10 albums in 10 days – Album #3 – Real Life – Magazine


It was a chance encounter that introduced me to Magazine – I was 5 minutes late for my first lecture at Uni and the tutor wouldn’t let me in and I was told to wait outside. 3 minutes later another young lad rushes by, army greatcoat, DM’s and a gets the same treatment. We say … Continue reading 10 albums in 10 days – Album #3 – Real Life – Magazine

10 albums in 10 days – Album No 2 – Sons & Fascination/Sisters Feelings Call – Simple Minds


Their last great album, although New Gold Dream wasn’t bad, produced by Steve Hillage. This was 3 years before Jim Kerr learnt to go La, La, La and it all went downhill and bombastic. Back in 1981 they were still synth led, great bass lines from Derek Forbes and Charlie Burchill’s guitar added texture and … Continue reading 10 albums in 10 days – Album No 2 – Sons & Fascination/Sisters Feelings Call – Simple Minds

10 albums in 10 days – Album 1 – Crocodiles – Echo & the Bunnymen


  I missed punk, post punk was my ‘scene’, going to university in Sept 1980 at the height of the Manchester (not Madchester)/Liverpool axis that, arguably, started with the ‘legendary’ Sex Pistols concert at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester that gave us the Buzzcocks, Joy Division and many more. So I arrived at … Continue reading 10 albums in 10 days – Album 1 – Crocodiles – Echo & the Bunnymen

Just about managing – Theresa May reflects during her first day working in Adult Social Care


When I stood on the steps of No 10, and talked about supporting those who JUST ABOUT MANAGE I didn’t mean me. I wasn’t meant to be the Prime Minister who JUST ABOUT MANAGED. A PM who JUST ABOUT MANAGED to win an election. A PM who JUST ABOUT MANAGED to broker a botched BREXIT … Continue reading Just about managing – Theresa May reflects during her first day working in Adult Social Care