Bournemouth’s historic flight path

It should have been a landmark event, a chance for the aeroplane to affirm its place in public affections after playing a notable part in ‘the war to end war’, but instead the 1919 Schneider Trophy air race descended into farce in the fog between Bournemouth and Swanage. Already flying’s most famous piece of silverware, Read More…

Bournemouth’s Bowl of music magic

Unlike many a fondly remembered music venue – tiny, tight and wont to overheating – Bournemouth’s Chelsea Village was the bee’s knees, the height of sophistication. When it opened in 1970 it was like nothing the town had seen before and within weeks it became a magnet for revellers from miles around. ‘We thought we Read More…

Moon talk

Commissioned by Dorset Moon, Weymouth based artist Ra Zamora has created Call of the Wild, a sound installation inspired by the wolf’s howl that will play as part of the Under the Moon supporting programme at all three locations. It’s intended to create a primordial experience to transport people to the wild corners of their psyche, Read More…

Tony Hancock, the Lad and Dorset

‘Tony Hancock ended his life in such tragic circumstances that it seems to be forgotten he was once a young man filled with a young man’s hopes and dreams and aspirations and with his whole life before him,’ says Lyn Phillips who, writing as LM Evans, has published Tony Hancock: The Bournemouth Connection. ‘I wanted Read More…

Beck + Sparks + Shame 28:05:2018

Solent Hall, Bournemouth International Centre Who knows how such things are decided but that Beck should play his only UK headline show of the year in an otherwise atmosphere-free former swimming pool in a conference centre overlooking the golden sands of Bournemouth on a sultry May bank holiday is one of those rare but glorious Read More…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…