Lockdown song in praise of bouncy floor

Drama, dance and all forms of visual art course through its veins, but ever since it opened more than 40 years ago the beating heart of Lighthouse has kept time to the rhythm of bass, guitar and drum.   In celebration of the part popular music has played in its rich history and in the lives Read More…

Fifty not out!

Few things better capture the essence of an English summer than the sound of willow on leather. Add to that the lure of healthy competition and a slap up tea and even non-cricketers can begin to appreciate the appeal of playing the sport they call ‘the gentleman’s game’. But what happens to players when childhood Read More…

Access to the countryside made easier

‘Very often one of the first things to go when people’s mobility becomes more limited is the confidence to take a simple walk in the countryside – that’s why this scheme enjoys overwhelmingly positive feedback.’  Even allowing for the upbeat assessment of its project manager Neil Warren, the merits of Countryside Mobility are undeniable. Established in Read More…

‘It’s the music, mate’

‘At the end of the day, it’s the music mate. That’s why we’re talking, that’s why we’re here, that’s why we tour the South West, that’s why the Arts Council give us money, it’s the music.’  Roger Preston is considering his four decades as a Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra cellist, forty years that have seen his Read More…

The last word in slow food – snails

For nearly a decade and a half a family-run company from Wimborne has been putting the gastro into gastropod by producing the last word in slow food – snails.  They’re low fat, protein-rich, waste-free and unexpectedly versatile, so much so that last year Dorset Snails won the Farm To Fork category at the Future Food Read More…

The ‘Lichen Lady’ of Studland

‘Bare patches; don’t forget the bare patches…’ Joy Fildes has been careful to keep the sharing of her apparently boundless scientific knowledge to an elementary level in keeping with the degree of understanding in her one-man class. Thankfully, at 87 years young, a lifetime of teaching has more than prepared her for the task. After all, Read More…

The Vinyl Say 027: The Who

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 series chronicles some of those nuggets as they resurface from my own back pages. Read More…

The Vinyl Say 026: The Voices of East Harlem

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 series chronicles some of those nuggets as they resurface from my own back pages. Read More…

The Vinyl Say 025: St Germain

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 series chronicles some of those nuggets as they resurface from my own back pages. So, put Read More…

The Vinyl Say 024: Jr Walker & the All Stars

Jr Walker & the All Stars – Gotta Hold On To This Feeling b/w Clinging to the Thought That She’s Coming Back (Soul, 1969) 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 Read More…