England is a Garden – Cornershop

England is a Garden – Cornershop

Who knows who said it but it is true that a patriot is someone who loves their own country and a nationalist is someone who hates everyone else's country.  Love is a complicated thing.  It requires honesty and a willingness to say things that may cause some hurt but that, ultimately, allow for the sometimes [...]

That’s No Lover, That’s a Vanity Thief – Smart at 25, Sleeper

That’s No Lover, That’s a Vanity Thief – Smart at 25, Sleeper

The best writers seem to be speaking directly to you. It's like they've been living in your wardrobe. They've seen you naked, rifled through your pockets, heard all of your best lines, been there through cold blooded old times and they know all of your secrets.  At least that's how it seems.  This should seem [...]

The Cost of Loving – The Style Council

The Cost of Loving – The Style Council

Thousands of men, and it is always men, in Clark's desert boots, a polka dot button down shirt and a Paisley pattern Tootal scarf are members of a sinister cult.  Like all cult members they don't know that they are members of a cult, they think they are free thinkers.  Far from being victims of [...]

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 [...]