From Saturday’s FT. I always enjoy “The Inventory” section in the weekend magazine but this one more than most. I thought I would share.
(With apologies to Roger McGough, plus any excuse to play Steely Dan) Got up, had breakfast. Showered and had a shave. Read the Black Friday offers in my in-box. Deleted the Black Friday offers in my in-box. Had another shave.
….when it was announced that Eddie Van Halen had died from metastatic throat cancer at the age of 65…his death marked the end of a 20-year battle against cancer that, as he told Billboard in 2015, included a partial removal of his tongue (partial glossectomy) for tongue cancer. The cancer had already spread to his throat and esophagusContinue reading “Eddie Van Halen’s death from oral cancer”
Here is the poster from the Bath Festival of Blues held on Saturday June 28th 1969. This day long festival begat the “Bath Festival Of Blues and Progressive Rock” held at the Bath and West Showground over a weekend in 1970. The idea impressed a young farmer called Michael Eavis who held his own festival, Glastonbury,Continue reading “Peter Green RIP”
The last Saturday in June 1969 was the 28th of the month, it was the day after I had finished my O-level exams. Ahead of me was a long summer, some holidays in West Cork where the seeds of my current residence were sowed, 4 weeks clerical work at SWEB and a return to “theContinue reading “50 years ago today – Bath Blues – Teenage Dreams So Hard to Beat”
I was up and about in plenty of time to be one of the first to cast their vote in the referendum this morning. It is obviously a serious subject and not one that people tend to discuss too much in public. I am not going to share an opinion in this place except toContinue reading “Get that wasp off my sandwich”
“The challenge is staying alive, dying is easy.” Joe Walsh (who celebrated his 70th birthday on Nov 20th)
I somehow managed to miss out on tickets for the forthcoming Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers gigs, they were on my musical bucket list and will have to remain there. It was with great sadness that I read of the death of Walter Becker. The tributes will flow from those who are far more entitled to commentContinue reading “Walter Becker RIP”
“Music, when done right, is undeniable. It doesn’t matter what the critics say, it doesn’t matter what you believed yesterday, it doesn’t matter what your friends have to say, you’re immediately infected, the sound just makes you feel good, puts a smile on your face, makes you glad to be alive.” Full article here –Continue reading “Lefsetz on George Michael…”
In the week of David Bowie’s death there has been much outpouring of grief. Someone said to me on Tuesday, “ever since Diana the British seem to have taken to weeping and mass emotion after the death of someone / anyone famous”. A trifle cynical perhaps Mr B, but I don’t disagree. Here is theContinue reading “Look out your window I can see his light…”