Dandy Chargers at Kingston Lacy

The Vinyl Say 008

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. So, Read More…

Dandy Chargers at Kingston Lacy

Life’s a bike for Dandy Roger

No sooner could he stand on two feet than Roger Street had to be on two wheels, or three or, on occasion, four. An old black and white photo shows young Roger astride a wooden hobby-horse, his face a picture of prescient pride perhaps, for some sixty years later he finds himself at the head Read More…

Dandy Chargers at Kingston Lacy

The Ninebarrow boys

Firm friends since meeting at school in Poole some twenty years ago, they have grown up together, moved away to study apart and come back to Dorset in order to reach out to the world. Now with an emerging talent Horizon Award nomination at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Ninebarrow – Jon Whitley Read More…

Dandy Chargers at Kingston Lacy

Renovating Corfe Castle – what might have been

It is one of Dorset’s most familiar beauty spots, instant visual shorthand for the Isle of Purbeck. It has been photographed, painted and sketched from every conceivable angle – it even appears on the opening credits of the Disney film, Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Last year a computer animation student digitally restored Corfe Castle, but had Read More…

Dandy Chargers at Kingston Lacy

Handaxe of the pre-humans

This flint handaxe is one of the earliest known tools ever made by our evolutionary forebears – and it turned up on Swanage Beach, found there recently by a passer-by close to the Mowlem Theatre. It was handed in anonymously to Swanage Museum, where it is now on display. Local enthusiasts suspected it could be Read More…