Between 2015-2019, I wrote a series of (mostly) real life stories from the record shop that I worked in at the time. Included here – all in one place for the first time – is the complete anthology.
This is will be our final visit to the record shop. “But why?” Because it’s not my daily day any more. On the 1stJune we finally closed the shop. (If you would like to read our reasons behind the decision, you can find our closing statement here). This final blogContinue reading “Tales From a Record Shop – The Final One”
Well, hi there. It’s been a while. (About 205 days, I think, if I’ve been counting right.) Let’s get straight on, shall we. I’ve got another little tale to tell. And this time it’s not very funny . . . The focus on writing about daily life in a recordContinue reading “Tales From A Record Shop #10”
Hello. So why on earth would I have Mary Berry as the poster girl for my A Year of Songs for 2018? How could she be relevant? Let’s just get straight to it, shall we . . . Idles: Well Done This band. They’ve done amazingly well, and they fully deserve it.Continue reading “Tales From A Record Shop: Here’s Where The Story Ends – A Year of Songs”
When you add up a year of days, so much can change. Here are some of the songs that helped to inspire my year.
A tale with a twist . . .
F is for Fib.
Fathers & Daughters – Pimping out your progeny.
M is for Muppet.
Ah, they all come out at Christmas. Time for a light-hearted festive diggle.
I’ve been listening to a lot of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs recently. I’ve often fantasised as to what songs and items I would choose to be stranded with. I mean, how do you even begin to choose what songs to take with you when there’s a lifetime’s supply, andContinue reading “So, I Was Stranded On This Desert Island . . .”
Separating reality from fiction (and a potential lawsuit for defaming the world’s foremost violinist . . .)
An enlightening real life story of talking about sex and pornography to an old man.
Theft and a mind-bogglingly honest thief (sort of).
Stealing in plain sight: How not to get away with it . . .
An easy target for the freaks. Come one and come all . . .
In a world where there is so little given for free, except for the odd cup of tea if you collect enough storecard points (and thanks, but I’ll have coffee please, if that’s okay; and a piece of this tasty-looking cake – never mind paying for a good slice o’Continue reading “For The Love Of Good Music: Local And Live 2015 – Uniting A Town”
The British music scene is in a pretty happy place right now. New artists like Hozier, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Lucy Rose are achieving massive international acclaim, and rightly so. Blur returned with a triumphant new album, less than a year after Damon Albarn released his incredible debut solo LP,Continue reading “The British Music Scene: Alive And Well . . . And Kicking Butt”