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We only had about four cock-ups

Here is the final Eurovision Song Contest clip of the week. This one relates to a post I wrote a couple of weeks ago about a disastrous One O’clock News, because this also features the talkback from the director. Stewart Morris seems to be having a bit of a bad day at the office during […]

Euro-vision

It is the Eurovision Song Contest this week. I have to admit to quite enjoying the Eurovision Song Contest. It is a good excuse to post this brilliant Belgian effort from 1980 — Euro-vision by Telex. Telex said they had hoped to finish last. But they were thwarted by Greece, Portugal and the UK, whose […]

The Seasons

The Seasons is one of those albums widely talked about but seldom heard. I guess you could call it a cult classic. “Discovered” in charity shops about a decade ago, this album has grown in stature but has remained unavailable — until now. Trunk Records (who else?) have managed to sort out a proper reissue. Originally […]

The music of The Tomorrow People

Recently, I finally managed to get my hands on The Tomorrow People, a CD of music from the 1970s ITV programme. I’ve been meaning to buy it for years. The majority of the music on this CD is from a library album, ESL 104. This contained music by David Vorhaus, Nikki St George and Li […]

Snow

I was looking on YouTube for music by Daphne Oram, the pioneering electronic musician who invented the Oramics machine. What I found was this fabulous film called Snow. Daphne Oram contributed electronic effects to the music by Johnny Hawksworth. The film is by Geoffrey Jones. Here’s what the BFI has to say about it: Comprising […]

A bit more on brutalism

There was a bit of feedback on the brutalism post that I wanted to share, as well as an article I was already aware of that didn’t quite fit into the original post. First up, this interesting article in the Guardian that defends brutalism. It is an interesting viewpoint. I would also recommend reading the […]

New towns

I have been looking at some old films about new towns. I am always fascinated by these films. Their unflinching optimism is striking. Was the hope matched by the reality? Probably not. From 1948, this is Charley in New Town. Even better is this beaming appraisal of newly-built Stevanage, made in 1959. I particularly love […]

Rediscovering the Woolworths Virtual Museum

Back when I was a student (and for a little while after I graduated), I worked for Woolworths. I was there from 2006 right until the shutters came down for the last time on 6 January 2009. Working at Woolworths during the closing down sale was one of the most extraordinary periods of my life. […]