Hooray! Back on the air!
arts / BCB / Broadcasts / classical / Classical Hour / jazz / Media / Movietime / music / Radio / Swing Easy

Hooray! Back on the air!


And Artistry Jumps! (Not actually Stan Kenton, but a good rendition of Stan the Man’s chart.) Since Ofcom rules bar community radio broadcasters from being involved in political action (shame!) I had to come off the air during the General Election. Now, whatever you might think of the electoral result, I hope you’ll welcome me … 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

Activism / Against Religions / arts / Austerity / BBC / BCB / Blues / Boycott Amazon / Bradford / Broadcasts / Christianity / Church / classical / Classical Hour / ConDems / Council / Drama / eBooks / Film / Film4 / folk / Gospel / Graphic arts / Islam / Israel / Israeli Settlements / jazz / Jesus / Judaism / Labour Party / Liberation Radio / Media / Morning Star / Movietime / music / Netflix / Odeon / Palestine / Parkinson's / Personal / poetry / Politics / Religion / rock / Russia / Save the National Media Museum / songwriting / St Paul's / Swing Easy / Telegraph & Arus / TV / Weather / Westfield / wet / windy / writing

Come back tomorrow . . .


… for the best and worst of 2013. Next day for 2014 hopes and fears. Happy New Year! Though the images in the slideshow above may not all come from the past year, they are all relevant to what happened during that year for me. Continue reading

Activism / Against Religions / arts / Austerity / BBC / BCB / blog / Blues / Boycott Amazon / Bradford / Broadcasts / Christianity / Church / classical / Classical Hour / ConDems / Council / Drama / eBooks / Electronic / Evolution / Film / Film4 / folk / Google / Gospel / Islam / Israel / jazz / Judaism / Liberation Radio / Media / Movietime / music / my songs / Odeon / Palestine / Parkinson's / Personal / poetry / Politics / Punk / Religion / rock / Round Table / Save the National Media Museum / songs / songwriting / St Paul's / Swing Easy / TV / Weather / Westfield / wet / windy / Witnesses to Glory / WordPress / writing

A 2013 slideshow


Continue reading

Activism / arts / Christianity / Church / classical / Germany / music / Politics / Religion

Advent Calendar – December 5


Please come back tomorrow for another posting in my Advent calendar BEETHOVEN:¬†Ode to Joy From the ninth movement of his 9th (Choral) symphony. Joy, bright spark of divinity, Daughter of Elysium, Fire-inspired we tread Thy sanctuary. Thy magic power re-unites All that custom has divided, All men become brothers Under the sway of thy gentle … Continue reading

arts / BCB / Broadcasts / classical / Classical Hour / music

BCB Classics, Nov 4, 2013


Music from the former USSR Babi Yar Official Nazi photographs of the Babi Yar killings On September 19, 1941 the Wehrmacht occupied Kiev. The city was criss-crossed with trenches and barricades, and everyone was expecting a pitched battle such as was to devastate Stalingrad. Instead, the Soviet forces vanished; no one knew they had secretly … Continue reading