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I tipped a glass of red wine into my MacBook.  Not deliberately, I’m not that daft.  If any future posts are reposts, my apologies, but they’re all well worth a listen, so … no apologies.

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December 9, 2013 · 9:46 pm

Guitars In Space

What sounds are produced if you play an electric guitar in space?

Imagine you’re space walking around the International Space Station, quite a trip in itself, and you’re carrying and strumming an electric guitar with a wireless connection to an amp inside ISS.  What would it sound like?  All (analog) music is vibration, so ….

Just asking.

Update 4/04/13

Here’s what happens.

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29/4/67 – 14 Hour Technicolour Dream, Alexandra Palace, London

The 14 Hour Technicolour Dream – a multi-media extravaganza and “be-in” staged as a benefit for IT (International Times) magazine and widely acknowledged as the first mass expression of the psychedelic underground in the UK.
45 years ago, only 10 years after “All Shook Up” and just over 10 years before the Pistols split up. That’s a scary thought.


“What Is A Happening?” The 30 minute Man Alive documentary in three parts.

“Excuse me, I wonder if I can wake you up for a moment?….Why are you asleep?”


Extract from Pink Floyd’s set

Floyd footage from “Tonight Let’s All Make Love In London”


Colour and B&W footage from the “A Technicolor Dream” dvd (2008)

…and more…

…and the official trailer…


First hand accounts of the event ………

Extract from “Syd Barrett:Lost In The Woods” by Julian Palacios

Accounts from including a piece by John Crosby, the US journalist who invented the “Swinging London” concept.

A fascinating 14 page account in the visual style of much of the contemporary underground press – highly coloured and difficult to read

A personal account by Pink Floyd fan Colin Turner

The front page of the 21-28th April edition of IT, which organised the event

Fascinating if rather short interview with John Hopkins, one of the founders of IT magazine and organisers of 14 Hour Technicolour Dream

The International Times archive – for anyone interested in the ’60s counterculture and rock scenes, and they’re still publishing.

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Cutting Libraries……….

Cutting Libraries in a Recession is like Cutting Hospitals in a Plague.

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Platform Shoes

British Pathé newsreel from 1977.

One of many excellent clips and docs from the British Pathé site.

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Bread and Water

Another hot March day, hot enough to have the bread dough rising in its bowl on the table beside me, out in the garden.

This reminds me of the hot March of ’03, as I pottered around the Midlands canals in a smelly, noisy old narrow boat. By this time of the month, at just about every canal-side pub I moored by, staff or customers would see my deep tan and ask, “Been abroad for the winter?”

The only accurate reply was, “No – Watford Gap.”

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Strike – 24 hours

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