May 2018
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I’ve been away from here for a while, and in that time, the story of the missing £10.25 million lent to the Cobblers has blown up (slight understatement)

There has been a reticence, probably for very good reasons, for any real investigative journalism, but the BBC Inside Out team did an excellent job this . . . → Read More: Cobblers:


As we get older, and our time without commitments becomes less, we find that we have to pick and choose. No longer can you pop off to London on a gig whim. You have to plan, you have to make arrangements, you have to work out how late you can stay.

So yeah, . . . → Read More: Special:


I said I was going to get more involved in local politics. I did say that, didn’t I? Did I mention that this was going to be the easiest one of my goals to complete, based on the fact that last year, I did bugger all with local politics? So, all I had to . . . → Read More: Election:

Marvel Comics : The Untold Story by Sean Howe

The first thing to point out is that surely this book needs an exclamation mark somewhere in the title. How can you have a book about superheroes without an exclamation mark in there? That apart, it’s a fascinating book, detailing the ups and downs and the chequered history of the House of Ideas across . . . → Read More: Marvel Comics : The Untold Story by Sean Howe


Following the announcement last week that REM were going to cease to exist as a band, considered opinion seems to be that they should have broken up long ago, maybe when Bill Berry left the band in 1997, and that their last few albums were the sounds of a once-great band trying to rediscover . . . → Read More: REM:


Not long after we got married, Mrs. M decided we should have a dog. She didn’t have to nag me very hard because I always had dogs around the house when I was growing up, and before long, we were off to a breeders to look at a litter of Cocker Spaniel pups. They . . . → Read More: Eddie:

New Year:

On the plus side, January will soon be over won’t it?


I’d heard good things about ‘5 Days To Power‘, the book detailing the 5 days of negotiations that followed this year’s General Election before the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats finally formed their coalition government. So I ordered it, and I enjoyed it – written by Tory MP Rob Wilson, he obviously has access, which . . . → Read More: Subjective:

1978 (2003):

Bruce Springsteen – Winterland Night

Although I had long been a Springsteen fan, it was years before I got to see him live. I didn’t start going to gigs regularly until the nineties and by then, he had broken off contact with the E Street Band and seemed somehow less essential. Hence, it wasn’t . . . → Read More: 1978 (2003):

2003 (2003):

The Cardigans – Long Gone Before Daylight

Around the start of this century, I was asked by Robert Duffy to write a column about British music for his nascent website, Obviously I was flattered to be asked, and despite my lack of suitability for the role, I eagerly accepted.

I was sill . . . → Read More: 2003 (2003):