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Tom Chaplin – Brilliant

Tom Chaplin – Brilliant

This week, actually on Thursday 11th May 2017, Helen and I went to the Sage Music Centre in Gateshead to see Tom Chaplin in concert. Tom, if you don’t know, was the lead singer of the UK band Keane, who had hits with songs like ‘This Is The Last...
We’ve come a very long way

We’ve come a very long way

Back in the early 1960’s, music underwent a transformation. We had already moved away from the days of big bands and crooners, through skiffle and rock ‘n’ roll, to the start of something that is still with us now, and always will be, popular music....
We like Gogglebox but ..

We like Gogglebox but ..

Channel Four is, in my opinion, the best TV channel in the UK. They make the best documentaries on British TV, and have some of the most innovative and entertaining programmes. Who would have thought ‘Countdown’ would still be on TV today! ‘Sunday...
Is this a children’s book author?

Is this a children’s book author?

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that J K Rowling’s first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, is a dark and somewhat depressing novel dealing with adult themes. Depressing themes such as drug addition, self-abuse, teenage sex, death – and...
If I could start again ..

If I could start again ..

The irony of it is not lost on me. Just a couple of weeks ago Helen and I went to a party for my good friend Paddy MacDee, to celebrate his forty years in the radio industry in the North East. The great and the good, and the not so good, of North East broadcasting...
Still some quality about

Still some quality about

The demise of British radio is very sad, but perhaps it’s had its day. I feel lucky to have worked in the radio industry during the ‘good days’. The 1970’s – 1990’s were the good days when radio was vibrant, fun and creative. In the...