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A Lyrical Oasis: Bomberg’s Dinora

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BOMBERG’S DINORA Just looking You can almost smell the sienna. Mystique as musky essence alcoves. Dinora herself transforms into arabesque. This is how the Mona Lisa should have looked No pretensions. Dinora image retouched by KH specifically for this blog. The London ‘musky alcove’ image was taken in Wapping in 2008. Read my other blog on David Bomberg here. Read about Lyrical Oasis here. From A Lyrical Oasis

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The List: February

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2 February: Simple Minds – Walk Between Worlds released 2018 4 February: Sri Lanka – Independence Day 1948 5 February: Everything But the Girl – The Language of Life released 1990 National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon released 1993 6 February: New Zealand – Waitangi Day 1840 Simple Minds – Sparkle in the Rain released 1984 7 February: Grenada – Independence Day 1974 Simple Minds – Good News From the Next World released 1995 11 February: Japan – National Foundation Day 660BC Vatican City 1929 Iran – Victory of Islamic Rev 1979…read more

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The List: January

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As promised, to celebrate my 50th year I’ll be posting (per month) some (anything and anyone I can remember) of the cultural shenanigans I’ve been fortunate to see, hear and visit (and those I want to visit) as well as national days. Note I have been unable to get dates for some of my intended entries. I am old enough to remember saying goodbye to the 1970’s and here we are 40 years later. Welcome to the future! 1 January: Haiti – Independence Day 1804 Sudan – Independence Day 1956…read more

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No-Man: Urban Disco

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DICK WHITTINGTON Near the end of 1988, Steven suggested that no-man become the main musical focus for both of us, So in October 1988 I headed Dick Whittington style to the nation’s capital (sans cat). – from Tim’s Speak blog (abbreviated mix by moi)… In the run up to No-Man’s first new album in over a decade and my unexpected return to Blighty, I decided to construct a blog about Tim Bowness‘s time in London. As we can see from the excerpts Tim’s London begins in Autumn 1988 and lasts…read more

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A-ha: A Lifeline from the Dark

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In my Subshine review I begin with A-ha and it’s pretty amazing I haven’t given them the full works so continuing the Norwegian theme here goes…. TAKING ON A-HA November 1985, as I stare forlorn into the crackling bonfire just over the chest high wall in the wilds of the local pub’s garden there was only one thing going through my mind. That melody, That video. It was of course Take on Me – then on its third release and finally a hit. This time we were all taking notice….read more

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Perry Blake: Songs of Faith and Devotion

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DREAMING OF PRAISE Yes that title is intentionally ironic as much as the actual title Songs of Praise is. In my last Perry blog I suggested I’d rather see some art on his album sleeves and lo and behold he has done exactly that. It stands out like a sore thumb as much as Nomad does in my own catalogue so let’s start there. If albums could borrow other albums covers this one would probably be New Gold Dream. Why? It’s all to do with colour, the pastel shades of…read more

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Steve Jansen: Quiet Life Through Quiet Windows

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*this blog includes an affiliate link BEYOND JAPAN When a band splits, it’s a little easier to see what one member brings to the table unless, that is, the band is JAPAN; a bunch of musicians as multi-faceted as their very existence. Drummer Steve Jansen’s history and output is no less complex. Indeed he is much much more than just a master of the kit and is also a competent producer, mixer, engineer, poet and photographer. I’ve avoided a Jansen blog for some time because when you think of his discography…read more

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Perry Blake: Lonesome Traveller

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THE SALMON OF MY PERRY KNOWLEDGE *This blog contains affiliate links. ‘You must be a big fan of Perry Blake’ says the French store assistant in English on my asking about something Japan related. ‘Umm yeah’ I say having only heard of him because Steve Jansen played on (at that time) Perry’s latest recording Still Life. Though I’m also aware of his first album which had some media coverage in the UK music press and several promo singles (Genevieve and The Hunchback of San Francisco) had found their way into various record…read more

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Cardiff: Transport Futurology

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*This piece was originally written in July 2014 whilst still in China. In 2018 I returned to Cardiff and was able to shoot new imagery of the revamped stations at Queen Street and Central. The words remain relevant as the South Wales metro region is set to be revitalised by the newly formed Transport for Wales who replace Arriva Trains Wales. CARDIFF FUTUROLOGY In the wake of the Manic Street Preachers release Futurology I decided to add my comments on the upcoming plans for ‘our’ Cardiff (if you don’t know…read more

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Cardiff: Kizuna Japan Design Exhibition

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JAPANESE WHISPERS Having always had a thing for JAPAN (the country as well as the band) my timing back home could not have been better for the KIZUNA design exhibition at the National Museum. Kizuna meaning a bond or link between people relates to the relationship between Wales and Japan whose connections date back at least 400 years. Of course I was tinged with sadness on completing the questionnaire having to answer the question ‘Have You Ever Been to Japan?’ With a no, having come so close in China yet…read more

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