Plain English: The life and times of a comedy legend

Arthur English is quite probably Aldershot Football Club’s most well-known celebrity fan. And as a fan of the sitcom Are You Being Served and with his passing being almost a quarter of a century ago, I wanted to find out more about the comedy legend and publish it here on Calling The Shots for fellow fans to read. Because while he may be best known … Continue reading Plain English: The life and times of a comedy legend

The Cumbrian Weekender

This post will timeline my weekend in Barrow-in-Furness, taking in of course the glamourous appeal of a football match between top-of-the-table Barrow AFC and sixth-bottom Aldershot Town. I will update it (including the match report on Saturday) so that it will be a scroll down job top to bottom for readers. To add, Barrow fans reading this that are miffed about the slagging on ShotsWeb, … Continue reading The Cumbrian Weekender

A rebellious jukebox: My ten favourite songs by The Fall

20p a play, five plays for a quid as I remember but jukeboxes were really more of a seventies thing. Hard to imagine finding “Cab It Up!” in the late eighties when the pop world was all Stock, Aitken and Waterman. Coincidentally, the flipside to”Cab It Up!” was Deadbdeat Decendent, actually one of my very early Fall listens upon buying (on vinyl of course) the … Continue reading A rebellious jukebox: My ten favourite songs by The Fall

Copenhagen v Malmo: Tensions high in ‘The Bridge’ derby

When TV cop Saga Noren speeds across the Oresund Bridge to Copenhagen it is often a matter of life and death. When Malmo FF make the same journey on Thursday it will be much more important than that. For decades, fans of the Swedish club have dreamt of a first European away trip to their near neighbours FC Copenhagen and the chance to knock the … Continue reading Copenhagen v Malmo: Tensions high in ‘The Bridge’ derby

Responsible Child: BBC TWO, 16/12/2019

A quite brilliant, gripping drama. And I cried. Responsible Child is the story of Ray, a 12 year-old boy on trial for murder. Ray (Billy Barratt) and his 23 year-old brother Nathan (James Tarpey) are arrested after stabbing their mother’s partner. Whatever the circumstances that have led a child to kill, the law is clear: the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales is … Continue reading Responsible Child: BBC TWO, 16/12/2019

On The Road Again: Eastleigh FC

Back in the seventies and eighties when we used to play (and defeat) Bournemouth, it was seen as a real Hampshire derby. These days, a fixture against Eastleigh can qualify I suppose in those same terms although it is of course hardly as glamourous. For me It’s another ground to chalk off despite it only being eighty miles along the coast and with no trains … Continue reading On The Road Again: Eastleigh FC


Upload following request – I don’t have the setlist any longer though, sorry! Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen (born 30 May 1962), a Norwegian musician who has released a notable catalogue of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his works on ambient techno and arctic themed pieces, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources. His 1997 album Substrata was voted … Continue reading Biosphere

On the road again: Maidenhead

By the early twentieth century, Maidenhead was a convenient resort for anyone who couldn’t be bothered to travel as far west from Paddington as Bath. A long-demolished riverfront hotel called Skindles was the haunt of royalty, politicians, actors, and writers — and a place for “illicit liaisons”. It hasn’t enjoyed the label of ‘fashionable’ since Edwardian times, when its waterfront made it a trendy resort … Continue reading On the road again: Maidenhead