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Summer Holidays….

….Took a few days R&R last week – a busman’s holiday to be precise, which I’ll try and report on in next couple of days. Stay cool…....
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Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

I know a few people who would like to issue a fresh Declaration of Independence right now – and I count among them the significant majority of American residents who...
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Tied, True, Tested and Blue

The last time I saw garage rock cu(l)ties the Detroit Cobras, it was at Southpaw in Brooklyn, about 300 yards from my old house. This past Friday the group played...
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Days Like This

I’ve been leaning heavily on my local library system these last few months, using the power of the internet and the massive Mid-Hudson Library catalog to order up CDs, DVDs,...
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Jarvis: Still the Working Class Hero?

The man who, fronting Pulp over a decade ago, brought us ‘Common People’, still perhaps the finest piece of poetry ever written about the English obsession with the English Working...
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Red Wine Round-Up

Nothing like the hottest day of the year so far to post some red wine reviews… but if you pump up the barbeque in New York State tonight you could...
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The Sound of Silence

Tune your computer to your favorite Internet radio station today and you may find yourself listening, not to music, but to silence. To protest the new royalty rates set by...
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Gill-igan’s Island

Sunday’s NY Times printed a couple of Op-Ed essays from prominent Brits, examining Tony Blair’s legacy. A. A. Gill, in discussing why Blair leaves office “loathed, mocked and despised,” turned...
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