Eurovision 2010: Your Country Needs You. I Was...
Originally written for Boom Bang a Blog, March 15th 2010. The videos and captions were by the site’s author, Jamie McLoughlin. Here’s a proper treat to distract you from the start of the working week. On Friday night, Scott Willison, whose Round the Merseyrail We Go blog is well worth a look, was among the throng crammed into Studio One of BBC Television Centre for Your Country Needs...
Country Sad Ballad Man →
Oh, Lytham. Such a tease. Get off the train and it looks like there’s a fine, impressive station building to greet you. Head round the front though, and you realise it’s all gone. …
Round and Back Again →
The simple way out of Blackpool would have been to get the BF to drive me home. The slightly less simple way out would have been to take the train from Blackpool North. Instead, I took a different…
The End of the Pier Show →
Blackpool and I have a history. I went once when I was 20 and swore I’d never go again. I was on the Executive Committee of my Student Union at Edge Hill, and four of us were sent up to Blackpool…
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-10-16) →
R.E.M. (24) Shirley Bassey (21) Saint Etienne (12) Pet Shop Boys (12) Harry Connick, Jr. (10) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Closing Time →
Today’s Echo has the details of closure for next year’s station upgrades. The good news is, the stations are being upgraded at all. The bad news is that the promised station closures aren’t going…
Him & Her →
I don’t understand this. I think it’s something to do with Merseytravel. They’ve put up posters advertising it, anyway, and it’s on their YouTube channel. So he gets a…
The Central Question →
What can you do with Liverpool Central? It’s the hub of the Merseyrail network, the centrepiece, but it’s in desperate need of help. The 19th Century by way of the 1970s station is bursting at the…
The distance between genius and insanity is measured only by success.– Elliott Carver, Tomorrow Never Dies.
End of the Line →
It has recently been brought to my attention that this blog may have lost its way. A certain red-headed Scouser pointed out that this blog started out as me and a map and not much more. Now, four…
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-10-2) →
Madness (16) The Beatles (15) Britney Spears (15) The Coral (12) Aimee Mann (9) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Who should sing the next Bond theme?
Originally written for www.ajb007.co.uk, 25th February 2008. Much of what I said about Bond 22 still counts for Bond 23. Just ignore the bit about Amy Winehouse. The consensus seems to be; if it’s a woman, it has to be a diva. The singer has to possess a fabulous, amazing voice, but must also carry that je ne sais qua which pushes her over into diva. In the 60s, this was easy; throw a...
Easy as ABC →
This is the last one, I promise. Unlike most metro systems, Prague’s was built all in one go, back in the 1970s. While London or Berlin or even Liverpool have underground rail networks that were…
Under the Dome →
It’s taken me longer to write up this holiday than to actually take it. If you’re interested in the Berlin leg, you can find it here, here and here. And the train trip to Prague was covered here