Until You Saved Me – Pavey Ark

Until You Saved Me – Pavey Ark

Hell may well be other people but Hull is real people. Forget, for a moment, that Philip Larkin was, initially, dismissive and even cruel about the town after he arrived in the 1950's, what is important is how the city soon began to work a strange magic on this rather dour man.  He came to [...]

Being Gail Porter

Being Gail Porter

"I just wish I was a better person." Gail Porter was a central part of my minds landscape from the moment she burst onto television in the nineties.  She was everything I wished I was at that point; popular, attractive, successful and famous.  For a while the nasty, vindictive, mean spirited little person who lives [...]

If the Old Dreams Die…Introducing Stanleys

If the Old Dreams Die…Introducing Stanleys

Wigan plays a crucial, central, role in British youth subculture.  From the glory days of the Casino, the spiritual home of the Nothern Soul scene, and on to the equally glorious days of the nineties British music scene when The Verve were responsible for some of the decades most affecting music the city has always [...]

Tea and Symphony – The English Baroque Sound (1968 – 1974)

Tea and Symphony – The English Baroque Sound (1968 – 1974)

In 1733 when Rameau premiered his "Hippolyte et Aricie" the response was, at best, muted and, in the case of one anonymous review, caustic.  That anonymous reviewer labelled the work "...du barocque"  and suggested, in his critique, that the piece was lacking in coherent melody, constantly changed key and meter and ran through nearly every [...]