw the release of my first book A Lyrical Oasis. Self published and with little promo, it sank without trace. Nonetheless, it will always be my first baby even if it was still born and remains pretty much a ghost in terms of release and sales. In 2009 I tried again with an e-book but this met a similar fate. I dare say that in some other world it may have been the pop poem hit I envisaged it to be in my naivety but alas…read more

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Tears for Fears: Before and After Love

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*This blog contains affiliate links. Disclaimer: I am not responsible for purchases made on third party sites. CHANGE OF SEASON In early 1983, unaware of Mad World which I had missed through the vortex of global relocation (from NZ back to the UK), my first meeting with Tears for Fears came with Change; an energetic marimba driven song with lyrics both cool as they are obscure: ‘You walked in to the room, I just had to laugh, The face you wore was cool, You were a photograph.’ Change carried enough youthful fizz to reach…read more

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Kiev: A Collision of Cold, Caffeine and Colourful Churches

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*this blog contains an affiliate link THIS MUST BE KIEV ‘Kiev’ my train cabin mate declares, seconds later we pass Zhuliani airport and I know from my research that we are within four miles of our destination. A typical melee to get my bags through the train doors and onto the low platform below ensues. My cabin friend and I shake hands and head in separate directions. He has another hours bus ride ahead of him while I have an art hostel to find (not knowing if they have a room available). ALARM…read more

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