RANTS & REFLECTIONS

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY – Marvel or Drivel?

Given that I was such an impressionable youth, it surprises me still how unmoved I was at seeing Queen perform ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ for the first time on Top of the Pops in November 1975. Watching the BBC Documentary entitled ‘The Making of Bohemian…
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SHOP WORN – Bob Geldof gives his audience a dressing down……………………….

It was hard for me to stifle a laugh when I read reports of Bob Geldof castigating the audience at a rock festival last year for what they were wearing – taking a fuming dislike apparently to the Primark attire…
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MY WORD IS MY (John) BOND

Among the many unsavoury aspects of Sam Allardyce leaving the post of England Manager was the disrespect shown to his predecessor Roy Hodgson. Having the same texture skin as a rhinoceros is one prerequisite of a high-profile football  manager, but the…
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NO LAUGHING MATTER – Situation Comedy and Serious Situations.

With the death of actor Gordon Kaye earlier this year various television channels have been showing repeats of ”Allo Allo’!’ the situation comedy in which Kaye took the starring role. It was a programme I never found remotely funny so if you…
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IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR – in 1971 rock music reaches its peak.

Career peaks for Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Joni Mitchell and Rod Stewart – in 1971 popular music reached its high water mark. On a recent flight to Alicante from the UK I read a magazine article making the case for 1966 being…
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AWAY THE LAD – A Tribute to Rodney Bewes (1937-2017)

  Waking this morning to news Rodney Bewes had died aged 79 brought realisation he was an actor I had watched (admittedly in one particular role) virtually my entire life. Without question he will be best remembered for his portrayal of Bob…
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PRAYERS ANSWERED – Gretchen Peters gives an almighty performance at the Union Chapel.

Early in her stellar set at the Union Chapel, Islington this week Gretchen Peters told the audience: ‘I’d forgotten how much freakin’ fun this is.’ In London for her only UK performance of 2017 and first in Britain for eighteen months, that comment could have…
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HEY HO! LET’S KNOW! – WHY IS EVERY OTHER TEENAGER I SEE WEARING A RAMONES TEE-SHIRT?

My Mum often uses the phrase ‘there’s nothing new under the sun.’ Living as I do on the Costa Blanca it is an expression that regularly enters my head these days – particularly when I see teenagers of all nationalities wearing Ramones tee-shirts….
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