Filed: Music

Rolling Rice Krispies

I’ve embarked on my fourth round of ABC Wednesday, deciding this time to focus on people, famous or otherwise, and interesting things you may not know about them.

For example, did you know that Bob Dylan tried his hand at acting in the UK early in his career, appearing in a BBC play, Madhouse on Castle Street, in 1962? Perhaps you did, but it was news to me. Read more ›››

B is for Backing Britain

Although I mean to focus on interesting individuals from the past for this round of ABC Wednesday, this post is about an entire nation who briefly joined the I’m Backing Britain campaign of 1968.

It was a time with echoes of today − the economy was weak, the national debt was high and Britain was a country full of anxiety and despondency. Read more ›››

Ginormous Trickeration

Pretty well everyone I know has a pet hate about the use and misuse of the English language. (I can’t speak, or speak for, other languages, but I suspect the same annoyance will apply.)

I have lots. For example, using the word ‘gate’ as a suffix to indicate some level of conspiracy, as in Camillagate, Svengate, Climategate, Shilpagate and even Nipplegate. Read more ›››

Gridding His Loins

Jack the Giant Terrier

Our dog, Jack, is around 13 years old which means he’s getting on a bit. The trouble is, he doesn’t know it, despite his eyesight not being quite what it was.

It was such a lovely day yesterday that Mrs P took him out for a walk, from Broadbottom up to Coombes Edge where you get an impressive 360° views across the Cheshire and Derbyshire landscape. Read more ›››

Do the Hokey Pokey

I must be feeling extremely content because not a thing has occured to me that I felt I must post about. Not one.

Perhaps it’s just that I have finally unwound over the Christmas holiday, but more likely it’s because I’ve been immersed in the world of Skyrim. Read more ›››

V is for Victoria, Vineyards and Vuvuzela

Kudu Horn

My first V from Cape Town is the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a very colourful place as you can see from the ladies who had been singing with their choir.

And it is Victoria and Alfred, not Victoria and Albert. Construction on the harbour was begun by Prince Alfred in 1860, the first basin being named after him and the second after his mother, Queen Victoria. Read more ›››

Seven Little Girls

Continuing my trip down memory lane that I started yesterday, here is another song from the Christmas pantomimes of my youth.

This one may have been in 1959 when Paul Evans got to number 25 in the UK singles charts with Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat. Read more ›››

There’s a Hole in my Bucket

A combination of things got me coming over all nostalgic yesterday. I was in the garage to get out the Christmas tree and decorations when I noticed there was a puddle of water on the shelf.

The roof developed a leak a few weeks ago and not been very keen or adept at DIY, my solution was to put a bucket beneath to catch the drips. Read more ›››