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Paul Weller 18:02:2018

Windsor Hall, BIC Assured, like a writer and performer of his calibre has every right to be, Paul Weller returned to Bournemouth as he has done for more than 40 years and once again confounded expectations by making it all even better than the faithful might have hoped. Of course he ended with Town Called Read More…

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The Vinyl Say 014: Jacques Tati

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…

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Squidsoup on menu at Light Up Poole festival

It’s Poole but not as we know it – the town’s first festival of light is set to interrogate the way Poole looks by casting it a whole new light. Light Up Poole, sponsored by Poole BID and funded by Arts Council England, runs from 15 to 17 February and presents a series of opportunities Read More…

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The Vinyl Say 013: James Carr

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…

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Give my regards to Broad Street

His business card used to proclaim him as ‘Publicity Terrorist’, but he’ll answer to ‘Hype Merchant’ and acknowledges all that earned him the soubriquet ‘Muck Raker in Chief’ from Private Eye. If there’s one thing journalist Geoff Baker knows about it’s how to kick up a fuss – something he has continued to do at Read More…

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Dorset in the right light

There’s something in the light, in the way it reflects on the water and casts shadows in the sand, but Middle Beach at Studland holds the same fascination for artist Ian Hargreaves as Monet’s garden at Giverny, or the Grand Canal in Venice, or twilight on the Bosphorus at Istanbul. ‘It doesn’t matter how many Read More…

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The Vinyl Say 012: The Superimposers

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…

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Gordon Haskell: The return of the native

What on earth is Gordon Haskell doing here? Nearly nine years after he beat a tactical retreat from his beloved Dorset to start a new life on the Greek island idyll of Skopelos, the Bournemouth-born singer-songwriter-musician is back under grey skies on frozen home soil. He obviously hasn’t come home for the weather, but he Read More…

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 15:11:2017

Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts In a night of intense drama the home audience was gripped by the raw, physical power of a performance in which passages of near silence teetered on the brink of stillness without ever quite surrendering to the void. Every inch the favourite general, Kirill Karabits marshalled his musical troops Read More…

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In praise of Poole artists

Its founder members include Augustus John and Henry Lamb, two of the best known names in 20th century British Art, and George Spencer Watson was an early president, but today’s Poole and East Dorset Art Society is a much more approachable group than the one they helped initiate in 1924. Conceived as a means of Read More…