The demise of Mothercare plus a musical spin

I hadn’t really noticed them missing from the High Street. Well, not much. But then I’d have no reason now to shop in such an outlet. However, Mothercare is another big name soon to be removed from all British thoroughfares with 2,500 store jobs at risk. For many parents, Mothercare inspires warm memories of buying baby clothes or shopping for their first pram. But cold, hard reality has finally caught up with the retailer and it has announced plans to put its UK business into administration. PricewaterhouseCoopers was appointed to handle the collapse of the business on Tuesday, placing 2,500 … Continue reading The demise of Mothercare plus a musical spin

Got, Not Got: The perfect stocking filler for your over-40?

So with Christmas (not Chrimbo… just… no) fast approaching, here’s a really decent stocking filler that I wasn’t aware of and was just listening to the authors on talkSPORT chatting about it. It’s a book on football that’s packed with everything you could think of to do with the beautiful game. But in fact, if you closed your eyes and thought about that for half an hour, it’s possible you might have thought about only half the stuff that’s in this. So, seeking reviews, I took to social media to begin with and found this: THE GOT, NOT GOT FOOTBALL … Continue reading Got, Not Got: The perfect stocking filler for your over-40?

Book Of Dreams: Home shopping catalogue nostalgia

Remember the 80s? Things were simpler then. No really, they were. Happiness in the 80s was a ThunderCats bedspread, Hungry Hippos board game and, if you were lucky, a Sony Walkman or a Chopper. Click on the Argos link below and you’ll reach a cleverly done image of an Argos catalogue where you can actually turn pages with a click. ARGOS Argos was the go-to shopping wise pre the Toys’R’Us era while real-time shopping was a trip to Woolies (FW Woolworth and co). Personally speaking I really miss C&A. A day trip to Oxford Street was something you really looked … Continue reading Book Of Dreams: Home shopping catalogue nostalgia

John Peel

John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist. He was the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death in 2004. John Peel was like the father I never had. His radio shows at 10pm from Monday to Friday on Radio 1 didn’t just keep you awake – they educated you. Only Peel could play records the wrong side or at the wrong speed and then brilliantly dig himself out of a hole like … Continue reading John Peel

Remembering ‘The Comedians’

Old tv programmes that you remember as a child can often rear their heads in conversation. Yesterday while queuing for a pre-shop breakfast at a local Tesco, Ken Goodwin came to mind with his catch-phrase “settle down then”. I wondered if he was still with us. Sadly not. Goodwin died aged 78 of Alzheimers back in 2012.     But it inspired me to write a feature on the seventies tv show, The Comedians, which starred, as well as Goodwin, many other great stand-ups, household names many of them. The Comedians was a British television show of the 1970s (later reprised … Continue reading Remembering ‘The Comedians’

It’s the end of the world as we know it… and Michael Stipe feels fine

MICHAEL STIPE: Your Capricious Soul Michael Stipe, as you can tell, is not your usual pop star. In fact, he’s not really a pop star at all these days, though he’s working on solo material, occasionally produces other bands, such as Fischerspooner, and is still best known as the singer in REM. Now 59, slight and neat, he has the hard-to-pin-down feel of a much younger person. There’s no weight about him, no sense of him becoming settled in his ways. Instead, he reminds me of a curious faun: skittery, friendly, interested but naturally shy. He’s a talker, but he’s not … Continue reading It’s the end of the world as we know it… and Michael Stipe feels fine

Cleese, XTC, Marlborough and other Wiltshire delights

I always thought the best thing to come out of Wiltshire was XTC. And perhaps their song ‘English Roundabout’ refers to that particular madness in Swindon. But within the confines of the county lay some really beautiful and interesting towns and villages. On the Somerset / Wiltshire border is the town of Frome and where many of these hamlets have the same character, I’ve often though that perhaps Frome should belong in Wiltshire. Anyhow, my mum lives in and loves Westbury and I’ve friends in Warminster and Marlborough. So, being left to my own Devizes, here’s a look at some … Continue reading Cleese, XTC, Marlborough and other Wiltshire delights