Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty

Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty

At the start of the Powell and Pressburger film "A Matter of Life and Death" an RAF pilot finds himself hurtling towards his death following a direct hit at the hands of those blasted Luftwaffe boys.  Smoke billows around the cockpit, his second in command lies dead behind him, his parachute is shot to ribbons...his [...]

The Soul of the Soulless

The Soul of the Soulless

Over twenty thousand people have died from coronavirus. In the UK. Twenty thousand. That is just the number of deaths in hospital. It doesn't include deaths in the community or deaths in care homes. Globally we are looking at some two hundred thousand deaths. I live in the beautiful city of Edinburgh where the population [...]

Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know? – Morrissey

Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know? – Morrissey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOYPwMCd4fQ "We're fooled by first impressions, they're not always true..." Back in 1979 soul diva Thelma Houston released a single entitled "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning" which was, and remains, a genuinely thrilling disco classic.  It's the sort of song that should have been number one and that should be the only correct answer to the [...]

Break a Leg

Break a Leg

February 4th 1995 Motherwell Civic Hall Half way through their support slot Marion singer Jaime Harding leans into the microphone to reprimand the audience who have been chanting "Morrissey" throughout the duration of his bands set. "You lot will be paying £20 to see us headlining in six months" he says. I happen to believe [...]

From the wreck and the rubble…

There are none so blind as those who will not see. The creative worth of Morrissey since 2004's "You Are The Quarry" has been, increasingly, worth less...and less...and less.  Only the most ardent of his disciples could argue that point and argue it they will, hailing every whimper or belch that he releases as further [...]