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Berlin, the past

I have just visited the wonderful city of Berlin, which of course made me wonder what it looked like in the faraway distance of the past-time….

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B is for Blaine

Hal Blaine (February 5, 1929 – March 11, 2019) played on literally thousands of recordings – if you have ever listened to pop music, you are likely to have heard him play them drums. It’s almost impossible to choose just a few of my favourite songs he played on, so here are some from the B section in the Blaine canon:

And here’s one that doesn’t begin with a B but come on, he played on this one!?!

Wishing you peace, Hal.

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Full of beans

Here’s the best coffee advert ever:

https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-good-strong-coffee-1968-online

Milk and sugar?

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Fan-dango

I am always intrigued by Beatle fans of yore. It must have been incredible to wait for that new release or to see them play.

Mostly portrayed as screaming lunatics in the press, I’m sure they had their quieter moments too…

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Film of the week 2018

Here’s what we’ve been watching for film of the week in 2018:

1. American Graffiti, 1973

2. The Warriors, 1979

3. Dig!, 2004

4. Amnesia, 2015

5. Modesty Blaise, 1966

6. No Man Of Her Own, 1950

7. To Rome With Love, 2012

8. The Touchables, 1968

9. As Good As It Gets, 1997

10. Girlfriend’s Day, 2017

11. The Lady In The Van, 2015

12. Baby Driver, 2017

13. Austin Powers In Goldmember, 2002

14. Barfly, 1987

15. Back To The Future, 1985

16. Wonder Boys, 2000

17. Man On The Moon, 1999

18. Jim & Andy, 2017

19. Burke And Hare, 2010

20. Girl With Green Eyes, 1964

21. My Friend Rockefeller, 2015

22. Alfie, 1966

23. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, 2018

24. Kind Hearts And Coronets, 1949

25. Wuthering Heights, 1970

26. Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, 2017

27. Hitchcock/Truffaut, 2015

28. Days Of Wine And Roses, 1962

29. Jackie, 2016

30. Sunday, Bloody Sunday, 1971

31. Fading Gigolo, 2013

32. Still Life, 2012

33. Private Lives, 2018

34. Life, 2015

35. Burn After Reading, 2008

36. The Swimmer, 1968

37. Carol, 2015

38. Letter To Brezhnev, 1985

39. Submarine, 2010

40. Mortal Engines, 2018

41. Blade Runner, 1982

42. The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, 2018

43. The Stranger, 1946

44. North By Northwest, 1959

45. Home Alone 3, 2000

46. Nativity!, 2009

47. The Man Who Invented Christmas, 2017

48. Raiders Of The Lost Ark, 1981

49. Lady Bird, 2017

50. Vicky Cristina Barcelona, 2008

51. Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, 1998

52. Love In The Afternoon, 1972

FIN.

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The Dreams

Today I am mostly listening to Delia Derbyshire and Barry Bermange’s first Inventions For Radio, originally broadcast 5 January 1964 on the BBC Third Programme. A collaboration between the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and the poet and dramatist Barry Bermange, The Dreams features interviews with people about their dreams intercut with unsettling and repetitive musique concrète sound patterns.

An interesting way to lose yourself for a while.

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Kate Bush photo project update

Here are a couple of the latest photographs in the series – see all of them here

(And if you notice a family resemblance; yes! they are mother and daughter.)

More coming soon…