Saturday, 27 April 2013

Our Secret Place

From my album Boxes Windows & Secret Hidey Holes, here is a video for the track Our Secret Place. Filmed out and about in Hampshire, Wiltshire and Wales. Still a handful of CDs left at the mo, but will get a re-press soon.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Bernard Cribbins Radio 4

Fantastic program about Bernard Cribbins on Radio 4 today. Part 2 being broadcast next Thursday at 11.30am. In part 1 Bernard chats about his early years in acting, his National service, fishing Carry on Spying and being directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Looking forward to part 2 next week, Jackanory Wombles Dr Who and lots more. I did not realise he was 85. Its on BBC iPlayer for another 6 days

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Its a bit of a Twitter

After a lot of delay I am finally on Twitter. Last year I joined Facebook and lasted 23 hrs, then got bored with it. So if you go to you just might every now and then catch a very dull and pointless Tweet from me. Who knows??? this might last a lot longer than 23hrs.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Shindig 32 (its a Whopper)

I have just got this months copy of Shindig magazine, and what a whopper it is. We have Interviews with James Cargill (Broadcast), Jim Jupp Julian House (Ghostbox) a look at The Childrens Film Foundation  The Sweet and also The rise and fall of Italian Giallo. Thats me taken care of for the evening. Feet up Glass of wine and Shindig 32.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Archive Reel 13 (a tad early)

Here a tad earlier than I anticipated is Test Transmission Archive Reel 13. To take us into the spring we have music from William Basinski, Prince Rama, Red Crayola, Scarfolk Council, Mark Fry, Sarah Angliss, Professor Elemental and loads more to get your feet tapping and your head throbbing. I will be spending the Spring working on a very strange and odd Audio project with my friend Mr Stevens (more on that later) so I hope to have Archive reel 14 ready for you all by late June or Early July. So for now TATA.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Dad knew Gurney Slade

The Strange World of Gurney Slade was 1st broadcast on Saturday 22nd of October 1960 on ITV at 8.35pm. By episode number 3 it had been moved to the much later slot of 11.10pm.
I 1st became aware of The Strange World of Gurney Slade a couple of years ago and really could not believe how good this strange surreal odd and bizarre program was.
At the time (1960) there really was nothing on TV to compare this series with. Written by Anthony Newley (who also played Gurney Slade) Sid Green and Dick Hills, in the 1st episode we see a standard sitcom family set up, then after repeatedly being asked a question by the sitcom actors Newley gets up, walks through the 4th wall past the cameras  and out of the studio into the street. From here on we follow Gurney through all sorts of strange a surreal events. In episode 4 we see a court case unfold in which Newley/Gurney is accused of not being funny and having no sense of humor, and Gurney/the series is put on trial. This episode in particular does remind me very much of The Prisoner.
The theme for The Strange World of Gurney Slade was composed by Max Harris, the single version managed to reach number 10 in the charts and stayed there for 5 weeks. Most people will remember the music from Vision On when it was used in the clock sequence.
So what has all this got to do with my Father?????? when I was growing up everytime Anthony Newley appeared on TV or the Radio my Dad would inform us that he knew Anthony Newley, I was quite impressed that my Dad knew someone famous, I also wondered how and when he knew him. The answer was quite simple and not very exciting at all. My Father had served with Newley when he was called up to do his 2 years National Service. My Father also did a very bad impersonation of Newley as well. Obviously I have no idea what my Father thought of The Strange World of Gurney Slade, or if he ever saw it??? Dad knew Gurney Slade...........................Whoops!!!!! I should mention that all 6 episodes can be seen here.