From the daily archives:

Friday, December 30, 2011

Sad To See You Leaving 2011: Elizabeth Taylor

December 30, 2011

By the time she died in March this year she was a slightly absurd figure and had been so for three decades or more.  Overly made up, overly jewelled up, the Queen of conspicuous consumption – an appropriate friend for that most ridiculous of all megastars of recent years, Michael Jackson.  It is not surprising […]

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#367: 1981, Spandau Ballet, Chant No. 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)

December 30, 2011

Yes, Spandau Ballet. Read it again – S P A N D A U BALLET!! We’ve had every genre on our Songs To Learn To Sing – but, we’ve not had any New Romantic. Now whether we like it or not, those of us on this website started our musical educations at a time when […]

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West Country Boundary Changes Part 3: Dorset and Wiltshire

December 30, 2011

For the third in our series looking at the Boundary Commission’s proposals for Parliamentary constituencies in South West England, I’m turning to Dorset and Wiltshire.  The commission has linked these two counties in its review, and reduced the number of seats there from fifteen to fourteen by creating a constituency crossing the border between the two.  The […]

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George East’s Top Ten Gigs of 2011

December 30, 2011

It is that time of year again.  Time for reviews and lists and top tens and what not.       Like last year my first top ten list will be  my favourite gigs of the year.  albums and films will follow.   2011 was a great year for live music – with some truly top drawer gigs.   Indeed […]

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West Country Boundary Changes part 2: Greater Bristol and Somerset

December 30, 2011

For the second part of my look at the proposed boundary changes in the South West, I’m taking a look at Somerset and the former county of Avon.  These currently have 16 constituencies between them and would keep that number under the proposals.  The current state of play is shown on the map below. Although […]

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