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Remember That Night

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EVERY GIG I EVER ATTENDED (…and Those That Got Away) HOWARD JONES, DREAM INTO ACTION TOUR, HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY, AUG 1985 Who Supported? The Expression The subtitle was too long on the header. So here goes… Having missed ICEHOUSE in Wellington a few years’ previous – see regrets below – and Tears For Fears (they played the night of the day I arrived) spewing was not the word! I settled on HoJo who was on album number two and subsequent downward spiral.  What I remember? The opening with HJ coming…read more

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London: Nostalgia in the Now

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THE NOSTALGIC FACE OF A NATION AND THE CITY Nostalgia hangs thick in the air of the UK and especially with London. When I return to my spiritual home (Heathrow) literally a city within a city, a Vatican for avgeeks, I find British Airways are not only still flying the jumbo but some are in retro colour schemes recalling 1983 (Negus & Negus designed red union flag fin) and ’85 (Landor’s dark blue fin replacing the red and coupled with the BA ‘to fly, to serve’ crest).   Even the…read more

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Liverpool: English Electric

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PART ONE: IN LIVERPOOL The first thing you hear is the yapping seagulls, welcome to well, kind of the coast. Liverpool lies on the Mersey River which is more like an estuary and its main train station Lime Street is not quite as imagined. A series of tunnels lead to it and it’s hard to imagine why the hell the station was built where it is. It must have taken some serious dynamite to blast through all that rock! On top of that I take the wrong exit out meaning…read more

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Manchester: Shifting City

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*this blog includes an affiliate link. STRANGEWAYS HERE WE COME Mucky Manchester as John Foxx whose Shifting City album with Louis Gordon was recorded and designed there described it. Obviously, I don’t know the city in the eighties but like Budapest the streets are alive with beer stains and sick. Manchester looks good from eye level upwards. It’s bustling, more so than I was expecting and at the time of writing the heart of Covid country and with that in mind, there’s never been a better time to invest in…read more

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London: In Search of Croydon

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FOXBASE ALPHA My new home base lies somewhere between Heathrow and Gatwick; the two busiest hubs for aviation in the UK. However before those two got off the ground so to speak, the main London airport lay not far up the road just outside of Croydon perched by Purley Way. It is kind of what Templehoff is to Berlin. It’s a further walk from Croydon’s economic centre than I thought. Nonetheless as it was a glorious and strangely mild winter day, why not? The first sign is one of those brown…read more

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Athens: In Search of Hellinikon

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ELLO ELLINIKO In my first Athens blog I mention travelling via the then new airport in 2001 narrowly missing out on landing at its predecessor Hellinikon. In the third instalment of the ‘In Search of…’ blogs I went to visit the old and now ghostly aerodrome and was surprised at what I found (other than tumbleweed). Navigational errors mark the beginning of this adventure – I know I’m close but it just looks like an urban street; houses and a kids park with swings so I turn off and find…read more

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Guangzhou: In Search of Old Baiyun

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URBAN ARCHAEOLOGY It may not be as famous as Kai Tak but Guangzhou or Canton has its own ‘old’ airport and although aware of it, I didn’t know it was so close to town! Not too far from the central train station and even closer to the station that will be built to replace it. Guangzhou like Hong Kong is a city in constant development. Unlike Kai Tak however the site of the old Baiyun airport (the present airport retains the name even if it is in Huadu district) has…read more

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Hong Kong: In Search of Kai Tak

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WISH YOU WERE HERE What is it about absence, the cult of something long since passed or a site that is no longer there that so enraptures the more inquisitive souls of our species. Is it nostalgia? A longing for a forgotten time and place. Or does this line of enquiry encroach on the more arcane worlds of ‘dark tourism’ and ‘psycho-geography?’ Whatever the reason, this exploration of a legend among airfields begins at the end. In 1998 the lights along the harbour runway at Hong Kong’s former airport Kai…read more

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Populating Polytown: Mapping the Spiritual Nineties and the Geography of Sound

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THE GEOGRAPHY OF SOUND Not all nineties music was Brit-pop and grunge. The early to middle years saw many artists renew what their forefathers in the late sixties had tried to do; alert the masses to an age of hope and optimism, thus spawning a common new age spiritualist thread on recordings from Seal’s début to Wendy and Lisa’s ‘Eroica’ to Rain Tree Crow and Sylvian/Fripp’s ‘The First Day.’ Even Kenny Loggins was in with his earthly observations on 1991’s ‘Leap of Faith’ while Toni Childs did similar with her…read more

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Steve Hogarth: Here There and Everywhere

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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 have been Do-Re-Mi and it…read more

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