2016 – a challenging year of Brexit, the Donald and so many star deaths

Most people seemed to find 2016 a difficult year. Certainly the deaths of celebrity heroes such as David Bowie, Prince, Victoria Wood, Carrie Fisher, Leonard Cohen, George Michael etc may have shocked us, but it is world events such as the death toll in Syria, Yemen, the Refugee crisis and terrorism have numbed us into feeling helpless. This feeling of… Read more →

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Flat Earth arguments and the conspiracy behind conspiracy theories

It’s a consequence of the self-publishing free for all that is the Internet, but conspiracy theories seem to be a growing past time for often educated, respectable, mostly adult males with perhaps a little too much time on their hands. This leads to a self-sustaining microcosm of claim and counter-claim with like-minded individuals too caught up with the thrill of… Read more →

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The Syrian air strikes decision and struggles with certainty

Most of the time, I don’t have a problem with making decisions about every day stuff be it work or domestic situations. I am aware of the problems generated by procrastination and often it is indeed better to make a decision and risk being wrong than not decide anything. The recent debate on whether the UK should bomb ISIS /… Read more →

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Perception versus reality: the Paris killings and the aftermath of a road accident

It’s been a shocking week starting with a road accident I witnessed personally and ending with recent events in Paris and elsewhere. On Sunday 8 November 2015 I was out running and saw the aftermath of a horrible accident on the B4642 road through Bilton into Rugby. A Ford Kuga had t-boned another car into the hedge and a small… Read more →

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Another broken bone, the road to recovery and time to reflect

It’s been bit quiet musically for me as I’ve been out of action due to a broken little finger on my left hand – my own fault really, an ill-judged attempt at catching a cricket ball. It was a pretty serious break needing surgery, k-wires and physio, with the added complication of infection thrown into the mix. I’d like to… Read more →

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Tom Petty awarded songwriting royalties for Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”

Tom Petty has come to an agreement with Sam Smith over royalties for his song ‘Stay with me’  and its similarities to Petty’s earlier hit ‘Won’t back down’. I must admit that Sam Smith hasn’t made much of an impression on me but he’s done very well for himself in recent years with hits on both sides of Atlantic and… Read more →

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Recent gigs

Ok here are some gigs I’ve been to in recent month and a quick summary of what I thought about them: God Speed You Black Emperor! at the Kentish Town Forum on Sunday 4th November 2012 – Canadian art rockers on a rare tour to ‘promote’ their new album ‘Don’t bend Ascend’. I really find their music hypnotic and beautiful… Read more →

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Broken bone in my left hand

Oh dear, I broke the 5th metacarpal in my left hand over Christmas which has put paid to the short and long term musical plans I was making. It’s only one little bone, but it needed an operation to screw it together with a metal plate. I should make a full recovery but  it’s going to be at least six… Read more →

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A seasonal song for the end of the year

Snowy scenes and a seasonal song by Gravenhurst, The Ice Tree, performed and recorded by me! It’s also the first run out for my new PC recording software, Cakewalk’s Sonar X1 – so far so good. Read more →

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A new website from a long defunct band

This blog / website will feature news, views and music from a band, deep sea divers, that I was main songwriter and singer. We never really got anywhere. No one, outside our home town of Rugby, will remember us, but we were pretty good and built up various members’ hopes of success until it all fizzled out. While another band… Read more →

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