From the daily archives:

Sunday, August 7, 2011

#250: 1956, Bo Diddley, Who Do You Love?

August 7, 2011

  As Songs To Learn and Sing reaches a quarter of the way to four figures, it is time to go back to the year that rock n roll went from being a relatively small and potentially temporary musical movement to a global phenomenon with Elvis Presley’s RCA debut, Heartbreak Hotel  – which was, of course,  our […]

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Week 31: Hero – Gabrielle Giffords

August 7, 2011

This weeks Hero is Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Member of the House of Representatives for Arizona’s 8th District. Ok, some may baulk at the melodrama of Gabrielle Giffords’ unsteady walk into the Chamber of Congress to cast her vote in favour of Barrack Obama’s deal to increase the debt ceiling – but, there are times when […]

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Week 31: Villain – President Asad of Syria

August 7, 2011

This Week’s Villain of the Week is President Bashar al-Asad of Syria Back on 12 June 2011 I wrote that events in Syria were looking worryingly like they did in 1982 when the then President of Syria, Hafez Al-Asad ordered the tanks into the northern city of Hama with under the pretext of crushing an […]

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#249: 1982, The Pretenders, My City Was Gone

August 7, 2011

As I said in my last post, I’m in Chicago at the moment at the time that the economic news has got grim. Grabbing a cup of tea this afternoon in Cafe Descartes on Michigan Avenue (Motto: I Drink Therefore I Am), I heard this song come on the radio. Whilst I agree with Ray North’s […]

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Sub-Standard and Poor

August 7, 2011

Mr South: Guv, I’m off on holiday. Mr East: You what?!?! Who said you could have that? Where on earth do you think you’re you gallivanting off to? Mr South: The States, Guv. Mr East: Fine – just as long as you don’t stop blogging like Ray did.  A bit of coverage of stuff out […]

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