I spent a couple of days last week sampling the delights of 50-over one-day cricket at York Cricket Club – Yorkshire v Surrey on Tuesday, a thrilling one-wicket victory (for Yorks), possibly the tensest game I’ve ever been to, and Continue reading Yorkshire…
A little light reading – Jonathan Coe perhaps always my favourite comfort read – he’s just a little older than me, from Birmingham (rather than Wolverhampton), similar cultural references, although he is a fan, aficionado and performer of prog rock Continue reading Coe and Dyer
A new and exciting page has appeared on my website, where I shall be uploading sheet music for tunes and songs written during the last 35 years or so – perhaps once they’re out there on the internet they shall Continue reading Sheet Music Archive
http://www.manasamitra.com/our-work/the-dewsbury-not-the-fringe-festival/pete-rosser/ This link leads to some music with a video of photos of Dewsbury, made for Manasamitra, an arts organisation in Dewsbury – four piano tracks overdubbed, videos sometimes synchronised. I made two trips to Dewsbury to take photos, one Continue reading Dewsbury Riffs On New Encounters
Stuart Hall – born Jamaica 1932, moved to study English Literature at Oxford Univ 1951, became active in the New Left and CND from mid-50s onwards, godfather of Cultural Studies at Birmingham Univ from mid-60s – famous for his “Forward Continue reading Book review: Stuart Hall – Familiar Stranger (Penguin)
Let us praise but faintly now our overlords.Onwards blindly onwards with regret (alas) thatCompetence, compassion, common sense areKey components absent and conspicuouslyDeemed defunct, superfluous, inessential,Out of fashion, overrated, so noWonder people wonder what the rules are,Now or never, what the Continue reading Lockdown Deja Vu
Four months since the last posting here, I could say it comes and goes in a flash but that might not be true. As the lockdown month continues, the virus continues, the absence of music and sport and theatre and Continue reading Four months…
Back in the early 1980s, when I was a naive but well-intentioned Politics student in Sheffield, I was mostly inspired by reading the great Marxist historian and CND campaigner E. P. Thompson – “The Making of the English Working Class”, Continue reading Who’s afraid of Terry Eagleton?
Reading this book (Verso) about the cooption of creativity by capitalism over the past 20 years – ie how everything, everyone, every job, is expected to be “creative”, whatever field it’s in – and thus creativity becomes meaningless, an empty Continue reading Creative?
This is my favourite photo of the bottom of the garden at the moment. We’re all working from home now, though some of us do that all the time and others don’t (and don’t like it). I’ve printed out a Continue reading Day one official lockdown