Monthly Archives: April, 2012

Sugar – Copper Blue

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the release of Sugar’s classic album “Copper Blue”, a 2CD Deluxe Edition of the album will be released on May 28th 2012.  I remember when it first came out, I couldn’t stop playing it – I thought it was brilliant, and still do. I had it on Cassette & …

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“…shouting Lager Lager Lager…”

Best known as a dance music DJ and former member of electronic/techno band Underworld Darren Emerson was born 30 April 1971, in Hornchurch. He began mixing Hip-Hop records at the age of 14, and by 16 was DJing regularly at local venues. He began to explore House Music and quickly acquired a reputation as one …

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Tribute to Fred Dibnah MBE

Engineer, Steeplejack and British television personality Fred Dibnah was born on this date 29th April in 1938. As a child, Dibnah was fascinated by the steam engines which powered the many textile mills in his home town of Bolton and developed a keen interest in mechanical engineering, Steam Engines and chimneys and the men who …

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Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock

Often regarded as one of the the greatest British filmmakers ever, the British film director and Producer,  Alfred Hitchcock KBE, sadly passed away on this date 29th April in 1980.  He remainss one of my favourite Directors & I always enjoy watching his films. He was born in Leytonstone, London on 13th Augst 1899 and …

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Tribute to Duke Ellington

American composer, pianist, and big-band leader Duke Ellington was Born 29th April in 1899. During his life he wrote over 1,000 compositions. In the opinion of Bob Blumenthal of The Boston Globe “In the century since his birth, there has been no greater composer, American or otherwise, than Ellington.” A major figure in the history …

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Ian Rankin OBE DL

I am also a big fan of the Crime Thriller novels of Prolific Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin, OBE, DL who was born on this day 28th April 1960. His best known books are the Inspector Rebus novels, although He has also written several pieces of literary criticism. Rankin did not set out to be …

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Happy Birthday Sir Terry Pratchett OBE

Popular English novelist Sir Terry Pratchett OBE, was born on this date 28th April in 1948. He is best known for his frequently comical work in the fantasy genre In particular the popular and long-running Discworld series of comic fantasy novels. Pratchett’s first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, and his first Discworld …

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Avengers Assemble

I am looking forward to seeing Director Joss Whedon’s latest film “Avengers Assemble” which is billed as an exciting, action packed, and funny $220 million blockbuster, and stars Robert Downey Jnr, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johanssen, Mark Ruffalo and Samuel Jackson. It starts when Norse god Loki (Tom Hiddleston)  plots the downfall …

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Russell T Davies OBE

I am a big Doctor Who fan and I recently discovered that Welsh Television producer and screenwriter Russell T Davies OBE was born on this date 27th April in 1963. Born in Swansea, Davies aspired to work as a comic artist in his adult life, until a careers advisor at his school suggested that he study …

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Tribute to Samuel Morse

I did try to write the title in Morse code but gave up, anyway, Samuel Morse The American contributor to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system and co-inventor of the Morse code, was born on this day 27th Aprl in 1791 Born in Charlestown Massachusetts he attended the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, after …

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