From the daily archives:

Monday, December 19, 2011

#357: 1966, Simon & Garfunkel, Scarborough Fair/Canticle

December 19, 2011

I grew up with Simon and Garfunkel and this is one of the first songs I can ever remember hearing – the harmonies are unforgettable and the images that are conjured up of a journey to a fair (which come from a traditional English poem that became a folk song) resonated in my childish consciousness. […]

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‘Festive’ Back Of The Net With Ray North

December 19, 2011

I was down my local the other night and got talking to this elf – he was a bit down after being laid off due to cuts (bless him though, he still wouldn’t have a word said against Nick Clegg), anyway, after a couple of lagers (elves are notoriously bad at taking their ale), he […]

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#356: 1981, REM, Radio Free Europe

December 19, 2011

The deaths in two days of Christopher Hitchens and Vaclav Havel brought REM’s first single to mind.  Both Hitchens and Havel were known for their uncompromising stands against authoritarianism.  In Havel’s case this led to imprisonment after the Soviet Union crushed the Prague Spring in 1968.  In the case of Hitchens, even when he was […]

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