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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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The Vinyl Say 011: Bob Dylan

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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The Vinyl Say 010: Orgone Box

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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Rudolf Schwarz – from Belsen to Bournemouth

He arrived in Bournemouth in a blaze of publicity seventy years ago as the first post-war musical director of the re-formed Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra in its brand new home – the re-commissioned Winter Gardens – but the appointment of Rudolf Schwarz was not without controversy and even elicited questions in the House of Commons. A Read More…

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Upton House – ‘secret’ no more

For years it was one of Poole’s best-kept secrets, but lately Upton House and Country Park has been making much more of its many charms. It is now one of the town’s top ten things to do on the inescapable TripAdvisor review site and last year welcomed more than 670,000 visitors, a twelve per cent Read More…

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‘You know where you are with a horse’

They are both ready for the start of the National Hunt season and itching to get stuck into a race; their trainer, Helen Nelmes, is absolutely convinced they are going to do well, she just wants some more people aboard to enjoy it with her. For now, though, Menapian and It’sabouttime are confined to stables Read More…

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The Vinyl Say 009: The Lemon Trees

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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Parnham, so much more than furniture

On 15 April 2017 a fire destroyed the fabric of Parnham House to write a devastating new chapter in the chequered history of one of Dorset’s oldest stately homes. It was an ugly, inhuman, destructive blow to the 500-year-old house, particularly as its recent history had been anything but. This month marks 40 years since Read More…

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These routes are made for walking

Now in its fourth year, Gillingham Walking Festival is really hitting its stride. Having started in 2014 as a way of uniting various perambulatory activities already under way, it has grown each year and in 2016 saw more than 400 walkers clock up some 1650 miles on 21 planned walks. The festival played a major Read More…

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Rappers, Mollies and Fools by the sea

It’s where Rappers meet Mollies and Fools flirt with belly dancers. There are dancers in clogs performing step dances, but not clog dances, as Cotswold dancers from Dorset rub shoulders with traditional Slovak dancers before faces are painted, swords are drawn and sticks primed for a procession through town that ends with a set-to in Read More…