From the letters page of the i newspaper yesterday:
After the election, one commentator remarked that history would treat the Liberal Democrats better than the electorate did. Continue reading
I have aways been a bit averse to Bob Dylan.
I have recognised him as being one of the best songwriters ever, but not the best singer of his own songs.
This situation changed yesterday.
I listened to Andy Kershaw’s sublime documentary “Back to Highway 61” about the making of Highway 61 Revisited. It is utterly fascinating. I then listened to the whole of Highway 61 Revisited on Spotify and, guess what? I actually enjoyed it. A lot. Indeed, so wowed by it was I that I am thinking of getting a T-Shirt with “Desolation Row” on it.
It’s not what you think.
Tim Farron recently introduced his new Chief of Staff, Ben Williams, on these pages:
Ben was the standout candidate and brings a wealth of experience at all levels of the party from council campaigner to Head of Liberal Democrat Whips’ Office and latterly a Special Adviser. Everyone who has worked with him knows his skills and how brilliantly he works under pressure. There were many points over our years in government when I saw Ben, at first hand, make sure the government kept delivering liberal policies under tremendous pressures. He is exactly what our party needs – someone who can help me to help our party grow and thrive.
Radio 2 recently ran down the Top 100 guitar riffs as selected by their listeners. This is less a “riff” and more a solo. Between 1’56” and 2’38” on this record, is the rawest, most grungey, most primeval, gutsy flight of consciousness which has ever been translated into sound from an electric guitar:
Embed from Getty ImagesThis excerpt is from Tim Farron’s main speech to the Bournemouth conference:
Since May, the Government has threatened the human rights act, demonised refugees, penalised working families, abandoned green energy. You know, if ever you doubted the effectiveness of the Liberal Democrats in Government just look at what’s happening without us. In the words of Joni Mitchell
“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got til its gone “ Continue reading
On the BBC Radio Player here you can hear me introduce “Tiger Feet” by Mud as it went onto “Johnnie’s Jukebox” this afternoon – on “Sounds of the Seventies” with Johnnie Walker on Radio 2. Move the slider to 26:12 to hear the excerpt (lasts for the next month).
This is a real thrill and a great honour. I’ve listened to Johnnie Walker on the radio, off and on, for over forty years. He does “Sounds of the Seventies” on Radio 2 on Sunday afternoon. As part of the show, he invites listeners to suggest records to add to his jukebox – “Johnnie’s Jukebox”. Well, a few weeks ago I had a casual gander at his jukebox and thought that there was a key record missing from it. So, I wrote in and a bit later got an email from the programme’s associate producer asking if I’d like to record some memories about the record.
So a few weeks ago I was phoned by the associate producer and recorded about 90 seconds of memories about the record. He said this would be edited down to about 30 seconds and used in October. Then very kindly he emailed yesterday to say that the piece would go out this Sunday between 3pm and 5pm.
Much excitement. I can’t believe my luck! It is such an honour!