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The Vinyl Say 004

In every collection there are records that get played all the time, many of them for years, decades even. Then there are those that, while no less treasured, somehow fall by the wayside to lie in wait, ripe for rediscovery. This occasional series chronicles some of those nuggets as they resurface from my own back pages. Read More…

Dandy Chargers at Kingston Lacy

The university of wood

Part of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and designated as ancient woodland Hooke Park can trace its history back to the Middle Ages. Today it is owned and maintained by the Architectural Association – the UK’s oldest architectural school – and is a thriving hotbed of creative thinking, cutting edge design, imaginative engineering Read More…

Dandy Chargers at Kingston Lacy

Garland Jeffreys 31:03:2017

Mr Kyps, Ashley Cross, Poole At 73 Garland Jeffreys may not need a bigger audience in this country but his music sure as heck deserves it. Its warm embrace of rock, soul, jazz, blues, reggae and merengue is allied to literate, searching lyrics that have been striking chords with everything that’s right for nearly 45 years. A Read More…

Dandy Chargers at Kingston Lacy

The Bure Club – All a bit of a Bure…

Long before arena tours and stadium gigs, a humble former Army hut once put Mudeford firmly on Britain’s musical map. For a few years in the mid-1960s the Bure Club, on the site of what is now The Sandpiper pub, was one of the area’s hottest live music venues and played host to rock ’n’ roll Read More…

Dandy Chargers at Kingston Lacy

Bridge over troubled waters

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first operational use of the Bailey Bridge, the remarkable bridging system described by General Eisenhower as one of the three most important pieces of equipment, along with radar and the heavy bomber, in the liberation of Europe during World War 2. The portable, pre-fabricated bridge was developed in Read More…