The people have spoken – trust the people

Yesterday afternoon, I was somewhat nervous to receive notification that Tim Farron was going to make a “major speech”. Straight after an election, when you are still suffering from advanced post-election bone tiredness, is no time to be suddenly deciding to make a “major speech”.

But it was a good speech and I applaud Tim’s display of righteous anger on behalf of the young and those who are boiling with rage – those who are now shouting: “we are better than this”. Continue reading


Great BBC Four programme on the Pop charts

This programme came out in 2012, but I’ve just seen it repeated on BBC Four. It really is superb: Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10″. It’s on BBC iPlayer for the next 9 days.

It is a remarkable documentary on the charts from 1952 up to 2012, with some great footage of the British Market Research Bureau, Gallup, Radio One, Top of the Pops and record shops over the decades. Well worth watching!

The photo above is a remarkable find. It shows Alan Freeman and Tom Browne together in the Radio One studio in September 1972. This would have been when Pick of the Pops, introduced by Alan Freeman, ended and was replaced by “Solid Gold Sixty” presented by Tom Browne.