From the daily archives:

Friday, April 5, 2013

Grand National Tips

April 5, 2013

40 horses and four and a half miles long – yes, of course, it is the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree tomorrow (due to recent events, I would have loved to have seen Tesco sponsor the Grand National). I love the Grand National. I am not alone. The grand old race still resonates for […]

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Songs To Learn and Sing Golden Years #7: 2012

April 5, 2013

Again, I am a little late in posting this.  But with my posting of Lianne La Havas’s Age, 2012 became the seventh year to have had 20 songs featured in Songs To Learn and Sing, following 1967, 1969, 1980, 1977, 2011 and 1979.   At the time of writing it is at 22 songs.    It is […]

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Who Are The True Enemies Of The People?

April 5, 2013

I’m not entirely comfortable with the idea of Class War – when I was at University I always had a sneaking suspicion that those proposing the rise of the working classes against the ‘bosses’ were more often than not speaking at the ‘working class’ rather than for them – but, as George East rightly pointed […]

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#1: Thought for the Day: The Haves and the Have-Nots

April 5, 2013
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Great Political Speeches #2: Neil Kinnock’s Warning

April 5, 2013

Having been inspired by Charlie East-West’s post of the great Jimmy Reid’s speech from 1972,   Neil Kinnock’s famous words in the days before Margaret Thatcher’s landslide victory in the 1983 General Election came to mind.  It is hard to think of any other end to a speech that proved to be so prescient and which has such […]

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#661: 2010, The Divine Comedy, Down In The Street Below

April 5, 2013

I am here to address a scandalous oversight on the All That’s Left / Songs to Learn and Sing catalogue – the complete lack of any songs from The Divine Comedy. The Divine Comedy are one of those bands that have stayed with me throughout my entire adult life. I first came across The Divine […]

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