Jacob’s Advice – Jude Cook

Jacob’s Advice – Jude Cook

Who am I? I am a man.  Is that where we start?  Is that what defines me?  I don't even know what it means to be a man.  I know the biological facts but that's not all the word means or conveys is it?  Men don't cry.  Real men don't cry.  I cry.  All the [...]

Polaroids by HMS Sirens

Polaroids by HMS Sirens

Are we alone? Are you sure? Good. Let's start with this, I don't know anything about HMS Sirens.  I don't know where they come from.  I don't know any of their names.  I don't know what they look like.  I know nothing. That's not strictly true. I know a couple of things. I know that [...]

The Witch in the Window

The Witch in the Window

"When love breaks down   The lies we tell,   They only serve to fool ourselves..." (When Love Breaks Down, Aztec Camera) "I think that all women are witches, in the sense that a witch is a magical being.  Don't be scared of witches, because we are good witches, and you should appreciate our magical [...]

A Rose by Any Other Name…

A Rose by Any Other Name…

In 1964 the comedian Lenny Bruce found himself convicted in an obscenity trial.  That, in a nation with a consitution that guarantees freedom of speech, is quite the achievement.  It suggests that Bruce was taking the idea of freedom of speech and seeing exactly how free he could be.  Very little was out of bounds [...]

Super Sonics 40 Junkshop Britpop Greats

Super Sonics 40 Junkshop Britpop Greats

Secret secrets are no fun Secret secrets hurt someone (The Office, Season 3 - Episode 14)   I'm going to tell you a secret. Well, it's not really a secret. It's something that everyone knows but, a bit like the lack of clothes on the Emperor, most people are too afraid to say it. Are [...]

Dream Wife – So When You Gonna…

Dream Wife – So When You Gonna…

Biff. Bang. Pow. This is really gonna knock you out. While tired middle-aged blokes might like to think that anything made by four teenagers who look a bit like they used to look in 1997 and who sound a bit like all the bands they liked at the same point is “exciting” the truth is [...]

The Tides of Time – The Mariners

I don't really like karaoke. If I'm forced I turn to "If I Can Dream" by Elvis or "Don't Let Me Down" by The Beatles...which is ironic because I really hate The Beatles, but I get around this by saying that what I am doing is the version of that song performed by Britpop luminaries [...]

Whiteout

Whiteout

Greenock sits on the West coast of Scotland and on the surface is a fairly genteel sort of a town…a bit more upmarket than it’s neighbour Port Glasgow…but it is still, like so many towns in that part of Scotland marked by decades of industrial decline and under-investment. Which makes it fertile soil for dreamers [...]

Time the Tale Were Told…

Time the Tale Were Told…

Twenty five years have passed since Britpop ruled not just Britannia but the world at large.  What had started off with a spiky little single from baggy boys Blur back in March of 1992 and that had been thrust into the wider public consciousness with an edition of Select magazine a year after that, had [...]