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Image of farm trailer in foreground of photograph of Silbury Hill, Wiltshire 2400BC

I’m partly guilty in the demise of newspapers and magazines. Online reporting has done quite a bit of damage, too, with Instant News. At one time I took three national dailies, the music paper New Musical Express (NME) and two monthly Guitarist magazines.

Now all I get is one national…

Rock music, History, Environment and Animals

Lizard straddling the strings and pick-ups of a Fender Stratocaster Sunburst solid bodied electric guitar

Hi. I’m British, an average guitar player, who has an interest in music, nature, wildlife, steam locomotives, lighthouses and history. My weakness is a liking for Real Ale. If I could I’d invite you across for a drink, a chat, and put the world to rights. …

The ill-fated tour began on 23 January 1959 in Milwaukee

Image of a black and white photograph of Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly in a photo-booth in Grand Central Station, New York City, in January 1959.

23 January, 1959 was the start of the “Winter Dance Party” rock’n’roll tour and its first show would be at the Million Dollar Ballroom in Milwaukee. The tour was scheduled for 24 dates, ending on 15 February, and followed a gruelling schedule with gigs every night across three states, in…

Flint & Steel Prompt

January is National Hobby Month — Philately

Image of watercolour painting of Lighthouse at Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa with 50c postage stamp South African depicting the same lighthouse and a cancellation mark dated 6 September 1988 at Green Point, also displayed are four 1976 Guernsey Postage stamps showing various lighthouses

In response to Ellie Jacobson’s Flint & Steel prompt — Sparks #22: What Are Your Distractions, I Mean, Hobbies? — where she asks a poignant question whether or not hobbies are a distraction or a waste of time.

I seem to have too many hobbies and too little time to…

Joanne’s Photo Writing Challenge #2

The world of the Little Owl in the form of a poem

Image of a Little Owl peering out from behind part of a wall

Silent
Still
Searching
All these things and more

Gliding silently over rich pastures
After resting for hours
On branches
High in the greenwoods

Patience is a virtue
That has served him well
Since Athena saw fit
In her wisdom
Choosing the Little Owl
To enlighten all

And when dusk approaches
He…

How certain songs played a part in my life

Image of a former Humber ferry, the Tattershall Castle — now a pub and restaurant moored permanently on the cleaner River Thames by the Victoria Embankment in London

Pierce McIntyre set a challenge asking which five songs best define us, or have that special connection — so here goes…

  1. Elizabethan Serenade’ — Mantovani Orchestra

‘Elizabethan Serenade’ reminds me of warm sunny days…

David Acaster

British, retired, loves reptiles & amphibians, keen on history, steam locomotives, travel, real ale and still trying to master that Fender Stratocaster.

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