2020 vision

So, here we are in 2020. What will this new decade bring? Will it be the Roaring Twenties, as it was 100 years ago? Or another Jazz Age? That would be nice. More seriously, though it can be foolish to make predictions, I imagine much of the decade will be – or should be –Continue reading “2020 vision”

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Back to Glasgow for the concert of a lifetime

The latest trip for Mrs Brown (Kathie Touin) and I took us back to Glasgow – for our second visit of 2018 – to see Paul McCartney in concert. Kathie had seen him before, many years ago in the States, but I had never seen Paul, or any of The Beatles. It was a fantastic,Continue reading “Back to Glasgow for the concert of a lifetime”

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Back to vinyl? You’ll have to speak up, I got beans in my ears…

If you are a music listener you have probably noticed the “back to vinyl” trend of recent years. Fans of vinyl, or records as we once called them, say the sound quality is better than on a CD and the artwork is better realised on a larger platform. However, despite having a large and stillContinue reading “Back to vinyl? You’ll have to speak up, I got beans in my ears…”

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Smelling the roses of Lancashire and Yorkshire

Who Knows Where The Time Goes? A song by Sandy Denny. And in these parts time has been evaporating at an alarming rate. I’m about to depart on another trip and I still haven’t blogged the previous one. So here goes… Here are some impressions of a recent trip to the north of England toContinue reading “Smelling the roses of Lancashire and Yorkshire”

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The Day I Met An Avenger – or – Happy Birthday Patrick Macnee

Parental advisory: contains strong language (but not until near the end). In a few weeks’ time it will be five years since my wife Kathie Touin and I moved to Orkney – it hardly seems possible, the time has flown by. Some of you will know that before Orkney I worked at the BBC – inContinue reading “The Day I Met An Avenger – or – Happy Birthday Patrick Macnee”

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Your mother should know

Hipsters of a certain generation will recognise “Your Mother Should Know” as the title of a song by The Beatles which featured in their much-criticised-but-fun-in-a-silly-way film Magical Mystery Tour. To be truthful this blog has little to do with the song, other than providing a snappy title, but for those who do not know theContinue reading “Your mother should know”

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The Swinging Sixties – really?

It’s a familiar theme on British TV documentaries, so often portrayed and referred to that we assume it must be correct in all details: the Swinging Sixties. This was the time when all the music pouring out of Radio Caroline and other pirate radio stations was hip, revolutionary and exciting, there was free love, theContinue reading “The Swinging Sixties – really?”

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