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Part the First of my eBook “Fagin Returns” is out


Part the First of my sequel to Oliver Twist, “Of Vengeance and pork pies”, can now be downloaded for 0.99USD/0.99GBP from http://bit.ly/FaginReturns-1. A slightly different version will soon be available in Kindle format from Amazon. In these introductory chapters we meet the following characters from the tale: Abraham Fagin (AKA Cohen), who escaped execution after being sentenced … Continue reading

Something missing indeed
arts / Drama / jazz / music / opera

Something missing indeed


ROH and the Verfremdungseffekt “There’s something missing,” sang Kurt Streit as Jimmy McIntyre in the Royal Opera House presentation of Bert Brecht and Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the city of Mahagonny. He was right. What was missing was any acknowledgment of what differentiates this work from the run-of-the-mill productions we usually see on the … Continue reading

New jazz albums I like
arts / jazz / music

New jazz albums I like


Best-selling new jazz albums in Amazon’s Digital Music Store. Emily Saunders Outsiders Insiders | Format: MP3 Download Price: £6.99 Rhonda Thomas Vinyl Daze  | Format: MP3 DownloadPrice: £6.49 Courtney Pine Song (The Ballad Book) | Format: MP3 DownloadPrice: £7.49 Video Games Live Level 4 | Format: MP3 Download Price: £7.49 Buddy Rich Birdland | Format: … Continue reading

Adjust Netflix subtitles
arts / Media / Netflix / TV

Adjust Netflix subtitles


Originally posted on CTRL-V:
Thanks to a combination of teenage rock’n’roll, Israeli stun grenades, and age – I am 84, after all – I need subtitles for my TV viewing. Any show that doesn’t provide subtitles is shut down, sharpish. Netflix provides subtitles, but the default is so small they can’t really be read on…

Candlemas – a poem, two chapters from Witnesses to Glory, and a Candlemas Carol
Christianity / Church

Candlemas – a poem, two chapters from Witnesses to Glory, and a Candlemas Carol


I lifted my eyes to the altar and it seemed as if my life was now complete, that here was the reason for the denial of my prayers for death, that the long tick-tock years had led to this point, when a child’s blood would seal the promise that had made it possible for me to carry on, when faith stretched thin and almost to breaking.
. . .
I looked in his eyes, so wise, serene as his mother’s, and it was like a reassurance, that this too would pass, and no cup was so deep it couldn’t be emptied, especially when these lips did the drinking, taking the poison from out of our world, returning us to that moment before the sin that drove us out of paradise.

I spoke it out, though words are inadequate for what I saw was about to happen in this child’s life, and how it would change us all. But weak as words are, they had to be said. Continue reading

Demis Roussos RIP
arts / Media / music

Demis Roussos RIP


Artemios Ventouris “Demis” Roussos (Greek: Αρτέμιος “Ντέμης” Βεντούρης Ρούσσος) June 15, 1946 – January 25, 2015 ♦ Pictures by Karl Dallas It was a strange gig for me, since I’d never been what you could call a big fan of Aphrodite’s Child – though I quite liked Vangelis, especially his music for Bladerunner. When my friend Denis, … Continue reading

Honouring the Prophet in the snow, January 17 2015
Activism / Church / Gaza / Islam / Israel / Jesus / Media / Palestine / Politics / Weather

Honouring the Prophet in the snow, January 17 2015


It was announced as an inter-faith gathering. And while the majority of the several hundred who gathered in Bradford’s Centenary Square as the thermometer plunged to below zero were undoubtedly Muslim, there were at least two Christians and even one atheist of my acquaintance who had responded to the call to honour the Prophet. While … Continue reading

This is the first item in my shop
Consuming passions / webstore

This is the first item in my shop


Bluetooth Smartwatch for £14.19 Product Details Key Features Connectivity:Bluetooth3.0 Supported Operation System:Android, iOS Smartphone Assistant:Message Control, Media Control, Hands-Free Calls Fitness & Wellness:Alarm Clock, Find My Device, Stopwatch, Timer, Activity Tracker Entertainment:Audio Specifications General Brand Rwatch Operating System Other Languages Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Turkish, Swedish, Italian,German, French, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, English, Thai Services … Continue reading

Help to fund upgrade to the Periscope app
Android / arts / computing / Periscope / Projects / Video links / Video streaming / Videocasts

Help to fund upgrade to the Periscope app


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♦ Go to crowdfunding website. FROM TO Periscope, the video-streaming app on iOS and Android devices, is undoubtedly the success of the century – but it has some serious failings, which we plan to address. The figures speak for themselves. Four months after it launched on March 26, 2015, on August…

Activism / Austerity / Labour Party / movies / Politics

Jeremy Thorpe in Bradford, August 7, 2012


As part of his triumphant campaign for the Labour leadership, Jeremy Corbyn, MP, came to Bradford, where the Independent Labour Party was formed in 1893. He addressed an crowd of nearly a thousand for just over half an hour. His speech was filmed using EE’s new ActionCam. This is the first of two 15-minute extracts … Continue reading