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“Live my days, instead of counting my years”

Earlier this month, 1966 was one of the featured years on an edition of BBC Radio 2’s “Pick of the Pops”. I’ll be specific: it was on Saturday 6 August, and the broadcast is available, here, until 6 September 2022. It’s well worth a listen. There are many highlights, including #1s by Small Faces (“All… Continue reading “Live my days, instead of counting my years”

Home life · Notes from West London · Trivia

“The family that quizzes together …”

You may have heard the old expression, “The family that prays together stays together”. I had never heard of it when I came across this alternative take, the tagline to Roger Corman’s 1970 movie “Bloody Mama”: “The family that slays together stays together”. It was the kind of low-budget cult classic that played regularly at… Continue reading “The family that quizzes together …”

Notes from West London

The 4-Ring Man, in pictures (Part 5, July 2020–May 2022)

I return to the theme of the “The 4-Ring Man”, originally covered in this piece from 2018. Since then I have occasionally posted photographs of what remains when you drink a pint of beer (usually Guinness), along with examples of how we deal with empty crisp packets. There are links to those earlier pieces below.… Continue reading The 4-Ring Man, in pictures (Part 5, July 2020–May 2022)

Advice · Notes from West London

“I tried it once and I didn’t like it”

You might be familiar with the quote that begins “Try everything once except …” It is attributed to the conductor Sir Thomas Beecham. You could always come up with suggestions of your own to complete the sentence. The original advice was “Try everything once … except Morris dancing and incest”, and I am happy to… Continue reading “I tried it once and I didn’t like it”